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Peru & Bolivia Andean Border Crossing

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Enjoy La Paz, Lake Titicaca, getting a taste of Bolivian high-plateau wonders. Discover the Sun Island, heading towards Machu Picchu, your experience begins with a delicious welcome cocktail. Then savor a brunch and gourmet lunch as you admire the ever-changing scenery in the early light. The return journey can feel like a different world. See the Sacred Valley from a new perspective as the day draws to a close, and anticipate a true fine dining experience. On both trips, dining includes non-premium beverages and a superb wine selection. You’ll also have the chance to dance to the beat of the Peruvian cajón and tambourines with traditional live music.
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Essentials of Bolivia Andean High Plateau

Join us in our pursuit to explore the deepest frontiers of the Andes in a way that grants a completely new perspective, finishing in Bolivia’s most renowned and remarkable location: Uyuni Salt Flat, the most extensive salt flat in the world.

Perched high on the Andean plateau, the Altiplano could very well be on another planet. Protected by the relentless hostility of geography and guarded by the Andes Mountain Range, it remains one of the world’s most remote territories, reserved for well-seasoned travelers in search of unusual beauty.

We have been exploring the Desert & Altiplano for over 20 years, perfecting routes and learning to truly dimension its vastness in every journey. In doing so, we have become part of the landscapes through the knowledge of local men and women, who have in turn become a quintessential part of the Elite family. It is through their vision that we have been able to design explorations suited for the territory’s essence.

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Essentials of Bolivia Andean High Plateau

Join us in our pursuit to explore the deepest frontiers of the Andes in a way that grants a completely new perspective, finishing in Bolivia’s most renowned and remarkable location: Uyuni Salt Flat, the most extensive salt flat in the world.

Perched high on the Andean plateau, the Altiplano could very well be on another planet. Protected by the relentless hostility of geography and guarded by the Andes Mountain Range, it remains one of the world’s most remote territories, reserved for well-seasoned travelers in search of unusual beauty.

We have been exploring the Desert & Altiplano for over 20 years, perfecting routes and learning to truly dimension its vastness in every journey. In doing so, we have become part of the landscapes through the knowledge of local men and women, who have in turn become a quintessential part of the Elite family. It is through their vision that we have been able to design explorations suited for the territory’s essence.

plan your journey

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Lima, Peru

Barranco is a protected area, filled with historic houses. In the district you will find numerous boutiques, galleries and museums. The arts-boutique hotel is no exception since it houses its own unique art collection with the mayority of pieces belonging to the private collection of the hotel owners. Our in-house curator will greet your with a glass of Cava or Pisco Sour and lead you on a walk through the different areas of the hotel. From a full-day foodie experience to a master culinary class on our rooftop, a sailing trip along the Pacific Coast, or a bike & yoga session – we have all your daily activities covered.Among the most famous artist you will see during the tour are José Tola, Víctor Rodríguez, Miguel Aguirre, Carlos Runcie Tanaka and Aldo Chaparro.

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Day 2 - 3

Urubamba Sacred Valley, Peru

An outdoor enthusiast’s pristine playground, the Sacred Valley also ranks among the finest places in South America for tandem paragliding, mountain biking and trekking. More leisurely fresh air pursuits include kayaking, horseback riding and tours by quad-bike.

Living culture in the Sacred Valley revolves around the Andean concept of Ayni, meaning ‘reciprocity’ in Quechua, which conveys the idea that progress is a collective goal. Working together allowed the Incas to develop an advanced civilization and highly evolved belief system. This combination of the practical and the spiritual is still very much in evidence throughout the Valle Sagrado.

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Days 4

Machu Picchu, Peru

Be swept away by old-world charm as Hiram Bingham journeys through the Peruvian highlands. Gleaming wood-panelled interiors and brass finishes evoke classic 1920’s parlour cars, while vibrant colours and nature-inspired motifs reveal a distinctly Peruvian soul.

Savour classic local flavours and gourmet cuisine as the train meanders through the breathtaking Sacred Valley. Celebrate the South American spirit with a lively dance as musicians play in the Bar Car. Marvel at the fertile lands and soaring mountains between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Bring the lost art of the pioneer to life with a thrilling rail adventure through the heart of the Inca Empire on Hiram Bingham.

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Day 5

Cusco, Peru

Vibrant is the word which best describes Cusco, capital of the vast Inca Empire, some six hundred years ago, now transformed, as the most important colonial center in the Andes, an axis of exploration and favorite destination for today’s international traveler.

Meet and mingle with the people, the mestizo architecture and local traditions which reflect each of the chapters of Cusco history. Sense the Cusqueño pride in their ancestral culture while assimilating international influences and share these with the travelers from around the world who visit Cusco.

As you roam the cobbled streets, against the backdrop of Inca and colonial monuments, Cusco’s Quechua-speaking inhabitants merge with locals and visitors alike who enjoy the city’s busy local markets or its unique nightlife. To understand Cusco is to begin to understand the forces that make up Peru today. In order to make the most out of your Cusco visit, we have prepared this guide for you as you get ready for a highly enjoyable and memorable journey.

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Day 6

AREQUIPA, PERU

Located in the historic centre of Arequipa, in a UNESCO protected site, this former monastery dates back to the year 1540 when the city was founded. Reviving the soul of a forgone Parador & inspired by the dedicated way monks would receive travellers, CIRQA pays homage to its heritage by carrying on warm Arequipenean traditions. In appreciation for its history, today the Parador combines its original sillar stone architecture with contemporary nuances to welcome guests.

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Day 7

COLCA, BOLIVIA

Jagged canyon ledges, soaring condors, ethereal grasslands, pre-Incan terraces still in use today, and a river believed to flow directly into the Milky Way – welcome to Peru’s Colca Valley. Deep in the heart of this other-worldly land, PUQIO’s tented camp reflects the simplicity and beauty of the surrounding landscape, with luxury canvas accommodation and meals cooked on open flames, all set in the shadows of sweeping landscapes and volcanoes that await exploration and discovery.

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Day 8 - 9

LAKE TITICACA, BOLIVIA

Titilaka is a getaway lodge, overlooking ethereal landscapes with surreal views in every direction. With a sustainable approach to experiential travel that supports local artisans and a world-class team, Titilaka exceeds expectations at every turn.

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Day 10 - 11

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

The next morning, you will take a transfer to Uyuni airport and a commercial flight to La Paz. In the afternoon, you will go on a shopping tour into the most stylish shops in town, to let your imagination run wild in the land of textiles.

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Day 12 - 14

UYUNI, BOLIVIA

From the deep silence of the terracotta mountains in the Atacama Desert to the endless white of the Uyuni Salt Flat: unravel two of the world’s most fascinating locations in the journey of a lifetime, traveling across one of the remotest regions on Earth with our itineraries from 6 nights.

Travesía Atacama-Uyuni is a private journey meant for deep immersion in discoveries from destination to destination and everywhere in between. Cross the desert from Chile to Bolivia in a 4×4 vehicle, led by an expert Explora guide and a local driver. Our lodge in Atacama, along with our mountain lodges and the lodge at Uyuni’s Salt Flat –established in partnership with local families– are the bases from where we go out and explore, day after day, the unique landscapes and places of the Altiplano.

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Day 15

DEPARTURE

On day 12, you will take an early morning private transfer to El Alto airport for your international departure.

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