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Bolivia. Mysterious customs and colonial cities
One of the least explored countries in Latin America, Bolivia is full of wonders. Let`s go there to see the breathtaking landscapes with our own eyes - snow-capped volcanoes, smoking geysers, bubbling hot springs and lagoons of incredible shades, where pink flamingos live!
- Walk in La Paz, one of the highest mountainous cities in the world, and admire views from the teleferico cable car
- Visit the famous witches market and try famous coca leaf tea
- Ride a jeep across Altiplano, the second largest mountain plateau on the planet
- Explore Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat
- Enjoy the colors of the Colorado Lagoon and admire graceful pink flamingos
- Swim in hot springs and spend the night in a luxurious salt hotel
- See Laguna Verde at the foot of the Licancabur volcano
- Admire the unearthly views of the Dali Desert, named after the famous artist
The price of the trip includes:
- Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses throughout the trip;
- All transportation, including buses, public and rented transport;
- Professional guiding services.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to La Paz and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
- Insurance (mandatory);
Day 1 - 2
We arrive in La Paz, one of the highest mountainous cities in the world, located at an altitude of 3600 meters above sea level. After meeting the tour leader and the group, we check into a hotel and begin our trip in Bolivia! We breathe in the thin air, admire the views of buildings adjoining the slopes of the canyon, and explore the busy streets. In one of the local restaurants we will get to know the most famous local dishes - squash stew locro, meat and butter stew fricassee and saltenas, savory pastries of meat and vegetables.
Let`s walk to the witch market, one of the most famous places in Bolivia. Here we will taste the famous coca leaf tea. It is sweet with bitter notes, and the effect is invigorating, like strong coffee. Various potions, amulets and talismans can be seen on the shelves, but dried llama embryos are considered the most lively commodity. Many Bolivians believe that during the construction of a house, this is exactly the kind of sacrifice that must be made to the goddess Pachamama. They bury the embryo under the foundation, believing it to bring good luck.
We examine the unique geography of the city from the cable car - Teleferiko. For locals, this is the most common public transport, and for tourists it is one of the main attractions. Lets float in the clouds!
In the morning we leave for the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the famous salt flats of Bolivia. Today we start exploring the Altiplano region. A long road awaits us - about 8 hours by bus, with stops for lunch and rest. We will arrive in Uyuni late in the afternoon.
We are literally at the end of geography. There is no further road, because Uyuni is located on the edge of the Altiplano, a wilderness near the Andes ridge, stretching for hundreds of kilometers towards the border with Argentina and Chile.
We check into a cozy hotel. This evening we especially recommend a hot shower - we might not have the opportunity for the next few days.
We continue our tour of Bolivia by traveling to Salar de Uyuni. On the way, we will stop at the steam locomotive cemetery to see thousands of carriages of abandoned locomotives on a huge field. Here you feel like the hero of the "Mad Max" movie, or a a post-apocalyptic novel.
We reach the Bolivian miracle, Salar de Uyuni salt flat. It occupies more than 10 thousand square kilometers, which is 5 times the area of the state of Luxembourg! Admire the endless sky meeting the plain - a mesmerizing sight. It is impossible to resist taking hundreds of photos here.
The largest salt flat in the world even has two islands. We will visit one of them, the Fish island to see huge cactuses that grow here up to 10 meters. We can also take a small trek and reach the top of the hill in about 20 minutes.
Day 5 - 6
Get ready for amazing wildlife nature! We will admire landscapes of the Andean desert, see lakes of all kinds of colors, and watch the active volcano Ollague from the observation deck.
Head to the Siloli Desert, famous for its bizarre stones that resemble fabulous trees. The most famous stone tree is called Arbol de Piedra and reaches 5 meters in height. Looks very epic!
We will also ride boats on Laguna Colorada Lake. The water enchants with its variety of colors, and here we can also see pink flamingos and llamas up close! After a day full of impressions, we will spend the night in a guesthouse.
We wake up early to meet the magical sunrise over the geysers around us, which are especially “active” in the morning. After a swim in a hot spring and head to the Laguna Verde lake at the foot of the Licancabur volcano. Here it is, the famous azure lake framed by the rises of two volcanoes! We rest on the shore, absorbing the surrounding serenity with every cell of our body ... Who knows if our children will see this lake like this? After all, climate change is inexorably "diluting" water with a high composition of minerals.
In the afternoon, we walk among the unearthly landscapes of the Dali desert, named after the famous artist. Shades of brown and ocher contrast sharply with the deep blue skies and snowy peaks of nearby volcanoes, and the heaps of rocks scattered across the desert. A surreal landscapes worthy of the brush of a great master!
In the evening we return to Uyuni and check into a salt hotel with all amenities, where we can relax after a few days in nature.
We say goodbye to Uyuni, get on a comfortable bus and leave for Potosi (about 4 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and go for a walk. During the colonial era, Potosi was the main supplier of silver to Spain and one of the richest cities in the world! The mountain that rises above the city is called Silver for a reason - it stores the largest reserves of silver on our planet.
We will visit the mine to understand how silver has been mined in these places since the 16th century. For example, why local Indian miners tied candles to their foreheads and how silver was transfered on llamas to Panama to be sent further by sea to Spain.
Afternoon is free. You can walk along the elegant colonial streets, visit the Museum of the Convent of Santa Teresa, or the National Mint Museum.
We get on a local bus that will take us to Sucre - the official capital and, perhaps, the most beautiful city in Bolivia (about 4 hours on the way). Upon arrival, we will have some time to relax and look around the city.
For dinner we will enjoy the national dishes of the Indians, we try the famous corn beer "chicha", which is considered the main local drink here.
Day 10 - 11
Sucre managed to preserve the flavor of its colonial heritage - in 1991 the old central district of the city was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The capital is famous for the fact that all colonial houses are painted white - that's why Sucre was nicknamed La Ciudad Blanca, which translates from Spanish as “white city”.
Head to Cal Orcko limestone quarry, home to the world's largest collection of dinosaur footprints. Here you can even compare your shoe size to ancient animal footprints! This unique place is called Dinosaur Rock.
In the morning, it's time to walk around the local bazaars to buy souvenirs. An excellent gift will be a bright alpaca wool poncho, or Bolivian trademark multi-colored textile products - clothes, handbags, hats. Also popular are souvenirs made from salt and Mentizan ointment made from eucalyptus and menthol, which Bolivians use to treat all diseases.
We fly to La Paz. There we transfer to the flight home. Our trip to Bolivia is over. Thank you for exploring this vibrant country with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to enter Bolivia.
Citizens of some countries need a visa and should apply online or can get a visa at the airport upon arrival.
We provide free visa consulting for our clients.
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