South America is full of culture, beauty, and excitement, and no countries exemplify these characteristics quite like Peru and Bolivia. If you’re looking for an adventurous tour that features all the highlights of Peru and Bolivia, as well as lesser-known sites, Ayni Peru’s Grand Tour is the trip for you. For 12 days and 11 nights, you will travel south through Peru, visiting charming Cusco, the endlessly beautiful Sacred Valley, the great Wonder of the World Machu Picchu, and serene Lake Titicaca, before crossing the Bolivian border to explore the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats. All along the way, Ayni Peru brings unique local touches to all the famous spots, prioritizing the people and culture, and working with local communities to deliver innovative activities not found with other agencies. On this truly unique and memorable tour, Ayni Peru will take you on the South American adventure of your dreams!
Your journey will begin in Lima, the bustling capital city, recognized worldwide for its innovative and delicious cuisine. Peru has been awarded the title of Best Culinary Destination in the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years, and you will have the opportunity to try some of the dishes and visit the restaurants that have earned Peru this title.
From Lima, you will fly to the historic city of Cusco, the former center of the vast and powerful Inca Empire. Everywhere you go in Cusco, you will see (and hear!) the remnants of this civilization, whether it’s in the construction of the buildings, the many remaining ruins, or by passing a group of locals chatting in Quechua, the Inca language still spoken by many Peruvians today. The picturesque cobblestone streets and red-brown rooftops are just a few of Cusco’s most loved characteristics. While in Cusco, you will visit the nearby ruins, visit the local markets, and learn about its incredible history.
Just outside of Cusco, you will find the breathtakingly beautiful Sacred Valley. You will visit several of the small local towns, making stops at the salt mine in Maras, the vast handicraft market in Pisac, and the incredible ruins in Ollantaytambo. As a unique touch, you will be able to enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family, where you will have the opportunity to talk with them and gain insight into the local culture and life in the high Andes. You’ll also visit a community-based tourism project, where you’ll learn about traditional farming and medicinal plants.
After the Sacred Valley, your next stop will be the long-awaited trip to Machu Picchu. As you ascend the stone steps, you will catch your first glimpse of “The City in the Sky” as the early morning fog lifts and the clouds part, revealing the majestic ruins below. Your private guide will lead you around the ruins as you visit the Temple of the Three Windows, the Main Temple, the Intihuatana stone, and much more, learning about their significance all along the way. If you want an extra adventure, you can climb either Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain for incredible views of the ruins, surrounding mountains, and the Urubamba River rushing below from high above the clouds.
You will then travel to the stunningly beautiful and peaceful Lake Titicaca, where you will experience the local indigenous culture on secluded areas of the lake’s famous islands. Here, you will leave the well-trod tourist path to visit a remote area of the Uros islands, the UNESCO World Heritage site Taquile, and the Capachica peninsula.
After relaxing at the lake, you will cross the border into Bolivia as you travel to La Paz, where you will experience the city’s rich artistic culture, visiting the many murals and urban art pieces spread throughout the city. You will see a meeting of the old and new worlds, as you observe the deep-rooted culture and tradition, as well as the city’s modern features, like the cable car system.
On the final leg of your journey, you will jet off from La Paz to the breathtaking Uyuni salt flats. Covering 12,000 square kilometers (4,633 square miles) of the Bolivian altiplano, the salt flats are an inspiring natural phenomenon. You will spend three days exploring the surreal landscape, visiting colorful lagoons, salt water springs, a series of bizarre stone formations sculpted by the wind, and the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, home to vicunas, flamingoes, and more.
From here, your Peru and Bolivia adventure will come to an end as you say goodbye to Bolivia and catch your flight home- or to your next travel destination!
Our adventurous Peru and Bolivia tour features what many consider the highlights of each country; Cusco and enigmatic Machu Picchu, the beautiful Sacred Valley, serene Lake Titicaca, and the astounding Uyuni Salt Flats.
Ayni Peru brings inspiring local touches to the most famous spots by prioritizing people and culture, working with local communities, and innovative activities.
As with all Ayni Peru travel, this itinerary can be customized or combined with tours in Cusco and beyond. Please contact us for custom itineraries, quotes and questions.
Lima Culinary Tour: Arrive in metropolitan Lima. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening getting to know this ancient and diverse city. We`ll combine an introduction to Peru`s amazing coastal cuisine and a tour of Lima’s historical highlights.
Cusco Locals Tour: Fly to historic Cusco, former center of the Inca Empire. Spend the afternoon wandering cobblestone streets, local markets, and learning about Cusco’s incredible history.
Sacred Valley Tour: Traverse the beautiful Sacred Valley, stopping at interesting Inca ruins, an artisan market and cascading salt ponds. Enjoy a traditional lunch with a local family, and gain insight into local culture. In the afternoon, visit an exceptional community-based tourism project and learn about traditional farming of crops such as quinua, potatoes, and medicinal plants.
Machu Picchu Tour: Explore Machu Picchu! We’ll visit famous highlights, plus lesser-known (but equally) fabulous spots. After an in-depth tour of the ruins, climb Huayna Picchu,hike to Inti Punku, or visit the Inca Bridge.
Altiplano Travel: Set out across the starkly beautiful Peruvian altiplano, with stops at a breathtaking colonial church, a visit with alpacas, seldom visited but fascinating catacombs and more.
Lake Titicaca Tour: Travel by boat over stunningly blue Lake Titicaca to experience indigenous culture in secluded areas of the lakes famed islands. Today includes stops at a remote area of the Uros reed islands, UNESCO World Heritage site Taquile, and the Capachica peninsula.
Bolivia Tour: Cross into beautiful Bolivia and tour Copacabana. You’ll hike across Isla del Sol (Sun Island) with your private guide, then continue to fascinating La Paz.
Bolivia Tour: Get to know Bolivia’s one-of-a-kind capital on a walking adventure that includes descending dynamic El Alto, handicraft shopping in La Paz’s intricate marketplaces, and taking in beautiful murals in the city center.
Uyuni Tour: Jet off to awe-inspiring Uyuni. Travel across the shimmering white salt flats to cactus-covered Incahuasi Island.
Uyuni Tour: Spend the day exploring Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, home to endless blue skies, brilliantly-colored lakes, volcanoes, lunar landscapes, roaming vicuñas, flamingoes and more.
Uyuni Tour: Begin the day bathing in gorgeous thermal pools. We’ll bid farewell to Uyuni and head back to La Paz.
La Paz-Home: Morning flight home, or on to your next destination!