La Paz to La Paz (11 days) Bolivia Encompassed

Company : Oasis Overland
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Tours
Country: Bolivia
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 500 to 750 £ Pound (UK)

See all the highlights that Bolivia has to offer, from the bustling hilly market lined streets of La Paz to the vast Salt Flats of Uyuni. 

Venture down a mine in Potosi and stare in awe at the dinosaur footprints in Sucre!  We stay mostly in small family owned 3 star hotels with en-suite facilities, with some basic accommodation in rural areas.  Why not add on a trip to the Bolivian Pampas and Jungle?

 

Itinerary

Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.

Day 1
La Paz city (3,600 ms / 11,800 ft)  transfer to your hotel.  Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2
La Paz City Tour (approx. 4 hours).  We visit Murillo Square & Cathedral, Congress and Government Palace, The Incan Gold Museum, Valley of the Moon and the famous Witches Market. Tour ends at Killi Killi lookout point to enjoy a 360 degree view of the city! Rest of the day to explore at your leisure to maybe enjoy a Huari (local beer).

Day 3
Free morning (dependant on train times) to browse the local markets, find a café and watch street life go by or visit one of the museums. Bus to the mining town of Oruro, followed by a high altitude train ride to Uyuni - home to the vast Salar (Salt flats). Transfer to Hotel.

Day 4
3 day 4x4 Expedition to explore the Salar (Salt Flats) and stunning lakes, deserts and volcanoes. We take short excursions to the Train Cemetery to view old steam locomotives and Colchani village to see the traditional Salt bagging process. We drive to Inca Huasi Island in the centre of the 10,000 square km Salar.  We can hike to the top of the island, passing giant cactus, to take in the spectacular views. After lunch we head for San Juan Village, to visit a Pre Inca Cemetery and a small museum.

Day 5
Heading south we are surrounded by huge volcanoes (up to 5850mtrs!)  There is time for photo stops and if we're lucky we should see pink Flamingoes and many other species of birds at Canapa Lagoon. We make a quick stop at Hedionda (Stinky!) Lagoon and continue past scenic lakes to the amazing Siloli Desert (4600mtrs). Here incredible natural rock formations are formed by powerful eroding winds. Tonight we stay close to the shores of Red Lagoon, a wildlife sanctuary to 3 endemic species of Andean Flamingo.

Day 6
An early start for sunrise at Sol de Manana Volcano Crater.  Here beautiful steam geysers and colourful boiling volcanic mud pools await us. We breakfast on the banks of Challviri Lagoon where those of us that want to can enjoy a hot spring! Passing through the barren volcanic environment of Dali's Desert, in the southwestern tip of Bolivia, we see the breathtaking Green Lagoon, at the foot of Licancabur Volcano (5900mtrs). Heading back to Red Lagoon, we take another route back to Uyuni via Rock Valley, stopping off in some small villages along the way. We complete our day by visiting the highest pizza restaurant in the world!  (Optional).

Day 7
Travel to Potosi, enjoying the beautiful mountain views and bouncy gravel roads along the way! In the afternoon there is the option to visit the once famous Silver Mines in Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) and step back in time to experience life as a miner in these harsh conditions.  The tour is not for the faint hearted! Other attractions include the ancient Mint, which tells the history of the silver mined here and shipped to Spain in Colonial times or view the city from the roof of the San Francisco Church!

Day 8
We have a free morning at leisure to do some last minute exploring of Potosi before we head to one of Bolivia's most beautiful cities, Sucre, via bus. Sucre is known as 'The 4 Names City' because of its long and varied history. Free afternoon to wander the charming streets and possibly visit Liberty's House where Bolivia was created a new free Republic in 1825.

Day 9
After breakfast we visit The Cretaceous Park, where we can see thousands of dinosaur footprints, including the world's biggest! More free time to explore in the afternoon - why not visit Asur, Bolivia's best Textile Museum (some textiles are at least 1500 years old!) In the late afternoon we transfer to the bus station and join our Bus Cama (bed bus) which will be our ride and accommodation to La Paz!

Day 10
On arrival in La Paz we transfer to our hotel and the rest of the day is yours to wander and maybe pick up some souvenirs, such as Andean blankets, ponchos and jewellery from the hilly market streets.

Day 11
The tour ends after breakfast.

 

What’s Included

  • Airport transfers
  • La Paz city tour
  • Train from Oruro to Uyuni
  • Orientation tour in La Paz, Potosi & Sucre
  • 4x4 Salt Flat 3 day excursion, meals & guide
  • All accommodation (small, simple hotels & guesthouses and 2 nights basic on the Salt Flats)
  • Meals as per itinerary (approx 50%)
  • Services of Oasis Tour Leader
  • All local transport

 

What’s Not Included

  • Optional Excursions & Entrance Fees as listed in the pre-departure information
  • Park entry fees totalling approx US$50
  • International Flights
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Taxes
  • Drinks
  • Visa
  • Tips

 

Tour Price

Trip Price From: £935.00

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