This amazing experience will take us across Bolivia, visiting the most important places from north to south. On our 20 days journey we will be able to discover beautiful cities, ancient archaeological sites, attractions and amazing landscapes. Also, if you are interested in a bit of adventure this trip is definitely the option! We will be able to hike to the summit of a sleep volcano and even do mountain biking on the famous Route of Dead! We encourage you to join us at the discovery of this country overflowing in culture, beautiful landscapes and amazing people!
Upon arrival to the airport Viru Viru in Santa Cruz from your international flight, a private transportation will be meeting and driving you to the hotel. Overnight in Santa Cruz.
After breakfast, we will depart towards Samaipata, where we will see “El Fuerte”, an ancient pre-Colombian archaeological site and also the last vestige of the Incas culture. El Fuerte or The Fort in English, is characterized for its immense dimensions and its past function of being a religious, ceremonial and residential place. Nowadays, it is considered the second monument most visited in Bolivia. After the visit, we will head to the town, where our accommodation for the night is. Overnight in Samaipata.
After a good night sleep, we will take a transportation back to Santa Cruz. On the way we will be able to observe typical landscapes of a jungle region, we will stop at a natural waterfall to be able to swim enjoy nature. Arrival to the Hotel in Santa Cruz to rest before going to the airport to take a national flight with destination Sucre. Upon arrival to the airport of Sucre, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to the hotel. Overnight in Sucre.
After breakfast, we will visit the so-called White City, the administrative capital of Bolivia. We will visit the Casa de la Libertad (House of Liberty), the Jesuit house where the first constitution of Bolivia was signed and the awesome Museum of indigenous art, where we will witness beautiful weavings, clothing and other expressions of art.
Finally we will visit the Casa Glorieta (Glorieta’s house), the place where silver arrived for centuries, and where we will learn a bit more of the history of the mining activity in the city.
Free time to explore the city and overnight in Hotel in Sucre.
After breakfast, we start our day departing towards the imperial city of Potosí by bus, located at the highlands of Bolivia. This city developed and became famous thanks to the exploitation of silver in the mines of Cerro Rico (“Rich Mountain”), which made it the richest city in America for several centuries.
Arrival to the Hotel and in the afternoon we will have a guided tour of the town of Potosí that means “Thunder” in the Quechua language. We will discover this old town part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, its pedestrian streets, the colorful colonial houses, the wooden balconies and the cathedral.
We will finish our day visiting La Casa de la Moneda, where the Spaniards minted the crown currency until the 19th century.
Overnight in Potosí.
Free morning to explore the city. In the early afternoon, our transportation will take us to the bus station on direction of Uyuni. The trip will take about 6 hours (200 km or 122 miles) before we arrive to the town that houses the biggest salt flats in the world.
Arrival to the small village of Uyuni and transfer to the Hotel for overnight.
Optional (not included on package): Visit of the mine in Cerro Rico (4800m // 15,748ft.), that is still operative and they still work to withdraw silver, stein and cooper.
In the morning, we will start our adventure towards the Uyuni salt flats. In a 4WD truck we will stop at the train cemetery to immediately head south on direction of Culpina, place where the constructions are made with 100% natural materials.
We will stop at the town of San Cristobal to have lunch, visit the streets and if we are lucky, enter its colonial church with a beautiful architecture.
Later on the day, we will reach El Bosque de Piedras (Stone Forest) and pass through the beautiful rock formations. At the end of the day, we will arrive to the refuge in Villamar, the place for our overnight.
We start this day following our southern route, getting near to the border with Chile, and reach the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve to enter the Colorada Lagoon, characterized by the different flashes of color reflected by the sun. Then, the route will take us through the geysers of “Sol de Mañana” (4850 m // 15,912 ft.), characterized for the intense volcanic activity. We will arrive and cross part of the Dalí desert (named like the artist due to the ghostly landscape that reminds one of his paintings). Also, we will pass through the Polques hot springs and have the opportunity to take a bath at its hot waters, enjoy the natural surroundings and have time to relax. We will continue towards La Laguna Verde (The Green Lagoon) and La Laguna Blanca (The White Lagoon), which are located at the foot of the Juriques (5704 m // 18,704) and Licancabur (5960 m // 19,553) volcanoes. We will return next to the Colorada Lagoon to find our little shelter in Huayllajara. Overnight.
Early in the morning, we will visit once again the Colorada Lagoon and witness a majestic scene with its spectacular colors populated by thousands of flamingos. We will depart north and cross beautiful landscapes of the Siloli desert and stop at the famous Arbol de piedra (Tree of stone). Continuing our route, we will cross La Ruta de las Joyas (Route of the Jewels), which is a set of four different color lagoons: Cañapa, Hedionda, Ch’arkota Honda and Ramaditas. All of these are sanctuaries to a very specific variety of flamingos. Also, we will pass at the foot of the Ollague volcano (5,865 m // 19,242 ft.), still active, and the one that houses one of the highest sulfur mines in the world. Finally, we will cross the small Chiguana Salt Flat, at the skirts of the Tomasamil volcano (5,900 m // 19,356 ft.), before arriving to the town of Aguaquiza. Overnight at the refuge.
On this day, we will enter the very heart of the beautiful Uyuni Salt Valley (3650 m or 111,975 ft.), where we will be able to appreciate the immensity of the considered the biggest salt flats of the world. The sensation that we will experience is unique; the horizon has no limits and the immensity is overwhelming. We will continue our journey to visit the Incahuasi Island, which is of volcanic origin and has a very peculiar view due to fossilized minerals and cacti. In the afternoon, we will arrive to Jirira’s refuge. Overnight at Jirira.
Early in the morning, we will start driving towards the skirts of the Tunupa volcano, approximately 2 hours away from Jirira. This volcano is considered an Andean god that dominates the salt flats and the Altiplano Boliviano (Bolivian plateau). We will start a hike for about 2 hours until we reach the viewpoint at 4700 m or 15,419 ft Those who wish to continue to follow the ascension to La Cumbre (5400 // 17,716 ft.) will face a challenge since the path is more demanding and takes around 2 hours to reach the summit. Nevertheless, the reward reaching the summit is a spectacular view of the multicolored crater of the volcano and on the other site, the immense Uyuni salt flats. We take the same path go back to Jirira. Overnight at the refuge.
* Ascent to Tunupa volcano: no technical difficulties, only good physical condition is required.
We continue our journey today on our way to archaeological site of Alcaya, where we will see well-preserved mummies.
Then, we will follow the route crossing a highland landscape until we reach the territory of the Chipayas, people who are little interested in the contact with the exterior.
Finally, we will arrive to Sabaya, a small town near the border of Chile, where the main activity is the cultivation and trade of quinoa. Overnight at the refuge of Sabaya.
We will leave Sabaya in the morning to take a small route that will take us along the border of Chile. On our way, we will have the opportunity to see the famous Chullpas (ancient buriels) of the ancient Aymara culture. Arrival to Sajama in the afternoon and overnight at the refuge.
On our fourthteen day, we will visit geysers, since this particularly area offers a unique scenery of bubbling baths spread over hundreds of square meters. We will start walking to a section that goes along a stream for about 2h30 until we reach the Khasiri lagoon (4850 m // 15,912 ft.). We will continue for an hour to get to the Altiplano (plateau) where we will find the Sorapata lagoon (4960 m // 16,772 ft.). We will have a picnic lunch before we descend to the geysers and start our road back to Sajama. Arrival to Sajama in the afternoon and overnight at the refuge.
In the morning, we will head towards the Capital of Bolivia: La Paz. On the way, we will make stops in the town of Curahuara de Carangas, famous for its colonial church with rich decoration (perfectly preserved). Then, we will discover the Carangas chullpas, currently empty tombs after having suffered looting. Arrival to La Paz and overnight at the Hotel.
Departure from the Hotel to the amazing archaeological site of Tiahuanaco, the largest archaeological complex in Bolivia. It is here where we will understand the richness of all pre-Columbian cultures that have disappeared over time. We will travel for about 3h30 on the border of the Titicaca Lake and the Copacabana mountain range until we arrive to Copacabana. Our transportation will take us to Sampaia, the place where we will meet our hosts for the night at the shelter. Overnight in Sampaia.
Departure from Sampaya to Yampupata, where we will board a boat towards Callapampa, south of Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), to visit the archaeological site of La Chinkana. Then, we will continue our journey on boat to visit the Inca’s garden in the town of Yumani and also the Pilkoaina temple or Temple of the sun. It is a ceremonial place dedicated to the God of the Sun. We will be able to enjoy the panoramic view of the nearby island where the Temple of the moon is located. Return to Copacabana. In the afternoon, we will take the road back to La Paz and arrive at night. Overnight in La Paz.
Departure from the Hotel to Coroico, where we will make the descent on mountain bikes along La Ruta de la muerte (The Route of death), a paved vehicular transit route of approximately 80 km of extension, route that unites the city of La Paz with the region of the Yungas. This experience is famous for its extreme danger! Arrival to Coroico, time to rest and enjoy a break at the pool of the area. Free afternoon and time to walk along the river to enjoy the landscapes. Overnight in Coroico.
Departure to La Paz and free day to explore the city considered the highest capital of the world. Overnight at the Hotel.
Transfer from the Hotel to the airport of La Paz to take your international flight.
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