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Best of Bolivia


PPX7L
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
International flights quoted separately
Visit the astonishing Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia - the largest in the world - and view the remarkable colours, geology & spectacular landscapes of Pampas de Dali & Siloli Deserts. Experience the Sol de Mañana Sulphur Springs & Lake Titicaca, including a visit to Sun Island, & in La Paz visit the pre-Inca Tiwanaku Ruins & Moon Valley. English speaking guide, all transfers & sightseeing included.
Bolivia Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats Photo Lake Titicaca Sun Island
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La Paz
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Tiwanaku Ruins & Moon Valley
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Train Cemetery
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Eduardo Avaroa Andean Reserve
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Siloli Desert
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Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
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Sol de Mañana Sulphur Springs
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Isla Incahuasi
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Lake Titicaca
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Sun Island
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La Paz
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Tiwanaku Ruins & Moon Valley
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Train Cemetery
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Eduardo Avaroa Andean Reserve
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Siloli Desert
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Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats
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Sol de Mañana Sulphur Springs
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Isla Incahuasi
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Lake Titicaca
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Sun Island
Day 1
You will be met at La Paz Airport and transferred to your hotel in the highest capital city in the world at over 11,900 ft (3,600 m).
 
Check in and enjoy views of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani.
Day 2
Today we drive 1.5-hours across the Bolivian altiplano to explore the Tiwanaku Ruins, the capital of an ancient civilisation situated near the southeastern shores of Lake Titikaka.
 
Tiwanaku (or Tiahuanaco) is a pre-Inca archaelogical site dating back to 1,580 BC and therefore considered to be the cradle of American civilisation. Impressive buildings include the Kalasasaya Temple, the semi-subterranean Earth Temple; the remarkable Gate of the Sun; the enormous Ponce ('Right') and Fraile ('Friar') monoliths and the Akapana Pyramid.
 
After an included picnic lunch, we return to the city for a tour of Nuestra Señora de La Paz, framed by the majestic triple-peaked Illimani Mountain.
 
With its pre-Hispanic influences and traditions, including magic rites that are practised on the streets, this city has a mixture of indigenous, colonial and modern areas. We visit the famous Witchdoctor's Market and the colonial San Francisco Church, whose mestizobaroque facade features carvings of masks, dragons and tropical birds. Here you can take the stone tunnel stairway to the roof for views across the city's skyline. On the main square, Plaza Murillo, you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings. Some interesting museums are clustered on the charming colonial street of Calle Jaen, and the replica of the semi-subterranean temple of the Tiwanaku culture is well worth seeing. You can also view typical handicrafts in Sagarnaga Street.
 
Our tour finishes with a drive to Moon Valley to walk around its dramatic lunar landscapes and tall clay spires. At the end of your tour, there is the option of taking the 'teleferico' (cable car) for outstanding views of La Paz (pay locally).
Day 3
Transfer to La Paz Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Uyuni Airport by your guide, who will transfer you 4-hours through spectacular Bolivian  landscapes to the small village of Villa Mar.
 
As we leave Uyuni, we visit the fascinating Train Cemetery filled with the hollowed out bodies of locomotives that have completely rusted over. Most of these trains date back to the early 20th century and were imported from Britain to improve the rail network here, but the project was abandoned and the trains left to the mercy of the salt winds.
 
We continue through the highlands, travelling through the villages of San Cristobal and Culpina K and the high valley of Alota (picnic lunch included). View interesting geological formations eroded by the winds in the Valley of the Rocks and the cave paintings of Tomás Lakjas, as we arrive in Villa Mar.
Day 4
A full day on the road today as we leave Villa Mar and travel for 9-hours through spectacular landscapes to Ojo de Perdiz, with a picnic lunch included today.
 
After an early departure, after 2-hours we arrive at the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (REA) where we visit the Green Lagoon. Moving sediments in this lake contain copper minerals, which produce its brilliant emerald colour. REA has been declared a RAMSAR birding site of international significance, as over 30,000 flamingos nest here at over 14,000 ft (4,278 m).
 
We continue to the hot springs of Polques, where you will have the opportunity to bathe in these hot waters, before driving to the sulpher springs of Sol de Mañana (Morning Sun), with their steaming mud pools and boiling mud lakes that emit pressurised steam. This area is known for its intense volcanic activity and at times you can see geysers shooting into the sky over 150 ft (50 m).
 
Continuing our journey, we travel across the amazing landscapes of the Siloli Desert until we reach the tiny desert hamlet of Ojo de Perdiz.
Day 5
Another full day on the road today, as we travel 8-hours to the famous Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats and on to Colchani.
 
We set out northwards travelling past two smaller salt water lakes - Lake Hedionda (meaning 'stinking lake') and Lake Cañapa, before branching eastwards towards the dramatic rocky scenery of the Valley of Alota.  
 
Continuing across the Andean Highlands, we drive through the small villages of San Agustin and San Juan towards Chuvica on the eastern edge of the great Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Here we admire the astonishing scenery before crossing to Isla Incahuasi, a rocky outcrop of land that was once an island, now situated in the heart of the salt flats and populated with giant cacti that grow to over 33 ft (10 m).
 
After a spectacular day, we travel to the small village of Colchani where the locals produce salt. Here we enjoy a wonderful desert sunset.
Day 6
Transfer to Uyuni Airport for your onward flight.

This morning you will be met at La Paz Airport by your guide for your scenic 4-hour transfer through the Andean Highlands to the town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
 
On arrival we visit the church with its famous shrine to the Virgen of Copacabana, the patron saint of Bolivia.
 
We then board the 1-hour catamaran to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca empire. We stop at Huacani for an included 'aptapi' (typical highlands lunch) before continuing by boat to the ruins of the Pilkokaina Inca temple.
 
Afterwards enjoy a 1-hour hike to La Estancia, for wonderful views over Lake Titicaca.
Day 7
Rise early today to see a magnificent sunrise over Lake Titicaca, as we hike down through the village of Yumani to the Inca garden, steps and 'Water of Eternal Youth' fountain. You can also visit the Ekako underground museum, with its traditional medicine and reed shipbuilders displays, handicraft centre and Pachamama agricultural terraces. Also look out for a variety of Andean camelids.
 
Afterwards we travel by boat to see the Chincana Ruins and Sacred Rock; the Island of the Moon and the Inca ruins of the Iñak Uyu temple, before returning to Copacabana harbour.
 
From here enjoy the scenic 4-hour drive through the Andean Highlands to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world at over 11,900 ft (3,600 m). Check in and enjoy views of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Illimani.
Day 8
Transfer to La Paz Airport for your flight home.

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