PERU AND BOLIVIA: great option for family travel
Peru and Bolivia will always be a great option for family travel or celebration offering very attractive destinations from West to East, all located in a diversity of ecosystems such as the Pacific and Peruvian Desert, the Southern Central Andes, Altiplano, misty cloud forests and the Amazon rainforests, with localities with traditions, culture and history and also very friendly people.
The Clavijo Family (Alex, Kathy, Max, and Audrey) from Atlanta, Georgia, got together to celebrate last Christmas in Lima and New Year’s eve in Cusco, Peru. Their visit included a historical and cultural tour in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a night in Ollantaytambo and ended traveling by train to the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary to hike part of the Urubamba Canyon to the mysterious Wiñayhuayna archaeological site, from where they walked the last part of the original royal Inca Trail which beautifully meanders a steep hillside, leading to the spectacular citadel of Machu Picchu hidden in the cloud forests of Eastern Peru.
Early, the Clavijo shortly met their extended family in Bolivia and visited La Paz, Sucre, Potosí and the Uyuni Salt Flat. Their two-week trip from Bolivia to Peru was organized by America Tours (Bolivia) and EcoAmerica Peru.
They crossed Uyuni, the largest salt lake on Earth, still flooded and offering surreal sunsets and sunrises and slept in a hotel made from salt blocks. Visited the northern part crowned by the Tunupa Volcano, walked the Isla Incahuasi located in the center of the extensive salt lake, colonized by giant cacti and other flora and fauna adapted to extreme environments. Uyuni is one of the most iconic and photographic places in the Central Andes and makes Bolivia unique.
Their visit to Bolivia included a guided tour in the Tihuanaco Archaeological Site located near the southern shores of Lake Titicaca, an ancient ceremonial settlement that was one of the most important in the Andes, previous to the Incan Empire.
By early Jan 2018, Audrey joined volunteers working in an important sustainable development project that supports hundreds of farmers in the Peruvian Amazon, in the Upper Madre de Dios River near Manu National Park. His brother Alex already started his career as a medical doctor and Kathy and Max might be back to visit more other places in Peru, including the remote Amazon rainforests near Cusco and the northern Peru where some of the most amazing Pre-Incan empires once proudly rule this part of South America. Thank you for allowing us using some great pictures! All the best!
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