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Active Peru and Bolivia: trekking Andean peaks to tropical rainforest

18 days from £3,060pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Peru / Bolivia / Lake Titicaca

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Overview & Highlights

This trekking holiday combines two popular trails, the Salkantay, an Inca path fringed by huge snow-capped peaks in Peru which ends close to Machu Picchu, and the Bolivian Choro, from the chilly mountains at lofty La Paz down to semi-tropical pre-Amazon valleys.

Andean Peru and Bolivia have some of the best hiking opportunities in Latin America, if not the world. This trekking holiday combines two popular and spectacular trails, on in each country, and although reaching high altitude, are not technically difficult and within the abilities of most keen walkers.

The Salkantay trek, an Inca path which ends close to Machu Picchu, can really rank alongside the better known Calssic Inca Trail for its dramatic scenery, and has the added attractions of passing remote farmsteads, fields rich with tropical crops, and what is probably the best first-time view of Machu Picchu across ranges of rugged mountains.

The Choro Trail in Bolivia, leading from high altitude La Paz down into the semi-tropical pre-Amazon valleys, has the appeal of being mostly downhill. You can easily appreciate the influence of altitude on the landscape: from a skeletal rocky pass towered over  by icy crags through cloud forest and on down to the tropical plantations of the Yungas n the foothills separating the high Andes from the Amazon region.

In both cases you'll come across hardy people leading tough lives in small remote communities and farmsteads - a lesson in resilience for us in the First World.

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  • Panoramic tour round Lima’s important sites en route to the airport
  • Walking tour of the city of Cusco and nearby ruins
  • Guided discovery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on foot
  • Guided Salkantay trek
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Cultural highlights en route to Lake Titicaca
  • Sun Island, Lake Titicaca
  • Walking tour of La Paz
  • Guided Choro trek

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What our clients say

  • An excellent holiday which met our wish to revisit some parts of Brazil and explore new areas; Pantanal was a real discovery and better for seeing wildlife than Manaus.

    PMR, Blandford Forum
  • Many good memories - arriving at Macchu Picchu was something we had wanted to do for many years, so was probably the most memorable.

    CA, Wembley
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  • We knew from the itinarary that alot of travelling would be involved. Given the amount we saw it was well worth time spent in the bus. We compared this itinerary…

    JN, Peterborough
  • "Overall, the party gelled very well, the tour leader was a great guide and travelling companion we saw some wonderful sights - Machu Picchu and the other Inca sites especially.…

    JT, Ashford
  • "Cuba exceeded my expectations : it is beautiful architecturally and naturally, fascinating historically, politically and economically and so full of life. Thanks to JLA for letting me get under the…

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Our Expert's Opinion

It was really fun putting this holiday together. Combining two of the Andes' classic treks was an opportunity to showcase the diverse landscapes found in Peru and Bolivia. What I love about this trip is the mixture of snowy peaks so close you feel you can touch them and the unexpected semi-tropical valleys below La Paz, which are reached by a mostly downhill trek. This is unusual in the region.

Carrie
Carrie Gallagher Travel Expert A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

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