Homeland of the Incas

Head deep into the Andes and across Peru to the mountain top Bolivian capital, La Paz. Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explore the depths of the Colca Canyon, and experience the island cultures of Lake Titicaca on a homestay. Discover the diverse scenery of Peru and Bolivia on this exciting overland journey for a glimpse at the homeland of the Incas.

Itinerary

Day 1 Lima

Get to know the vibrant capital of Peru, Lima, starting with the bustling Miraflores district. Check out Parque del Amor (Love Park) for a sizzling view of Lima's coast.

Day 2 Pisco

Explore downtown Lima before heading to the port town of Pisco on a local bus. Stroll along the main plaza then relax in a cafe and watch the world go by.

Days 3-4 Nazca

Start the day with an optional boat tour to the Ballestas Islands - a nature reserve for pelicans, flamingos and sea lions. Visit the oasis of Huacachina before continuing to Nazca to learn about ancient mummies perfectly preserved by the dry conditions. Perhaps splash out with an unforgettable scenic flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines, best viewed from the air.

Day 5 Arequipa

Welcome to the dazzling 'White City' of Arequipa, a charming place packed with colonial churches, mansions and monasteries.

Days 6-7 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Enjoy expansive views - and possibly an Andean condor sighting - at Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

Days 8-9 Cuzco

Inca-built walls line the central streets of fascinating Cuzco. Choose to explore markets, cathedrals, ruins and fortresses before a visit to a coca shop for some tea.

Day 10 Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo

Meet members of a Sacred Valley community then spot llamas en route to the Ollantaytambo ruins, one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish.

Days 11-14 Inca Trail/Machu Picchu

Trek the demanding, but incredibly rewarding, Inca Trail, part of a series of ancient highways that linked the Inca Empire from Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. Seeing the ruins of Machu Picchu for the first time is indescribable.

Day 15 Cuzco

Optional mountain biking and hiking options abound - or just rest those trek-weary legs at a cafe around Plaza de Armas.

Day 16 Puno

Travel through the dramatic scenery of the high Altiplano to Puno, Lake Titicaca's waterside city.

Days 20-21 La Paz

Cross the border into beautiful Bolivia and end the adventure with a wander through the streets of market-filled La Paz.

Days 17-19 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Set sail for Lake Titicaca's isolated Uros floating islands, built from layers of totora reeds that grow in the shallows. Stay with a local family on the lake and enjoy a trek and a game of soccer or volleyball on a local island.

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