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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!

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Peru Salkantay
Salkantay Trek & Machu Picchu
Salkantay has been dubbed the most spectacular peak in the Peruvian Andes. On this trip, youll trek in the shadows of this impressive mountain, interact with its inhabitants and explore its forgotten ruins. Youll arrive at the backdoor of Machu Picchu where youll catch the train to Aguas Calientes for an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu.
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Machu Picchu Bike
Inca Trail
Perfect for those looking to experience the regions archaeological and cultural treasures in a short amount of time, this adventure includes a four-day trek along the Inca Trail. This is one of the worlds best-known hikes and will reward those willing to break a sweat with a stunning combination of mountainscapes, cloud forests, and jungles. We run our own treks, which ensures the fair treatment of our porters and quality equipment.
7 Days
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Machu Picchu Train
The Lares Trek
Theres more than one way to earn your Peru hiking stripes. On the Lares Trek, youll get three days of trekking through the mountains around the Sacred Valley, passing by remote communities, farms, and friendly faces. Forget just taking in the view theres a bunch of perspective waiting for you at a pottery community and a weaving co-op. And, since youre this close already, well get to you to Machu Picchu with a scenic train ride.
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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.

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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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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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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