Andes Overland

Comfort La Paz – Cusco

Optional Excursions

It is not required to book the optional excursions in advance! You can decide during the trip which excursions you would like to join. Except for the Inca Trail and Lares Trek, these excursions you do have to book in advance. Prices are on request.

 

City Tour – La Paz

The capital city at the highest altitude of the world actually looks like a moon crater. The city is located at 4000 meter above sea level, at the bottom of a canyon with only the slightest touch of vegetation. Oxygen is scarce here, so take it easy! Fortunately, the life and colors of La Paz are found in its people and its culture, rather than in its landscape. If we take a good look around we can see the indigenous women with bowler-hats (which they wear on one side when they are single and on top of their heads when they are married) and voluminous skirts, the white-shirted businessmen and politicians, the soldiers armed with machine guns and the beggars sleeping in portals. During the tour we visit all highlights of this city and our guide tells us all about the architecture and culture of La Paz.

 

Tiwanaku Ruins

Tiwanaku is located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca in the Highlands, at an altitude of 3.850 metres. Most of the ancient city, which was built largely of adobe, has been superimposed by the modern city. However, the monumental stone buildings of the ceremonial center survive in the protected archaeological sites.

From our hotel in La Paz we get picked up to visit the mysterious ruins of Tiwanaku on the southeastern shores of Tititica Lake. Upon our arrival we first make a stop at the museum which exhibits a collection of lithic and ceramic pieces unearthed at the site. Afterwards we continue to Tiwanaku archaeological site. The site is in a state of disrepair but still stuns, as it boasts many carved images and designs along its walls and doorways along with giant stone monoliths. When we have visited the whole complex we have lunch at the restaurant which belongs to the local family before we return to La Paz.

 

Mountainbike Death Road

We leave from La Paz at 08:00 for a 2 hour drive until we reach an altitude of 4670 mts. Once we get here the guide explains the tour and we check the bikes and riding equipment before we start the ride. This first part we descent for the right side of the highway, with a lot of caution for the vehicular movement. After approximately 2 hours we arrive at the end of the asphalted road and we leave the snowy landscape of the mountains behind to enter the subtropical jungle of the Yungas. Here we take the car for the steep road up hill. At Chúspipata we start the second part across the world´s highest downhill track “The death road”.
Eventually we arrive at the beautiful village of Yolosa at 1200 mts. Here we got time for a cool drink and we have lunch at a local restaurant. From here we return to La Paz.

 

Uros Floating Islands         

Uros Floating Islands: The guide picks us up from our hotel and go to the Titikaka Lake to visit the Uros Floating Islands. This is a group of 40 islands floating around. The Uros, the people living on the islands, made them of the cane that is growing in the lake.
Llachon Peninsula: The community of Llachon is located at a very scenic part of the Lake, at the peninsula of Capachica, which separates the Bay of Puno (the shallow section of the Lake) from the main Lake, or Lago Mayor. Its scenery, beaches, typical accommodation and kindness of its families, make it a very enjoyable place. From the peak of the Inka Carus ceremonial grounds we can admire the small archipelago where Ticonata island is located with its rustic houses and its friendly people. We have lunch at the local community restaurant where we can try some delicious typical dishes. After lunch we get the opportunity to walk around in the community and get to know the people from this island, before we head back to Puno or continue the trip.
Taquile Island: If you choose to do the full day excursion we visit Taquile Island. This long and narrow island is famous for the textile products the community makes. Here we are going to walk around to discover the Inka and pre-Inka ruins. We get to know the local people living here, their customs and their culture. Eventually we return to Puno.

 

Inca Trail 4 days

This is the classic four-day trek along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. This magnificent hike is for travelers who are in condition to hike up to 7 hours, with breaks, in a single day. The pace may be daunting for some, but the beauty and history of the area surround the hiker every step along the way. On the last morning we arrive at Machu Picchu with plenty of time to explore the ruins before returning to Cusco by train.
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Inca Trail 2 days

This option is perfect for those who want to experience a quiet trek without hurry but who don’t have the time for the full 4 days tour. After your trek you’ll spend a restful night in Aguas Calientes and be refreshed and ready for your visit to Machu Picchu the following morning.
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Lares Trek 4 days

This trek is an excellent alternative for those who want to have an insight into authentic communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountain, lake and valley landscapes. It begins from a small village in the Sacred Valley passing through traditional, colourful villages and finishing with a visit of Machu Picchu on the Final day.
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