In this tour, enjoy everything from the: Ruins of Tiwanaku, a UNESCO World Heritage nominee; La Paz which will take your breath away; the Uyuni Salt Falts that makes over over 12.000 km2 of pure salt and is the largest Salt Flat in the world; and finally Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable Lake in the world!
- Duration: 6 days
- Arrival: Daily
- Departure: Daily
- Destinations: La Paz, Uyuni, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca
|Day 1||Arrival in La Paz||—||La Paz|
|Day 2||Tiawanacu & Valley Moon Tour||(B) (L)||La Paz|
|Day 3||La Paz / Uyuni||(B) (L) (D)||Uyuni|
|Day 4||Uyuni / La Paz / Copacabana / Sun Island||(B) (L) (D)||Copacabana|
|Day 5||Copacabana / La Paz||(B) (L)||La Paz|
|Day 6||Flight to your next Destination||(B)|
Day 01: La Paz Airport Transportation to Hotel (Night)
El Alto airport is currently the highest international airport in the world at 4,080m/13.115 ft above sea level. We will provide transportation from airport to hotel, via a short highway, from which you can settle in, and enjoy a nice evening view of the sparkling city lights.
Day 02: Tiwanaku Ruins (Half Day) & City Tour and Valley of the Moon (Half Day)
Tiwanaku is a 1½ hours drive from La Paz (72 km/45 miles). Throughout the drive, you will be able to see the highlands as they are passed as well as the Aymaran way of life. Tiwanaku dates back to 1580BC – 1200AC, was one of the most important pre-Inca civilizations and is considered to be among the most developed at the time. The main attractions visited during this tour include:
- the Kalasasaya temple and the Gate of the Sun constructed out of stone;
- Ponce and Fraile monoliths;
- the Akapana pyramid and the semi-underground temple;
- two local museums to view pottery, stonework and learn about the culture are also included on this trip.
We will then return to La Paz. In the afternoon, take a four hour city tour through La Paz. La Paz, elected as one of the 7 Wonder Cities in the World, is located in a valley at the foothills of the Andes range, situated at 3,632m / 11942 ft above sea level. The tour will weave through the street markets, rich in handicrafts, weaving and witchcraft items. We will visit the colonial section of the city including:
- San Francisco Church;
- Gold Museum;
- Murillo Square;
- The viewpoint “Mirador de Killi Killi”;
- And the outdoor replica of Tiwanaku temple.
Then we will descend into the more modern, southern part of La Paz to reach and visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion.
Day 03: La Paz to Uyuni Salt flats
Transportation provided to the airport to make flight to Uyuni. Meeting at Uyuni’s airport upon arrival. At 10:00 a.m. we will depart from Uyuni to the visit the great salt flats. Along our journey we will visit:
- The train cemetery where the remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives are;
- Colchani, the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction;
- Incahuasi Island (known as Fish Island), where we will explore a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by giant cactus up to 10 meters high;
- And then, we will continue north to the mummies of Pukara de Ayque fort.
At an appropriate time, we will go back to the Uyuni village.
Day 04: Colchani – Uyuni – La Paz – Copacabana – Sun Island
We will travel from Colchani to Uyuni’s airport to take a flight back to La Paz. On arrival to La Paz, we will have a brief meeting in the airport before starting our next adventure. Our next trip with include private transportation as we head north through the highlands, later to drive alongside Lake Titicaca, and parallel to the Andes Royal Range until Copacabana (3 ½ hours), a pleasant town in the shores of Lake. We will visit the church and the famous “Virgen Morena” in Copacabana. Later, taking a trip by boat crossing the lake to the Island of the Sun (1 hour) until Huacani to have an Aptapi (typical lunch in the highlands). This trip continues by boat up till to the ruins of Pilkokaina Inca temple. Finally we will hike to La Estancia, accompanied by a wonderful view of Lake Titicaca (1 hour approximately).
Day 05: La Chincana – Moon island – Copacabana – Cable car ride – La Paz
DON’T MISS THE GREAT SUNRISE! Once your up and running, we will take a boat to La Chincana (1 hour), where w will see great Inca ruins. We will then continue by boat (1 hour) to the Moon Island, where we will visit the Iñak Uyu ruins. Then we will take a boat to Copacabana (1 ½ hour). Finally, we will take transportation back La Paz (3 ½ hours). There will be a cable car ride (Teleférico) from El Alto City to La Paz; this is a great choice of transportation as you will be able to discover excellent and beautiful views of La Paz. Honestly, it is a must for everyone visiting and has the opportunity!
Day 06: Transportation to the airport
Pick-up from hotel and transportation to the airport. Ascending to El Alto, there will be a nice view of La Paz.
- Services and meals included as mentioned in the program
- English speaking guides
- All entrances fee and contributions included
- Private services
- Accommodation as mentioned in the program
- Anything not listed in the program
- Additional cost for TKT La Paz – Uyuni – La Paz of $340 USD net per person (price subject to change without previous notice)
Other hotel categories at request. Local guides will be provided. Tour Leader throughout the route at request. Museums in La Paz closed on Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon and all day on Mondays. Rainy season: (November to April) Roads might be in bad shape. Uyuni Salt flats are flooded. Access to Pucara de Ayque or Incahuasi might be difficult or impossible. Program might have to be changed due to these reasons. As roads Uyuni Region are not paved, we will use 4×4 cars, each one with a maximum of 4 passengers. To avoid high costs, guide and / or Tour Leader will go in the back part of the cars if necessary. To reach the Ecolodge La Estancia will have to walk of an hour and a half there, as well as an half of an hour upon return.