Visit Bolivia: Lake Titicaca to the Amazon via the salt flats

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Duration (in days): 14

From: UK

To: UK

From

£3,750

Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Visit Bolivia and enjoy a fascinating two-week introduction to its diverse and surreal landscapes. Cruise over the blue waters of Lake Titicaca, spot giant green cacti, visit ancient pre-Incan ruins and meet a traditional herbal healer. Then make your way to the world’s highest salt lake at Uyuni, where pure white salt crystalises into beautiful pentagons, contrasted with blue skies, magnesium-green lagoons and thousands of pink flamingos! When you think the landscape can’t get more dramatic, you’ll fly over to the Amazon. Spend two nights in a rainforest lodge where you can hike, canoe and swim while scarlet macaws swoop overhead. Return to gritty city life in La Paz and explore the winding, colonial streets and the Witch Doctor’s market, then take a scenic cable car ride over the world’s highest city before you leave.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

This holiday includes

  • International and domestic flights
  • All transfers
  • All accommodation in Bolivia
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

Highlights

  • Cruise across Lake Titicaca and visit Sun Island
  • Discover pre-Incan ruins and evidence of ancient civilisations
  • Marvel at the gleaming white salt flats in Uyuni
  • Spend two nights sleeping in a hotel made of salt!
  • Discover the Bolivian Amazon with a rainforest lodge stay
  • With a guide, spot macaws, frogs, hummingbirds and herbal medicines
  • Swim or canoe in a rainforest lake
  • Spend a few days in colonial La Paz enjoying the world’s highest capital
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night in La Paz
  • 1 night in Huatajata
  • 1 night in Sun Island
  • 1 night in La Paz
  • 2 nights in Uyuni
  • 1 night in La Paz
  • 1 night in Rurrenabaque
  • 2 nights in Chalalan
  • 1 night in La Paz

 

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included: International flight

Day 2: Arrive La Paz

On arrival in La Paz, you’ll be driven to your hotel where you will check in for a 1-night stay. You will have the rest of the day to get your bearings and acclimatise in the highest capital in the world.

Included: Private arrival transfer, hotel

Day 3: La Paz to Huatajata & Lake Titicaca

This morning you’ll begin your tour through Bolivia by visiting the Tiwanaku Ruins which are the remains of one of the oldest civilisations in the Americas – older than the Incas. Explore the Sun Gate, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana – just a few examples of the magnificent architecture from this once great agricultural civilisation.

In the afternoon, you’ll be driven to Huatajata on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Here you’ll visit the Andean Roots Eco Village, explore the Altiplano Museum and see more replica mud huts similar to the traditional local dwellings that are still in use today. After a quick visit to the handicrafts village to pick up some locally made souvenirs, you’ll go to meet a Kallawaya, one of the natural healers of Bolivia.

Round off your day of exploration with a wonderful candlelit dinner and some southern skies stargazing at the Observatory, before spending the night in Huatajata.

Included: Breakfast, private tour, dinner, hotel

Day 4: Huatajata to Sun Island

Today, we’ve included a hydrofoil cruise from Huatajata over to Sun Island, to visit the Pilcocaina Sun Temple. When you arrive on the island, you’ll take a llama trek to the hotel (walking beside the llamas while they carry your bags) and have some lunch.

The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the surroundings and you’ll spend the night here on Sun Island.

Included: Breakfast, private tour, lunch, hotel                   

Day 5: Sun Island to La Paz

This morning you have some more free time to relax or explore, then around noon, you will be taken on a visit to the Inca Grand Stairs and the Sacred Fountain where you can taste the water believed to give eternal youth and happiness!

We’ve included lunch at the Uma Kollu Archaeological Restaurant. After a visit to the small handicraft market, you’ll board the hydrofoil cruise over to Moon Island so you can explore the Sun Virgin’s Temple - Iñak Uyu. From here, your journey will continue to Copacabana so you can visit the shrine of the patron saint of Bolivia and the Dark Indian Virgin.

After this, you’ll be driven to La Paz where you will spend the night.

Included: Breakfast, private tour, lunch, hotel   

Day 6: La Paz to Uyuni

This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and driven to La Paz airport for your flight to Uyuni, close to the world’s largest salt flats.

Once you land, you’ll be taken to visit the remarkable Salt Lake and Isla Pescado. Uyuni is the largest salt flat on the earth and is located high on the Bolivian Altiplano, where the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt contrast with the blue skies, green lagoons and clouds of pink flamingo to create one of the most colourful and surreal landscapes you will ever encounter.

You’ll have lunch at Isla Pescado, an oasis of fossils and tall, ancient cacti in the centre of the salt flats. You’ll be able to snap some amazing photos from here, before heading to your unique accommodation - a hotel made entirely of salt! You’ll check in for a 2-night stay.

Included: Breakfast, private transfers, private tour, lunch, hotel

Day 7: Uyuni

After breakfast, you’ll be collected and taken for a full day excursion to the village of Tahua, at the foot of Thunupa Volcano. Hike up to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies from where you’ll be able to see these ghoulish remains and enjoy incredible views over the glistening salt flats.

A packed lunch is provided and after you eat, you’ll return to the hotel in Uyuni with the rest of the day to relax.

Included: Breakfast, private tour, lunch, hotel   

Day 8: Uyuni to La Paz

This morning, you’ll and taken by private transfer to Uyuni airport for your flight back to La Paz. Once you land, you will check in your hotel for a 1-night stay.

This afternoon, we’ve included a tour of the city and the nearby Moon Valley. You’ll discover more about the pre-colonial history of La Paz as well as the European colonial architecture that the Spanish empire introduced. Wander through the different indigenous, colonial and modern districts of the city and visit the Witch Doctors market, all the while framed by the Illimani Mountain that overlooks the city. After the city tour, you’ll visit the Moon Valley; a surreal clay formation whose craters and peaks resemble the face of the moon.

Included: Breakfast, private transfers, domestic flight, private tour, hotel

Day 9: La Paz to Rurrenabaque

Today you’ll be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to La Paz airport for your flight to Rurrenabaque and the next stage of your adventure! Once landed, you will be met and driven by private transfer to your hotel where you will check in for one night, ready to begin your Amazon adventure the following day.

Included: Breakfast, private transfers, domestic flight, hotel      

Day 10: Rurrenabaque to Chalalan

Early this morning you’ll take a boat trip along the Beni River to Chalalan before hiking from the river to Chalalan Lodge where you’ll be staying for two nights.

After lunch, spend the afternoon relaxing or taking a swim in the lake, before listening to a briefing about nearby Madidi National Park and having dinner. In the evening you’ll take a nighttime walk to appreciate the chirping and humming of the rainforest. Spot tiny frogs, birds and other nocturnal animals that show up in the trees at night.

Included: Breakfast, shared transfer, lunch and dinner, shared excursions, lodge             

Day 11: Chalalan

After breakfast, it’s time to explore this tropical haven with some help from the guides at your lodge! You can hike along the banks of the river, spotting medicinal herbs and exotic plants along the way. Perhaps take a canoe out onto Chalalan Lake where you can soak up the wild beauty of the area before trekking the Wichi trail underneath the thick, lush canopy. This region of Bolivia is a fantastic place to look out for colourful birds; from swooping scarlet macaws to quick-as-a-flash hummingbirds, before coming together at dinner to discuss the sights and sounds of the day!

Included: Full board, shared excursions, lodge 

Day 12: Chalalan to La Paz

After a final breakfast in the Amazon, you’ll be guided back down to the river to catch a riverboat along the serene river, back to Rurrenabaque.

On arrival, you’ll be driven to the airport for the short flight back to La Paz where you can enjoy your final day in Bolivia.

Included: Breakfast, shared departure transfer, domestic flight, private arrival transfer, hotel  

Day 13: Depart La Paz

Today you’ll be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to La Paz airport to connect with your onward flight back home.            

Included: Breakfast, private transfer, international flight            
Info

During the rainy season from November to March, the visits to Uyuni salt lake and Isla Pescado will be possible only if weather conditions permit.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.           

What's included: 

  • International and domestic flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hydrofoil cruises on Lake Titicaca

Not included: 

  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
  • An international airport tax of $25.00 per person (subject to change)
  • A domestic airport tax of $2.5 per person (subject to change)
Accommodation

Eleven nights in 4* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

Hotel Europa


Hotel Inca Utama & Cultural Resort


Posada del Inca Eco Lodge


Salt Hotel


Hotel Maya del Oriente


Chalalan Lodge
 

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