Mountains to the Lakes tour

Mountains to the Lakes tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of Lima, Ballestras Islands, Nazca, Arequipa, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & La Paz

Available

March through to December

Location

Peru & Bolivia: Lima Nazca Cusco Machu Picchu La P

This comprehensive 3 week tour is designed to reveal some of the secrets lying in South America. The tour begins in Lima; you then head south for an incredible Ballestas Islands boat trip where you will see exotic birds and sea mammals. You then travel inland to the desert and the palm trees and sand dunes of the Oasis of Huacachina where we make camp under the stars. You will then visit the mysterious Nazca lines whose true meaning is still up for debate. The tour then starts it's ascent into the Andes to the town of Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, the deepest in the world. The tour then takes us to Cuzco where we prepare for the unforgettable Inca Trail, after reaching Machu Picchu we head back to Cuzco for some relaxing time in this beautiful Andean city. We continue our journey to Lake Titicaca where we spend time learning of the traditions of the local Uros Indians, with free time to laze the day away on the shores of this deep blue lake. The tour makes it's final stop in La Paz, giving you free time to explore the Bolivian capital.

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INCLUDED

  • Airport transfer on arrival in Lima
  • Ballestas Islands boat tour
  • Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (4 day trek including all meals and guide)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return train from Machu Picchu
  • All accommodation (small & simple hotels & guesthouses & 3 nights camping on Inca Trail)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Services of tour leader and trekking crew
  • All local transport

EXCLUDED

  • Airport transfers from internal flights
  • Optional Excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
  • International flights
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • Airport Taxes
  • Drinks

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive into Lima

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Lima for the start of your trip.
OVERNIGHT
Lima Hotel

DAY 2 Lima. Drive to Paracas National Reserve. Ballestas Island boat trip.

Departing Lima, our tour begins with a trip south to the Ballestas Islands nestled in the Paracas National Reserve. We enjoy a boat ride here to view the incredible concentration of rare and exotic birds and sea mammals which make this one of the most important marine reserves in the world.
OVERNIGHT
Ica hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 3 Drive through the Ica Desert to the Oasis of Huacachina

This morning we make the short drive through the Ica Desert to the heart of Peru’s wine region. Visiting the Tacama winery we have the chance to sample the local wine as well as the country’s national drink, Pisco. We then head to the nearby Oasis of Huacachina – a palm fringed lake surrounded by sand dunes where we can relax on the beach and enjoy a swim before we take things up a notch with a thrill inducing dune buggy ride over the massive sand dunes. This evening enjoy the desert sunset as we make camp and sleep under the stars.
OVERNIGHT
Camping
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 4 Visit the Nazca Lines & Chauchilla Cemetery. Drive to Arequipa

Today we travel to one of South America’s most mysterious sites as we visit the intriguing Nazca Lines. Believed to have been present for over 2,000 years these huge figures carved into the desert floor were only discovered 80 years ago from the air and as such there are many contrasting theories as to what they actually signify – feel free to ask the locals! We then head to the Chauchilla Cemetery famous for its well-preserved mummies before saying goodbye to the Atacama Desert to begin our climb into the Andes towards Arequipa.
OVERNIGHT
Arequipa
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 5 Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

The next four days are spent in and around Colca Canyon and the surrounding areas. We include an overnight visit to the Colca Canyon, which at 900m is not only one of the deepest in the world but also the home of the majestic Condors. Here you can view the condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor. Some of the other activities available to arrange in this beautiful part of Peru include white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
OVERNIGHT
Arequipa hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 6 Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
OVERNIGHT
Arequipa hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 7 Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
OVERNIGHT
Arequipa hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 8 Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Full day in and around Colca Canyon to enjoy optional activitis including white water rafting, cycling, horse riding and trekking.
OVERNIGHT
Arequipa hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 9 Arrive in Cuzco. Sacred Valley of the Incas tour

An overnight coach journey carries us through the Andes to Cuzco – the adventure capital of Peru and starting point of the Inca trail. We will be based here for the next 7 days as we seek to explore the dramatic landscape and learn about the unique cultures that have existed here for thousands of years. Arriving early morning we have chance to tour the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, home to temples, terrace fields and bustling local markets before returning to Cuzco for a good night’s sleep in preparation of our trek the next day.
OVERNIGHT
Cuzco Hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 10 Begin Inca Trail, trek to Machu Picchu

We head out early from Cuzco to the Urubamba Valley from where we begin our 4-day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. A stunning combination of panoramic views, Inca ruins and magnificent mountains make this one of the most exotic adventures in the world. Reaching over 4,200m in places the trail winds up through lush valleys and tiny, hospitable villages where we spend the nights. All guides and porters are included on the trek.
OVERNIGHT
Basic accommodation
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 Trek to Machu Picchu

Full day spent trekking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
OVERNIGHT
Basic accommodation
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 Trek to Machu Picchu

Full day spent trekking along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
OVERNIGHT
Basic accommodation
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 Trek to Machu Picchu, train to Cuzco

Today we complete our trek to Machu Picchu then we return to Cuzco by train.
OVERNIGHT
Cuzco hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 14 Cuzco, free time

To help recover from our trek we have 2 free days in Cuzco. Feel free to explore more of the city and its museums and churches or look for local crafts from Alpaca woollen jumpers to Andean musical instruments and local jewellery. If you still have the energy you can arrange an adventurous white water rafting trip on either the Urubamba or Apurimac River.
OVERNIGHT
Cuzco hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 15 Cuzco, free time

Full day free to explore more of Cuzco or enjoy some of the many optional activities available.
OVERNIGHT
Cuzco hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 16 Cuzco, drive to Lake Titicaca

Lying at 3,800m on the border between Peru and Bolivia, this morning we get our first glimpse of the deep blue waters that make up the extraordinary Lake Titicaca. Home to the Uros Indians who reside on unique floating reed islands we are fortunate enough to be able to visit these islands and spend the night with one of the Indian families on the lesser known islands of Isla Amantani or Taquile.
OVERNIGHT
Puno hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 17 Islands of Lake Titicaca

Today we head out to one of the lesser known islands of Isla Amantani or Taquile to experience the life of Uros Indians. This unique culture is centre around the floating reed islands where we spend the night with one of the Indian families.
OVERNIGHT
Homestay
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 Puno, free time

Today is free to relax in Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
OVERNIGHT
Puno hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 19 Lake Titicaca, travel to Bolivia

Bidding farewell to Peru, we cross the border into Bolivia and arrive at the picturesque lakeside village of Copacabana where we stop for the night.
OVERNIGHT
Copacabana hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 20 Drive to La Paz

From here we continue onto the impressive capital city of La Paz, where the rest of the day and the whole of the following day are yours to explore the markets, museums and bustling streets at leisure.
OVERNIGHT
La Paz hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 21 La Paz. Transfer to airport for departure

Transfer to airport for departure
OVERNIGHT
None
MEALS
Breakfast

DURATION

21 days

Price

A$3999

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