Bolivia in 7 day - land only
|Starting from||R27 800|
|Package Validity||Set dates between JAN - DEC 2018.|
|Starts in||Santa Cruz|
|Ends in||La Paz|
- 6 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily with selected lunches & dinners
- Transport throughout the tour as per the itinerary
- Private 4x4 cars from Potosí to & and Salt Desert visits
- Assistance of local English speaking guides
- Admission fees to the sites to be visited as per the itinerary
** Excludes air ticket Santa Cruz – Sucre starting from approx. USD65 per person, air ticket Uyuni-La Paz starting from approx. USD125 per person & airport tax in Uyuni starting from approx. USD3 per person
Arrival in Santa Cruz.
Reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Santa Cruz - Sucre
Transfer to the airport. Flight Boliviana de Aviación OB VIVRE 0920-1005 usd 65.00 not included
Founded in 1538 by the conquistador Pedro Anzures, the city quickly became the center of Spanish power throughout the region and the residence of the wealthy owners of the silver mines of Potosí. The Universidad Mayor Real y Pontificia de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca was founded in 1624 and was the center of the intellectual and artistic activity in this part of the continent. Proud of its cultural heritage, the city has retained its colonial style and in 1991 was named World Heritage by UNESCO.
Transfer to the hotel.
Lunch in a restaurant.
Half day city tour with the Plaza de la Recoleta, San Felipe de Neri with a beautiful view of the colonial city, the ASUR Museum Foundation, Main square, Independence House (closed on Mondays) Museo del Tesoro.
Evening at leisure
Sucre - Tarabuco (Jatun Yampara) - Potosi
Only on Sundays, transfer to Tarabuco to visit the traditional Sunday market where Yampara people go to sell their traditional weaves. Possibility to watch the typical dance “pujllay”.
Lunch in a restaurant
Return to Sucre.
Afternoon, transfer of 170 Km, (3 hours) to the city of Potosí, crossing the temperate valley of Chuquisaca and begin a scenic climb along the Andean Cordillera to the highlands of Bolivia and the region of the large mines of silver and tin.
Evening at leisure
If the visit is not on a Sunday, it will be replaced by a visit to the Jatun Yampara Indian Community to learn about their culture and handicrafts. Lunch included.
Potosi - Uyuni - Colchani
Founded in 1546 by the conquistador Juan de Villarroel, who had detected the most fabulous silver mine from colonial times. The city rapidly expanded in 1611 and was the richest silver producer in the Western world and in 1625 the city had more inhabitants than London or Paris. Faced with the disproportionate wealth of Spanish owners, this city was a tragedy for millions of Indians who died in forced labor in the mines of Cerro Rico de Potosí. The city still retains its monuments of the colony, its narrow streets and colonial houses. In 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Morning, visit to a cooperative mine. Make your way through the muddy and narrow passageways of the mine. The miners are proud of their work in such tough conditions and generally happy for visitors to enjoy their toil.
Time at leisure for lunch (not included)
Afternoon, departure for a 4 hours trip to the mining and railway center of Uyuni. Panoramic trip through the Highland plains and small oasis of Chaquilla, Visicia, Ticatica, small villages built along a river emerged from the Andean infinity. Stop at the entrance of the old silver mine Pulacayo which was already exploited at Inca times and which reached its heyday in the early twentieth century when its owner connected it with the Pacific coast with some of the first steam locomotives of the South American continent. Arrival at Uyuni. Visits of the old steam locomotives cemetery and forward to COLCHANI at the border of the Salt Desert of Uyuni and registration at hotel. Transfer to the border of the Salt Desert to watch a spectacular Andean Sunset while enjoying an aperitif.
Colchani - Salt Desert - Uyuni - La Paz
Visit a small familiar salt industry and traverse on the Salt Desert up to the Village of Coqueza, visit the little museum and take a 4x4 ride up to the Volcano Tunupa for a general overview and visit a small cave with a group of mommies. Box lunch on the salt desert Traverse 50 km on the Salt Desert up to Island Incahuasi. Walk around the giant cactus’ path up to the Island summit. Traverse to Uyuni and forward to the airport. Flight Boliviana de Aviación OB UYULPB 2040-2140 usd 125.00 not included
Reception and transfer to the hotel
During rainy season (from January to April approximately) the visits to salt desert, for security reasons, are 12 km traverse (one hour at low speed) up to former Salt Hotel Playa Blanca. Return the same way to Colchani.
Clients must be informed about this possibility during rainy season
The city was founded in 1548 by Captain Alonso de Mendoza on the banks of the river Choqueyapu (washer gold) has long been a city bridge between Potosí and Peru. Historic places of the first uprising July 16 1809 against the power of the Spanish Colony, the city has captured the legislative and executive power from the capital Sucre after a civil war between liberals and conservatives South North. Hanging on the side of a steep valley, thousands of small adobe house with their roofs of corrugated sheets are an incredible spectacle in front of majestic Mount Illimani of 6140 m. The city, with its crowded streets with a totally chaotic vehicular traffic, its Indian markets, its old build in ruin houses surrounded by modern skyscrapers, it's sleepy sloping topography, impresses visitors with its strong Andean Indian character. Half day visit to the city of La Paz, beginning with the Colonial Center, Ethnographic and Folkloric Museum (closed on Mondays), Plaza Murillo, Linares Street known as witch market, handicraft market of the Sagarnaga Street, San Francisco Church. Descent by cable car to the Irpavi station, and forward to Moon Valley. Lunch in a restaurant.
Rest of the day at leisure