Country
Bolivia
Duration
13 Days/12 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tour
 

A country that is dominated by the altiplano (high mountain plateau), yet possessing plains and valleys, and whose ethnic roots are Aymara. It boasts a mixed legendary heritage that both grants the country its identity and engages it in a deeply rooted syncretism. Bolivia is Lake Titicaca, the Uyuni salt flats, the Andes, and the Amazon. You can find lovely churches, mansions, and monuments that are part of the country’s cultural heritage. Go and visit the cities of Sucre, La Paz, Santa Cruz, for you will surely stumble across a festival or two in some of these destinations because Bolivia is world famous for its folklore and its dances.

Highlights:
– Visit the three main regions of Bolivia: the lowlands, the valleys and the highlands.
– UNESCO World Heritage: Inca ruins of Samaipata, cities of Sucre & Potosi.
– Uyuni Salt Flats: over 12.000 km² pure salt! Largest salt flat in the world!
– Discover the coloured volcanoes and lagoons of Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve!
– La Paz: will take your breath away!
– Titicaca Lake: Highest navigable lake in the world!

Inclusions

Accommodation for 12 nights in double occupancy
23 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Domestic flights
Roundtrip transfers
Meet and greet by our representatives
Shared service from Sucre-Pontosi-Uyuni
Visits as per itinerary
English-speaking local guides
Taxes and fees

Exclusions

International airfare – Gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel personnel – Optional excursions

Additional Information

Note

• To reach the Ecolodge La Estancia will have a smooth walk up of an hour and a half. And to leave it there is walk down of half of an hour.
• Museums in close on Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon, also all day on Mondays and holidays.
• Rainy season (November to April): Roads might be in bad shape. Uyuni Salt flats are flooded. Access to Pucara de Ayque or Incahuasi might be difficult or impossible. Program might have to be changed due to these reasons.
• As roads in Uyuni Region and south are not paved, we will use 4×4 cars, each one with a maximum of 4 passengers. To avoid high costs, guide will go in the back part of the cars if it will be necessary.

Additional activities

Santa Cruz: Güembe (half day) – Supplement of $CA 189 per person

Departure to Biocentro Güembe located at 25 min from Santa Cruz. Relaxing walk around the giant butterflies’ observatory at the trees altitud, continue through exotic orchids collection until arriving to the pools surrounded by ornamental gardens and natural lagoons that border 23 hectares of a wonderful Park.

Sucre: Dinosaur footprints (half day) – Supplement of $CA 109 per person

Another interesting place to visit in the outskirts of the city of Sucre is the Dinosaur Park; It is in Cal Orck’o (Hill of Cal) at 6 km from the city, where there is a great variety and quantity of prehistoric animal tracks in different species. It is considered the largest sample of Dinosaur Footprints in the world; according to studies these prints belong to prehistoric animals that lived in this area for 65 to 70 million years.

Sucre: Incatrail & Maragua town (full day) – Supplement of $CA 269 per person

Full day outside Sucre! Drive to Chataquila (1hr) where we will start with our hiking tour through an old Inca Trail. The trail goes downhill for 6km which we will walk in approx. 2 ½ hrs. Upon arrival to Chaunaca we will hop on the cars and drive till Maragua Town. Without a doubt a beautiful place. At the end of the afternoon we will drive back to Sucre (2 hrs). This is an easy excursion.
Included: Box-Lunch

Sucre: Puma Machay & Inca Machay rural paintings (full day) – Supplement of $CA 269 per person

Full day outside Sucre! Drive to Chataquila (1hr) where we will start with our hiking tour to the rural paintings of Inca and Puma Machay. After visiting this amazing place, return to the car (total hiking time 5-6hrs – 12km). Drive back to Sucre (1 hr). This is a medium-hard excursion.
Included: Box-Lunch

La Paz: Traditional City Tour (half day) – Supplement of $CA 129 per person

A 4 hours city tour through La Paz, elected as one of the 7 wonder cities in the world. It is in a valley at the foothills of the Andes Range, situated at 3,632m / 11942 ft. above sea level. The tour goes through the street markets rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft items, followed by a visit to the colonial section of the city, San Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square also visit to the viewpoint “Mirador de Killi Killi”; and the outdoor replica of Tiwanaku temple. Then descending to the more modern, southern part of La Paz to reach and visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion. Ride by cable car “Teleférico”, it’s a good choice to discover an excellent and beautiful view of La Paz. This is a must for everyone!
Note: cable car ride can change day according to the itinerary

La Paz: Cholitas Wrestling (half day) – Supplement of $CA 69 per person

Inspired by Mexico’s famous “lucha libre” and America’s WWF, Cholitas Wrestling is a one-of-a-kind event, featuring the typical Bolivian women, the “cholitas”, battling it out in spectacular fashion. Bizarre, crazy and hilarious are just some adjectives used to describe one of La Paz’s most unusual attractions.

La Paz: Las Ánimas Valley (half day) – Supplement of $CA 209 per person

Transfer to Valle de Las Ánimas or “Valley of Spirits” where the hiking tour starts (3 hours). This Valley is located further away from the southern area (Zona Sur) of La Paz city. This place is used to describe the eerily eroded canyons and fantastic organ-pipe spires to the Cañón de Palca. The scenery resembles that of Valley of the Moon, but on a bigger scale Included: Box-Lunch

La Paz: Tiwanaku Ruins (half day) – Supplement of $CA 199 per person

Tiwanaku is a 1½ hours’ drive from La Paz (72 km/45 miles), throughout which the highlands are passed, and the Aymaran way of life can be seen. Tiwanaku dating back to 1580BC – 1200AC, was one of the most important pre-Inca civilizations and considered to be among the most developed at the time. The main constructions visited during this tour are: Kalasasaya temple and the Gate of the Sun constructed out of stone, Ponce and Fraile monoliths; Akapana pyramid and semi-underground temple. Two local museums to view pottery, stone work and learn about the culture are also included on this trip.

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DAY 1 SANTA CRUZ

Upon arrival, on the first day of your trip to Bolivia, you will be welcomed by our personnel at Viru Viru International airport and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon free. Optional tours available ($).

Accommodation : Santa Cruz for 2 nights

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DAY 2 SANTA CRUZ - SAMAIPATA - SANTA CRUZ

Trip through the Amazon plains and last branches of the Andes range. Visit the Samaipata ruins, majestic and mysterious pre-Inca fort, located in the top of a hill with a big ceremonial center carved in stone. Finally, to Samaipata, a stroll of town and its local museum. Return to Santa Cruz.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

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DAY 3 SANTA CRUZ - SUCRE

In the morning, flight to Sucre (colonial city, declared Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO) with both transfers. In the afternoon, city tour. This tour includes the visit of: Casa de la Libertad, where the Act of Independence of Bolivia was signed in 1825; Bolivar Park, to see examples of the aristocratic tradition of Sucre, with small replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc of Triumph of Paris; the church and museum of La Recoleta, and the museum of Indian Textiles ASUR.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Sucre for 2 nights

*Recommended departure flight Santa Cruz – Sucre time around 9.00 am

4

DAY 4 SUCRE

Free day in Sucre. Optional tours available ($).

Meals : Breakfast

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DAY 5 SUCRE - POTOSI

After breakfast, departure by regular bus following different valleys to ascend through the highlands to the city of Potosi, declared a Cultural and Natural Heritage site by the UNESCO. In the afternoon, visit the traditional colonial streets, San Francisco and San Lorenzo (its façade) churches and also a mine in Cerro Rico. This excursion allows the visitors to experience an unforgettable trip hundreds of meters underground, to see the living and working conditions of the Bolivian miners (protective clothing and helmets are provided). The silver mine is in the famous Cerro Rico, once the richest of the world.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Potosi for 1 night

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DAY 6 POTOSI - UYUNI - VILLAMAR

Morning regular bus trip to Uyuni, crossing branches of the Andes range, old mining centers and villages, with nice landscapes and Indian communities. Arrival and continue the trip south visiting first the cemetery of old trains, then through the highlands passing the villages of San Cristobal and Culpina K until the high and rich valley of Alota (3 hours), then areas with great stone formations done by the erosion. Continue through high valleys until the village of Villamar (1 hour).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Villamar for 1 night

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DAY 7 VILLAMAR - COLORFUL LAGOONS - SAN JUAN

Early morning trip entering the REA (National Reserve Eduardo Abaroa). Pass alongside Challviri lagoon, with its hot spring in the shores of Polques. Cross through the high desert of Pampas de Dali with amazing views, to reach Laguna Verde (3 hours) in the foothills of the Licancabur Mountain. Trip back to Laguna Colorada, declared a RAMSAR site due to the nesting of over 30,000 flamingos at 4,278 meters heigh. Then up to geysers “Sol de Mañana”, enter the high deserts of Siloli, visiting Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree). Continue through the minor lagoons of Ramaditas, Honda, Chiarkhota, Hedionda and Cañapa until arriving to the Village of San Juan.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : San Juan for 1 night

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DAY 8 SAN JUAN - UYUNI SALY FLATS - COLCHANI

North through the highlands passing the villages of San Agustin and San Juan (2 hours), entering in Chuvica to the great Uyuni salt flat crossing to “Isla Incahuasi” (1 hour), a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus. Lunch will be served in the middle of the salt desert. Continue east to the village of Colchani (2 hours), where the locals produce salt. Enjoy a great sunset. Overnight in salt hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Colchani for 1 night

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DAY 9 COLCHANI - LA PAZ - COPACABANA - SUN ISLAND

Transfer out to the airport for the flight to La Paz. Arrival and private transfer to Titicaca Lake. Trip going north through the highlands and parallel to the Andes Royal Range to Copacabana (3 hour and a half), a nice town in the shores of Lake Titicaca. Visit the famous Virgen Morena and its church, have a stroll in the town. Take the boat to the Island of the Sun (1 hour), land in Huacani port, have a typical lunch called “Aptapi”. By boat back to Pilkokaina Ruins, in the southern part of the island. From here, hike for about 1-hour 15min to the Lodge.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation : Sun Island for 2 nights

*Recommended departure flight Uyuni – La Paz time around 8.00 am

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DAY 10 SUN ISLAND

Free day on Sun Island to enjoy this peaceful place. Optional hikes are available ($).

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

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DAY 11 SUN ISLAND - MOON ISLAND - COPACABANA - LA PAZ

Don’t miss a great sunrise! Walk down the Inca Steps to the Island’s main port, Yumani. Take the boat to the Moon Island (30min), visit the “Iñak Uyu” ruins, an Inca temple also called Palace of the Virgins. Boat back to Copacabana (1 hour). Shared bus to La Paz (3 hour and a half).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation : La Paz for 2 nights

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DAY 12 LA PAZ

After breakfast, you will participate in a unique visit to the popular neighbourhoods and markets of La Paz, guided by a “lustra bota” or shoe-shiner will provide different impressions of this unique city. We will meet our “lustra guide” outside the former train terminal of La Paz. We will hop on, on one of the many telefericos (cable cars) lines this vibrant city has, the red line, and get off where our walking tour starts, the main cemetery. After a short visit, we continue walking to the “Fish Street Market”, the “Flower Market” and the “Uruguay Market” where various species of animals and food can be seen. The tour continues to Eloy Salmón Street, lined with shops and stalls selling the latest technology and to the “Cholitas Market” where Cholitas (local ladies) can be seen shopping for traditional skirts and blankets. The tour concludes at the famous witches’ market on Linares and Sagarnaga Streets where we will learn a little bit of Andean cosmovision. Afternoon free. Optional tours available ($).

Meals : Breakfast

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DAY 13 LA PAZ

At a coordinated time, transfer to the airport for your international flight.

Meals : Breakfast

HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

Santa Cruz

LP Santa Cruz 3*
Cortéz 4*
Camino Real 5*

Sucre

Casa Kolping 3*
Mi Pueblo Samary 4*
Parador Santa María 5*

Potosí

Hostal Colonial 3*
Coloso 4*

Villamar

Mallku Cueva 2*

San Juan

Magia de San Juan 3*

Colchani

Luna Salada 4*

Isla del Sol

Ecolodge La Estancia

La Paz

Hostal Naira 3*
La Casona 4*
Casa Grande Hotel 5*

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy 

Land Package
Daily departures 2023Regular tour
2* and 3* Hotels
May 1st – December 23 4359
4* Hotels
May 1st – December 23 4729
 
Single room supplement, or single passengerOn request
Note: Seasonal surcharges may apply.
Regular: Transfers and excursions in a group min. 2 max 12

Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy 

Land Package
Daily departures 2024Regular tour
2* and 3* Hotels
January 1st – December 314849
4* Hotels
January 1st – December 315279
5* Hotels
January 1st – December 315549
 
Single room supplement, or single passengerOn request
Note: Seasonal surcharges may apply.
Regular: Transfers and excursions in a group min. 1 max 12

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. Prices include the contribution of customers to the Compensation Fund for clients of Quebec travel agents.