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From Tiwanacu to Uyuni (ATC 03)

Experience the wonders of Bolivia on this spectacular trip through unique sceneries in the Andes and the Altiplano. Visit Tiwanacu, Lake Titicaca Sucre-- the capital and the most beautiful city of Bolivia, Potosi and be amazed at the marvel and surreal Uyuni Salt Lake.

  • Featuring Tiwanacu, Sucre, Potosi -Uyuni
  • Available throughout the year

Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz
Our journey through Tiwanacu, Sucre, Potosi and the Uyuni Salt Lake starts once we arrived to El Alto International Airport in La Paz. Welcome to Bolivia! A car will transfer us to our hotel, where we will register and then take a quick tour of this beautiful and historic city located high in the Andes
Day 2: Tiwanacu-Copacabana
A morning departure will take us to the ancient and amazing ruins of Tiwanacu. During our drive we will overlook the magnificent Lake Titicaca. At the midpoint of our trip, the group will board a ferryboat to travel through the Strait of Tiquina. After reaching Copacabana in 4.5 hours, we will register into the hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Isla Del Sol
From Copacabana, we will travel by boat to the northern section of Isla Del Sol (Island of the Sun) this area is called La Chincana - referring to actual pre-Inca tunnels, engineered in the area- where we’ll begin an adventurous 4.5-hour hike to the southern part of the island. A local hotel will provide accommodation for the night. But, prior to “calling it a day”, we will venture out to a scenic point on the island that provides a perfect view of the sunset over the gorgeous Lake Titicaca. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Isla Del Sol-Copacabana-La Paz
After breakfast, our hike will lead us to the village of Yumani, “The Garden of the Incas”, also we will walk through Pilkokaina to board a boat for the return trip to Copacabana. Enjoy a walking tour of the city, visits to the main plaza, Catedral de Copacabana, and maybe Horca Del Inca (Incan Gallows). After lunch we’ll take scenic roads on our return to a night’s stay in La Paz. (B, L)
Day 5: La Paz - Sucre
In the morning we will check out of the hotel in La Paz, and then be transported to the airport for a flight to the city of Sucre. After checking in at the hotel we will go for lunch. In the afternoon we will tour the most beautiful city in Bolivia. Among its many attractions, we will find the Recoleta Convent, which is compelling and also offers a great view of Sucre and the hills surrounding the city. Later during the day, we will visit the historic “House of Liberty” where Simon Bolivar signed Bolivia’s Act of Independence in 1825, creating a free republic. Then our tour will take us to the Colonial Museum to learn more about Bolivia’s fascinating colonial history. We will also have the chance to view Bolivia’s best examples of indigenous textile art (weavings) at the Textile museum’s unique and colorful exhibit. (B, L)
Day 6: Sucre - Potosi
After breakfast in Sucre, we will take a morning ride --approximately three hour trip-- to Potosi, once considered the largest and richest city in the Americas, founded during the 16th century. We will travel from the warm Andean subtropical valleys where Sucre is nestled, to the high Puna grasslands and the Altiplano located over 13,000 feet above sea level. Upon arrival in Potosi, we will discuss amazing facts about the city. With its narrow streets and mix of baroque, gothic and indigenous architecture - Potosi is considered a “World Heritage” site. A visit to the impressive Royal Mint House* is a must since 400 years of history are preserved within the museum. Other attractions include the main Cathedral, and churches. After our extensive tour we will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at a local hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Potosí-Uyuni-Colchani
At 9:00 am, visit to the Mercado Minero (the Miner’s Market) to buy gifts for the “Pachamama” (Mother Earth), “El Tio” (the Devil or mine’s guardian) and the miners. Gifts consist of: coca leaves, tobacco, candy and alcohol. At arrival to the mine entrance of Cerro Rico, we are given a special outfit which includes a coat, rubber boots and a helmet. Before entering the mine, we have to first give an offering to the Pachamama and then to “El Tio”, as the local miners do. Having done our offerings, we move farther into the mine through the tunnels that take us to different levels. On our way we will see groups of miners working. After lunch, we depart to the Salar de Uyuni, this ride through the Altiplano will take about 4 hours. Along the journey, we will stop at the town of Pulacayo and at other viewpoints to take pictures. Upon arrival in Colchani-the gateway to Salar de Uyuni--we will check into one of the special hotels made of salt blocks! (B, L, D)
Day 8: Uyuni Salt Lake
On this day, after an early breakfast, we are going to board smaller vehicles to travel on the Salar de Uyuni. On dry season our first stop will be Isla Incahuasi, where we can enjoy an iconic and unique 360-degree landscape view. Lunch. In the afternoon, we cross the Salar de Uyuni to reach the hillsides of the Tunupa Volcano, a perfect setting to learn more about the fascinating nature, geology, and history of human occupation in this part of Bolivia. Enjoy an amazing sunset on our way back to Colchani. Transfer to our hotel in Uyuni, dinner on our own. (B, L)Note. Keep in mind that on wet season (Jan to March) due to flooding, we will NOT be able to visit the Isla Incahuasi and access the Tunupa Volcano. In this case the tour will take us to the entrance of the Salar de Uyuni.
Day 9: Uyuni - La Paz
After breakfast in the morning we fly to the city of La Paz. This flight will take 45 minutes and after a reception in La Paz we’ll be transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is ours to enjoy as we wish. (B)
Day 10: Departure Back Home
Last day in Bolivia, after breakfast we will check out of the hotel and we will be transfer to El Alto Airport.

Included

  • Accommodation (La Paz, Copacabana, Isla Del Sol, Sucre, Potosi and Uyuni)
  • Daily meals
  • Airplane tickets La Paz – Sucre, Uyuni – La Paz
  • Ground transportation Sucre- Potosi - Uyuni
  • Bilingual guide

Not Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Medical insurance
  • Phone calls
  • Local or international airport taxes US$ 3.00 and US$ 35.00 respectably

Notes

  • * The Royal Mint House is closed on Mondays; therefore, we visit Santa Teresa Convent instead.
  • This tour can be operated any other date, not only on fix departures dates
  • Fix departure dates: every first Friday of each month

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