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19 Days / 18 Nights

Magnificent Scenery & Thrilling Railway Journeys Through Peru & Bolivia for Train Enthusiasts

This multifaceted Peru and Bolivia train tour combines the highlights of Peru such as Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines and the Titicaca Lake with a trip to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and highest city in the world. Guests who have a little more time can make use of the extension program to the Uyuni salt lake and the surrounding area. Many routes of this tour, which is specially designed for rail travel enthusiasts, will follow the Andean railway for an unforgettable and adventurous experience. You will get a comprehensive look into the culture and history of the countries and the railways.

This tour is subject to train availability; confirm departure dates and details with one of our Travel Consultants. 

Train Departure Dates for 2017:
April 16, March 28, June 18, July 2 & 30, August 13, September 17, October 8, November 26. 

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This tour includes:

  • All train rides and transfers
  • All tours and entrance fees
  • 18 nights in hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Other meals as mentioned in itinerary
  • English-speaking guides

Highlights:

  • Lima & Cuzco City Tour
  • Train tour to Huancayo and Huancavelica
  • Train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Machu Picchu Tour
  • Train Cuzco to Puno
  • Lake Titicaca Tour & La Paz
  • Train to the Uyuni Salt Flats

Lima Costa Verde in Miraflores Peru

Arrive in Lima

Day 1

On this Peru tour, once you arrive in the Lima airport, your travel guide will greet you and take you to your 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel, located in the coastal neighborhood of Miraflores. Relax in the hotel's jacuzzi, salon & spa, or gym. Or you may want to explore the district of Miraflores, which has lots of shops and a beautiful malecón, or boardwalk that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.

Lima Cathedral in Peru

Lima City Tour

Day 2

Enjoy a breakfast in the hotel, and then head out on a guided Lima city tour. Lima is called the "City of Kings," because the Spanish conquistadors made Lima the capital of their Spanish empire. Today, the historic district of Lima is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Plaza de Armas seems like a step back in time.

This 3 hour Lima city tour begins with an excursion to the pre-Columbian highlights of the city, such as the Huaca Pucllana ruins, a magnificent ceremonial and archaeological center built in the 4th century AD and considered a sacred site by the Incas. Then visit the historic district, where you can appreciate the monuments and colonial-era buildings, including the Paseo de la República, the San Martín Square, the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace amongst others. Next, visit the Museum of the Central Bank Reserve to admire a fine selection of objects made of gold, ceramics, and textiles from pre-Columbian cultures.

Lastly, visit the traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and the mall Larcomar, with its spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Afterward, return to your Lima hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Train traveling through Lima Peru

Train Ride to Huancayo

Day 3

After breakfast, transfer to the Desamparados Train Station for your adventure railway journey, ideal for train enthusiasts. Ride from Lima to Huancayo on a 10-hour scenic ride with lunch included.  The journey takes you over the Andes between Lima and Huancayo, an impressive engineering achievement of the 19th century. After many years of being out of service, the train has started again, now with two departures per month and one departure from January to March. The train ride follows the desert coast past Lima and climbs through a subtropical river valley, into the highlands, up and over the snow-covered mountain pass of Ticlio to the Mantaro Valley. The train crosses 68 bridges, passes through 71 rock tunnels - one at 4,781 meters (15,686 feet) - and climbs 21 switchbacks. It is a breathtaking and authentic rain experience complete with beautiful landscapes, canyons, mountains and lakes.

Upon arrival at the La Oroya train station, descend by private car to the green and plentiful Mantato Valley and transfer to the beautiful 3-star Hotel Loma Verde in Concepción. This hotel is located on a farm about 20 km from the city of Huancayo, in a picturesque countryside area.

Miguel Vera Leon Flickr Image

Mantaro Valley Artisans Tour

Day 4

After breakfast at the Hotel Loma Verde, enjoy a full-day Mantaro Valley Artisans Tour. This valley is one of Peru's most important agricultural regions, and boasts stunning Andean landscapes. Scattered throughout the valley are Andean villages renown for their festive market days and especially for its artisans. First visit a pottery workshop in Aco, where potters create masterful vases and handicrafts. Then visit a viewpoint at Matacruz, where you can see the snow-capped Huaytapallana Mountain. Next, head for the Ñahuimpuquio Lagoon, stopping at the pre-Inca archaeological site of Arwaturo on the way. Also visit an artisan's workshop in Cochas, where carved gourds are made for shops around the country. Lastly, visit two more workshops, including a textiles shop in Hualhuas, and a silverware shop in San Jeronimo. After seeing all these places where Peruvian handicrafts are produced, transfer back to the hotel.

Ruta Huancayo Huancavelica Machu Picchu

Train Ride to Huancavelica on the "Tren Macho"

Day 5

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the train station of Huancayo for your next 6-hour adventure train ride to Huancavelica aboard the famous "Tren Macho." Upon arrival, your guide will greet you and take you on a tour of the Sacsamarca & Santa Barbara Mines. Sacsamarca is a small village filled with stone houses, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Next, visit the viewpoint above Huancavelica. Check in to the 3-star Hotel Presidente Huancavelica, located in the historic center of the city.

Huancayo Peru

Train Ride to Huancayo & Tour of Concepción and Ocopa

Day 6

After breakfast, transfer to the train station for the return journey to Huancayo. Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a 4-hour tour of Concepción and Ocopa in the Mantaro Valley. First stop at Piedra Parada to see the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the visit a bakery where artisan bread is made, and next tour a dairy farm. Finally, visit the Convent of Ocopa, established in 1726 by Franciscan monks who prepared missionaries to go into the Amazonas region. The library here is famous for over 20,000 books, and there is a museum of natural and ethnic artifacts collected by the missionaries. In the afternoon, check in to the 3-star Hotel Turismo Huancayo, a colonial-style building located in Huamanmarca Square.

Colonial Lima Historic Disctict

Return to Lima

Day 7

Have breakfast in the hotel, and then transfer to the bus station for the journey over the Andes Mountains back to Lima. Once in Lima, a driver will transfer you to the 4* Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel.

Landscape of Plaza de Armas in Cuzco

Cuzco City Tour

Day 8

Have breakfast in the hotel. Then transfer to the Lima airport and fly to Cuzco. Upon arrival, your Cuzco travel guide will transfer you to your centrally-located hotel, near the Plaza de Armas.

Later, your guide will pick you up and take you on a 4 hour Cuzco City Tour. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest, when the Spanish razed the city and then built Spanish colonial-style buildings right over the Inca stonework. On this Cuzco city tour, you can see many of these Spanish buildings with Inca stone foundations. Begin with a visit to Sacsayhuaman, located in the outskirts of Cuzco. Sacsayhuaman was an Inca fortress or sacred site, and is a remarkable remnant of Inca stonework, especially the huge limestone slabs that weigh several tons. Next visit the ceremonial site of Qenqo, from where you can see the White Christ statue overlooking the city.

Return to the city and visit Korikancha, which used to be the Inca Temple of the Sun, but was replaced by the Spanish Convent of Santo Domingo. Next walk through the busy streets to the Plaza de Armas, where you can enjoy the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, including the Cathedral and the La Compañia Church. In the evening, transfer back to the hotel and rest for the evening.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Excursion in Peru Tour

Sacred Valley Tour & Lunch

Day 9

Enjoy breakfast in the Cuzco hotel, and then enjoy a full day Sacred Valley tour. The Sacred Valley is a river valley located between Cuzco and Machu Picchu, and features several towns, farmlands, and Inca ruins. Early in the morning, see the archaeological site of Pisac, located on a mountain side. Its terraces offer a breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley. In the town of Pisac, you'll have the opportunity to browse the indigenous market, where local farmers and artisans sell their produce, textiles, and handicrafts.

Then continue to Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley, and enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. Lastly, stop in Ollantaytambo, which is the only town that has been in operation since the Inca Empire. Built into the hillside are huge terraces that date to the Inca era. It may have been a fortress or a ceremonial site, and you can walk along the terraces and see the whole Urubamba valley. Check in to a tranquil hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Hiram Bingham Train

Train to Machu Picchu & Machu Picchu Tour

Day 10

Enjoy an early breakfast in the hotel, and then transfer to the train station for the 2 hour train ride through the Urubamba River valley to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. Take the shuttle bus up from the town to the entrance of Machu Picchu, the most remarkable remnant of Inca stonework and architecture.

This "city in the sky" was built high up on a mountain side, above the Urubamba River, and there are verdant mountains looming up above the river on all sides. Built in the 15th century, Machu Picchu was so well tucked into the cloud forests of Peru, on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest, that the Spanish conquistadores never found it during their raze. For centuries, it fell into neglect, until the American Hiram Bingham sought it out with the help of local farmers and guides. He published a story about his findings of this Inca masterpiece in the National Geographic, and it has been a world wonder ever since.

Your Machu Picchu guide will take you on a 3 hour guided tour of the ruins, and you'll also have free time to explore this stone city on your own. In the afternoon, return to town of Aguas Calientes, and spend the night in Aguas Calientes. Alternatively, you can take the 4 hour train back to Cuzco and spend the night there.

Machu Picchu Peru Tour

Free Day at Machu Picchu & Return to Cuzco

Day 11

Have breakfast in the Hatuchay Tower, and then return to the magnificent Machu Picchu citadel for a second day. This time, you will be able to see Machu Picchu right as it opens, before the crowds rush in. If the skies are clear, you may also be able to see the sun rises, and slowly burn off the fog that surrounds the beautiful Inca stones. If you feel adventurous, you may want to hike the trail to Huaynu Picchu, which allows you to get a view of Machu Picchu from the cliff that rises up behind Machu Picchu. When you are ready, return to Aguas Calientes and catch the train back to Cuzco.

Arrive at the Cuzco train station in the afternoon, and your driver will transfer you to your hotel. Relax in the hotel or walk along the streets and go people-watching in the Plaza de Armas.

Train from Puno to Cuzco

Train Ride from Cuzco to Puno

Day 12

After breakfast, transfer back to the train station for a luxury train ride to Lake Titicaca. Travel from Cuzco to Puno, located on the southern border of Peru on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This train journey climbs through the Andes Mountains, past valleys along the Huatanay River, and open plains where you may spot vicuña or alpaca. Stop at the scenic vista point La Raya, the highest point on the route. Once in Puno, check into Hotel Posada del Inca Puno. This hotel is located on the edge of Lake Titicaca and boasts a private pier where you can watch the sunset over the lake. There is also a Yaravi boat, the oldest motorized iron ship in the world, docked right on the pier.

Note: Last departure 2017, we hope to announce new departures for 2018 soon. 

Straw huts on Lake Titicaca in Puno

Lake Titicaca Tour & Cruise

Day 13

After breakfast overlooking Lake Titicaca, take a full day Uros & Taquille Islands tour including lunch. First stop at the floating islands of Uros, where expert reedcraftsmen have constructed islands, boats, huts, and other objects out of the totora reed that grows around the lake. The Uros people are descendents of the oldest people in the region, although many have mixed with the Aymara and now speak their language.

Continue navigating through the lake, stopping at the island of Taquille. This beautiful island is home to Quechua-speaking indigenous people, who are known for their mastery of textiles and weaving abilities. Eat lunch at a restaurant on the island, and then spend some free time walking around the island or visiting with the locals. Return to Puno in the late afternoon.

La Paz Bolivia at night

Arrive in La Paz, Bolivia

Day 14

Have breakfast, and then transfer to the coach station in Puno. ...Take the bus across the border into Bolivia, and shortly after the border control, arrive in the charming town of Copacabana, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Here you will have a short time to walk around before taking another coach to La Paz. The scenic ride takes you through the Peninsula of Copacabana from where you will have splendid views of the lake and of the Andean mountains. After crossing the strait of Tiquina, continue to La Paz, where you will arrive in late afternoon. La Paz is the legislative capital of Bolivia. Check in to your centrally-located hotel near the shopping centers and restaurants.

Tiwanaku Ruins Kalasasaya Lower Temples Puno Tour

Tour of the Tiahuanaco Ruins

Day 15

Breakfast in the hotel, and then a 4 hour guided tour of the Tiahuanaco Ruins, located 45 miles (72 km) outside of La Paz. The Tiahuanaco Ruins were left by the Tiahuanaco, a pre-Inca civilization and one of the oldest American civilizations in the Americas. Its temples and ruins are some of the largest in the continent. Lunch on the tour is included, as well as a stop at Laja, the place where La Paz was originally founded. Laja has a beautiful old church in the Renaissance style. After this tour of the La Paz region, return to the city and relax in the hotel or explore the city on your own.

Red lagoon in Altiplano Uyuni Bolivia

Transfer to Oruro & Train to the Uyuni Salt Flats

Day 16

After breakfast in the La Paz hotel, transfer to the bus station and travel to Oruro, 4 hours away. Then transfer to the train station, and take the 7.5 hour Expreso del Sur train to Uyuni, famous for its vast salt flats, where you will arrive around midnight. Check in to one of the amazing salt hotels at the shores of the salt flats. Check in to the Cristal Samaña Salt hotel in Colchani.

Couple walking on the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats

Day 17

Breakfast in the hotel, and then head out to experience the Uyuni Salt Flats. These salt plains, spread out over 12,000 sq km, are the largest salt flats in the world, and an absolutely breathtaking natural wonder. Beyond the desert salt flats and salt mounds, is the Thunupa Volcano and the hills. Stop at the Incahausi Island, a mound that is surrounded by salt. From the top of the island, you can see panoramic views of the salt flats. Then travel up to the volcano and stop at the Museum of Chantani. Visit the Coquesa Mummies Museum, and the Salt Factory, where locals scrape and harvest the salt. Return to the Salt Hotel.

Colonial street in La Paz Bolivia

La Paz City Tour and Moon Valley Tour

Day 18

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to La Paz. Once in La Paz, your guide will take you on a 3 hour La Paz City Tour as well as a visit to the Moon Valley for the sunset. La Paz is over 3000 m above sea level, and is called the "City That Touches the Sky." Overlooking the city are the snow-capped peaks of Illimani. Start the La Paz city tour with a visit of the Plaza Murillo, once called the Plaza de Armas but renamed to commemorate General Murillo, a hero in the Bolivian independence movement. The plaza is bordered by the Cathedral, the Government Palace (also called the Palacio Quemado for the number of times it has burned). Stroll down the colonial-era cobblestone Jaen Street, and see a replica of a Tihaunaco temple. Also visit the Mercado de Hechicería, also called the the Witches Market. Here you can purchase magic charms, aphrodesiacs, and other herbs.

Then get out of the city and escape to the Valle de la Luna, the Moon Valley. Just outside of La Paz, this valley has bizarre rock formations, gulleys, and crevices that have a lunar appearance. From the edge of the valley, you might even be able to catch a beautiful sunset. On the way back to the hotel, visit a ceramic workshop and see local potters show off their skill.

Plane Airport in South America

Departure from La Paz

Day 19

Eat breakfast in the hotel, and then meet your driver for the trip to the La Paz airport. Catch your flight home or to your next destination in South America.


19 Days / 18 Nights

Magnificent Scenery & Thrilling Railway Journeys Through Peru & Bolivia for Train Enthusiasts

This multifaceted Peru and Bolivia train tour combines the highlights of Peru such as Machu Picchu, the Nazca Lines and the Titicaca Lake with a trip to La Paz, Bolivia's seat of government and highest city in the world. Guests who have a little more time can make use of the extension program to the Uyuni salt lake and the surrounding area. Many routes of this tour, which is specially designed for rail travel enthusiasts, will follow the Andean railway for an unforgettable and adventurous experience. You will get a comprehensive look into the culture and history of the countries and the railways.

This tour is subject to train availability; confirm departure dates and details with one of our Travel Consultants. 

Train Departure Dates for 2017:
April 16, March 28, June 18, July 2 & 30, August 13, September 17, October 8, November 26. 

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