11 days / 10 nights, from $3100 per person
Highlights: Sun and Moon Islands of Lake Titicaca, Uyuni Salt Flats, Potosi, Sucre, La Paz witch market, Valley of the moonContact Us to Plan Your Escape
Meeting upon arrival in La Paz the highest capital city in the world, transfer to hotel. Time to rest and get adjusted to the elevation.
Overland journey from La Paz to Copacabana, located at the shores of Lake Titicaca. Once in Copacabana, visit the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin. Hydrofoil cruise to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu”. Continue to Sun Island, to visit the Pilcocaina Sun Temple. Enjoy a llama trek to the hotel and lunch upon arrival. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the surroundings. (BLD)
Morning at leisure. Around noon visit the Inca “Grand Stairs” and the Sacred Fountain; taste the water that is believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Enjoy lunch at the Uma Kollu archaeological Restaurant before boarding the Hydrofoil to Cocotoni, continue overland j to Huatajata. Here we will visit the Andean Roots Eco Village, The Altiplano Museum, a handicraft village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Tonight an audiovisual and night experience of “The Mystic World of the Kallawayas”, natural healers of Bolivia. They believe that you first have to heal the soul in order to heal your body. Tata Benjo, -our Kallawaya- will bless visitors and answer questions by casting his sacred coca leaves. After visit the Native Observatory Alajpacha. Learn from the Aymaras Cosmovision and watch the southern constellations. (BL)
After breakfast we will begin our journey back to La Paz. Tour of La Paz and its surroundings can transport you back to a mysterious past where around any corner a hidden treasure or adventure awaits. Strool the streets and witness hoe the indigenous, colonial and modern cultures blend together. Walk through the intriguing Witch Doctor’s Market before we visit Moon Valley, a clay formation that has eroded to resembling the face of the Moon. (B)
Transfer to airport for your short flight to Uyuni. Meeting upon arrival, transfer to the Uyuni Salt Lake, which is the largest salt lake on Earth covering more than 4,086 square miles and an average elevation of 11,995 feet above sea level. Step out into the vast landscape that looks like an ocean of white that seems to be eternal. Complete silence fills the air, flamingos wading in the colored lagoons, sky islands covered in cactus and the darkest sky at night that is filled with the southern stars that cannot be matched anywhere else on Earth. Visit Isla Pescado (fish island) also called “Inca Wasi”, an island that is covered by thousands of giant columnar cacti some of which are more than a hundred years old. The landscape against the background of the salt pans extending to the horizon makes it an ideal place for photography hunters. Tonight you will sleep in a hotel that is constructed entirely of salt. (B BL D)
Start an early overland journey to Potosi, the famous Colonial City and source of silver during colonial times. The rich mountain towers over the city and legend has it that Potosi has produced enough silver to build a solid silver bridge from Potosi to Madrid. Visit La Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint), with its wooden machinery used to make the silver coins for Spain during the colony. Visit a mine where the silver is carved from the ground. Potosi was also declared by UNESCO “The Historical and Cultural Legacy of Mankind”. (B)
After breakfast overland transfer to Sucre, Bolivias first capital, upon arrival tour the city which is regarded as Bolivia’s most beautiful city. We will visit La Recoleta, San Francisco Church, the House of Liberty where Simon Bolivar signed the Independence of Bolivia and the local colorful market. (B)
Visit the indigenous market of Tarabuco, this is one of the purest and most colorful in the world. Indigenous people, dressed in their traditional garments attend Tarabuco every Sunday to buy and sell/barter their local products and handicrafts. Return to Sucre for overnight. (B)
Transfer to airport for your flight back to La Paz, meeting upon arrival, transfer to hotel, remainder of day at leisure. (B)
Today is at leisure to explore La Paz on your own or challenge yourself to an optional bike tour on the world’s deadliest road. (B)
We begin the ride at wind-swept La Cumbre (the starting point at 15,400 feet) where you will see fantastic views of a number of snow-covered peaks, including Huayna Potosí (19,973 feet). From here we descend rapidly down a twisting road through the mountains, grazing llamas, alpacas and tiny villages. Several stops for refreshments, photos, and rests along the ride; time to take in the scenery of towering cliffs, dramatic drops and green vegetation. We continue our descend and through a section of road that enters into the jungle. This narrow dirt road is cut precariously into the side of the mountain and descends 6,500 feet. With 3,000 foot drops to our left and massive rock overhangs and cascading waterfalls to our right, we ride through mist, low cloud and dust. With a positive attitude and expert instructions from your guide you can safely enjoy one of South America s most dramatic and beautiful attractions and earn the bragging rights of surviving “The worlds most deadliest road” Time for a cold drink before returning to La Paz.
Transfer to airport. (B)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner
B = Breakfast L = Lunch BL = Box lunch D= Dinner
from $3100 per person based on two passengers traveling together sharing a double room
All US Citizens are required to have a Visa to enter Bolivia.
You can apply for a Bolivian tourist visa by mail or in person at Bolivian consulates in the U.S., as well as at Bolivian ports of entry, such as at Bolivia’s international airports and at land border crossings.
Bolivian tourist visas are valid for five years from the date of issuance and allow the bearer to enter the country three times in a year for a cumulative stay of not more than ninety days.
The tourist visa costs $135.00. You can pay the $135.00 fee in cash, by deposit to the Bolivian Consulate’s bank account, or by money order.
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