Peru Bolivia. Make the most of your trip to the region by combining the natural wonder of the Rurrenabaque Jungle with the cultural, scenic and archaeological marvels of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. This option includes a 3 nights at Chalalan Lodge in Rurrenabaque Bolivia. For those looking for a profound Amazon experience, Bolivia’s Madidi National Park offers everything available in the more well-known areas…and more. This region has been described as the archetype of what the Amazon used to be like and it has it all; dense rain-forest, vast open savannas, winding tropical rivers, large numbers of birds and mammals, and the seldom seen indigenous people of the tropical rainforest.
Day 1: Lima
Arrive to the International Airport in Lima, our staff will meet and transfer you to the Hotel
Day 2: Lima • Cusco
Early in the morning our staff will meet and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight to the Capital of the Incas Cusco. Upon your Arrival in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, we greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel following brief orientation and a cup of traditional coca tea to assist in the acclimation to the 11300 ft. in the Inca Capital of Cusco. In the afternoon City tour of Cusco. This tour include: The Cathedral, Qoricancha, temple of the Sun, the most important of Inca ceremonial sites. Later you will continue to the most important site of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara. We return to the hotel (Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 3: Sacred Valley
After breakfast we Leave Cusco in the rear view mirror, we travel by car over a low pass then down into the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. The scenery is unsurpassable, close and distant snow peaks glistening in the sun. Visit the Ancient Pisaq market, where many of the local Indians sell their hand made textiles. Lunch at the local hacienda restaurant and continue to Ollantaytambo the major Inca temple / fortress. Probably built by the great Inca ruler, Pachacuti in the 1460s, it was the site of Hernando Pizzaro’s defeat by Manco Inca in 1536. You will have time for some pictures and additional shopping before you will go to Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco on the way we stop at small village Chincheros and to Cusco (Breakfast and Lunch).
Day 4: Cusco • Machu Picchu
In the morning after breakfast we pick you up at your hotel and take you to the railway station for the tourist class train to Machu Pichu. Train journey passes through picturesque Andean scenery, passing traditional villages, Inca ruins and rushing rivers. We’ll descend 1300 meters through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and follow the Urubamba river until the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Afterward we’ll take the 20 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, perched 600 meters above the river. Our guide will explain you the history and the myths that surround this archeological wonder MACHU PICCHU!. The famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! Stand 2,430m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. In an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it was probably most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seen as, if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna, the site is frequently shrouded in misty clouds pierced by the powerful equatorial Sun. Afterwards we take the bus for your return to the Aguas Calientes for lunch and take the train back to Cusco (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 5: Cusco • Puno
After your breakfast you will meet and transferred by bus to Puno. A long the way you will have stops and guided tours to the Incas sites of Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, and Pikillaqta. We have lunch at the restaurant in Sicuani. After your arrival to Puno our staff will meet and transfer you to the hotel (Breakfast and Lunch).
Day 6: Lake Titicaca
Early in the morning departure to Titicaca Lake where you will go by boat to the Floating Uros Islands. Afterward visit the Chullpas of Sillustani. here you can view the structures that once housed the remains of these ancient ancestors of the Highland region of Titicaca Lake. Late in the afternoon return to the Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 7: Puno • La Paz
After breakfast, private vehicle to La Paz, Bolivia. On the way we stop at Tiahuanaco for a full tour of the oldest civilization in Bolivia. Onward journey to La Paz and transfer to your hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 8: La Paz City Tour
After breakfast, a city tour of La Paz. With its own unique topography containing few flat areas and protected by its eternal guardian, the snow peak of Ilimani (6402m), La Paz houses the seat of government of Bolivia. A visit to the Plaza Murillo (with its presidential palace, national congress and metropolitan cathedral), its famous witches market and a choice of fine museums. With many interesting museums to visit, choose between the National Museum of Art, The Ethnographic and Folklore Museum and The Museo Tambo Quirquincho (old fashioned dresses and silverware amongst others). On Calle Jaen, a beautiful colonial street, there are four museums which may all be visited one after another. These are: The Precious Metals Museum, The Casa de Murillo, The Litoral Boliviano or Military Museum and the Juan de Vargas Museum; there is even a Coca museum. Return to your hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 9: La Paz • Rurrenabaque
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Rurrenabaque, located on the banks of the Beni River. Transfer to Hotel. After lunch, visit to the town and the famous Moskkito Jungle Bar. (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 10: Rurrenabaque • Chalalan
After breakfast, we head towards Chalalan Lodge in motorized canoes, which is approximately five hours up the Tuichi river. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to spot for wildlife on the river and the surrounding rainforest. It is home to many bird species. The journey will take you through Bullet Canyon before arriving at the trailhead on Tuichi river and Chalalan Lodge. A half-hour hike through the forest with a local guide on the trail will introduce you to the rainforest and bring you to Chalalan lodge. Lunch upon arrival. In the afternoon, travel by canoe on Chalalan Lagoon and perhaps hike on one of the numerous trails. Dinner before a night excursion in search of nocturnal animals. Overnight at Chalalan Lodge. (Breakfast, Linch and Dinner)
Day 11: Chalalan • Rayamayo • Chalalan
After breakfast, embark on an early morning hike along the Silbador trail. Head towards the Rayamayo River to view the birds and other wildlife. Continue on the Mutun and Anta trails that will lead you back to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the beauty of Madidi. Canoe trips on the lagoon are always an option for bird watching. Dinner and a night excursion. Overnight in Chalalan. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 12: Chalalan
After breakfast, we hike the Paraba Trail bordering Laguna Chalalan. We traverse the rainforest in search of nesting macaws in the tall palm trees. After exploring the rainforest, we cross the Rayamayo River and join the Marimono trail to the Eslabon River. After lunch, hike on a seldom-used trail towards the foothills of the Eslabon Mountain range. We should see families of Marimonos (spider monkeys) that live in the area as well as other mammals and birds. Return to Chalalan Lodge for dinner and a night outing. Overnight in Chalalan. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Day 13: Chalalan • Rurrenabaque
Late morning departure back to Rurrenabaque. Overnight in Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch)
Day 14: Rurrenabaque • La Paz
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to La Paz and onward for your flight home. (Breakfast)
DEPARTING GROUP DATES: From April 22nd; May 20th; June 15th; July 05th, Aug 20th; Sept 22nd; Oct 15th; Nov 10th; December 05th
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Prices start from $2,900 per person in double occupancy from Lima, Peru. This includes all meals from Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, accommodations as stated in the itinerary, accommodation in 3* & 4* hotels and lodges in Chalalan Lodge, all internal transportation Vistadome train to Machupicchu including all Peruvian and Bolivian flights and all tours as per itinerary, ground transportation during the tour, and guide services provided by our tour guide. It does not include airfare from your home to Lima and return from La Paz Bolivia, airport departure taxes, alcoholic beverages, special gratuities, phone calls, laundry, or items of a personal nature.
The single supplement for this tour no apply you will be charged a single supplement if you desire single accommodations.
TOUR REGISTRATION: To register for this tour, complete the Tour registration form and return it with a deposit of 50% per person. If registering by phone, the deposit must be received within 10 days or the space will be released. Full payment of the tour fee is due 60 days prior to the tour departure date.
CLIMATE: Weather conditions can be extremely variable on this trip due to the wide range of habitats and elevations visited. Conversely, time spent in the mountains, particularly on the higher in Puno and La Paz, could be damp and cool to cold, possibly with rain and temperatures into the low 50s.
BOLIVIA HEALTH OVERVIEW: A Yellow Fever vaccination is strongly advised, and a requirement for those entering from infected areas. Typhoid and Hepatitis A immunization is recommended. Altitude sickness is the most common complaint in Bolivia with much of the country lying above 10,000ft (3,050m). This is particularly relevant to diabetics, those with heart complaints or chest problems, who should seek advice before travelling to Bolivia. Malaria is prevalent in some parts of the country.
CURRENCY: Nuevo Sol; as of February, 2006, $1 USD = 2.82 Nuevo Sol. Local currency and USD are available from ATM’s at Lima airport and major cities, Bolivia the official currency is the Boliviano (BOB), which is divided into 100 centavos
DOCUMENTS: For U.S. citizens, a passport valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure is required. Non-United States citizens should check with their local Peruvian consulate or embassy. A visa is not required; a tourist card will be issued by the airline. Bolivia, most nationalities do not require a visa for stays less than 30 days, but please consult your embassy for current requirements
Before booking, it is important to have read and understood the Terms and Conditions. Please bear in mind that significant price reductions are available for groups