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Active Peru and Bolivia: trekking Andean peaks to tropical rainforest

17 days from £3,760pp

(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, one in each country, and although they reach high altitudes, they are not technically difficult and are within the abilities of most keen walkers.

The Salkantay trek, an Inca path which ends close to Machu Picchu, arguably ranks even higher than the better known Classic Inca Trail for its dramatic scenery, and has the added attractions of 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 down to the tropical plantations of the Yungas in 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.

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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
  • Tour of La Paz
  • Guided Choro trek

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What our clients say

  • The beauty of nature, particularly the Torres glowing at sunrise and the vastness of the Perito Moreno glacier. The views from the planes were also fantastic!

    TW, York
  • The boat trip,down the river, the waterfall and above all the trip,through the mango swamps and seeing the flamingos it was magical. However the archeological trips to the different pyramids…

    IR, Malta
  • "Travelling across the high desert surrounded by snow topped peaks with herds of wild LLama running away from us. Then vivid pink / blue lakes appeared with flamingo feeding. This…

    PC, Broughton-in-Furness
  • Every place we visited is just so different, it's hard to pick the most memorable. I loved it all. This was my first visit to South America and although I…

    SB, Ilkley
  • One of the most memorable moments was walking up to Machu Picchu and revealed itself in front of us!!! The places we went to eat at were advised by the…

    MN, Wantage
  • This trip was an unqualified success. The hotels were charming , the itinerary sensible , the excursions interesting , and the guide was the best possible person to ensure an…

    PK, London
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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.

Juliet
Juliet Ellwood Travel Expert After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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