From the Amazon to The Andes: 11 Days Tour

Day 1 Santa Cruz

Private transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Free Afternoon to rest and relax.

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.

Typical lunch.

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.

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

Overnight at El Pueblito or similar.

Day 3 Samaipata – La Higuera. Che Guevara’s route

Our journey continues today as we head towards Vallegrande and La Higuera in the Andean foothills. Not only the scenery in this part of Bolivia is quite charming, it is also home to a darker history in being the place where Che Guevara met his end in 1.967. 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.

Typical lunch.

Dinner and Overnight at Casa de los Amigos or similar.

Day 4 La Higuera - Candelaria

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 at very simple accomodations.

Day 5 Candelaria

A great chance to learn about the countryside life in Bolivia.

Visit the indigenous homes where we see the way men and women artisans live and work. A good opportunity to purchase your fine souvenirs directly from the weavers and get your photo with them.

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

Typical lunch at the Hacienda.

Work with one of our local weavers and learn how to spin wool in a local drop spindle or, if preferred, short walk to the Inca Bridge.

Dinner and overnight Hacienda Candelaria at very simple accomodations.

Day 6 Tarabuco – Sucre

The indigenous market of Tarabuco, 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 from Candelaria, attendance to the local Sunday market. Typical Sunday lunch.

Arrive to Sucre.

Lunch at a local Restaurant.

Afternoon visit Dinosaur Footprints.

The largest site with dinosaur footprints in the world.

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. The park shows not only the features of the dinosaurs, but also the typical flora of the time.

The visit lasts 2 hours.

Overnight at Sucre at the hotel of your choice.

Day 7 Sucre. History and Traditions, Half Day

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 8 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 9 Colchani - Laguna Hedionda - Ojo de Perdiz

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit the train cemetery where we find a very unusual train repair shop, machines are from the late 1800 and have stopped working.

These trains lay on an isolated flatland where the wind is their eternal companion, becoming an icon of Uyuni.

Continue to Laguna Cañapa and Laguna Hedionda, passing by the small Andean towns and the Valley of the Rocks. These Lagoons are known for its natural inhabitants: the flamingos that parade on the shore on the company of other smaller birds. Lunch on route.

Enter the vast Desert of Siloli, seeing some of the native animals of the area such as herds of wild vicuñas feeding. With a bit of luck, we may also see vizcachas, a type of wild long tailed rabbit.

Dinner and overnight at Ojo de Perdiz Desert Hotel.

Day 10 Ojo de Perdiz - Laguna Colorada – Uyuni

Breakfast and departure from Ojo de Perdiz, driving on the amazing Desert of Siloli where the famous Stone Tree stands.

Arrival to the western side of Laguna Colorada, the main 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 merge into a surreal landscape.

Lunch on route.

Return to Colchani.

Overnight at Salt Hotel of your choice.

Day 11 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 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.

Enjoy lunch in the middle of the Salt Flats.

Return to Colchani watching the amazing sunset on the Salt Flats.

Return to Uyuni.