From the plateau to Machu Picchu

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You will depart from Lake Titicaca, to discover the inhabitants of the island of the Sun and the Moon, and then proceed towards the Plateau to the capital of the Tawantinsuyu empire, to discover the Sacred Valley and the wonderful Inca city of Macchu Picchu. You will then visit the incredible Salar de Uyuni and you will be welcomed by the Quechua communities enjoying the surrealist landscapes of South Lipez, without forgetting the colonial splendours of the cities of Potosi and Sucre.

Day 1: Arrival in La Paz

Welcome to the incredible La Paz, a combination of tradition and modernity located at an altitude of 4000 meters. You will visit the historic centre and walk, the pace of visits will be slow to give you the opportunity to acclimatize. 

Day 2: A Sampaya with the Aymaras

Transfer to Copacabana, the main port of the sacred lake, where you will take a car to Sampaya, an Aymara community located on a peak near an island with an exceptional landscape on Lake Titicaca. You will spend the night in a community-run retreat. 

Day 3: Discovering the Isla de la Luna and the Isla del Sol

From the harbor you will get on a boat that will take you to the Isla de la Luna. Your guide will take you to the Temple of the Virgin of the Sun. You will share a typical “apthapi” lunch before resuming the boat to the Isla del Sol. You will descend to Yumani and then climb the Inca ladder, and continue on the mountainside to the ‘hotel.

Day 4: Walk on the Isla del Sol

The guide will accompany you along a stone path on the Isla del Sol, telling you about the myths and legends of the island. You will arrive at La Chinkana, the main archaeological site of the island and one of the most sacred sites of the Inca empire. You will take a boat back to Copacabana. From there, you will cross the Peruvian border and take a bus to Puno.

Day 5: Between Puno and Cusco

You will cross the immensity of the Plateau and the Valle de Villacorta in a region of extraordinary beauty. On the way, you will stop at the Pass of La Raya (4300 m) and then visit the church of Andahuayllas. You will also visit the Inca de Raqchi temple before arriving in Cusco, where the most famous pre-Columbian remains of the Latin American continent are located.

Day 6: Visit the wonders of Cusco

In the morning you will visit Tambomachay where you can admire the Inca hydraulic engineering. You will then visit the ceremonial sites of Kenko and Puka Pukara and then reach the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the fate of the Inca empire was decided. In the afternoon you will also visit the Temple of the Sun which is located inside the city. 

Day 7: Exploration of the Sacred Valley

You will leave for the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the village of Pisac and walk through its terraces to the ruins. You will visit the Saline di Maras where for hundreds of years the salt has been extracted in a traditional way. You will also discover the circular terraces of Moray, a true Inca agricultural laboratory. You will then pass to the Ollantaytambo fortress which was a strategic military, religious and agricultural centre. In the afternoon you will take the train to Aguas Caliente at the foot of the Macchu Picchu.

Day 8: Visit of Machu Picchu

Early in the morning, you will climb to the Macchu Picchu to take advantage of the site before the large groups of tourists arrive. After the visit, you will still have time to walk around the citadel, the Temple of the Sun, the great pyramid of Ibizuatana or climb the Huayna Picchu for spectacular views of the site. You will return to Aguas Calientes where you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo and from there you will arrive in Cusco by car.

Day 9: On the road to Uyuni

You can still enjoy some of the splendour of Cusco, the square, the churches and museums. Then you will leave for Bolivia. You will take a flight that will take you to La Paz in an hour and from there another one to Uyuni to find yourself in the middle of the desert Plateau in a city with far-west Andean charm. 

Day 10: Visit the Salar de Uyuni

After visiting the train cemetery, you will go to the Salar, the largest salt desert in the world. You will visit the Incawasi island and admire its giant millennial cacti before continuing to cross the Salar to the Quechua community of Santiago. Its inhabitants will guide you through the community and the archaeological site of Lucaya which will allow you to trace the peoples who inhabited the region from the Liphis to the Incas and Spaniards. You will spend the night by the inhabitants. 

Day 11: Excursion to the Eduarda Avaroa reserve

You will leave in the morning heading south to enter the Reserve Eduardo Avaroa and its fabulous mineral landscapes. You will be able to observe the fauna of the reserve and walk through a region where the lagoons follow one another: Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas. You will cross the Salar de Chiguana to the viewpoint of the Ollague volcano. You will visit the famous Stone Tree before spending the night in a shelter on the edge of the Coloradas Lagoon. 

Day 12: Visit of the Lagoons

You will admire the Laguna Colorada and the thousands of flamingos that inhabit it at dawn. You will then see the Sol de Mañana geysers in their moment of maximum activity. Later you will go to the thermal waters of Polques. After having crossed the Dali Desert of surrealist rocks, you will admire the famous emerald Green Lagoon, at the foot of the Licancabur volcano. Later you will return to Uyuni to catch a bus to Potosi.

Day 13: Visit the Cerro Rico

In the morning you will visit the famous Cerro Rico accompanied by a local guide who will explain everything about life in the mines and the incredible history of this mountain and its legends. You will then pass to the miners’ market and in the afternoon you will discover the city, which preserves many treasures of the time. At the end of the afternoon, a vehicle will take you to Sucre, the capital of Bolivia. 

Day 14: Visit of Sucre

You will have the whole day to discover the city, its multicoloured markets, its numerous churches, its museums. Stroll through the Bolivar park, visit the Casa de la Libertad and the interesting ASUR indigenous textile museum. At the end of the afternoon, you will go to the airport to take the flight to La Paz. 

Day 15: Last visit of La Paz

According to the time of return, you will visit the Murillo square where the Government Palace and the market, the beautiful Via Jaen and the beautiful Church are located. You will have time for the latest visits, the latest walks or the latest craft purchases before leaving for the airport for your flight home or to your next destination. 

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