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Colors and Flavors of Bolivia



COLORS AND FLAVORS OF BOLIVIA

Pax: Min 2 - Max 12

Departures 2016:

- September: 9

Net rate per Person: USD 2987.-

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Day 1

Private transfer from the airport to the hotel of your choice.

Visit to the local Zoo where there is a native species of the region. Visit the Main Square (Plaza 24 de Septiembre), 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 and some of the most important monuments in Santa Cruz.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 2

Breakfast and departure transfer for flight to Sucre.

Arrival transfer. Visit to the charming and beautiful city of Sucre where there is a variety of unique Museums to 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 Nery, The Monastery of la Recoleta, University Colonial, Anthropological and Modern Art Museum.

The visit lasts 3 hours.

Dinner and show Orígenes Bolivianos.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 3

Breakfast.

Morning departure to 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.

Small indigenous market arranged by local women, with handicrafts.

Visit to the Colonial Hacienda of Candelaria (storage rooms, chapel, etc.). Typical lunch at the Hacienda.

If time allows it, short walk to the Inca Bridge and return to Sucre in the evening

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 4

Breakfast and private transfer from Sucre to Potosi. Visit to the Casa de la Moneda (National Mint), where the procedure used for minting coins in different periods is seen. (Closed on Monday).

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.

Lunch at a local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included).

Visit to the Convent of Santa Teresa that besides its beauty is a great display of the religious life in the colonial times.

Continue trip to Uyuni and Colchani. Dinner and overnight at a Salt Hotel.

Stargazing on the Salt Flats is a very special experience. Stars on the Southern Hemisphere are seen with magnificent glow and splendor, and they are most enjoyable with a taste of Bolivian warm wine.

Day 5: Uyuni Incahuasi Island San Pedro de Quemez

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 on the Island.

Drive to the southern shore of the Uyuni Salt Flats, to the Galaxy Cave, called so, because of its resemblance to an out of earth site.

This is an underwater cave of remote times and next to it, is the Devil’s Cave, and ancient cemetery of pre Incan cultures, the Lípez, that lived in the area.

Learn about how these places were discovered and the legends and traditions of the locals.

Continue trip to the village of San Pedro de Quemez, where you can walk on the small Andean town and visit the ruins of the old burnt town.

Dinner and overnight at the Tayka Stone Hotel of San Pedro de

Quemez.

Day 6: San Pedro de Quemez – Colored Lagoons – Villamar

Breakfast and beginning of a journey of amazing landscapes such as the Stone Army, entry point to the Chiguana Salt Flats, a vast extension of borax plains.

Continue the journey and visit a valley of petrified lava with natural formations that still show the motion of the flowing lava and allow us to imagine the past times in this region.

From this point, admire the only active volcano of the area, the Ollague Volcano.                                                                                                

Continue trip to the minor lagoons. The most interesting ones are Laguna Cañapa and Laguna Hedionda, for their natural inhabitants: the flamingos that parade on the shore on the company of other smaller birds. Enter the vast, isolated but at the same time amazing Desert of Siloli, where we see the vicuñas feeding and where the famous Stone Tree stands.

Arrival to the western side of 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 waters make a surreal landscape. Box lunch on route.

Return to Villamar 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.

Dinner and overnight in Villamar.

Day 7: Villamar - Andean Villages - Train Cemetery - Uyuni                                    

Return to Uyuni passing by an Altiplano landscape where we see the small Andean towns.

Visit on route the Catal Lagoon and Black Lagoon, the Valley of the Rocks and Old Italy, a rock formation that resembles some great European constructions.

Walk along the Alota River where we see mainly birds of the region. Picnic lunch on route.

Drive by San Cristobal, a colonial town, now the largest source of silver in the world, where it is possible to visit the church that has original frescos on the wall.

Visit to the train cemetery and arrival to Uyuni.

Day 8

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

Arrival transfer in La Paz.

Enjoy the contrast and variety of the most interesting sites in La Paz for about 4 hours, visiting Plaza Murillo to see the Government Palace, the local Cathedral and the Congress building. Then visit the Gold Museum, San Francisco Church, the biggest handicraft market in town known as the Witches Market, Los Andes street artisans, the Killi Killi outlook.

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.

Visit some southern neighborhoods such as Obrajes, Calacoto and San Miguel.

At the end of the tour, visit the Moon Valley, Return to the hotel. Note: The Gold Museum and other municipal museums are closed on Monday.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 9: La Paz -Tiahuanaco -Copacabana

Breakfast and departure from La Paz 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 10 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.

Lunch at Sun Island.

Boat ride to Moon Island to visit the Sacred Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. 

Return to Copacabana and drive back to La Paz. Overnight at the Hotel of your choice.

Day 11

Breakfast and departure from La Paz to “La Cumbre” at 4650 m.a.s.l., This is the highest point on this journey and the landscape is truly breathtaking. Drive for about two hours through and impressive mountain road between cliffs and rocky walls down to the Yungas rain forest located at 1700 m.a.s.l. In Coroico visit coca, coffee, fruit crops according to season. Have a lunch and explore the town.

Return to La Paz.

Overnight at the Hotel of your choice.

Day 12

Breakfast and departure transfer to the airport.


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