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Highlights of Bolivia

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. 

Trip Code: BOTSBOH

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

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.

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Important Information

  • Tours as stated on the itinerary
    Airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast everyday
    Domestic flight: La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz
    Other meals as per the itinerary

     

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    International airport taxes: US$ 25.00 - Subject to change.

    National airport taxes: US$ 2.50 - Subject to change.

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  • 2 (light adventure)
  • During the rainy season (nov/mar) the visit to Uyuni salt lake & Isla Pescado will be possible only if weather conditions permit it.

    What to take for Uyuni:

    Sleeping bag for -20 ºC

    Down jacket or extra sweater/ jumper

    Wind breaker

    Swimsuit for hot springs

    Hat, sun block

    Sunglasses (essential on Salt Lake)

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Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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