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Highlights of Bolivia

9 days  |  Puno to San Pedro de Atacama  |  from USD $4,729

Travel from southern Peru into Bolivia, visit the Bolivian Highlands, colonial Potosi and the incredible salt flats in Uyuni where you stay in a hotel made entirely of salt! Explore the famous rock formations of the Valley of the Giants before finishing up in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile!

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Days 1-2

On day 1 you will be transferred from your hotel in Puno to the bus station for your bus trip to La Paz, one of the highest capitals in the world. Arrival transfer to your hotel and remainder of day free. On day 2 enjoy a full day tour of this scenic city - visit world-class museums like the Gold, Murillo and Costumbrista, explore traditional street markets and head up to the Mirador de Killy Killy for fantastic views over the city. Later on marvel at the geological formations of the Vally of the moon, 10km outside of town.
Overnight: La Paz  |  Breakfast x 1

Day 3

Travelling through the Bolivian Highlands you get the opportunity to see the Aymara Indian's way of life - one of the oldest American cultures. It is considered the cradle of the American man and one of the most advanced cultures in development at that time. Their main constructions which you will visit are the Kalasasaya temple with the main stone work done like the Gate of the Sun, the monoliths Ponce and Fraile, the Akapana pyramid and the Semi underground temple. Visit of the old colonial village of Tiahuanaco, where you can see the use of stones from the ruins in their constructions. Also visit to the Puma Punku temple with the largest pieces of stone and with the highest quality in stone carving. Tonight we travel by overnight bus to Potosi.
Overnight: Overnight Bus  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Arriving early on day 4, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, departure to the miner’s market “Calvario”, where you will be able to buy coca leaves, cigarettes, which can be given to the miners. You’ll continue to the silver mines where you can visit the private, cooperative mines and be able to watch, the sacrificed work of the miners. Exploration of the silver began in the colonial period and is maintained today using the same working tools. You shall see the traditional rites where the miners pray to Tata Ckajcha or make the “Ch’alla” to the “Tio“(God of the mines, owner of the silver).
Overnight: Potosi  |  Breakfast

Days 5-6

Enjoy a guided tour of colonial Potosi dating from the days when this city, the highest in the world, was larger than either London or Paris. A gorgeous example of native artwork with many pretty churches and temples including the church of San Lorenzo. Also visit the National Mint of Bolivia before transferring to Uyuni. On day 6 depart for the incredible salt flats of Uyuni. Arrive into Colchani which is the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the salar. Included today is a trip to Fish Island, a unique oasis with giant cacti reaching 10m high. There’s also time to see the cemetery of trains where the remains of 19th century steam locomotives rest. Enjoy lunch out on the salt flats. Lunch is taken in the middle of the Salt Flats and later on continue to the archaeology museum of Coqusa and on to the exclusive Hotel Palacio de Sal built entirely of salt. This evening opt for a night stroll through the eerie surroundings.
Overnight: Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region   |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 7
Villa Mar

Transfer to Villa Mar enroute visiting the colonial church of San Cristobal, the villages of Culpina and Alota and the famous rock formations of the Valley of the Giants. You’ll also visit local cave paintings and the fort of Tomas Lakjas
Overnight: Villa Mar   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 8-9

On the morning of day 8 visit the multi-coloured Laguna Colorada where James Flamingos flock. The rich red colouration is derived from algae and plankton, which thrive in its minerals. Continue to Laguna Verde where the Licancahur Volcano looms large. Along the way visit the Sol de Manana geysers, the Chalviri thermal waters and the Valle de Dali. This is a site of intense volcanic activity. After lunch cross the border into Chile and enjoy the impressive views of the Atacama Salar with a beautiful view of the Licancábur Volcano of 5916 meters of altitude as you transfer to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight: San Pedro de Atacama  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1

Day 10

Today marks the end of services with a departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

La Paz - one of the highest capitals in the world.
The Miner's market of Calvario and the private silver mines.
The incredible salt flats of Uyuni.
The multi-coloured Laguna Colorada where the James Flamingos flock.
The pre-Columbian archaeological site of Tiahuanacu.
Potosi - a gorgeous example of native artwork with many pretty churches and temples.
The famous rock formations of the Valley of the Giants.
San Pedro de Atacama - an oasis town in the expansive Atacama Desert.

Included

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners.
Services of a English-speaking guides at local sites.
Overnight bus from La Paz to Potosi
Guided day tour of La Paz
Guided tour of Potosi including National Mint of Bolivia.
Visits to the church of San Cristobal and the villages of Culpina and Alota.
7 nights standard accommodation (superior and deluxe hotels available on request)
Public bus services between Puno and La Paz.
All relevant transfers and transportation
Guided tour of Kalasasaya Temple and Akapana Pyramid. Afternoon tour of the miner's market in Calvario.
Excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats including Fish Island and the cemetery of trains
Visit to the Laguna Colorada and the Sol de Manana geysers.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

Prices shown are ‘per person’ based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults in twin/double occupancy. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Highlights of Bolivia - 9 days
USD $4729
USD $609

Prices shown are based upon travel in low season, staying in standard hotels (superior and deluxe hotels are available upon request).

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen standard of accommodation, room availability, as well as time of travel - the beauty of private journeys is that they can depart on any day of the year, subject to seasonal variants.

Tour Details
Starts
Puno
Ends
San Pedro de Atacama
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 3