This trip will take us to the Republic of Bolivia, the trip will allow us to know the autonomous departments of Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni with its desert areas and colorful altiplanic lakes and Lake Titicaca with its sacred islands that gave rise to the Inca culture.
International flight to La Paz. Upon arrival at the international airport of La Paz, Administrative Capital of Bolivia, you will board the domestic connecting flight to the city of Sucre or "White City", where you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel. Free day at your disposal to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
The day is dedicated to a visit to the city of Sucre, Bolivia's constitutional capital, known as the "White City" for the color of its Andalusian-style buildings. There we will discover the Casa de La Libertad, a 17th century Jesuit building where the first constitution of Bolivia was drafted in 1825; the museum of Indigenous Art, which has fine textile pieces with exceptional finishes; the castle of La Glorieta, a rich 19th century building built for the extraction of silver; and the most important monuments of this charming city.
Departure in the morning to Potosi. Former imperial city of Charles V, the city of Potosi developed and became famous thanks to the exploitation of silver in the mines of Cerro Rico (the "rich mountain"), which made it the richest city in America for several centuries. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
*Optional: visit to the Casa de La Moneda museum.
This day we will visit the mines. Departure at 09:00 hrs, in the direction of the miners market, there we will stop to buy some gifts to give to the workers: drinks, coca leaves, cigarettes, etc.. Then we continue to the famous "Cerro Rico", where we enter the very heart of the mine, currently still in operation. In the company of an old miner, we explore some of the galleries or "socavones" and we will see the daily hard work of these men who extract lead, silver, zinc and tin. End of the excursion. In the afternoon we will take the bus to Uyuni. It is a small town located in the heart of the Altiplano, this railway junction is important because it is the starting point for all excursions to the Salar (the largest salt desert in the world) and the region of South Lipez. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.
In the morning we contact our team and embark on the 4×4 van to start the adventure to visit the great salt flat of Uyuni, we will reach the Incahuasi Island (often confused with its larger neighbor, the Isla del Pescado); which is of volcanic origin, covered with stromatolites (colonies of fossilized bacteria, which were the first traces of life on earth) and giant cacti. In the afternoon we arrive at the refuge in San Juan.
The landscapes are very beautiful! This day we undertake the route near the border with Chile to the south, we cross the "Ruta de las Joyas", which is a set of four lagoons of different colors, such as the Cañapa, Hedionda, Ch'arkota Honda and Ramaditas, all these are habitat sanctuaries of three varieties of flamingos. Then we pass at the foot of the Ollague volcano (5,865 m), still active, in its mountain it keeps one of the highest sulfur mines in the world. Following the route, we cross beautiful landscapes of the Siloli desert and stop at the famous "stone tree", continuing the journey we enjoy beautiful landscapes with volcanoes covered with blankets of snow that dot the horizon. At sunset we will arrive at the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve to enter the Colorada Lagoon, characterized by the different shades of colors that sparkle with the reflection of the sun until it is lost in the horizon.
In the morning we revisit the Laguna Colorada, with its different shades of red coloration and populated by thousands of flamingos making a majestic setting; Its intense coloration is due to the presence of millions of microscopic crustaceans "Artemia", widely studied by scientists for their incredible properties of adaptation in a saline environment, the route will take us through the geysers "Sol de Mañana" (4,850 m), formed by volcanic craters, where we will witness the geothermal activity escaping sulfur vapors and heavy water. We continue the journey through the Dali desert (so called because of a ghostly landscape reminiscent of one of his paintings), we will pass by the hot springs of Polques, we have the opportunity to take a dip in the hot springs and enjoy its natural environment. Then we visit the Green Lagoon and the White Lagoon at the foot of the volcanoes Juriques (5,704 m) and Licancabur (5,960 m), its name is due to a surprising phenomenon: when the wind blows the lake turns emerald green. Finally we return to Uyuni.
In the evening transfer to the airport to take the return flight to the city of La Paz; upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in La Paz.
In the morning we are scheduled to visit the city of La Paz, we head south of the city to visit the Valley of the Moon, there we will walk on a lunar landscape and enjoy the scenery of these natural formations. Then we continue our visit to the Plaza Murillo, the "Gold Museum", there we will find a collection of gold coins from the time of the Tiahuanaco and finally we descend to the main square of the city and discover the local market of the witches. Return to the hotel.
In the morning we will travel towards the brother country of Bolivia in Copacabana; at the border of Kasani we get off to do the border change formalities (Bolivia-Peru). There we move to the small port of Copacabana to embark on the boat that will take us to the island of the Sun, after a while we arrive at the community of Yumani, to undertake a short but very attractive walk and enjoy beautiful scenery facing Lake Titicaca, then we arrived at the house of Ismael and Maria who will welcome us and we settled in the rooms, depending on the season there we will have the opportunity to see the stunning sunset overlooking Lake Titicaca and in the background a giant curtain of snow of the Cordillera Real.
In the morning, we descend on foot to the "Fuentes del Inca", where we board the boat that will take us to the temple of Pilkokaina or "temple of the sun", a place dedicated to the ceremonial rites dedicated to the Sun God, in front we have a panoramic view of the island of the Moon and the "temple of the moon". We leave the island and return to Copacabana. In the afternoon, we take the bus back to the city of La Paz.
Departure from the hotel in private transportation. We will cross the Alto de La Paz towards Tiahuanaco, there we visit the archaeological site of "Tiahuanaku" and "Puma Punku" where we know the different enclosures and their functionalities of this Pre-Inca civilization; return in the afternoon to the city of La Paz.
This day you will be picked up and transferred from your hotel to the airport in El Alto to board the international flight that will take you back to your country of origin.
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