An Experience Called Bolivia: 17 Days Tour

Day 1 Santa Cruz City Tour, Half Day

Pick up from your hotel and drive to the Main Square of Santa Cruz. (Plaza 24 de Septiembre), the Religious Art Museum of the Cathedral (open on Thursday and Sunday), the Art Museum and the local handcrafts center known as La Recoba.

Visit to the handcrafts workshop of Artecampo that gathers the artistic expressions of different regions in the surroundings. Visit a local market and return to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 2 Santa Cruz - Samaipata


Departure from Santa Cruz to Samaipata (about 120 Km. / 2 ½ hours from Santa Cruz).

The road goes through a mountain range called Los Volcanes. Visit to the pre Inca ruins of El Fuerte, a mystical and religious site with pre Inca and Inca influence.

After the visit to the Site Museum and a walk on the ruins, it is possible to take a bath at the Cascadas de las Cuevas del Choro.

Return to Santa Cruz.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 3 Sucre History and Traditions, Half Day

Departure to the airport. Flight Santa Cruz Sucre.

Arrive to Sucre.

Visit to the charming and beautiful city of Sucre, where the variety of activities match each visitor’s interests.

Some places we recommend are the Textile Museum of Asur, The House of Liberty (closed on Monday), the Monastery of San Felipe Neri, the Museum of Treasures, The Monastery and Lookout of la Recoleta, the Charcas University Museum with its Colonial, Anthropological and Modern Art Sections, and some local markets.

The visit lasts 3 hours.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 4 Sucre - Potolo or Maragua, with a Hike of your Choice

Towards the northwest of Sucre is the Frailes mountain range. This area is remarkable for the intense colors of the mountains due to their mineral wealth.

The colors and the mountains create an amazing landscape where one can do hikes that have different levels of difficulty. Combine a visit to one of the indigenous villages of Potolo or Maragua, with one of the following hikes.

  • Incamachay Pumamachay Pictographs

The area has interesting pictographs that correspond to cultures that existed from 2.500 to 1.500 years ago.

After driving 1 hour, a walk of 4 to 6 hours starts in a fascinating erosion sculpted mountain landscape that presents curious and surprising landforms. The walk covers an area of about 8 Km., ending in the valley of Chaunaca, where we enjoy a picnic lunch.

  • Inca Trail

After driving 1 hour from Sucre, we start descending on the Inca Trail, a road built for transporting obsidian stones. The walk on the trail covers a distance of approximately 6 Km. (3.7 mi.), descending from the summit of the mountains of Chataquila to the Valley of Chaunaca.

The great landscape of Los Frailes mountain range offers amazing views of the area and of the Maragua Crater. It is also a good chance to learn about the native flora of the region. Walking time 2 to 4 hours (easy). Picnic lunch at the end of the hike.

  • Dinosaur Footprints of Maragua

The hike starts after visiting the village of Maragua and enjoying a picnic lunch on route. It lasts 3 to 4 hours, following the footsteps of the first inhabitants of this area: Dinosaurs.

The indigenous communities of Potolo and Maragua, that belong to theJalq'a ethnical group maintain the elements of their traditional culture in the architecture of the houses, the agricultural techniques and especially in the handmade textile production, which is totally unique.

After a 1 ½ hour drive from Sucre and once we have visited the small valley of Chaunaca, we take the road to either Potolo or Maragua. Visit to the indigenous homes in the area, where, besides admiring the textile art they produce, one can shop directly from the weavers.

The village of Potolo is a mestizo town where local women weave the so well-known Jalq´a textiles. This tour visits some homes and it is possible to see a bit of the everyday life in the area (1 hour from Chaunaca).

Maragua is a smaller indigenous town where one can see one of the highlights of the area: the crater of Maragua. The visit includes indigenous homes where women produce their wonderful textile art (30 min. from Chaunaca).

Afternoon return to Sucre.

Overnight at hotel of your choice.

Day 5 Sucre - Candelaria – Tarabuco. Two Days

Become a local and learn about the ways of life of the Bolivian countryside by interacting with the local community .

Morning departure towards the southeast of Sucre, to the indigenous village of Candelaria, passing by Tarabuco. On Sunday attendance to the indigenous market of Tarabuco, otherwise only a short stopover.

The indigenous market of Tarabuco is one of the purest and most colorful in the world. Indigenous people, dressed on their traditional garments attend this town every Sunday to buy, sell and still barter their local products and handicrafts.

Arrival to Candelaria and visit the indigenous homes where we see the way men and women artisans live and work. Visit to the local community Museum where they display and sell their textiles.

Typical lunch at the Hacienda.

Visit to the Colonial Hacienda of Candelaria (storage rooms, Chapel, agricultural museum etc.).

If desired short walk to the Inca Bridge.

Dinner with a talk by the owners on the history of the Hacienda while enjoying the typical warm cinnamon and singani.

Overnight at very simple accommodations at the Hacienda Candelaria.

Day 6 Candelaria Hands On!


Hands on morning: participate in one of our everyday life activities to choose from:

  • Cooking Bolivian food
  • Dying sheep's threads
  • Weaving on a traditional loom with a local teacher
  • Baking bread in an indigenous oven
  • Quechua or Spanish basic lessons
  • Hiking to a nearby Indigenous community

Enjoy a typical lunch and after some free time to enjoy the pure countryside air, return to Sucre.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 7 Sucre - Potosi - Uyuni

Breakfast at hotel.

Departure from Sucre to Potosi.

It’s worth a Potosi! This was a well-known expression in colonial times to show the great value something could have.

That was Potosi, a city of great value, with so much wealth that it attracted people from all over the world in search of fortune.

Lunch at a local restaurant including full meal.

Visit to the Miner´s market and an active Colonial mine to see the way miners extract minerals with the same procedures used in colonial times.

Visit to the Casa de la Moneda, where the procedure used for minting coins in different periods is seen.

Afternoon drive to Uyuni. If desired continue to Colchani where the Salt Hotels are.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 8 Uyuni - Train Cemetery - Minor Lagoons - Villamar

Breakfast and departure to Uyuni and the train cemetery, where we see a very unusual train repair shop. Continue to San Cristobal.

Drive on amazing landscapes, such as theValley of the Rocks, where the formations of petrified lava are quite dramatic. A great spot for photography.

Visit the Black Lagoon and continue to Laguna Hedionda passing by the small Andean towns.

Arrival to Laguna Hedionda, outstanding for its natural inhabitants: the flamingos that parade on the shore on the company of other smaller birds.

Lunch on route.

Drive to the Valley of Catal, an out of the beaten path site with a wonderful landscape. Continue to Villamar.

Dinner and overnight at Mallcu Cueva in Villamar.

Day 9 Villamar – Colored Lagoons - Colchani

Breakfast and departure from Villamar to Laguna Colorada, the most important nesting place for 3 varieties of South American flamingoes.

Visit the Sol de Mañana Fumaroles, where we see the earth in activity.

Continue to the Chalviri Lagoon where, if desired, one can take a bath in the hot springs of this region.

Drive through Dali’s Desert until Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde, where the turquoise green of the water, makes a surreal landscape. Lunch on route.

Return to Uyuni passing by the eastern side of Laguna Colorada, where the red water of the lagoons, the flamingos flying just above the water and the colored mountains, make landscapes worth enjoying and photographing.

Drive through Villamar and the Andean Villages, passing by the Valley of the Rocks and arrival to Uyuni.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 10 Uyuni Salt Flats

An out of this world day!

Departure from the hotel and visit to Colchani. Walk on a plant where salt with iodine is processed by the locals. Visit to the small market where handcrafts are made on salt.

Enter the magnificent Sal Flats, see the way local people gather salt for processing it. Discover why the eyes of the Salt Flats are boiling. Continue your journey on the Salt Flats and have a unique photo session in a great plain of Salt where perspective is only a theory.

Visit Incahuasi Island where gigantic cacti grow making the landscape even more unique.

Walk on a petrified coral path and enjoy lunch in the middle of the Salt Flats.

Drive to the northern shore of the Uyuni Salt Flats, to Coquesa, where the views of Salar de Uyuni are again different and just as impressive.

Short hike on the hillside, to the entrance of the Cave of the Coquesa mummies.

At the end of the day, watch an amazing sunset.

Dinner and overnight at a Salt Hotel.

Exact route will be adapted to weather conditions at the time of your visit.
Day 11 La Paz City Tour Half Day

Breakfast and departure transfer to the airport for flight to La Paz. Arrival transfer in La Paz.

Enjoy the contrast and variety

Visit some of the most interesting sites in La Paz for about 4 hours. Visit San Francisco Church, an unusual market in town known as the Witches Market. Short walk on Jaen Street and Plaza Murillo where you will see the Government Palace, the local Cathedral and the Congress building.

Enjoy a delicious snack of Salteñas a Bolivian pastry that everyone loves, or api con pasteles, a local purple corn drink.

Ride on one of the lines of the longest cable car in the world and be amazed by the beautiful Illimani, the snowcapped mountain, eternal guardian of La Paz.

Your car will meet you there and drive you through some southern neighborhoods like San Miguel.

Visit to the Moon Valley and admire the moon-like landscape formed by the erosion of the land.

Return to the hotel.

Note: Municipal museums are closed on Monday.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 12 La Paz - Tiwanaku - Copacabana

Breakfast and departure to El Alto. Arrival to Laja, the original site of the foundation of La Paz. Travel through the Altiplano admiring the amazing landscapes.

Arrival to Tiwanaku, seat of one of the oldest American cultures, considered the cradle of the American man and one of the most advanced cultures in development at that time.

Visit the local museums and the archaeological site with the Kalasasaya temple the Gate of the Sun, the monoliths Ponce and Fraile; the Akapana pyramid and the Semi underground temple.

Lunch at a local restaurant and return to El Alto.

Drive from El Alto to Copacabana.

Visit the local village, the local streets the Sanctuary of the dark skin Virgin, the handcrafts markets and the local products market. Optional hike to El Calvario hill.

Dinner and overnight in Copacabana.

Day 13 Copacabana – Sun Island – Moon Island – La Paz

Breakfast and short walk to the shore of Lake Titicaca to board the boats that will transfer us to Sun Island. Visit the Pilkocaina temple and short hike to the village of Yumani, seeing on the way the agricultural terraces.

Descend on the Staircase of the Inca after drinking from the fountain of eternal youth.

Aphtapi lunch on route.

Boat ride to Moon Island to visit the Sacred Temple of the Virgins of the Sun, enjoying the views of Lake Titicaca and the Royal Range, certainly breathtaking.

Return to Copacabana and drive back to La Paz.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 14 La Paz - Rurrenabaque - Chalalan

Departure transfer from the hotel in La Paz. Flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque. Arrival transfer from the airport in Rurrenabaque to the point of the Beni River.

Night at Rurrenabaque.

Early departure where we board motorboats and get lifejackets. Start navigating towards Chalalan Eco lodge, the ride takes about 5 ½ hours on the Beni and the Tuichi Rivers. The journey is a great opportunity to watch and enjoy beautiful landscapes like the Bala George and the beautiful landscapes of the tropical jungle.

On route we might see some birds, reptiles and mammals. Snacks on route.

Arrival to the port of Chalalan and hike for 25 minutes, on the Jaguar trail, to the Chalalan Eco lodge on the shore of the lagoon of the same name.

Welcome and accommodations in the cabins.

Welcome lunch.

Afternoon hike on one of the theme paths, where our local guide will show how to interpret the sounds of the forest and the different uses of its resources.

Return by canoe to observe some species of monkeys and birds .

After dinner, night walk to observe insect, amphibians, spiders, reptiles and night birds.

Day 15 Chalalan Ecolodge – Madidi National Park

Breakfast at the Ecolodge. Guided walk for 3 to 4 hours on the Tapacare path or a similar one. During the walk we continue learning on how to interpret the sounds of the forest and the ecological processes. This is a great opportunity to, with a bit of luck; see some species of birds, mammals that live on trees and on the ground. Lunch at the Ecolodge.

In the afternoon, after a rest, visit to the lookout , from where we get an incredible view of all of the area of Lake Chalalan and the surroundings that cover an amazing primary tropical jungle of Madidi National Park.

Talk on the history of the community the Chalalan project and the creation of Madidi National Park.

Buffet dinner with traditional food of the area.

Ride on canoe to observe the shine of the caiman’s eyes and other animals.

Traditional Quechua Tacana night. Our local guides, according to their traditions and indigenous rituals of the Uchupiamonas, (use of coca leaves) will offer a small farewell gathering with music and dances and a local traditional drink.

Dinner and overnight at the ecolodge.

Day 16 Chalalan Ecolodge - Rurrenabaque

Breakfast at the Ecolodge and early in the morning, hike on one of the theme paths to observe the wild fauna. Lunch at 11:00 a.m. and walk to the shore of the Tuichi river to ride the boats back to Rurrenabaque.

During the journey it is recommended to keep eyes open to see some local animals.

After a 3 hour ride, arrival to Rurrenabaque and transfer to the airport for the flight from Rurrenabaque to La Paz.

Arrival transfer and overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 17 Departure transfer

Breakfast and departure to the airport.