Today you arrive in Bogota. Our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing, there are no more activities planned for today and you can take the time to rest.
Today we fly to the heart of the Coffee region which is composed of five department (Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío, Tolima, the South west of Antioquia, and northeast of the Valle del Cauca).We take the plane in the morning to reach Armenia capital of the Quindio department. After one hour flight we will transfer you by private vehicle from Armenia airport to your hotel located in the small village of Salento. After lunch in a local restaurant will hit the road by jeep willis for an afternoon hike in the Cocora Valley and discovery of its famous Palmas de Cera. Easy hike from 2 to 3 hours ... flexible depending on your physical condition! In the late afternoon we will return by jeep to Salento.
The day will be dedicated to the discover of the colorfull landscape of the coffee region. We will drive and stop to visit the craft village of Filandia (meetings with the craftsmen), visit of a fruit finca, stop at the inhabitant to discover his house made of bambous, we will have lunch at the local and finally visit of a trapeze (mill used to extract sugars from sugar cane).
In the morning we drive toward North to the Aburra Valley to reach Medellin the capital of Antioquia the second largest town in Colombia after Bogota. We have lunch on the way and arrive in the afternoon. The rest of the day will be free
Day dedicated to the discovery of the city and its main sites of interest. We use all Means of transport : metro, cable car, on foot, by bus, to visit the city of eternal spring. Sites visited: Former railway station, Administrative areas, Plaza de las Lumens (Square of Lights), Carabobo pedestrian street, Palacio Nacional (former Courthouse converted into shopping mall today), Veracruz Church, Botero Square and the splendid sculptures of Fernando Botero, Weather permitting, we will go to the top of the Palace of Culture (Palacio de la Cultura) to admire the city from the dome of the monument, Park Berrio and Church of Candelaria, Junin pedestrian street. Meeting with local flower and ice cream sellers., Coltejer Building, Bolivar Square and Metropolitan Cathedral., Visit to San Ignacio Square, San Antonio Park. End of the visit with free entrance to the museum Casa de la Memoria.
Afternoon exploration of the Comuna 13.
Day of visit by car of Guatapé located 1 hour drive from Medellin.
We will explore several spot of this balnear station starting by the the replica of the old village "El Peñol", passing by the "Puente Colgante" (suspension bridge) and stop at the rock of Penol (climb not included). We have lunch in a traditional restaurant of the region and in the afternoon, a pleasant hike in the colorful streets of Guatapé. Return in the late afternoon
In the morning we will be transfer to the airport of Medellin to flight back to Bogota. Our team will be waiting, and we will start to visit Bogota. We will walk along the Jiménez Avenue to the foot of Cerro Monserrate. This mountain has a nice overlook on the city. We will take the cable car to get to the top of Cerro Monserrate. From there we will enjoy the spectacular vie won the city. Later we will visit Santuario de Monserrate church on the top of the mountain and the gorgeous gardens. We will continue our visit to the center of La Candelaria and appreciate the historic buildings. We walk through La Plaza de Chorro de Quevedo where the city has been established in 1538. From Candelaria neighbourhood we will go to the block of Banco de la republica and visit the Botero Collection an impressive collection from Botero but also Botero own collection of renowned artist masterpieces like Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Renoir and Max Ernst. After this impressive visit we carry on forwards to Plaza Bolívar where stand El Capitolio Nacional, the household of Colombian congress, the Bogota city hall, The Palace of Justice, Edificio Liévano, and Catedral la Primaria. To end our tour, we will visit The Gold Museum. The Gold museum displays one of the most dazzling collection in South America. In the late afternoon we will drive to the airport to fly to Santa Cruz de la sierra in Bolivia.
We leave after breakfast to visit the old part of the city through its eaves and columns that give it a colonial touch. We will walk through different avenues called rings, which divide the city passing beautiful squares and historical monuments
We will enjoy one of the characteristics of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, ¨El Café Típico¨ accompanied by cakes from the region. Following our itinerary, we will visit modern neighbourhoods and in the afternoon, we will enjoy a lunch in a paradisiacal place just 7 km from the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and then have a guided tour through special natural spaces.
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.
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.
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.
We start our journey around 10h30 in the morning and our first stop will be the locomotive cemetery which is a vestige of more prosperous times. 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 the salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique, which also serves as a museum, where we can see large salt carvings and other objects (pottery, jewellery, tools, etc.). After this impressive visit with the craftsmen on the top of the world we 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 which mistakenly is better known as the Fisherman’s Island. This geological formation is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered in giant cacti 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 have lunch by the island and after this memorable visit we return to Uyuni to catch the flight back to La Paz.
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.
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.