Experience the best of Bolivia on an eclectic and surprising tour of this landlocked Andean gem’s highlights. Ease into things by exploring calm, elegant Sucre before heading to the harsh but fascinating climes of Potosí, once the richest city in the Americas. Next, enjoy three days exploring the surreal, lunar landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni (the world’s largest salt flat), all the while staying in a hotel constructed entirely out of salt. After a tour of enigmatic La Paz, head to mythical Lake Titicaca where you’ll travel by ferry to the Island of the Sun, birthplace of the Incas.
Starting from $4,690 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- A private tour of majestic Sucre, the one-time capital of Bolivia known as the White City. An evening of local dance, music and cuisine and a tour of the fanciful Glorieta Castle.
- A personalized tour of fascinating Potosí, which was once the second-richest city in the Spanish empire thanks to its bountiful silver mines.
- A private La Paz City Tour with visits to the colonial city center, Plaza Murillo, Basilica of San Francisco and views over this Andean valley city from 12,000 feet.
- Three days touring the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest salt pan in the world, and the lakes, deserts and rock formations on its fringes.
- The opportunity to spy unique Andean wildlife including flamingoes, vicuñas, and viscachas and the chance to swim in a thermal spring alongside a natural geyser.
- Visit Copacabana, a small town on the Bolivian shores of Lake Titicaca that is home to the famed Dark Virgin.
- Travel by private ferry to Sun Island, the mythical birthplace of the Inca empire. Explore the island on foot and stay in a one-of-a-kind hotel.
- Visit the community of Santiago de Okola on the shores of Lake Titicaca, observing the customs of this traditional community and enjoying a lunch with the people who call it home.
- Unique accommodations including a restored hacienda on the outskirts of Potosí, a hotel made entirely of salt, and a night on the pedestrians-only Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca.
Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia – the highest capital city in the world! Gather your luggage and meet your personal guide, who will escort you to your hotel to acclimatize and recharge after your flight. If you’re feeling up to it, you may want to explore the barrio around your hotel and sample the food in one of the city’s up-and-coming eateries.
After breakfast you’ll head back to the airport for your flight to the colonial gem that is Sucre. There you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your comfortable hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit Casa de la Libertad, where Bolivia's proclamation of independence from Spain was signed. You will also visit the main streets of the The White City, and Asur, a living museum that shares the rich history of textiles in the southern Andes.
Today you will enjoy a half-day visit of the Glorieta Castle, a fanciful building located 4 miles from the city. The castle, built by a rich businessman, is dominated by three towers: a gothic chapel tower, the Russian-inspired “Prince’s tower” and the octagonal “Princess’s tower” which is topped by a Chinese pagoda. In the afternoon, you will have time to explore Sucre at your leisure before enjoying a special dinner and folk show at Orígenes, where expert dancers will take you on a journey through Bolivia’s highlands, valleys and plains.
After breakfast you will be driven, by private car, to Potosí (around 2-3 hours), starting in the valleys at 10,300ft and arriving to the highlands at 13,300ft. Upon arrival in Potosí – which was once the second-richest city in the Spanish empire – you will visit the Casa de la Moneda (Mint House), and some of the main churches while also getting a feel for its narrow colonial streets. In the afternoon you will travel to Hacienda Cayara, your base for the night, that’s nestled in a remote valley on the outskirts of Potosí.
The valleys around Potosi were critical farmlands for the miners that worked the Cerro Rico silver mines. While most of the haciendas that fed them are long gone, Cayara Hotel-Museum preserves many of the practices of colonial life and farming. You'll take a walk around the farm and buildings before visiting their small dairy and hydroelectric plant. After lunch, we will take the road back to Potosí (30 min). From here, we will have a private transfer to the town of Uyuni (3.5 hrs)
After breakfast in your hotel, depart for a tour of the silver mining ghost town of Pulacayo, now a World Industrial Heritage site. Next you’ll voyage into the heart of the world’s largest salt flat, visiting Fish Island (Isla del Pescado) known for its giant cacti and breathtaking panoramic views of the flats. Enjoy an unforgettable sunset over the salt flats before retiring to your unique salt hotel, relaxing and taking in this incredible place.
After a hearty breakfast, begin a highland safari through the lunar landscapes of the southern Bolivia altiplano. Heading south, today you’ll experience completely different volcanic landscapes, highland deserts, and colorful lagoons forming the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. With a little luck, you’ll get to glimpse unique Andean wildlife such as flamingos, vicuñas, viscachas, Andean fox, and Andean ostrich. Visit the famous Stone Tree, formed by millenia of wind erosion, and the vibrant Red Lagoon, before continuing to your hotel where a hot dinner awaits.
Today you’ll continue your journey through the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, where you’ll be able to witness geysers and even take a dip in a nearby thermal bath. Next, you’ll pass by the surreal Dali Desert, named after the eccentric artist, and the Green Lagoon, before making your way back to the airport in Uyuni. After a quick evening flight to La Paz, a private vehicle will take you to your hotel for a good night’s rest.
After a morning uncovering La Paz’s secrets at your leisure, you’ll begin a private half-day tour of the Bolivian capital’s highlights. You’ll explore the city’s most historic neighborhoods before venturing onwards to the unique landscapes of Moon Valley. Afterwards you’ll take a ride on one of the ultra-modern cable cars (Bolivia’s answer to the subway), enjoying incredible bird’s eye views of bustling La Paz, before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Today you will depart from La Paz to Lake Titicaca, en route to one of the most important cultural sites in the Central Andes, the Island of the Sun. Your first stop is Copacabana on the lakeshore, where you will stroll around town and visit the local church with its famous dark virgin. Then, you will take a private ferry to the Sun Island (1.5 hours), where you will have lunch while enjoying an amazing view of the lake and the Royal Range of the Andes. Finally, you will hike (yes, hike) to your hotel before enjoying the evening at your leisure.
All good things must come to an end. After breakfast on the island, you will take a short walk via the magnificent Inca Stairway and fountains to reach the pier where your private ferry awaits. You will complete your time in the Lake Titicaca region with a visit to Santiago de Okola, a small village 1.5 hours by ferry from the Sun Island. You will enjoy a guided tour of Okola before sharing a traditional lunch with your hosts. After lunch, you'll have some free time to walk along the beach, hike up a local peak known as the Sleeping Dragon or participate in a weaving workshop. You will return to La Paz in the evening, before catching your international flight home.
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