Day 3: La Paz – Tiwanaku – Copacabana
In the morning at about 9 a.m. you will be picked from your hotel in La Paz for an overland trip of 70km towards the archaeological site of Tiawanaku (3,000 B.C. – 600 A.C.). Visit the temples of Kalasaya, Akapana, Underground, and Gate of the Sun, Puma Punku and the museum. Lunch on site (not included). In the afternoon, transfer along the Royal Andean Mountain Range to the city of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. On the way, we will stop at the town of Huatajata where we will visit mortuary towers (known as “Chullpas”) of several periods. Here we also find the Limachi brothers and their interesting museum including info about all the reed rafts expeditions of our century and a full size reproduction of the RA II used by Thor Heyerdahl in his expedition across the Atlantic. Hotel accommodations in Copacabana.
Day 4: Copacabana – Sun Island:
The Island of the Sun represent one of the greatest natural and cultural monument of Bolivia. Located in the southern side of Lake Titicaca (3,810 meters above sea level), the Island (together with the Moon Island) houses more than one hundred and fifty ancient settlements. During the Inca occupation of the region (around A.D. 1470 – 1532), this island was the final destination of ritual pilgrimages from all around the empire. However, recently recovered archaeological evidence indicates that the sacred nature of these islands extends back at least to the Tiawanaku Empire (A.D. 600 – 1,100). Prior to this time, humans first occupied the island as early as 2000 B.C., and have continuously lived there for millennia. The natural beauty of this island is impossible to describe; you simply have to visit them to appreciate it. Here we will make a 4 hours hike to visit the different pre-Inca and Inca remains, visit small villages and enjoy the landscape. Overnight in a local small hotel on the Sun Island. B.
Day 5: Sun Island – Copacabana - La Paz
We will enjoy a free morning on the Sun Island where you can simply enjoy the beautiful scenery or make another short hike. Then at about 11 a.m. we cruise back to Copacabana where we make a short visit to “La Basilica”, the Incas observatory and bath. Overland transport back to the city of La Paz where we will leave you at your hotel. B.
Day 6: La Paz – Uyuni - Villa Candelaria Lodge.
In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Uyuni where our local guide will be waiting for you to start the drive south towards the train cemetery where we make a short stop to see the remains of nineteenth and early 20th century steam locomotives used for the mining industry of Uyuni and Potosi. Then we drive towards Alota region on the highlands of Bolivia and on the way if lucky, perhaps we can observe the Andean Ñandu (Ostrich) wandering on the high plateau. Crossing the Rock Forest, an interesting geological area, we continue towards Laguna Hedionda where we can observe three species of flamingos. This scenic area gives you excellent opportunities for photography. Our next stop will be to observe the active Ollague Volcano. Our drive then will continue to cross the Salar de Chiguana, and then finally we arrive to Villa Candelaria small lodge for overnight and enjoy a well-deserved rest. LB, D
Day 7. Villa Candelaria - Uyuni
An early wake up followed by a hearty breakfast will prepare us for our drive towards the impressive Salar de Uyuni. Our drive will take us towards the Galaxy cave, a dried sub aqueous cavern, formed before the ice age, corresponding to volcanic eruptions on waters of the Minchin lake (today Salar). From the ceiling of the cavern, it displays calcareous bodies with capricious forms of solidification of the magma in contact with water. Then we enter into the flat salt desert of Uyuni giving us a spectacular view of the Salt Desert surrounded by volcanos. We will drive towards the shores of Isla Pescado (Fish Island) a rocky hill where we find trichocerus cacti, and where a large population of viscachas (Andean rodents) inhabits its rocky slopes. Then a short drive will take us towards Isla Incahuasi (Home of the Inca), another interesting hilly outcrop situated in the center of the Salar and with rock formations containing the remains of corals and seashells. On the island, we find trichocerus cacti, a species of cactus that grows up to 7m tall, at a rate of 1 centimeter per year, making them up to 700 years old. Here we make a hike up to the summit of the hill from where, we get and extraordinary view of the surreal Salar de Uyuni. After lunch in the local small restaurant, we will continue our drive towards the small village of Colchani, which lies beside the Salar de Uyuni and is home of the Cooperative Rosario – the main plant for the iodization of salt. After visiting one of the artisanal salt factories, we make our final drive towards your hotel in Uyuni. End of our services. B, L.
Day 8: Uyuni – Potosi:
Morning transfer from Uyuni to the city of Potosi. This overland trip has plenty of wonderful views of the highlands in this area. Up on arrival in Potosi, we check in the hotel and in the afternoon, we make a city tour visiting the colonial part of this interesting city, La Casa de La Moneda, and the museum. Hotel. (B).
Day 9: Potosi – Sucre:
Morning tour to the famous mines of Cerro Rico. Borrowing down into its bowels you can experience what life was like many centuries ago for those working in these mines. In the afternoon, travel to Sucre, the Capital of Bolivia. Hotel accommodations. (B).
Day 10: Sucre.
In the morning, we make a half-day city tour of Sucre, declared as a “World Heritage Site” by The UNESCO. This beautiful colonial city, still preserved from modernity, shows interesting places to visit and enjoy main plaza, Bolivar Park, several convents dating from the XVI century, etc. Back to the hotel. Free afternoon. (B).
Day 11: Sucre – La Paz.
In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight, back to La Paz. Transfer to the hotel and free time. (B).
Day 12: La Paz Out
In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. End of our services. (B).
- Tour Highlights:
- La Paz & Titicaca Lake
- Uyuni Salt Desert
- Volcanoes & Lagoons
- Fauna (flamingos, condor, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas)
- Potosi & Sucre
Price per Person: US$1520. –
With accommodations in tourist class hotels, in twin bed rooms with private facilities. During the Salar de Uyuni tour, the 3 night accommodations will be in simple lodges in rooms for 2 people.
Single supplement accommodation: us$295. - per person
Included: Transport, Spanish/English speaking guide, entrance fees, and small simple hotel accommodations in twin bed rooms for 2 people with private facilities, noted meals.
Departure Dates (Guaranteed with minimum 2 participants):
|Tours||Tour Starts:||Tour Ends:|
|1||April 13||April 24|
|2||May 04||May 15|
|3||May 18||May 29|
|4||June 01||June 12|
|5||June 15||June 26|
|7||July 13||July 24|
|8||July 27||August 07|
|9||August 10||August 21|
|10||August 24||September 04|
|11||September 07||September 18|
|12||October 05||October 16|
|13||October 26||November 06|
|14||November 09||November 20|
|15||December 07||December 18|
|16||December 28||January 08, 2016|