During this tour you will explore these two magnificent countries. For example, you’ll visit the stunning floating island of Uros, declared an Intangible Heritage of Humanity; the small village of Copacabana, well-known for its religious festivities and its houses with red tiles; the city of La Paz and the longest cable car in the world; and the famous Salar of Uyuni, known as the world’s largest salt flat lake on the planet.
These are just examples of the activities you will take during this unforgettable tour of Peru and Bolivia.
The tour begins early with the pick up at your hotel in Puno. You will be brought to the port of Puno in order to be transferred to the floating islands of Uros. You will participate in a cultural demonstration that allows you to learn more about the life at Uros and this mystical culture. The people of Uros called themselves “Lupihaques” (Sons of the Sun). The larger islands house about ten families. Afterwards we travel by boat towards the Taquile Island. Once you arrive our guide will explain the culture on this island. The Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Knitting is exclusively performed by males. “Taquile and Its Textile Art” were honored by being proclaimed “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. You will get a chance to go for a short walk around the main plaza. At lunch time, we highly recommend to try the quinoa soup and the fried fish fresh from the lake. After lunch, you will go back to Puno to be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Puno
You will be picked up from the hotel in Puno and transferred to Copacabana Sanctuary and the local market. After this visit, you will have lunch (if you choose it to be included). After lunch, you will be transfer by shared boat to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). On the island, you will visit the Inca Garden, Pilcokaina Palace, and the Stairway and the Sacred Fountain of the Incas. After Isla del Sol, you will make your way back to Copacabana and then transferred to your hotel in La Paz.
Overnight La Paz
You will have free time in the morning to explore at your leisure.
In the afternoon you will visit the capital of Bolivia in a city tour. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in order to start exploring the city. You will explore the embroiderer’s street of typical costumes where colorful folk dresses are displayed. Afterward the itinerary includes the historical center of the city of La Paz, the Witches Market (containing mystical items of Andean region), the Church of San Francisco, the Murillo main square, the Executive Palace, the Legislative Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Killi Killi viewpoint. The next activity is a transfer by cable car to enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of La Paz city in one of the most picturesque and also longest urban cable car in the world. Next is a breathtaking visit to the impressive Moon Valley located at 10 km far from La Paz city center. These curious geological formations where created by the erosion of the winds and the heavy rains forming an attractive lunar landscape.
Overnight in La Paz
The next day, you will be transferred from your hotel in La Paz to the airport for your flight to Uyuni.
Upon arrival you will start the tour by visiting the train cemetery (old locomotives that were used as a transport of minerals), then you will continue towards the village of Colchani, where you can observe the processing of the salt (drying, grinding, and bagging salt). You will also have the opportunity to purchase crafts made out of salt.
After this activity you will visit the famous Salar of Uyuni. This is the world’s largest salt flat with 10,582 square kilometers. It is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí (Southwest of Bolivia) at an altitude of 3,656 meters above the sea level. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average elevation variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar.
In the rainy season (December to March) all the salt is covered with a layer of water that provides a surreal visual experience. It looks like a Natural Mirror which reflects the sky. You will have a lunch (if you choose it to be included), then we will continue our visit into the Incahuasi Island (a rocky island in the middle of the salar where we will observe giant cacti, in which some are more than 100 years old). Then you will see the sunset which is a spectacular experience over the salt flats.
Overnight La Paz
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
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