Peru and Bolivia Trek:
Machu Picchu to Uyuni  

LOCATION: Peru and Bolivia
TRIP LEADERS: Christine Tran
DIFFICULTY: easy
DATES: April 6-15, 2018 (10 days)
PRICE: $2,650 USD

 
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TRIP DETAILS

Lead by California blogger Christine Tran, this trip brings participants from the highlands of Peru to the salt flats of Bolivia. We explore the ancient Inca site at Machu Picchu, hike the Lares trek high in the Andes, explore small Quechua communities in the mountains, listen to musicians in La Paz, and 4x4 over the Uyuni salt planes in Bolivia on this visually stunning South American adventure. 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the ancient Inca site at Machu Picchu.
  • Travel across the seemingly endless Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.
  • Hike the Lares Trail through the Peruvian Andes, visiting villages and wildlife on the way.
  • Travel by train through the foothills of the Andes to Machu Picchu.
  • Explore Bolivia's Capital city-- La Paz. 
  • Check out the sights and sounds of Cusco and Lima.
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ITINERARY

DAY 1 :: FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018 :: ARRIVE IN LIMA

Everyone will arrive in Lima today and we will meet at the hotel lobby at 4pm to set out on a small exploration of the city as well as enjoy an introduction dinner and trip briefing on the coast. Lima is famous for its ceviche and fresh seafood. For those who want to travel to Cusco directly, you may arrive tomorrow (Saturday) in Cusco directly and meet at the hotel.


DAY 2 :: SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 :: LIMA / CUSCO

We will return to Lima’s airport in the morning to catch out flight to Cusco, high in the Peruvian Andes. Cusco sits at 3,400 metres above sea level, and you’ll feel it, normally in the form of a mild headache. For those meeting us directly in Cusco, we will provide accommodation details about two months before the start of the trip so you know where to go. We will spend afternoon lightly exploring the city and adapting to the altitude. We will check out the central Plaza de Armas, the Qoricancha, Pisac market and have a very traditional Peruvian dinner in Cusco followed by an optional evening outing.


DAY 3-4 :: SUNDAY, APRIL 8 TO MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 :: LARES TREK

After breakfast we will set off on our trek from Cusco to the Urubamba River. From there, we will spend the next two days hiking the Lares trail in Peru's sacred valley to the town of Ollantaytambo. The Lares trek is stunning; we will pass by small Quechua villages, alpacas, snow covered peaks and deep valleys as we take this very ancient trail towards Machu Picchu. We will spend one night at a rustic guesthouse in the middle of our two-day trek. 

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DAY 5 :: TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 :: OLLANTAYTAMBO / MACHU PICCHU

In the morning we will explore the town of Ollantaytambo and the Inca ruins that surround it. In the afternoon, we will board our train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. We’ll spend the night in Aguas Calientes and head off to sleep early, as we want to catch the first van up to Machu Picchu in the morning before sunrise.


DAY 6 :: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 :: MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

We will wake up before sunrise and catch the earliest van up the mountain to the ruins at Machu Picchu. We will spend the day exploring Machu Picchu and climbing Huayna Picchu (Wayna Picchu) before heading back down to Aguas Calientes in the late afternoon. From Aguas Calientes, we will take a train back to Cusco by way of Ollantaytambo. Overnight in Cusco.


DAY 7 :: THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 :: CUSCO / LA PAZ

This morning we will head over to Cusco’s International Airport to catch our short flight to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. Once we arrive in La Paz, we will clear Bolivian immigration and customs procedures before heading to downtown La Paz. We will spend the afternoon exploring the city, one of the highest capitals of the world, from the El Alto Thursday Market to the Witch’s Market, the city’s downtown and even a Lucha Libre wrestling show (if happening). In the evening, after dinner, we will head over to the Marka Tambo, a peña (local folk music club) to enjoy a serious performance of Andean music.

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DAY 8 :: FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 :: LA PAZ / SALAR DE UYUNI

In the morning we will depart from La Paz Airport for the small town of Uyuni in southwestern Bolivia, a one-hour flight away. We will spend the day thoroughly exploring the massive salt flats at Salar de Uyuni. We will conduct photography lessons on the flats to help you capture the most out of this surreal experience, especially around sunset hours when the light is softer and more colourful. We will spend the evening out on the Salt Flats. 


DAY 9 :: SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018 :: SALAR DE UYUNI / LA PAZ

We will enjoy sunrise over the salt flats in the morning (great for photography) before beginning our road trip back to La Paz through the Bolivian countryside. On the drive we will stop at small towns and gaze across vast landscapes and snow capped peaks as we rise in altitude again to reach the capital. We will spend the night in La Paz and enjoy a concluding dinner all together in the city before exploring some nightlife. 


DAY 10 :: SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018 :: DEPART FROM LA PAZ

Participants fly home or to their onward destinations today. No scheduled activities. 

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READY TO JOIN?

LOCATION: Peru and Bolivia
TRIP LEADER: Christine Tran
DIFFICULTY: easy

DATES: April 6-15, 2018 (10 days)
STARTING IN: Lima, Peru
ENDING IN: La Paz, Bolivia

PRICE: $2,650 USD.
INCLUDING: all ground costs, transportation, accommodation, guides, food, regional flights (Lima - Cusco; Cusco - La Paz; Uyuni - La Paz).
NOT INCLUDING: airfare, insurance, visa reciprocity fees.


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ESSENTIALS

LOCATION: Peru and Bolivia
TRIP LEADER: Christine Tran
DIFFICULTY: easy

DATES: April 6-15, 2018 (10 days)
STARTING IN: Lima, Peru
ENDING IN: La Paz, Bolivia

PRICE: $2,650 USD.
INCLUDING: all ground costs, transportation, accommodation, guides, food, regional flights.
NOT INCLUDING: airfare, insurance, visa fees. 


TRIP LEADER

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CHRISTINE TRAN
Tour de Lust

Christine is a full time travel blogger who recently left her corporate career to travel the world. She is passionate about sharing her story while helping others to travel and live a life of adventures. Some of her favourite travels include Iceland, Morocco, Greece and paragliding around the Matterhorn. Her bucket list is to hike Machu Picchu and run across the Uyuni Salt Flats as the sun rises.


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