Explore the diverse landscapes that make Bolivia so special. From the hustle and bustle of La Paz to the serene quiet of the Salar de Uyuni, this is unexpectedly one of the most spectacular countries in the world. Wandering through the streets of La Paz you will encounter hidden gems and mingle with the locals dressed in their traditional attire. At an altitude of 3600m this city will take your breath away in more ways that one!
The Salar de Uyuni are the largest salt flats in the world and is one of the most unusual landscapes you will encounter. A highlight of your trip will be a visit to Isla Pescado – an island covered in cacti and a very special overnight stay in a hotel made entirely of salt.
Continue onwards to the mining town of Potosi and the UNESCO world heritage site of Sucre. The town is set in a valley and enjoys a mild climate. Most Bolivian's will tell you that it is the nation's most beautiful city, with all buildings within the central core painted white, giving the town the name ‘La Ciudad Blanca'.
Day 1 Arrive in La Paz and transfer to your hotel. La Paz Airport is located about 25 minutes from the downtown area. Overnight at Hotel Presidente including breakfast.
Day 2 The magnificent ruins of Bolivia and one of the oldest civilizations in the Americas... explore The Sun Gate, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana. Tiwanaku culture was an agrarian based economy with an estimated population of 115.000 inhabitants. The state controlled agriculture produced the surplus wealth to support the urban centre and administrative system. They were outstanding in agriculture, hydraulic, architecture & medicine, as well as in social organization. Due to an economical crisis caused by a long dry season, Tiwanaku collapsed around 1,000 AD. This afternoon enjoy a half day City Tour of La Paz and Moon Valley. The city of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you to a mysterious past where any corner, any street, is a hidden treasure where adventure begins; a living history which treasures the pre Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic rites on its streets. The indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor's Market & breathtaking panoramas are all framed by the majestic "Illimani" mountain. Visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon. (3 to 3 1/2 hrs.) Overnight at Hotel Presidente including breakfast.
Day 3 Pick up from your hotel in La Paz, and transfer by land to Huatajata along the road runs parallel to the Royal Range of the Andes. Arrive to Huatajata to experience the Andean Roots Eco Village, The Altiplano Museum, where a state of the art audio system will explain in your own language the cultural heritage of the Aymaras and the Incas, the colonial time and Jacques Cousteau Expedition to Lake Titicaca. Meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for Thor Heyerdhal epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Take a Hydrofoil cruise to Copacabana, and visit the shrine and the market. Continue to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple Iñak Uyu. Cruise to Sun Island, to visit "Pilcocaina" Sun Temple and take a soft llama trek to Posada del Inca Eco Lodge where you will have lunch and the afternoon at your leisure, enjoy dinner at the Posada. Overnight Posada del Inca Eco Lodge
Day 4 After breakfast visit the Inca Staircase & Sacred fountain, taste the sacred water believed to give eternal youth & Happiness.Enjoy lunch at the "Uma Kollu" archaeological restaurant and visit the small handicraft market. This afternoon you return to La Paz. Overnight at The Presidente Hotel
Day 5 After breakfast start a full day excursion to “Uyuni Salt Lake” and Isla Pescado, the largest salt flat on earth, located on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano (12.000 Km2), offering stunning sceneries which cannot be matched. This is a once in a life time journey. The noise of silence makes the heart beat faster and the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt, the pure sky, the cacti and the flamingos, will certainly make you feel that there is no place like this in the world. Drive to "Isla Pescado", located at the centre of the Uyuni Salt Lake. The surface rocks contain fossils of marine algae. After lunch transfer to Colchani and visit the salt factories. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Palacio de Sal in Colchani including breakfast
Day 6 Private transportation to Potosi, the famous colonial city, source of the silver exploited during Colonial times. Potosi was declared by Unesco "The Historical and Cultural Legacy of Mankind". Overnight at Hotel Coloso including breakfast
Day 7 After breakfast take a half day visit of Potosi: the Royal Mint, Santa Teresa Museum.In the afternoon transfer to Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia, that is a living expression of both colonial and modern times. The Cathedral, churches and cloisters of La Recoleta, San Felipe and Guadalupe, the House of Liberty, where Simon Bolivar signed the Declaration of Independence, the Freedom Bell at San Francisco cloister, the second oldest university in South America, San Francisco Xavier, as well as the university Museum offer fine examples of anthropological research as of colonial and modern art. Sucre and Potosi are the most representative examples of the colonial time and art in the Andes. The visit of these cities takes you back to the 17th century. Sucre was also declared by UNESCO as "The Historical and Cultural Legacy of Mankind". Overnight at Hotel Parador Santa Maria including breakfast
Day 8 This morning take a half day City tour of Sucre and visit The Recoleta, the House of Liberty where Simón Bolívar signed the declaration of independence of Bolivia and the San Felipe de Nery Monastery. Transfer to the airport for flight to La Paz. Overnight at Hotel Presidente including breakfast
Day 9 Transfer to La Paz Airport for onward flight
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