9 days

Bolivian Adventure

Bolivian Adventure

La Paz - the world's highest 'unofficial' capital city

UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial city of Sucre

Uyuni Salt Desert's caves and cacti

The potions of 'Witches’ Market'

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  • Bolivia is a landlocked nation complete with towering mountain peaks, high altitude plains, colonial cities and lush farming lands. With nearly 65 percent of the population belonging to the Aymara, Quechua and other indigenous groups, it is the most ‘Indian’ nation in South America. Starting in the lofty heights of La Paz our adventure crosses the Altiplano to the spectacular salt plains of Uyuni where the horizon disappears into a sea of white shimmering salt. The small city of Potosi lies beneath the Cerro Rico – or Rich Mountain – a peak veined with silver ore. Finally we come to Sucre, arguably the nation’s finest city and still technically the capital of Bolivia. Here, we explore Old Sucre including the Recoleta Church and Monastery, the Chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the absorbing Museum of La Casa de la Libertad.

    Why we love it

    • Bolivia is a landlocked nation complete with towering mountain peaks, high altitude plains, colonial cities and lush farming lands. With
    • With nearly 65 percent of the population belonging to the Aymara, Quechua and other indigenous groups, it is the most ‘Indian’ nation in South America.
    • Starting in the lofty heights of La Paz your adventure crosses the Altiplano to the spectacular salt plains of Uyuni where the horizon disappears into a sea of white shimmering salt.
    • The small city of Potosi lies beneath the Cerro Rico – or Rich Mountain – a peak veined with silver ore.
    • Finally you come to Sucre, arguably the nation’s finest city and still technically the capital of Bolivia.
    • Here, you explore Old Sucre including the Recoleta Church and Monastery, the Chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the absorbing Museum of La Casa de la Libertad.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - La Paz

    • On arrival at the La Paz Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in the heart of La Paz city. At 2pm you will meet your tour leader and the other members of your group for a pre-tour briefing. Please check the notice board at the hotel reception for confirmation of the exact time and place of the meeting. Following the meeting you will spend your second day visiting the sights of La Paz - the highest capital in the world. Towering over the city is Mount Illimani, which reaches a height of 6439 metres and has snow-covered peaks. Much of La Paz is modern; however, there are still some examples of late 19th century architecture such as the Presidential Palace, Cathedral and National Congress.
    • You will visit these as well as wander around the 'Witches Market', where they sell magic potions. A short distance from the town centre is the Valley of the Moon - an eroded maze of canyons and pinnacles that form a bizarre landscape.
    Rosario Hotel or similar

    Day 2-3 - Uyuni - Uyuni Salt Plains

    • From La Paz you will fly to Uyuni - a remote town situated on the edge of the high Altiplano, which is an expansive wilderness region that extends to the border of Argentina and Chile. Uyuni has an end-of-the-road kind of ambience about it, and is best known for its close proximity to the Bolivian Salt Flats.
    • The Salt Flats are an immense saltpan stretching over an area of 12,000 square kilometres. It was once part of a prehistoric salt lake, Lago Minchin, which covered most of south-western Bolivia.
    • You will visit the flats on Day 3, taking a 4x4 to reach them.
    Magia de Uyuni Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 4-5 - Potosi

    • You will continue your journey across the Altiplano by private vehicle to the silver-mining town of Potosi (approximately 3 hours). Arriving in Potosi you will check into your hotel and then take a short stroll around the main plaza, taking in the colonial architecture of this old city.
    • The immense Cerro Rico Mountain (4824 metres) dominates the town of Potosi (4082m). In its heyday it was considered the richest silver mine in the world. Potosi was founded in 1545, following the discovery of silver in Cerro Rico. This discovery proved to be the first of many and the town quickly flourished into one of the richest in Latin America.
    • Silver was the backbone of the Spanish economy and led to its monarchy's extravagance for over two centuries. Millions of miners worked in the mines in terrible conditions, resulting in a stunningly high number of deaths either by disease or preventable accidents. At the turn of 19th century, however, reserves began to dwindle and the city declined. Evidence of Potosi’s rich colonial past can still be seen in the form of its grand colonial architecture, narrow streets and ornate churches.
    • There are many highlights to see if you wish including the San Lorenzo Church, Cobija Arch, the main square and its cathedral, the Jesuit Tower and the Museum of La Casa de la Moneda. This museum has a fascinating section dedicated to art and historical artefacts. You could also indulge in a thermal bath or visit the historical colonial farm at the Marquise de Ottavi, situated in a picturesque valley.
    Santa Teresa Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 6-7 - Sucre

    • Actually the official capital of Bolivia, the beautiful colonial city of Sucre is only a three-hour drive away along a well maintained road, which descends more than 1000 metres to the temperate valleys of Chuquisacra. Small rivers, cactus fields, fruit and vegetable plantations dominate the valley, which is inhabited by gentle local people who live in mud huts.
    • Sucre is a pleasant city set in a valley surrounded by low mountains and has retained the flavour of its colonial heritage in its churches, museums and ancient mansions. Sucre was founded in 1538 as the Spanish capital of the vast region of Charcas and in 1776 with the new territorial division created by the Spaniards, its name was changed to Chuquisaca. Chuquisaca played an important role during the long colonial period, influencing much of Bolivia’s history. Indeed, it was here that independence was declared on August 6, 1825. Several years later the name of the city was changed to Sucre, in honour of the general who promoted the independence movement.
    • During your stay you will have enough free time to enjoy this historical town and soak up the colonial atmosphere. In your free time you can choose to visit the local markets and textile museum, take a walk around the city, or enjoy a horse ride in the surrounding countryside. A visit to the Plaza 25 de Mayo where you can mingle with the locals is a must. You could also visit the 60-million-year-old dinasaur footprints that were discovered in the area.
    De su Merced Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - La Paz

    • You will take a short flight to La Paz today (approximately 40 minutes), where you will have free time to explore more of the city.
    Rosario Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 9 - La Paz

    • Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast.
    Rosario Hotel or similar
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour, and local guides at some sites.
    • Local flights from La Paz to Uyuni and from Sucre to La Paz.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): La Paz including Witches Market and Valley of the Moon; high Bolivian Plateau; sliver mining town of Potosi; and the colonial city of Sucre.
    • Full-day 4WD excursion to the Uyuni Salt Plains.
    • Free time to explore La Paz, Potosi and Sucre.
    • Arrival transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel.
    • Accommodation: 8 nights comfortable hotel.
    • Meals: 8 breakfasts.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport departure tax
    • Visas where required
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Group size 4 - 16
Start City: La Paz
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