Trekking Peru Bolivia Chile: 20 days. This is a tour for those who enjoy adventure and are eager to combine spectacular views with a bit of exercise. Experience a little of everything while traveling through three countries - the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa's elegant architecture, and the rugged landscape of the Bolivian highlands, ending with a visit to the world's driest desert, the Atacama. This trip through three countries with trekking in Peru to Ausangate, trekking to the Inca Trail and alternative tours for those who can not do the trekking.
1: City of Origin - Lima
International flight to Lima. Arrival at the airport and reception. Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
2: Lima - Cusco
Today we will visit the city of Lima, capital of the country. We will visit the Colonial and Modern Lima; we will see the Main Square, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the Catacombs of San Francisco, colonial mansions. The excursion will continue through the traditional areas of Lima, with its: Parque de los Olivos, Miraflores and its Central Park, Parque del Amor, etc. Then we head to the airport to take a flight to Cusco.
3: Cusco City Tour
In the morning we will make a city tour, visiting the Cathedral, the Main Square (Plaza de Armas), the Coricancha (where the colonial church was built over an Inca temple), the famous stone of the 12 angles and the nearby ruins, such as Sacsayhuaman.
4: Sacred Valley Aguas Calientes.
Morning we take the train to the village of Machu Picchu after lunch we have a short trek to a waterfall in the jungle near the village. Before sunset we return.
Overnight in hotel.
5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain
Early in the morning we leave to take the bus to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. Here we will have a guided tour of the citadel for more than 2 hours. Then we leave for the restrooms to seal our last entrance to Machu Picchu. Then we head to the entrance to climb Machu Picchu Mountain and other activities such as the Inca bridge, the Sun Gate INTIPUNKO. Here we will have enough time to rest and bring some snacks so that hunger does not get us down to the town of Aguas Calientes. This citadel was built from the bottom up and is a work of engineering which was built to last for thousands of years. The sacred city of Machu Picchu (old mountain) is located in the jungle 130 kilometers northeast of Cuzco, at 2,230 meters above sea level. It has an area of 32,592 hectares that include not only the archaeological part but also the flora, fauna and landscapes, highlighting the abundant presence of orchids. It is the greatest inheritance left by their ancestors the Inca and that sustains thanks to tourism many of their children. Overnight in the village of Machu Picchu. Breakfast.
6: Aguas Calientes, Maras and Moray.
Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanataytambo. In this 6-hour program you will visit spectacular places of the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, built by the Incas centuries ago. We will see the salt mines of Maras, which have more than 3010 salt pools where the natives continue to extract salt daily. The views of this place are spectacular from a distance. You will also visit the Inca agricultural laboratories, which resemble the aqueducts of Roman times. The Incas used this place to conduct agricultural experiments, such as testing different types of potatoes or other plants. Your tour guide will tell you the myths and the real history behind these two important sites.
7: Cuzco - Tinqui - Arapa Pass (4730m) - Pucacocha Lagoon (4600m)
Early in the morning we leave Cuzco by local bus for a 3 hour drive to Tinqui (3900m) where our muleteer team is waiting for us. Then we start our trek to Upis Alto located at 4450m, from where we start climbing the Arapa pass at more than 4700m above sea level, before descending to our campsite at the edge of the Pucacocha lagoon.
Hiking time: 6-7 h
Elevation difference: 600 D+ and 200 D-
8: Pucacocha Lagoon and pass (4900m) Warmisaya Pass (4985m) - Rainbow Mountain
This morning we start from the beginning by climbing the Pucacocha pass at 4900m. The views will be incredible today: colorful mountains and lagoons overlooking huge glaciers. Then we will have a second pass to cross at 4985m altitude where we see the "Rainbow Mountain" for the first time, it is only 1 hour and a half walk away! Then we reach the mountain watchtower from where we can admire the magnificent Rainbow Mountain at 5030m above sea level, our first 5000m hike!
Hiking time: 7-8 h
Elevation gain: 850 D + and 800D-
9: Rainbow Mountain Basecamp - Soraypata (4630m)
Today we have two options available: either we pass through the village of Chillca and the trail is relatively flat and therefore easy to camp. There is still 6 hours of walking. Or we go over the Palomani pass at an altitude of 5100m which offers a great panorama but assumes to be in very good physical shape (8-9h on foot and a lot of elevation).
Hiking time: 6h or 8-9h
Elevation gain: 250 D + and 250 D- (easy trail) or 900 D + and 850 D- (difficult trail)
10: Soraypata (4630m) - Col Campa (5050m) - Pacchanta (4400m)
Upon awakening, we attack the Col de Campa which ascends gently to over 5000m above sea level. Then we descend gradually to the village of Pacchanta where we will sleep this time in a real bed in the dormitory, with real bathrooms, and where we can enjoy beautiful natural hot springs. On the way, we will cross incredible lagoons and if you are in shape, you can climb to a viewpoint over 4900m, which will probably be engraved in your memory as the most beautiful viewpoint you have ever imagined! Hiking time: 6h
Difference in elevation: 400D + and 650D
11: Pacchanta - Tinqui - Puno
After breakfast, we return in silence to the village of Tinqui (3900m). Then Urcos and then Puno. arrival around 15h).
Hiking time: 3 hours
Difference in altitude: -450m
Transport time: 3 hours18: Cuzco - Lima
12: Lake Titicaca (Uros - Taquile)
Today we will take a typical boat to navigate in the cold waters of Titicaca (15 passengers boat) we will appreciate wonderful views of the lake known as "The highest navigable lake in the world". We will visit one of the floating islands (Uros) where its inhabitants still practice the traditional culture. Then we will go to Taquile Island, where we will have lunch and share with the people who inhabit the island.
13 August: Puno (Peru) - Tiahuanaco (Bolivia) - El Alto - La Paz
After breakfast we will head to the city of La Paz in Bolivia. We will continue to the Bolivian border and say goodbye to our magical Peru. Once in Bolivia and before arriving to the town of La Paz, on the way we will visit the pre-Inca archaeological ruins of the Tiahuanaco culture (800 years B.C.). Here you can appreciate the famous Sun Gate and the authentic Benett monolith, the museum, the Akapana pyramid and the temple of Kalasasaya. Back to La Paz we will continue to El Alto and descend in the highest urban cable car in the world. In El Alto you will witness the most impressive and majestic panoramic views that we assure you have ever seen. Located 4000 meters above sea level, the city of El Alto offers a new panoramic perspective, overlooking the city of La Paz and the Andes Mountains. Lodging.
Overnight at hotel.
14 August: La Paz - Valley of the Moon - La Paz
In the morning City tour of the city. In this tour we will know this wonderful city, where we will appreciate the cultural, historical, architectural and natural richness. Visiting the Murillo Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the San Francisco Church, etc. At noon we will visit the Valley of the Moon, an impressive place with eroded clay formations of many colors that make it a magical place. It is like a desert of stalagmites. Overnight in the city.
Overnight in hotel.
15: La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat - Tunupa Volcano - Jirira
Transfer to the airport to Uyuni. We will be picked up in 4×4 vehicles to one of the natural wonders of the world, the Salar de Uyuni. As if the delirium of a painter had drawn the place, shapes and colors are mixed creating a spectacular landscape. It is so magical that sometimes our own eyes perceive optical effects making us live between reality and fantasy. Such is the sensation that sometimes it seems that between heaven and earth there is a mirror. This salt flat is the largest in the world, 160 kilometers long and 135 kilometers wide, with a salt layer up to seven meters deep. In Colchani, on the north side of the lake, we will observe the extraction of salt and our day will culminate with a view of the incredible Tunupa Volcano 5,432 meters high from the village of Jirira (we will not access the summit).
Overnight in a very basic local hotel.
Lodging: Full board.
16: Jirira San Juan
Transfer to the airport to get to Uyuni. Then we leave in 4 × 4 through unreal landscapes, through the Salar de Uyuni. We stop at the train cemetery and then in the village of Colchani to observe how salt is extracted. We then travel one hundred kilometers following the Dakar tracks to the island of Incahuasi, which offers a breathtaking view of the entire salt flat from its summit. Continuing to the town of San Juan where we will spend the night.
Local hotel. Full board.
17: San Juan - Laguna Colorada
We continue our trip appreciating the amazing panoramas of the Altiplano, such as the twisted eroded forms of the Bosque de Piedra, the active Ollagüe volcano, and a variety of lagoons where we will observe flamingos and other wildlife. We will spend the night near Laguna Colorada, at 4,300 meters. Basic lodging.
Lodging: full board
18: Laguna Colorada - San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
Today we head to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, visiting the "Sol de la Mañana" geysers at 5,000 meters, hot springs and more lagoons, before reaching the Chilean border. Approximately before lunch we will arrive in San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the middle of the driest desert in the world, where we will be able to relax.
Night in a local hotel.
19: San Pedro de Atacama on your own
Night in a local hotel
20: San Pedro de Atacama - Calama - Santiago de Chile
We will leave early in the morning to take a flight from Calama (100 kilometers away) to the city of Santiago de Chile. From there we will take the international flight to the city of origin.
Régimen de alojamiento: desayuno
EN ROUTE SERVICES / SERVICES INCLUDED
-Meals according to itinerary
-Hotels with breakfast
-Domestic flights Arequipa - Cusco (taxes)
Private transportation during the route Lima - Colca Canyon - Arequipa - Puno - Cusco (taxes)
-Tourist transport Puno - Cusco
-Transport 4x4 tour Uyuni Salt Flat (5 Per 4x4)
-Lake Titicaca Lake river transportation
-Train transportation Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo
-Entrance to all Archaeological Centers (Racchi, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, ...), Parks, Sanctuaries, Protected Areas (Machupicchu, Colca Canyon, ...) and Monasteries, Churches and Museums (Santa Catalina Monastery, Museum of the Cathedral of Lima, ...) mentioned in the itinerary.
-Transfers airport - hotel - airport
flight from Calama to Santiago de Chile, international flights.
Important Note: It is recommended to buy the flight arriving to South America through Lima and departing from South America through Calama. Departures from 2 people.