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Bolivia Discovery Tour: Uyuni Salt Flats and Lake Titicaca

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Bolivia  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: March - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3425 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3782 US Dollar (USD)

Begin your tour: Uyuni Salt Flats and Lake Titicaca in La Paz. The governmental capital of Bolivia is the highest capital city in the world at 12,000 ft. The sprawling Metropolitan, surrounded by looming mountains, combines big city living and the feeling of an Andean town. The streets of La Paz are filled with some indigenous women still wearing traditional costumes and many vibrant street markets. The La Paz markets are rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft artifacts. Spend the day exploring La Paz’s colonial origins. Take in the modern part of the city. Marvel at the dramatic drops in elevation throughout.

From La Paz you will travel to Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. It is located on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Its waters and sky above are as blue as sapphire, giving the region a very mystical air. Legend says that the first Inca God, Manco Capac, rose from the waters of the lake. The region around the lake is rich in pre-Columbian and colonial treasures. You will have the opportunity to visit the best of Lake Titicaca including the town of Copacabana, Sun Island, The Island of the Moon, and nearby ruins.

Before departing Bolivia, don’t miss the chance to marvel at the natural wonder of the Uyuni Salt Flats. The remnants of a pre-historic lake, the salt flats today are the largest salt flats in the world at 12,000 square kilometers. When dry, the flats are an expanse of pure white hexagons. When wet, the surface reflects the immense Altiplano sky. Either scenario creates a truly unforgettable experience like few other places on earth. Photographers will delight in the one of a kind landscape. Road trippers will love the many lagoons and islands that may be visited here

Day 1: Home – La Paz
Take the overnight flight to La Paz, Bolivia. Look out for the magnificent views of the city and the Royal Andean Range when landing.

Day 2: La Paz
Upon arrival in La Paz airport, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, city tour of La Paz. Travel through the colonial part of the city, San Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square and the outdoor replica of the Tiahuanaco Temple. Visit the street markets, rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft artifacts that represent the traditional beliefs of the Ch’alla (ritual of offerings) and Pachamama (mother earth and symbol of fertility). Then, see the modern part of the city and the dramatic drops in elevation. Finally, leave the city to enter the Valley of the Moon and enjoy its natural geological formations.

Day 3: La Paz – Copacabana
Early morning departure from La Paz, heading north and crossing the highlands parallel to the Royal Andes Range. First stop is Copacabana, a main Catholic pilgrimage center with a church that houses the famous Virgen Morena. It was an important area in pre-Colombian times and entrance to this sacred land. Visit the church and explore the town. After a light lunch (included), take a boat to Sun Island, and visit the "Pilcocaina" Sun Temple. From here, hike about one hour to the Ecolodge La Estancia, offering spectacular views of the mountains and the lake. La Estancia is located in the southern part of Sun Island on Lake Titicaca. It was built preserving the Andean architecture and combines modern comfort with respecting the harmony of the surrounding nature and habitat. Overnight on Sun Island. Dinner tonight is included.

Day 4: Chincana Ruins, Moon Island
After breakfast there will be an opportunity to enjoy the sunrise. Take a boat north to visit Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock. After the excursion, travel by boat to the Island of the Moon and explore the the Inak Uyu ruins before finally reaching Copacabana. After lunch (included) return to La Paz.

Day 5: La Paz- Uyuni
This morning, transfer to the airport in La Paz to take the flight to Uyuni. Upon arrival, transfer to a nearby salt hotel in Colchani, at the shores of the Uyuni salt flats. After settling in, visit the village of Colchani in the shores to see the locals produce salt. On the way, enter a perfect natural highway to cross to Isla Incahuasi, which is a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus (entering Incahuasi Island will be dependent upon the weather). After the excursion, continue back to Colchani and enjoy a great sunset, overnight in the salt hotel.

Day 6: Uyuni
After breakfast visit the cemetery of old trains, afterwards, enter the salt flats and visit Pucara de Aique. Here, there is a great view of the Uyuni salt flats and its surroundings. Uyuni, is the largest salt flat on earth, located on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano with 12.000 square km in size. Enjoy a picnic style lunch and then return to the salt hotel in Colchani.

Day 7: Uyuni - La Paz
This morning, leave the salt flats for the airport and return to La Paz. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: La Paz
This morning, transfer to the airport to take the flight back home or overlap with the add-on of one’s choice.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices shown above are per person, in US Dollars ($) or Pound Sterling (£) for residents in the UK.

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