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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Lima-Cuzco.

Passport numbers for all passengers must be submitted before documents can be issued.

Although Visas are available for purchase at the Bolivian border, we strongly recommend obtaining your Bolivia Visa in advance to avoid long delays and ensure entry. Please note that proof of yellow fever vaccine is currently required to enter Bolivia; this regulation is subject to change without notice by the Bolivian authorities.

Zika Virus - Passengers are recommended to visit www.cdc.gov/zika/ for current information. CDC advises pregnant women to avoid travel to the countries visited in this itinerary.


Accommodation Details:
Triples at the Hotel Europa in La Paz will be accommodated in a twin and single room.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups, some at 3 or 4 am, as well as one long 10-hour drive to Puno are necessary to cover the territory. The altitude, 11,000 feet in Cuzco and 12,400 feet in Puno, may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Please note that proof of yellow fever vaccine is currently required to enter Bolivia; this regulation is subject to change without notice by the Bolivian authorities.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru; arrival and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro
Overnight: Lima

DAY 2, Monday - Lima City Tour
This morning's tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, the official residence of the President, and the 16th-century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornately carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional not-to-be-missed tour to the Larco Herrera Museum, considered the best museum in Lima, housed in a restored 18th-century mansion. Here, admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. This afternoon, join your Tour Manager for a briefing about the wonderful journey that awaits you. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Peruvian dinner featuring delicious local specialties along with a delightful musical performance or try one of Lima's world-class restaurants known for its fusion cuisine
Optional: Half Day Larco Herrera Museum (PM)
Optional: Dinner & Show in Lima
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday - Fly to Cuzco, Visit Chinchero
Depart Lima this morning by flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America. Upon arrival, drive through the rugged mountainous region with its magnificent panoramas, along roads with farms and small villages to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. En route, stop in Chinchero, enjoy an authentic Peruvian lunch followed by a demonstration of the ancient Andean tradition of making textiles from naturally dyed handwoven alpaca wool. Remarkably, the source for the vibrant colors are dyes that come from plants, minerals, and insects. Wander the stone complex and shop for souvenirs among the fine textiles and other local treasures. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before continuing to your hotel in the Urubamba Sacred Valley. This evening, dinner together with music at a lovely restaurant
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday - Sacred Valley & Ollantaytambo Ruins
Enjoy this morning at leisure in the Sacred Valley to explore some of the ancient ruins independently or join the optional Pisac Ruins & Market Tour. Explore the Inca Pisac ruins and afterwards, visit the village of Pisac. Spend time bargaining with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the famous Pisac handicraft market. This afternoon, visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th century life. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner with a Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable home-cooked Peruvian specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange
Optional: Pisac Ruins & Market Tour
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley's Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome Train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham's rediscovery in 1911. Spend the afternoon viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th-century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight
» Approximate time spent at the ruins in Machu Picchu is 3-4 hours
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Full Day in Cuzco
Spend today independently discovering the "Imperial City" of Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco "Behind the Scenes" tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local "shaman" (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. In the afternoon, join the optional Highlights of Cuzco excursion that takes you to the impressive Colonial Cathedral with its collection of over 400 paintings, the Temple of the Sun and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which took over seven decades to complete. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a buffet dinner featuring delectable Andean specialties
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Optional: Highlights of Cuzco & Cuzco Behind the Scenes Combo Package
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Raqchi & Puno
A long drive today but extremely rewarding. Depart Cuzco early in the morning, enjoying spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers, and artisans. Then, you arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America's largest freshwater lake. A box lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Puno for your overnight
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Sunday - Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Floating Uros Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure. Or, take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Monday - Tiwanaku Archaeological Site; La Paz, Bolivia
Drive south from Puno to Desaguadero where you will cross the border into Bolivia*. Then continue to the impressive Bolivian ruins at Tiwanaku, built by a pre-Inca society, thought to be the largest city in the ancient world lasting for over 28 centuries. During this time some of the most impressive stone monoliths in the world were created along with a sophisticated irrigation system and a society that understood astronomy and the workings of the sun. When you see these impressive structures, you'll stand in awe of their amazing achievements. Highlights of the site include the Gate of the Sun, Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana; all examples of a glorious past. After lunch, continue driving on the high plateau to reach La Paz, spectacularly set against the magnificent snowcapped peaks of Mt. Illimani
» Please note: The border crossing may take up to 3 hours due to local conditions. After clearing Border Control, you will have to walk a half-mile to board your Bolivian bus. Although Visas are available for purchase at the border, it is strongly recommended to obtain yours in advance to avoid long delays. Proof of yellow fever vaccine is currently required to enter Bolivia; this regulation is subject to change without notice by the Bolivian authorities.
Overnight: La Paz ▲
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Tuesday - Tour La Paz, Moon Valley
Explore La Paz, the largest city in Bolivia, and its surroundings. Walk along the narrow streets of Rosario, San Jorge and San Miguel, some of the city's most lively neighborhoods. Arrive at the sprawling open-air Witch Doctor's Market, where women in bowler hats sell medicinal herbs and spices and other superstitious artifacts. See the San Francisco Cathedral, Presidential Palace and other important colonial-era buildings before ascending to the Mirador Killi Killi lookout point for a panoramic view of the entire city accented by snowcapped peaks. Afterward, on to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) with its moon-like terrain and impressive views of the Andes Mountains. Enjoy a typical lunch and walk around the valley with its rugged landscape before returning to La Paz
Overnight: La Paz
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Wednesday - Depart Bolivia
Transfer to the airport in La Paz for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

▲ Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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Optional Tours

Depart your hotel and drive through colonial Lima before arriving at the Larco Herrera museum, considered the best museum in Lima. Founded in 1926 by the Peruvian archaeologist, Rafael Larco Herrera, the museum is located in an 18th century restored mansion, built over a 7th century pyramid, and holds one of the world's largest collections of pre-Columbian art. Your local guide will escort you on a guided tour around the museum's amazing exhibits with its collection portraying 5000 years of Andean civilization. Here, admire the world's largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels. On the return to the hotel, enjoy a brief panoramic tour of Pueblo Libre, a small residential district near Lima's historical center with its traditional houses and plazas.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #2 21 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $49.00
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This evening, enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner and a show in the "Gastronomical Capital of the Americas." Enjoy a wonderful buffet, along with a delightful musical performance and typical dances. Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Peru all at once during this fun-filled evening.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #2 05 Mar 2017 - 01 Jun 2017 $55.00
03 Jun 2017 - 07 Jun 2017 $55.00
09 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017 $55.00
18 Jun 2017 - 10 Aug 2017 $55.00
12 Aug 2017 - 10 Sep 2017 $55.00
12 Sep 2017 - 06 Dec 2017 $55.00
08 Dec 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 $55.00
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This morning, see magnificent views of the Urubamba valley and visit the extensive Inca ruins of Pisac, known as Inca Pisac, located along the ridge of the valley. The ruins are believed to have defended the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley. Inca Pisac, also controlled a trade route which connected the Inca Empire with the border of the rainforest, thus commanding a strategic position within the kingdom. Your knowledgeable guide will explain in detail the uses of the many buildings, when you tour the ruins. Afterwards, visit the village of Pisac and spend time bargaining with vendors on the cobblestone streets of the Pisac handicraft market. Enjoy a cultural blast as the entire town has been converted into a street market. Take the opportunity to haggle with locals on Alpaca wool clothing, antiques & handicrafts. Stroll to the Main Plaza and enjoy a snack, you may find Empanada de Queso or many of the clay oven cooked local treats. After a box lunch, return to the hotel.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $49.00
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Tonight, you're invited to dine with a traditional Peruvian Family in their countryside home. Sample delectable local home-cooked Peruvian cuisine along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange with the family. As you share dinner, you’ll get to know the family first-hand and learn about work and everyday life in Peru.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 21 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $25.00
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Today's tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Start the day with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Following the cemetery, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness a real offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Conclude this incredible morning with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco. After a short break at your hotel, continue on to the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art, including Marcos Zapata's depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman, located on the northern slope of Cuzco. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a local shop featuring alpaca clothing and accessories, and a local jewelry shop, featuring gold and silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #6 21 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $109.00
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Today's tour will give you a glimpse into the other side of Cuzco, the oldest continuously inhabited city of the western hemisphere. Start the day with a visit to a local fruit and vegetable market and observe the locals shopping for their daily goods. Try the local chuta bread and enjoy this colorful market where you will experience many new things. Later, head to the local Cuzco cemetery, where you will learn about the Andean understanding of life and see how the locals decorate the graves with gifts and food for their dead. It is traditional belief that the dead eat and drink as they would during life. Following the cemetery, you will have the opportunity to meet with an Andean shaman or healer and witness a real offering to mother earth & the sacred mountain protectors to thank them for this trip. Conclude this incredible morning with a cooking demonstration by a local chef showing you how to make a traditional dish from Cuzco.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #6 21 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $49.00
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Today's tour starts at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cuzco which contains over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School in addition to an impressive collection of colonial art, including Marcos Zapata's depiction of The Last Supper displaying Cuy, or Guinea Pig, as the main course. Continue on to visit the Temple of the Sun, whose walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once the most important religious site of the Incas. From here you will travel to Sacsayhuaman, located on the northern slope of Cuzco. This impressive fortress, which consists of individual stones weighing well over 100 tons, took over seven decades to complete and is a prime example of Incan military architecture. Conclude the day at the Kenko amphitheater, a mysterious limestone formation decorated by intricately carved depictions of mythical entities. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit a local shop featuring alpaca clothing and accessories, and a local jewelry shop, featuring gold and silver necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 21 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $69.00
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Afternoon drive to the pre-Incan burial ground of Sillustani. Upon arrival, a walking tour to the "Chullpas" of Sillustani on Lake Umayo, where the ancient Aymaras buried their high priests, in cylinder-shaped tombs. Please note that the archaeological site is located approximately a half- mile walk from where you exit the bus. .

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #8 21 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $39.00
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