If you are looking to explore one of the most diverse nations in the world in an adventurous itinerary, look no further. This holiday will take you around Bolivia’s most incredible sites and along the way take part in some incredible activities and experiences. Starting in the urban city of Santa Cruz, you will see incredible wildlife in national parks, take tours of some of the nation’s oldest cities, and even climb and zipline at great heights. This Bolivian adventure is unlike any other and makes the perfect holiday for those who love to actively explore.
Following your international flight, upon arrival in Viru Viru International Airport, a private transfer will take you to your selected hotel in Santa Cruz. Please be aware of the sign with your name on it.
Departure at 9:00 a.m, today you will visit the Biocentro Guembé, where there is a wildlife park with diverse areas and the Museum of evolution.
Visits to places such as: Mariposario, Aviary, Tortugario, Island of Monkeys, Horses, Carriages, Island of rabbits, Evolumuseum walk through Ecological Trails.
The next day, your adventure truly begins.
Excursion to Amboro National Park
Today, you will be shown the wonders of the Amboró National Park, which has a distinct ecological environment due to the difference in altitude. This part of the reserve comprises beautiful cloud forest with gnarled trees covered in lichen and epiphytes. This is definitely a must-see while you stay in Santa Cruz.
During the tour you will have the chance to see various species of animals as well as vegetation, noteworthy are the giant fern trees that become as high as 13 meters. Over 830 different types of birds have been recorded here; the highest confirmed bird count for any protected area in the world. The puma, as well as other wild cats and the tapir live in this area. Moreover, the agouti, the armadillo, the coati, the skunk, monkeys and other mammals live here in abundance also.
A lunch is included.
In the afternoon, you will return to your hotel and stay again in Santa Cruz.
Today you will fly from Santa Cruz to Sucre. The air ticket is not included. Private transfer from the Alcantarí Airport in Sucre to your select hotel in Sucre.
Sucre City Tour
After pickup from your accommodation, you will enjoy the Sucre City tour. This is a wonderful place for you to visit and you will be able to appreciate the old town, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage. You will visit “La Casa de la Libertad” where the first government signed the Act of Independence of Bolivia, the Recoleta viewpoint, where an old Franciscan monastery is located, San Felipe de Nery Church, Bolivar Park and other historic monuments.
Depending on your preference two museums may be visited, Sucre has a wide range of museums, that all focus on different topics. Absolute must sees are “La Casa de la Libertad”, the Museum of Indigenous Art and the Museum of Treasure, which goes in details about the mining industry of Bolivia and the minerals and metals that are mined. This tour gives the opportunity to know the city and all its aspects.
The day ends with you staying the night in Sucre City.
Jatun Yampara Town
The next day you will be picked up at the hotel to go at Jatun Yampara town. Visit the native constructions, burial and ceremonial, visit the chicha (native bar) tasting of chicha, visit the Native Sanctuary, visit small museums, workshop textiles and ceramics workshop.
Textiles can be purchased directly from artisans of the place.
Return to Sucre for drop off at your accomodation.
Potosi Mines Tour
This is a truly interactive adventure experience.
The tours begins visiting the miners market, where the guide will provide an explanation of all materials used in mines, such as: dynamite, coca leaves, alcohol, etc. Tourists can buy coca leaves and homemade cigarettes to give to the workers inside the mine; then you go on to the warehouse where you will put all safety equipment on and then visit one of the 300 mine entrances still exploited under similar conditions at the colonial times.
You will also be part of the traditions and superstitions of miners such as the image of “El Tio” who is the god of the underworld. Crawling through the mine shafts, you will learn about the conditions the miners work in. A true experience not to be missed.
Potosí was the most important city in the colonial times of Bolivia, because the city was the new continent’s largest mining centre. It has been said that the all the silver in Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) could build a bridge from Potosí to Madrid, all the way in Spain.
End the day by returning to your accommodation in Potosi.
This is mainly a day of travelling. A private transport will take you from Potosi to Uyuni. The journey takes around 5 hours.
Your final days will be spent fully immersed in adventure.
Full Day Uyuni Tour
Day 7 includes an incredible full day tour, which will take you on an adventure and will show you the most impressive natural attraction of Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni. The largest salt flat of the world with its 10582 km2, offers one of the most incredible views that you can imagine. During the tour, you will visit various points of interest at this massive salt lake.
The first stop will be the Train Cemetery where you will be able to see the remains of very old wagons and trains from the early 90’s and the beginning of the 20th century. Continue to Colchani, a salt- processing town, where hand-made objects are on sale; many of them made of salt. This is the perfect place to buy a souvenir.
Afterwards, Salar de Uyuni is entered. You will see natural breathing conductors named “Ojos de Sal”, which means Eyes of Salt. Here water from under the hard salt crust comes to the surface. An important part of this day, is trying to make the ultimate optical illusion picture. You will have lots of time to try out different positions and most of all have fun.
At midday, you will visit Incahuasi Island. This island in the middle of the salt flat, is covered with ancient cacti (that can be up to 18 meters tall) and a rare ecosystem that has survived centuries. In the afternoon, you can admire the stunning sunset in the middle of the salt lake. Afterwards you will make your way back to Uyuni town.
A lunch is included in this tour.
Following the tour you will fly from Uyuni to La Paz. The air ticket is not included. Upon arrival at El Alto International Airport, private transfer to your selected hotel in La Paz.
City Tour La Paz
For Day 8, take in the sights of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital.
“Nuesta Señora de La Paz” is a city and municipality in Western Bolivia, capital of the department of La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of Government and the legislatures and executives. The city was founded in 1548 and the centre of the city is located on an altitude of approximately 3600 meters.
Pick up at your accommodation in La Paz, you will visit the city centre and the most important sights. One of the first sights is “Plaza Murillo”, where the Bolivian Government is based. Here you will visit the immense Cathedral and Presidential Palace known as the Burnt Palace due to its near destruction in 1875 during an uprising. After leaving the square you will head to the next stop.
Continuing to the famous Witches Market, where you can be intrigued by the fascinating products on sale. Then, visit the famous colonial street “Calle Jaén” where a few interesting museums are clustered together: the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Museum of Precious Metals and the Museum of Customs.
Entrance to the museums are included, although they are Closed on Mondays and not available on Saturdays & Sundays by the afternoons.
You will also be driven to Killi Killi viewpoint, which gives you the opportunity to see the city 360 degrees around. Afterwards, drive to the cable car station (teleferico) an innovative cable car system from where we will enjoy breath taking views of the city. You will have lunch at Oberland restaurant.
The last stop on the tour is Moon Valley, a place where the erosion has caused stony forms, giving the sensation to be in a real lunar environment.
Finish the day and return to your hotel.
Zip Line Tiquina & Sun Island
Your final full day is the most high-intensity adventure of the trip. Tyrolean traverse starts in St. Paul ,with 2 km of travel is the third largest Tyrolean traverse in the world and the highest in the world in operation 4035 meters above sea level, the speeds can reach ranges from 87 km/h to 115 km/h.
Finishing this activity, you will continue on the route to Copacabana. You will go to the Isla del Sol, crossing the lake for about an hour and half to reach the southern part of the island, where you visit the archaelogical remains of ” Pilkokaina” Temple of Inca, a religious centre. Then a short walking through Yumani perrons, built by Bolivian ancestors up to the fountain of youth. Here you may be purified, taking some sacred water. It is believed that this is the source of eternal youth.
After your visit, you will return to La Paz for your final night.
A private transfer will take you from your hotel to El Alto International Airport in time for your departure flight home.