Discovering Peru and Bolivia

Historic Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and the Salar de Uyuni with Andrea Heckman

September 30-October 12, 2020

Enigmatic pre-Inca tombs, soaring condors, the spellbinding beauty of Lake Titicaca, and the surreal moonscapes of the Salar de Uyuni are the thrilling destinations of this grand cultural adventure in Peru and Bolivia. With our beloved Trip Leader Andrea Heckman, a true expert on Andean cultures, we weave a path from elegant Arequipa in southern Peru to lofty La Paz, the Bolivian capital known for its “witches’ market” and Aymara culture. We’ll see herds of alpacas and vicuñas grazing below snow-capped volcanoes at the Salinas Y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, hike above the breathtaking gorge of the Colca Canyon to watch soaring condors, and explore pre-Inca tombs and fortresses in the ancient Colca Valley. In Bolivia, we have two overnights on Lake Titicaca’s serene Island of the Sun, legendary birthplace of the Inca gods. Our stay on this mystical island gives us a wonderful day of hiking and time to savor the sapphire majesty of the lake. In the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world (even visible from space!), we explore by 4WD vehicle and on foot across mirror-like landscapes where land and sky merge—and the stargazing is superb. For our Farewell Dinner in La Paz, we gather at Gustu, the acclaimed restaurant and cooking school that focuses on menus using entirely Bolivian products. Join us to experience the treasures of two of South America’s most intriguing lands.

peru colca canyon andean condor in flight

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