Our Highlights of Bolivia tour will enable you to explore this landlocked country in its full glory. Named after Simon Bolivar who in 1825 helped it win its independence from Spain, it is history such as this that makes traveling through the enigmatic Bolivia worthwhile. From its rich Andean and ancient culture to the rugged beauty of the Salt Flats of Uyuni and its inspiring landscapes, no visitor can leave here unmoved. Don’t forget your camera as you embark on your 7 day adventure exploring such rich cultural and memorable locations as La Paz, Uyuni, Potosi and Sucre, some of the highest cities in the world. Visit the mysterious ruins of Tiwanaku, thought to be the oldest city in the world. Travel the paths of intrepid explorers such as the Spanish conquistadors and the many native inhabitants as you tour around this colorful and magical South American country. Your high Andes adventure begins here!
Price of the tour (per person) USD$: 1,290 / Single Supplement: UD$ 320
DAY 1: Welcome to Bolivia
After your arrival in La Paz, you will head to your hotel to drop off your luggage. Following a short break, you will undertake a walking tour to learn more about the city. The historic center of La Paz and Plaza Murillo provides an opportunity to savor many great buildings and sites including the cathedral and Iglesia San Francisco. The Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas contains many old costumes, dioramas, colonial artifacts and photographs representing the history of this turbulent city. The Museo de Metalas Preciosos (also known as Museo del Oro) contains an impressive collection of Pre-Colombian precious metals and ancient archeological pieces. The witches’ market is full of witches (of course!), folk doctors and medicine women selling their wares providing lots of colorful photo opportunities. Overnight stay in La Paz to relax and unwind.
DAY 2: An ancient city state: Tiwanaku!
After breakfast you will set off on a tour to Tiwanaku, a Pre-columbian site which was once home to the people of the same name. This complex was originally the capital of a large empire which stretched into both Peru and Chile. After a visit of the archeological park, you will return to La Paz. Enjoy a quiet evening in the city of La Paz.
DAY 3. Salar de Uyuni awaits
Today you head to the airport for your La Paz-Uyuni flight and the start of your Salar de Uyuni adventure. The Salar de Uyuni presents you with a memorable view of the salt flats allowing you the chance to take some spectacular photographs. You will visit the abandoned trains and rail cars in the aptly named train cemetery and explore the first salt made hotel in the Salar. Your tour will continue on to the salt refinery in Colchani and conclude on Isla Incahuasi, a former island in the middle of the salt flat containing coral like structures from approximately 40,000 years ago when the area was submerged underwater. Lunch is provided during the tour and you will spend an overnight stay in Uyuni.
DAY 4. Enter Potosí
After breakfast, you will transfer to the bus terminal to board the bus for your Uyuni-Potosi leg. You will check in to your hotel for your overnight stay in Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world.
DAY 5. Potosi City Tour
Today will have the opportunity to visit the National Mint and take a tour the legendary Cerro Rico mine in Potosi. Following this adventurous day you will catch the Potosi-Sucre bus for your overnight stay in Sucre.
DAY 6. Elegant Sucre
Wake up feeling refreshed so you can commence your city tour after breakfast. You will walk to La Recoleta and visit its Museo del Claustro as well as Museo Charcas, which houses three museums in one; the anthropological, the colonial and modern art. Casa de la Libertad will provide you with a glimpse of the nation’s pride. It was here in this very building, when in 1852 the republic was created with the country’s signing of the Bolivian declaration of independence. You will have the chance to finish up your souvenir shopping and sample the local cuisine with your free afternoon. Enjoy your last night of the 7 day Bolivia extension classic tour.
DAY 7. Time flies
You will say your final farewells at breakfast, after which you will transfer to the airport for your Sucre-La Paz flight. You will transfer to the city tour at which point your tour will end.
The Tour Includes
- La Paz-Uyuni
- Sucre-La Paz
- Bus service:
- Private transfers in and out of airports and bus terminals
- Tourist transportation during the excursions
- All entrance tickets listed in the programme
- Private services (private English speaking guide and private transportation):
- La Paz: La Paz City Tour, Plaza Murillo, Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas, Iglesia San Francisco, Museo de Metalas Preciosos, Tiwanaku ruins
- Potosí: National mint, Cerro Rico mine
- Sucre: Sucre City Tour, La Recoleta, Museo del Claustro, Museo Charcas, Casa de la Libertad
- Group service on a 4×4 with driver in Spanish (private English speaking guide and private transportation):
- Salar de Uyuni: Train cemetery, salt hotel, salt refinery, Isla Incahuasi
- All tours conducted with professional English-speaking guides
- Lunch: Salar de Uyuni
- International airfares to Cusco and from La Paz
- Other meals not listed
- Personal expenses including telephone bills, laundry expenses, etc.
- Insurance against such incidences as theft and loss
- Other non-specified extras not included