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Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats

Experience the awe-inspiring wonders of Bolivia and Peru. Learn about Peru’s storied past in the former Inca capital of Cusco, and venture into the heart of the Amazon jungle. Hike the Inca Trail—or catch the scenic train—to the endlessly fascinating Machu Picchu; then travel to Bolivia to see the striking Salar de Uyuni and colonial cities surrounded by soaring Andean peaks.
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Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
16
Price From
$5,199
Start Location
Lima, Peru
End Location
La Paz, Peru
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Moderate to Challenging
Itinerary Expand all
Day 1 - Lima
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2 - Lima/Tambopata
Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized can to our comfortable lodge, situated near the Tambopata National Reserve in the Amazon rainforest. Spot local bird species along the lush shores of the Tambopata River en route to the lodge, and set off on an evening walk with a naturalist guide before dinner, keeping an eye out for some of the rainforest’s nocturnal creatures.
Day 3 - Tambopata
Spend the day exploring the thriving ecosystems of the rainforest with our lodge’s naturalist guides. Scan the treetops for toucans, howler monkeys, and sloths, and glide along oxbow lakes on cans for a chance to glimpse river otters, turtles, and, if we’re lucky, anacondas. After dinner, embark on a river tour by motorized can on the lookout for caimans, the smaller cousins of alligators, which are often found hiding near the muddy banks.
Day 4 - Tambopata/Cusco
Travel out of the jungle by boat and catch a flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco, soaring above the Andes into Peru’s Inca heartland. This evening, visit the Cusco Planetarium for a presentation on the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, and learn about the vital role that astronomy played in the lives of the ancient Inca. Weather permitting, peer through the planetarium's telescopes for a dazzling look at the stars.
Day 5 - Cusco/Urubamba
Drive to the scenic Sacred Valley for a full day of exploration with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures–supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a rural Andean community working to preserve hundreds of varieties of native potato. During this exclusive experience, you'll walk through the park to learn about potato cultivation, traditional weaving, and the importance of both these practices to Andean culture. We’ll also visit the fascinating Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo and Pisac, and enjoy a meal at the G Adventures–supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.
Day 6 - Inca Trail
Set out on the iconic Inca Trail, departing Urubamba by van to the starting point of the trek. Immerse yourself in the enchanting Andean countryside, hiking along meandering streams and crossing remote mountain villages and ancient ruins as we get warmed up for the more challenging days ahead.
Day 7 - Inca Trail
Today, we ascend the long, steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass—the highest point on the Inca Trail, at 4,198 meters (13,769 feet). Enjoy stunning views of the Sacred Valley as you make your way up the rugged terrain, and aim to reach our camp by early afternoon. Rest and relax at camp the remainder of the day.
Day 8 - Inca Trail
Today we’ll cross two spectacular passes. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, one can catch a glimpse of the snowcapped peaks of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Continue through cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass, and arrive at the misty Inca ruins of Phuyupatamarca at 3,650 meters (11,972 feet), known as "the city above the clouds.” We will either camp here or settle at a further spot, near the beautiful terraces of the Wiñay Wayna ruins, at 2,650 meters (8,694 feet).
Day 9 - Machu Picchu/Cusco
The final day of our hike begins before dawn. Reach the Sun Gate—the last checkpoint on the Inca Trail—in time to witness daybreak over Machu Picchu. This 15th-century Inca citadel was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911 and excavated with support from National Geographic. Hike down for a guided tour through the temples and terraces of this breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site before catching a bus to the frontier town of Aguas Calientes, where we’ll have free time for lunch. Continue by train to Cusco.
Day 10 - Cusco/La Paz
Catch a flight to the highest capital in the world—La Paz, Bolivia. In the afternoon, take an immersive tour of the lofty city by foot, van, and cable car. Explore vibrant squares, historical sites, and lively local markets, learning more about the balance of old and new along the way. This evening, enjoy an interactive culinary experience at a popular local restaurant, including demonstrations on how traditional foods such as quinoa are integrated into modern fusion dishes. With a local chef as our guide, we’ll sample a variety of dishes and discuss the growing popularity of La Paz as a culinary destination.
Day 11 - La Paz/Sucre
Catch a flight to charming Sucre, then enjoy an orientation walk around the main square. This afternoon, relax at a local café, explore on your own, or opt to take an immersive tour of Sucre with a local expert that focuses on the city’s stunning colonial architecture and historic sites, best viewed from the ubiquitous rooftop terraces.
Day 12 - Potosi Countryside
Enjoy free time this morning before travelling into the southern highlands to our historic hacienda. Surrounded by lush agricultural fields and rolling hills, this working farm offers unique opportunities for cultural exchanges with the resident family. Get a glimpse into daily life here while lending a hand at the dairy and in the fields, and step back in time during visits to the property’s private rooms, chapel, and museum. Cap off your experience with an authentic farm-to-table dinner featuring an array of local specialities.
Day 13 - Potosí/Uyuni
Make the short drive to the centre of Potosí and enjoy a guided tour of the Casa Nacional de la Moneda, the old silver mint and now a museum dedicated to Bolivian art and history. Take a scenic drive to Uyuni, gateway to the world's largest salt flat. Learn about the industrialization of salt and the geographical history of the region while driving across this mirror-like landscape. Enjoy a sunset picnic atop the flats before returning to our hotel.
Day 14 - Uyuni
Journey deeper into the salt pans to explore their varied geographical features. Along the way, stop at the remote town of Santiago de Agencha, a small Quechua community supported by G Adventures. Here, we enjoy a guided walk to learn about quinoa production and the cultural history of the area. Savour lunch prepared with local ingredients before continuing our exploration of the desert and its pans.
Day 15 - Uyuni/La Paz
Catch a flight to La Paz and enjoy free time to explore before joining the group for an optional farewell dinner.
Day 16 - La Paz
Depart at any time.
Inclusions Expand
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba Your Journeys Highlight Moment: La Paz Culinary Experience, La Paz Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Bolivian Hacienda Experience, Potosí Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Pisac Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lunch, Santiago de Agencha
Arrival transfer
Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
Sacred Valley tour
Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
La Paz city tour
Sucre orientation walk
Excursions to the Uyuni Salt Flats
Internal flights
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Departure dates Expand
Start End Availability Price AUD
26 Sep 2020 11 Oct 2020 Fully Booked $5,199
17 Oct 2020 01 Nov 2020 Fully Booked $5,199
07 Nov 2020 22 Nov 2020 Fully Booked $5,199
28 Nov 2020 13 Dec 2020 Fully Booked $5,199
19 Dec 2020 03 Jan 2021 9 $5,679
02 Jan 2021 17 Jan 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
27 Feb 2021 14 Mar 2021 14 $5,199
13 Mar 2021 28 Mar 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
10 Apr 2021 25 Apr 2021 9 $5,199
24 Apr 2021 09 May 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
08 May 2021 23 May 2021 11 $5,379
29 May 2021 13 Jun 2021 12 $5,379
12 Jun 2021 27 Jun 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
26 Jun 2021 11 Jul 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
10 Jul 2021 25 Jul 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
31 Jul 2021 15 Aug 2021 9 $5,679
14 Aug 2021 29 Aug 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
28 Aug 2021 12 Sep 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
11 Sep 2021 26 Sep 2021 12 $5,679
25 Sep 2021 10 Oct 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
09 Oct 2021 24 Oct 2021 15 $5,379
30 Oct 2021 14 Nov 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
13 Nov 2021 28 Nov 2021 14 $5,379
27 Nov 2021 12 Dec 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
11 Dec 2021 26 Dec 2021 Fully Booked $5,199
08 Jan 2022 23 Jan 2022 16 $5,199
05 Feb 2022 20 Feb 2022 16 $5,199
05 Mar 2022 20 Mar 2022 16 $5,199
02 Apr 2022 17 Apr 2022 16 $5,199
07 May 2022 22 May 2022 16 $5,199
11 Jun 2022 26 Jun 2022 16 $5,199
02 Jul 2022 17 Jul 2022 16 $5,199
06 Aug 2022 21 Aug 2022 16 $5,199
03 Sep 2022 18 Sep 2022 16 $5,199
01 Oct 2022 16 Oct 2022 16 $5,199
05 Nov 2022 20 Nov 2022 16 $5,199
03 Dec 2022 18 Dec 2022 16 $5,199