From the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca, birthplace of the Inca Empire, to the barren, volcanic mountain peaks of the southern highland’s lunar-like terrain, Southern Peru is a cornucopia of legend, archaeology and spectacular, pristine nature. Join International Expeditions’ newest small-group Peru tour taking in the history and nature of Southern Peru and the Bolivian islands.
IE’s new Peru and Bolivia tour takes you to the ornate colonial city of Arequipa and vibrant Puno before delving deep into the virtually unpopulated reaches of the Amazon. Along the way you see pre-Inca archaeological sites, elegant Colonial architecture and an unmatched array of brilliant wildlife. Watch for caiman, howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, giant river otters, toucans and side-necked turtles as you explore the rich bioviersity of the Tambopata Reserve and the surrounding areas. You'll even ascend into the canopy to watch for woodpeckers, trogons and three-toed sloths.
The astounding Colca Canyon is the result of a rift that cuts more than 10,000 feet into the Earth’s surface, over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. In this remote, stark region, indigenous wildlife such as the rare and extremely shy vicuñas, as well as their relatives the llama and alpaca roam in herds, while the giant shadow of the Andean condor is cast over the sunlit mountainsides.
Step back in time as you spend three days exploring the Peruvian and Bolivian islands of Lake Titicaca. As you travel among the totora reed islands, visit ancient villages, learn how the skilled weavers of Taquile work secret messages about social standing into the patterns of their colorful garments, and even drink from a legendary fountain said to hold the key to eternal youth and happiness.