Andean Highlights & Uyuni Salt Flats
Experience the best of the Andean highlands on this 11-day Uyuni and Andes Tour, travelling from Bolivia’s capital La Paz to the otherworldly Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, then on to the beautiful Islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru. The expedition culminates with a trip to the awe-inspiring ruins at Machu Picchu, and a tour of the Sacred Valley, the spiritual and agricultural epicenter of the Incan Empire.
Starting from $4,490 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Enjoy a private tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, with stops at Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex, Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples, and Cuzco's Cathedral.
- Tour the breathtaking Sacred Valley, epicenter of the Incan Empire, with visits to the agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. And a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu.
- Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu on a guided tour of this Incan citadel. After the tour, you can hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins.
- Travel by private ferry to Sun Island, the mythical birthplace of the Inca empire. Explore the island on foot and stay in a one-of-a-kind hotel.
- Visit the community of Santiago de Okola on the shores of Lake Titicaca, observing the customs of this traditional community and enjoying a lunch with the people who call it home.
- Tour the salt flats of Uyuni with a private 4WD vehicle, and learn photo perspective techniques from your expert guide
- Take in a privately-guided tour of the ghost silver mining town of Pulacayo, now a World Industrial Heritage site.
- Visit the Tunupa volcano and go inside caves to view the burial chambers of ancient Aymara mummies.
- If there’s time, take in a La Paz City Tour with visits to the colonial city center, Plaza Murilllo, Basilica of San Francisco and views over this Andean valley city from 12,000 feet.
Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day, and after a long flight you're probably looking forward to a nice meal and some relaxation. The Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport and is the best choice for travelers connecting to Cuzco. But if you arrive to Lima in the early afternoon, you’ll have the time to make your way to a hotel in the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores. If you go for this option, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Traveling from Lima to Cuzco you will have gone from sea level to the heady heights of 11,500 feet. To give you the chance to acclimatize, the first day is free for relaxation. But if you're up for a bit of exploring, the city center is pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating sites, colors and people. We're happy to recommend the city's best options for delicious dining and exciting shopping.
During your tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework, and Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!). You’ll also stop at Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the intricacies of the Cuzco school of art and view fascinating historical artefacts.
Prepare to have your breath taken away! Your Sacred Valley exploration will include visits to the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll be treated to a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will stay in comfort to await the highlight of our tour.
This is one for your bucket list. Uncover the mystical secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided private tour of this Incan citadel. You'll have the opportunity to visit the most important parts of the ruins to wonder at how they were constructed. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins and valley beneath you. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. After a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life, you’ll depart from Aguas Calientes by train for Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.
Wake up early for your scenic ride aboard a comfortable bus from Cuzco to Puno. This overland route takes you through stunning scenery and past historical sites. Upon arrival in Puno, you’ll be transferred to your hotel on the banks of the world’s highest navigable lake.
Today you will depart from Puno to Lake Titicaca, en route to one of the most important cultural sites in the Central Andes, the Island of the Sun. After crossing the international border (vehicle switch), our first stop is Copacabana on the lakeshore, where you will stroll around town and visit the local church with its famous dark virgin. Then, you will take a private ferry to the Sun Island (1 ½ hours), where you will have lunch while enjoying an amazing view of the lake and the Royal Range of the Andes. Finally, you will hike (yes, hike) to your hotel before enjoying the evening at your leisure.
After breakfast on the island, you will take a short walk via the magnificent Inca Stairway and fountains to reach the pier where your private ferry awaits. You will complete your time in the Lake Titicaca region with a visit to Santiago de Okola, a small village 1.5 hours by ferry from the Sun Island. You will enjoy a guided tour of Okola before sharing a traditional lunch with your hosts. After lunch, you'll have some free time to walk along the beach, hike up a local peak known as the Sleeping Dragon or participate in a weaving workshop. You will return to La Paz in the evening, where a good night’s rest awaits.
In the morning you will be transferred to the La Paz Airport for your flight to the town of Uyuni. You’ll be met upon arrival in Uyuni and depart for a tour of the silver mining ghost town of Pulacayo, now a World Industrial Heritage site. Next, you’ll voyage into the heart of the world’s largest salt flat, visiting Fish Island (Isla del Pescado) known for its giant cacti and breathtaking panoramic views of the flats. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the salt flats before retiring to your unique salt hotel, relaxing and taking in this incredible place.
After a hearty breakfast, navigate across the flats to the nearby Tunupa volcano. Here, you will visit the tiny community of Coquesa and walk to a set of caves that serve as a burial chamber for ancient mummies of the local Aymara culture of centuries past. Following a gourmet lunch on the salt flats, you’ll return to your salt hotel for the evening, stopping for photos and to stretch your legs at will. The evening is spent enjoying the sunset and a wonderful dinner on-site at your hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.
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