Bolivia – Lake, Salt & Jungle

14 days / 13 nights, from $4060 per person

Highlights: Sun and Moon Islands of Lake Titicaca, Uyuni Salt Flats, Potosi, Sucre, La Paz witch market, Valley of the moon, Amazon Jungle

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Trip Itinerary:

Day 1: La Paz

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.

Day 2: La Paz / Sun Island

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)

Day 3: Sun Island/ Huatajata

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)

Day 4: Huatajata / La Paz

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)

Day 5: La Paz / Uyuni

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)

Day 6: Uyuni / Potosi

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)

Day 7: Potosi / Sucre

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)

Day 8: Sucre / Tarabuco

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)

Day 9: Sucre / la Paz

Transfer to airport for your flight back to La Paz, meeting upon arrival, transfer to hotel, remainder of day at leisure. (B)

Day 10: La Paz / Rurrenabaque / Amazon Jungle

Transfer to airport for a short flight over the Andes Mountains before landing in The Amazon Jungle. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to the entrance of Madidi National Park. By motor boat transfer up the Tuichi River to the Chalalan Eco lodge; sit back and enjoy the ride through the jungle with a chance to see some of the native species of birds and mammals before arriving at your lodge. (BLD)

Day 11: Amazon Jungle

Morning walk along the Tapacare path where you will learn about the jungle and the wildlife that call it home. After lunch take a short walk to learn about medicinal plants and there healing properties. Return to the lodge for your choice of afternoon activities offered by lodge. After dinner a night walk along the Paraba or Silbador path to see amphibians, reptiles, insects, tarantulas, rodents, birds and nocturnal monkeys. This is a great chance to hear the sounds of the jungle. (BLD)

Day 12: Amazon Jungle

After breakfast we will set out on a walk through the jungle for a chance to see many birds, mammals and reptiles while discovering this vast eco system. Return to lodge for lunch and some time to relax. After lunch go on a canoe trip along the shores of Lake Chalalán where you will be able to enjoy the sunset and see monkeys and birds. Return to lodge for a traditional “dunucuabi” dinner of catfish wrapped in leaves or fish á la “tacuara” inside bamboo from the Amazon. Tonight a chance to explore the jungle by canoe to see amphibians, nocturnal birds, fish-eating bats and caiman crocodiles that are easily spotted because of their glowing eyes.

Day 13: Amazon Jungle / La Paz

After breakfast, transfer by boat back to Rurrenabaque airport and fly back to La Paz. Meeting upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Remainder of day at leisure. (BL)

Day 14: La Paz

At the appropriate time transfer to airport. (B)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner

B = Breakfast L = Lunch BL = Box lunch D= Dinner

Price

from $4060 per person based on two passengers traveling together sharing a double room

Included in Price

  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels
  • Private transfers and tours with local guide
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Tour of Lake Titicaca, Moon and Sun Island, Uyuni Salt lake, La Paz, Potosi, Sucre, Amazon tours
  • Entrance fees to sights and museums

Not included in price

  • Air transportation to/from Bolivia
  • Domestic flights within Bolivia (approximately $625.00 per person)
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Optional activities or tours.
  • Tips to guides and/or drivers.
  • Local and/or international phone calls.
  • Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
  • Personal items
  • Airport departure tax

Bolivian tourist visa

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.

In addition to the $135.00 visa fee, you must present the following:

  • A visa application form with a 4cm x 4cm color passport photograph. (we can send you a copy)
  • A passport with a validity of not less than 6 months
  • Evidence of a hotel reservation
  • Proof of economic solvency from your bank. (Needs to show current balance on your most recent bank statement. You CAN black out your account numbers, however it needs to show your name and address in the United States)
  • International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever.

If you have additional questions please visit the Embassy of Bolivia web site for the most current visa information.  Bolivian consulates in the United States are located in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, New York, and Washington, DC.

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