Astonishing Altiplano Scenery
From La Paz (3636m) we begin our journey through the striking landscapes of the altiplano, a remote highland plain between two spurs of the Andean mountains and home to the condor, llamas and only a few villagers. We pause at the lonely ruins of the once powerful Tiahuanaco empire to admire the mysterious carvings; then head south to Uyuni. From here we drive out to the largest salt lake on the planet - a remarkable expanse of salt-crusted flatlands, punctuated by volcanoes and hardy cacti, where the light and colour is dramatic and constantly changing, suspended beneath intense blue skies.
Potosi Silver & Indian Markets
At Potosi we'll wander through the splendid colonial buildings, before tackling a breathtaking journey down to the sleepy but captivating city of Sucre. From Candelaria we mingle with the throng at Tarabuco market, where multi-skirted women with bowler hats, pigtails and infants strapped securely in crimson ponchos, trade intricate weavings.
Tropical Jungle & Titicaca
Flying east over the Andes, we emerge into a green world of tropical jungle. A five-hour canoe ride along the bubbling River Tuichi brings us to an eco-lodge, lazily grouped around the banks of the lake and run by indigenous Indians. Toucan, golden macaw, whitefaced howler monkey, piranha, armadillo and capybara are plentiful. We spend two nights here to really experience the rainforest. Finally, we fly back to La Paz, nestling in a basin below Mount Illimani (6380m), and overnight on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
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