Highlands/Amazon/Altiplano 21 days

place+ See full itinerary and VisitsAll the visit organize in your triphome HOTEL | Accommodation is either in hotel, hostal, shelter, home stay or camping depending on your program.directions_car DAILY TRANSPORT | Different transport are organized for your trip: Transfer when you arrive and leave, private transport for your visit and programed activities, 3 days of 4wd drive for Uyuni Salt flat and Lipez, 2 domestic flights La Paz-Uyuni and Sucre-La Paz. Expand or Collapse the itinerary to see the Outline full detailedtranslate 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.La Paz (3663m/12.020ft) ArrivalNo Visit today home La Paz | Hotel Naira in La Paz or similardirections_car Transfert airport |Transfert Airport - Hotel ~45mntranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant ------- |No meal organize this day

map MAP| Accommodation is either in hotel, hostal, shelter, home stay or camping depending on your program.cloud_download DOWNLOAD ITINERARY | Different transport are organized for your trip: Transfer when you arrive and leave, private transport for your visit and programed activities, 3 days of 4wd drive for Uyuni Salt flat and Lipez, 2 domestic flights La Paz-Uyuni and Sucre-La Paz. Expand or Collapse the itinerary to see the Outline full detailedhelp_outline INFORMATION|English Speaking Guides: private or group tours with different local English speaking guides (no tour leader)

Today you arrive in La Paz. Flying into La Paz is always an experience; if you arrive at night you can admire the lights of the city between the mountains or during the day you might get a view of the Lake Titicaca – the highest navigable lake in the world. Once arrived in the International Airport of El Alto, which is also the highest commercial airport in the world, our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing, there are no more activities planned and you can take the time to acclimatize to the altitude and explore La Paz on foot.

place Day 2.La Paz – Tiwanaku – La Paz Visit Tiwanaku Full day home La Paz | Hotel Naira in La Paz or similardirections_car Transport to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in town ~3h50translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B-L-D |Breakfast - Lunch - Diner are included

We leave around 08h30 for our visit of the ruins of Tiwanaku, the capital of the pre-Inca empire. Tiwanaku was one of the oldest civilisations in the world and is recognized by Andean scholars as one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire. We visit the Akapana Pyramid and the semi-subterranean temple as well as the archaeological area where we can see the Temple of Kalasasaya, one of the largest and oldest ceremonial centres of the world. We also visit the famous “Puerta del Sol” (Gateway of the Sun) which is a monolithic structure that weighs about 10 tons. On the Puerta del Sol we can observe the Tiwanakota calendar which is expressed in 365,24 days distributed over 12 months. We visit the archaeological museum where we see the Monolith Bennet which measures 7,20 meters and weighs 20 tons, and we also get an insight in the 13 centuries of history which make Tiwanaku the oldest civilization in Latin America. After our visit of the site we have lunch (not included) in a typical restaurant where we can taste quinoa; the most important grain of the Andes. After lunch, we return to La Paz and the rest of the day is free.

place Day 3. La Paz – Copacabana Visit Chacaltaya and Valle de la Luna Full day home La Paz | Hotel Naira in La Paz or similardirections_car Transport to sites |Private transport to Chacaltaya and Valle de la luna ~2h50translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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 4.Copacabana – Isla del Sol (Sun Island) Visit Copacabana Half day home Isla del Sol | Hotel La Cupula or similardirections_car Transport to sites |Private transport to Copacabana ~4h00translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |Breakfast is 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 5. Isla del Sol – Copacabana – La Paz Visit Isla del sol Half day home Isla del Sol | Eco Shelter Palla Khasa or similar directions_boat Transport to sites |Public boat to Isla del sol ~1h30translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B-L--- |Breakfast and Lunch are 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 6. La Paz – TuniVisit Isla del sol Half day home Tuni | Hotel Naira or similardirections_car directions_boat Transport to sites |Public boat ~1h30 / Transport to La Paz ~ 4h00translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |Breakfast is included

After breakfast, we meet our friends from Tuni and drive to the foot of the Condoriri in the Cordillere Royale in this small hamlet where we welcome families from the community and where we can discover the way of life of this small community that lives from Lamas farming, local agriculture and mountains. Some activities over 3 days of choice will be proposed to us - traditional dance, preparation of Pachamanca, Andean gastronomy, hike to the Condoriri Lagoon, visit of a mine, weaving workshop, visit of the school of Tuni or graze the Lamas. The meal is based on local and seasonal products (dried llamas, sheep's milk, quinoa, chuño, potatoes, herbs from the region ...). You will be pleasantly surprised by the originality of the Andean "table".

place Day 7. Tuni – La Paz - UyuniVisit Uyuni Salt flat full day home Uyuni | Hotel Tayka de Piedra or similardirections_car flight Transport to sites |Transfert Hotel - Airport ~45mn / Flight to Uyuni ~45mn / Private 4x4 vehicule for the visit ~5h00 translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B-L-D |Breakfast, Lunch and Diner are included

After breakfast, we will continue our community activities. A local guide takes us to visit the families of the village and we can test our weaving skills thanks to the valuable advice of the women of the village. Depending on the season, we will have the opportunity to do various activities: we can fish trout over a lake near the Condoriri, help with sowing or harvest, prepare local ice cream or cook a Huatia (ancient tradition of food preparation). ), visit the school or know the medicinal plants in a trek.After our last activity our friends from Tuni will bring us back to La Paz where we spend the night. On the evening we are transferred to the airport in El Alto for the flight to Uyuni. Upon arrival in Uyuni we are transferred to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.

place Day 8. Uyuni – Tahua Visit Lipez desert full day home Tahua | Hotel Tayka del Desiertodirections_car Transport to sites |Private 4x4 vehicule for the visit ~5h00translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B-L-D |Breakfast, Lunch and Diner are included

After breakfast, around 10h30 in the morning, we leave Uyuni and the 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. We continue to the north of the Salar de Uyuni to the small place called Tahua, by to the foot of the Tunupa mountain, where we spend the night.

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

place Day 9. Tahua – San Juan/San Pedro de Quemez Visit Lipez desert Full day home Uyuni | Hotel Jardines de Uyuni or similardirections_car Transport to sites |Private 4x4 vehicule for the visit ~7h00translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B-L--- |Breakfast and Lunch are included

After breakfast, we visit the archaeological centre of the Chullpares (graves) of Coquesa and surroundings. We then continue to climb the Tunupa all the way to the viewpoint (you have the option to go by car) from where we have a panoramic view of the Salar de Uyuni. On the way down, we pass the “Bofedales” (altitude wetlands) in order to see the rose coloured flamingos and from here we continue to San Pedro de Quemez.

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

place Day 10. San Pedro de Quemez – Ojo de PerdizVisit Potosi and Sucre full day home Ojo de Perdiz | Hotel Mi pueblo Samary or similardirections_car Transport to sites |Private transport Uyuni - Potosi ~3h00 Potosi - Sucre ~2h00translate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |Breakfast is 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.

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

place Day 11. Ojo de Perdiz – UyuniVisit Sucre Half day home Uyuni | Hotel Naira or Similardirections_carflight Transport to sites |Private transport in Sucre / transfert Hotel - Airport / Flight Sucre - La Paz ~1h00/ Transfer Airport - Hotel ~45mntranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |Breakfast is 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 arrive around 18h00 in Uyuni where we spend the night.

place Day 12. Uyuni - Sucre City tour on foot half day home Sucre | Hote Naira or Similardirections_car Transport to sites |No transport this daytranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B-L--- |Breakfast and Lunch are included

We leave for Potosi early in the morning and upon arrival we start with a visit to the miner’s market. Custom says it brings good luck to buy Coca leaves, cigarettes, alcohol or even dynamite as presents for the miners who will receive us at their workplace. Once we have finished our purchases we visit one of the mines in the Cerro Rico mountain. The mines here are quite different from western mines, some of them are very old – dug out by hand by the slaves of the Inca Empire and later by African slaves during the Spanish occupation - and very narrow and short (not for claustrophobics). Our visit of the Cerro Rico starts by the “Tio” (uncle) who is the protector of the mines and to whom the miners on many occasions make offerings in order to be protected from bad spells. We visit the 1st level of the mine and have the possibility to descend up to 3 levels below – 500 or 600m into the depths of the Cerro Rico. After this impressive visit, we return to the hotel to pick up our bags and drive to Sucre. Once installed in the hotel in Sucre the rest of the evening is free.

place Day 13. Sucre City TourNo Visit today homeRurrenabaque | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

After breakfast, we visit Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia also called the White City. This gem of Baroque art and the Renaissance is the most European city 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. Apart from its beauty and atmosphere of the 18th & 19th centuries, Sucre is also the historic capital of Bolivia. We visit the various museums, the Textile Asur as well as the Casa de la Libertad, which which saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence August 6, 1825. The evening is free to enjoy Sucre.

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 14. Sucre – La Paz - RurrenabaqueNo Visit today homePampa | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

In the morning, you are transferred to the airport for your flight from Sucre to Rurrenabaque (change of plane in La Paz). After a 1-hour flight from La Paz over the Andes Cordillera you arrive in Rurrenabaque where you are transferred to the hotel. The evening is free, and we recommend you have dinner in Juliano’s Restaurant which is the best restaurant in town.

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 15. Rurrenabaque – PampaNo Visit today homePampa | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

At 08h30 we embark on a boat that takes us up the River Beni to the indigenous community Tacana of San Miguel. After a visit of the community we start out trek deeper into the jungle, where we set up camp. After lunch, we discover the flora and fauna of the area and in the evening, we go for a walk to observe the nocturnal animals.

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 16. Pampa No Visit today homePampa | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

After breakfast, we leave for a long trek that takes us even deeper into the jungle and we learn about the uses of the different medicinal plants, the birds and the mammals that live in the park. With a bit of luck, we can meet wild boars, spider monkeys, snakes and other species. We have lunch and a short rest in the afternoon, we can fish in one of the numerous streams that run through this impressive jungle and we can also take a swim in a natural swimming pool. After dinner, our guide will tell us some of the legends of the area.

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 17. Pampa – RurrenabaqueNo Visit today homeSelva | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

In the morning we sail on the river Yacuma in order to observe the yellow monkeys and other animals. After lunch at the lodge we return to Rurrenabaque by car and we estimate to arrive around 17h00. The rest of the day will be free.

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 18. Rurrenabaque – Selva No Visit today homeLa Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

At 8h30 we take the boat during 3 hours and enjoy spectacular views of the rivers Beni and Tuichi before entering the Madidi National Park. We will arrive at the eco-lodge around noon where you will receive a refreshing glass of fruit juice as a welcome before being shown your accommodation. Lunch will be served at 12h30 and in the afternoon we will walk along the trail named "dry creek" where you will see a variety of plants and learn about their many uses. This trail provide us with our medicines, craft and construction materials. With a little luck we will see some species of monkeys, peccaries, birds and many insects. Dinner will be served at 19h30 and around 21h00 we will do a nocturnal hikes that can last between 30 minutes until 1 hour in the jungle.

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 19. Selva (Trek) - Rurrenabaque – La Paz No Visit today homeLa Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

Breakfast will be served at 7h30 then we will take the boat to visit "the Cliff of the Macaws", one of the best places in Madidi National Park to watch macaws parrots and other birds. At the same time you can also enjoy the breath-taking view of the Amazon Basin and its many rivers. Here you can also take a short walk to look at the habitat of peccaries and other large mammals. After lunch we recollect our material and we return to the River Beni where the boat will be taking us back to Rurrenabaque where we will be transferred to the airport for the flight back to La Paz. After a one hour flight over the Amazonian basin and the Andes Cordillera our team in La Paz will meet you to transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free.

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 20. La Paz Leisure Day – Peña Dinner Show No Visit today homeLa Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transport to sites |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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

There are no activities planned for today and you have time to explore La Paz on your own. In the evening, we meet to go to a local “peña” to enjoy a folkloric dance show.

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 21. La Paz Departure No Visit today home------ | Accomodationdirections_car Transfer Airport |Transfer Hotel-Airporttranslate ESG |English Speaking Guiderestaurant B----- |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 South America cannot be held responsible for any changes in itinerary and sights not visited as a result.

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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