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South America

Indigenous Cultures of the Andes
Purpose: Culture, Archeology, History, Adventure
No. of days: 11 days - 10 nights (Optional extension)
First & Last Cities: Lima, La Paz
Other cities: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Puno, Copacabana, Moon Island, Sun Island, Huatajata
Starting cost: $3,119

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Day 1: Lima
Arrival in Lima, meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel.


Day 2: Lima
The tour begins with a visit to historic downtown Lima, also known as “the City of the Kings”. Stops include the Main Square of Lima, upon which sits the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the City Hall; next on the itinerary is a visit to the Santo Domingo Convent. Once finished there, it’s off to the modern district of San Isidro where on the itinerary is a tour of Huaca Huallamarca, a Pre-Incan adobe pyramid; afterwards, you will head to Miraflores, a district filled with tourist attractions, and stop off at the “Parque del Amor” (a sort of lover’s lane) and its incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima. [B]


Day 3: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley

At schedule time transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco city. Upon arrival in Cusco one of our representatives will meet you and then you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Sacred Valley allows better acclimatization for its lower altitude compare to Cusco city. Rest of the day at leisure to rest and get use to the altitude. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Sacred Valley. [B]


Day 4: Sacred Valley

Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, a beautiful terrace with an impressive view of Chinchero, where twelves families still preserve their traditional costums, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles. Afterwards, we will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, which also served as a temple. Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Sacred Valley. [B/L]


Day 5: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu. You will travel by train to the town of Aguas Calientes, an experience in which you will see the striking scenery of the Sacred Valley. Upon your arrival, you will be driven to the archeological site, the visit of which will be an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to impart to you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip. Once you have arrived at either the Ollantaytambo or Poroy Station, you will be driven to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Cusco. [B/L]


Day 6: Cusco

Tour of this incredible colonial city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You journey begins at Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, to witness an ancient Inca palace and main center of worship of the god Sun. Next head to Cusco’s main square to visit the Cathedral to see its fabulous wood carvings and impressive altars and the lovely Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). Your next stop is at  Sacsayhuaman, a fortress located in a strategic spot high above the city with a view that is absolutely stunning. You will also visit some other archaeological complexes such as Kenko and Puca Pucara. Then back to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. [B]


Day 7: Cusco, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, Puno

To get to Puno from Cusco, you will be taken from your hotel to the bus station to embark on a full day comfortable bus ride, a nice way of enjoying the beautiful setting that is southern Cusco. On the itinerary, your first stop will be at the village of Andahuaylillas, where you will see an architectural masterpiece: a 17th century church with finely crafted interior walls which will astound you. Back to the bus, your next visit   will be at the Incan archeological site of Raqchi, renowned for its massive temple to the god Viracocha. The final stop prior to your arrival, is at La Raya Pass, the natural border between the departments of Cusco and Puno. Upon arrival in Puno, our representative will be waiting for you at the station to take you to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Puno. [B/L]


Day 8:  Puno Taquile & Uros Islands

In the morning, we will make a one-day tour to Lake Titicaca and, as first stop, visit the floating islands of the Uros, also known as People of the Lake. These islands are built out of layers of totora and are used as housing and trade centers for the native Uros. They travel on handcrafted rafts. Next head to the Taquile Island, whose highest mountains are 3950 m. The culture on the island dates back to Pre-Incan times. The islanders still live according to the traditions and beliefs of their ancestors and are world renowned for their lovely outfits and incredible textiles. In fact, UNESCO has declared the textile art of Taquile Island as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. After sharing some time with the islanders and standing in awe of the lake setting, you will return to the city of Puno. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Puno. [B/L]


Day 9: Puno, Copacabana, Huatajata

In the morning your guide you take you to Juli, located at the shores of Lake Titicaca to board your hydrofoil cruise to the Moon Island, where you will visit the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu”. Continue to Sun Island. Visit the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain; taste the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch at the Uma Kollu archaeological Restaurant; then shop at the small handicraft market. Back to the hydrofoil, continue to Copacabana. The city is home to a large 16th-century shrine, the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, and is the main pilgrimage city in Bolivia Once in Copacabana, visit the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin (Our Lady of Copacabana), and procced by car to Huatajata. Upon arrival, visit the Andean Roots Eco Village: The Altiplano Museum; Handicrafts village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy our elegant vicuñas, llamas, alpacas and the mythical Suri. Audiovisual and night experience of "The Mystic World of the Kallawayas", natural healers of Bolivia. They believe that you first have to heal the soul in order to heal your body. Tata Benjo, -our Kallawaya- will bless visitors and answer questions by casting his sacred coca leaves. Welcome drink and Candlelight dinner.  Later tonight, visit the Native Observatory Alajpacha. Learn from the Aymaras Cosmovision and watch the southern constellations. Overnight at the Inca Utama Hotel & Spa. [B/L/D]


Day 10: Huatajata, La Paz
At agreed time, transfer to La Paz This afternoon enjoy a comprehensive tour of. La Paz and its surroundings. You’ll be transported to the mysterious past of this city and its hidden treasures from pre-Hispanic times. Visit the colonial and modern areas, the Indian Market and the Witch Doctor’s Market, all framed with the backdrop of the majestic Illimani Mountains. Later head to the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon. Back to the city, overnight at selected hotel. [B]


Day 11: La Paz

At agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight to your next destination or take an extension to the Uyuni Salt flats. [B]


[B] = Breakfast | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch


[1] Option: Extension to the Amazing Uyuni Salt Flats - 3 day/ 2 nights

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