Sucre to Potosi & Uyuni
Explore the cultural and natural highlights of Bolivia in comfort with this 7-Day Sucre, Potosi & Uyuni Expedition. Depart from La Paz for Sucre, where you will soak up the historic sites and admire the charming architecture of the country’s erstwhile capital. Head to Potosi, once the second-richest city in the Spanish empire to experience the narrow colonial streets and ornate, centuries-old churches. Last but certainly not least, you’ll take in the mesmerizing wonders of the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, staying in a salt hotel and exploring the neighboring deserts, lakes and rock formations.
Starting from $3,690 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
- Learn about Bolivia’s fascinating folklore, exploring the streets, churches and museums of Sucre, the town where Bolivia’s independence from Spain was signed.
- Travel on to Potosi, once the second-richest city in the Spanish empire, where you can explore the narrow colonial streets and visit the mint house.
- Head on to the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, where you’ll see the silver mining ghost town of Pulacayo and visit Fish Island, known for its giant cacti.
- You’ll be accommodated and transferred in comfort, with expert guides overseeing your excursion, and most of your meals included. You’ll even stay in a hotel made entirely of salt.
- Take the opportunity to explore La Paz, the world’s highest capital, at your own leisure and to sample its up-and-coming gastro scene.
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.
At the appropriate time this morning, you’ll be collected and driven to the Uyuni airport for your return flight to La Paz. On arrival, connect independently to your international flight home.
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