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 - Colchani - Incahuasi Island - Pia Pia Island - Ajencha (1L;1D)
Your tour will begin with Uyuni`s `train graveyard`, to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. You’ll then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats). Here, you’ll see handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. The tour will continue onto the Great Salt Flats of Uyuni, which are at an altitude of 3650m. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, see Los Ojos de Agua Salada (‘salt water eyes’) and then visit a hotel made completely of salt! This amazing place currently serves as a museum.
Following this jam-packed morning, after lunch, you’ll carry on to “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Make sure you and your group pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats.
Then, we’ll head to Pia Pia island, to see the beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Finish off at the village of Ajencha, and enjoy the unique experience of spending the night in a hostel made almost entirely of salt, called "Santiago Jukil" (however, during rainy season from Jan - April there is no access to the Salt Hostel, you’ll stay in a hotel in Culpina or other).
Day 5: Chiguana Desert - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon Sol de Mañana Geyser (1B, 1L, 1D)
Start the morning off at 7:00 am with breakfast, before going to visit the Chiguana Desert, located on the south side of the Uyuni salt flats. It is surrounded by volcanoes, such as the Ollague Volcano (5840m), one that is still active, and that can be seen from the lookout.
Next, we’ll 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 spot the first pink flamingos, ‘Hedionda’ where lunch will be served, and ‘Chiarcota’ where you’ll see a wider variety of birds and altiplanic fauna.
We’ll then enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, and visit the Desert of Siloli, at 4550m (the highest and driest desert in the world). Make sure you take a photo next to the `Rock tree`, a lava rock formation. Before arriving to your final destination of the day, we will stop at the viewpoint by the Red Lagoon, where you can spot more pink flamingos in their natural habitat, and admire this intense, red-colored lake. Stay the night at a shared family lodging, "HAYLLAJARA".
Day 6: - Dali Desert - Green Lagoon – Uyuni (1B, 1L)
At 5 a.m. Have early breakfast. Later start with a visit to Sol de Mañana Geyser, at 5,000m. You’ll walk alongside 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 35ºC water.
The first place to visit is the Dali Desert, where Salvador Dali found inspiration for his work from the scattered boulders in the middle of the desert. You’ll then see the Green Lagoon - toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano, which sits at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border.
Finally, you’ll head back to Uyuni, passing beautiful scenery along the way, and eating a picnic lunch next to the roadside. You’ll go by the Valley of the Rocks, the Alota settlement, and the San Cristobal Village. We’ll return to Uyuni in the evening.
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 - Complete Bolivia Highlights
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: $2,286
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