Loop around Bolivia on this awesome trip to one of the most rewarding countries of South America. Explore La Paz, a high-flying city with unique neighbourhoods and a witch market, on a city tour. Immerse yourself in the abstract desert where Dali found his inspiration among volcanoes, moon-like landscapes, geysers and the glistening white salt flats of Uyuni. Walk among the historic streets of the highland town of Potosi. Get in touch with locals at marketplaces and see beautiful colonial architecture in Sucre and Potosi.
Arrival in La Paz
Get picked up at the La Paz airport and dropped-off at your hostel or hotel.
La Paz Local City Encounter
Walk to the most interesting sites in La Paz with your local guide who will show you how to hop on a local bus, talk to locals, eat at local markets and the best street stands. Visit the real witch market and wander into neighborhoods rarely visited by tourists so you can see the real way of life in La Paz.
Included: English Speaking Guide, 1 Typical Snack.
Not Included: Local Transport (around Bs 20 = $3 USD) + Taxi (around Bs 10 = $1.5 USD), Lunch (between 30-70 Bs = $4-10 USD), Evening Refreshment (7 Bs = $1 USD)
Free day & Night bus La Paz - Uyuni
Go on the optional `death road adventure by bike` or just relax in La Paz before taking a night bus to Uyuni.
Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Trip (L/D)
Arrive at the Uyuni bus station in the morning and get picked up to be taken to the meeting point of the tour. Start off your 3-day tour at 10:30 am with a visit to Uyuni`s `train graveyard` to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners workshops next to the salt flats) where you can see handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca. Get the chance to continue by bike for half an hour (subject to weather conditions) onto the great salt flats of Uyuni at an altitude of 3650m. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, visit los Ojos de Agua Salada (‘salt water eyes’) and then a hotel made completely of salt which is currently a museum.
Lunch will be served on “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island) where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective and proportion-distorted photos on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. Then, head to Pia Pia island for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Have dinner and spend the night at Mañica town.
*Included: 2 Nights accommodation in basic shared rooms, Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Tour, Transportation in 4WD with rooftop luggage rack during tour, Local Driver & English Speaking Guide on tour, Cook and cooking equipment on tour, Meals: 2 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 2 dinners / snacks
*Not Included: Entrance Fees: Isla Incahuasi (30 Bs), Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area (150 Bs), Hot Shower (10 Bs) - Please note that these costs are subject to change without prior notice.
Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Trip (B/L/D)
Start off at 7:00 am for breakfast and then go visit the Chiguana desert on the south side of Uyuni salt flat, surrounded by volcanoes such as Ollague (5840m), which is still active and that you can see from the lookout. Continue along a rocky road - Pasito Tuntun - to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by 3 species of Andean flamingos. Marvel at three lagoons on the way; ‘Cañapa’ where you’ll see the first pink flamingos, ‘Hedionda’ where lunch will be served, and ‘Chiarcota’ where you’ll see a wider variety of birds and altiplanic fauna.
Then we enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve and visit the Desert of Siloli at 4550m (the highest and driest in the world) and take a photo next to the `Rock tree`, a lava rock formation. Before arriving to our final destination today, we will stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat and admire this intense red-colored lake. Stay the night at a shared family lodging.
Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Trip & Return to Uyuni (B/L)
Get off to an early start around 5:00 am to visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser, at 5,000m and walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. Continue to the open air hot springs and take a bath in 35 Cº water before enjoying a pancake breakfast. The next places to visit are the Dali Desert where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then the Green Lagoon (toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border).
Then head back to Uyuni passing by beautiful scenery along the way and eating a picnic lunch along the roadside. On the way, pass by the Valley of the Rocks, the Alota settlement and the San Cristobal Village where we will visit the church and see the exquisite colonial paintings. Return to Uyuni by 6:30 pm where your tour comes to an end.
Transfer Uyuni - Potosi
Sleep in and then take a transfer to Potosi.
Potosi Free Day & Transfer to Sucre
Enjoy a free day in Potosi to walk around town, then take a bus to Sucre.
"Sucre with a Local" Day Trip
Learn about Sucre`s history and traditions on this walking tour. See this capital`s main attractions, interact with locals, and taste traditional Bolivian food with a local guide.
Included: English Speaking Guide, 1 Typical Drink
Not Included: Local Transport & Taxi to Cemetery (please bring about 18-20 Bolivianos to cover these costs)
Sucre - Free Day
Enjoy a free day to visit the dinosaur park nearby or Tarabuco village just outside of Sucre on your own.
Sucre - Free Day & Night bus to La Paz
Enjoy your last free day in Sucre and take a night bus back to La Paz.
Airport drop-off in La Paz
You will be dropped-off at the airport in La Paz. End of the trip.
9-nights Hostel, 3* or 4* Hotel Accommodation depending on package
(Details: 2N La Paz, 1 Nightbus, 1N Agua Quisa, 1N Red Lagoon, 1N Uyuni, 1N Potosi, 3N Sucre, 1 Nightbus)
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Trip Name: Independent: Bolivia Highlights Adventure
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 1134
Trip Code: 159015
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