Private transfer from the airport to the hotel
Dinner at a local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included)
Overnight Cortez Hotel.
AM: HALF DAY CITY TOUR
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.
Lunch at a local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included)
PM: Santa Cruz - Samaipata: We take to the road in our 4WDs as we head south-eastwards towards Samaipata which lies at an altitude of 1650m in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental. This sleepy village will be our base for exploring the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Fuerte. This pre-Incan ceremonial hilltop site is one Bolivia’s most intriguing archaeological sites and yet it receives very few visitors.
Dinner at a local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included) Overnight in El Pueblito or similar
Our journey continues today as we head towards Vallegrande and La Higuera in the Andean foothills. Not only is the scenery in this part of Bolivia quite charming, it is also is home to a darker history in being the place where Che Guevara met his end in 1967. Here is the end of the so-called Ruta Del Che and we’ll have time to visit the local town and learn about the man himself at the Museum of Che Guevara, which has been established in the little school where he was kept prisoner and finally killed.
Dinner and Over Casa de los Amigos or similar
A picturesque morning’s drive takes us to Puente Santa Rosa and on to Villa Serrano, home to the largest charango (a traditional Andean instrument) in the world! Later we’ll continue to the small village of Candelaria, which will be our home for the next two nights.
Dinner and overnight Hacienda Candelaria.
After breakfast we’ll talk a stroll around the village of Candelaria to visit the homes of the indigenous who live here and who mainly make a living as weavers producing some of the country’s most beautiful textiles. For those with an active interest, this is also a great chance to purchase textiles and souvenirs directly from the weavers. In the afternoon we’ll take a walk to a nearby Inca bridge before returning to the hacienda to help bake bread for this evening in a traditional oven. Dinner and overnight Hacienda Candelaria
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.
Morning departure to Tarabuco and attendance to the local Sunday market. Typical Sunday lunch.
DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS - CALORCKO
This area contains an impressive group of different species dinosaur footprints located in the almost vertical calcareous wall of Cal Orck’o. Investigations suggest that they are 65 million years old, belonging to the Cretaceous period.
There are examples of both biped and quadruped prints, indicating that the different species co-inhabited the area, including the mighty Rex Tyrannosaurus.
From the Cretaceous Park it is possible to admire these prints, as well as real size models made by experts has been opened, showing not only the features of the dinosaurs, but also the typical flora of the time.
The visit lasts 2 hours
Overnight Hostal du Su Merced or similar
AM HISTORY AND TRADITIONS IN SUCRE – HALF DAY
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
Private transfer from Sucre to Potosi.* Lunch at an unusual local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included)
Visit to the Convent of Santa Teresa that besides its beauty is a must to understand the religious life in the colonial times.
Dinner at an unusual local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included)
Overnight at Cima Argentum or similar
Visit to the Casa de la Moneda (National Mint), where the procedure used for minting coins in different periods is seen. (Closed on Monday)
Lunch at an unusual local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included)
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.
Private transfer from Potosí to Uyuni
Only 15 minutes out of Uyuni we find a very unusual train repair shop, where the machines are from the late 1800 and have stopped working after so much technological development.
These trains are on an isolated flatland where the wind is their eternal companion and they have become an icon of Uyuni.
Dinner and overnight Salts Hotel.
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 Quemes, 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 Quemes.
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.
Box lunch on route.
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 Desert of Siloli.
Dinner and overnight at the Tayka Desert Hotel of Ojo de Perdíz
Breakfast and departure to Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), where 3 different types of flamingoes nest .Box lunch and continue to see the Sol de Mañana Fumaroles and visit Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde (White and Green Lagoons) at the feet of the Llicancahur Volcano.
Transfer to Hito Cajon and San Pedro de Atacama
Dinner at a local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included)
Overnight at La Casa de Don Thomas
San Pedro de Atacama: With a very early morning start we’ll travel out to the Tatio Geysers at an altitude of 4,320m. We plan to arrive by sunrise so as to be able to appreciate the impressive geothermal display and perhaps even take a plunge in the waters whose temperatures average a welcoming 30°C. After exploring the area, we’ll return in the late morning to San Pedro for a free afternoon. If conditions allow it may also be possible to arrange a visit to the nearby observatory to take in the grandeur of the night skies.
Lucnh and dinner at a local restaurant including full meal (drinks not included)
La Casa de Don Thomas or similar
PM Transfer to Calama airport
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