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UNA EXPERIENCIA LLAMADA BOLIVIA



UNA EXPERIENCIA LLAMADA BOLIVIA (17 DIAS)

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.

Departure from Santa Cruz to Samaipata, (about 120 Km. /2.5 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.

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.

Day 3

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.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 4

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.

Full day hike to choose between the Pre-Hispanic Road (downhill 6 Km), Pictographs of Inacamachay and Pumamachay (8 Km. on the mountains) or Dinosaur Footprints of Maragua.

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 5

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.

Small indigenous market arranged by local women, with handicrafts. 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

After breakfast, visit to the Colonial Hacienda of Candelaria (storage rooms, chapel, etc.).

Free time to explore the area and enjoy the pure countryside air or to 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 indigenous oven

•          Quechua or Spanish basic lessons

•          Have your fortune told in coca leaves

•          Hiking to a nearby Indigenous community

Enjoy a typical lunch and return to Sucre in the afternoon. Dinner and show Bolivian Origins

Overnight at the hotel of your choice.

Day 7

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.

Day 8 Uyuni Incahuasi Island Coquesa

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 a picnic 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 gain different and just as impressive. Short hike on the hillside, to the entrance of the Cave of the Coquesa mummies.

If desired, you can stay and watch an amazing sunset. Dinner and overnight at Tayka Tahua Salt Hotel.

Day 9 Coquesa - Galaxy and Devil’s Cave – Ojo de Perdiz

Drive across the great plains of Salt 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.

Drive on the amazing landscape of 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. Box lunch on route.

Enter the vast Desert of Siloli.

Dinner and overnight at the Tayka Desert Hotel of Ojo de Perdíz.

Day 10 Ojo de Perdíz – Colored Lagoons - Uyuni

Breakfast and departure from Ojo de Perdiz, driving on the isolated but at the same time amazing

Desert of Siloli where we see the vicuñas feeding and 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 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.

Day 11

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 12 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 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 Staricase 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 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 where we board motorboats and get lifejackets. Start navigating towards Chalalan Ecolodge, the ride takes about 5 hours on the Beni and the Tuichi Rivers. The journey is a great opportunity to watch and enjoy beautiful landscapes like the Bala Gorge and the beautiful landscapes of the tropical jungle.

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

Arrival to the port of Chalalan and hike for 25 minutes, on the Jaguar trail, to the Chalalan Ecolodge 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 Eco lodge.

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.

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

Breakfast and departure to the airport.

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