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Bolivia & Peru Tour, 21 days

Discover the Andes, the mysterious Inca ruins and the colorful, traditional Indian population. In Sucre visit on the colorful Indian market of Tarabuco on Sunday. In Potosí are found the famous silver mines. We make a trip to the blinding white salt flats of Uyuni. Life is good on Lake Titicaca, where we stay overnight on Isla del Sol. From Cusco we visit the famous ruins in the Inca city of Machu Picchu. Djoser, has been a Bolivia and Peru tour operator for over 10 years.  Join international groups with active travelers from Holland, Belgium and the U.S. All ages.

* Great Trip for University Short Term Study Abroad Program in South America.  This trip can be extended and customized for a faculty-led program in Bolivia and Peru. We can customize  for your area of study, time frame, desired inclusions: (activities, faculty costs, international flights, meals, etc. Contact us regarding your your January Term, May Term or Summer program needs.  Luke Neal luke@djoserusa.com 877-356-7376. 

Itinerary

  1. Santa Cruz
  2. Santa Cruz - Sucre, flight
  3. Sucre, native Indian market of Tarabuco
  4. Sucre - Potosí
  5. Potosí
  6. Potosí - Uyuni
  7. Salar de Uyuni - nachtbus naar La Paz
  8. Arrival La Paz
  9. La Paz
  10. La Paz - Puerto Perez
  11. Puerto Perez - Copacabana - Isla del Sol (Lake Titicaca)
  12. Isla del Sol - Puno
  13. Puno
  14. Puno - Raqchi - Andahuaylillas - Cusco
  15. Cusco
  16. Cusco, optionele excursion Sacred Valley
  17. Cusco - Machu Picchu (train)
  18. Machu Picchu - Cusco (train)
  19. Cusco
  20. Cusco - Lima (flight)
  21. Lima

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.


Santa Cruz Sucre

Day 1 Transit day for the participants from the Netherlands
Day 2 Santa Cruz - land beings
Day 3 Santa Cruz - Sucre
Day 4 Sucre Tour Tarabuco

We start the Bolivia and Peru tour in Santa Cruz. Located at 1314 ft it is the second largest city in Bolivia. The climate is tropical here. Life is very different than in the rest of Bolivia. Santa Cruz is the wealthiest city in the country. The best place to see some of the Bolivian life is the Plaza 24 de Septiembre.

The next day we fly to Sucre, according to the Bolivians, the most beautiful city of Bolivia. At 8858 ft you can already adapt to the high altitude that you will experience for a large part of the journey through Bolivia and Peru. The climate in Sucre is mild due to the relatively low altitude.

Sucre is a splendid city: as the seat of government, a university and city center, no efforts were spared to to beautify the city. Sucre was by declared by UNESCO as a historical and cultural heritage site. The charming, whitewashed town with its many churches, universities and museums has a casual atmosphere. Wander through the many typical Spanish-style streets or visit the monastery 'La Recoleta' (that formerly served as a prison). Also worth your time are the Casa de la Libertad and the anthropological museum of the San Francisco Xavier University, one of the oldest universities in South America.

On Sunday we visit the nearby town of Tarabuco with its famous market, known for its traditional hand-woven garments and handicrafts. The purchase of a warm llama wool poncho is not such a bad idea before traveling on to the often cold Potosi and Uyuni. If we are not in Sucre on Sunday for the market, then there is an alternative excursion to a weaver community available.

Potosi
Day 5 Sucre to Potosi
Day 6 Potosí

From Sucre it is about 6 hours drive through the rugged Andean landscape to the highest city in the world (13,353 ft) Potosí. Explore this city at a relaxed pace. Your body will need to adjust to the low-oxygen air at this high altitude.

The discovery of gold and silver in the Cerro Rico, the rich hill, played a decisive role in the history of Potosí. Shortly after the discovery of the riches in the soil that Spain in 1545, at the foot of the mountain Cerro Rico. Four centuries all revenues flowed to Spain to decorate palaces and churches and to finance wars. In Potosi and Sucre you find monumental architecture and richly decorated churches. The silver stock has shrunk considerably over the course of time and also the mines fell into the hands of the state or mining cooperatives.
During our stay here we can make an excursion to a mine where the hallways are sometimes very narrow and cramped. The workers endured unimaginable working conditions. An old miner escorts you and tells you about the daily life of the workers. This makes for an impressive excursion!

In addition to the mines in Potosi you should definitely visit the Casa Real de la Moneda. It is also possible to visit the hot springs of Tarapaya. From a warm bath you enjoy nature high in the Andes. The Inca Huayna Capac came from Cusco to bathe in the hot springs because of its healing powers.

Uyuni
Day 7 Potosí - Uyuni
Day 8 trip on Salar de Uyuni salt flats - night bus to La Paz

A beautiful bus ride of about eight hours takes us through the rugged terrain of the Altiplano to the small village of Uyuni. ere you can see one of the most impressive natural phenomena of Bolivia: the salt flats of Uyuni . In Uyuni you can enjoy the solitude of this village. Just outside the village is the famous Steam Locomotives graveyard.

In this' “Alaska Bolivia” as the Bolivians call the area, we take a trip on a salt plain of 7456 square miles. In the rainy season it can happen that we have to stay close to the shore. Right in the 'more' is the small volcanic Isla Pescado, named after the fish shape of the island, where numerous towering cacti grow in all shapes and sizes. Along the way you have the chance to see how the people here the harvest salt with heavy axes from the lake beds.

Make sure you have a good pair of sunglasses with you for the journey; the sun is very bright and the reflection from the white salt almost blinding. A strong sunscreen is an absolute must. At the end of the day you can get cleaned up and put on comfortable clothes for the trip to La Paz. We travel with a comfortable public bus to La Paz, arriving early the next morning.

La Paz
Day 9 arrival La Paz
Day 10 La Paz

Early the next morning we arrive in La Paz. There is already a similar hotel room for you so you can nice freshen up after the long journey before setting out to explore the city. La Paz is the largest and most important city of Bolivia. It is beautifully situated in a canyon at about 13,123 ft and is dominated by the snowy summit of Illimani. Although Sucre is the official capital, La Paz, with almost 1 million inhabitants, is the governmental and commercial center of the country. It is almost impossible to get lost in La Paz. From the hills you always end up at the Prado. 

The many markets in the city are a feast for the eyes. The most bizarre is the "witches market" in Calle Linares, where many mountain herbs and dried llama fetuses in baskets are available for purchase. The small “ Mercado de Flores” with all its flowers is a cheerful event. Furthermore, the Plaza San Francisco and the historical Plaza Murillo are perfect places to let observe the Bolivian daily life. A visit to the four museums on Calle Jaen in the most Spanish part of the town gives a good insight into the history of La Paz.

In La Paz, you can also experience a literal highlight of the trip: a trip to the 17060 ft high Chacaltaya, the highest ski slope in the world, now hardly used. Within two hours by bus, you are over 16,404 ft and after this climb you can enjoy a fantastic view of the snow-capped Andes, the plateau in the distance, Lake Titicaca and La Paz.

You can also make an excursion from La Paz to the mysterious sun temple at Tiwanaku the ruins of the oldest civilization in Bolivia. Finally, a visit to a 'peña' with a folklore show is recommended.

Lake Titicaca

Day 11 Paz - Puerto Perez
Day 12 Puerto Perez - Copacabana - Isla del Sol
Day 13 Isla del Sol - Puno
Day 14 Puno

In Puerto Perez we stay in a nice hotel at the edge of the lake. You can relax here, read a book on your balcony or take a scenic drive around. Take beautiful walks at the nearby islands Suriqui and Kala Huta, where the population is still very traditional.

The ancient pilgrimage Copacabana is beautifully situated on a bay of the lake. Take a visit to the Moorish cathedral before getting on the boat on Lake Titicaca steps. Lake Titicaca has for centuries had a magical significance for both the Aymaras and the Incas. The lake, situated at 12,139 ft, is the highest navigable lake in the world. Because it is situationed above treeline for centuries the residents have built their boats out of reeds. The Norwegian scientist, Thor Heyerdahl, using the Aymaras of the island Suriqui, built his famous boat "Ra II".

During our stay we take a boat trip on the lake to visit the Isla del Sol, (Island of the Sun),; Indians believe that the sun was born here. To enjoy the fabulous sunset we stay in a small village on the Isla del Sol. In this isolated location we stay in a simple shelter, with no toilet facilities or running water in the rooms
We cross the border with Peru over on the way to Puno. Puno is located at 12,565 ft. It is renowned for the floating reed islands that are inhabited by the Uros Indians.The Uros live with about 300 residents on the "islands" and speak their own language. Not only tge houses and their boats were made of reeds, but the island itself. Outside Puno on beside the lake are the tombs of Sillustani. Near our hotel and within walking distance you will find plenty of cozy restaurants. Often folk bands enhance a nice meal. Try a juicy steak or llama "cuy", or fried guinea pig.

Cusco
Day 15 Puno - Raqchi - Anduaylillas - Cusco
Day 16 Cusco
Day 17 Cusco

From Puno we leave in the morning for a wonderful trip of about eight hours through the Andes to the former capital of the vast Inca Empire, Cusco. On the way we make stops at small villages and to take pictures of the beautiful scenery. Raqchi are the lesser-known Inca ruins. The temple complex is a tribute to the god Viracocha. In the small Andahuaylillas we can visit a beautiful church. This church is also called the “Sistine Chapel of Latin America”. If the group is smaller than 10 people, we make the ride with a comfortable public bus, which makes some interesting stops along the way too. Cusco is the oldest inhabited city in Latin America, and was referred to by the Incas as the "navel of the world”.

In Cusco, located in the Andes  not only some ancient Inca ruins with massive stone walls, but also many Spanish colonial buildings, numerous churches and museums full of Incan artifacts and mummies. There are many fun and beautifully lit squares and a variety of restaurants and bars.

The center of the town is the large Plaza de Armas, where it is always very pleasant. Peruvians like to spend time on one of the benches in the sun, chatting away. At the square, you can have a drink on one of the balconies of the many bars overlooking the square. On the square is the cathedral, built in 1564 in Renaissance style, on the remains of an ancient Inca Palace. Here is found the painting of the Last Supper, in which the main course consists of guinea pig. The cathedral, the church El Triunfo and the third church on the square, La Compañia, display impressive baroque architecture, and are worth visiting.

Cusco is located at a high altitude in the Andes, but by now you will have acclimated to the altitude. In addition to viewing the beautiful city there is time to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with pretty villages and many Inca ruins.There are day trips possible to the major archaeological sites. It is also possible to go with the tour leader for a nice village like Pisac, there to look at the local market and the Inca ruins or to go hiking in the area. Or take a walk or a horse ride among several Inca ruins that lie just outside Cusco. From the impressive ruins of Sacsayhuaman you have a beautiful view of the city.

Machu Picchu

Day 18 arrival Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
Day 19 visit to Machu Picchu to Cusco by train

By far the most impressive of all the Inca ruins is Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911, not only because the remaining structures but also because of the stunning location high in the mountains.

With a slow train we travel to Aguas Calientes, the village closest to the ruins, where we stay overnight. Upon arrival you can enjoy the special atmosphere in Aguas Calientes in the village built along the railway. Take a nice walk or bathe in the hot springs in the village. Also, you may also want to visit Machu Picchu on your own on the first day. The next morning we explore the ruins, led by a guide. We can take the first bus to see the sun rise over the city. After a tour of 1 to 2 hours you still have plenty of time to wander around this beautiful place. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cusco.

Cusco
Day 20 Cusco
Day 21 Cusco flight to Lima
Day 22 Lima, departure

After a day in Cusco we fly to Lima, capital of Peru. The old colonial center of Lima is especially interesting. Around the central Plaza de Armas' lie many beautiful churches, squares and buildings. Lima has quite a few museums that are worth visiting, such as the Museo de Oro, where an impressive collection of weapons with armor of the conquistadors and you can even see the sword of Pizarro. As a conclusion of the journey relax on a terrace in the suburb of Miraflores and have a delicious Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2017

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Apr-28-17May-18-17$3,3700 seats
Jul-14-17
Guaranteed leave
Aug-03-17$3,49516 seatsbook now >
Jul-28-17
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Aug-17-17$3,49514 seatsbook now >
Sep-15-17
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Oct-05-17$3,37011 seatsbook now >
Oct-06-17
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Oct-26-17$3,37013 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Apr-20-18
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May-10-18$3,37020 seatsbook now >
Jun-06-18
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Jun-26-18$3,37020 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Included in our Bolivia and Peru tour package: land package beginning and ending at hotels, two domestic flights, airport taxes, security charges, fuel surcharges, transportation, hotel accommodation with breakfast, excursions according to program, Dutch tour guide.

Price excludes

Excluded in our Bolivia and Peru tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, Bolivia tourist visa, exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure. 

Cost Overview

2016-2017

 
Single accommodations from $350
   
Extension hotel city #1 Lima
Double room $55  
Single room $40
Extension hotel city #2 Cusco
Double room $55
Single room $40
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly $250
   
Deposit due upon booking 25% of Land price  ($500 minimum)
   
 Balance due  60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - During our Bolivia and Peru tour we stay overnight in comfortable, centrally located hotels. Most hotels have a charming, colonial character. In Puerto Perez we stay on the shores of Lake Titicaca with stunning views! Except for Isla del Sol, you always have a private toilet and shower. The lodge is simple and you share the bath facilities, but the place where you spend the night here is so special, right on Lake Titicaca with a beautiful view in the morning when you wake up. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, and most amenities are not up to our usual standards at home.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Lima  Hotel El Tambo
Sucre Hotel Independencia
Uyuni  Hotel Samay Wasi
Cusco Los Aticos


Single room
- Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions -
It is always great to be well rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed on the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals -
Breakfast on our Bolivia and Peru tour is included in all inclusive nights. For other meals you can decide where, what and with whom you want to eat. Of course you can eat with the group, but you are also free to find a restaurant to dine independently. The other meals are therefore not included in the trip.
It's also nice to buy food at the market such as a tasty 'salteña-roll' or a 'empanada'. In the evening you can buy something at a local shop. The tour guide can often give you tips for a good restaurant or a nice cafe. For breakfast you can trip the traditional "desayuno" . On many occasions you can order a Western breakfast, sometimes with delicious fresh fruit. Around noon you can find many local venues an inexpensive menu, "almuerzo. This generally consists of soup, bread, main course, coffee or tea and often a simple dessert. It may not always be a culinary delights, but it's a fun way to get in touch with the local population.
In the evening the peña is a fun place to go. Here alongside live music performances snacks or meals. Are served Try the famous coca tea once; this is not only good for altitude sickness but also it is simply delicious. Or the chicha beverage, brewed for centuries by Native Americans from yucca and corn. European meals are also served almost everywhere.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Air Europe
NL participants arrive: Santa Cruz 5:35 AM
NL participants depart: Lime 10 AM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation -  In both Bolivia and Peru we use a comfortable private bus. Along the way, we stop frequently to stretch our legs, to take photographs or to visit a village and get a bite to eat. Some travel days are longer, even though the mileage is not great as the roads are sometimes less passable. But the bus rides are mostly wonderful as the roads in the Andes offer beautiful views of the mountains. On the salt flats we use sturdy jeeps. From Uyuni to La Paz, we use an open, comfortable night bus. When we have groups with 10 or fewer participants, for the route Puno - Cusco we use a comfortable public bus. This bus makes several interesting stops along the way.
To Machu Picchu we travel by local train. On Lake Titicaca, we of course use boats.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our Bolivia and Peru tour package

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour leader (logistics coordinator, not a lecturer), speaks Dutch & English
  • Two domestic flights
  • Transportation by comfortable bus
  • Hotel stays including breakfast
  • Excursion market Tarabuco
  • Tour Machu Picchu
  • Comprehensive program Titicaca
    Trip on Uyuni salt flat


When you book a trip

  • Deposit of 20% of the minimum land price due upon booking. See Prices & Dates page for amount of deposit. 
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date


While you are traveling

Local Currency: Bolivia Bolivianos
Peru - Nuevo Sol,
ATM Machines: Widely available
Cash accepted:  Dollars
Credit Cards: Accepted in larger cities


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Bolivia and Peru group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:

  • A visit to the Indian market of Tarabuco from Sucre. Feast your eyes on the beautiful and colorfully dressed locals
  • Excursions with jeeps on the salt flats of Uyuni, including a look at a salt factory, a stop by the funny shaped salt mounds travel to the beautiful Isla Pescado, a volcanic shaped 'island' with huge cacti.
  • On the way from Puerto Perez to Isla del Sol, we stop in Copacabana. Be sure sure to visit the Moorish cathedral before you get on the boat to Isla del Sol
  • We make a beautiful ride from Puno to Cusco, stopping at Raqchi, where we visit a small Inca ruin and at Andahuaylillas we visit a beautiful church
  • We travel by train to Aguas Calientes. After a night in the morning we take one of the first buses to Machu Picchu and the local guide tells you about this impressive Inca ruins. After a tour of 1 to 2 hours, you can also have a look around

Locally, there are possibly more excursions. In Potosí, you can make a tour led by a former miner in the mines or to the hot springs of Tarapaya where Inca Huayna Capac came to the Cusco baths. From La Paz, it is possible to travel to Chacaltaya, formerly the highest ski area in the world where you now enjoy beautiful views. Tiwanaku is an archaeological site with ruins of a pre-Inca civilization. In Puno you find the special floating islands of the Uros Indians which are , definitely worth a visit! Or go to the beautifully situated tombs of Sillustani. In Cusco there are many excursion options, but certainly go a day trip to the Sacred Valley, full of ruins and Indian villages.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed
Bolivia tourist visa needed – YES  Consulate link 
Peru tourist visa needed – NO  Consulate link 

Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommended to get

  • Vaccinations against DTP, hepatitis A
  • Vaccination against yellow fever is required for a visit to Bolivia
     

Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8 
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group - 
Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been aBolivia and Peru tour operator for over 10 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Bolivia and Peru tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our Bolivia and Peru group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips are guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver, hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

In Bolivia and Peru, the climate is quite varied by region. But despite its location near the equator (Bolivia is on the same latitude as Hawaii for example) the average temperature is generally lower than one would expect. Bolivia is called the "roof of the New World" or "the Tibet of South America,” for good reasons. Aside from the milder climate of Santa Cruz and Sucre in Bolivia we visit the 9800 to 13,000 foot high Altiplano. On these barren and dry plateaus the mercury may drop, especially at night and in our summer falls substantially. Especially the salt flats at Uyuni are known for its almost Siberian night temperatures! Daytime temperatures are much higher and sometimes in winter you can even walk around in a sweater or T-shirt. Lake Titicaca is located at approximately 12,000 feet . Again, the temperature drops at night often below freezing.
The rainy season in both countries runs from December to March. In summer there are is often fog and clouds.However, the rainy season is not necessarily an obstacle to travel; nature is precisely at its best and the temperatures are much more pleasant. In the winter months (our summer) it freezes at night, but during the day it is usually sunny and very bright. The temperature rises in the winter months during the day to about 53 F to 64F and the radiant heat from the sun at noon in the sun as enjoyable. Once the sun is low, especially in the morning and afternoon, the temperature drops and warm clothing is necessary. Also inside the buildings the hotel can be cold at night as they are not always heated.

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Highlights

  • Tour of Machu Picchu included (excl. Entrance)
  • Visit the colorful market of Tarabuco
  • Tour the impressive Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Stay at the silver mines of Potosí
  • Stay on Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca
  • Breakfast included
  • Attractive single room supplement
  • 2 domestic flights
  • Guide assistance
  • International groups, all ages