Duration: 15 days
highlights: CULTURe-ADVENTURE
LOCATION: BOLIVIA

DAY 1. Arrival Santa Cruz or La Paz:

Assistance is provided at the airport with transfers to hotel. Free day to relax and acclimatise.
01 NIGHT IN SANTA CRUZ OR LA PAZ 

DAY 2. Santa Cruz –Sucre (flight)

Sucre airport is located at 45 minutes from the city centre and the view of the city on descent is enchanting. Later we will do a visit to the city . This visit to the city of Sucre allows us to get to know the most representative sites of the capital. In the morning the visit begins with the Recoleta Mirador (lookout point), the Museum of the Recoleta, then the ASUR Textile Museum, which is one of the best collections of textiles in the Bolivian valley region. We will go on to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the museum of the Merced, the Church of San Lázaro, Santo Domingo, the Casa de la Libertad, the patio of the University of San Francisco Xavier, and the Parque Bolivar where many important monuments are located. Also, after enjoying a traditional lunch in a typical restaurant we will visit the Convent of San Felipe Nery. At the end of the afternoon we will move on to the General Cemetery where we can have a look at different mausoleums containing the remains of famous Bolivians.
01 NIGHT IN SUCRE  

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DAY 3. Sucre – Tarabuco – Sucre

Early in the morning we will drive from Sucre to Tarabuco, that is a small village of people from the Yampara ethnic group and is 60 km from Sucre. It is one of the Bolivian valleys’ most well-preserved villages as seen through the locals’ colourful textiles and traditional dress. The colour red predominates local dress and their impressive ponchos.
On Sundays the community has a fair, which is one of the main economic and social activities as people from other outlying communities gather in Tarabuco to exchange, and buy and sell their goods and socialise.
You will be able to see how this centuries-old culture has lasted throughout time.
01 NIGHT IN SUCRE 

DAY 4. Sucre – Potosi

During this day you will enjoy seeing how the climate and vegetation changes as you leave the Andean highlands and descend to the valley on the way we will ascend to 4,067meters above sea level; Potosi was consider in the Colonial period as one of the most important cities in the World.
01 NIGHT IN POTOSI 

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DAY 5: POTOSÍ

Potosí is an hostoric colonial and mining town. After breakfast begins with a journey to the miners’ market, where we will observe the equipment used by the miners to extract silver and other minerals. Then we will go into one of the mines in the Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) of Potosí to observe work going on inside the mine itself. At the end of the visit we will have lunch, and in the afternoon visit Potosí’s most representative sites: the Church of San Francisco, the Tower of the Company of Jesus and the Convent of Santa Teresa.
01 NIGHT IN POTOSI  

DAY 6. Potosí – Uyuni

As we travel from Potosí to Uyuni you will be able to see fabulous highland panoramas. The ride takes around 3 hours, arrival and relax.
01 NIGHT IN UYUNI TOWN  

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DAY 7. Uyuni – Colchani-Hotel Luna Salada (Salt flats):

After breakfast we will embark on our trip to Salt Lake of Uyuni to enjoy the salt flats, whose salt crust covers over 12,000 km², and where you will see salt piles (each weighing 1 tonne), salt blocks and the ‘eyes’ of the salt lake. We will also visit Incahuasi Island, with stunning views over the salt lake, and walk through the cactus valley.
After enjoying a delicious lunch in the middle of the salt flats see the Coquesa mummies and Chantani museum and learn about the local culture. Return to the hotel across the world’s largest salt flats.
NB.- During the rainy season it is impossible to venture far onto the salt flats to see these attractions; we will only be able to go 5 km in from Colchani. The full day programme will concentrate on enjoying the reflection of the water on the salt flats and taking photos.
01 NIGHT IN UYUNI SALT HOTEL  

DAY 8. Colchani – Ojo de PerdiZ

Set out early for the deserts and lakes of the region leaving the salt flats behind and moving across the majestic highland area to look out at spectacular mountains and hills over whimsical landscapes where the llamas and vicuñas welcome you to wending streams and an insight into the day to day life of the locals of the area. On the way we will continue on through the Siloli Desert to the Stone Tree and pass the Blanca, Hedionda, Chiarcota and Ramaditas lagoons to relax and have lunch prepared by our team.
01 NIGHT IN OJO DE PERDIZ 

DAY 9. Ojo de Perdiz – Uyuni

From Ojo de Perdiz we will go to Laguna Colorada while watching three species of flamingos dance to welcome a new day; later we will discover the Geysers, Sol de Mañana, the hot springs of Polques and Laguna Verde in the south of Bolivia almost on the border with Chile. The Licancabur Volcano stands guard over the shimmering emerald-green Laguna Verde which changes with the movement of the sun, return to Uyuni.
NB.- Going from Laguna Verde to Uyuni takes over 6 hours making this a long, tiring day.
01 NIGHT IN UYUNI SALT HOTEL 

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DAY 10. Uyuni – La Paz (flight)

La Paz average altitude is 3,577m, transfer out from Uyuni to the airport and then from La Paz Airport to the Hotel, Free day.
01 NIGHT IN LA PAZ  

DAY 11. La Paz

Exploring the city of La Paz is a like wandering into a world of magic. La Paz sits in a bowl and looks different from each angle you approach it from. As you tour the city you will get a feel for the social and economic vibe best experienced as you fly through the sky on the city’s cable car. On the city tour of La Paz, at over 3,600 m.a.s.l. visit some of the city’s most important highlights: the San Francisco Church, the Witches’ Market, and museums in the vicinity. Then we will go up to the Plaza Murillo, where the Legislative and Government Palaces are, and on to a replica of the Semi-subterranean Temple of Tiwanaku. A 20-minute ride will take us through the city’s residential areas and down to the Valley of the Moon, an eerie landscape of natural geological formations. Dropping down 400 m, the southern zone of the city of La Paz is at a lower altitude and is an ideal place to shop for alpaca clothing, fine jewellery and other luxury items. .
01 NIGHT IN LA PAZ 

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DAY 12. La Paz - Copacabana

After breakfast we travel by private car from the city of La Paz to the small town of Copacabana, on Lake Titikaka, crossing the highland plain with a fabulous view of the Cordillera Real mountain range before coming to Lake Titikaka and the town of Copacabana, which is the most important pilgrimage site in Bolivia where the faithful go to pray to the Blessed Virgin of the Candelaria. Despite being a region heavily influenced by the Catholic religion, there is still much Inca culture to be seen. Take a private motor boat to the Island of the Sun to climb the Inca Steps and stop at the Fountain of Eternal Youth. You will be able to see traditional Andean agricultural systems (terraces) and marvel at the majestic Andes mountain range and Lake Titikaka. Later return to Copacabana to enjoy lunch and look around the town.
01 NIGHT IN COPACABANA

DAY 13. Copacabana - Pariti - La Paz

From the lakeside town of Copacabana by private vehicle to Huatajata , where we will take a boat to Pariti,where in 2005 archaeologist Jedu Sagarnaga discovered ceramics dating back to 500-900 AD. there will be a chance to learn about the ancient burial site. At the end of the day return to La Paz.
01 NIGHT IN LA PAZ 

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DAY 14: TiwanakU

Tiwanaku, one of Latin America’s most famous historical sites. Tiwanaku was established as a culture around 500 years before the rise of the Incas, and the empire lasted for several centuries. The ceremonial site you will visit is part of a citadel that is yet to be explored. The pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku are a splendid example of one of America’s most important cultures. Some of the well-preserved examples of the Tiwanaku culture that you will see and learn about on the site are the Gateway of the Sun, the Pyramid of Akapana, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Semi-subterranean Temple, and you will have the chance to visit the archaeological site’s museum to see pieces of unmeasurable wealth and understand with your guide’s help the relation between Tiwanaku and other empires and connections with the world of that time. ou will have the chance to see the remains of the Pumapunku Pyramid, one of Tiwanaku’s four most prized structures. Many of the stones used to build the pyramid weigh over 500 tonnes, and were brought from quarries over 8 km away. These stones have been cut perfectly and have withstood the ravages of the elements. Your guide will introduce you to the different theories surrounding the site before taking you out to the fields to appreciate the Inca raised-bed fields – “sukakollos”. At the end of the day transfer to La Paz.
01 NIGHT IN LA PAZ  

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DAY 15. Transfer out

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SUGGESTED HOTELS

COMFORT

SANTA CRUZ: HOTEL CORTEZ

SUCRE: DE SU MERCED

POTOSI: COLOSO

UYUNI: LUNA SALADA or PALACIO DE SAL

DESERTS: OJO DE PERDIZ

UYUNI TOWN: JARDINES or TAMBO AYMARA

LA PAZ: LA CASONA

SUPERIOR

SANTA CRUZ: LOS TAJIBOS

SUCRE: PARADOR SANTA MARIA

POTOSI: CAYARA

UYUNI: LUNA SALADA or PALACIO DE SAL

DESERTS: OJO DE PERDIZ

UYUNI TOWN: JARDINES or TAMBO AYMARA

LA PAZ: CASA GRANDE

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