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Essential Bolivia in 13 Days

3,800

*Prices are based on a 1 or 2 passengers scenario ( private experience )
*Prices are not valid during Blackout dates: Christmas, New Year, Carnaval (4 & 5 March), Copa America, Rock in Rio, Easter, Worker ́s day (1st of May), Holidays, Long Weekends.

13 days exploring the wonders of South American nature

Visiting 1 country: Bolivia

 

Welcome to Bolivia, a country full of life, colors, movement, culture and hidden wonders. This mega-tour will be taking you on the best scenic adventure South America has to offer. From vibrant cityscapes and ancient Inca culture to dips in hot springs and the awe-inspiring Amazonian forest, Bolivia will leave you speechless with a thousand memorable stories.

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Day 1: Santa Cruz – City tour

After touching down at Santa Cruz airport, we’ll be there with an enthusiastic welcome and to transfer you to your hotel. Once you’ve dropped off your luggage and are good to go we dive straight into the action.

Around town

First, you’ll tour the Plaza de Armas, home to a stunning Cathedral with epic views from its belfry. Then you’ll visit an art exhibition showcasing local creative talent, and craft shops selling all kinds of unique souvenirs; a very cultured start to the day. Moving on, you’ll meander through the ‘rings’ (avenues) of Santa Cruz and observe the unique aspects of the city and how the locals go about their lives.

Wrap up

Day wraps up and you head back to the hotel for a good rest before the real adventure kicks off tomorrow.

Day 2: Santa Cruz – Samaipata – Santa Cruz

Set your alarms super early as you’ll be leaving the hotel at 06:30 am to grasp the most out of the day. Your excursion today starts at a range of towering mountains, the epic Andes Range.

Inca sites

First, you’ll delve into “El Fuerte”, an Inca archaeological site, with relics from its ancient people surrounding the area, that will engage your inner history geek whilst lifting the veil on their mysterious traditions. Spooky, surprising, sensational.

Samaipata

Next up you’ll head to the town of Samaipata, where you’ll be informed about the local history and cultures, by attending an archaeological museum, visiting a handicrafts center, and have a mosey around the town’s main square. Also, after working up some appetite, you’ll be pleased to hear that lunch comes shortly after.

Santa Cruz

15:00 pm rolls around and you’ll be making headway towards Santa Cruz. Breaking up the journey, you’ll make a pit stop to view some miniature waterfalls at “Cascadas de las Cuevas”. You should definitely take a dip in the crystal clear water. Once you’re done having a paddle, you’ll push on to Santa Cruz and arrive around 19:00 pm where you’ll probably hit the hay for a good kip!

Day 3: Santa Cruz – Sucre (except Sunday and Monday)

You’ll be taking to the skies today, and we’ll ensure you’re transferred quickly and efficiently from pre-departure to arrival (flights not included).

The Monastery

You’ll get the VIP treatment and we’ll collect you in a private vehicle from your hotel before hitting the road towards our first stop at the Church at “La Recoleta”. The Franciscan Monastery is ornately decorated with Christian iconography and parables, the intricacy and vibrancy are truly magnificent. Step outside and take in the second impressive sight of the day, the Churuquella Mountain which soars about the Monastery providing a fantastically scenic backdrop.

Indigenous Art Museum

Examining the indigenous cultures will give you a greater understanding of the past and how traditions shaped the land we see before us today. A visit to the Indigenous Art Museum highlights artifacts, textiles, and a range of rich pieces from two prominent local peoples, the Tarabuco and Jalq’a.

Independence

You sign off in Sucre by visiting “Casa de la Libertad” a museum that is dedicated to the political struggle Bolivia endured for her independence against the all-conquering Colonial Spain. Housing archives and records, you’ll feel empowered, particularly as the Alto Peru, the Bolivian declaration of Independence was signed in this very building. Do however resist the urge to cry out freedom!

Your day concludes with a stroll around the Main Square before retiring to your hotel for some dinner and rest.

Day 4: Sucre

Option 1: Tarabuco (only Sundays)

With so much to see in such a short time, we’ve given you options.

Hit the markets

Choice number one is a trip that focuses on the markets of Tarabuco, a lively, thrilling place that’s famous for being one of the best traditional markets South America. Held every Sunday, feel free to roam around the markets and see the best of what the locals have to offers.

Tarabuqueño

The afternoon part of this option introduces you to the “Tarabuqueño”, a traditional dress that is a popular garment in the region, made with bright materials the design, and has remained in place since the time of the Incas. After you’re done learning about the importance of the Tarabuqueño, you jump into the vehicle and head back to the hotel.

Option 2: Paleontology tour

La Calancha

Your second choice (available everyday) is an exploration of the paleontological remains of “La Calancha”. Departing at 08:00 am, you’ll spend around one and a half hours  learning about the various transformations of land in Bolivia. Quite literally a ‘rocking’ start to the day.

Dinosaurs and Prehistory

Continuing the tour, you’ll climb “Churuquella” hill and then drive on to the Cretaceous Park. If you’re a fan of dinosaurs and prehistory, it’s time to get excited, as you’ll be following the tracks of the magnificent beasts that lived in ancient Bolivia millions of years ago, learn about which dinosaurs existed here and their intriguing lifestyles, and view the largest prehistoric footprints on the Planet. It’s not quite Jurassic Park, but it’s a close as we have…for now!

Bolivian dance moves

Heading back to Sucre, there’s an opportunity to see a unique Bolivian folkloric show, where traditional dance and music will be central. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn a dance move or two!

Day 5: Sucre – Potosí

Today is primarily a travel day as you traverse from Sucre to Potosí via bus, but we do have a a range of activities planned upon your arrival.

Meet the miners

Potosí is famed as a mining community in Bolivia , and you’ll find out more about this industry by visiting the monument of mines, a mining market where you’ll interact with female miners (called Palliris) and finally, visit a cooperative mine to see the inner workings of this industry.

Day 06: Potosí- Uyuni

Today is purely a transitional and recuperation day, as you’ve got so much to cover in the coming days. You’ll leave Potosí and take the bus (approx. 3 hours) to Uyuni.

Day 07: Colchani – Uyuni Salt Flat – Ajencha

At at around 11:00 am, you’ll get on the road to one of Bolivia’s most mesmerising sights, the Salt Flats.

The magical salt flat

The awe-inspiring Uyuni Salt Flat, a seemingly endless plain that stretches beyond the horizon. Serenity surrounds you, and the stark openness of the Salt Flats is strangely moving, so get your cameras ready to document your memories, and maybe take a few funny shots for the scrapbook too. Shortly after, you’ll come across the “Salt Hotel-Museum”, where you can find out more about the importance and beneficial effects of the Salt Flats to Bolivia.

Optical illusions

Moving on, you’ll head to “Incahuasi Island” situated in the center of the Salt Flats, providing exceptional 360° panoramas. On the way, make sure you keep a lookout for some natural wonders and optical illusions, particularly if you’re travelling during the December-March rainy season.

Incahuasi Island

You’ll make one more stop at the “Ojos de Agua” (Eyes of Water), which are small eruptions on the surface of the flats and contribute to the expansion of the already ginormous area. Finally, you’ll reach Incahuasi Island where the views are unparalleled. The spectacular great wide open is punctuated by the towering calcareous rocks, local fauna including plentiful cacti, and as mentioned, miles of distance as far as the eye can see, it’s a truly unique setting.

Wrap up

Once we’ve managed to peel you away from the magnificent Salt Flats, we’ll break for lunch before taking off to your accommodation for the night in the town of Ajencha. Today is just one of many days where the sights will blow you over, so be prepared for many as your eyes are in for a treat!

Day 8: Ajencha – Red Lagoon

Your day begins with a trip to one of nature’s most terrifying elements, volcanoes. And guess what? There’s plenty of them nearby! You’ll travel from Ajencha to Lípez, to start the day off with volcanic observation at Ollagüe, a volcano who’s snow-capped peaks stand at an impressive 5868 meters above sea level, but don’t worry, you’ll survey Ollagüe from a safe distance!

Surreal landscape

From the blistering heat of volcanoes, you’ll change your focus to the cooling and soothing calm of lagoons. Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota and Honda, collectively known as the “Joyas Altoandinas” or the jewels of the highlands, are all fantastically peaceful bodies of water. You can definitely bring out your inner ornithologist and lay your eyes on a variety of exotic local species of birds. Your next stop is yet again another surreal landscape, the Siloli Desert, famed for its arid exterior and its downright peculiar rock formations known as the Stone Tree, you’ll be adding some remarkable content to your Instagram feed.

Laguna Colorada

As you move towards your final destination for the day, the Eduardo Avarua National Reserve, you’ll approach the Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), an extraordinary body of water that glimmers in a striking red, caused by the algae and plankton that thrive in the lagoon. Furthermore, Colorada has 3 breeds of flamboyant and curious native flamingo (James, Andino, and Chileno).

By now, you’ll surely enjoy some rest back at your hotel.

Day 09: Red Lagoon – Green Lagoon – Uyuni

Rise and shine adventurers! You’re leaving at 05:30 am to observe some geysers and hot springs, and yes it has to be this early!

Sol de Mañana

The boiling muddy trenches of “Sol de Mañana” are murky and loud and unlike anything you’ve seen in your life. Whilst this may be a bit of a jarring thing to wake up for, the upside is that you’ll get to take a relaxing dip at the  hot springs nearby.

Salvador Dali’s Desert

Once you’re dried off and ready to roll,  you’ll head towards Hito Cajon, close to the Chilean border, to explore the staggering vistas of the Dali Desert. Named after the artist Salvador Dali, the Dali Desert receives the name due to the surreal layout of the land, particularly the stone columns, replicating the Spaniard’s often bizarre work.

The Green Lagoon

Next up is the Green Lagoon, an emerald-turquoise body of water that shimmers like a gem in the light. Due to the mineral suspensions of elements such as arsenic, the water develops this incredible colour and is a picture of calmness, despite being set at the foot of Licancabur volcano.

Rocks Valley

Your time in the National Park is drawing to a close, and so you must head back to Uyuni, but not before you have a mosey at the Rocks Valley, an area dominated by titanic volcanic rock formations that range from 8 meters to 15 meters. The final stop of the day is at the village of San Cristóbal, a village was completely uprooted and moved to suit the needs of Bolivia’s largest mine. You’ll arrive back to Uyuni  around 18:00 pm.

Day 10: Uyuni – La Paz

It’s another travel day as you venture from Uyuni to the capital La Paz. We’ll get you to and from the airport (flight not included), and once you’re down and settled, we’ve got a few afternoon activities lined up just for you.

Charming La Paz

At 14:00 pm, you’ll go on a city tour of La Paz to visit the vibrant, quirky markets stacked with weird yet memorable mementos, you’ll wander through the downtown that’s shrouded in old- warm charm and architectural wonders, and finally you’ll take a cable car to return back to the hotel, absorbing the panoramic marvel that is La Paz and the surrounding beauty of the Andes Range.

Day 11: La Paz – Copacabana – Isla del Sol – La Paz

Another break of dawn start means another amazing day. You’ll be visiting the world renowned Lake Titicaca and sailing on the soothing waters to more dynamic locations.

Lake Titicaca

Departing between 07:00 and 07:30 am, you’ll head directly to Lake Titicaca via the extraordinarily magnificent Altiplano, the journey will take roughly two hours before you arrive at South America’s largest lake. Once ”all on board” you’ll cruise across the Strait of Tiquina on a local ferry, destination Copacabana.

Isla Del Sol

Docking at 12:00 pm, you’ll temporarily get back on dry land for lunch in a local restaurant. Once you’re done filling your bellies, you’ll hop on to a new boat and get back on Titicaca’s glistening waters. The idyllically named Sun Island is our destination, and it packs a punch. The village of Yumani is the gateway to Sun Island’s major attractions. You’ll march triumphantly up the “Escalinata Del Inca” (Inca’s Stairs) leading you to the glorious “Fuente de las 3 aguas” (the Fountain of the 3 Watersheds) where supposedly one drink from the fountain supposedly is the key to eternal life!

Surrounded by the monumental Royal Andes Range and soaring high over the sparking Lake Titicaca, a time for you to embrace the moment…it’s truly magical.

Wrap up

You’ll leave Copacabana at 18:30 pm to arrive at La Paz Station around 22:00 pm, where you’ll transfer back to your hotel. Another fantastic day completed!

Day 12: La Paz – Coroico – La Paz

Your final day is the perfect send off to your Bolivian adventure, as you journey to the outstanding Los Yungas region, you’ll witness the Altiplano become greener and wilder, transforming into the Amazonian Rainforest. Simply put, it’s incredible.

In the clouds

At 08:00 am you’ll be ascending high into “La Cumbre” a wind-swept mountain pass that elevates 4700 meters above sea level. Encircled by the Royal Andean Range, you’ll feel the beauty all around, though that may just be the lack of oxygen going to your head!

Senda Verde animal refuge

What goes up, must come down! And so you’ll be descending through the snow-kissed mountain peaks, the foggy weather, and rugged terrain only to be greeted with luscious forests and sub-tropical environments. As you get closer to Los Yungas, the Amazon will not be that far away. Before you get to the heart of the action; a brief stop at the “Senda Verde” animal refuge will warm you heart. As you encounter a variety of animals freed from the horrid exotic pet trade, you’ll learn about the work the sanctuary does to combat such actions.

Coroico

It’s now lunchtime! Enjoy a great mean as you’re heading to Coroico right after; where you’ll notice the rampant changes in the environment as the temperature gets a little warmer. Stopping by in town you’ll visit agricultural areas that produce vital crops such as coca, coffee, and citric fruits. Wandering around Coroico will give you a real feel for life in the Amazon and expose some of its mystery.

The infamous Death Road

Well, that’s almost that. You need to head back to La Paz…but there’s one more treat in store. Of course, you can go back the way you came, but that’d be a little bit repetitive, no? So instead, you can take an alternative route, via the infamous “Death Road”. Hold on to everything as this ultra-narrow and preposterously high road weaves and winds precariously around a mountain cliff face. Safe to say it’s the ultimate, if not the most terrifying, end to your Bolivian odyssey! You’ll be glad to get to your beds this evening!

Day 13: La Paz – Flight home

That’s a wrap on Bolivia. We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the tour. We’ll arrange a time to collect you from the hotel and transfer you to the airport, to bid our goodbyes.

Additional information

Travel Style

IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE

Duration

2 Weeks +

Country

Bolivia

Inclusions

What’s included

  • Private Transfer in from Santa Cruz Airport to the Hotel with an English Speaking Guide
  • Private HD City Tour Santa cruz with an English-Speaking Guide with Entrance tickets to the attractions
  • 12 nights accommodation in a standard room at 3 star hotels.
  • Private HD Samapata tour with an English-Speaking Guide with entrance tickets to the attractions
  • Private Transfer out Santa Cruz Hotel to Santa Cruz Airport with an English Speaking Guide
  • Private Transfer in Sucre Airport to the Sucre Hotel with an English Speaking Guide
  • Private HD City Tour Sucre with an English Speaking Guide with entrance tickets to the attractions
  • Private HD Tour (option 1 or option 2) with an English Speaking Guide with entrance tickets to the attractions
  • Private Transfer out Sucre Hotel to Sucre Airport with an English Speaking Guide
  • Private Transfer in Potosi Airport to the Potosi Hotel with an English Speaking Guide
  • Private Transfer Hotel Potosi – Bus Station with an English Speaking Guide
  • Regular Uyuni Salt Flat tour
  • Regular Ajencha and Red Lagoon tour SIB English
  • Regula tour Green Lagoon SIB English
  • Regular Transfer out Uyuni Hotel to Uyuni Airport SIB English
  • Private Transfer in La Paz Airport to the La Paz Hotel with an English Speaking Guide
  • Regular HD City tour La Paz SIB English with entrance tickets to the cable car
  • Regular tour Copacabana SIB English with entrance tickets to archaeological site
  • Regular Bus La Paz-Copacabana-La Paz with regular transfer to the station
  • Public shared boat
  • Private Tour Coroico with an English Speaking guide
  • Entrance ticket to Senda Verde
  • Private Transfer out from La Paz Hotel to La Paz Airport
  • Meals Mention in the itinerary.

What’s not Included

  • International or domestic flights
  • Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check in/Late check-out at hotels;
  • Optional tours
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Travel Assistance

Accommodation

  • 2 nights of lodging in Santa Cruz at LP Santa Cruz Hotel or similar.
  • 2 nights of lodging in Sucre at Hostal de Su Merced or similar
  • 1 night of lodging in Potosi at Hotel Patrimonio or similar
  • 3 nights of lodging in Uyuni at a basic shelter Hostal La Magia or similar (shared room and bathroom) or similar
  • 3 nights of lodging in La Paz in Hotel Rosario or similar

We endeavour to select a combination of good quality, three and four-star quality hotels, hostels and guesthouses (where you actually stay will depend on your trip) that reflects the character of the local area. The accommodation is also as centrally located as possible. We strive to keep the cost as affordable as possible.

Please be aware that some rooms, especially those in major urban centers or older cities, may be smaller than what you are used to in other parts of the world. Standards and ratings may also be different to your home country.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 3 dinners

We aim to make sure that breakfasts are included every morning in the accommodation (except on the first morning). They are usually ‘continental breakfasts’, which are typical in most countries. A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, croissants, cold meats, cheese and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink.

Included evening meals are in local restaurants or in the included accommodation. In most cases, table water is provided with the meals and if you wish to purchase additional drinks, you can do so at your own expense.

If you have any dietary requirements, we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that although we will do everything in our power, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we eat in will be able to cater to all of your dietary needs. Also, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

Price Variations

PASSENGERS PRICE PER PERSON IN 3 STAR HOTELS
1 Passenger  €                                       3,800
2 Passengers  €                                       2,420
4 to 6 Passengers  €                                       2,090