Eastern and Altiplano 14 days Group | BOLTEA14GROUP

place+ SEE FULL ITINERARY AND VISITSClick to see the full itinerary day by dayhome HOTELS | Accommodation is either in hotel, hostal, shelter, home stay or camping depending on your program.directions_car DAILY TRANSPORTS | Different transport are organized for your trip: Transfer when you arrive and leave, private transport for your visit and programed activities, domestic flight(s) depending on your program. translate GUIDES |English Speaking Guides: private or group tours with different local English speaking guides (no tour leader)restaurant MEALS |For lunch (where included) it will either be a lunch box or a hot meal and for dinner (where included) you will be served a hot meal. Please refer to the program for more precision

place Day 1. Santa Cruz ArrivalNo Visit today --- homecheck --- |Hotel Continental Park or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transfert Airport - Hotel ~45mn--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantclear -- |No meal organize this day

Today you arrive in Santa Cruz de la Sierra at the international Airport Viru Viru from where you will be transferred to your hotel. There are no activities planned for today and you can take the time to explore Santa Cruz on foot.

place Day 2. Santa Cruz City Tour Visit Santa Cruz Half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Continental park or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private transport for visits--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included

We leave around 09h45 after breakfast to visit the church of Concepción, the Missional Museum and the handicraft workshop (except weekends) as well as the anthropology museum or the Casa España. We visit the viewpoint of the Zapocó dam where we can observe different birds of prey and after lunch we return to Santa Cruz (around 18h00) and the evening is free.

place Day 3. Santa Cruz- Samaipata – Santa CruzVisit Samaipata Full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Continental Park or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private transport to Samaipata and return ~5h45--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast and Lunch are included

We leave Santa Cruz after breakfast to reach the high valleys to visit the Fort Samaipata “El Fuerte de Samaipata” which was declared a cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 1998. Upon arrival, we leave on foot with our local guide to discover the archaeological site. The ceremonial centre of Samaipata is the most important Pre-Hispanic work in South America and ancient cultures have carved figurines of animals (snakes and pumas), channels and triangular niches on a stone block. After this impressive visit, we drive to Santa Cruz where the rest of the day is free.

place Day 4. Santa Cruz – Sucre City TourVisit Sucre Half day --- homecheck --- | Hotel Mi pueblo Samary or similar --------- directions_carflightcheck -------- |Transfer Hotel-Airport ~45mn / Flight Santa Cruz-Sucre ~1h00 / Transfer Airport-Hotel ~20mn/ Private transport for visits--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included

After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Sucre (departure times vary depending on the day). Arrived in Sucre we are transferred to the hotel and after lunch we leave to visit Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia also called the White City. This gem of Baroque art and the Renaissance is the most European cities in Bolivia and probably one of the most beautiful in Latin America. Founded in 1538 by order of Pizarro, Sucre was destined to become the residence and the centre of the Spanish bourgeoisie. From an architectural point of view, Sucre has remained like a postcard of the 19th century which is of course part of its charm. Sucre is considered the most beautiful city in Bolivia, but apart from its beauty and atmosphere of the 18th & 19th centuries, Sucre also has the advantage of being the historic capital of Bolivia. We visit the various museums, the Textile Asur as well as the Casa de la Libertad, which saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence August 6, 1825. The evening is free to enjoy Sucre.

place Day 5. Sucre – Potosi city tourVisit Potosi Half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Santa Teresa or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transfer Sucre-Potosi ~2h00 / Private transport for visits / --- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included

At 08h00 we leave Sucre for Potosi. Potosi was once one of the largest cities in the world with a population over 200.000 people and is one of the highest cities in the world. It lies beneath the Cerro Rico Mountain (“rich mountain”) which was the reason for the town’s historical importance because of its important silver ore. Arrived in Potosi we go for a tour of the city which is still considered one of the most beautiful cities in Bolivia. We visit the Casa de la Moneda, and the Compañía de Jesus Tower. The evening is free to enjoy Potosi.

place Day 6. Potosi - UyuniNo visit today --- homecheck --- |Hotel Jardines de Uyuni or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private transport Potosi-Uyuni ~3h00--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included

After the breakfast, we leave for Uyuni. This small town east of the Salar de Uyuni was once a railway transit town and still has to two train lines thanks to the Chuquicamata mine in Chile and tourism. From Potosi, we drive through the beautiful landscape of the volcanic Cordillera Los Frailes and we expect to arrive in Uyuni for lunch. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Uyuni before our visit to the Salar de Uyuni the next morning.

* Depending on the season and the weather, the itinerary will change and there are some sights which are not always accessible!

place Day 7. Uyuni – San Pedro de QuemezVisit Uyuni salt flat full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Tayka de piedra or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private 4x4 vehicule for the visit ~5h00--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included

We start our journey around 10h30 in the morning and our first visit will be the locomotive cemetery, the result of an abandoned project to build a big network of trains out of Uyuni. From here we continue to Colchani which is a small village situated on the edge of the Salar and who’s inhabitants live from salt exploitation. In Colchani we discover how salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique. We now enter the famous Salar de Uyuni; the biggest salt desert in the world with acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2. One of the particularities of the Uyuni Salt Flat is that it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnes of Lithium which represents 40% of world production. We head to the Island Incahuasi, a geological formation that is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered with giant cactus that can get up to 12m/39.37ft high. From the top of the island we have a wonderful 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni. After lunch our journey continue to San Pedro de Quemez situated at the doors of the Lipez desert. We arrive at San Pedro de Quemez around 16h00 and the evening is free.

*The mines are closed on Sundays so if today is a Sunday we will go for a tour of the city instead.

place Day 8. San Pedro de Quemez – Ojo de PerdizVisit Lipez desert Full day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Tayka del desierto or Similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private 4x4 vehicule for the visit ~5h00--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included

We continue our tour of south Bolivia and from San Pedro de Quemez we pass the Uyuni – Ollague railway, which is the property of the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina), before crossing the Salar de Chiguana. We observe the still active volcano Ollague and even from far we can see its fumarole. We follow the famous Jewel Route which is composed of the Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda and Ramadita. We arrive at Ojo del Perdiz in the Siloli Desert where we spend the night.

place Day 9. Ojo de Perdiz – Uyuni – La PazVisit Lipez desert Full day --- homecheck --- | Hotel Naira or Similar--------- directions_carflightcheck -------- |Private 4x4 vehicule for the visit ~7h00 / Flight Uyuni-La paz ~1h00 / Transfer Airport-Hotel ~45mn--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast and Lunch are included

Today we visit the Stone Tree (please refrain from climbing on the rock) planted in the middle of the Siloli desert and later we enter the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa where we arrive at the Laguna Colorada. This Alto Andina Laguna gets its name because of the red colour which is caused by microscopic shellfish which is the principal nutriment of the rose flamingos that live in this area. Due to climate changes (lack of rain) and the high evaporation of the Altiplanic basin the water level of the regions Lagunas is reduced rapidly which year after year also reduces the population of the flamingos. Our tour continues in southern direction to the Laguna Verde – one of the most southern points in Bolivia. We leave the Laguna Colorada in order to go even deeper into the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa. We visit the boiling geysers of Sol de Mañana which is an impressive geothermal field with pits of boiling mud and strong smells of sulphur. Our tour continues in the direction of the thermal bath of Polques, a natural source of hot water where we have the possibility to go for a swim. We continue through the South Lipez and we observe the “Damas del Desierto” which are enormous rocks planted in this barren landscape and carved by the wind and weather over the years. We also cross the Dali Desert, which was named in reverence to the Catalan artist because of the resemblance of the landscape with the unreal yet natural colours to the masters’ work. We continue to the Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of the Licancahur where we stop to take a few pictures. The Laguna Verde gets its green colour from the high concentration of lead, arsenic sulphur and calcium – please refrain from bathing From the Laguna Verde we start our drive back north. We pass by the small village Villamar which seems lost in the middle of the gigantic Lipez desert before passing by the biggest mining project in Bolivian history at San Cristobal. We return to Uyuni airport to take the last flight and return to La Paz. Upon arrival in La Paz a member of our team will bring you to your hotel (La Paz centre).

place Day 10. La Paz – City Tour on footVisit La Paz half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel Naira or similar ---------- directions_carclear ---------- |No transport today--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included

The morning is free. After lunch, we go for a visit of La Paz and our first stop is the Plaza Murillo (km 0), where we can see the Presidential Palace, the Parliament and the Cathedral. We visit the colonial street Calle Jaén and the old part of the town from where we continue to the famous church San Francisco which was built by the indigenous people. From here we visit the popular commercial zone of La Paz with its coloured markets and we walk up the Calle Sagarnaga – the main shopping street for typical clothes and handicrafts. From here we also visit the Calle de las Brujas (the Witches street) and we finish our tour with a visit to the Indian market San Pedro. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the highest capital in the world.

Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

place Day 11. La Paz – CopacabanaVisit Copacabana Half day --- homecheck --- |Hotel La Cupula or similar ---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Private transport to Copacabana ~3h30--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included

We leave the hotel at 07h30 and after approximately 3½ hours we arrive in Copacabana, where we leave our luggage at the hotel. Before lunch we visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana which is a 16th century church that houses the image of the patron saint of Bolivia. The church attracts thousands of local tourists throughout the year and it remains one of the two principal sacred places both for indigenous people and Catholics. After lunch, we have the option to climb to the Calvario from where we have a beautiful view over the lake and the village or climb to Intiwatana or Horca del Inca which is believed to have been an astronomical observatory. If time permits we can visit both the Calvario and the Horca del Inca and the rest of the day is free to enjoy Copacabana.

place Day 12. Copacabana – Isla del SolVisit Isla del sol Half day --- homecheck --- | Eco Shelter Palla Khasa or similar ---------- directions_boatcheck ---------- |Public boat to Isla del sol ~1h30--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast and Lunch are included

After breakfast, we leave by boat to visit the famous Sun Island (Isla del Sol). We visit the Inca Staircase, the Inca Fountain as well as the ruins of the Palacio de Pilkokaina (“place where the birds rest”). This construction is characterised by its walls and doors that are particularly well conserved. We spend the night in an Eco Lodge in Yumani.

place Day 13. Isla del Sol – La PazVisit Isla del sol Half day --- homecheck --- | Hotel Naira or similar-------- directions_cardirections_boatcheck --------- |Public boat ~1h30 / Transport to La Paz ~ 3h30--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included

In the morning, we return to the harbour of Yumani (walking down the Inca Staircase) from where we take a boat back to Copacabana. Upon arrival in Copacabana we have time for lunch before returning to La Paz where the evening is free.

place Day 14. La Paz departureNo Visit today --- homeclear --- | No hotel today---------- directions_carcheck ---------- |Transfer Hotel-Airport--- translate check --- |English Speaking Guide-- restaurantcheck -- |Breakfast is included at the hotel depending on your time of departure. If you must leave the hotel before breakfast is served at the hotel (normally at 07h00) breakfast is not included

According to your time of departure* you are transferred from the hotel to the airport. For international flights, it is recommended to arrive at the airport 3 hours before scheduled departure. End of our services.

Important: Itinerary can change because of weather or social conditions and some sights are not always accessible – Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

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