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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: 158396
Starts: Lima, Peru Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia
You will visit
  • Lima
  • Huacachina
  • Ballestas Islands
  • Paracas
  • Nazca
  • Puerto Inca
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Raqchi
  • Cuzco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Inca Trail
  • Machu Picchu
  • Puno
  • Copacabana
  • Isla Del Sol
  • Tiwanaku
  • Potosí
  • Sucre
  • Uyuni
  • Salar De Uyuni
  • Livichuco
  • La Paz
  • Rurrenabaque
  • Bolivian Amazon

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

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

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.

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

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Day 2: Huacachina

Today we will have a very early start to leave Lima before the rush hour, and drive 270kms south to Paracas. There 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 south to 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 - 6 hours, not including the time taken for the trip to the Ballestas Islands (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 3: Nazca

Today we continue south to the world-famous village of Nazca, the location of the mysterious Nazca Lines. On the drive, we will stop at a viewing platform to get a glimpse of some of these lines. 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 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.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 4: Puerto Inca

This morning we head south of Nazca, and 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 continue our drive to the coastal resort of Puerto Inca, where we camp at a well-equiped campsite on the beach.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 5: Arequipa

Today we will start our drive inland, and head uphill to the beautiful ‘White City’ of Arequipa.

In Arequipa we will stay in a good local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8 hours.

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Day 6: 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 7: Chivay

We will have some more free time to explore Arequipa this morning, before continuing our drive to the highland town of Chivay after lunch.

In Chivay we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 8: Chivay

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.

We will have a free afternoon to explore Chivay, and possibly take an optional trip to the nearby hot springs and zip-lining course.

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Day 9: Raqchi

Today we will drive through the stunning landscapes of the Peruvian highlands 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 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 - 8-9 hours.

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Day 10: Cuzco

This morning we will visit the Inca ruins of the Temple of Wiracocha at Raqchi, and then see a pottery demonstration at a local artisan centre.

In the afternoon we will drive to the incredible historical city of Cuzco, the former Inca capital. 

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 3 hours.

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Day 11: Cuzco

Today we have a free day to explore the wonderful city of Cuzco, discover its many historical gems, or to take part in number of optional activities near the city.

There will be an important 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!

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Day 12-15: 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 16: 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 17: Cuzco

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

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.

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.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Cuzco 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 Cuzco.

In Cuzco we will stay in a good colonial hotel.

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Day 18: Puno

Today we will leave Cuzco and head through the highlands of Peru to the town of Puno, on the shores of Lake Titcaca. We will have an included visit to the Inca site of Tipon en route.

In Puno we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 7 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 19: Copacabana

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

This morning we will cross into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

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Day 20: Isla Del Sol

Today we will take an included day trip across 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). 

We will return to Copacabana for the evening.

In Copacabana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

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Day 21: Tiwanaku

Today we will drive to the mysterious ancient city of Tiwanaku, where we will have an included guided tour.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

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Day 22-23: Potosi

Today we will leave Tiwanaku 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 - 9-10 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 24-25: 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 26: Uyuni

Today we will drive to the town of 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 27: 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 28: 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 - 6 hours.

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Day 29-30: La Paz

Today we will lave Livichuco and drive north to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! We will have a free afternoon to explore the fascinating city on arrival.

Estimated Drive Time - 5 hours.

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

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

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Day 31: 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 32-34: 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 35: 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 36: La Paz

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in La Paz. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Visit the incredible Inca site of Tipón, once an agricultural centre and a park for the Inca elite
    • Take a boat trip to Lake Titicaca's Isla del Sol, and head on a guided walk across the length of the stunning island
    • 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 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
    • 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 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 
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    • 15% Camping - 85% Hotels
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