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FAMILY TREASURE HUNT

A tour specially created for families : from La Paz to Titicaca lake and its mysteries, passing by the comunity of Tuni and the Amazonian Yungas…

Enjoy this tour with your kids while creating memories that will last a lifetime!

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz
  • Day 2: La Paz
  • Day 3: La Paz - Copacabana - Yumani - Copacabana - Yumani
  • Day 4: Yumani
  • Day 5: Yumani - Copacabana - Tuni
  • Day 6: Tuni
  • Day 7: Tuni - La Paz
  • Day 8: La Paz - Coroico
  • Day 9: Coroico - La Paz
  • Day 10: La Paz - Alcaya
  • Day 11: Alcaya - Jirira
  • Day 12: Jirira
  • Day 13: Jirira - La Paz
  • Day 14: La Paz
  • Day 15: La Paz - El Alto Airport

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel.
This afternoon our guide will show us the historical center of the city. We will meet at 02:00 pm at the hotel lobby. From the Plaza San Francisco (the main square of La Paz) we will go up the Sagarnaga street, where it is hard to resist the temptation of buying some local handicraft sold all along the street. We will stop in the Witches Market (“Mercado de las Brujas”) where the locals buy all the necessary artifacts for ceremonial offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth): coca leaves and other medicinal plants, miniature figurines in sugar and lama fetuses. We will then wander in the different markets of San Pedro before we go the Plaza Murillo. This square is the political heart of the city since it has become the executive capital of Bolivia in 1899: here are the Presidential Palace and the National Congress.

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : transfer arrival, local guide, entrance fees, english speaking guide, 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).
Departure from the hotel at 09:00 in private transport. We skirt Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real until Copacabana (3h30).
Visit the most interesting sites of the city: Cathedral, Hill of the Cross ...
Then crossing 1:30 motorboat to Fuente del Inca. From there we go to the village of Yumani (nearly 500 steps ...) of which overlooks the lake.
Cold lunch. Dinner included. Night at Maria and Ismaël (basic comfort).
Note: private boat available for 2 days to transport the group and the backpacks during the walks.
At Yumani the information necessary for solving the puzzle in progress will be revealed.

Night at the Ecologe La Estancia hotel***.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast, guide expenses, entrance fees, catering, local spanish-speaking guide, english speaking guide, dinner (no drinks)

Day 4: Yumani

Day dedicated to the island of Sun. We reach the north of the island by ridges or remains of Chinkana, in Aymara "the labyrinth" unveil the sacred stone of the Incas, where Viracocha called forth the first Inca, Manco Capac. Back by Challapampa, small village bording the Sea.
Treasure hunt in the ruins to find the piece 4 of the card and the following riddle.
Cold lunch. Dinner included. Night at Maria and Ismaël (basic comfort).

Night at the Ecologe La Estancia hotel***.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast, guide expenses, entrance fees, catering, local spanish-speaking guide, english speaking guide, dinner (no drinks)

Day 5: Yumani - Copacabana - Tuni

In the morning we take our boat to reach the site of Pilkokaina located at the south of the island, palace built by the Inca Túpac Yupanqui for his pilgrimages on the island back by motorboat to Copacabana (2/3 hours of sailing) .
After lunch, we drive to the Cordillera Real and the Aymara village of Tuni, where families from TUNI-TERRA project welcome us (3 hours drive from Copacabana). Visit of the village, installation, Andean gastronomy (you can participate in the preparation of the lunch) and traditional Andean evening. A musical group will spend the evening with us. This is an opportunity for some dance and conversations around the fire.
Cold lunch. All-in. Homestay (basic comfort).
Departure from Copacabana with a private 4WD. We will follow the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real all the way to Tuni (4 hours).


Arrival at the community at the end of the afternoon. Dinner and night at the ecolodge.

Included : private transport, english speaking guide, room & breakfast, all inclusive

Day 6: Tuni

The residents of this small community (50 people), invite us to discover their daily lives in the heart of the Cordillera, punctuated by the "pastoreo" of llamas, harvesting of medicinal plants, legends of all the surrounding peaks, traditional cooking, working in mines, etc.
All-in. Homestay (basic comfort).
Meeting with a child of the village, then you will discover the fifth piece of card and following riddle.
Included : english speaking guide

Day 7: Tuni - La Paz

In the morning, we will share the village life and discover the local activity : importance of the llama, children's education, beliefs and rituals, social organization an Aymara village.
Departure from the community around 14:00 in private transport after a good Andean lunch. We follow the Cordillera Real to El Alto and then make an impressive diving to La Paz (about 2 hours) where we spend the night.


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

Day 8: La Paz - Coroico

Departure at 8:30 a.m. from our hotel in a private 4WD, for a trip to the Cordillera Real. After passing La Cumbre, a pass at 4750 meters of altitude, the Andes seems to drop down. The Amazon basin lays just a few hundred kilometers further on a straight line! Welcome to this incredible intermediate region called the Yungas, which name is from an ancient pre-Incan tribe which used to live on its steep slopes.
Driving down the meanding road, the scenery becomes greener, the air more humid, the wind warmer... it is a more than 3500 meters of elevation loss to reach Yolosa (el. 1100 m.a.s.l.) in just a few hours!
The trip finishes with a steep, 7-kilometer uphill (650 m of elevation gain) up to the village of Coroico, the “pearl of the Yungas”.
Return to La Paz at the end of the day.

Night at the Viejo Molino hotel****.
Included : private transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: Coroico - La Paz

Leave from the Coroico central square at 09:00am. From there it will be a 45 minutes walk to arrive to the Santa Rosa de Vagante community by private transport. At 10:00am you will walk down to the waterfalls with information on the way about the vegetation around the track. When arrived at the Rio entrance the guides will give you the instruction and equip everyone (wetsuit, helmets and harness).
Rappel of the 8 waterfalls. Short lunch break (cold lunch) before walking back to the community where the bus will wait for the return to Coroico around 16:30pm.
Transfer Coroico-La Paz.

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

Day 10: La Paz - Alcaya

Departure from the hotel at 07:30 in private 4x4 for a long crossing of the Altiplano (8 to 10 hours). We drive along the Uru-Uru and Poopo lakes before arriving in Oruro, then at Challapata road where we leave the asphalt road. We continue our journey by Salinas before reaching Alcaya.
Lunch on the way (included). All-in. Homestay overnight (basic comfort)
Alcaya hut.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room (without breakfast)

Day 11: Alcaya - Jirira

We take the track to get to the impressive pre-Inca site Alcaya. We will discover the best preserved mummies in this sector and a city high-pitched whose secrets have not been revealed yet. We reach the Salar in the morning.
To the edge of the Salar, you will be responsible for finding Incahuasi Island and Fish Island using a map and compass. We continue on the Salar de Uyuni (3650 m.), the largest salt desert in the world. The sensation is unique: the horizon has no limits and the immensity is overwhelming. Stop in the heart of the Salar on the island Incahuasi volcanic origin and covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on Earth).
Treasure hunt to find the last piece of the puzzle and map that leads to the treasure.
In late afternoon, we went to the town of Salinas.
Cold lunch. All-in.

Night at the Doña Lupe accommodation*.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 12: Jirira

Partial ascent - no technical difficulties - good physical condition required
We start the day early to climb up the volcano Tunupa, a colorful mountain located only few kilometers from the salar. Tunupa is the name of the pre-Inca god of volcanoes and thunderstorms.
Our jeep will drop us off at the end of the track above the village, at an elevation of 3850 m.a.s.l. We will then trek 3 to 4 hours to the mirador (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.). What an exceptional panorama! It almost seems like we are above the clouds or the sea, but it’s the world’s largest salt flat we are looking at! The summit (el. 5432 m.a.s.l.) cannot be attempted since the path is too dangerous.
Have a look, the treasure is here...
We will be back at Jirira by the end of afternoon.
Trekking time: 4h - Elevation gain: +850m/-850m

Night at the Doña Lupe accommodation*.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 13: 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 of Oruro, skirting lakes Poopo and Uru Uru.

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

Day 14: La Paz

No need to horseriding experience.
Departure from the hotel at 9:00 am in a private vehicle towards the Zona Sur. We head to the countryside of La Paz.
We meet the equestrian center El Rancho, we receive the equipment and some tips on riding. Then we reach the adjacent hills of the city, for a peaceful or sportive riding epending on the level of the participants towards the muela del Diablo, remarkable monolithic rock structure of 150m high.
We will cross the dry landscapes evolve over the Black land and if time permits in the canyons sediment deposited there a few million years. Several watchtowers we will admire the highest city in the world, the Southern Zone and see emerge off the altiplano, surrounding the city and surprising linearity. If the visibility is good you can observe Illimani top of its 6439m.
After a break and a snack deserved for us and the horses, we will take the way down, brushing the foot of the Muela del Diablo.
We reach then quietly equestrian center while continuing to contemplate the unique view of La Paz and its valley.
About 9 hours in total. (Preparation and breaks included)

Night at the Naira hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), drinks (soft only), 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, english speaking guide

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 Ecologe La Estancia   Yumani

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The Ecolodge "La Estancia", located in the southern part of the Island, was built with the idea of combining modern comfort with the traditional architectural style, in harmony with the natural environment.

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

Option : Accomodation of the guide who speaks your language

Refuge ALcaya   Alcaya

Level : 1*
Included : room (without breakfast)

Option : Guide who speaks your language

Option : Driver Accommodation

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.

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