La Paz to Lima

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Journey through the Andes on this Overland adventure into ancient Inca heartlands. Unlock the secrets of the many mystic sights as you explore the isolated islands dotting Lake Titicaca, hike along historic Inca pathways, marvel at the Nazca Lines, ramble over the ruins of Machu Picchu and explore the streets of Cuzco. From the breathtaking highs of La Paz to the colonial sights of Lima, journey through Bolivia and Peru and discover two fascinating nations.

Itinerary

Day 1 La Paz

Ramble through the twisting streets, stare up at the surrounding snow-capped mountains or shop in the eclectic markets that are dotted throughout this soaring Andean city. For those after the ultimate adrenaline rush, why not take a daring mountain biking adventure on the 'world's most dangerous road'?

Days 2-3 Copacabana

Set sail on the world's highest navigable lake bound for the pristine shores of the Island of the Sun. Explore the scenic heart of the island, said to be the birthplace of Inca culture, and perhaps soak up the beautiful surrounds from a tiny hillside cafe.

Day 4 Puno

Cruise Lake Titicaca and visit the residents of the Uros Islands - floating towns made entirely of reeds. Explore Sillustani's ancient funerary towers, rising above the windswept antiplano.

Days 5-6 Cuzco

Take time to acclimatise to the soaring 3,400 m altitude in scenic Cuzco. Wander the ancient cobblestone streets and peruse Spanish-colonial architecture built atop sturdy Inca stone foundations. Discover the city's wealth of ruins or grab a coffee from a San Blas cafe and just chill out.

Days 7-10 Classic Inca Trail/Quechua Community Trek

Trek through the hidden heart of the Andes, following the footsteps of the Incas along winding paths, past grazing llamas and high into the Cordillera Urubamba mountains. Camp beside waterfalls, traverse dramatic passes, meet friendly villagers and finish beside the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress in the Sacred Valley. There is also the option to trek the classic Inca Trail.

Days 11-12 Machu Picchu/Cuzco

Spend a memorable day among the ruins of Machu Picchu. Hike up to the Sun Gate for sweeping views over the entire complex or brave the steep climb to the top of Wayna Picchu for a breathtaking vista of the ruins resting on the steep mountain below. Back in Cuzco, perhaps get a rush with adventure sports - from mountain biking to whitewater rafting - or simply relax in the scenic heart of colonial Cuzco.

Day 13 Raqchi Homestay

Meet a local family during a homestay in quaint Raqchi. Spend a memorable evening huddled around the fire learning traditional songs and dances from newfound friends.

Days 14-15 Chivay/Colca Canyon

Travel through arid terrain where llamas, alpacas and wild vicunas graze beneath imposing snow-capped volcanoes. Gaze into the depths of Colca Canyon and perhaps spot the graceful Andean condor resting on warm air currents high above the canyon floor.

Days 16-17 Arequipa

Visit Peru's glittering 'White City' and take the opportunity to wander around the Santa Catalina Monastery, exploring the maze-like architecture and peaceful courtyards of this huge colonial convent.

Day 18 Puerto Inca

Visit Chauchilla Cemetery; a collection of tombs and skeletons of the Nazca people, some dating from 1,000 AD. Camp overnight in Puerto Inca.

Day 19 Nazca

Discover the mysterious Nazca Lines and perhaps take an optional flight over the etched formations to get a real sense of their scale and intricacy.

Day 20 Paracas National Park

Discover Paracas: spanning 335,000 ha, it's considered to be one of the world's most important marine reserves. Watch sea lions and dolphins playing off the coast and spy the plentiful birdlife this park is famous for.

Days 21-22 Ballestas Islands/Lima

Head out on a boat to discover the weird and wonderful wildlife residing in the Ballestas Islands. Get acquainted with Peru's modern capital by exploring its busy centre or perhaps gain an insight into the country's colourful history at the Museo de la Nacion. Why not celebrate the end of this great adventure with a meal in cosmopolitan Miraflores?

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