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Lakes & Deserts

Lakes & Deserts

Purpose: Relaxation, Adventure, Discovery, Culture History
No. of days: 7 days - 6 nights
First & Last Cities: La Paz
Other cities: Copacabana, Sun Island, Uyuni, Colchani
Starting cost: $4,729
 
“Nuesta Señora de La Paz” is a city and municipality in Western Bolivia, capital of the department of La Paz, Bolivia's seat of Government and the legislatures and executives. The city was founded on October 20th, 1548 by the Spanish captain Alonso de Mendoza and the center of the city is located on an altitude of approximately 10800 feet above the sea level.
 
Day 1: La Paz
Upon arrival at El Alto International Airport, private transfer to your selected hotel in La Paz. Your private tour starts with pick up at your hotel. Visit the city center and the most important landmarks of the city. See “Plaza Murillo”, seat of (Bolivian) federal government. Here we will visit the immense Cathedral and Presidential Palace known as the Palacio Quemado (Burnt Palace). The nick name was given due to its near destruction in 1875 during an uprising against the then President of Bolivia. Our next stop will be at the famous Witches Market, where you will be intrigued by the fascinating products on sale. Here vendors sell a number of goods used in rituals to evocate the spirits of the Indigenous Aymara people. The last stop on the tour is Moon Valley, a place where the erosion has caused stony forms, giving the sensation to be in a real lunar environment. Return to your hotel. Overnight in La Paz. [L]
 
Day 2: La Paz, Copacabana, Sun Island
Depart by road from La Paz to the city of Copacabana located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Arrival in Copacabana and visit the Sanctuary home of the the Black Virgin. A hydrofoil will cross from Copacabana to The Moon Island. Upon arrival visit the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun, or Iñak Uyu. The Sun Island is the second stop, to visit the Pilcocaina temple and walk with llamas to the hotel.  Lunch and afternoon free to explore the surrounding area. Dinner and overnight stay at Posada del Inca Eco-Lodge. [B/L/D]
 
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Day 3: Sun Island, Copacabana, La Paz
Morning at leisure to enjoy the island at your pace. Visit the great Inca stairway to see sacred spring: its underground waters grant youth and eternal happiness. Lunch is served in Uma Kollu Archaeological Restaurant. Visit the small handicraft market, tour the Andean Roots Eco-Village, the Altiplano Museum, the artisan’s village, mud igloos and the funeral towers of the Urus Chipayas.  Finally, meet with the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris vessels used in expeditions to cross the Atlantic. By road back to your hotel in La Paz. [B/L]
 
Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world's largest salt flat, located at an altitude of over 10000 feet high, with 4,086 sq. miles. It t is the world’s largest salt flat, left behind by prehistoric lakes, covered by layers of salt. The large area, clear skies, and exceptional flatness of the surface transforms the flat into the world's largest mirror, 80 miles across
 
Day 4: La Paz, Uyuni, Colchani
In the morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to Uyuni ** Afternoon transfer available at additional charge**. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in Uyuni. This afternoon you choose one activity from the choices below. Overnight in Colchani. [B/L/D]
 
Day 5: Colchani
Choose 2 or more activities from the ones listed below. [B/L/D]
 
Available activities:
1- Cultural activity: Visit the architectural site of Alcaya (1/2 day)
The communities around the northern edge of the Salar de Uyuni are a mix of the indigenous Quechua and Aymara cultures, meaning their history and traditions are often combined. The impressively preserved burial site of Alcaya, located at the foot of the spiritual peak that is the Thunupa volcano (1-hour drive from the lodge) is a good example of this. and makes for a magical setting. Exploring the different burial sites and impressive stone constructions, together with your Kachi guide and one of the local villagers, you will be able to see preserved individuals buried hundreds of years ago, together with their possessions, so that they wouldn’t enter the next life empty handed. , You’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local villager’s home and share in their daily life for a short while.
 
 2- Adventure: Magical 4x4 drives across Salar Salt flats (1/2 day)
This will generally be your first activity on arrival into Uyuni, since driving across the flats is the way to access Kachi Lodge. On route however, we will take some detours to visit some of the less frequented “islands” found in the middle of the salt flats. Also, while the flat themselves are only flooded at certain times of the year, you will always find the impressive “Ojos de Sal”, natural pools of water which often create beautiful large salt crystal formations.  A private picnic lunch on the flats will be another special experience, with local gastronomy adding to the magic of your meal. The salt flats are also a photographer’s dream, with unique tricks of perspective taking place due to the clean air and high altitude. Your guide will be on hand to help bring this to life for you.  Finally, a visit to the Salinas to learn about the salt extraction process with help demonstrate the financial as well as ecological importance of this zone, and the difficult balance that exists to maintain both.
 
3- Scientific: Astronomy experience in the lodge
With telescopes and expert guides on hand to bring this to life for you, a clear night sky on the flats is a common occurrence, and the lack of artificial light means you can enjoy the constellations more fully than almost anywhere on the planet. You’ll also learn about the Andean cosmology, and the different beliefs that the ancient cultures had about the night sky. 
 
4- Sportive: Treck to the crater of Thunupa Volcano (1/2 day)
The volcano Thunupa is considered one of the energy centers for the local communities, and what better way to experience its magnificence than reaching the edge of the crater at 15,,000 feet. A challenging 4x4 track on the western side of the peak can take us much of the way, with a 1 ½ hour trek to the crater itself sure to take your breath away. The summit located at 16,000 feet is a much more technical climb, but your vantage point on the crater’s edge is more accessible, and equally rewarding with the view it will give you. Descend via the same route, and then return via the Salar to the Lodge for a well-earned lunch (or dinner).
 
Day 6: Colchani- Uyuni, La Paz
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to La Paz. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. [B]

Day 7: La Paz- home
At agreed time transfer to the airport to board your flight home, or to your next destination
 
[B] = Breakfast | [L] = Lunch | [B/L] = Breakfast and Lunch | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


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Tour includes
  • Private services throughout the program
  • 6 nights’ accommodation at hotels of preference:
    • La Paz 3 nights’ accommodation at hotel Boutique La Casona
    • Sun Island 1night accommodation at Posada del Inca Eco-Lodge.
    • Colchani (Uyuni) 2 nights’ accommodation at Kachi Lodge.
  • Meals:
    • Daily breakfast
    • 5 lunches
    • 3 dinners
  • Activities of choice at Salar de Uyuni
  • Assistance and tours in La Paz are private handled by English speaking guides
  • Assistance and activities in Sun Island and Salar are shared with English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • All hotel taxes
Not included in tour
  • International or Domestic airfares
  • Any taxes and surcharges relating to airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry Visa and visa fees
  • Wi-Fi at hotels except as indicated
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as indicated
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extras and gratuities
  • Early check-in, late check-out (Most hotels begin check-in around 2:00pm).
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Room Type Tripadvisor
Deluxe
La Paz La Casona Hotel Boutique Standard 4
Sun Island Posada del Inca Eco-Lodge. Standard 4.5
Colchani (Uyuni) Kachi Lodge* Luxury Dome 4

Hotels will be confirmed at time of booking


Tour Pricing

Season Double
2020 Departures
January - December $4,729
Rates are per person and may change without notice
Single supplement is available upon request.
Rates do not apply for major holidays and special events. Other blackout dates may apply.
NOTE: Visa is required for US Citizens traveling to Bolivia
 
Tour Code: BO01LBP20PB