Surrealistic tour through Peru, Bolivia and Chile
Travel through surrealistic landscapes and explore the highlights of Peru and Bolivia, including the Colca Canyon, Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu! If you have 28 days to travel through Peru and Bolivia, then this is the best route to do so. In addition to the highlights of the 3 weeks tour, this tour also covers the rough San Pedro de Atacama desert and the amazingly colorful Bolivian desertwith its lakes and flamingo colonies!
Different from most other travel agencies this tour already includes many not to miss excursions like: a visit to Islas Ballestas, sleeping in Huacachina, a tour to the Colca Cañon, a 3-days tour through the Salar de Uyuni, a private guided tour through the Sacred Valley and a visit to Machu Picchu, including entrance fee!
For all our tours and excursions we have tried to find a balance in time, service and price. We chose for example not to use expensive private busses on journeys where these don’t give much of an advantage. During this tour you will discover for yourself that it is always more authentic and sometimes even more comfortable to travel with local transport instate of (small) private busses).
Short travel itinerary of Surrealistic tour through Peru, Bolivia and Chile:
Day 1 : (Saturday) Arrival in Lima
Day 2 : Lima – Paracas – Huacachina
Day 3 : Huacachina – Nasca – comfortable overnight bus
Day 4 : Arequipa
Day 5 : Arequipa
Day 6 : Arequipa – Colca Cañon
Day 7 : Colca Cañon – Arequipa
Day 8 : Arequipa – Chili – Arica
Day 9 : Arica and overnight bus to Calama
Day 10 : Calama – San Pedro de Atacama
Day 11 : Start Salar de Uyuni Tour
Day 12 : Salar de Uyuni Tour
Day 13 : Salar de Uyuni – Salt flats – Uyuni
Day 14 : Uyuni – Potosi
Day 15 : Sat. – Potosi (optional Mine-Tour) – Sucre
Day 16 : Sucre
Day 17 : Sucre
Day 18 : Flight from Sucre to La Paz
Day 19 : La Paz
Day 20 : La Paz – Copacabana
Day 21 : Copacabana – Puno
Day 22 : Puno – inclusive Titicaca tour to Uros and Taquile
Day 23 : Puno – Cusco
Day 24 : Cusco
Day 25 : Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
Day 26 : Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 27 : Cusco
Day 28 : Fri. – Cusco – Lima – end of tour, or continue with one of the extensions…
Long itinerary of Surrealistic tour through Peru, Bolivia and Chile
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
The metropol Lima, locatede on the Pacific Coast, is the capital of Peru and has more than 10 million inhabitants. But despite this huge amount of citizens and the busy traffic, it is still recommendable to visit the impressive colonial city center. Not to miss highlights include: the huge Plaza de Armas, the majestic cathedral, the catacombs of the San Francisco convent, Museo Larco the Water Park (at night) and Parque del Amor with sunset! Lima is also known as gastronomic capital of South America with a wide variety in dishes!
Day 2: Lima - Islas Ballestas - Huacachina
Some people refer to these ‘arch’ islands as ‘Little Galapagos’, because of their abundant bird-life, the presence of many sea lions and even some penguins. This excursion is included in the tour.
After this excursion the tour continues to Ica and the oasis of Huacachina. From here you can join a spectacular ‘Sunset Buggy Tour’ over the sand dunes around Huacachina, a great ending for an interesting first day!
Day 3: Huacachina - Nasca - Arequipa (2350 m altitude)
Tonight around 22:00h you take a luxury public touring car towards Arequipa. Just upon your arrival around 7:30am, they will even serve you a small breakfast in the bus.
Day 4: Arequipa
Day 5: Arequipa
Day 6: Arequipa - Colca Canyon Tour (4910 - 3600 m)
The regular tour towards the famous Colca Cañon starts early, so there is time enough to enjoy the views and make some great pictures. The road crosses through two National Parks with beautiful scenery’s and a guaranty to see many lama’s and alpaca’s. Most likely you will even see some vicuñas. These elegant members of the South American camel family are more shy and are protected by Peruvian law, to preserve them from extinction.
After the bus crosses a pass at 4910m altitude, you decent towards the village of Chivay (3600m). Most tour agencies will stop at a buffet restaurant, where you can try different types of local dishes. After lunch you will be brought to your hotel, which is either in Chivay, or one of the surrounding villages.
In the afternoon you can go for a short hike in the beautiful surroundings and/or relax in the hot springs of Chivay, or one of the other towns.
Day 7: Colca Canyon - Arequipa
Depending on the season it is almost a guaranty to see condors ascending from the depth of the canon where they have their nests. This fact makes that Cruz del Condor draws many tourists, but lucky for us these giant birds don’t seem to be the least disturbed with all this attention.
After saying goodbye to the condors, you drive back to Chivay. Time to lunch before the bus drives back to Arequipa.
Day 8: Arequipa - Tacna Chile - Arica
Day 9: Arica - San Pedro de Atacama
Tonight you will take a comfortable overnight bus to Calama.
Day 10: Calama - San Pedro de Atacama (2400 m).
Two of the must see highlights in San Pedro de Atacama include a small, but very interesting meteorite museum, where you can hold and even buy your own piece of meteorite. Our second recommendation is to optional join a so called Sunset Tour through Valle del Muerte y Valle de La Luna.
Day 11: Start of the surrealistic tour through the Salar de Uyuni! (4200 m)
Day 12: Salar de Uyuni Tour
Day 13: Salar de Uyuni Tour - Uyuni (3700 m
Tonight you will sleep in ‘the army town’ called Uyuni. You will stay in hotel Tonito next to the army base and with the best pizza restaurant of Bolivia!
Day 14: Uyuni - Potosí (4060 m)
Day 15: (optional Mine Tour) - Sucre (2796 m)
In the afternoon you drive in three hours with private transportation to the official capital of Bolivia, Sucre.
The colonial city of Sucre is named after the right hand and friend of former freedom fighter Simon Bolivar, General Antonio José de Sucre, from Venezuela.
Day 16: Sucre
Halfway this hike you visit the rock paintings in the Caves of the Inca Machay and of the Puma. Walking down to the rock paintings will give you splendid views of the valley of the Rio Ravelo and the Crater of Maragua. After visiting the rock paintings you will walk down to a few rivers that we’ll cross and from there you go down to the village of Tumpeka. From here we drive in 2 hours back to Sucre.
Day 17: Sucre
Day 18: Sucre - La Paz
‘La Paz’ translates as ‘The Peace’, but ‘The Market’ would have been a better name for this busy never sleeping city. The old town of La Paz is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs, or maybe even buy an amulet on the mysterious witches market. We can also highly recommend to ‘take a ride’ in the relatively new Teleferico above La Paz, with great views over the city, the valley and the snowcapped Cordillera Real mountain range around La Paz!
Day 19: La Paz
Two other recommendable options are:
To bring a visit to the pre-Inca site of Tiawanaku. It is said that the Inca’s adopted part of their building style from the Tiawanaku culture. But the culture is most known for its impressive farming methods.
Or to visit Chacaltaya (5450 m), ones the highest ski-piste in the world. The ski-piste is closed now, but the views of the surroundings are stunning!
Day 20: La Paz - Copacabana - Lake Titicaca
Optional it is also possible to join a half day trip to Isla del Sol. This island offers beautiful sceneries on and views over, Lake Titicaca and according to some Inca stories this island was also the birth place of their first Inca.
Day 21: Copacabana - Peru - Puno (3840 m)
Day 22: Puno - Lake Titicaca Tours
Day 23: Puno - Cuzco (3500 m)
Day 24: Cuzco
Day 25: Cusco - Sacred Valley Tour - Pisac - Salineras - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
After visiting the archeological site of Pisac, you will have time to stroll around on the colorful market in the village of Pisac.
From Pisac you drive in about an hour to the salt pans of Salineras. For centuries already the Maras civilization catches here a small stream of salty water that comes out of the mountain. They catch the water in small shallow pools and let it dry in the sun, until they have only salt left. The view of these white pans in the green valley is mind blowing! After Salineras you drive in an hour to the friendly tourist town of Ollantaytambo.
From Ollantaytambo your guide will lead you around the ancient Inca fortress of this village. The fortress of Ollantaytambo is one of the very few places where the Inca’s won a big battle against the Spanish conquistadors. One of the mysteries of this site is how the Inca’s were able to cut and manage the huge granite rocks on top of the site.
After visiting this interesting site you will have dinner in the village before taking the train to Aguas Calientes (now officially called Machu Picchu Pueblo).
Those who booked the Classic 4-days Inca Trail will stay tonight in Ollantaytambo, this way tomorrow they don’t have to get up as early as their companions who leave from Cusco.
Day 26: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Cusco
Today also start the different optional hikes towards Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo (or Cusco). These hikes include the famous Inca Trail, the impressive 4-day Salkantay Trek and the Inca Jungle Tour.
Although the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is famous, it is also still covered with mysteries about its original purpose, how the Inca’s could build this city on and between the mountain tops and even about its original name. More: Machu Picchu information
After your guided tour over Machu Picchu, you have free time to explore the site by yourself and maybe take this iconic picture of Machu Picchu from the Hut of the Caretaker. Your train and bus back to Cusco will leave late afternoon/ evening.
Important note: For everyone who wants to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, at the edges of the archeological site of Machu Picchu, make sure to let us know BEFORE your booking and we will check availability.
When you climb the Huyana Picchu Mountain there is also a ‘secret trail’, which goes to the back of the mountain to visit the original Temple of the Moon. This beautiful trail takes an additional two hours and you have to start before noon from the top of the Huayna Picchu Mountain.
Day 27: Cusco
Day 28: Cusco - Lima
Aditional information about flying over the Nazca Lines:
Due to regulations from 2012, persons who weigh more than 90 kg might be asked to pay 50% to 100% additional! There is a balance at the airport and each passenger will be obligated to step on this balance before entering the plane…
Please let us know with your booking if you want to fly over The Nasca Lines and what your weight is and we try to give you as soon as possible the actual flight prices for that date.
Tour extention options:
For more information about extending this tour with an adventures trekking, please visit:Recommendable trekking options in Peru!
Another highly recommendable extention of this tour can be to visit the Amazon Rainforest. Please check out our tour options for more information: Our Amazon Tour Selection in Peru!
Included and recommended to bring on this tour:
This tour includes:
– ALL the transfers in Peru and the transfers to and from the airports in Bolivia.
– overnight stays in hotels with a price range between USD 40-70, including all breakfasts
– day 3 and 9: comfortable night bus, we don’t have a hotel these nights
– Transport from city to city in comfortable public busses and:
– train Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu Pueblo-Ollantaytambo
– bus Machu Picchu Pueblo – ruins of Machu Picchu (2 ways)
– flight Sucre-La Paz, including airport taxes
– flight Cusco-Lima, including airport taxes
– The included excursions, always have English speaking guides, except in The Salar de Uyuni:
– day 2: Shared services tour to Islas Ballestas
– day 6-7: Colca Canyon, including entrance fees
– day 11 till 13: A tour in Shared, international service through the desert and over the Salt flats of Uyuni, incl. transport 3x breakfast, 3x lunch and 2x dinner, plus 2 nights in very basic accommodations
– day 25: Sacred Valley, including, transport, guide and entrance fees worth USD 26 per person
-day 26: Entrance fee to Machu Picchu + guided tour. Please be informed that due to new regulations you already have to decide with the booking of your tour if you want to climb up Huyana Picchu, or Machu Picchu mountain (30 US$ additional fee).
The price doesn’t include:
– Optional excursions;
– Transfers in Chile and Bolivia (except to and from the airports) (about 2 US$ a transfer)
– International flights and taxes
– Entrée’s, (exit) taxes, food and other personal expenses;
– Tips (in restaurants, for guides, drivers and more) during the tour
– Additional price for one person a room
– All things not mentioned in the tour above
– International banking costs
– Obligated travel and health insurance
We recommend you to check the local visa and vaccination obligations.
For this tour we recommend you to bring at least with:
– Valid identification and travel documents and when needed a valid visa
– The information of your travel insurance
– Valid vaccinations, ask you countries health centre for more information
– A good backpack, or big sport-bag, preferable no hard suitcase
– A small day (back)pack
– Good shoes
– A warm jacket/ fleece
– A rain jacket/ poncho
– Two warm sweaters
– Thermo underwear for the very cold (-16 C.) Salar tour
– Three light trousers
– 4 T-shirts
– Two pair of shorts
– A flashlight
– Something to be able to back-up your photos
– Protection against the sun and mosquito’s (you can also buy locally)
Be aware that Peru is not a Third World Country anymore, so most things are available. If you do have any doubts about what to bring, please feel free to ask us.
Note: During high season, from half May until half of September, this tour will cost 90 US$ p.p. more.