Bolivia

 

Day 1 Depart U.S.A.
This evening begin your vacation with an overnight flight to La Paz.

 

Day 2 La Paz
Arrive in La Paz, a city with an interesting mix of modern and traditional. La Paz’ altitude of 12,0000 feet will leave you breathless, but her lively market areas are worth wandering. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Stay in Hotel Paris, a first class hotel in a marvelous 19th century theater overlooking Plaza Murillo. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour including the street markets, rich in handicrafts, weaving, and witchcraft artifacts. Visit the colonial part of the city, San Francisco Church, Murillo Square, and the outdoor replica of the Tiahuanaco temple. Then visit the modern part of the city to see how the city is growing, and how much the elevation drops.
Overnight Hotel Paris (B)

 

Day 2 La Paz (Tiawanaku)
Visit Tiahuanaco, located about 1 hour from La Paz. You’ll travel through the Bolivian Highlands, observing the Aymara way of life. Pass Laja, where the city of La Paz was founded in 1548, with its beautiful renaissance style church. Tiahuanaco is one of the oldest American cultures. Carbon14 dating indicates it dates back to between 1580BC and 1150 AD. It is considered the cradle of America, and one of the most advanced cultures of its time. One of the highlights will be the Gate of the Sun - probably an early astronomical observatory.
Overnight Hotel Paris (B)

 

Day 3 La Paz/ Lake Titicaca ( Island of the Sun) 
Depart this morning by private car to Copacabana, a beautiful town on Lake Titicaca. Continue on to La Gruta, where you will hike up an Inca Trail to a Sampaya, an old village, and then down to the bay, where you will board a boat to Sun Island. Upon arrival you will have a one hour uphill hike to La Estancia, a new ecolodge (simple but comfortable) built with the local indigenous community of La Estancia.
La Estancia (B/L/D)

 

Day 4 Lake Titicaca - Sun Island & Moon Island 
Enjoy a full day hike around Sun Island to enjoy its breathtaking scenery. Depart by local boat to Chincana Bay to visit the best ruins of the island. Then, return to the lodge. After lunch, walk to Yumani to the Garden of the Incas to see the water spring of Eternal Youth, where the Incas were baptized. Hike down the Inca Steps. Then, take a boat to the Island of the Moon, visit the ruins.
La Estancia (B/L/D)

 

Day 5 Sun Island/Puno (Copacabana)
Today you hike to the village of Yumani in the Garden of the Incas, to see the water spring of the Eternal Yuth where the Incas were baptized. Continue down to the bay and take a boat to Copacabana and visit the famous Dark Virgin and its church. Continue on to Puno by boat. Welcome to Peru! You will be met and transferred to your hotel, deluxe property overlooking the lake.
Overnight Hotel Esteves Libertador Puno (B)

 

Day 6 Lake Titicaca (Uros & Taquile Islands)
Today, you'll go on a full day excursion to the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island. The residents will welcome you with opportunities to buy their handicrafts. Continue by boat for a three-hour ride to Taquile Island. The island's agricultural fields and simple dwellings contrast with the clear azure of Lake Titicaca in strikingly beautiful landscapes. The island's inhabitants seem to have comfortably resolved many of the conflicts between their traditions and the 20th century. You'll hike up to the center or one of the villages, enjoy a local lunch, and return to Puno by boat later this afternoon. (B/L)
Overnight Hotel Libertador Puno (B)

 

Day 7 Puno/Cusco
Today, take a first-class tourist bus to Cusco, passing through Andean landscapes, small towns and cities, making some stops to see "local color" as well as some important Inca ruins. High in the south Andes, Cusco was the former capital of the Inca Empire. You'll be met at the bus station and transferred to your hotel. Stay in El Monasterio, a beautiful hotel in a renovated 16th century monastery, located in the heart of the ancient city.
Overnight Monasterio Hotel (B)

 

Day 8 Cusco (Sacred Valley)
Today, you'll go on a full day excursion to the Sacred Valley. This fertile valley of the Urubamba River was used by the Inca nobility for their country homes. Visit the lively Pisaq market, which completely takes over the town on Sundays. You'll find handicrafts of all qualities along with plenty of opportunities to photograph the children (looking for tips) with their pet llamas, but you'll also find today's residents bartering potatoes, herbal remedies, or kitchen utensils, and trading gossip. Stop for lunch in one of the country hotels, then continue on to explore the magnificent ruins of Ollantaytambo. During the return to Cusco visit Chincheros, whose handicraft market is growing.
Overnight Monasterio Hotel (B/L)

 

Day 9 Machu Picchu *
Early this morning you'll be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the train station. You'll be riding on the first class Vistadome train. Machu Picchu is reached by a three-hour train ride through the spectacular scenery of the Urubamba Valley. High on jungle-covered hilltops in the midst of the cloud forest, Machu Picchu was not known to the Spanish Conquerors, so much of the ancient city remains - temples, palaces, and astronomical observatories of intricate stonework, all surrounded by a verdant landscape. On arrival at the train station, a shuttle bus takes you up the mountain for a guided visit to the ruins. You'll be spending the night at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, spectacularly located at the entrance to the ruins.
Overnight Sanctuary Hotel (B/L/D)
*Enroute to Machu Picchu, passengers have the option to disembark the train early and take a guided Baby Inca trek for 4 hours arriving Machu Picchu through the fabled Sun Gate, as did the ancient Incas.

 

Day 10 Machu Picchu
This morning you are free to greet the dawn at the ruins of Machu Picchu, a mystical experience! After lunch at the Sanctuary, you will make your way down to the train station to board your late afternoon train back to Cusco. Upon arrival at the train station you will be taken back to the Monasterio.
Overnight Monasterio Hotel - (B/L)

 

Day 11 Cusco
This afternoon, you'll have a tour of Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere! The tour includes important landmarks of Cusco and the nearby ruins of Kenko, Pucapucara, Tampumachay, as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress. Once the center of the Inca civilization, modern Cusco is a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture.
Overnight Monasterio (B)

 

Day 12 Cusco/Lima/Depart
Today you will taken to the airport for a short flight to Lima. Upon arrival Lima, you will be met at the airport and taken for a city tour . Lima's historical heart is filled with beautiful colonial churches and buildings. After the tour you will be taken back to the airport for your overnight return flight to the U.S.A.