Reception by our staff upon arrival at Viru Viru International Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and transfer to your hotel.
In the morning we take our transport and move to Samaipata, there we will find "El Fuerte", it was the last vestige of the Inca culture, it has different constructions of ceremonial-religious, social and economic order; after the visit of this archaeological site we go to the city of Samaipata, there you can walk in the facilities of the lodging "El Pueblito", picturesque place where you will have your lunch. Free night.
We will wake up in the middle of nature, then we will take the vehicle back to Santa Cruz, on the way we will observe different typical landscapes of the jungle; we will also have the opportunity to bathe in the natural waterfalls. On the way back to the city, we will go to the hotel to rest and then we will go to the airport to take the flight to the city of Sucre. Upon arrival in Sucre, our local team will assist you and welcome you, and then we will head to the hotel.
The day is dedicated to visiting the city of Sucre, Bolivia's constitutional capital, known as the "white city" for the color of its Andalusian-style buildings. You will discover the Casa de La Libertad, a 17th-century Jesuit building where Bolivia's first constitution was drafted in 1825; the Museum of Indigenous Art, which exhibits textiles of exceptional workmanship; La Glorieta Castle, a rich 19th-century building built for silver mining; and the most important monuments of this charming city.
During your visit to Sucre, you will stroll through its colonial streets, as well as Bolivar Park and Plaza 25 de Mayo, and enjoy lunch with local food.
Morning departure to the city of Potosi. Potosi is the former imperial city of Charles V, and became famous for the exploitation of silver ore in the mines of Cerro Rico, which made it the richest city in America for several centuries. Upon arrival, our staff will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
*As an option, you can visit the Casa de La Moneda museum.
This day we will visit the mines. Departure at 09:00 a.m., heading to the miners' market, where we will stop to buy some gifts for the workers: drinks, coca leaves, cigarettes, etc. Then, we continue to the famous "Cerro Rico", where we go into the heart of the mine, still in operation. In the company of an old miner, we explore some of the galleries or "socavones" and see the hard daily work of these men who extract lead, silver, zinc and tin. End of the excursion. In the afternoon we take the bus to Uyuni. Uyuni 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 South Lipez region. Upon arrival you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.
*The visit to the mines is not recommended for claustrophobic people. If you do not wish to visit the mines, you can take advantage of a free morning in Potosi to explore the city on your own or ask for a quote for an excursion to Potosi.
Departure from Uyuni at 09:00 am, in a private 4x4 van to begin our adventure. The trip will take us to the "Cementerio de trenes" (old railway junction) located on the outskirts of the city, before heading south. Along the way, we will discover several villages, including the "model" village of Culpina K, whose houses are built with 100% natural materials. We will then arrive in San Cristobal where we will break for lunch, where we can stroll through the streets of this town and visit the colonial church of beautiful architecture, depending on whether it is open to the public or not. Later in the trip we will cross the Grande River, we will be able to see groups of rheas (cousins of the ostrich) and vicuñas (wild South American camelids) living in their natural state. Continuing the trip we will arrive to the stone forest and pass through the village of Italia which are rock formations, at the end of the day we will arrive to Villamar, a place to rest.
The scenery here is magnificent. Snow-capped volcanoes mark the horizon against a blue sky. This morning we head south to enter the "Eduardo Avaroa" reserve, arriving at the impressive Laguna Colorada, the reddish-orange color is due to the presence of millions of microscopic crustaceans, "Artemia", much studied by scientists for their incredible ability to adapt in saline solution. We head towards the spectacular geysers of Sol de Mañana (4 850M). Located in the heart of volcanic craters and sulfurous vapors. We will stop at the Polques hot springs for a bath. In the afternoon, we circle the Laguna Salada before crossing the Dali desert (named after a ghostly landscape reminiscent of one of his paintings), arriving at Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde, at the foot of the imposing volcanoes Licancabur and Juriques. Here we have the opportunity to witness a curious phenomenon: the wind rises and the emerald color of Laguna Verde changes! In the afternoon we return to Laguna Colorada and rest.
We continue north through the beautiful landscapes of the Siloli desert, known for its famous "stone tree", where sometimes some vizcachas wander. We pass through the border with Chile following the "Ruta de las Joyas", the Ramaditas, Honda, Ch'arkota, Hedionda and Cañapa Lagoons, sanctuaries of three varieties of flamingos. Next, we will pass by the foot of the Ollague volcano (5,865M), still active, which houses one of the highest sulfur mines in the world. Along the way we pass from 4,200M to 3,600M and then cross the small Salar de Chiguana at the foot of the Tomasamil volcano (5,900m). Before reaching the town of Aguaquiza, we will visit the chullpas of the Llipi Llipi culture (1200 BC).
After breakfast, we will enter today in the heart of the Salar de Uyuni (3 650M), considered as the biggest salt desert in the world. The sensation we will experience is unique; there the horizon has no limits and the immensity is overwhelming. Then we will visit Incahuasi Island, this salar of volcanic origin is covered with stromatolites (stromatolites are fossilized bacteria and were the first vestiges of life on earth) and giant cacti. In the afternoon we will go to Jirira, rest.
Early in the morning (07:00), we leave for the ascent of the Tunupa volcano, which dominates the salt plain. We leave to the foot of the Tunupa volcano by vehicle (it takes about 02 hours). From there we take the road that climbs up the slopes of the volcano to the viewpoint (4,700 m); the hike takes between 03 and 04 hours; then we can continue our way up to "La Cumbre" (5,400 m), from this point the pass becomes dangerous; therefore it is possible to descend whenever we want, it takes between 03 and 04 hours. Our reward is a magnificent view of the crater of the multicolored volcano and on the other side the Salar de Uyuni. Then we return to Jirira, our resting place.
We leave Sabaya in the morning and take a small road that will take us along the border with Chile to Sajama. On the way we will have the opportunity to see the polychrome funerary Chullpas of the ancient Aymara. In the afternoon we will arrive to Sajama, where we will spend the night.
In the morning, we will travel by 4x4 to the geysers. This particularly active area offers us a unique spectacle of bubbling baths spread over hundreds of square meters. From here we extend along the stream until we reach the Khasiri Lagoon (4 850M) after a 2.5 hour hike. Here we will observe different species of aquatic birds, including the giant tagua "Ajoya" in Aymara; they are never far from their characteristic nest (large floating platforms made of algae and grass). It takes an hour to reach the plateau where the beautiful Sorapata Lagoon (4,960M) is located. This magical place is surrounded by impressive gray mountains; lunch is planned. We descend to the geysers, from where we will have beautiful views of the Pomerape volcano (6 280M). We return to the 4x4 vans that will take us to the natural hot springs where we will take a relaxing bath at the foot of the Sajama volcano. We continue our journey to the Huaña Khota lagoon, where red flamingos sometimes mingle with ducks and geese, before arriving at the small village of Tomarapi.
In the morning we will travel to La Paz. On the way we will stop in the village of Curahuara de Carangas, famous for its richly decorated colonial church (frescoes, perfectly preserved). Later, we will discover the chullpas of Carangas, today empty tombs after having been looted. Finally, we will arrive in La Paz.
Departure from the hotel in private transportation. We will cross the Alto de La Paz in the direction of Tiahuanaco, where we will have the opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Tiwanaku, where the different archaeological sites of this pre-Inca civilization will be explained; then we will border Lake Titicaca and the Copacabana Mountain Range (approximately 03:30 hrs). In Copacabana, a vehicle will take us to the village of Sampaia where we will make contact with the local population and we will settle in a house in the village, a place to rest.
In the morning departure from Sampaia to Yampupata where we will take our boat to Challapampa, south of the Isla del Sol, where we will visit the Inca garden in Yumani, then we will arrive at the temple of Pilkocaina (approx. 01:00 hrs), return to Copacabana. In the afternoon we take the private vehicle to La Paz. On the way, we cross the Tiquina strait to reach the other side of the lake, at the foot of the "Cordillera Real" (6.000M), before heading to La Paz.
In the morning, we will depart by vehicle to Coroico, where we will mountain bike the "Death Route", a road of about 80 km that connects the city of La Paz and the Yungas region to the northeast. Famous for its extreme danger. Upon arrival in Coroico, we will have time to take a break and enjoy the local swimming pool. In the afternoon we can walk along the river and enjoy the scenery.
That day, after having experimented with the inhabitants of the community, we take our transportation back to the city of La Paz. Free afternoon.
On this day, you will be picked up and transferred from your hotel to the El Alto airport for your international flight back to your country.
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