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Highlights of Bolivia

7 Days FROM USD 3,165

Overview

Discover the highlights of this fascinating country with its thrilling landscapes and ancient Indian culture in a journey that encompasses rich cultural and scenic attractions. Bolivia is a country of extremes from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes to the vast and dazzling salt flats and the remote Altiplano with its volcanoes and lagoons. Breathtaking vistas and vibrant indigenous cultures are brought together in this seven day adventure. 

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Trip Code: BOTSBOH

Location: Titicaca Lake, La Paz, Uyuni Salt Flats - Bolivia

Flights: Internal flights included in itinerary. Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • This itinerary is perfect for combining an experience in Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest navigable lake. 

  • this itinerary can be easily amended to included more days spent in the Uyuni Salt Flats in a luxury dome experience. 

  • Experience La Paz for all its rustic charm, its famous Witches markets, quaint street markets, Cocoa museum and infamous San Pedro prison, which is very much its own city. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

This morning you will be collected from your Puno hotel and transferred by road to Copacabana. Visit the famous Virgen Morena and its church, have a stroll through the town and board the boat that will take you to the Island of the Sun. Enjoy a typical lunch “Aptapi” and then hike for about 45 minutes to the Ecolodge La Estancia. Dinner included this evening.

Puno - Copacabana - Island of the Sun

We recommend that you get up early to see the sunrise.

This morning we take a boat trip north for 1 hour to visit Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock. Chincana has been described as a ‘labyrinth of stone’ and is believed to have been used as a holy complex by Inca priests. We take a short 45 minute hike to Challapampa Bay and then continue by boat to Challa to visit the Cultural Museum there.

After lunch, we return to the Ecolodge and the afternoon is free to enjoy the peace and beauty of this mystical place, with dinner included at the lodge.

Chincana - Island of the Sun

This morning after breakfast we hike down through the village of Yumani to the Garden and Stairs of the Incas, and take a boat to the Island of the Moon. Here we visit the ruins of Iñak Uyu Inca temple, returning by boat to Copacabana (1 ½ hours). Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon we travel by private transport to La Paz (3½ hours), travelling alongside the Andes Royal Range and through the spectacular highlands.

La Paz has a spectacular setting in a deep bowl surrounded by snow-capped mountains of the Altiplano. It lies in the shadow of the towering 6,438m high Mt. Illimani, always snow-covered and visible from many parts of the city. The city (from the main square) is 3,636 metres above sea level but the neighbouring city of El Alto where La Paz International Airport is located lies at over 4,000 metres. Some of the highlights of La Paz itself include Plaza Murillo, San Francisco Church and the ’’Witches Market’’ where vendors sell dried llama foetuses and frogs, dried llama dung, herbs, remedies and other ingredients used in Aymara traditions and rituals.

This afternoon’s city tour takes you through the street markets rich in handicrafts and weavings and to the Witches Market where locals buy supplies for ritual ceremonies like the Ch'alla and offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Next we visit the colonial section of the city where you will see the San Francisco Church, Gold Museum and Murillo Square. You will also visit the "Mirador de Killi" viewpoint and the outdoor replica of Tiwanaku Temple.

The tour then passes through the modern, affluent residential area of the city and heads out to visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion resulting in a formation that resembles the face of the moon.

There is the option to ride on the “Teleferico’ cable car for great views of La Paz.

At the end of the tour you will be returned to your hotel.

Island of the Sun & the Moon -Copacabana -La Paz

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Uyuni, with beautiful views of the city of La Paz as you ascend to El Alto.

On arrival into Uyuni, you will be met and transferred to Uyuni village.

Uyuni, founded in 1889 by Bolivian president Aniceto Arce, is still an important military base. It lies in south-western Bolivia, 3,670 metres above sea level and situated on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. The Salar de Uyuni covers over 10,000 square kilometres of the Bolivian Altiplano and is fringed by the mountains of the Andes. Beneath it lies the world’s largest lithium reserve estimated to be about 100 million tons and accounting for around 70% of the world’s lithium reserves. The salt in the salt flats is over 120 metres deep. The area is remote, arid and cold, stark, yet stunning, boasting extraordinary beauty and a silence that is captivating.

From here you will start to explore the vast Salar de Uyuni, a unique natural wonder. You will first visit Colchani village, to observe the methods of salt extraction and salt processing. The tour then continues to Incahuasi Island (better known as Fish Island) - an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by giant columnar cacti up to 10 metres high, some over 100 years old.

We continue north to see the mummies buried in caves near the village of Coquesa in the foothills of the Thunupa volcano. We then head west to Tahua to our hotel for the night, ready to enjoy a great sunset. Lunch and dinner are included today.

La Paz – Uyuni Salt Flats - Tahua

Today see us exploring further with a scenic drive and then a hike to the natural viewpoint of Chillima and the ruins of Pucara, where there are fantastic views of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the surroundings. We then descend back onto the Salt Flats (3 hours) before continuing southeast towards Colchani where we overnight in a salt hotel. Lunch and dinner are included today.

Tahua - Colchani

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Uyuni airport for your flight to La Paz.

On arrival into La Paz, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Colchani - Uyuni - La Paz

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to airport for onward destination

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Combine your journey with an incredible luxury experience in the Uyuni Salt Flats. Explore the visual beauty of the salt flats in your own boutique luxury dome. This experience combines luxury accommodation and dining with the peaceful serenity of the salt flats as you are tantalised during the day by an endless sea of white and at night by unrivalled star gazing opportunities. Find out more.

  • Why not add an Argentinian experience to your itinerary? Explore the incredible Salta Valley, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of Argentina. Experience bright red gorges, jagged mountain valleys, salt flats jungle and even arid desert. This is a land of stark contrasts unmatched anywhere in South America. Find out more.

     

  • Amend your Bolivia experience to include the incredible wonders of Peru. This amazing 9-day itinerary will allow you to see the best of Peru. Visit incredible cities such as Lima and Cusco which are buzzing and vibrant with a unique blend of urban modernisation and rural lifestyles. You will also be able to visit and experience the incredible mystery of the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and explore the legendary Sacred Valley. Find out more.

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

Pricing & date

Travel Style Departing Duration PRICE FROM
Standard Daily 7 USD 3,165
Superior Daily 7 USD 3,605
Deluxe Daily 7 USD 4,215
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Important Information

  • Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide
    Other meals where stated

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included
    Airport taxes

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    This is a Tailor-Made itinerary which can be customised to create your own unique journey. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

  • Season and availability. 

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Your Destination Specialists will turn your South America adventure dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience, our Destinations Specialists will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE