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Bolivia: Dramatic Altiplano Landscapes and Quaint Andean Villages

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 14 people
Destination(s): Bolivia  
Specialty Categories: Photography and Videography   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: November
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5199 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6000 US Dollar (USD)

Our company is heading to the Bolivian cities and villages of La Paz, Sucre and Potosi as well as the Altiplano – where the Andes high plains are at their widest and are considered the most extensive area of high plateau on earth outside of Tibet. From the warm people of this uncharted Andean Nation to the unending photo ops of its surreal and varying landscapes, you are bound to capture mind-blowing images of this unique country!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart for La Paz-Bolivia.

Day 2: Arrive La Paz. Arrive in La Paz and transfer to the hotel. Meet your Quest Leader for a presentation and introduction about your Bolivia Quest. Afternoon city tour of La Paz. Overnight at El Ray Palace Hotel.

Day 3: Fly To Sucre and Hacienda Candelaria. A short flight brings us to the colonial city of Sucre often called “La Cuidad Blanca” At 9200 feet above sea level, Sucre enjoys the perfect spring climate year round. Sucre is a rich cultural center, full of interesting people indigenous to the Andes. Photograph the colorful markets and stunning churches before we drive to Hacienda Candelaria. The 82 year-old Doña Aby still runs this working hacienda, overseeing the planting and harvesting of corn, potatoes, and chili peppers each year. Grandma Aby and her daughter Elizabeth show us some old fashioned hospitality during our stay. Overnight: Hacienda Candelaria. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 4: Tarabuco Market. Photograph the Sunday market in the village of Tarabuco, where farmers and weavers from the countryside join together in a festive atmosphere to trade food and fine weavings. Explore the Quechua village of Ch’illa Apacheta where the women are famous for their weavings. We’ll visit several homes with a local guide to photograph weavers before heading back to the hacienda and have a picnic lunch along the way. Overnight: Hacienda Candelaria.
Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Potosi. Visit the Unesco World Heritage Site of Potosi mining village located over 13,000 feet above sea level. Capture Potosi’s rich colonial architecture and tragic history as you wander through the narrow streets and alleys of this mining town including the sites of Plaza del Estudiante, Mercado de los Mineros and Plaza 10 de Noviembre. Hotel: Hostal Colonial. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Potosi - Uyuni. From Potosi we travel for 7 hours in our private four wheel drive trucks to the Salt Desert of the Uyuni (12,000 ft) through rugged canyons and past adobe villages. You’ll cross a pass of over 15,500 feet catching wildlife photos of llamas, alpacas, vicunas, the Andean rhea (ostrich) and Andean flamingos against an impressive Altiplano landscape. Arrive at Uyuni in late evening. Overnight at the Hotel Tambo Aymara. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Salt Lake, Fish Island, Flamingos and Salt Hotel. Before sunrise, we depart to explore the Salar de Uyuni with a stop at the salt lake fields in the world. Later you’ll learn about the production of salt bricks in the village of Colchani and photograph graceful flamingos wading through a red lake. We will photograph Isla de Pescadores, a bizarre island surrounded by salt and studded with 20-foot tall cactus. Overnight at the Hotel Luna Salada. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Ollague Volcano and The Lakes. Before sunrise we will depart in our Four wheel drive to Ollague Volcano with stops at vistas of Lakes Catapa, Hedionda, Chaircota and Honda; home of various pink flamingos and other bird species. We will take lunch in this area and then drive to the Siloli Desert to shoot the bizarre rock formations. Arrive in Colorada Lake where we will dine and overnight at the Hotel El Desierto Tayka. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Geysers and Laguna Verde. Before sunrise we will depart from Colorada Lake towards the Sunrise Geysers to photograph the other worldly atmosphere created by sulphar vapors and thermal water springs, as well as mini fumaroles. Then it’s off to the Dali Desert and it’s mars-like landscape as well as the expansive Laguna Verde (the Green Lake) at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Return to the Hotel El Desierto Tayka dinner and to overnight. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 10: Valley of the Rocks. Return to Uyuni. Photograph the Valley of the Rocks, Culpina, and the San Cristobal train cemetery on the way back to the town of Uyuni. The afternoon is free to explore Uyuni and hotel accommodations are arranged for day rooms. At midnight transfer to the train station for the night train to Oruro.
Includes: (B), (L).

Day 11: La Paz. We roll into La Paz in time to watch the sun rise over the snow capped peaks of the Cordillera Real. The day is yours to explore the markets or take an optional tour of the Tiahuanaco ruins or the Valley of the Moon. Overnight at El Ray Palace Hotel.

Day 12: End of the tour.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Workshop Fee
- Leader
- Customized portfolio reviews and classes
- 4 nights comfortable hotels
- 5 nights rustic guest houses
- 1 night train/bus, tour leader
- Domestic flight
- Local guides
- All domestic transfers by private vehicles
- Entrance fees
- Most breakfasts and other meals as specified in the itinerary
- International arrival transfer.

Price Excludes:
- International airline ticket
- International departure transfer
- Gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Laundry
- Other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary description
- Beverages during meals, alcoholic beverages
- Insurance
- Airport taxes.