This itinerary brings together the best experiences to live in Bolivia 14 days. A judicious way for lovers of both Andean cultures and open spaces, without neglecting the great historical and cultural sites of this country totally out of the ordinary. On the menu: Lake Titicaca, the cradle of the Andean civilization full of legends and mysteries, the Lipez desert and the Uyuni Salar, with breathtaking landscapes, and finally the imperial cities of Potosi and Sucre, testimonies of the glitzy past of the colonial era, and cultural immersion for two days in an Aymara village in the heart of the Cordillera Royale!
A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz.
This afternoon our guide will show us the historical center of the city. We will meet at 02:00 pm at the hotel lobby. From the Plaza San Francisco (the main square of La Paz) we will go up the Sagarnaga street, where it is hard to resist the temptation of buying some local handicraft sold all along the street.
We will stop in the Witches Market (“Mercado de las Brujas”) where the locals buy all the necessary artifacts for ceremonial offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth): coca leaves and other medicinal plants, miniature figurines in sugar and lama fetuses. We will then wander in the different markets of San Pedro before we go the Plaza Murillo. This square is the political heart of the city since it has become the executive capital of Bolivia in 1899: here are the Presidential Palace and the National Congress.
Included: transfer arrival, english speaking guide, entrance fees, local guide, breakfast buffet, room.
Departure from the hotel in our private vehicle for a trip to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku (1h30). Guided tour of the pre-Colombian ruins considered as the most important of the continent. We will then drive along the shores of the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real to Copacabana.
Included: box lunch, entrance fees, local guide, private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast.
By motorboat, we reach the cave of Lourdes. Our trek on the Yampupata peninsula starts from there. We cross the timeless village of Zampaya.
Later on we reach the village of Yampupata. A boat takes us to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), where we disembark at the old Inca Palace of Pilkokaina. A 30 to 40-minute walk brings us to the village of Yumani, from where there is a magnificent view of the lake.
Note: During the following 2 days a boat will be at our disposal to transport the group as well as the gear during the walks.
Included: box lunch, dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, local spanish-speaking guide, guide expenses, english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast.
In the morning, a short hop by motorboat first takes us to Pilkokaina temple, south of the island. This palace was built by Inca Tupac Yupanqui for its pilgrimages on the island. We then head to Isla de la Luna where we visit the temple of the Ñustas, The Inca virgins. We then come back to Copacabana.
Departure from Copacabana with a private 4WD. We will follow the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real all the way to Tuni (4 hours).
Included: box lunch, local spanish-speaking guide, guide expenses, english speaking guide, private transport, dinner (no drinks), room & breakfast.
Today we will have a choice of activities according to your wishes and season:
- Trout fishing trip in the lagoons at the foot of Condoriri with the local guide. In some seasons, local indulge much fishing.
- Harvesting the fields.
- Visit the village school.
- Preparation of chuño, a dehydrated potato with ancestral knowledge highly appreciated by the Aymara (June-July).
- Short hike.
After lunch we return to the village, participation in traditional cuisine.
Included: all inclusive, local guide, room & breakfast, english speaking guide
Sharing village life and discovery of local activity. Importance of the llama, the education of children, beliefs and rituals, social organization of an Aymara village.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the bus station. English speaking guide.
We meet in the hall of the hotel at 8 p.m, for the transfer to the bus station of La Paz. Departure of the night bus at 9 p.m. This bus is comfortable and direct to Uyuni. Arrival the next morning around 7:30 a.m.
Note: it is possible to take a shower and breakfast (for a small fee) that morning in Uyuni, before departing for the 4WD expedition.
Included: dinner, lunch, room & breakfast, english speaking guide, private transport, bus ticket.
Night in the bus.
A private driver will pick you up at the bus station.
We begin today our journey across the Sur Lipez area, elevated region of colorful landscapes and lagoons, rock formations and volcanoes. Today we will ride around 250 km in our private jeep, crossing altitudes between 3650 and 4750 m.a.s.l.
We will start the day at 09:00 am with the visit of the train cemetery on the outskirts of Uyuni. Here a collection of old rusted train engines remind the glorious mining past of the region.
We will then ride south to the village of San Cristobal, where we can visit a beautiful colonial church if we are lucky (it is not always open). We will cross the region of Rio Grande to reach the village of Villamar. Keep your eyes wide open: this area is home to numerous vicuñas (camelid) and ñandus (of the ostrich family).
At the end of the afternoon, we will arrive to the beautiful Laguna Colorada (4278 m.a.s.l.), at the edge of which we will spend the night. This immense lake of pinkish water owes its name to the presence in its waters of light sensitive phytoplankton, which also attracts thousands of flamingo part of the year.
Included: transfer arrival, breakfast, dinner (no drinks), lunch (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast (shared bathroom).
Night in Latitudes hostel (basic confort).
A long day of riding across stunning landscapes expects us today (around 350 km)! We will start early at the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.), a volcanic crater with sulphur springs and boiling mud. Next stop: the Polques thermal spring. You are almost 4200 m.a.s.l.; but get ready to jump into hot water (86°F/30°C), surrounded by an amazing frozen landscape of volcanoes.
We will then jump back into the jeeps and ride along the Laguna Salada and the Dali Desert. Here the strong wind has created surprising rock formations that remind the paintings of the Spanish master. Before lunch we will reach the Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde (el. 4350 m.a.s.l.), at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5704 and 5960 m.a.s.l.). After having driven around 100 km we are here at the very south of Bolivia, close to the border with Chile. From here we will drive 90 km back to the Laguna Colorada and then head north to the Siloli Desert (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) and its famous “Stone Tree”.
Keep your eyes wide open: it is not unusual to spot some viscachas (Andean rabbits) in this area. We will then ride along the Chilean border on the scenic “Route of the Jewels”, which owes its name to all the lagoons along its way: Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa. These lagoons are home to three species of flamingoes. We will stop at the view point of volcano Ollagüe (el. 5868 m.a.s.l.). This volcano is still active and shelters one of the world’s highest open pit copper mines. We will then cross the small Salar de Chiguana located at the foot of volcano Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.) to reach the village of San Juan (el. 3600 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night.
Included: dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, lunch (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, dinner,room & breakfast.
Today we will leave the Sur Lipez and live a unique moment: driving across the world’s largest salt flat! After a two hour ride we will reach the famous Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). We will then ride half an hour on the salt desert (34 km) to reach the Island of Incahuasi.
This surprising island lost in the middle of the Salar offers an incredible view over the Salar and the several volcanos that surround it. Of volcanic origin, it is covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on earth).
In the afternoon, we continue loosing ourselves on the white desert during an hour and a half more (73 km) until arriving to the city of Uyuni. Just before leaving the Salar, we will stop in the village of Colchani to visit its salt exploitation and the only salt hotel buil on the Salar (closed since 2001).
Included: entrance fees, lunch (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast.
We will leave Uyuni in a private car at 08:30 am and cross the Cordillera de los Frailes to reach Potosí (el. 3900 m.a.s.l.). The so-called “Imperial City” had a time of international glory in the 16th and 17th century when it sheltered the world’s largest silver mine. Nowadays the Cerro Rico (“Rich Hill”) is still exploited but the glory is memory.
On the way, we will stop in Pulacayo, village that sheltered the second largest silver mine in South America in the 17th and 18th century. It is now almost a ghost town but the museum relates its glorious past. We will arrive in Potosí after 3 to 4 hours on the road (205 km).
Our guide will pick us up at 02:00 pm to visit the Casa de la Moneda, one of the most important historical buildings of the city - one of those which owed the city to be listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Until the 19th century the coins of the Spanish crown were minted here. This beautiful colonial house is now an important historical museum.
NOTE: The Casa de la Moneda is closed on Sundays afternoon and Mondays.
Included: private transport, entrance fees, english speaking guide, room & breakfast, guide expenses.
This morning we will get to know the mines of the “Rich Hill”. Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby and we will go to the Cerro Rico to visit the mine and see the miners at work. This encounter can be overwhelming since the miners (of all ages) work in very hard conditions.
NOTE: It is possible to visit the mine everyday but the miners do not work on Sundays and the activity is greatly reduced on Saturdays and Mondays.
We will leave Potosí in a private car to reach the nice small colonial city of Sucre (el. 2810 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. We will leave behind the Altiplano and descend to the Chuquisaca Valley. Here we will cross the Pilcomayo River on the Sucre Bridge; an interesting structure that looks like a medieval construction, even if built in the 19th century. We will arrive in Sucre after around 3 hours on the road (160 km).
Included: entrance fees, english speaking guide, private transport, breakfast buffet, room, guide expenses.
Today we spend the day in the beautiful “white city” of Sucre. Listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the constitutional capital of Bolivia is famous for its flair of quietness, its beautiful colonial architecture and its numerous churches. Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby to show us the most famous buildings and museums of the city. We will start with the Convento de la Recoleta, monastery of the Franciscan order build in 1601. We will then learn more about the culture of the region and the country in the Museum of Indigenous Art (ASUR) and about the Bolivian history in The Casa de la Libertad, where the Independence Act was signed in 1825.
We will end the day visiting the Monastery of San Felipe Nery, enjoying a beautiful view over the city from its terrace.
NOTE: Museums are closed as following: Convento de la Recoleta, ASUR and Monastery of San Felipe Nery - Sundays, Casa de la Libertad - Mondays.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the bus station.
Included: entrance fees, english speaking guide, transfer departure, bus ticket, guide expenses.
Night bus from Sucre to La Paz.
A private driver will pick you up at the bus station and drive you to your hotel.
This afternoon you will have some free time to enjoy the world’s highest capital. Maybe you can have a nice walk in the historical center, go handicraft shopping in the numerous stands of the Sagárnaga street, discover which artifacts are used for the offering ceremonies to Mother Earth ("Pachamama") in the Witches Market or even visit one of the various museums of the city… Or maybe you will prefer see the city from the air taking one of the three gondola lines of the capital.
Included: private transport, breakfast, breakfast buffet, room, english speaking guide.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Included: transfer departure, english speaking guide.
|2 pax||Single supplement|
|Price per person in double room||£1,910||£70|
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