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La Paz to Lima

Overlanding is the best way to see South America by far! Dragoman have been leading the way in South American overland expeditions since 1990, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading to some unique hidden gems, well away from the usual tourist trail. This comprehensive in-depth trip will start by taking you through many of the highlights and hidden gems of one of our favourite South American countries - Bolivia! As well as visiting the must-see destinations of the stunning Lake Titicaca, the hectic city of La Paz, and of course the phenomenal salt plains of Salar de Uyuni, we will also head to some lesser-visited areas such as the charming colonial town of Sucre, the mysterious pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku, and an exciting 3-night adventure into the Bolivian Amazon near Rurrenabaque! After our exploration of Bolivia, it's time to enter the equally wonderful country of Peru and head for the old Inca capital of Cuzco, now a traveller's paradise! Cuzco is our base for one of South America's best highlights, the Inca Trails and a visit to the legendary ruined city of Machu Picchu. We then head across the highlands of Peru to the Pacific coast via the breathtaking Colca Canyon and the colonial city of Arequipa. We overland to the mysterious Nazca Lines, head to the magical dunes of Huacachina, and arrive in the chaotic Peruvian capital of Lima. Join us for this unforgettable South American adventure!

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Duration: 36 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 158397
Starts: La Paz, Bolivia Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will visit
  • La Paz
  • Rurrenabaque
  • Bolivian Amazon
  • Livichuco
  • Uyuni
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • Sucre
  • Potosí
  • Tiwanaku
  • Copacabana
  • Isla Del Sol
  • Puno
  • Cuzco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu
  • Raqchi
  • Chivay
  • Arequipa
  • Puerto Inca
  • Nazca
  • Huacachina
  • Paracas
  • Lima
  • Ballestas Islands

Itinerary

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Day 1: La Paz

Border information: if you are joining in La Paz, you will most likely enter Bolivia at La Paz El Alto International Airport (IATA code: LPB).

Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in La Paz before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring La Paz.

In La Paz we will stay in a good hotel in the historical centre.

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Day 2: Rurrenabaque

This morning we will transfer to El Alto airport to take an included flight to the remote city of Rurrenabaque, the gateway to the rarely-visited Bolivian Amazon.

In Rurrenabaque we will stay in a basic local hotel.

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Day 3-5: Bolivian Amazon

Over the next three days we will head deep into the Bolivian Amazon to explore the incredible jungles and pampas of this remote area of the country. 

During our time here we will take walks into the jungle and boat trips on the local rivers, and learn all about the incredible untouched eco-systems of the region. We will hope to spot an abundance of wildlife, such as caiman, monkeys, and birdlife.

In the Bolivian Amazon we will stay in a basic jungle lodge.

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Day 6: La Paz

Today we will return to the airport at Rurrenabaque and fly back to La Paz, where we will have free time to relax and explore on arrival.

In La Paz we will return to our colonial hotel in the historic centre of the city.

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Day 7: La Paz

Today we will have a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities.

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Day 8: Livichuco

This morning we will head to the small community of Livichuco for an overnight stay in this small Andean village - an amazing opportunity to experience an area of Bolivia that few tourists ever will.

In Livichuco we will stay in very basic shared accommodation.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 9: Uyuni

Today we will drive south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni.

In Uyuni we will stay in a friendly hotel, famous for serving the highest pizzas in the world!

Estimated Drive Time - 6 hours.

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Day 10: Salar De Uyuni

Today we will venture out onto the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. En route we will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled 'Fish Island', and take all the time we need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs!

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Day 11-12: Sucre

Today we will continue to the beautiful colonial town of Sucre.

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.

The following day will be free to explore the city and its beautiful surroundings, and to visit some of its fascinating museums.

In Sucre we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

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Day 13-14: Potosi­

Today we will leave Sucre and head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area's abundance of silver!

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.

The following day will be free to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.

In Potosí we will stay in a friendly local hotel.

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Day 15: Tiwanaku

Today we will have a full day drive to the mysterious ancient city of Tiwanaku.

In Tiwanaku we will stay in a basic local hotel or guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

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Day 16: Copacabana

Today we will have an included guided tour around the ancient city of Tiwanaku, before driving on to the lakeside town of Copacabana.

In Tiwanaku we will stay in a basic local hotel or guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

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Day 17: Isla Del Sol

Today we will take an included day trip to Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. We will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it).

In Isla del Sol we will stay in a basic local hotel.

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Day 18: Puno

Border information: exit Bolivia at Kasani, enter Peru at Yunguyo.

Today we will take a boat back to Copacabana, and then cross the border into Peru and head to the lakeside town of Puno. 

In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 19: Cuzco

Today we will leave Puno and head through the highlands of Peru to the former Inca capital of Cuzco. We will have an included visit to the Inca site of Tipon en route.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 hours.

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Day 20: Cuzco

Border information: if you are joining in Cuzco, you will most likely enter Peru at Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.

There will be an important group meeting at 10:00am at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting. There will be a further meeting this evening for our Community and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days!

The rest of today will be free to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

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Day 21-24: Sacred Valley

These four days will be spent trekking in the Andes, either on our pioneering Community Trek or on the Classic Inca Trail. We will have a tour of the Sacred Valley, embark on our various treks, and end up at the phenomenal Inca site of Machu Picchu, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World!

Please see the Inca Trails section at the bottom of the detailed trip notes for each departure for details of the Community Trek and the Classic Inca Trail, as well as our non-trekking MAPI alternative.

We will camp during these nights (except for the first night of the Classic Trail and the last night of the Community Trek, which are both in a local hotel in Ollantaytambo). 

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Day 25: Cuzco

This morning we will arrive at Machu Picchu, one of the world's most incredible and iconic historical sites. We'll have a guided tour with a local expert, and then have plenty of time to freely explore the area before catching the train back to Cuzco.

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Day 26: Cuzco

Today is a free day to relax after the treks, further explore the historical city of Cuzco, and take part in some optional activities around the city.

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Day 27: Raqchi

Today we will drive south to the small village of Raqchi. Here we will stay at a homestay as guests of the local villagers in their traditional family homes. The houses are very clean and have basic facilities.

This afternoon we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre. This evening the villagers will invite us to take part in a traditional Quechua religious ceremony, and we'll have some lively music from some of the village's musicians.

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 28: Chivay

Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands to the small town of Chivay, where we can have an optional trip to the nearby hot springs in the evening.

In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.

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Day 29: Arequipa

This morning we will head out on a short drive to some of the best viewpoints along the spectacular Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world! The canyon is famous for its resident condors, and we will spend a good amount of time at the viewpoints to give ourselves the best chance of spotting them. We will also visit a couple of local communities on the way back to Chivay.

After lunch in Chivay, we will drive to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa.

In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 30: Arequipa

Today we will have a free day to explore the colonial city of  Arequipa, or for some optional activities in and around the city.

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Day 31: Puerto Inca

Today we will continue our drive and head all the way downhill to the Pacific coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equiped campsite on the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

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Day 32: Nazca

This morning we head north to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. We will have an included visit to the nearby ancient sites of the Chauchilla Cemetery and the Cahuachi Pyramid, thought to have once been the religious centre of the Nazca civilisation.

In the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to take an optional 30-minute flight over the Nazca Lines in a small aircraft - this is by far the best way of seeing the figures, and we use a local operator with an excellent safety record. The Nazca Lines are a series of figures, lines, and geometric shapes that were etched into the ground of the desert plateau over a thousand years ago by the ancient Nazca culture, and their purpose is still unknown to this day.

In Nazca we will camp at a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 33: Huacachina

Today we continue north, stopping at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of the Nazca Lines. 

We will arrive at the stunning desert oasis town of Huacachina, where we have the option to head out for an evening of sand boarding and dune buggying and the further option to camp out under the stars in the deserts.

For those that do not wish to participate in the optional camping in the desert, in Huacachina we will stay in dorm accommodation in the village itself.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 34: Paracas

Today we will continue north to Paracas National Park, where we have plenty of time to fully explore the desolate beauty of the landscape here, visit the museum, and go in search of the local wildlife.

We will wild camp in the National Park tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.

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Day 35: Lima

Today we will board one of the local boats for an included trip to the Ballestas Islands to view its incredible array of resident wildlife and birds.

After lunch, we will continue north to arrive at the chaotic Peruvian capital of Lima.

In Lima we will stay in a comfortable hotel in the city's historical centre.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 36: Lima

Border information: if finishing in Lima, you will most likely exit Peru at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport.

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Lima, and a free day to explore the city or take part in optional activities. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Take a return flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque, the gateway to the pampas and jungles of the Bolivian Amazon
    • Head deep into the jungles of the Bolivian Amazon to discover the rich wildlife and fascinating eco-systems of this remote region, largely untouched by tourism 
    • Stay as guests of the local Andean community of Livichuco, and get an insight into the life of rural Bolivians in an area largely untouched by other tourists
    • Take a full day tour out in jeeps to the dazzling Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats - the spectacular, perfectly-flat salt plains that are one of South America's most incredible sights
    • Take a guided tour to explore the amazing pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku, once the centre of one of the most important cultures in South America
    • Take a boat trip to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol, and head on a guided walk across the length of the stunning island
    • Visit the incredible Inca site of Tipón, once an agricultural centre and a park for the Inca elite
    Accomodation
    • 15% Camping - 85% Hotels
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