Bolivia 11 Days: Photo Adventure

La Paz, Uyuni Desert, Potosi, Sucre

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Day 1: Airport pickup and transfer

Today you will arrive into La Paz. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: La Paz city tour and Moon Valley + Valley of the Souls and Palca Canyon. (B,L)

Today we will discover La Paz’s multiethnic and cultural character. We will start our day with a visit to Los Andes street to explore and admire numerous handicraft markets with artisan works as well as traditional garments and festive costumes. We will adventure through the “Witches Market” and encounter the mystical rituals and indigenous cosmic vision. We will continue our tour by visiting San Francisco Church, the historical heritage site is located on the main square of La Paz, “Plaza Murillo”. In the plaza you will also see the Legislative and Government Palace. After visiting the city center we will venture to the southern part of the city, stopping in route at Killi Killi lookout point, then we reach the “Moon Valley”. Here you will have some free time to explore the unique terrain.

Palca Canyon & The Animas Valley

Moving onward we will drive to “Uni” lake where we will hike through the Palca Canyon. The two hour hike will give us a chance to observe natural geological formations that because of their unique shape give the name of the “The Animas Valley” (The Soul’s Valley) to this area. Throughout our walk we will have constant breathtaking views of the famous Illimani Mountain. Along our journey we will encounter several endangered species such as the Vizcacha and Chinchilla (kinds of wild rabbits) and if lucky we might even see a few Condors.

Day 3: Bus/Train to Uyuni (flight option now available). (B)

Today you will take a bus from La Paz to Oruro. From the city of Oruro you will take the train to Uyuni. The bus and train is a full day adventure. If you prefer to get to Uyuni quicker than you may choose to take an early morning 45 minute flight that departs La Paz for Uyuni. Whichever option you choose upon arrival in Uyuni you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

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Day 4: Start 3 day / 2 night Salt Flats desert adventure. Night in village of Tahua. (B,L,D)

Today we will venture into the desert of Uyuni. Starting our journey we will pass by the train cemetery in route to the town of Cochani where we will meet with local artisans to learn about the extraction process of the salt in the region. From here we will visit the famous Hotel Palacio de Sal, the first hotel in the world to be constructed entirely of salt, named one f the most unusual hotels in the world by Newsweek (Japan) in May ’98 an included in the TOP 10 for adventure tours by TRAVEL AND LEISURE (Nov. 98’). The hotel Palacio de Sal is also included in “100 Hotels – Great Escapes” a Taschen Publication (Dec. 200) and the magazine NOX refers to this hotel as one of the most unusual hotels in the world.

From the hotel you will continue our journey to the Incahuasi Island, also known as Fish Island where one can observe the giant cactus. Lunch is served on the Salt Flats. Then you will visit the 800 year old mummies of Coquesa and continue on to the small town of Tahua where we will spend the evening.

Day 5: Uyuni desert adventure. (B,L,D)

Today we will travel via 4x4 across the Salt Flats of Uyuni through the desert until we reach the Cache lagoons. We will also visit Chiarkhota and Honda.

Day 6: Lagoons tour return to Uyuni. (B,L)

Today our journey continues down to the Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and the “Laguna Colorada” (Red Lagoon). During our adventure we will also visit the famous JAMES FLAMINGOS a species unique to the Andean region. Other highlights will also be the Borax sediments, commonly known as “The Perennial Ice”, the Sol de Mañana Geysers, Chalviri Lagoon, and the Polques thermal waters. After our exploration of the lagoons and thermal waters we will return to the village of Uyuni where we will spend the night.

Day 7: Trasport from Uyuni to Potosi, evening at Hacienda Cayara. (B,D)

Today we will drive 5.5 hours from Uyuni to Potosi. This evening we will spend at Hacienda Cayara.

Day 8: Half day city tour of Potosi’s highlights + Royal Mint house. (B,L)

Today we will visit many of the city’s main attractions. Ranging from the Compañia de Jesús church, San Lorenzo & Santo Domingo church, as well as the historic “Mint Neighborhood”. After the tour we will have lunch in Potosi before heading to Sucre (2.5 hour drive).

Day 9: Sucre City Tour Half Day. (B,L)

Approximately three hours. We visit the main museums of the city combining history, textiles, ethnography and folklore with the most representative outdoors sites such as plazas, and parks, as well as the architecture. City Tour visiting: Textile Museum of Indian Arts ASUR, located in a beautiful colonial neighborhood in Sucre, run by Antropologos del Surandino (ASUR), this excellent museum displays of regional textiles and traditional techniques . This program starts with the goal of revitalizing the traditional Tarabuco and Jalq'a textile areas. It exhibits traditional and contemporary textile production, a valuable Tiahuanaco collection and two music and dances halls. Liberty House, formerly the Assembly Hall of the Jesuit University, where the country’s Declaration of Independence was signed, this house contains a famous portrait of Simon Bolivar. Its construction dates from 1621 as part of the Jesuits convent, later made a part of the building of the University, is the most important national historic landmark.

Tarabuco Market Full Day

Although many visitors may miss the annual Phujllay celebrations in March, you will want to catch Tarabuco’s colorful, sprawling Sunday Market, which features high quality artesian crafts: pullovers, charangos, coca pouches, ponchos and weavings that feature geometric and zoomorphic designs. The colorful wares lay out in stalls around the plaza and on the side streets lend a festive and a light – hearted atmosphere. Men wear distinctive monteras, which are leather hats patterned after those worn by the conquistadores. This is one of the only places where one can still see and participate in “trueque” (barter) exchanges.
Note: The fair is only open on Sundays from 09:00 to 16:30

Day 10: Fly from Sucre to La Paz. (B)

Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport in order to fly to La Paz. In La Paz you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 11: Transfer to La Paz airport. (B)

Today you will be transferred to the La Paz airport in order to connect with you flight home or onward to your next destination.

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