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Our flagship Bolivia itinerary includes gracious colonial cities, surreal salt desert, hot springs, boiling mud, pink flamingos, dinosaurs, witches, and more!

Dive deep into South American history in beautiful Sucre, weird and wonderful La Paz, and the silver mines of Potosí, plus spend three days traversing the surreal salt desert of Uyuni.

Start:

Sucre

End:

La Paz

Maximum group size:

12 Guests

Duration:

3 11 days

Price:

US$ 3,490

Includes:

oCulture & Food pFamily nLuxury

Sucre and its profound insight into the economic beating heart of Spanish colonial times

Sucre and its profound insight into the economic beating heart of Spanish colonial times

Dark Shadows of Riches: Cerro Rico's Perilous Embrace

Dark Shadows of Riches: Cerro Rico's Perilous Embrace

Mini Mayhem: Giant Steps in a Tiny World

Mini Mayhem: Giant Steps in a Tiny World

Carved Canvas: Bolivian Desert's Sculpted Stones

Carved Canvas: Bolivian Desert's Sculpted Stones

La Paz: A City at the Edge of the Sky

La Paz: A City at the Edge of the Sky

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The trip in detail

Your guide will meet you at 1pm and take you for a meal at one of our favorite local restaurants, then spend the afternoon sharing Sucre with you - one of the most historically significant places in the Americas, as well as Bolivia’s most beautiful city.

Founded in 1538, the scene of the very beginning of the wars for Latin American independence from Spain in 1809, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991, Sucre oozes culture and history.

We’ll explore the area around Parque Bolivar, getting a feel for Sucre’s serene and elegant vibe, and sample Chocolates Para Ti - Bolivia’s most famous chocolates and a beloved national institution.

Meals: Lunch and dinner included

Accommodation: Comfortable four-star accommodation in Sucre

Cal Orck’o, the world’s greatest dinosaur footprint site, discovered in a cement quarry in 1994, is 2.5 miles (4km) outside Sucre, and we’ll head out here this morning to see thousands of footprints from 10 different species’ of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago.

This being South America, the site is marked by a theme park celebrating all things paleontological, complete with life-sized dinosaur statues and roaring sounds. Cal Orck’o truly has something for everyone!

We’ll spend the afternoon in historic Sucre, immersed in history, scenery, and colonial elegance, exploring picturesque squares and streets, the local market, a monastery and a mirador (lookout), and maybe even a museum or two.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Comfortable four-star accommodation in Sucre

This morning, we’ll check out la Glorieta, an eccentric pink castle whose features include a Russian minaret and a replica of Big Ben, constructed in the 1890s by the Prince and Princess of Glorieta, the only royalty in Bolivia’s history.

Then we’ll drive a scenic 56 miles (90km) to Potosí, gaining 9,200 feet (2,810m) in altitude along the way. By the time we arrive to Potosí - an oasis of well-preserved, elegant colonial architecture on a barren plateau in the freezing, windswept altiplano - we’re at 13,420 feet (4,090m) above sea level.

In Potosí we’ll have time to visit the Casa de la Moneda, once Bolivia’s mint, where most of the silver shipped through the Spanish Main came from, and now Bolivia’s most famous and beloved museum.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Comfortable accommodation in Potosí

Potosí sits beneath, and indeed owes its existence to, Cerro Rico - a hill that’s pretty much made of silver. It produced most of the world’s silver for more than a century in the time of the Spanish conquest. Potosí was then, briefly, one of the richest cities in the world.

The miners of Potosí lead one of the hardest lives imaginable, exposed to cold, danger of many different kinds, and incredibly hard work for incredibly long shifts, all for minimal gain - very few miners rise out of poverty. This morning we take a tour of a local mine with a local miner as our guide. This experience will leave you with a better understanding of the way Europe has extracted wealth from South America for the last 500 years, and how this continues to impact individuals today.

Then we’ll drive to Uyuni, where we’ll spend the night on the edge of the incredible Uyuni Salt Desert.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Palacio de Sal, Colchani

We’ll start with the industrial side of the salt desert - the train cemetery, where we can see the remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives, then Colchani, a tiny community where 25,000 tonnes of salt are processed each year for household consumption in Bolivia and Brazil.

The famous surreal scenery of the Salar begins in earnest at our next stop, Incahuasi Island (known as Fish Island), a weird, fuzzy yet spiky outcrop in the sea of white.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Palacio de Sal, Colchani

Today we’ll see lakes of different colors, crazy rock formations, an active volcano and more, all within the indescribable, other-wordly setting of the mind-bendingly flat, blindingly-white salt desert itself, and populated by llamas, flamingos, vicunas, and foxes. The Salar has to be seen to be believed.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Basic Accommodation in the Salt Flats

Our day starts with sunrise over geysers and a dip in a natural hot spring. Then we’ll pass through the Valle de Rocas, where we’ll see the weirdest rock formations yet, and the mining town of San Cristobal with its elaborate stone church, on our way back to Uyuni where we’ll spend our last evening at altitude, toasting the spectacle of sunset over the Salar.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Palacio de Sal, Colchani

We’ll take a quick flight to La Paz, then spend the day exploring its crazy corners and grueling gradients, and marvelling at the vistas of buildings clinging to the canyon sides. La Paz is a chaotic carnival of color and noise, where indigenous, colonial and modern worlds meet.

We’ll share the streets with bowler-hatted ladies and traffic zebras as we wander a labyrinth of street markets, palaces, churches, the world’s chillest jail, backwards clocks and bullet-pocked plazas. La Paz is like nowhere else on Earth!

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Comfortable four-star accommodation in La Paz

Today we’ll head for the hills above La Paz, starting with Valle de la Luna, a surreal lunar landscape where a clay mountain has eroded away to leave only weird clay spires clinging to the precipitous mountainside.

Later we'll take a scenic ride on the teleférico (cable car) to El Alto, a more indigenous than Spanish area, where we’ll experience firsthand the jolting, joyous clash and blend of ancient and modern that is South America’s greatest attraction for many (including Katy!).

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Comfortable four-star accommodation in La Paz

The ‘death road’ from La Paz to Yungas is one of the most dangerous in the world for drivers, and one of the greatest treats in the world for cyclists, due to its steady descent and stunning views. If you enjoy biking, you will love this day, which we will spend dropping 10,000 feet (3,000m) altitude in just a few hours, followed by a yummy lunch and swim in Coroico in the high jungle, before driving back to La Paz in the afternoon.

Meals: All meals included

Accommodation: Comfortable four-star accommodation in La Paz

You can book onward flights from La Paz for any time today you like, and we’ll get you to the airport on time. If you’re keen to explore more of Bolivia, let us know, we’re here to help!

Thank you for exploring Bolivia with us – hasta la próxima!

Meals: Breakfast included

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How much does this trip cost?

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3,490

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in a group of four to 12 people


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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • All accommodation (based on twin-share. Single supplement available for US$1000)
  • All ground transportation, including airport transfers at start and end of trip
  • Flight from Uyuni to La Paz
  • All attractions and activities specified in itinerary
  • Dedicated guide
  • All meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Clean, safe drinking water throughout the trip

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry and room service
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Accommodations

Accommodations on our Bolivia itineraries are our favorites in each town. In La Paz, Potosi and Sucre, we stay in clean, comfortable hotels of four-star standard. We spend one night in two-star level accommodation, which is the best available in the heart of the remote, bizarre Salar. In the Salar de Uyuni, we stay three nights in fascinating boutique accommodations of four-star standard, thoughtfully designed to complement and showcase the unusual materials of the region.

As on all of our trips, we can customize accommodations to suit your style and budget. Wanting to keep it simple or glam it up? Let us know and we can adjust to three-star or five-star level accommodations to make your trip uniquely yours!

Note

Itineraries in the Salar vary with the seasons - some sights are at their best in the rainy season, and others are inaccessible! This is a sample itinerary - talk to us about the best program for the time of year you are traveling.


Steve, Aspiring's co founder, says

Bolivia is the ultimate off the beaten track adventure destination, and is guaranteed to blow the mind of even the most experienced traveler - so naturally, I'm all about it!

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