Alpacas and llama graze below majestic Volcán Sajama


  • For the sixth year in a row, and for the last time, we will offer an exciting Bolivia trip highlighting the Carnaval de Oruro--perhaps the most authentic folkloric carnival in all South America-- and featuring the eye-popping Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titikaka, beautiful colonial Sucre, an adventure in a Potosi mine, and much more. Of all the trips we offer, none has a greater cultural and scenic variety than this wonderful Bolivia excursion.

    Check out the itinerary, which we have perfected over the years and which would be difficult --if not impossible-- to improve upon: 2010 Bolivia trip. Take a look and e-mail us if you want an application.

    Our 2006 Bolivia trip was recommended by Frommer's, and our 2007 excursion also got Frommer's seal of approval.


    For June 2010 Rutahsa is offering a new itinerary combining the best of Northern Peru with the best of Southern Peru. The northern segment includes Caral, Chavín, Huaraz, Huaca de la Luna and Chan Chan, and the spectacular treasures of the Museum of the Royal Tombs. The southern segment includes Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, along with the keshwa chaca, the last Inka suspension bridge. This amazing bridge of straw has been featured several times in National Geographic; it has been the subject of a NOVA special; it was part of a BBC special; recently the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor ran articles on it. But who will take you there? ONLY RUTAHSA! And there's more! See for yourself-- here's the itinerary: Best of Northern and Southern Peru.

    Frommer's recommends our Peru Supertrip: Frommer's review.


    In addition to our June Supertrip, Rutahsa Adventures, in cooperation with the Appalachian Mountain Club, is offering a Peru trip in May that focuses on Southern Peru: awesome Colca Canyon, stunning Lake Titikaka, Cusco--the heart of the Inka Empire, the Sacred Valley, and, of course, unforgettable Machu Picchu. So if the timing of our June trip doesn't work for you, check out this wonderful itinerary featuring the most famous of all Peru's many treasures: Treasures of Southern Peru.


    Although everyone has heard of Machu Picchu and Lake Titikaka in southern Peru, Peru's north has every bit as much to offer as the south, and even more in some ways. There are stunning archeological sites --Caral, Chavín de Huántar, Sechín, Huaca de la Luna, Chan Chan, Sipán, Karajilla, Kuelap-- representing a far greater variety of pre-Columbian cultures than found in the Inka-dominated south. There are sweeping Andean vistas, massive ice-capped peaks and turquoise glacial lakes. There are cloud forest covered sierras and coastal deserts. There is Peru's world-class Museum of the Royal Tombs, with mind-boggling treasures that rival those of King Tut. Northern Peru has so much to offer!

    For 2010, Rutahsa Adventures will continue to offer its full Northern Peru excursion as a trip for independent travelers: let us know when you want to travel and how many will be traveling with you, and we will set the trip up just for YOU! Take a look at the spectacular Northern Peru itinerary.

    Frommer's declares Rutahsa's 2008 Northern Peru trip "Deal of the Week"!

    To contact us about these trips, e-mail us at:

  • Don't just take our word that these trips are great, look at what the experts at Frommer's say: Frommer's on Rutahsa's Bolivia trip.

  • Better yet, our travelers who keep coming back for more trips are our best recommendations:
    "Your trips are a great deal, money-wise, but that is not their best point. Best is that the travelers are all interesting folks, and Ric and Janie plan such interesting trips with lots of local color. And you take such good care of us!" --Stella Elakovich, two-time Rutahsa Adventures traveler, July 2005.

  • Elderly Quechua woman in Cusco

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