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This multi-faceted tour combines the highlights of Peru such as Machu Picchu, the Nasca-Lines and the Titicaca Lake with a trip to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and highest metropole in the world. Guests who have a little more time can make use of the extension program to the Uyuni salt lake and the surrounding area. Many routes of this tour, which is especially designed for rail travel friends, will be undertaken with the Andean railway, an unforgettable experience. You will get a comprehensive insight into the culture and history of the countries and the railways.

Highlights:

  • Lima, with its churches, monasteries and museums
  • Rail trip to Huancayo and Huancavelica
  • Ballestas Islands lines of Nazca Cuzco ruins of Sacsayhuaman
  • Machu Picchu by train
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Sun island Huatajata
  • San Pedro
  • Uyuni salt lake

Including:

  • Nights in hotels in the very good mid-range (4 stars), in the province in 3 stars (but best choice spot) and Theme Hotels
  • Any other program mentioned in the travel services and meals
  • Excursions, transfers and entrance fees according tender
  • English-speaking guide
  • Travel documents and taxis Service

Your train:

Like no other railway in the world, the Peruvian Central Railway leads through a breathtaking landscape, over 7 switchbacks, 60 bridges and through 66 tunnels through the Cordilliers to the Andean Highlands. The rail line Huancayo - Huancavelica leads through a narrow valley. The train passes more than 800 vertical meters. The trip to the fabled Inca city of Machu Picchu is romantic and the Andean Train offers an impressive scenic ride over the Altiplano with snowcapped peaks to Puno located at the picturesque Lake Titicaca. The endless vasteness is the dominant impression on the trip from Oruro to Uyuni through the highlands of Bolivia. Unlike in the European Alps no peaks are visible in the distance. Only small hills limit the horizon, even at 3.600 meters above sea level. The sparse plain is only vegetated with scattered bushes and grass.

Participants: At least 10 people, max. 24 Personen; extension program at least 4 persons, international groups

Day 1: Flight Switzerland-Lima
Flight with Iberia via Madrid to Lima. Welcome by local English-speaking guide. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Lima capital of Peru
Full-day city tour. In the afternoon visit to the world-famous Gold Museum.

Day 3: Lima-Huancayo
Visit of the old station Desamparados. Ride on the back of the bus train Ferro vias Central Andina over the Andes to Huancayo (3'249m). This trip is one of the most impressive train rides throughout the Andes region (about 300km). You will pass more than 3000 vertical meters, the Galera station in an altitude of 4.781m, and 60 tunnels and 40 bridges (built 1869 - 1908).

Day 4: Huancayo - Huancavelica
The fascinating journey (138 km) leads over 15 bridges and through 35 tunnels. The rest of the day is free.

Day 5: Huancavelica - Paracas
Transfer to Paracas. On the road you will visit the less known Inca ruins Huaytara and Tambo Colorado. Lunchbox incl.

Day 6: Paracas - Nazca
Visit of the Ballestas Islands. These islands are populated by pelicans, cormorants and penguins. Continuation to Nazca. Short stop in Ica, Peru's most important wine-growing area. Flight over the legendary lines of Nazca. If time allows we will visit the famous Antonini museum. Overnight stay in Nazca.

Day 7: Nazca Abancay
Trip into the Andes to Abancay (2'378m). Visit to the Nationl Park of Pampa Galeras (4'200m). The landscape is dominated by beautiful lakes and Altiplano landscape. Lunchbox incl.

Day 8: Abancay Cuzco
Trip ton the former Inca capital of Cuzco (3'399). On the way you will visit two important Inca ruins which are untouched by mass tourism, Sayhuite and Tarawasi. Lunchbox incl.

Day 9: Cuzco
Visit the colorful Indiomarktes of Pisac. City tour in Cuzco. The city is full of historical monuments and relics. Visit the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Quenco, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay.

Day 10: Machu Picchu
After the 3 hour train journey with the Firstclass-train "Vista Dome" with panoramic windows through the Urubamba Valley you will reach Machu Picchu. The extensive tour to the Inca ruins offers an insight into the life of the Incas. Return to Cuzco.

Day 11: Cuzco - Juliaca - Puno
Ride with the Andean Explorer Juliaca (several photo stops). Lunch on board. Transfer to Puno at Lake Titicaca.

Day 12: Puno-sun island
Visit the Uro-Indianer, who work and live on floating islands on Lake Titicaca. Continuation to Juli. There you will Visit the church and a handicraft market. By hydrofoil boat from the Lake Titicaca to the sunny island. Visit of the sun temple of Pilcocaina. Lunch. Afternoon Sports. Walk to the highest point on the island of El Faro, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Lake Titicaca. Dinner.

Day 13: Sun Island-La Paz
Visit the sacred spring and the Inca steps. Lunch at a restaurant with a magnificent view on the Cordillera del rey. Next trip by hydrofoil to Huatajata. During the tour we will visit the Sun VirginTemple on the moon island as well as the Quewaya island on which Uru-Iruito-Indianer live. In Huatajata you will visit the Andean Roots' Eco Village, which provides an insight into the mystical world of the Kalawaya Indians and the lifestyles of the Chipaya Indians. Overnight stay in La Paz.

Day 14: La Paz
They learn from the encircling the Andean city of La Paz. The situation is enchanting: between Lake Titicaca, the majestic mountains of the Andes and the tropical jungle. City tour with a visit to the cathedral, the church of San Francisco and the nearby Moon Valley.

Day 15: Return flight
Transfer to the airport and the flight to Lima. Here are day rooms booked for you. Afternoon for free. Transfer to the Lima airport and the return flight home or travel ahead on Day 14 with our Extension program!!

Extension program Uyuni salt lake:
Day 14: La Paz-Uyuni
Transfer to the bus station. Travel by bus to the Bolivian Folklore Capital Oruro. Lunchbox inc. Onward travel with the railway "El Nuevo Espreso del Sur" After 7 hours driving over the fascinating Altiplano you will reach Uyuni with its homonymous salt lake. Overnight stay in a "hotel of salt".

Day 15: Uyuni-San Pedro Quemes
Exploration of the salt lake of Uyuni, which is one of the largest in the world. The day is characterized by total solitude and snowcapped volcanic cones. You will visit the famous Isla Pescado with its impressive cactus (including lunch), the caves "Cuevas de las Galaxias" and a railway graveyard. Dinner and overnight in San Pedro Quemes in a "Hotel of stone".

Day 16: San Pedro Quemes - Uyuni
You will cross the "Valle de las Rocas" and visit the Laguna Cañapa as well as the Laguna Colorada, and the "petrified tree". En-route lunchbox. Return to Uyuni where you will stay overnight.

Day 17: Uyuni-La Paz
Transfer to Oruro. En-routelLunchbox. Travel by bus to La Paz and transfer to the hotel.

Day 18: La Paz
The same program as the 14th day of the trip basis.

Day 19: Return flight
Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima. Here are day rooms booked for you. Afternoon free. Evening transfer to Lima airport and return flight.

Day 20: Arrival in your home country

 

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*prices are land-only in double accommodations. See Trip Planner for other departure gateways and other accommodation options.
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