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Peru & Bolivia

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As STA Travel favourites, Peru and Bolivia have it all. With an ancient Inca heritage and native Quechua and Aymara cultures mixed in with strong Spanish influences, these countries are fascinating. No trip to South America is complete without a pilgrimage to the citadel of Machu Picchu, a genuine world wonder hidden away for years but now open and ready for us to explore! Throw in the fascinating salt flats of Uyuni and the jungles of the Amazon, as well as bustling cities and some of South America's top cuisine, and you've got yourself one helluva trip lined up!

When to Visit Peru & Bolivia

You can visit Peru and Bolivia all year round, but because of the area's size and varying landscapes, the best way to decide on when to visit is to work out what you want to do when you're there. If you’re hiking up Machu Picchu or want to trek some of the epic Andes, May to September is a good time to go. Be warned, Machu Picchu is usually closed for maintenance in February. If you’re heading to the northern beaches of Peru, December to March is the time to visit. Bolivia sees blue skies and dry weather from April to October, perfect for visiting Lake Titicaca and the salt Flats, although temperatures do drop at night, particularly in the desert. In the Amazon you can expect high temperatures and humidity pretty much all year long.

How to get there

Lima airport is the main air hub in the area with numerous international flights available. Cusco airport is a popular choice for those heading to Machu Picchu, and La Paz airport has some decent connections too. Overland travel is extremely popular however, particularly bus travel, with Peru and Bolivia's various destinations fairly easy to reach from the rest of the continent.
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Top Places to Visit

Adventure seekers have so much more to get stuck into in Peru and Bolivia. Watch Peru's condors soar at Colca Canyon, discover the country's exciting capital Lima, view the mysterious Nazca lines, explore the Sacred Valley and board down the sand dunes in Huacachina. Then hit Bolivia's bustling capital, live like a local on Lake Titicaca, explore the fascinating Salt Flats and trek through the Amazon. It get's us excited just thinking about it!

Machu Picchu

Without a doubt, Machu Picchu is Peru’s most popular destination to visit. Perched 2,430m up in the sky, it’s no surprise that it was hidden for so long. A frequent contender on most bucket lists, the epic Inca Trail takes you into the jungle, through stunning mountain scenes and up into the clouds. When you get up there, wander through the ancient Inca ruins and befriend the resident llamas.
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Lima

Peru’s capital, Lima offers a world away from the rugged mountains of Machu Picchu. With a clear Spanish influence, the city is far more European than Cusco. With museums, archaeological sites, adventure sports, and nightlife on offer, Lima is busy, bustling and full of history. Lima is also the home to seafood ceviche - take it from us, you won't find any better!
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Arequipa

Welcome to Peru's second-largest city. Arequipa may not be as well known as Cusco or Lima, but it has huge historical significance and some seriously good food! Set at the foot of three dramatic volcanoes, Arequipa is a great place to wander and an even better place to try classic Peruvian dishes like rocoto relleno (stuffed peppers) and chupe de camarones (spicy shrimp stew).
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La Paz

As the highest capital in the world, La Paz is a must for any visit to Bolivia. Hyper, booming, this city never sleeps! Resting in a canyon, its steep streets and full of life, its marketplaces full of quirky wares, and its museums and architecture tell of the city's fascinating past. The native Aymara culture is strong here and seeing the traditional clothing of the locals is a great experience.
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Uyuni Salt Flats

Uyuni is home to the largest expanse of salt flats in the world and is one of the natural highlights of all of South America. Its dramatic, sparse landscape is awe-inspiring, the dazzling white sand acting as the perfect match to the area's typical bright blue skies. Known for its strange perspective, the salt flats are a photographer's dream and allow for some epic creativity and awesome results!
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The Inca Trail

The world famous Inca Trail trek is for most visitors one of, if not the main reason for travelling to Peru. While it is physically demanding, the 40km hike remains within the reach of most reasonably fit travellers. Some parts are steep, especially the three high passes – one of which reaches an elevation of 4,200m (13,776 ft)! But the mist-shrouded views of Machu Picchu prove to all who make it that the climb was definitely worth it.

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The Inca Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, combining jaw-dropping scenery, lush cloudforest, sub-tropical jungle and a mix of Inca ruins. As well as the Inca Trail however, we offer a variety of other tour options, all providing incredible experiences high up in the Peruvian Andes. Whether you want to go the whole hog or would rather a shorter trip, we've got the right thing for you!
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Tours and Packages

So you've added Machu Picchu and the Salt Flats to your bucket list, but what else is there to do in Peru and Bolivia? Check out a few of our favourite options below and get in touch with our Travel Experts for more information!

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Eco-Lodge

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Travel to the heart of the amazon jungle from Cuzco by taking a boat to your eco-lodge. Enjoy river and lake life, get your camera ready for all kinds of wildlife including monkeys and birds and experience a night-time boat safari in search of nocturnal animals. Plus, you will experience a canopy walk along the highest tree platform in the Amazon.

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Lake Titicaca & its Islands
Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake, straddles the Peru/Bolivia border, giving you a chance to see the pre-Inca ruins and colourful textiles worn by the locals. Visit unique floating islands, discover Inca remains, dine with a local family and stay in their home for the night.
2 Days From £96
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Fly Over the Nazca Lines
Discover the wonder of the Peruvian plains' Nazca Lines. A World Heritage Site, these mysterious markings of stylised birds, spiders and lizards have been attracting fascinated travellers for years. Enjoy a flight over the lines with an ariel view of these ancient wonders.
3 Days From £371
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Ballestas Islands & Sand Boarding Adventure
Explore Peru's amazing coastal landscapes on this package that includes a night's accommodation, tours plus transfers. Cruise to the top of 500-metre-high sand dunes, then rocket down in a sand buggy! Head to the Ballestas Isalnds spotting sea lions, penguins & fink flamingos.
2 Days From £145
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Uyuni

Salt Flats Adventure

5 Days | 15% OffNow From £303

Join this 4WD adventure across the blinding Salar de Uyuni. Start your journey by riding across the world's largest salt flats where you have the perfect opportunity for some photos. Watch as the landscape changes to desert, volcanoes and coloured flamingo-filled lakes and you'll also experience spurting geysers, hot springs and the surreal Dali Desert.

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Bolivian Amazon Package
Embark on this amazing 3-day trip to the Pampas of Bolivia and live a real Amazon adventure. You will get to experience the rich biodiversity, incredible landscapes, native cultures and friendly locals that make this region so special. Watch colourful sunsets, take a night canoe tour, keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife and try piranha fishing!
3 Days From £550
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The Death Road: Downhill Biking
Adrenaline junkies rejoice! Bolivia's North Yungas Road, AKA 'Death Road' is said to be the world's most dangerous. Dropping 4,000m in five hours, this guided ride is not for the faint hearted. Fully equipped, whizz through the sensational scenery and finish up in the village of Coroico.
Full Day From £133
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Huayna Potosi
Huayna Potosi mountain stands at over 6,000m with a summit graced with views over the Cordillera Real, La Paz and the green valleys of the Yungas. On Day 1, learn ice walking techniques and on Day 2 get up to 5,200m. Head to the summit in time for sunrise where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views.
5 Days From £351
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