Description

Enjoy the marvelous Bolivian Andes cities and their high landscapes.
The trip begins in the metropolitan city of La Paz, considered a wonder city due to its special geographic scenery, its history, cultural contrasts, urban design, chaos and mysteries.

The adventure continues in Copacabana, a small town on the shores of the mythical Lake Titicaca.  From this colorful town, you will begin a boat trip around the waters of the highest navigable lake in the world, to disembark on the Island of the Sun, place that, apart from providing fresh air and a wonderful view, has a special sync with the energetic world.

The world's largest salt desert is located in Uyuni, your next stop. Here you will find surreal landscapes, green and red colored lagoons;hot spring pools, geysers and volcanoes, and can surround yourself with the extraordinary Andean flamingos.

The trip finishes in Potosi and Sucre, two cities recognized by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity because of their importance in the colonial era, for their dramatic history and particular urban design.
Don't miss your chance to visit, enjoy and fall in love with Bolivia.


Itinerary

Tour begins in: La Paz 
Tour ends in: Sucre
  • City Tour La Paz (Medio dia)
  • Tour Copacabana (2D1N)
  • Tour Salar de Uyuni (2D1N)
  • City tour Potosí (1D)
  • City Tour Sucre (1D)

 

 







Includes

  • Accommodation for 7 nights

Doesn't Include

  • Personal Spending
  • Tips

Bring with

  • Sun Screen
  • Warm Clothes
  • Hat
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes

The Town of Copacabana

This cozy town is visited by people from all over the world. The streets and buildings remind the visitor of the deep mix between the spanish and native cultures. The biggest festivity is in honor of the Copacabana Virgin, but there are also other important celebrations for the Inca gods Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, children of Viracocha (god sun). A big range of accomodation services and hotels is found in Copacabana. There are restaurants that specialize in the lake's trout, which is a must, but also international cuisine and vegetarian alternatives are easily found.  There are many opportunities to enjoy your time, from hikes, renting boats and kayaks to renting motorcycles, visiting the church and if you feel brave enough, even taking a swim in the lake.

Island of the Sun

The Sun Island is located in the middle of the Titicaca lake. The leyend tells that this is the place where the Inca civilization started with the birth of Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, children of god Viracocha. In the island the sacrate rock and the ruins of Chincana (temple partially restored) are usual visit sites. The only access to the island is by boat from Copacabana. The travel time is about 1 hour in public transportation. Many people affirm that there is a special misticism and energy in the island. The usual visit includes a 5 hour hike along the top of the island from north to south, the sights and the refreshing breeze from the lake make this an unforgettable experience. 

Copacabana's Cathedral

This Cathedral is almost completely white and shows a Moorish style with cupulas and colorful ceramic tile. It is the most important building of the town and around it a variety of rituals are performed, from catholic to pre-hispanic. The Cathedral is also home to the Copacabana Virgin, considered one of the most important catholic symbols for bolivians.

Metropolitan Cathedral and Murillo Square

The Metropolitan Cathedral is located at the Murillo square next to the Government Palace. It was built in 1835 and shows an impresive structure with a rock foundation. The high cupulas, robust columns and wide stone walls make for a massive building that contrasts with the simplicity of the altar. The main attraction from the interior are the large decorative windows. On the way out, one can admire the Murillo square that features a beautiful statue of Gualberto Villarroel, a former president who was taken prisoner in 1946 by rebels and hung from one of the square's lamps.

San Francisco Church and Convent

The church was originally built in 1548. Around the year 1608 the structure collapsed and it was rebuilt to re-open in 1753. The church's shows architectural characteristics of the barroque style. The facade includes a mural of carved rock with natural figures like birds and fruits. Inside an altarpiece made of carved wood and decorated in gold is one of the main features. Nowadays the convent has turned into a museum that hosts an important collection of paintings and historical religious elements. 

Witch Market

This unique market extends for a few blocks on the Sagarnaga and Linares streets in downtown La Paz. The name is related to products like potions, charms, medicinal herbs and other ingredients used in traditional Aymara rituals, that are sold in most of the stores. This traditions are very interesting and one can inquire about the use of strange items like dry llama fetus. Around this market it is easy to find a Yatiri (Aymaran Wise) who can read people's fortune. In this same market is also easy to find traditional handcrafts, colorful fabrics and clothes. 

The Moon Valley

It is located 15 km south of the city. Wind and water erosion have developed this unique scenario of rocks, craters and columns throughout an extensive area. Hiking paths can take you through an experience that feels like walking on the moon. From the overlooks it is possible to see the Devil's Tooth and the La Paz landscape. Inside the Moon Valley there is also a small cactus forest with 32 different types of native cacti.

Uyuni's Communities

San Juan de Rosario is a community dedicated primarily to the production of Royal Quinua and tourism. The community manages some accomodation facilities for visitors. Some of the touristic atractions around this community are pre-incaic graves and the Kausaywasi museum with more than 300 pieces of immense arqueologic value

Aguaquiza is a community that also works producing Quinua and in the tourism industry. From this community you can visit the sub-aquatic Galaxy Cave and the Devils Cave. The latter hosts a number of precolonial constructions and on the outside an overlook with an amazing view of the surrounding landscape.

San Cristobal is one of the most important communities of the region. Their economic activity is related to the San Cristobal mines, located 12 km from the community. One of the main atractions is the church that has been included among the National Cultural Patrimony. San Cristobal offers hostels, internet cafes and bicycle tours for the visitors.

Incahuasi Island

The Incahuasi Island is one of 60 located inside the Uyuni salt flats. It is located at 164 km from the town. It is formed by calcareous rocks with coral and marine remainings. It has a forest of giant cacti (up to 10 meters tall) in the middle. From the top of the island it is possible to observe the greatnes and beauty of the Uyuni salt flats and the surrounding volcanoes. Hikes on the island can take from 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Casa de la Libertad

It was in the Casa de la Libertad that Bolivia was founded on August 6, 1825. Originally a Jesuit church, the building was built around 1620 with a charming colonial style. The Bolivian congress met in the Casa de la Libertad until 1898, when the legislative branch was moved to La Paz following Bolivia's Civil War. In the 20th century, the Casa de la Libertad was transformed into one of the most important museums in Bolivia due to its rich history, with the Hall of Independence featuring most prominently.

El Mirador

El Mirador overlooks the city of Sucre and was where the city was founded in XX year. From the heights of El Mirador, the broad expanse of the city and its outskirts can truly be appreciated. An ancient sundial, the Pilgrim's fountain and a historical water holding facility, now a monument to the old aqueduct system.

La Recoleta Convent

This Franciscan convent is nestled at the foot of the Churuquela foothills. Founded in 1600, the convent was rebuilt in the 19th century with one main hall and a side chapel. The balcony of the Recoleta church features pews of cedar woodwork carved in the flowery baroque style from the 1600s. Since 1837 the Recoleta has also had a library which holds more than 20,000 historical books and special collections. The courtyard has a cedar tree that is approximately 1400 years old.

Cretaceous Park and Cal Orck'o

In 1985 a huge discovery of fossilized dinosaur footprints was made at Cal Orck'o. More than 5000 footprints belonging to Sauropods, Teropods and other dinosaur populations date back more that 60 million years, making Cal Orck'o the largest find of dinosaur footprints in the world. In 2006 the adjacent Cretaceous Park opened where visitors can learn about dinosaur history, see dinosaur bones and actual-size models of Titanosaurus (36 meters long and 18 meters tall), Ankylosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Carnotaurus, Ceratopsians, and other carnivores, reptiles, amphibians and herbivores of the Cretaceous period.

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Geography

La Paz is located at the north-west side of Bolivia. It neighbors to the north with Pando, to the south with Oruro, to the east with Beni and Cochabamba and to the west with Peru and Chile.The city was built on the Choqueyapu river banks. The river divides the city and runs from north to south. La Paz offers one of the most impressive landscapes because of its location in a deep basin and the presence of Mount Illimani that is part of the Royal Andes Mountain Range.

Copacabana is located in the mid-west part of the department of La Paz. It lays by the Titicaca lake, 155 km west from the city. The lake is the highest navegable one in the world and the center of prehispanic cultures. The Titicaca lake extends for 8,300 square kilometers. Copacabana and the Titicaca lake are in the middle of the Andes Mountain Range. The landscape is primarily rugged terrain.

Uyuni is located in the Department of Potosi, in south-west Bolivia.
Uyuni and the salt flats show in their geography hills with rock formations, volcanoes, lakes, alluvial plains and terraces. It is a semi-desert region of volcanic soil.

Sucre is located in the south of Bolivia in the Sica Sica and Churuqella foothills of the eastern chain of the Andes Mountains. The geographic landscape is mountainous with small valleys.

Potosí is located in the south-east area of Bolivia. It neighbors to the north with Oruro and Cochabamba, to the south with Argentina, to the east with Tarija and Chuquisaca and to the west with Chile. The city lays at the foothills of the Andes Oriental Mountain Range. It is one of the highest cities in the world. Potosi's geografy presents various volcanoes, geysers, salt deserts, fumaroles and hot water springs. The agressive landscape is balanced by the quite presence of beautiful lakes.

Altitude

The city of La Paz average altitude 3,600 mamsl(11,800

Climate

The city of La Paz usually has a cold weather with a sunny sky. The average temperature is 8 degrees celsius (46 F). From La Paz it is easy to get to Rurrenabaque that has a tropical climate, warm and humid or to Lake Titicaca that offers a cool refreshing andean environment.

Copacabana's average temeperature is 13 degrees celsius (55.4 F). Being located next to the Titicaca lake makes Copacabana's weather nicer compared with the surrounding cold andean environment.

Uyuni's average temerature is 3 degrees celsius (37.4 F). It is located in the outskirt of the salt flats. The weather is cold and dry, typical of the Andes mountains with eventual snows during the winter.

Sucre is generally warm and dry, with temperatures averaging 19 degrees Celsius.

Potosí: The weather is generally cold and dry with an average temperature of 8 degrees celsius (46.4 F)

How to get there?

La Paz: There are many ways to arrive to La Paz. There is an International Airport in El Alto where airlines from all over the world arrive. It is also posible to get there by bus through Copacabana, Oruro and Cochabamba city.

Copacabana is accessible through different routes by ground transportation. Is posible to get there by ground transportation from Peru.
From the city of La Paz:

  • 3.5 hours with private transportation

Uyuni is accessible from different places.

From Oruro

  • 6 hours by train or by bus (reservations are required for the train alternative)

From La Paz

  • 45 minutes by plane

Sucre: A number of air and land routes can take you to the city of Sucre.

From Cochabamba or Santa Cruz:

  •  30 minute plane trip.

From La Paz

  • 1 hour flight.

Potosí: There are many routes to get to Potosí.

From Sucre
  • 3 hours with private of public transportaiton

From Uyuni

  • 4.5 hours with private transportation

Fauna and Flora

Copacabana is home to ducks, pink trouts, giant Titicaca frogs, a variety of birds, vicuñas, alpacas, llamas and foxes among others.Some of the plants found in this region are various aquatic species, pine forests, scrub grasses and eucalyptus among others. 


Uyuni's nature is limited to the high salinity of the air and water. However, giant cacti native to this area can grow up to 10 meters tall (32 ft) complement the landscape and are a major atraction for visitors.Among the animal species it is usual to find pink flamingos, vicuñas, vizcachas, llamas, small mountain cats and foxes.

Hotel Salt Palace (hotel3stars)

Bolivia » Potosi » Uyuni

Description

Luxury Salt Hotel 
Recently remodeled, it was built entirely with salt blocks: walls, floors, ceilings, decor, chairs, tables, mattresses, sculptures and others.

The Hotel includes a beautiful dinning room, a full bar, games room: pool, chess, and others. Conference room for 40 seats.

Rooms

16 rooms (8 doubles and 8 honeymoon suites), all with private bathrooms, access to solarium, central heating and electric space heaters.

Hotel Salt Palace (hotel3stars)

Bolivia » Potosi » Uyuni

Description

Luxury Salt Hotel 
Recently remodeled, it was built entirely with salt blocks: walls, floors, ceilings, decor, chairs, tables, mattresses, sculptures and others.

The Hotel includes a beautiful dinning room, a full bar, games room: pool, chess, and others. Conference room for 40 seats.

Rooms

16 rooms (8 doubles and 8 honeymoon suites), all with private bathrooms, access to solarium, central heating and electric space heaters.

Hotel Salt Palace (hotel3stars)

Bolivia » Potosi » Uyuni

Description

Luxury Salt Hotel 
Recently remodeled, it was built entirely with salt blocks: walls, floors, ceilings, decor, chairs, tables, mattresses, sculptures and others.

The Hotel includes a beautiful dinning room, a full bar, games room: pool, chess, and others. Conference room for 40 seats.

Rooms

16 rooms (8 doubles and 8 honeymoon suites), all with private bathrooms, access to solarium, central heating and electric space heaters.

Hotel Boutique La Casona (hotel4stars)

Bolivia » La Paz » La Paz

Description

Rooms with private bathrooms, breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi, restaurant.