Bolivia Highlights

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Explore the best of Bolivia on this adventure through lively cities, breathtaking scenery and colourful market towns. From the extreme elevation of bustling La Paz through the history of Potosi and Sucre, and on to the surreal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, there’s a diverse mix of adventures and activities that deliver excitement, intrigue and pleasure. Discover the highlights of this fascinating part of South America and be swept away by the colour and beauty flourishing in this corner of the world.

Trip Name
Bolivia Highlights
Last Updated
2020-01-18
Days
11
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • See the many different sides to Bolivia in La Paz and let the city’s weird and wacky Witches Market cast a spell over you.
  • Empty, haunting and spectacular, the laws of earthly physics bend on the surreal Salar de Uyuni saltpan – experience it on a three-day 4WD adventure across the rocky Atacama Desert.
  • Choose to explore the extra-terrestrial landscapes of Valle de la Luna, a maze of canyons and colossal clay spires that feels like the surface of the Moon.
  • Discover the heart of Bolivia in the elegant colonial architecture and immaculately landscaped gardens of historical Sucre.
  • Delve into the steep streets and Spanish colonial architecture of Potosi – once one of the richest cities in the world.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - La Paz
Kamisaki! At around 3600 metres, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world in La Paz. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of industry – the country’s brain. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional. After a 2pm welcome meeting, enjoy an orientation walk with your leader and get to know the winding streets and pokey alleys. After the meeting, maybe head out into the city, situated in the middle of a vast volcanic crater. Breathe the ‘thin’ air, marvel at the vistas of buildings clinging to the canyonsides, and explore the lively streets like Calle Jaen.
Day 2 - La Paz – Uyuni
This morning, leave La Paz behind and travel by private vehicle to Uyuni – the gateway to Bolivia’s acclaimed salt flats. You’ll head off around 8.30 am this morning and will arrive late in the afternoon, so be sure to have a book or some podcasts ready, and some snacks on hand. Along your way, stop for some lunch with your group. Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like you've reached the end of the road, which in many ways is true. This remote small town sits on the edge of the high altiplano – a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile. Once arrived, check in and relax into your hotel in Uyuni town. Although basic, your accommodation for tonight is clean and comfortable, and may be the last time you’ll have a hot shower for a few days!
Day 3 - Salar de Uyuni
It’s sightseeing time! Uyuni is the starting point of your 4WD excursion into Salar de Uyuni and the Andean desert. This morning you will stop by the Train Cemetery, three kilometres outside of Uyuni Town, connected to it by the old train tracks, and see where families of abandoned locomotives rust slowly in the sun. The remainder of the day is spent mostly on the salt lake itself. Heaving with around ten billion tonnes of salt, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt plain. Endless blue skies meet endless white plains, and it's a pretty hypnotic sight – don't forget to snap loads of photos! You’ll also have time to visit an island of cacti in its centre that rises like a jagged reef in the desert. Known as Inca Wasi, or Fish Island, this fossil-strewn outcrop was once the top of an ancient volcano. After a big day of driving, you will arrive at your dormitory-style accommodation at around 6.30 pm. Settle in and enjoy an included dinner.
Day 4 - Salar de Uyuni
Continue driving through the incredible landscapes of the Andean Desert, with another day dedicated to its natural wonder. Today, you’ll reach an altitude of 4900 metres above sea level, so it’s not just the backdrops that will take your breath away! Visit Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde, lakes where algae and minerals have turned the waters a vivid red and green. One of the strangest sights in such arid and inhospitable land is the abundant wildlife, It's truly a photographer’s paradise. Look out for llamas, flamingos, vicunas, and foxes. Once all the sightseeing is over for another day, retire to your dormitory accommodation for a well-earned rest.
Day 5 - Salar de Uyuni – Uyuni
Bid a final farewell and snap some last-minute photos of the Bolivian salt flats with some time spent meandering your way through the desert while you head back to Uyuni for the night. Depending on the time you arrive back in town, you’ll have some time to explore (or relax!) at your own pace. Spend the night here, and perhaps find a local restaurant for some dinner and drinks with your travel crew.
Day 6 - Potosi
Today, say goodbye to Uyuni, and catch a local bus for about 4 hours along the scenic route to Potosi, where you’ll arrive in the early afternoon. Potosi has had a turbulent past, centred mostly around its mining successes and failures. Once the predominant supplier of silver to colonial-era Spain, Potosi briefly celebrated life as one of the richest cities in the world. Explore the architectural remnants of this period of industry on a leader-led orientation walk, then the afternoon and evening are yours. Perhaps visit the Santa Teresa Convent Museum to observe the art and treasures on display inside the convent’s original walls or the National Mint Museum.
Day 7 - Sucre
After a lazy morning to explore Potosi, take a local bus early in the afternoon and arrive in Sucre after approximately 4 hours, disembarking in the temperate valley city. Bolivia's official capital, Sucre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991 and has retained the flavour of its colonial heritage in its churches, museums and ancient mansions. Most of the town's colonial buildings have been whitewashed, earning it the nickname the 'White City'. On arrival, you'll have some free time to get your bearings of the city before you go for an optional dinner.
Day 8 - Sucre
Take a few days to explore Bolivia’s capital. After an orientation walk, compare shoe sizes with a dinosaur at Cal Orcko, where 68 million-year-old footprints have been discovered. This is the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world, over 12,000 of them! Then, you might like to visit the Museo de la Recoleta, a 400-year-old convent on top of the hill that provides great views over the city and is home to a fascinating collection of sculptures and paintings. Or maybe head to the Plaza 25 de Mayo to rub shoulders with Sucre's affluent residents and investigate the extravagant interior of the Senora de la Merced.
Day 9 - Sucre
Today, set out for an included hike along the ancient Pre-Incan path known as the Chataquila trek. The trek is relatively easy being that it is mostly downhill. On the way down enjoy the stunning views of the Andes and the valleys. In the afternoon, perhaps head up to Recoleta, an old convent on top of the hill, giving some great views of the city. Adrenaline junkies might also like to take to the surrounding peaks for some excellent mountain biking options or perhaps give hang gliding a shot. Most of today and tomorrow are free to take up some additional optional activities in and around town, so it’s up to you what you’d like to do and see! Bolivian dance show, or textile museum, anyone?
Day 10 - Sucre - La Paz
This morning is free to explore Sucre before catching a flight back to La Paz (approx 40 min).
Day 11 - La Paz
Today is the final day of your tour and there are no activities planned, so you are free to leave at any time. With so much to see and do, you might want to spend an extra day or two checking out the city. We’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Day 12 - La Paz
Your exploration of Bolivia's highlights comes to an end this morning. As there are no more activities planned, you're free to book your departure flights when you like and you can leave the accommodation at any time.

Trip Dates

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06-02-202016-02-2020AUD $ 1,836-
19-03-202029-03-2020AUD $ 2,075-
02-04-202012-04-2020AUD $ 2,280-
16-04-202026-04-2020AUD $ 2,075-
30-04-202010-05-2020AUD $ 2,180-
07-05-202017-05-2020AUD $ 2,160-
14-05-202024-05-2020AUD $ 2,160-
21-05-202031-05-2020AUD $ 2,160-
11-06-202021-06-2020AUD $ 2,240-
02-07-202012-07-2020AUD $ 2,285-
16-07-202026-07-2020AUD $ 2,240-
30-07-202009-08-2020AUD $ 2,330-
13-08-202023-08-2020AUD $ 2,240-
20-08-202030-08-2020AUD $ 2,240-
27-08-202006-09-2020AUD $ 2,240-
03-09-202013-09-2020AUD $ 2,240-
17-09-202027-09-2020AUD $ 2,420-
01-10-202011-10-2020AUD $ 2,160-
08-10-202018-10-2020AUD $ 2,075-
15-10-202025-10-2020AUD $ 2,075-
22-10-202001-11-2020AUD $ 2,075-
29-10-202008-11-2020AUD $ 2,075-
05-11-202015-11-2020AUD $ 2,075-
19-11-202029-11-2020AUD $ 2,160-
03-12-202013-12-2020AUD $ 2,160-
24-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 2,160-
31-12-202010-01-2021AUD $ 2,225-
07-01-202117-01-2021AUD $ 2,075-
14-01-202124-01-2021AUD $ 2,075-
04-02-202114-02-2021AUD $ 2,075-
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29-04-202109-05-2021AUD $ 2,075-
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30-09-202110-10-2021AUD $ 2,075-
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Accommodation

Dormitory (2 nts),Hotel (8 nts)

Transport

Plane,4X4,Local bus,Private Vehicle

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