Bolivia:The best Highlights of Bolivia

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Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain from the Andes, the Atacama Desert, and the rainforest in the Amazon basin. At more than 3,500 m high, its administrative capital, La Paz, is located in the Altiplano de los Andes with the snow-capped mountain Illimani in the background. Nearby is the crystal clear Lake Titicaca, the largest on the continent, which straddles the border with Peru.

Discover colonial cities, salt flats and lagoons in the heart of South America

  • Moonlike craters, red lagoons, salt flats, lakes in the clouds and real witch markets
  • Curiosities in the colorful markets of La Paz
  • Bizarre landscapes and the endless expanse of the Salar de Uyuni
  • Mining history in Potosi
  • Dino tracks near Sucre

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Bolivia to get to know! Whether colonial cities, breathtaking nature or colorful markets – Bolivia inspires with its diversity. The colonial architecture of Sucre and the magnificent colonial buildings in historic Potosi will inspire you. Discover the Valle de la Luna, a bizarre landscape that resembles the surface of the moon. Cross the world’s largest salt lake, the spectacular Salar de Uyuni, and explore the bustling streets of La Paz, the world’s highest seat of government, and its colorful markets.

Travel Program

Kamisaki! At around 3600 metres, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world in La Paz. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the center of industry – the country’s brain. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz’s indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional. After a 6 pm welcome meeting maybe head out into the city, situated in the middle of a vast volcanic crater. Breathe the ‘thin’ air, marvel at the vistas of buildings clinging to the canyon sides, and explore the lively streets like Calle Jaen. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 2 pm.

Death Road Biking To Coroico – Please note that our leaders are not able to organize this activity for you due to safety concerns. Injuries are very common and there have been a number of fatal accidents.

Optional Activities:
– La Paz – Visit to the ‘Witches Market’ – Free
– La Paz City Tour & Moon Valley – USD40
– La Paz – Tiwanaku Archeological site (Shared service) – USD30
– La Paz – Food With Altitude Urban Adventure – USD57
– La Paz – To 3,600 Meters, and Beyond Urban Adventure – USD41
– La Paz – Coca Museum – BOB15

Activities Included:
La Paz – Orientation Walk

Accommodation: standard hotel

This morning, leave La Paz behind and travel by private vehicle to Uyuni – the gateway to Bolivia’s acclaimed salt flats. You’ll head off around 8.30 am this morning and will arrive late in the afternoon, so be sure to have a book or some podcasts ready, and some snacks on hand. Along your way, stop for some lunch with your group. Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like you’ve reached the end of the road, which in many ways is true. This remote small town sits on the edge of the high altiplano – a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometers towards the border with Argentina and Chile. Once arrived, check in and relax into your hotel in Uyuni town. Although basic, your accommodation for tonight is clean and comfortable, and maybe the last time you’ll have a hot shower for a few days!

Accommodation: standard hotel

Meals: 1x breakfast

Uyuni is the starting point of your 4WD excursion into Salar de Uyuni and the Andean Desert. This morning you will stop by the Train Cemetery, three kilometers outside of Uyuni Town, connected to it by the old train tracks, and see where families of abandoned locomotives rust slowly in the sun. Continue on to the town of Colchani, which produces salt the old-fashioned way, before heading into the salt flats. Endless skies meet endless white plains, and it’s a pretty hypnotic sight – don’t forget to snap loads of photos! Stop by an intriguing salt hotel and drive to an island of cacti that rises like a jagged reef in the desert. Known as Isla Inca Wasi, or Fish Island, this fossil-strewn outcrop was once the top of an ancient volcano, and you’ll have the chance to go on an optional hike here. After a big day of driving, head south to a small village and your homestay-style accommodation. Settle in and enjoy an included dinner.

Special Information: Accommodation in the desert is very basic. Shower facilities if any can be unreliable and cold, as the pipes often freeze in the winter months. Toilet facilities are simple, and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style. Electricity is generated by solar panels and generators, so there won’t be enough power to charge electronic devices. The desert is at high altitude and can experience extremely cold weather, particularly at night, so it’s important to pack warm clothing and base layers.

Please be aware that from December to March, there’s a risk of the salt lake being flooded. If this is the case, the itinerary will be adapted to accommodate this, and this may include omitting the Inca Wasi visit from today.

Activities included:
– Salt flats – Visit to ‘Fish Island/Inca Wasi’

Accommodation: dormitory

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner

After breakfast, continue driving through the incredible landscapes of the Andean Desert, with another day deep in the wilderness. Pass by Chiguana Salt Lake, the still-active Ollague Volcano, and other small lakes of different colors – perhaps with a flamboyance of flamingos standing nearby! Continue on to the Siloli Desert, which is known for its mountain of seven colours, Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) rock formation, and some pretty epic vistas. You’ll also get the chance to venture into an Andean wildlife reserve (Reserva de Eduardo Avaroa) and hike around the Laguna Colorada (Red Lake), keeping an eye out for llamas, flamingos, vicunas, and foxes along the way. Once all the sightseeing is over for another day,

Special Information: Despite all the delights, this trip can be tough going. There will be long travel days in 4WDs on dusty washboard tracks, freezing temperatures, basic toilet facilities, and multi-share accommodation. However, without a doubt, this amazing journey will be one of the main highlights of your trip to South America.

Activities included:
– Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve – Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde

Accommodation: dormitory

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch, 1x dinner

Leave your lodge nice and early to try and catch the sunrise over the surrounding geysers. These bubbling fumaroles are especially active in the morning, thanks to the cold air. Continue to a local hot spring for a quick dip, then to Laguna Verde to take some pictures of the water’s striking green hues. Afterwards, pass through more barren desert landscapes, some of which are frequently compared to Salvador Dali’s paintings. Onwards to Capina Lake, Valle de Rocas (Rock Valley), and the San Cristobal mining town. You’ll arrive back in Uyuni around 5 pm to spend the night at your leisure – after the last few days in the Bolivian wild, this could be the right time to find a comfy local restaurant for an optional dinner and drinks with your travel crew .

Accommodation: standard hotel

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch

Today, say goodbye to Uyuni, and catch a local bus for about 4 hours along the scenic route to Potosi, where you’ll arrive in the early afternoon. Potosi has had a turbulent past, centered mostly around its mining successes and failures. Once the predominant supplier of silver to colonial-era Spain, Potosi briefly celebrated life as one of the richest cities in the world. Explore the architectural remnants of this period of industry on a leader-led orientation walk, then the afternoon and evening are yours. Perhaps visit the Santa Teresa Convent Museum to observe the art and treasures on display inside the convent’s original walls or the National Mint Museum.

Special Information: Visiting the Potosi Mines can be a thrilling yet dangerous experience. We have partnered with a local operator to offer travelers what we have assessed to be a safer and rewarding option for this visit. This tour involves visiting the miner’s market, a minerals distillery as well as entering the first 150-200 meters into the Grito de Piedra mine. We believe this experience offers a great understanding of the socio, cultural, and economic importance of the mine to Potosi and the region while avoiding the risks associated with entering deeper sections of the mine. This activity is not for the faint-hearted or those that suffer claustrophobia. Your group leader is strictly prohibited from recommending or assisting travelers to book other mine tours.

Accommodation: standard hotel

Meals: 1x breakfast, 1x lunch

After a lazy morning to explore Potosi, take a local bus early in the afternoon and arrive in Sucre after approximately 4 hours, disembarking in the temperate valley city. Bolivia’s official capital, Sucre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 and has retained the flavor of its colonial heritage in its churches, museums, and ancient mansions. Most of the town’s colonial buildings have been whitewashed, earning it the nickname the ‘White City’. On arrival, you’ll have some free time to get your bearings of the city before you go for an optional dinner.

Optional Activities:
– Potosi – National Mint of Bolivia – BOB48
– Potosi – Santa Teresa Convent Museum – BOB33
– Potosi – Cerro Rico mine tour – BOB150

Driving time: approx. 4 hours

Accommodation: standard hotel

Meals: 1x breakfast

Take a few days to explore Bolivia’s capital. After an orientation walk, compare shoe sizes with a dinosaur at Cal Orcko, where 68 million-year-old footprints have been discovered. This is the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world, over 12,000 of them! Then, you might like to visit the Museo de la Recoleta, a 400-year-old convent on top of the hill that provides great views over the city and is home to a fascinating collection of sculptures and paintings. Or maybe head to the Plaza 25 de Mayo to rub shoulders with Sucre’s affluent residents and investigate the extravagant interior of the Senora de la Merced.

Today, set out for an included hike along the ancient Pre-Incan path known as the Chataquila trek. The trek is relatively easy being that it is mostly downhill. On the way down enjoy the stunning views of the Andes and the valleys. In the afternoon, perhaps head up to Recoleta, an old convent on top of the hill, giving some great views of the city. Adrenaline junkies might also like to take to the surrounding peaks for some excellent mountain biking options or perhaps give slope gliding a shot. Most of today and tomorrow are free to take up some additional optional activities in and around town, so it’s up to you what you’d like to do and see! Bolivian dance show, or textile museum, anyone?

Optional Activities:
– Casa de la Libertad – BOB21
– Bolivian Dance Show – BOB100
– Museum of Textiles – BOB22
– Church of San Felipe Neri – Free

Activities included:
– Orientation Walk
– Dinosaur Footprints
– Chataquila Pre-Inca trek

Accommodation: standard hotel

Meals: 2x breakfast

This morning is free to explore Sucre before catching a flight back to La Paz.

Special Information: Departure Tax – Please note you will be required to pay an airport departure tax, for the flight today which is approximately BOB 11. Depending on availability the flight Today may be via Santa Cruz de la Sierra or Cochabamba, with a total flight time of 2-3 hours.

Optional Activities:
– La Paz – Coca Museum – BOB15
– La Paz – To 3,600 Meters, and Beyond Urban Adventure – USD41
– La Paz – Food With Altitude Urban Adventure – USD57

Accommodation: standard hotel

Meals: 1x breakfast

Today is the final day of your tour and there are no activities planned, so you are free to leave at any time. With so much to see and do, you might want to spend an extra day or two checking out the city. We’ll be happy to organize additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Meals: 1x breakfast

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Bolivia round trip according to program
  • Transport, accommodation and meals according to the program
  • Excursions, activities and visits as per itinerary
  • Excursion to the Salar de Uyuni with visit to the fish island Incahuasi
  • Tour of the Altiplano visiting Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde
  • Visit the dinosaur footprints in Sucre
  • Chataquila Trek near Sucre
  • Orientation walk in La Paz
  • Orientation walk in Sucre

Not included:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Personal expenses, tips
  • airport taxes and departure taxes

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Country / Location: Bolivia
Mountain Guide: Eric Raul Albino Lliuya
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