Truly a land of contrasts, many consider Bolivia’s raw beauty to be the most striking in South America. We experience many changes as we travel from north to south and between 500 and 5,000 metres above sea level: the diverse and unpredictable city of La Paz, the magical Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca, the historic mines of Potosí, the primary jungle of Rurrenabaque in Bolivia's Amazon, and the dazzling expanse of the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt lake and one the most spectacular sights in South America.
Day 1: Arrival in Bolivia (La Paz) - City Tour - Visit of the Valley of the Moon (Valle de la Luna)
Arrival in La Paz. In the afternoon we take a trip to the “Valley of the Moon” on the city outskirts, which at sunset gives the impresión as if you were on a different planet.
Day 2: Tihuanaco tour
We visit the ruins of the pre-Incan Tihuanaco culture (approximately 800 AD), where we can see the famous Sun Gate and the authentic Bennett monolith, recently returned to the city of La Paz after nearly 70 years. After arriving at Tihuanaco we visit the museum and then go on a walk to see the Akapana pyramid, the temple of Kalasasaya, various monoliths and the underground shrine with its “nail heads”.
Day 3: La Paz - Copacabana - Island of the Sun
Early in the morning we are driving along the highway to the small town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We drive by boat agross the lake to the Island of the Sun, arriving at the Imperio del Sol hotel. We enjoy the relaxed island and the lake, and in the evening have a traditional dinner.
Day 4: Copacabana - La Paz Local Bus Local Bus at night
After breakfast we travel by boat back to Copacabana to visit the beautiful baroque/Moorish church of the Virgin of the Candelaria and the craft market. We head back to La Paz where we spend the night.
Day 5: Uyuni Bolivia - Colchani - Fish Island - Jirira
We visit the "Salar de Uyuni", where we will spend most of the day. The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt lake in the world, almost 160 kilometers in length and 135 kilometers wide, with a salt crust between two and seven meters thick. We will visit the train cemetery, where we can see old trains and (steam) locomotives. At Colchani, on the northern edge of the lake, we can see where the salt is extracted and have a chance to purchase souvenirs. A salt hotel is located in the heart of the salar and was built from salt blocks. The walls, beds, tables, chairs and the inside of the hotel are also made out of salt. From the hotel you have a spectacular view over the Salar. It is still called salt hotel today, but it is only a museum. After visiting the island, we have a picnic lunch on the salt flat, and then head to the village of Coquesa, where we will be welcomed by the residents and spend the night in family homes.
Day 6: Jirira - San Juan
After breakfast we drive to a lookout point of the Tunupa volcano. In a Land Cruiser (4x4) we will drive through different places. On the way we visit the Island Inkahuasi (or Fish Island), a cactus-covered island in the middle of the brilliant white salt desert. You might even see some Chinchilas who live on the island. There is no water on the island. The cacti that are growing here are partly more than ten meters high. From the top of the island you have a beautiful view over the salt desert. On the island we will have lunch and in the afternoon drive to San Juan, where we spend the night in family homes.
Day 7: San Juan - Lagoons - Laguna Colorada
Our journey continues across the awe-inspiring landscape of Bolivia. On our way we can admire the active volcano Ollague and the lagoons Canapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota and Honda, which represent the natural habitat of the flamingos. After lunch, we continue our journey through the Siloli desert, where we can admire interesting rock formations such as the stone tree. Finally, we arrive at Laguna Colorado, which is located in the Andina Eduardo Avaroa National Park. Again, there is a large number of flamingos. Incidentally, the red color of the lagoon comes from sediment, for example, zooplankton and phytoplankton. We spend the night here and eat close to the lagoon.
Included in the tour: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Jeep and Overnight
Day 8: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde - Uyuni
Today we start at 5:00 am, in order to get the best view of the geysers known as the “Morning Sun”. Later we head to the hot springs of Polque, where we have breakfast. We then continue to the Green Lagoon and White Lagoon, located at the foot of the Licancabur volcano at 4,350 meters above sea level. The reason for the green colour is the high magnesium content of the area. We then return to Uyuni, having lunch on the way and passing by the “Valley of Rocks” as well as visiting the tradicional villages of Villa Alota, Kulpinaka and San Cristóbal. We arrive in Uyuni at around 6:30 pm and spend the night there.
Included in the tour: breakfast, lunch, hotel in Uyuni and the jeep
Day 9: Bus Uyuni - Potosí
After breakfast, we head to Potosí by bus, arriving in the afternoon and checking in to our hotel. The afternoon is at your free disposal.
Included: transfer, local bus from Uyuni to Potosí and the hotel in Potosí
Day 10: Potosí - Silver Mine Tour (Cerro Rico)
After breakfast we take a tour to the silver mines. We visit the miners’ market to see the diverse materials used by the miners, taking the opportunity to buy coca leaves, cigarettes, alcohol and dynamite to give to the miners. At the refinery we can see how the minerals are processed. In the afternoon we visit the Casa de la Moneda (mint building). With no doubt, this is the the most important colonial building in South America. Its architect and constructor was Don Salvador de Vila, who had also built mints in Mexico City and Lima. Highlights include the art gallery and collections of furniture, weaving, regional costumes, stamps, coins and medals as well as the library with its 80,000 unpublished documents relating to life in Potosí.
Day 11: Bus Potosí - Sucre Bolivia
After breakfast we head to the terminal to take a bus to Sucre. We arrive in Bolivia’s main capital and check in to the hotel. The afternoon is free to head out and enjoy the “White City” of Sucre.
Day 12: Sucre - city tour
Sucre is one of the most beautiful cities in South America. We will walk through the city’s charming streets, enjoy the beautiful neoclassical facades, magnificent colonial churches, and the welcome of local people. We visit the most important historic monuments such as: the 25 de Mayo plaza, the cathedral, the famous Casa de la Libertad (where the declaration of independence was signed on the 6th of August 1825), the museum, the lookout of La Recoleta (which has served as a convent, barracks, prison and museum), the church of San Francisco and the nearby dinosaur tracks.
Included: transport and guide
Day 13: Sucre - Mercado Tarabuco (Sundays only)
The first thing you see at the indigenous market of Tarabuco are the many shining colors of the clothes of the Xampara settlers. The colors represent the respective communities. Tarabuco is a town 64 km away from Sucre and forms the center of the Yampara culture. There an exchange of food, agricultural products, clothing, animals, etc. takes place. Many go there by bus or truck, some by foot. The market starts early in the morning as many locals return home for lunch. We spend the night in a hotel.
Day 14: Flight Sucre - La Paz
After breakfast we head to the airport to take a flight to La Paz, where we will check into our hotel. The rest of the day is at your free disposal.
Day 15: Flight La Paz - Rurrenabque (Bolivian jungle)
Hotel pick up and transfer hotel - airport. Flight La Paz - Rurrenabaque. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon free we will go to Rurrenabaque so that the passenger can enjoy the warm climate and its welcoming population.
Day 16: Pampas Tour Bolivia
We leave Rurrenabaque at 9:00 am to head towards Santa Rosa de Yacuma in a 4WD vehicle. Approximately 4 hours later we arrive at the port of Yacuma, seeing various animal and bird species on the way. At the port we will have lunch and a rest. We travel for 3 hours along the river, having a chance to take photos and see the diverse flora and fauna of the area( alligators, monkeys, capybaras, and many birds) until we arrive at a campsite completely protected from mosquitos. We have dinner, enjoying the natural ambience of the jungle pampa. After dinner, we head out for a 30-minute boat trip where flashlights illuminate the eyes of alligators and other animals. Spend the night back in camp.
Day 17: Pampas Tour
At 7:00 am we have breakfast and then head out to look for the famous anaconda and spot different birds and animals, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. We walk for around 4 to 5 hours and then return to camp for lunch and take a short break. Later we head to a special spot where can see pink dolphins, and have the chance to take photos and swim in the river for around an hour. Then try fishing for pirañas and with luck can take some of these delicious fish back to cook at camp. Another night at the camp site.
Day 18: Pampas Tour - Rurrenabaque
This is the last day of the pampas tour: we get up around 5:30 am to see the sunrise and listen to the sounds of birds and monkeys. Later we head to the river to see if we can spot some sloths. At 11:30 am we return to camp to have lunch, and then pack our bags and head back to the port of Yacuma to drive in the jeep back to Rurrenabaque, where we arrive around 5:00 pm check in to the hotel and spend the night there.
Day 19: Flight Rurrenabaque - La Paz
After breakfast we head to the airport to take a flight back to La Paz, where we spend the night.
Day 20: International flights return from La Paz
We hope you’ve had a great time and an unforgettable experience!
Included in Price:
_All hotels with breakfast, accommodation is generally in double.
-Meals according to the travel itineary
-All internal flights, including taxes.
-All transfers (e.g. airport-hotel) and all land transport during the tour.
-All entries to national parks, churches, convents, museums, cathedrals, ruins, walking trails and other attractions in the programme.
-A bilingual tour guide who travels the whole trip - with an in-depth knowledge of the geography, history and culture of the route.
-All local guides for sites and treks included in the programme.
Not Included in Price:
-Excursions or tickets not listet in the program
-snacks and mineral water entry to discotheques, alcoholic drinks.
Food and Drink:
-There is continental breakfast every day of the tour, which the guide sometimes supplements with extra food.
-There are approximately 3 lunches and / or dinners of traditional food included in the programme, including all meals while trekking.
-Other lunches and dinners are not included; allow $5-10 per day for food and enterta inment.
This tour involves plenty of exercise, including some vigorous walking above 2500meters and is intended for those with a basic level of physical fitness. Parts of the tour take place between 2500 and 4500 meters, but always ascend gradually, giving time to acclimatise. Those with pre-existing medical conditions should consult their doctor before coming.
What to Bring:
Plenty of warm clothing, strong shoes or boots for walking, backpack, sunscreen and hat, insect repellent, flashlight and batteries, camera.