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  • place+ See full itinerary and VisitsVisithome Hotel | Your Hotel stay will be:for 14 nightsdirections_car Daily Transport |Your Transport for your trip stay will be: Different transport are organized for your tripTransfer 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 |Guidesrestaurant Food |Meals

    place Day 1. La Paz (3663m/12.020ft) Arrival home La Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert airport |Transporttranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant ------- |Meals

    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. Tiwanaku – Folkloric show home La Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    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 in the evening, we go to a local “peña” to enjoy a folkloric dance show.

    place Day 3. Chacaltaya – Valle de la Luna home La Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    After breakfast, we leave to visit Chacaltaya – the highest ski run in the world (now closed due to lack of snow) – only a 1-hour drive from La Paz. From where the car drops us off we only have to climb approx. 200m/656ft to reach the top, from where we have a wonderful view of a big part of the Cordillera Royal in particular the Nevado Illimani, the Huayna Potosi and the Condoriri. We can also observe the Altiplano and the Lake Titicaca and if the weather permits we can also see the clouds over the Yungas (semi tropical part of Bolivia) as well as the volcanoes Sajama (highest summit in Bolivia – 6542m/21,463ft), Parinacota and Pomerata. After lunch (not included) we descend to visit the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) in the southern part of La Paz. Because the area is composed of clay rather than rock, erosion has worn away large parts of the mountain creating impressive formations, that offer us a lunar landscape. We return to the centre around 15h30 and the rest of the day is free.

    place Day 4. La Paz – Copacabana home Copacabana | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    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 5. Copacabana – Isla del Sol home Isla del sol | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    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 6. Isla del Sol – La Paz home La Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    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 7. La Paz/Uyuni – S. Pedro de Quemez home S. Pedro de Quemez | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    In the morning, you are transferred from your hotel (La Paz centre) to the airport in El Alto for your flight to Uyuni. During the short flight, you can observe the Altiplano and if the weather permits you’ll have a great view of the different lakes and salt flats of the region. You are picked up from the airport and after a short stop in Uyuni we start our tour. 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. After lunch our journey continues in the direction of San Pedro de Quemez and we have the possibility to visit the “Cueva de las Galaxias” which is a strange phenomenon of fossil algae which reminds us that the ocean was present here all the way to Oruro. In the adjacent cave, we can observe the Chullpares which are Inca funerary remains. We climb to the viewpoint from where we have a great view of the desert and if we take a closer look we can also observe the fossil coral that once were part of a coral barrier. After this impressive visit, we 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.

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

    place Day 8. S. Pedro de Quemez – Ojo del Perdiz home Ojo del Perdiz | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    We continue our tour of south Bolivia and from San Pedro de Quemez we pass the Uyuni – Ollagüe railway before crossing the Salar de Chiguana. We observe the still active volcano Ollagüe 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. Today we also visit the Stone Tree (please refrain from climbing on the rock) planted in the middle of the Siloli desert and at the end of the day we enter the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa and we arrive at the Laguna Colorada (coloured lake). The name is because of the red colour that is caused by microscopic shellfish and a variety of algae which thrive in the salt water which is the principal nutriment of the rose-coloured 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 unfortunately also reduces the population of the flamingos. Mid-afternoon we leave to get installed in our hotel Ojo de Perdiz and the evening is free.*

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

    place Day 9. Ojo de Perdiz - Laguna Colorada – Uyuni home Uyuni | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    We leave the Laguna Colorada 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 can 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 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, one of the most southern points in Bolivia. The Laguna Verde gets its green colour from the high concentration of lead, arsenic sulphur and calcium. 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 Cristóbal. We arrive around 18h00 in Uyuni 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 10. Uyuni - Potosi - Sucre home Sucre | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    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 600 m 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.

    *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. Sucre City Tour – La Paz home La Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    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 Convento de Santa Clara as well as the Casa de la Libertad, which saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence August 6, 1825 (all visits may vary depending on the day because the museums are closed on Sundays and public holidays). In the afternoon, we are transferred to the airport in Sucre for the flight back to La Paz. Upon arrival in La Paz we are transferred to the hotel and the evening is free.

    place Day 12. La Paz - City Tour home La Paz | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    The morning is free and after lunch, we go for a visit of La Paz. 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 our tour ends with a visit to the Indian market San Pedro. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the last evening in the highest capital in the world.

    place Day 13. La Paz Departure home ------- | Accomodationdirections_car Transfert to sites |Private transport to Tiwanaku and Folkloric show in towntranslate ESG |Guidingrestaurant B-L-D |Meals

    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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  • Bolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia is a landlocked country located in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the southwest, and Peru to the west. Its geography is varied from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin.

    The Bolivian population, estimated at 10 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, Asians and Africans. The main language spoken is Spanish, although the Guarani, Aymara and Quechua languages are also common and all four, as well as 34 other indigenous languages, are official. The large number of different cultures within Bolivia has contributed greatly to a wide diversity in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.

    Time zone: The time zone is UTC/GMT -4 hours und and Bolivia has no daylight saving!!

    International calling code: +591

    Currency: In Bolivia the local currency is the Bolivian Boliviano (BOB). The Boliviano is not easily found outside Bolivia therefore it is better to bring U$D or €uro which can be changed easily (be careful not to bring bills that are in some way damaged) or use your credit card to withdraw cash.

    Security: Bolivia is generally a safe country! However, like anywhere, wherever there are tourists there are pickpockets. Furthermore, Bolivia is a very poor country, if you wag your money bundles and fine jewellery; you attract the weak souls - here as elsewhere. Stay alert and do not let your bags and valuables unattended.

    Shopping: Almost everything is cheaper in Bolivia. You can often find good deals on art, fabrics, clothes, leather, musical instruments etc. Let the seller give you a first offer and then you can start negotiating.

    Gastronomy: The traditional Bolivian cuisine is often very fat and the portions are huge. When in altitude you may not have the same appetite and often one portion serves two people. We recommend dishes, such as the Pique Macho, empanadas, chuño (dried potatoes), chicha (corn cider), chairo (chuño soup), Saice (minced meat with rice in sauce), etc.

    Climate: The climate and weather in Bolivia vary as greatly as the country's many regions, although when speaking of weather, Bolivians typically refer only to two seasons (the rainy season and dry season) as usually there is no gradual entry into either winter or summer. Changes in temperatures and weather are typically as brusque as the changes in topography from one region to the next. Temperatures depend primarily on elevation. Tropical Lowlands: To the East (from Pando, down through Beni and Santa Cruz to parts of northern Tarija) the climate is usually very hot, humid and often rainy between late September and May. December and January are the hottest months of the year. Summer days are humid and sticky. Nights are warm and musky, often filled with a moist fruity aroma as winds carry the scent of the tropical jungle into the cities. Northwest Valleys: The country’s northwest valley region (called the Yungas, or the jungles, North of La Paz going toward Pando) is surprisingly hot and humid, considering the altitude. It is the cloudiest, rainiest and most humid region of Bolivia. In this region the Bolivian climate and local weather are similar to that of the eastern lowlands of Santa Cruz with even more precipitation per year. Temperatures drop as the elevation increases. At altitudes higher than 2000 meters above sea level it sometimes snows and at 4600 meters the mountains are permanently capped by snow. Above 5500 meters the climate is similar to that of polar regions and there are some glaciers present. Central Valleys: The central valley’s - Cochabamba, parts of Chuquisaca and western Tarija - are temperate to cool. Temperatures are pleasant during the day, but it can get quite cold at night. This region, although high (averaging 1200-1500 meters above sea level) is also rather humid. Bolivia’s valleys are very fertile and covered in dense forest. The rainy season is long and sustained. Altiplano and higher: On the shores of Lake Titicaca, and higher (Potosí), temperatures can reach a balmy 27°C/80°F at midday, but normally by early afternoon a sweater is necessary and the nights are cold. Because of the altitude, the sun feels especially strong here and sunscreen should be worn throughout the entire day. On the Altiplano the winds are cold and harsh and moisturizer or sunscreen (and Chap Stick) are important to prevent both sunburn and windburn. Temperatures in and around the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez can drop to -20°C/-4°F. Travellers arriving from the Northern Hemisphere must remember that the seasons are reversed in Bolivia. Keep in mind that in the Southern Hemisphere seasons (and climate) are reversed, or the “opposite” of those in the North, with the hottest months (our summer) being November to February and the coldest months (our winter) being May to July.

    Altitude: To be in top form on the Altiplano, it is necessary to acclimatize well. Many visitors complain of headaches, fatigue, nausea or loss of appetite because of the altitude – others remain completely unaffected! In any case, it is advisable to plan for a few days in La Paz, to get used to the altitude. You can i.e. start with a visit to the Lake Titicaca. Make sure that you drink plenty of water before arriving at El Alto airport and avoid physical strain when you leave the airport.

    Comfort: Even if the roads in Bolivia have gotten better over the years please note that many of our tours brings you off the beaten track and to the most remote areas of the country – travelling can therefore be a bit rough at times. The accommodation depends on your chosen comfort level however, in some areas there is no choice and accommodation will be basic. In some areas you will not have hot water, heating or light after 22h00 because the generators are turned off during the night –and in some areas you will not have any hot water, heating or light at all!! Is it important that you are able to see this as part of the adventure, and that this only brings you closer to the culture. On the Altiplano it can get very cold during the winter months and a good sleeping bag is a must.

    Last but not least...: The unforeseen happens – and nowhere more than in South America - your flight might be late or the bus brakes down! Remember that life works at a different pace here, and people do not have the same sense of timekeeping as at home - people do not expect you to be on time! Try to accept this as part of the charm of travelling in a relaxed country. We always include extra time to allow for these things, sometimes too much and sometimes not enough; in both cases we try to ensure that you have a great trip.



    RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TRAVELLING IN SOUTH AMERICA

    Formalities:
    Citizens many European countries don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador or Brazil.
    Citizens of Canada don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador but will need a visa to enter Brazil.
    Citizens of the US don’t need visa to enter Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador but will need visa to enter Brazil or Bolivia.
    Citizens of Australia don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina or Ecuador but will need visa to enter Brazil.
    Citizens of New Zealand don’t need visa to enter Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador or Brazil.

    For the countries where you don’t need visa entry is granted on presentation of a passport valid for more than six months, a return air/bus ticket and proof of funds to support yourself for the duration of the stay. For the latest information on your specific visa requirements you should contact the local Embassy or Consulate of the country you will be travelling to well in advance of your planned date of travel.

    Attention if you travel through the USA:
    All Visa Waiver Program travellers must present a machine-readable passport at the U.S. port of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa; otherwise a U.S. visa is required. See important information the Visa Waiver Program here: Visa Waiver Each traveller is responsible for having the correct travel documentation.

    Health:
    You should always contract your attending physician before departure to enquire about which vaccinations are required in the country or countries you will be travelling to. It is recommended to be updated with the universal vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, hepatitis B). Traditional vaccines against yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A are recommended. The vaccine against yellow fever is required for entry to most Latin American countries. Vaccination against typhoid is recommended for extended stays and hepatitis A for those who are not naturally immune. Vaccination against rabies is recommended for long stays (especially expatriates).

    Support Team:
    Depending on your chosen option: 

    1. Spanish speaking guides: private or group tours with different local Spanish speaking guides (no tour leader)
    2. English speaking guides: private or group tours with different local English speaking guides (no tour leader)  
    3. French, German, Italian or Russian speaking guides: private or group tours with local guides in chosen language (no tour leader)  
    4. English, Spanish or French speaking tour leader: Private tours with tour leader in chosen language
    5. German, Italian or Russian speaking tour leader: Private tours with tour leader in chosen language

    Tour leader: His role is to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour and that each individual and the group as a whole are safe. In case of problems or dangers he is the only decision maker.

    Local guides: Local guides in chosen language and all transfers and transport between towns, bus or train stations, airports and hotels are of course undertaken by a member of our team (in Spanish) as indicated in your program.

    Transport:
    Transfers and transport are undertaken in bus, 4x4 vehicles, minibus, plane or boat. The vehicles used will depend on the size of the group and the nature of the expeditions. Arrival and departure times by bus, plane, boat, train or car are subject to changes and under no circumstances can Lipiko Tours be held responsible for any delays.

    Accommodation:
    Accommodation is either in hotel, hostal, shelter, home stay or camping depending on your program. When sleeping in a hotel or hostel you will always have a private room (double room could be shared, otherwise you will need to reserve a single room which has an added cost), private bathroom and in some cases heating. However when sleeping in shelters there is very little comfort; shelters have dorms (6 people in one room), shared toilet and bathroom and no heating. In winter there is usually no water (frozen) to take a shower so it’s a good idea to bring wet wipes. The beds will have sheets and blankets but it’s always best to bring a sleeping bag especially during winter. Attention: We will only provide you with a list of hotels approx. 3 weeks before departure as depending on the departure date hotels might change.

    Heating and hot water:
    In large cities heating and hot water is usually not a problem and is readily available. Eco Lodges in the countryside are often equipped with solar panels to heat water but of course it’s possible that they are not working and the heating neither. For nights in shelters or home stays there is neither hot water nor heating. Very remote hotels (i.e. South Lipez and Salar de Uyuni) the supply of hot water and heating is not always regular. In case of problems or failure of this type of service (heating and hot water) Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible and we recommend you to contact the reception in the hotel to make sure that water and/or heating is either turned on or repaired in case it’s not working.

    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. Drinks are not included and as a precaution you should never drink tap water – only bottled. During the discovery tours it’s usually easy to purchase bottled drinks.

    Porterage:
    Your luggage will be transported either by plane, car, boat, and bus or carried by mules/porters (during the treks). It is important that you limit your luggage to 20kg/44lb during the discovery tours and to 8kg/18lb during treks and mountain climbing tours. In some cases for national flights the baggage limit is 15kg/33lb. In case you have more than the allowed limit you will have to pay the surcharge directly upon check-in.

    Special trek: If the luggage limit advised by Lipiko Tours is not respected the customer is responsible for any extra charges i.e. payment of extra porters and/or mules and any other expenses that occur because of this (mule driver, food and accommodation of mule drivers and/or porters). The payment for extra mules and/or porters will have to be paid upfront directly to the person in charge of the tour.

    Electricity:

    Bolivia 220/230V* 50 Hz A & C * La Paz & Viacha 115V
    Chile 220V 50 Hz C & L
    Peru 220V* 60 Hz* A & C * Talara 110/220V; Arequipa 50 Hz
    Argentina 220V 50 Hz C & I
    Brazil 110/220V 60 Hz A, B, C, D, & G
    Ecuador 120-127V* 60 Hz A, B, C, D *120/240V in certain rural areas

    List of plug and socket types

    Photos/Videos: Make sure you bring extra memory cards and batteries. It is not always easy to get batteries charged so try to limit the use of functions that consume a lot of energy.

    Remember that we are always available to answer any unanswered questions you might have about your tour to South America. Don’t hesitate to contact us if in doubt and we wish you a great tour with Lipiko Tours.


     

    Clothing:
    Which clothes to pack obviously depends on the country and area you will be visiting as well as the type of travel you will be undertaken. Below we have prepared a list which includes travel to both cold and hot areas.

    When packing your bags remember that your clothes should be breathable and offer both isolation and protection.

    Here a non-exhaustive list:

        - 3 T-shirts (breathable)

        - 5 pairs of underwear (warm and breathable)

        - 1-2 long sleeved casual shirts (i.e. fleece)

        - 2 trekking trousers – the ones you can zip off at the legs are perfect and can be used as shorts.

        - 1 fleece jacket

        - 1 thick jacket

        - 1 waterproof jacket

        - Warm hat, scarf and gloves

        - Warm, long underwear

        - Sunhat

        - 5-7 pairs of socks (warm and comfortable)

        - 1 bathing suit

      - 1 lightweight, fast drying towel

    Footwear:

        - Trekking boots or shoes; the most important is that you are comfortable in your shoes – avoid buying new boots/shoes that you will be wearing for the first time during the trip. They should be waterproof, light with a nonslip sole and should provide good ankle support.

      - 1 pair of sandals

    Miscellaneous:

        - A small toilet bag (avoid shampoo and liquid soap that don’t handle pressure changes well)

        - A good pair of sunglasses (protection 3 is recommended as a minimum and 4 for treks above 4000m/13.120ft)

        - Sunscreen (high protection) and special lip protection

        - Insect repellent

        - Head torch (don’t forget extra batteries)

        - Water flask

        - Walking cane (for trekking)

        - Toilet paper

        - Extra pair of shoelaces

        - Travel sewing kit

        - A small Swiss knife (don’t forget to put this in your checked luggage during air travel)

        - Wet wipes

        - Handkerchiefs

        - Survival blanket

        - A big plastic bag to cover your bag for rain protection

        - A lighter (to burn toilet paper – with caution)

        - A copy of your passport and other important documents

        - Sleeping bag – choose a good sleeping bag that goes to -15°C/5°F and don’t forget a liner

      - Personal first aid kit (a group first aid kit will be provided but should only be used in case of emergency)

    NB: You might not need all of the above mentioned material and you should adjust the list to your particular tour.

    Luggage:
    You should divide our belongings into 2 bags; a backpack in which you will carry the things you need during the day and a second bigger bag which you will have access to in the evenings and mornings. During the tour your luggage can be transported by car, bus, mules etc. and should be adapted to these transport conditions. Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible in case of wear and tear.

    Unfortunately dishonest people can be found everywhere so you should always take care of your luggage and personal documents. Where available we suggest you use the safety boxes in the hotels. Lipiko Tours cannot be held responsible in case of any loss of property.


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