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The best of Bolivia in 15 days

A JOURNEY BETWEEN SKY AND GROUND
The best of Bolivia in 15 days

This route combines the "best" of Bolivia in 15 days. A perfect tour for Andean cultures lovers and great outdoors, without forgetting the great historical and cultural places of this country totally out of line.

On the menu: Titicaca lake, cradle of Andean civilizations and full of legends and mysteries, then Uyuni Salar and Lipez desert with their breathtaking landscapes, and finally the imperial cities of Potosi and Sucre, testimonies of the colonial era's past.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: El Alto Airport - La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz
  • Day 3: La Paz - Copacabana - Yumani - Copacabana - Yumani
  • Day 4: Yumani - Copacabana - La Paz
  • Day 5: La Paz - Oruro - Uyuni
  • Day 6: Uyuni - Villamar
  • Day 7: Villamar - Laguna Colorada
  • Day 8: Laguna Colorada - San Juan
  • Day 9: San Juan - Uyuni
  • Day 10: Uyuni - Potosi
  • Day 11: Potosi - Sucre
  • Day 12: Sucre
  • Day 13: Sucre - El Alto Airport - La Paz
  • Day 14: La Paz
  • Day 15: La Paz - El Alto Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: El Alto Airport - 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 : transfer arrival, breakfast buffet , room

Day 2: La Paz

Our private driver will pick us up in the hotel lobby at 09:00 am for a full-day tour around the best points of view over the city and into the Moon Valley. La Paz, world’s highest capital elected in 2014 as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities, is surrounded by the high picks of the Andes. From many parts of the city we can admire the white summits of the Cordillera Real and the imposing Illimani, protector of the city. From the K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park we will enjoy a panoramic view over the capital. The Montículo, in the bohemian Sopocachi is the classical meeting point of lovers and newlyweds for romantic pictures. Since 2014 La Paz is proud of its new gondolas. From the sky the panorama over the city and the mountains is unique and we can get an impression of the social gaps while flying over different neighborhood. We will then drive to the south, cross the rich "Zona Sur" and get out of the city to enter the Moon Valley. Here we can enjoy the quietness and walk among the lunar rock formations during an hour. In the afternoon we will go back to the historical center and wander along its colorful markets.
NOTE: The K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park are closed on Mondays.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, english speaking guide, breakfast buffet , room

Day 3: 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).
Visit of the most interesting sites of the town: cathedral, the hill of the Way of the Cross…
Then an hour and a half traverse with a motorboat to the Fuente del Inca (fountain of the Inca) on la Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). From there we climb to the village of Yumani (around 500 steps…) dominating the lake.


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, entrance fees, box lunch, english speaking guide, boat ticket, room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Day 4: Yumani - Copacabana - La Paz

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




We will return to La Paz in private transportation (about 3½-hour).

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 5: La Paz - Oruro - Uyuni

Private Transport La Paz - Oruro
We start the long north to south crossing of the altiplano to Uyuni, small town on the edge of the Salar (12 to 14-hour trip). We meet at the hotel one hour before the bus departure, for a transfer to the bus station of La Paz.
- Tuesdays and Fridays, departure of the bus for Oruro at 9am on tuesday and at 10 a.m. on fridays. Arrival in Oruro at around 1pm-2 p.m., then departure of the train Expreso del Sur for Uyuni at 2:30 on tuesdays and at 3:30 p.m on fridays. Arrival in Uyuni at 9:30 on Tuesdays and at 10:20 p.m. on fridays. Pick up by our team upon arrival.
- Wednesdays and Sundays, departure of the bus for Oruro at 2 p.m. Arrival in Oruro around 6 p.m., then departure of the train Wara-Wara for Uyuni at 7 p.m. Arrival in Uyuni at 2:20 a.m. the next day. Pick up by our team upon arrival.
- Other days, day open. 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 at around 7:30 a.m. Pick up by our team upon your arrival in Uyuni.
Lunch and dinner open (bar-restaurant La Loco recommended). Hotel.

Note 1: for your own comfort, we advise you to do this trip on the train
Note 2: Dining car on board
Note 3: This trip can be done by plane (1 hour flight). On request.
A private driver will pick you up at the train station in Uyuni and drive you to your hotel.

Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***.
Included : private transport, train ticket, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 6: Uyuni - Villamar

We begin today our journey across the Sur Lipez area, elevated region of colorful landscapes and lagoons, rock formations and volcanoes. We will start the day at 09:30 am with the visit of the train cemetery on the outskirts of Uyuni. Here a collection of old rusted train engines remind the glorious mining past of the region. We will then ride south and make different stops on the road to visit villages, in particular the model urbanization of Culpina K. Here the population has decided to waive working in mines and organized to ensure that the whole community can live from the culture of quinoa and from community based tourism. We will have lunch in the village of San Cristobal, where we can visit a beautiful colonial church if we are lucky (it is not always open). We will then cross the region of Rio Grande to reach the village of Villamar (4022 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. Distance covered today in our private jeep: 190 km.

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

Day 7: Villamar - Laguna Colorada

During our second day in the Sur Lipez we will discover the most famous highlights of the region. We start the day with the Laguna Colorada (el. 4278 m.a.s.l.). This immense lake of pinkish water owes its name to the presence in its waters of light sensitive phytoplankton, which also attracts thousands of flamingo part of the year. We will then visit the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.), a volcanic crater with sulphur springs and boiling mud. Next stop: the Polques thermal springs. You are almost 4200 m.a.s.l. but get ready to jump into hot water (86°F/30°C), surrounded by an amazing frozen landscape. We will then jump back into the jeeps and ride along the Laguna Salada and the Dali Desert (el. 4750 m.a.s.l.). Here the strong wind has created surprising rock formations that reminds the work of the Spanish master. Short before midday we will reach the Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde (el. 4350 m.a.s.l.), at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5704 and 5960 m.a.s.l.). After having driven around 170 km we are here at the very south of Bolivia, close to the border with Chile. From here we will drive 90 km back to the Laguna Colorada, where we will spend the night.

Night in a basic accommodation.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport

Day 8: Laguna Colorada - San Juan

This morning we head north to the Siloli Desert (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) and its famous “Stone Tree”. Keep your eyes wide open: it is not unusual to spot some viscachas (Andean rabbits) in this area. We will then ride along the Chilean border on the scenic “Route of the Jewels”, which owes its name to all the lagoons along its way: Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa. These lagoons are home to three species of flamingoes. We will stop at the view point of volcano Ollagüe (el. 5868 m.a.s.l.). This volcano is still active and shelters one of the world’s highest open pit copper mines and then cross the small Salar de Chiguana located at the foot of volcano Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.). After a 230 km ride we will reach the village of San Juan (el. 3600 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night. This small village is famous for its surprising mummies of the “Lipez Lords” (1200 after J.C) and its interesting small museum.

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

Day 9: San Juan - Uyuni

Today we leave the Sur Lipez and go for a unique moment: driving across the world’s largest salt flat! After a two hour ride we will reach the famous Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). We will then ride half an hour on the salt desert (34 km) to reach the Island of Incahuasi. This surprising island lost in the middle of the Salar offers an incredible view over the Salar and the several volcanos that surround it. Of volcanic origin, it is covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on earth). In the afternoon, we continue loosing ourselves on the white desert during an hour and a half more (73 km) until arriving to the city of Uyuni. Just before leaving the Salar, we will stop in the village of Colchani to visit its salt exploitation and salt hotel (closed since 2001).

Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: Uyuni - Potosi

We will leave Uyuni in a private car at 08:30 am and cross the Cordillera de los Frailes to reach Potosí (el. 3900 m.a.s.l.). The so-called “Imperial City” had a time of international glory in the 16th and 17th century when it sheltered the world’s largest silver mine. Nowadays the Cerro Rico (“Rich Hill”) is still exploited but the glory is memory. On the way, we will stop in Pulacayo, village that sheltered the second largest silver mine in South America in the 17th and 18th century. It is now almost a ghost town but the museum relates its glorious past. We will arrive in Potosí after 3 to 4 hours on the road (205 km).
Our guide will pick us up at 02:00 pm to visit the Casa de la Moneda, one of the most important historical buildings of the city - one of those which owed the city to be listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Until the 19th century the coins of the Spanish crown were minted here. This beautiful colonial house is now an important historical museum.
NOTE: The Casa de la Moneda is closed on Sundays afternoon and Mondays.

Night at the Santa Teresa hotel***.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 11: Potosi - Sucre

This morning we will get to know the mines of the “Rich Hill”. Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby and we will go to the Cerro Rico to visit the mine and see the miners at work. This encounter can be overwhelming since the miners (of all ages) work in very hard conditions.
NOTE: It is possible to visit the mine everyday but the miners do not work on Sundays and the activity is greatly reduced on Saturdays and Mondays.
We will leave Potosí in a private car to reach the nice small colonial city of Sucre (el. 2810 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. We will leave behind the Altiplano and descend to the Chuquisaca Valley. Here we will cross the Pilcomayo River on the Sucre Bridge; an interesting structure that looks like a medieval construction, even if built in the 19th century. We will arrive in Sucre after around 3 hours on the road (160 km).

Night at the Su Merced hotel***.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 12: Sucre

Today we spend the day in the beautiful “white city” of Sucre. Listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the constitutional capital of Bolivia is famous for its flair of quietness, its beautiful colonial architecture and its numerous churches. Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby to show us the most famous buildings and museums of the city. We will start with the Convento de la Recoleta, monastery of the Franciscan order build in 1601. We will then learn more about the culture of the region and the country in the Museum of Indigenous Art (ASUR) and about the Bolivian history in The Casa de la Libertad, where the Independence Act was signed in 1825. We will end the day visiting the Monastery of San Felipe Nery, enjoying a beautiful view over the city from its terrace.
NOTE: Museums are closed as following: Convento de la Recoleta and Monastery of San Felipe Nery - Sundays, ASUR - Saturdays and Sundays, Casa de la Libertad - Mondays.

Night at the Su Merced hotel***.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 13: Sucre - El Alto Airport - La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.
Domestic flight Sucre - 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 : transfer departure, domestic flight, transfer arrival, breakfast buffet , room

Day 14: La Paz

We will leave the hotel at 8 a.m for the community of Chacaltaya, located 12 miles away from La Paz at 4300 m.a.s.l. A beautiful hike will take us to different viewpoints and lagoons, a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Andean wildlife.
We will pass a first lagoon at 4620m.a.s.l, before going down to another lagoon located at 4560m.a.s.l, passing by pastures full of alpacas.
Other activities are possible: trekking, fishing, participation in the daily activities of an Aymara community, wildlife watching...Lunch in Pampalarama.
Return to La Paz late in the afternoon.
Hiking time : 3/4h - Elevation gain : +200m / -200m

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), private transport, local spanish-speaking guide, english speaking guide, guide expenses, breakfast buffet , room

Day 15: 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 Tambo Aymara   Uyuni

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Welcome to THE Ethno-Hotel of Uyuni with singles, twins and double rooms all with heating and private bathroom. The hotel has a restaurant, a charming Ethno-bar, a video library and a parking.

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.

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 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

Hotel Santa Teresa   Potosi

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel is situated in the historic area of Potosí just a few steps from the historic and touristic landmarks such as churches, monasteries, monuments and Main Square. The building style dates from the colonial era, which is why the facilities were built with a cozy design to provide a warm atmosphere and makes your stay enjoyable.

Hotel de Su Merced ****   Sucre

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

This 4 -star hotel, built in 18th century, has a privileged location in the centre of the colonial city, Sucre.This hotel is famous for its beautiful antique furniture, nicely decorated rooms and peaceful sunny terraces full of flowers, which take you back to ancient times. From the highest terraces you may enjoy one of the best panoramic views over our ancient white city, the green mountains behind it and the intense blue of skies.They offer you not only the grand style of the colonial past, but also the convenience and comfort of the modern world, given that all their rooms have been designed to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

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