- UNESCO World Heritage: Inca ruins of Samaipata, Cities of Sucre & Potosí, Ruins of Tiwanaku
- Tarabuco – Traditional Indian Market near Sucre!
- Uyuni Salt Falts: over 12.000 km2 pure salt! Largest Salt Flats in the World!
- Discover the colored volcanoes and lagoons of Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve!
- La Paz – will take your breath away!
- Titicaca Lake – Highest navigable Lake in the World!
- Duration: 13 days
- Arrival: Daily
- Departure: Daily
- Destinations: Salta, Humamahuaca, Uyuni, San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley.
|Day 1||Arrival in Santa Cruz||—||Santa Cruz|
|Day 2||Santa Cruz – Samaipata||(B) (L)||Santa Cruz|
|Day 3||Santa Cruz – Sucre – City tour||(B) (L)||Sucre|
|Day 4||Tarabuco market||(B) (L)||Sucre|
|Day 5||Sucre – Potosi – Cerro Rico Mines||(B)||Potosi|
|Day 6||Potosi – Short City Tour – Uyuni – Colchani||(B) (L) (D)||Uyuni|
|Day 7||Uyuni Saltflats – San Juan||(L) (D)||Uyuni|
|Day 8||San Juan – REA – Villamar||(L) (D)||Villamar|
|Day 9||Villamar – Alota – Uyuni – La Paz||(B) (L) (D)||La Paz|
|Day 10||Tiwanaku – City Tour||(B) (L)||La Paz|
|Day 11||La Paz – Copacabana – Boat to Island of the Sun – Hike to Ecolodge La Estancia||(B) (L) (D)||La Estancia|
|Day 12||La Chincana – Island of the Moon – Copacabana – La Paz||(B) (L) (D)||La Paz|
|Day 13||Flight to your next Destination||(B)|
Day 01: Transfer in Santa Cruz – pm. City Tour (half day)
Private transfer from Viru Viru International airport to hotel. Afternoon 3 hours tour to the most attractive and affluent sites of our city: visit to the zoo where regional fauna and various endangered species can be seen. Museums, principal monuments, residential neighborhoods, and La Recoba handcraft market.
Day 02: Santa Cruz – Samaipata (full day)
Trip through the Amazon plains and last branches of the Andes range. Visit the Samaipata ruins, majestic and mysterious pre-Inca ruins, located in the top of a hill with a big ceremonial center carved in the stones. Finally, to Samaipata, a stroll of town and its local museum. Return to Santa Cruz.
Day 03: Santa Cruz – Sucre – pm City Tour (half day)
Flight to Sucre (colonial city, declared Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO) with both transfers. Pm city tour. This tour includes the visit of: Casa de la Libertad, where the Act of Independence of Bolivia was signed in 1825; Bolivar Park, to see examples of the aristocratic tradition of Sucre, with small replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc of Triumph of Paris; the church and museum of La Recoleta, and the museum of Indian Textiles ASUR.
Day 04: Tarabuco market (Full day)
Tarabuco is 78 km/48 miles – 1 hour from Sucre. This colorful village has without a doubt the best traditional Indian Market of South America. They have a big fair every Sunday that had become the primary economic and social activity of the local people. The clothing of the Tarabuqueño men and women (quechua speaking) has not changed since Inca times. Their weavings are among the best in technique, quality and color.
Day 05: Sucre – Potosi – Cerro Rico Mines (half day)
Trip by regular bus following different valleys to ascend through the highlands to the city of Potosi, declared a Cultural and Natural Heritage site by the UNESCO. Pm Cerro Rico Mines. This excursion allows the visitors to experience an unforgettable trip hundreds of meters underground, to see the living and working conditions of the Bolivian miners (protective clothing and helmets are provided). The silver mine is in the famous Cerro Rico, once the richest of the world.
Day 06: Potosi – Short City Tour – Uyuni – Colchani
Morning visit to the traditional colonial streets, San Francisco and San Lorenzo churches. Lunch or Box Lunch included. Afternoon Bus trip to Uyuni, crossing branches of the Andes range, old mining centers and villages, with nice landscapes and Indian communities. Arrival and transfer to Colchani. Overnight in a salt hotel.
Day 07: Uyuni Saltflats – San Juan
Trip to the Great Salt Flats, on the way you’ll see the village of Colchani, where we are going to visit an artisanal salt processing plant, also you’ll watch the salt extraction methods. Continue the trip to Incahuasi Island (also known as Fish Island) where you will see the amazing giant cactus. Lunch. Visit Pucara de Ayque and continue to San Juan.
Day 08: San Juan – REA – Villamar
LONG DAY! Early morning trip entering the REA (National Reserve Eduardo Abaroa), visiting Laguna Colorada (2 hours), declared a RAMSAR site due to the nesting of over 30,000 flamingos at 4,278 m. Then up to geysers “Sol de Mañana”, pass alongside Challviri lagoon, with its hot spring in the shores of Polques. Cross through the high desert of Pampas de Dali, with amazing views, to finally reach Laguna Verde (3 hours), in the foothills of the Licancabur Mountain. After that, all the way back north to Villamar.
Day 09: Villamar – Alota – Uyuni – La Paz
After breakfast visit the Cave Paintings and Fort of Tomás Lakjas. Continue to Uyuni, visiting on the way the Rocks Valley and going through Alota and San Cristobal villages. Lunch and transfer out to the airport for your flight to La Paz. Arrival in La Paz and transfer to your hotel.
Day 10: Tiwanaku (half day) – City Tour (Half day)
Trip to Tiwanaku (72 km) passing the highlands, one of the oldest American cultures, considered the cradle of the American man. Visit the temple of Kalasasaya, Gate of the Sun, monoliths Ponce and Fraile, Akapana pyramid and Semiunderground temple, as well as the local museums. Return to La Paz and ride down from El Alto to the downtown with the new cable car. This trip is a must for everyone!
City tour including street markets, rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft artifacts. Then San Francisco church, Murillo square with the Congress, Government palaces and Cathedral.
Day 11: La Paz – Copacabana – Boat to Island of the Sun – Hike to Ecolodge La Estancia
Shared transportation going north through the highlands and parallel to the Andes Royal Range to Copacabana (3 ½ hours), a nice town in the shores of Lake Titicaca. Visit the famous Virgen Morena and its church, have a stroll of town. Take the boat to the Island of the Sun (1 hour), land in Huacani port, have a typical lunch “Aptapi”. Hike for about 45 min to overnight in Ecolodge La Estancia.
Day 12: La Chincana – Island of the Moon – Copacabana – La Paz
DON’T MISS A GREAT SUNRISE! Boat to La Chincana (1 hour), to see this great Inca ruins, continue in boat to the Moon Island, visit the Iñak Uyu ruins (1 ½ hours), boat to Copacabana (1 hours). Transportation to La Paz (3 ½ hours). With a cable car ride from El Alto to the downtown. This trip is a must for everyone!
Day 13: Transfer out
Transfer to El Alto Airport.
- Services and meals included as mentioned in the program
- Include all the entrances fee and contributions
- Shared service
- Accommodation as mentioned in the program
- Anything not listed in the program
- Add TKT Santa Cruz – Sucre USD 85.- net per person (price subject to change without previous advice)
- Add TKT Uyuni – La Paz USD 170.- net per person (price subject to change without previous advice)
DATES 2017: Arrival in Santa Cruz every Thursday!
Local guides (English & German) will be provided.
SIC services: DAY 5: Bus Sucre – Potosi. DAY 6: Bus Potosí – Uyuni. DAY 11: Bus La Paz – Copacabana.
To reach the Ecolodge La Estancia will have a smooth walk of an hour and a half, and to leave it there is walk down od half of an hour.
Museums in La Paz, Sucre and Potosí close 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.
Winter Season (June, July August): water may freeze in the pipes and could take several minutes to heat up.
As roads Uyuni Region and south are not paved, we will use 4×4 cars, each one with a maximum of 4 passengers. To avoid high costs, guide and / or TC will go in the back part of the cars if it will be necessary.