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Bolivia Classic Tour with Amazon Highlights

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Bolivia boasts some of the richest ecosystems, landscapes, and wildlife spots on the planet. Over the course of 18 days, you'll journey through the country's most significant natural heritage sites, including Amboro Natural Park, the fascinating Inca trail to Chaunaca, Tarapaya Lake - a thermal lagoon that you can take a dip in - the world's largest salt desert in Salar de Uyuni, Madidi Natio...

Bolivia boasts some of the richest ecosystems, landscapes, and wildlife spots on the planet. Over the course of 18 days, you'll journey through the country's most significant natural heritage sites, including Amboro Natural Park, the fascinating Inca trail to Chaunaca, Tarapaya Lake - a thermal lagoon that you can take a dip in - the world's largest salt desert in Salar de Uyuni, Madidi National Park, and last but not least Chalalan Eco-Lodge along the Tuichi River. Keep your cameras at hand as you hike across breath-taking landscapes, looking out for all manner of bird species, freshwater turtles, caimans, monkeys, pink dolphins, and the nocturnal wildlife of the lush Amazon!    

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome To Santa Cruz!

Transfer from Santa Cruz Airport to your hotel. Rest up for the night.

​Included: English-speaking guide, transfer arrival, hotel and breakfast

Visited:
Santa Cruz
Accomodation
Night at Hotel K Misional (Santa Cruz)

Day 2: The Tropical Side Of Bolivia

Departure at 8:30 am from Santa Cruz to take the road to the 'Refugio de los Volcanes' shelter, located in the heart of the Amboro Park, in a valley surrounded by reddish mountains. The park is famous for its stunning panoramic views and the opportunity to observe its unique fauna and flora.

In the early afternoon, we will start a short hike around the shelter together with our English-speaking guide and a specialist in the fauna and flora of this natural reserve.

Included: hotel and breakfast, lunch, dinner, local English-speaking guide, private transport, night at the 'Refugio de los volcanes' shelter

Visited:
Santa Cruz

Day 3: Amboro Park Santa Cruz

After breakfast, we will leave for a second hike in the National Park. Lunch and back to Santa Cruz in the afternoon.

​Included: lunch, local English-speaking guide, private transport, hotel and breakfast

Visited:
Santa Cruz
Accomodation
Night at Hotel K Misional (Santa Cruz)

Day 4: Santa Cruz - Sucre

Transfer to Santa Cruz Airport in a private vehicle. At 2 pm, we will meet at the hotel for a guided visit of the colonial city registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. In the itinerary: the ethnographic textile museum, Casa de la Libertad (closed on Mondays), Recoleta Convent, and the cathedral.

Included: transfer, domestic flight, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, excursion, hotel and breakfast

Visited:
Santa CruzSucre
Accomodation
Su Merced (Sucre)

Day 5: ​Chataquila By Car

Departure at 09:00 am by private 4WD for Chataquila village (3550 m.a.s.l.) and its charming church sheltering the Virgin of the same name. We will then walk down by the beautiful Inca trail to Chaunaca (6 km/about a 3-hour hike).

Return to the vehicle and head off to Maragua Crater, where we'll have a picnic lunch by one of the waterfalls. Short walk to Irupampa. On the way back to Sucre we will stop at the Maragua viewpoint from where we can see the crater and at the Mirador of Sucre, looking out across the entire city. Arrival in Sucre around 6:30 pm.

Included: private transport, picnic lunch, English-speaking guide, hotel and breakfast, hiking time: 3h; elevation gain/loss: +70m/-770m

Visited:
Sucre
Accomodation
Su Merced (Sucre)

Day 6: On To Potosi

Departure from the hotel by private vehicle. We will first cross Sucre Bridge with its anachronical design, over the Río Pilcomayo (the river separates Argentina and Paraguay further South). Then, we'll leave the Chuquisaca Valley to climb to the Potosí plateau (4100 m.a.s.l.) where we will arrive 3 hours later (by asphalt road).

Meet in the hotel at 9:00 am to take the road to Tarapaya Lake. On the way, we will admire the beautiful landscapes of the Altiplano. Located about 25 km from the city, and in the middle of nature, this lagoon is a small circular lake with warm water (about 30°C). Legend tells that the Huayna Capac Emperor entered these waters to cure his skin disease! Don't forget your swimming costume!

Included: private transport, English-speaking guide, entrance fees, hotel and breakfast

Visited:
SucrePotosí
Accomodation
Santa Teresa (Potosí)

Day 7: Direction! ​Uyuni

Departure from the hotel to cross the Frailes Mountain range to the village of Uyuni, a small town at the shores of the Uyuni salt flat (3 to 4-hour drive). On the way, we will stop in Pulacayo, a small town which used to be the second largest silver mine in South America in the 19th century. It is now almost a ghost town, where we can visit a museum showcasing traces of its glorious past. Arrival in Uyuni at the end of the day.

Included: private transport, hotel and breakfast


Day 8: 4 WD Adventure Through The Altiplano

Departure from Uyuni at 09:00 am with a 4WD for the Salar de Uyuni (3650 m.a.s.l.), the world’s largest salt desert! On the way, we will visit the salt exploitation of Colchani and the Salt Hotels (closed since November 2001). Then, we will stop in the middle of the Salar on the Island of Incahuasi. This volcanic island is covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilised bacterial colonies, the first traces of life on earth). We cross the Salar in the afternoon until its northern extremity, at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano.

Included: lunch, dinner, entrance fees, private transport, hotel and breakfast

Accomodation
Dona Lupe (Jirira)

Day 9: ​Ascending La Paz Volcano

Departure early in the morning for the ascent of the volcano dominating the Salar. Exceptional view from the mirador (4700 m.a.s.l.) which can be reached in 3 to 4 hours. Return to Jirira in the afternoon and then on to Uyuni at the end of the day, via the salt hotels and a salt exploitation in Colchani. Transfer to the bus station. Departure at 8 pm to La Paz by a confortable direct night bus. Arrival in La Paz at 7:30 am the following day.

​Included: lunch, private transport, transfer departure, bus ticket


Day 10: Rurrenabaque 

Pick up at the bus station and transfer to your hotel. Meet with your guide at 09:00 am, then enjoy a guided tour of La Paz: Sagárnaga Street and its local handicraft market (one of the most famous in South America), 'witches’ street', San Pedro's food market, the historical centre, and the colonial district. Private transport from the hotel 2 hours prior to departure and transfer to the airport for your domestic flight. Pick up on arrival.

​Included: private transport, excursion, English-speaking guide, transfer, domestic flight, hotel and breakfast

Accomodation
Night at Maya de la Amazonía (Rurrenabaque)

Day 11: In The Heart Of The Amazon

At 7 am, we begin our journey to Madidi National Park, renowned as the world’s most bio-diverse park. Here, we will find multiple ecosystems, including Andean, sub-Andean, tropical forest, and pampas. After a 4 to 5-hour cruise on the Tuichi River, we arrive at Chalalan eco-lodge.

In the afternoon, after a brief presentation of the project by members of the indigenous community of San José de Uchupiamonas, we'll walk around the neighbouring lagoons. Later, prepare for a night walk to observe nocturnal habits of the local wildlife. Night at the lodge.

​Included: hotel and breakfast, lunch, dinner, local guide, private transport

Visited:
RurrenabaqueChalalan

Day 12: Nature And Wildlife In Chalalan

In the morning, we start with a walk along the Silbador, Mutua and Anta paths to look for medicinal and exotic plants. Lunch at camp.

In the afternoon, we'll swim in the lagoon, before setting off to go bird watching along the Wichi and Jaguar paths. Traditional evening spent with local villagers. Dinner and night at the lodge.

Included: hotel and breakfast, lunch, dinner, local guide

Visited:
Chalalan

Day 13: Spotting Bolivia's Animals

Departure at 6:30 am in a pirogue for Rurrenabaque. A 2.5 hour-trip in a private 4WD (depending on the track conditions) takes us to the Bala camp near the Yucuma River, via the village of Santa Rosa.

In the afternoon, a motorboat tour is a great opportunity to watch many animals around the river, and particularly many species of birds (toucans, parrots, tapacarés, king fisher, herons and other wading birds…), freshwater turtles, caimans and monkeys (howling, whistling, chichilos). Return to camp at the end of the afternoon. After dinner, we will set off on a night walk to observe the nocturnal wildlife. 

​Included: hotel and breakfast, local guide, lunch, dinner, entrance fees

Visited:
Chalalan, Rurrenabaque

Day 14: ​Explore The Camp

In the morning, we will walk the local tracks searching for the sicuri, the famous anaconda that reaches up to 12 m long and can live to 100 years old. During this hike, you'll also see some capihuaras (the biggest rodent in the world), tapirs (with a bit of luck) and some medicinal plants, still used by the local inhabitants.

On another canoe or motor boat tour in the afternoon, we will fish for piranhas. When back to the camp, we can safely swim in the Yacuma River with the Bufeos (pink dolphins) present in the waterways of the great Amazon Basin. 

Included: hotel and breakfast, lunch, dinner, local guide, private transport

Visited:
Rurrenabaque

Day 15: Back To La Paz

Return to Rurrenabaque by 4WD. We will stop off on a lagoon along the way to try some last-minute fishing for piranhas or bentons, small carnivorous fish, prisoners of the small lagoons left after the rainy season! Transfer to the airport for your return flight to La Paz in the afternoon. Pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel.

​Included: hotel and breakfast, local guide, private transport, transfers x 2, domestic flight

Accomodation
Rosario (La Paz)

Day 16: Full Day Of Trekking

After breakfast, we will meet with our team of muleteers near the Mina San Francisco. The trek starts with a climb to the Apachetas Pass (4650 m.a.s.l.), at the base of the Takesi Peak. From there, we will walk down to the Yungas, an amazing tropical region between the Cordillera and the Amazon. The beautiful paved trail leads to the hamlet of Takesi, then to the small community of Kakapi, where we will find the Refuge (shelter).

Included: private transport, guide (hiking), porters, catering, English-speaking guide. Hiking time: 9h. Elevation gain: +430m / -1860m

Visited:
La PazTakesi

Day 17: The Village Of Yanacachi

Early departure. Ferns, orchids and all sorts of tropical plants known to the local guide will replace the pre-Columbian ruins and the isolated mountain villages that you'll already have passed. At around 1:00 pm, we will arrive at the charming village of Yanacachi on a promontory at 2000 m. 

Included: guide (hiking), porters, catering, English-speaking guide, private transport, hotel and breakfast. Hiking time: 6h; Elevation gain: -790m

Visited:
Yanacachi, La Paz

Day 18: Last Day Of The Trip

Private transport from the hotel 3 hours prior to departure and transfer to the airport for your international flight. We hope you've had a great time!

Included: transfer

Visited:
La Paz

Santa Cruz Sucre Potosí Salar de Uyuni Jirira La Paz Rurrenabaque Chalalan Takesi Yanacachi

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £3,470 / 18 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person, double occupancy

Included in price:

  • All mentioned as included in the tour description

Not included in price:

  • International flights not mentioned
  • Airport taxes (international and national)
  • Meals not listed as included (allow 3 to € 10 per meal / person)
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Gratuities

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