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BEST OF ADVENTURE

This route combines the "best" of Bolivia in 18 days. Rich in walks, thrilling activities and meetings, it is the perfect tour for great outdoors lovers. It combines trekking, mountaineering, 4WD expedition, volcanoes’ climbing, mountain biking, Amazon cruise but also local culture encounters.

The tour begins with a hike in Titicaca Lake to acclimate and enjoy this colorful place full of legends. Then, heading to the Royal Cordillera, you’ll have the opportunity to meet locals and discover the Aymara culture before a magical trek of two days around the lagoons and the snow-caped peaks of the Cordillera.

You will follow with a thrilling 4WD expedition through Uyuni salt flat and Lipez Region with their breathtaking landscapes: multicolored lagoons, flamingos, deserts, volcanoes… this region is perfect to enjoy great outdoors!

You will finally enjoy a crazy mountain bike descent to the Yungas region, entry of the Amazon Basin before finishing the tour with a boat cruise on the Amazon river where you will be able to observe local wildlife: toucans, monkeys, capihuaras, crocodiles...

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: El Alto Airport - La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz - Copacabana - Yumani - Copacabana - Yumani
  • Day 3: Yumani - Copacabana - Chuñavi - Copacabana - Chuñavi
  • Day 4: Chuñavi - Tuni - Laguna Jurikhota - Tuni
  • Day 5: Laguna Jurikhota - Tuni - La Paz - Tuni - La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz
  • Day 6: Uyuni - Jirira - Uyuni - Jirira
  • Day 7: Jirira - San Juan
  • Day 8: San Juan - Laguna Colorada
  • Day 9: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde
  • Day 10: Laguna Verde - Quetena
  • Day 11: Quetena - Villamar
  • Day 12: Villamar - Uyuni - La Paz - Uyuni - El Alto Airport - La Paz
  • Day 13: La Paz - Coroico
  • Day 14: Coroico - Guanay
  • Day 15: Guanay - Kaka River
  • Day 16: Kaka River - Rurrenabaque
  • Day 17: Rurrenabaque - La Paz - Rurrenabaque - La Paz
  • Day 18: La Paz - El Alto Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: El Alto Airport - La Paz

Pick up at the airport of El Alto and transfer to your hotel. On the way from the airport, located at 4100m above sea level, you will enjoy an impressie view of the city of La Paz, going down to the city center, located 300m lower.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : transfer arrival, breakfast buffet , room

Day 2: La Paz - Copacabana - Yumani

Departure from the hotel at 9 a.m. with a private transport. We will follow the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real until Copacabana (3 ½ hours).
HERE STARTS YOUR TRIP ON THE FAMOUS SACRED LAKE!
By motorboat, we reach the cave of Lourdes. Our trek on the Yampupata peninsula starts from there. We cross the timeless village of Zampaya...
Later on we reach the village of Yampupata. A boat takes us to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), where we disembark at the old Inca Palace of Pilkokaina. A 30 to 40-minute walk brings us to the village of Yumani, from where there is a magnificent view of the lake.
Hiking time: 5h; Elevation gain: +550m/-350m
Note: During 2 days, a boat will be at our disposal to transport the group as well as the bags during the walks.


Night at the Puerta del Sol hotel*.
Dinner included.
Included : private transport, guide expenses, box lunch, english speaking guide, boat ticket, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 3: Yumani - Copacabana - Chuñavi

From Yumani, we start the trek by following the crest of the Island to the North where we find the vestiges of the Inca ruins of Chincana, the labyrinth in Aymara (3 to 4-hour walk).
Our boat takes us back to Copacabana after lunch.

Transport Copacabana-Chuñavi. View on the Royal Cordillera.
Approx.3h00
Here we share an aymaran dinner and discover local habits of the inhabitants of the Royal Cordillera.
Homestay overnight. Basic comfort.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Chuñavi - Tuni - Laguna Jurikhota

Transport Chuñavi-Tuni. Approx.1h00
After walking along Laguna Tuni, we reach a pass at 4900 m.a.s.l., before descending the mountainside until Laguna Juri Khota (4 hours walk). Beautiful point of view on the "head of the condor " (5648m), which, together with the two adjacent summits, form the Condoriri mountain range, with a condor shape with its folded wings. From the lagoon, we climb a steep slope to reach Laguna Congelada (two glaciers literally fall into its icy waters), a jewel nested at 4900 m.a.s.l at the foot of Condoriri (5650 m.a.a.l). We'll get back to the laguna Jurikota where we spend the night.
Cold lunch . All-in. Bivouac.
Walking time: 5-6 hours ; Elevation gain: + 600m / -400m
Included : private transport, all inclusive, guide (hiking), porters, english speaking guide

Day 5: Laguna Jurikhota - Tuni - La Paz - Uyuni

Descent to the base camp of Condoriri, right next to the Laguna Chiarkhota. We then descend to the community of Tuni. We reach the Jistaña pass (4960 m.a.s.l) before descending to Tuni through Jistaña Valley.
Lunch included.
Walking time: 5-6 hours Elevation gain : + 600m / - 900m
Transport Tuni - La Paz. Approx.3h30
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the bus station.
We meet in the hall of the hotel at 8 p.m, for the transfer to the bus station of La Paz.
Departure of the night bus at 9 p.m. This bus is comfortable and direct to Uyuni. Arrival the next morning around 7:30 a.m.
Free lunch and dinner. Snack on the bus. Night in the bus.
Note: it is possible to take a shower and breakfast (for a small fee) that morning in Uyuni, before departing for the 4WD expedition.

Included : english speaking guide, private transport, bus ticket

Day 6: Uyuni - Jirira

A private driver will pick you up at the bus station and drive you to your hotel.
LET THE 4WD ADVENTURE THROUGH THE ALTIPLANO BEGIN
Departure from the Hotel at 09:00am with a private 4WD to go to the Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.), the world’s largest salt desert. Visit of the salt exploitation of Colchani and the Salt Hotels (closed since November 2001). We will then stop in the middle of the Salar on the volcanic Island of Incahuasi, covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (Stomatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on earth).
We will cross the salar to its northen point at the base of the Tunupa volcano. Stop in Coquesa, another village at the limit of the salar, known for its Chipayas mummies.

Night at the Doña Lupe accommodation*.
Salar Sector Room.
Included : transfer arrival, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 7: Jirira - San Juan

Early morning departure for the ascent of the volcano dominating the Salar. Exceptional view from the mirador (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) which can be reached in 3 to 4 hours. The summit (el. 5400 m.a.s.l.) cannot be attempted, the ascent becoming too dangerous after the mirador (rock cliffs).
Return to Jirira in the afternoon. We will cross the Salar de Uyuni from North to South, to the village of San Juan, where are kept the spectacular mummies of the “Lords of Lipez” (1200 A.D.) and a little museum.
Hiking time: 4h; Elevation gain: +850m / -850m.



Night at La Cabaña de Sal hostel* (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 8: San Juan - Laguna Colorada

After leaving San Juan, we will cross the Salar de Chiguana. From there, the dirt road climbs from 3600 m to about 4200 m of altitude. We will pass just below the volcanoes Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.) and Ollague (still active), on the Chilean border. Stop at the mirador of the volcano Ollague, a still active volcano containing one of the world’s highest sulfur mines. Following the Chilean border to the south we will drive on the “Road of the jewels”: lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Ch’arkota, Honda, sanctuary for three Flamingoes species. The track continues through the superb scenery of the Siloli Desert and its famous “Stone Tree” where we can spot some viscachas, before arriving to the Laguna Colorada in the afternoon. The intense red-brick color of this lagoon is due to the light sensitive phytoplancton present in its water.



Night in a basic accommodation.


Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde

Early morning departure for an excursion to the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.) a volcanic crater from with sulfuric fumes and heavy water. After breakfast in Polques we will drive around the Laguna Salada and across the Dali Desert (which indeed looks like one of his paintings). We will arrive to the Laguna Verde, at the base of the volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5960 m.a.s.l.) by midday and see there curious phenomenon of the wind changing the color of the Laguna Verde into a spectacular emerald color.
Free time in the afternoon with option to swim in the Hot Springs or to walk around the lagoons.



Night at the Alta Montaña accomodation (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room

Day 10: Laguna Verde - Quetena

Start at 04:00am to attempt the summit of the Licancabur volcano. The 4WD will drop us at the base of the volcano (el. 4550 m.a.s.l.) and we will start the climb with the headlights. The whole volcano is nothing else but scree. From the summit we will see over the whole Cordilleras of the Andes: exceptional view over Lipez and the Atacama Desert as well as over the lagunas Verde and Blanca (between 6 and 10 hours round trip).
When back to the laguna Verde and to the vehicles we will cross the Dali Desert (which indeed looks like one of his paintings) before following the Laguna Salada. From there, we will drive to Quetena where we will arrive at the end of the day.
Ascent time: 8h; Elevation gain: +1410m / -1410m.



Night at the Doña Braulia accommodation (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 11: Quetena - Villamar

Departure in the morning from the village of Quetena towards the hillsides of the active volcano Uturuncu (“jaguar” in Quechua). We follow one of the highest drivable tracks in the world, an old mining road, culminating at 5700 meters above sea level. Depending on the snow level, the vehicle can drop us off at about 5000 m.a.s.l. From there, we start our ascent by following the dirt track to its end. A last effort will take us to the summit.
It takes about 4 hours for the ascent to the summit of the most accessible 6000-meter peak in Bolivia. Plan 1 to 2 hours for the descent.
We get back in our 4WD to reach Villamar at sunset.


Night at Las Piedritas hostel* (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 12: Villamar - Uyuni - La Paz - El Alto Airport - La Paz

Return to Uyuni in the morning(5 to 6 hours on a dirt road). Visit the Valley of Stones on the way , in the Rio Grande, an area with many vicuñas and ñandus (Ostrich family), of Culpina K and the village of San Cristobal. Arrival in Uyuni late in the afternoon and visit of the train cemetery just outside of town.


A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Domestic flight Uyuni - La Paz.
A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), private transport, transfer departure, domestic flight, transfer arrival, breakfast buffet , room

Day 13: La Paz - Coroico

A DOSE OF THRILL AND EXCITEMENT !
We will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Madness agency's office (our provider), where our exciting mountain bike tour on the famous death road will begin. A vehicule will bring us to the Cumbre Pass (el. 4750 m.a.s.l. – 1h), in the Royal Cordillera. Here begins our thrilling mountain bike descent!
On the way down this winding road, the scenery becomes greener, the air more humid, the wind warmer...
Some 100 km lower (more than 3500 meters of elevation loss) is the Amazon Basin ! Welcome to this incredible intermediate region called the Yungas.
A final 7-kilometer steep ascent (650 m of elevation gain) leads us to the village of Coroico, the paradise of the Yungas region (posible to do this last part in the vehicle). Lunch at the village and posibility to refresh in the swiming pool.
Return to La Paz at the end of the day.
Note: the descent is done in groups with English-speaking guide.

Night at the Viejo Molino hotel****.
Included : lunch (no drinks), english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 14: Coroico - Guanay

Transport Coroico - Guanay.
Early in the morning, we take the dust road that follows the Rio Coroico, to the north of Bolivia. We pass along beautiful gorges in the village of Caranavi, the coffee capital of Bolivia, where we have lunch. In the afternoon, we continue to follow the Rio Coroico, soon joined by the Rio Zongo. We arrive late in the day to Guanay, a small village that still lives in gold mining (transport time : approximately 7 hours).
Lunch on the way (included).

Night at the Los Pinos hotel.
Included : lunch (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 15: Guanay - Kaka River

DISCOVER THE CRAZY WILDLIFE THANKS TO THIS MAGICAL CRUISE THROUGH THE AMAZON


Board on a motorized pirogue for a fantastic three-day crossing of the primary forest. We will follow the course of one of the biggest Amazonian rivers of Bolivia, between the last « serranías », small mountain ranges up to a few hundred meters in height, the last trace of the Cordillera. We will everyday enjoy a short hike into the forest, to swim in one of the many crystal clear waterfalls and to meet some indigenous communities. We will discover the abundant flora and the exuberant fauna of the Amazon: Capybaras, monkeys, birds by thousands… a real contact with the nature.


All included. Bivouac (possibility of shelter under thatched roofs in case of rain).


Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), local spanish-speaking guide

Day 16: Kaka River - Rurrenabaque

The river is now enlarged by the waters of the Río La Paz, which made its way around the Illmani mountain range before dropping into the Amazon Basin. On the right side, we will find the Biospheric reserve of Pilón Lajas, and the High Madidi National Park on the right side. We will be at the heart of a still virgin and preserved nature; one of the most precious treasures on our planet.
Bivouac (in case it rains, we will spend the night under a thatched roof).

Night at the Maya hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, local spanish-speaking guide

Day 17: Rurrenabaque - La Paz

Continuing the river descent, we will pass the canyon of Beo (last gorge and last “serranía” of our trip) before entering in the Madidi National Park and arriving to Rurrenabaque at the end of the day. Further, the forest spread endlessly to well inside brazil. We will continue the descent with opportunities to taste the fishes we will catch on the way.


Dinner not included.


Domestic flight Rurrenabaque - La Paz.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), private transport, local spanish-speaking guide, domestic flight, breakfast buffet , room, transfer departure

Day 18: La Paz - El Alto Airport

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Included : transfer departure

Night hotel Naira   La Paz

Level : 3*
Included : breakfast buffet , room

Beautiful Naira Hotel is located in the heart of downtown of La Paz. With 22 warm, confortable and big rooms, private bathroom, hot water 24 hours, TV, Phone and room service. The aditional services included, laundry Service, Safety Box, travel agency and restaurant. It also has a cafeteria and Internet. Few steps from San Francisco Church.

Hotel Puerta del Sol   Yumani

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Hostal Puerta del Sol offers unmatched views of both sides of the lake from its top position. The hostel itself is nothing spectacular, but cheap rooms. It's a quite place with great access to walks around the island.

Option : Dinner included.

Included :
dinner (no drinks)

Hotel Ecolodge Tuni   Chuñavi

Included : room & breakfast

The Tuni community welcomes you in its charming ecolodge with warmth and convivialilty. Built by the community itself, with the help of Terra Andina, this ecolodge is located between the west face of the Huayna Potosi and the famous Condoriri, in the heart of the Royal Cordillera.

Lodging Doña Lupe   Jirira

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Doña Lupe is pleased to welcome you in her little hostal, situated at the northern part of the Uyuni's Salt Flat, at the bottom of the Tunupa volcano. The scenic view over the Salt Lake is simply incredible.The comfort is basic.Its rooms with private bathrooms and toilets, are not heated and the hot water is not always available.

Option : Salar Sector Room

Included :
room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Hotel La Cabaña de Sal   San Juan

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The Cabaña de Sal is a nice little hotel built with salt blocks coming from the salt flat lake. The rooms are comfortable with private bathroom and hot water. There is no heating in the rooms.

Option : Accommodation driver

Lodging Don Roman   Laguna Colorada

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast

Accommodation, offering basic comfort, located in the town of Hullajara about 6 km from Laguna Colorada. It offers a beautiful view of the lake in the morning. There is no private rooms only shared.

Hotel Albergue de Alta Montaña   Laguna Verde

Level : 1*
Included : room

This small shelter, located at the edge of the Laguna Blanca, offers a perfect alternative to spend a night before crossing the border to Chile or climb the Licancabur volcano. The comfort is basic. There is no heating nor hot water. The shelter propose dormitories with shared bathrooms and toilets.

Option : Driver accommodation

Lodging Dona Braulia   Quetena

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Las Piedritas   Villamar

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

This small inn in the village of Villamar is undoubtedly the best place to stay a night or two, enjoy a really fair comfort, good food prepared by the owner all of this for a very affordable price. The rooms are equipped with private bathroom and hot water.

Hotel Viejo Molino   Coroico

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The Viejo Molino Hotel is located a 1km from Coroico on Santa Barbara road. The Hotel is surrounded by the nature and very quiet. This is one of the best hotels in Coroico, because of its service and quality.

Hotel Los Pinos   Guanay

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast

Hotel Maya   Rurrenabaque

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

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