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.
- 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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Arrive in Lima and transfer to hotel.
Tour of Lima by car ending at the airport for flight to Cusco.
Walking tour of Cusco and nearby Inca ruins.
Guided exploration of the Sacred Valley of the Incas on foot.
Hike the Salkantay Trail.
Second day of the Salkantay trek.
Descending to the valley.
Arrive Machu Picchu.
Guided tour of the ruins. Return to Cusco by rail and road.
Tourist coach to Puno and transfer to hotel.
By road to Copacabana, Bolivia. Guided lake excursion to Sun Island.
Continue to La Paz by road.
Walking tour of the Bolivian capital.
First day of the Choro Trail to Chairo.
Second day of the trek.
Third day of the trek.
Return by road to La Paz.
Transfer to La Paz international airport.
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