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Peru and Bolivia: Machu Picchu to the Salt Flats
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16 days

from $4,419 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be physically fit and prepared for multiple hours of activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day. Certain days may have more challenging physical activities, such as steep ascents/descents on mountainous terrain.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore the iconic citadel of Machu Picchu with an expert guide.
  • Get creative with photo ops on the mirror-like landscapes of Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats.
  • Stay at an eco-lodge deep in the Amazon jungle, and spot wildlife with expert naturalists.
  • Experience life at a traditional Bolivian hacienda high in the Andes.
Itinerary

South America is filled with awe-inspiring wonders, and on this journey through Bolivia and Peru, you’ll experience an introduction to some of its highlights. Learn about Peru’s storied past in the former Inca capital of Cusco before immersing yourself in the Amazon during a stay in the heart of the jungle. Hike the Inca Trail—or catch the scenic train—to the ancient and endlessly fascinating Machu Picchu; then travel to Bolivia to see striking sights like the Uyuni Salt Flats and colonial cities surrounded by soaring Andean peaks.

Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Day 2: Lima/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized canoe to the comfortable, intimate, and exclusive G Lodge Amazon located in the lush Tambopata Rainforest.

Day 3: Tambopata

Enjoy guided jungle excursions led by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes, rivers, and clay licks. Take advantage of free time to relax or swim, and go on a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

Day 4: Tambopata/Cusco

Travel by boat out of the jungle to Puerto Maldonado for a flight over the Andes and into the heart of Inca territory, Cusco. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos. Visit the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Day 5: Cusco/Urubamba

Enjoy a full day exploring the Sacred Valley with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo.

Day 6: Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Day 7: Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Day 8: Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 9: Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down to Machu Picchu for a guided tour of the site and free time to explore until noon as permitted by the tourist ticket. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge, if time allows. Catch the bus to Aguas Calientes to meet any non-hiking members of your group. Eat and relax before your train back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 10: Cusco/La Paz

Catch a flight to one of the loftiest cities in the world, La Paz, Bolivia. In the afternoon, take an immersive city tour on foot, van, and by cable car exploring the “highest” capital in the world, surrounded by the stunning snow-capped Andes. Explore vibrant squares, historical sites, and lively local markets, learning more about the balance of old and new of this fascinating city. This evening, enjoy an interactive culinary experience at a popular local restaurant with demonstrations of how traditional foods such as quinoa are integrated into modern fusion dishes. With our local chef, we sample a variety of dishes and discuss the growing popularity of La Paz as a foodie destination.

Day 11: La Paz/Sucre

Catch a flight to charming Sucre, then enjoy an orientation walk around the main square with your CEO. This afternoon, relax at a local café, explore on your own, or opt to take an immersive city tour with a local expert that focuses on the stunning colonial architecture and historic sites, best viewed from the city’s ubiquitous rooftop terraces.

Day 12: Potosi Countryside

Enjoy free time this morning before travelling into the southern highlands to our historic hacienda. Surrounded by lush farmlands and rolling hills, this working farm offers unique opportunities for cultural exchanges with the resident family. Get a glimpse into daily life here while taking part in demonstrations at the dairy and in the fields, and step back in time during visits to the property’s private rooms, chapel, and museum. Cap off your experience with an authentic farm-to-table dinner featuring specialities local to the area.

Day 13: Potosí/Uyuni

Make the short drive to the centre of Potosi and enjoy a guided tour of the Casa Nacional de la Moneda, the old silver mint and now a museum dedicated to Bolivian art and history. Take a scenic drive to Uyuni, gateway to the world's largest salt flat. Learn about the industrialization of salt and the geographical history of the region while driving across this mirror-like landscape. Enjoy a sunset picnic atop the flats before returning to our hotel.

Day 14: Uyuni

Journey deeper into the salt pans to explore their varied geographical features. Along the way, stop at the remote town of Agencha, a small Quechua community sponsored by G Adventures for Good. Here we enjoy a guided walk to learn about quinoa production and the cultural history of the area. Savour lunch prepared with local ingredients before continuing our exploration of the desert and its pans.

Day 15: Uyuni/La Paz

Catch a flight to La Paz and enjoy free time to explore before joining our CEO for an optional farewell dinner.

Day 16: La Paz

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 09 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019
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  • date 21 Dec 2019 - 05 Jan 2020
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  • date 18 Jan 2020 - 02 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $4,419 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,828 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Feb 2020 - 15 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,199 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $6,608 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Mar 2020 - 05 Apr 2020
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    $5,199 AUD Per Person
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    $6,608 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020
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  • date 02 May 2020 - 17 May 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,379 AUD Per Person
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  • date 23 May 2020 - 07 Jun 2020
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  • date 13 Jun 2020 - 28 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,679 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $7,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Jul 2020 - 19 Jul 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,679 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $7,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Jul 2020 - 09 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,679 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $7,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Aug 2020 - 30 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,679 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $7,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Sep 2020 - 20 Sep 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,679 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $7,088 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Sep 2020 - 11 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,379 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,788 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Oct 2020 - 01 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,379 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,788 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,379 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,788 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Nov 2020 - 13 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,379 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $6,788 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Dec 2020 - 03 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,679 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,088 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (9 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), Inca Trail camping or Cusco-stay hotel (3 nts), Hacienda/farm (1 nt).
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Transport: Private van, plane, train, boat, canoe, hiking, 4x4 vehicle.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: La Paz Culinary Experience, La Paz
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Bolivian Hacienda Experience, Potosí
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lunch, Santiago de Agencha
  • Arrival transfer
  • Three-day (2 nts) excursion to the G Adventures exclusive rainforest lodge
  • Sacred Valley tour
  • Choice of four-day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook, and porters or Cusco/Aguas Calientes stay with scenic train
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • La Paz city tour
  • Sucre orientation walk
  • Excursions to the Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $5,378

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.