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THE ANDES BY BIKE

This circuit offers you to discover by bike some of the highlights places of the Altiplano and Bolivian Andes. After a tour of the White City, we start around Sucre for a good acclimatization before taking gradually height: the Imperial City of Potosí and the fabulous Uyuni salt desert.
The expedition continues on the shores of Titicaca Lake and around La Paz, before diving into the tropical Yungas region, by the famous Death Road.

This tour is reserved for genuine amateurs, trained for the challenge.

Note: For your safety and comfort, a private 4x4 accompany you on the entire journey.

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz - Sucre
  • Day 3: Sucre - Potolo
  • Day 4: Potolo - Tarapaya
  • Day 5: Tarapaya - Potosi
  • Day 6: Potosi
  • Day 7: Uyuni
  • Day 8: Uyuni - Jirira
  • Day 9: Jirira - La Paz
  • Day 10: La Paz - Copacabana
  • Day 11: Copacabana - Yumani
  • Day 12: Yumani - La Paz
  • Day 13: La Paz
  • Day 14: La Paz
  • Day 15: La Paz - Coroico
  • Day 16: Coroico - Chulumani
  • Day 17: Chulumani - La Paz
  • Day 18: La Paz

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz

Airport reception and transfer to the hotel (room available from noon).


Possible to book an extra night in order to have the room upon arrival, contact us).

Lunch and dinner.


Note: the mountain bike will be at the agency before to be sent in Sucre



Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 2: La Paz - Sucre

Departure from the hotel, in private vehicle, to Sucre.

Night at the Su Merced hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, private transport

Day 3: Sucre - Potolo

After meeting our guide / driver in Sucre, departure in 4x4 private vehicle to the edge of town. After the airport, from 2977 meters alt. we take the bike track. Ascension until the Church of Chataquilla (3658 m alt. / 26 km).
We go down to 2910 m alt., to reach the village of Chaunaca (10 km) and the puente Ravelo (2890 masl.) and then returning to the village of Potolo (3075 m alt. / 17 km).
Cold lunch. Dinner included. Accommodation with local (basic comfort).
Note: on the road, it is important to know that whenever you want it is possible to stop riding your bike and take place in the 4x4 private vehicle.
Night at Potolo.
Driver accommodation
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Potolo - Tarapaya

From Potolo, we head for Maragua, 50kms away, following a succession of long uphill and short descents along the Potolo River (3643 m.a.s.l. / 50 km). To reach the village of Tinguipaya from Maragua, we climb up to the Furso Pass at 4147 m.a.s.l. We bike along the crest to another pass, at 4300 m of altitude.
We stay at an altitude of about 4000 m until we ascend to the last pass of the day, at 4320 m.a.s.l. (26 km).
We leave our bikes to continue by 4WD through deep valleys until reaching the village of Tinguipaya (3200 m.a.s.l.) and then of Tarapaya, where we spend the night (hot water and private bathrooms).
Cold lunch. Dinner included. We spend the night at the cabañas (sort of lodges for 4 persons).
Night at Tarapaya shelter.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Tarapaya - Potosi

Departure from Tarapaya and then we arrive in Potosi at the end of the day.



Distance : 25km - Elevation : 645 m



Night at the Santa Teresa hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, private transport

Day 6: Potosi - Yura

From the outskirts of the city (in a spot called Cantumarca, at 3659 m.a.s.l.), we ascend to the village of Porco (el. 4231 m.a.s.l.). For 10 km bike at an altitude of 4000 meters, until we reach the San Juan Canyon (3830 m.a.s.l. / 18 km). We clear a pass at 3971 m.a.s.l., 3 km further, before going down again to a plateau and arriving at the village of Chataquilla (3760 m.a.s.l. / 13km.). We enter the canyon of the River Yura before reaching the village of the same name by the end of the day (3352 m.a.s.l. / 34 km.)
Cold lunch. Dinner included. Night in a shelter (shower)

Night at Yura shelter.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 7: Yura - Uyuni

Departure with our 4WD from Yura. 10 km to the crossing of the dirt track to Uyuni.
We ascend to the first pass (el. 4062 m.a.s.l. / 16 km) before descending towards the village of Tika Tika (el. 3630 m.a.s.l. / 10 km).
For the next 55 km, we stay on the plateau of Ollerias at an altitude of about 3600 / 3700 meters before climbing to the village of Pulacayo (el. 4230 m.a.s.l. / 15 km).
We then descend for 18 km to Uyuni (el. 3700 m.a.s.l.).
Cold lunch. Dinner open (restaurant “La Loco” recommended).


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

Day 8: Uyuni - Jirira

In Uyuni, we leave in 4WD to the village of Colchani (1/2 hour), the edge of the Salar, where we can visit a family salt exploitation.



We enter cycling on the Salar to the Salt Hotel (3670 masl / 11 km, it is not possible to sleep there). We then cross the white expanse 4x4 to the north and the village of Tahua, at the foot of the Tunupa volcano.


We make a tour of the volcano by bike. Short climbs and descents, constant altitude of around 3700/3800 masl. (Max 3830 m alt. / 45 km).



We discover the villages of Chilguilla, Alianza, Saitoco, Irpani, etc ...


Cold lunch. Dinner included.



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

Day 9: Jirira - La Paz

Early departure for our long crossing of the Altiplano (8 to 10 hours). On the way, stop at the Tambo Tambillo huge meteorite crater.

We go through all the altiplano from south to north to arrive around noon at the village of Challapata, road junction where we find the asphalt road that leads to La Paz, via the mining town d'Oruro, skirting lakes Poopo and Uru Uru.

Lunch included. Dinner

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 10: La Paz - Copacabana

Departure at 09:00 from the hotel by private 4x4 to the village of Achacachi, located 80 km from La Paz (2 hours), near Lake Titicaca. On leaving the village, we mount our bikes and set off on the track toward the peninsula of Huata.

Short climbs and descents and crossing Santiago de Huata and Vichi villages before ascending to Estancia Jankho Amaya (last elevation of about 400 meters). We return then to the Tiquina Strait, which separates most of the minor part of the lake. Crossing by ferry, then we bike on to Copacabana by car (the bravest can continue to VTT).

We climb the "Calvario" to admire the sunset (bring a flashlight for the descent).
Cold lunch. Dinner.

Night at La Cúpula hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, guide expenses

Day 11: Copacabana - Yumani

From Copacabana, we head on our bikes towards the extremity of the peninsula and the village of Yampupata (accumulated elevation gain of 800 to 900 meters / 15 km). From Yampupata, our private motorboat takes us to the North of Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) and the vestiges of Chinkana, an Aymara word meaning “the labyrinth” (2½-hour). We discover the Sacred Rock of the Incas, from where God Viracocha gave birth to his son Manco Capac, the first Inca. We then follow, on our bikes, the trail of the crests, heading north / south for about 2 hours (short up hills and down hills / altitude between 3900 and 4000 meters / 10 km).
Cold lunch. All included. Lodging at María and Ismael’s house (basic comfort).
Note: from the pier all the way to the Chinkana site, steep uphill of a few hundred meters where we will need to carry our bikes on our backs.

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

Day 12: Yumani - La Paz

In the morning we descend the 500 steps to the pier of the Fuente of the Inca where our boat awaits us to take us back to Copacabana (1½ hour). From there, we start directly on our mountain bikes. After clearing the Pass overlooking Copacabana, we descend to the Lake shores. We advance through “pajonal” until we reach the village of Parkipujllo. This remote village has the particularity of being cut in half by the border Peru-Bolivia. We then ascend to the crest where we get back on the paved road. The descent towards the Tiquina Straits is a real treat.
Traverse of the Straits by raft, the return to La Paz in private vehicle (3-hour).
Cold lunch (included). Dinner open.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 13: La Paz

Meeting in the hall of the hotel at 8 a.m. Our private transport takes us to the agency, where we get on our bikes. Descent to the South part of La Paz followed by the ascent of the Obejuyo pass and the entrance into the canyon de las Ánimas. We admire the impressive Illimani, symbol of La Paz and one of the giants of the Cordillera Real.
We then enter the canyon de Palca, with its interesting rock formations carved by erosion.
Return to La Paz, in the support vehicle, in the afternoon, by way of the village of Ventilla. This paved scenic road offers beautiful view of the Cordillera.


Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 14: La Paz

Departure from the hotel at 9 a.m., in a private vehicle, for Chacaltaya, which used to be the highest ski resort in the world (el. 5300 m.a.s.l.). In fact, it is more a curiosity than a ski resort, the way we understand it in our countries. One and only slope and a ski lift dating from the turn of the 20th century, this is what you will find
From this altitude, the view over La Paz and the Altiplano with majestic Huyana Potosi as a backdrop reaching more than 6000 meters in height is mesmerizing. Short hike possible to the summit (el. 5400 m.a.s.l.) for those who feel strong, then, mountain bike descent to La Paz.
Lunch and dinner open.


Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 15: La Paz - Coroico

Departure at 8:00 a.m. from our hotel in a private 4WD, in the direction of the Cordillera Real. After passing La Cumbre, a pass at 4750 m of altitude, the Andes, abruptly drop below our feet. A few hundred kilometers lower as the crow flies, is the Amazonian Basin! Welcome to this incredible intermediate region called the Yungas, named after an ancient pre-Incan tribe that used to live on its steep slopes.
As we drive down the winding road, the scenery becomes more lush, the air more humid, the wind yet warmer... more than 3500 meters of elevation loss to reach Yolosa (el. 1100 m.a.s.l.) in just a few hours!
To end the day, a steep, 7-kilometer uphill (650 m of elevation gain) takes us to the village of Coroico, the “pearl of the Yungas”.
Lunch and dinner open (restaurant El Cafetal recommended). Hotel with swimming pool.


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

Day 16: Coroico - Chulumani

In the morning excursion 4x4, then we walk until the rio Vagante, in the valley of Coroico. Abundant vegetation, waterfalls and icy streams. After, we keep biking on the road and ten in 4x4 private vehicle for crossing the Yungas from North to South. We followa serie of small climbs and short descents into the unknown touristic Yungas. We discover during the trip to Chulumani: coca fields, coffee plantations and orchards. Meals on the road. All included. Hotel with swimming pool.
Night at San Bartolomé hotel****.
Driver accommodation.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport

Day 17: Chulumani - La Paz

In the morning, we head for Apa Apa Ecolodge where we will find a home-made fresh fruit juice and a tropical fruit ice cream. Morning open. After lunch we leave by private vehicle to La Paz, following the Unduavi River up-valley. It surely is the most beautiful valley of the area. We spot, perched high up on a promontory, the shadow of a medieval castle. Paraguayan soldiers, held prisoners during the Chaco war (1932), erected this building to satisfy the whim of the Bolivian president.
We pass the waterfall of “Bridal’s Veil”, named after the cloud of steam it produces, the valley becomes narrower and we begin our climb towards the Cordillera. Here we need to trade our sandals and bathing suit for much warmer clothes!
Dinner open.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), private transport, breakfast buffet , room

Day 18: La Paz

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 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.

Option : Option:Guide who accompany

Shelter Potolo   Potolo

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast

Option : Driver accommodation

Shelter in Tarapaya   Tarapaya

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast

Option : Driver accommodation

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.

Shelter in Yura   Yura

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast

Option : Driver accommodation

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.

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.

Hotel La Cupula   Copacabana

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

La Cúpula is nestled on the hillside of lake Titicaca, a location, which overlooks both the lake and the Village of Copacabana in Bolivia. La Cupula lies 3,899 meters over sealevel. The hostal has a touch of arabic architecture with colonial and precolombian elements, giving it an unique and an unforgettable feeling. Each of the 17 comfortable and clean rooms are individually designed, with a variety of artistic details.

Option : Accommodation guide

Included :
guide expenses

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.

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.

Option : Accomodation of the guide who speaks your language

Hotel San Bartolome   Chulumani

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

The construction was built in 1972, but there was a renovation in 2008. This hotel is a quiet place and has beautifuls gardens.

Option : Driver accommodation

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