Peru and Bolivia holiday, highlights in 12 days
Description of Peru and Bolivia holiday, highlights in 12 days
See the best of Peru and Bolivia on this brilliantly balanced tailor made trip, combining fascinating historical sites and spectacular natural locations in a highlight-packed 12 days.
The trip begins in the Peruvian Amazon, where you’ll spend two nights, setting each day to spot the unforgettable wildlife of this region. Your base is the Sandoval Lake Lodge, on the shores of the most beautiful lake in the Peruvian Amazon, tucked within the Tambopata National Reserve. You reach the lodge by catamaran and during your stay here will use this boat to explore the lake. This is giant otter territory and two sunrise boat excursions will hopefully bring you close to these enigmatic creatures, while evening cruises are taken to the chorus of red bellied macaws, returning to the forest for the night. This area is also home to more than five species of monkeys, toucans, Brazilian tapir and even the elusive and beautiful jaguar.
After the Amazon, fly back to Cusco and explore this fascinating city, before heading for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop off at the traditional market in Pisaq, and visit the small towns of Calca and Urubamba, before arriving in Ollantaytambo, a former agricultural, military and religious centre, home to the ruins of a massive Inca temple. Next, it’s the jewel in the Inca crown – the mysterious Machu Picchu Citadel! We use the train and then a bus to reach it, and once here, a guide will explain the history and myths of this archaeological wonder.
The Bolivian capital, bustling La Paz, is your next stop, before moving on to beautiful Lake Titicaca. We head for the Bolivian side, taking the boat from Copacabana to the impressive Isla del Sol, before hiking to a beautiful eco lodge here to spend the night. You’ll visit the heritage towns of Sucre and Potosi before flying to the remote and surreal Uyuni, where an ancient salt lake stretches across the landscape. Learn how locals extract the salt, and spend a few days exploring the wild territory around, where cacti, volcanoes, hot springs, geysers and lagoons thronging with beautiful flamingos, will give you plenty to gaze at! On your final day, cross the Siloli Desert with its monuments carved by the wind, and the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, where geysers shoot up and hot springs where a warm soak is a real treat. This is a busy but balanced tailor made trip, introducing you to the best of Peru and Bolivia, both manmade and wildly natural!
1 Reviews of Peru and Bolivia holiday, highlights in 12 days
Reviewed on 04 May 2019 by Debbie Yip
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Almost everything, but if forced to choose, I would say Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. Our tour guide and driver made special effort to make our experience there more than memorable.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Prepare yourselves (e.g. by doing cardio exercises) before the trip to counter altitude sickness, especially in Bolivia. Certain parts of the trip like trekking in the Amazon and trekking in Isla del Sol could be challenging for those who are not fit or who are not mentally prepared for these. Perhaps pre-trip briefing could be more detailed on what is required.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Could not see that directly, although our tour operators and the hotels we stayed in were careful about reducing environmental impact.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Superb! Highly recommended.
PlanetThis tour is designed for people interested in culture and nature as part of their travel experience. We will take you to places and destinations where tourism is being used to help protect very valuable and unique destinations of these two Andean countries.
Your visit to Sandoval Lake Lodge, inside the Tambopata National Reserve will support government efforts to help secure a healthy habitat for the rare and threatened Giant Otter. No other location like Lake Sandoval offers a high chance to observe this magnificent predator, usually traveling in a large group including several members and also cubs. Besides otters, the surrounding landscape of Lake Sandoval is a well-preserved territory of an endless biological richness and beauty. The tall and ancient rainforests and also old Brazil-nut groves which are home to amazing mammals, birds, and myriads of insect species and plants; many still unknown by science. Tourism in this part of Peru has become a great justification to conserve larger portions of still untouched rainforests presently threatened by cattle ranching, slash-and-burning agriculture, gold mining, and other poorly planed colonization schemes along the Interoceanic Highway, envisioned by the 70s to sell timber and soybeans to Asia.
The case is similar in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve in South Bolivia. This preserve is home of the largest nesting populations of Puna and Andean flamingos in the world, and is also home of the Puna Fox, Lesser Rhea, Puma, Condor, Vicuña, and rare plant species that no longer exist in other places of the Altiplano or the Central Andes and therefore it is very important to help protect them.
You will also visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sucre and Potosi - all world heritage sites, which will help local governments to protect these popular destinations that still have invaluable historical and cultural monuments, and living cultures as well. Many of our employees or third parties are native from these locations and are best placed to help people to travel sensitively through them.
We have selected third parties, services, and hotels that agree with our work philosophy, and who/which do their best to include best practices to secure the environment and respectful attitudes toward local cultures and our heritage.
PeopleFor more than 20 years we have been involved in conservation, responsible travel, and even in citizen science. We have realized that tourism represents a more convenient or better opportunity to create more permanent jobs and help save the natural capital or heritage, without requiring costly budgets and expensive high-input technology. With all this knowledge, we became active participants in the implementation of several successful tourism projects in the Andes and Amazon of Bolivia and Peru, either as field consultants or as tour operators.
Our staff and third parties are all committed to offering quality in our services, following our work philosophy. Our guides are all local and we do our best to present travel experiences where basic services are the top of the line, and are in line with environmental and local practices. We guarantee that our operations implement friendly practices towards locals, indigenous people, wildlife, and careful checks when visiting nature, cultural and historical locations.