Day 1 - Arrive in Arequipa
We'll pick you up at the airport, have your hotel room ready for you, and provide a detailed orientation about your trip and 4x4 rental; all part of having a safe and enjoyable adventure! Spend the remaining downtime of your first day enjoying the friendly atmosphere of the "White City" of southern Peru.
Day 2 - Arequipa to Puerto Inca - 255 miles (410km)
Get that motor humming for an early start on this adventurous driving day that will take you along the PanAmerican Highway, the Peruvian/Pacific Coast, all the way to Puerto Inca, passing villages and enjoying breathtaking views. Situated in an amazing location that was once the Incan harbor, your hotel is on a beautiful bay with ruins nearby that are free to visit.
Day 3 - Puerto Inca to Nazca - 110 miles (180km)
A short drive further on the PanAmerican Highway, through one of the driest deserts in the world, you'll arrive at the town of Nazca, home of the famous Nazca Lines where you'll have the opportnity to see the mysterious historical remnants. The option awaits you to fly over the massive, fascinating Nazca lines, or visit the historical Paradones and Incan aquaducts.
Day 4 - Nazca to Chalhuanca - 225 miles (361km)
Traveling from Nazca to Chalhuanca, up into the mighty Andes, is a true pleasure of South American adventure. Over 14,000 feet in elevation takes you along a drive that'll give you the opportunity to see llamas, alpacas, and vicunas. This particular road is known as the "Dragon's Tale." Pass the tourist-free town of Puquio and head higher to Chalhuanca.
Day 5 - Chalhuanca to Cusco - 190 miles (300km)
Grab an early breakfast and hit the road for a gorgeous sightseeing excusion where you'll arrive at one of the most beautiful cities in South America, Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan people.
Day 6 - Cusco
The day is yours to explore! Although, you'll likely find that a single day in Cusco isn't enough. Stroll the steep streets, visit the Plaza de Armas, shop in the local markets, and visit the cathedral, museums, ruins of Sacsayhuaman and so much more. See? We told you there wouldn't be enough time to fit it all in. (You'll just have to come back!)
Day 7 - Cusco to Ollantaytambo - 50 miles (80km)
Just a short jaunt here as you drive into the "Sacred Valley of the Incas." Visit a myriad of interesting Incan ruins before your driving day ends in the authentic Incan town of Ollantaytambo, home to an impressive ancient fortress.
Day 8 - Machu Picchu
Of all the major highlights on this trip, a visit to Machu Picchu is absolutely at the top of the list. With no main road to Machu Picchu, your only option is to take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes, then another thirty minute bus ride to the citadel entrace.
A visit to Peru would not be complete without an adventure to the world famous lost city of the Incas, where you'll be delighted by the stunning architecture, artifacts, and history. If you can tear yourself away, you'll return to Ollantaytambo by train.
Day 9 - Ollantaytambo to Puno - 250 miles (400km)
Another exciting day of adventure begins as you hit the road once more. You're on your way to Puno, along the shores of Lake Titicaca. To get there, you'll take an extended, marvelous drive over the Altiplano. Have fun traveling through the town of Juliaca, an experience in itself!
Day 10 - Puno to La Paz - 160 miles (260km)
On the morning of Day 10, go for a boat cruise on Lake Titicaca to the world famous "Floating Island of Uros." Enjoy lunch and then say goodbye to your Peruvian rental 4x4 as private transportation whisks you away to the city of La Paz. Your Bolivian rental vehicle will be waiting for your here at the hotel Spend the remainder of your day exploring the city.
Day 11 and 12 - La Paz to Coroico - 65 miles (110km)
Heading out on another short journey today, traveling from La Paz to Coroico, you'll begin an adventurous climb (on a paved route) to over 15,000 feet (4700m) through the mountains. Hit the peak and then descend into the tropical vegetation on a road that took twenty years to build.
Your drive ends in Coroico where you'll stay in a nice hotel with a pool, then have the next day to rest or explore the town.
Day 13 - Coroico to Oruro - 200 miles (330km)
Depending on your desire for adventure and exploration, you have a choice here today; take the old, unpaved route or head back the way you came through the challenge of La Paz. Back over the Altiplano, you'll head to the mining town of Oruro, a place famous for its carnival, a religious festival over two centuries old.
Day 14 - Oruro to Uyuni - 205 miles (320km)
You're back on the Altiplano today with a trip to Uyuni, a town on the shores of the largest salt flats on Earth. Once you're there and settled in, be sure to take an unforgettable drive on the largest salt flats in the world, spanning 11,000 square kilometers. Endless illusionary photo opportunities across the open spaces also remind us that this region has been a crossing point for a few of the Dakar Rally competitions since the international motorcycle, overland truck, and car race first arrived in South America in 2009.
Day 15 and 16 - Uyuni to Potosi - 120 miles (200km)
Are you ready for one of the most beautiful routes on this tour? Especially one that will take you to the highest city in the world, situated at the foot of "Cerro Rico" or "Rich Mountain" named for its silver mining history.
Take the opportunity to visit the medieval silver mine in the mountain or see the oldest mint in South America, just off the Plaza at the city center. This UNESCO World Heritage city is ripe for exploration of any kind.
Day 17 - Potosi to Sucre - 100 miles (160km)
This shorter driving day takes you lower in altitude, down to the lovely city of Sucre where you can relax, OR, take an optional side trip to the dinosaur park just outside of Sucre where you can see actual dinosaur footprints. (It's interesting to note that Sucre is the actual capital of Bolivia, while La Paz is the seat of the government.)
Day 18 - Sucre to Cochabama - 210 miles (340km)
Your final driving day of this amazing, unforgettable journey! You'll spend it cruising along the eastern slopes of the mighty Andes, and then beyond Mizque, enjoy the smooth ride on a newly paved road. The drive ends in the third larget city in Bolivia...Cochabamba, also known as the "City of Eternal Spring."
Day 19 - Cochabamba
We're sad to see you go. Our staff helps you get to the airport on your final day here in Bolivia, but it's just the beginning of the journey home where you'll have a multitude of lasting memories to share with friends and family. Congrats on your successful trip through The Mighty Andes!
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