The landscapes and vistas in Bolivia are truly matchless. This landlocked Andean nation boasts some of the most extreme, diverse topographies on the planet. At a dizzying 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) above sea level, La Paz is a city amongst the clouds, with snow-capped mountains framing the expanse of the metropolitan area. Pristine Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, is so grand it almost looks like an ocean from its shores. The Salar de Uyuni is iconic in its otherworldly splendor, and Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve is not only visually spectacular, but filled with a fascinating mix of flora and fauna. Bolivia’s rusticity can make it testing as a destination to travel in, but the rewards are plentiful for seasoned travellers with a sense of adventure. This itinerary, Highlights of Bolivia, takes you through Bolivia’s most incredible sights and is designed to take your breath away.
- Transport yourself to another world with the mystical landscape of the Moon Valley
- Gawk at the mesmerizing white expanse of the Salt flats of Uyuni, a photographer's paradise
- Immerse yourself the dazzling colors of the Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde in Eduardo Avaroa National Park
Day 1 La Paz Arrival in La Paz. Overnight at ATIX.
Day 2 La Paz City tour of La Paz, taking in the Witches’ Market, Museum of Ethnography and (optional extra) Salar Gallery. Table reservation at Ali Pacha. Then visit the Moon Valley. Overnight at ATIX.
Day 3 La Paz - Lake Titicaca Transfer to Copacabana on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Cruise to Moon Island and visit the ruins of the Iñak Uyu and Sun Island. Dinner and overnight at Posada del Inca Eco Lodge.
Day 4 Lake Titicaca - La Paz Visit the Inca Grand Stairs and Sacred Fountain then cruise to Cocotoni. Back to La Paz with dinner at acclaimed restaurant Gustu. Overnight ATIX.
Day 5 La Paz - Uyuni Domestic flight to Uyuni. Visit the train Cemetery and Siloli Desert. Overnight at Tayka Hotel.
Day 6 Eduardo Avaroa National Park See the highlights of Eduardo Avaroa National Park: Laguna Colorada, Sol de Mañana Geysers, and Laguna Verde.
Day 7 Uyuni Full day excursion to Salar de Uyuni with a picnic lunch on the shores of the Salar. Evening stargazing. Dinner and overnight at Luna Salada.
Day 8 Uyuni - La Paz Transfer to the airport for a local flight to La Paz. Departure via international flight.
An English-speaking Aracari representative will greet you at your international arrival with a customized welcome pack, complete with a booklet of your trip itinerary and other useful information. You will then be whisked off to your hotel in La Paz and assisted with all check-in procedures. Once you have settled in, your guide will pay a visit to go over your program while you enjoy a light lunch.
Guided City Tour of La Paz
The city of La Paz and its surroundings are rife with a living history where indigenous, colonial, and modern customs collide, all under the watch of the majestic Illimani mountain. Peruse the Witch's Market, where mysterious treasures await around every corner. During the morning, take a short break for salteñas, a savoury Bolivian baked empanada. During your tour of La Paz, stop for a visit to the impressive Museum of Ethnography and Folklore which showcases regional particularities and unique characteristics of the many cultures of Bolivia.
Optional visit at extra cost: A visit to Salar Gallery where you can meet the owner, Gastón Ugalde, or the gallery curator, his son Mariano Ugalde. Gastón Ugalde is Bolivia’s most celebrated living artist, considered a visual arts leader in the region and referred to by critics as the ‘Andean Warhol’. Salar is a gallery that operates on a global scale and represents a select group of international contemporary artists. The gallery showcases a 50 year retrospective of Ugalde’s own work, along with carefully curated work from international artists.
Enjoy lunch at Ali Pacha (table reservation), meaning Universe of Plants in the native Aymara language, this exciting new restaurant has a menu entirely based on plant products, with the aim of showcasing under-used produce and championing micro-producers from around Bolivia. (Table reservation only – meal and drinks own cost).
In the afternoon, continue to the Moon Valley, a series of polychromatic clay formations created by the persistent wind and water erosion of the area's mountains.
La Paz– Lake Titicaca
Guided Visit of Iñak Uyu & Transfer to Isla del Sol
After an early breakfast, you will embark on your private overland transfer to the charming city of Copacabana. Upon arrival, visit the shrine and local market with your guide. Take a hydrofoil cruise to the picturesque Moon Island to visit the ruins of the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu,” where the most beautiful Inca maids were sent to keep an eternal sacred fire lit and eventually become the wives of the Inca nobles. Continue to Sun Island to visit the Pilcocaina Sun Temple, said to be the birthplace of the Inca Empire. Enjoy a 45-minute walk, surrounded by cheery llamas, to your hotel, where you will be served lunch upon arrival. Spend the afternoon at your leisure to explore the bucolic surroundings. Dinner at Posada del Inca Ecolodge.
Lake Titicaca - La Paz
Guided tour of Isla del Sol & Transfer from Isla del Sol to La Paz
Early breakfast and your morning at leisure. Around noon, walk down by the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain to taste the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Enjoy lunch at the Uma Kollu archaeological restaurant and visit the small handicraft market before taking a hydrofoil cruise to Cocotoni Bay, where you will make an overland transfer to Huatajata. From there, you will return to La Paz by private car, enjoying views of the lake and the Andes along the way.
Tonight enjoy dinner at leading restaurant Gustu (table reservation), from the founder of Denmark's acclaimed two-Michelin star restaurant, Noma.
La Paz - Uyuni
Flight from La Paz to Uyuni
After breakfast, transfer from your hotel in La Paz to the airport, where you will take a flight to Uyuni. Your guide will greet you at the airport and take you to the small town's Train Cemetery, the eerily fascinating resting place of the freights that once passed through the area. After exploring the rusty metal hulls, spend the day amongst the rolling dunes of the Siloli Desert, where the seemingly miraculous Arbol de Piedra stands rooted amidst the vast expanse of sand. Visit the Kañapa, Hedionda, Charcota and Honda lagoons, each exceptional in its own way.
Uyuni - Villamar
Full day at Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
Today you will explore Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, which features some of the most stunning sights in the area. The topography with the boundaries of the park is spectacularly diverse, with lakes, salt pans, volcanoes, snow-capped peaks, and plains mingling amongst thermal springs, algae-rich rivers, and geothermal geysers. The local fauna, some of which are endangered, have adapted to the extreme living conditions in this region. First visit the Laguna Colorada, characterized by its flocks of flamingoes and the red tone of its waters. Continue to “Sol de Mañana” Geysers, with intensely active fumaroles and volcanic craters filling with boiling lava. Finally, make your way to Laguna Verde, which looks like a liquid emerald varying between shades of turquoise and green.
Villamar - Uyuni
Overland transfer to Uyuni. Full day at Salar de Uyuni.
After breakfast, make an overland transfer to Uyuni. Spend the day at the largest salt flat on Earth, Salar de Uyuni, with stunning sceneries unmatched anywhere else in the world. The surreal pentagons of crystalline salt, the endless sky, and the vivid lagoons peppered with cacti and flamingos, will certainly make you feel that there is no place like this in the whole world. When the salt flats have a layer of water on them, they act as natural mirror, reflecting the sky for a fantastic visual display. During your trip to the Salar, you will visit Incahuasi Island and explore the area with cacti towering over you. After a picnic lunch in a secluded spot, you will continue north to the village of Coquesa, where you will see the impressive Thunupa Volcano rising in front of you. To finish off the day, you will be able to enjoy a gorgeous sunset over the salt flats before arriving at the Luna Salada hotel for the evening.
At night optionally enjoy stargazing. The unobstructed expanse of the isolated salt flats makes night-time stargazing a truly spellbinding experience, as the full breadth and immensity of the night sky can be observed and appreciated.
Uyuni - La Paz
Transfer from Uyuni to La Paz & International departure
Early breakfast and early departure to the airport for your domestic flight to La Paz. An Aracari representative will be waiting for you at the airport in La Paz to assist with your international departure.
Itinerary pricing as of 2017
Pricing Info - US$3,998
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- Based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy
- Price is per person for this 8-day itinerary
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This itinerary is based on two people travelling together in double or twin occupancy, excluding flights (international and domestic).
- Includes all specified services in the itinerary description
- All transfers and entrance fees
- A welcome pack on arrival including: a pre-loaded cell phone to contact your travel consultant at any time, a printed booklet packed with insider tips alongside your detailed itinerary and up-to-date recommendations on dining and shopping
- Hand-selected English-speaking guides
- Specialist guides (where noted)
- 24-hour support from our locally based team
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