Itinerary in brief
- 2 nights in Santa Cruz
- 3 nights in Sucre
Day 1: Arrive in Santa Cruz
On arrival at Santa Cruz airport, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel where you will check in for a 2-night stay.
This afternoon, you’ll be picked up and taken on a private tour of Santa Cruz, visiting the main square, the Cathedral and some of the monuments and different residential neighbourhoods. Located on the banks of the Pirai River in the lowlands, Santa Cruz is the fastest growing city in the world and enjoys a warm, tropical climate.
Day 2: Jesuit Missions
It’s an early start today as you’ll be collected at around 6 am you will be collected for a private tour to the Jesuit Missions which played a crucial role in the history of Bolivia.
These European-style complexes were set up by Jesuit priests to convert the indigenous Bolivians to Christianity and ran as small economies. Your first stop is at San Javier, the first Jesuit Mission to be set up in the Chiquitos regions where you can visit the uniquely preserved, baroque church complex. From here, continue to Concepción where you will see another beautiful church, with elegant carved-wood columns, with its altar and the paintings all created by the people who lived here. After a visit to the crafts museum, you’ll have lunch and will be driven back to Santa Cruz.
Day 3: Santa Cruz to Sucre
Today you’ll be collected from your hotel after breakfast and will be driven by private transfer to Santa Cruz airport for your flight to Sucre. Once you land, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel where you will check in for a 3-night stay.
In the afternoon, you will have a private tour of Sucre, the city much-loved by the colonial Spaniards involved in the silver mining, as its year-round, mild climate was more comfortable than Potosi. It is also though to be the first town in Latin America to begin the rebellion against colonial rule. Sucre is a well-preserved, pretty colonial city with many whitewashed buildings, a thriving university and plenty of café culture so you can sit and watch the world go by.
Day 4: Potosi
After breakfast, you’ll start your private tour to the colonial gem of Potosi at the foot of Cerro Rico (the rich mountain) which was thought to be made of silver.
This city was the centre of silver production in the colonial era, and Potosi became one of the wealthiest cities in the Americas, feeding silver to all corners of the Spanish Empire before reserves were depleted and it the city fell into poverty. According to legend, Potosi has produced enough of the precious metal to build a silver bridge between Potosi and Madrid!
In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Sucre.
Day 5: Sucre
Today you’ll have a full-day private excursion to the famous Tarabuco native fair. Every Sunday, this small villages morphs from a sleepy town into a thriving market, attracting visitors from all over Bolivia. You’ll get a remarkable glimpse into local life watching people in colourful, traditional costume browsing the stalls to buy locally woven goods, vegetables and homeware – and it’s a great place for souvenirs!
We’ve included a typical lunch in a local restaurant, then in the afternoon, you will be driven back to Sucre.
Day 6: Depart Sucre
You will be collected at a suitable time from your hotel and taken by private transfer to Sucre airport to connect with your onward travel plans.