La Paz to La Paz (15 days) Bolivia Encompassed (Inc. Amazon Jungle)

Company : Oasis Overland
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Tours
Country: Bolivia
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 weeks
Approx Costs: 1250 to 1500 £ 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!  Fly to the Bolivian Amazon and enjoy boat trips and walks learning about the flora and fauna of the area.  Swim with Pink Dolphins, fish for Piranha and search the Pampas for an Anaconda!  We stay mostly in small family owned 3 star hotels with en-suite facilities, with some basic accommodation in rural areas.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in La Paz city (3,600 ms / 11,800 ft), and you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Our Tour Leader will brief you on the tour in the evening, so the rest of the day is yours to get over your flight and to acclimatize to the altitude. No meals included

Day 2
We take a tour of the city (approx. 4 hours).  La Paz is like no other city you will have visited, with its stunning setting in a valley, surrounded by 6000mtr peaks!  The streets are narrow and winding, full of brightly dressed Andeans selling their wares!  Our tour takes in the atmosphere and we'll learn a lot about Andean Culture, passing through interesting neighborhoods we visit the main sights such as Murillo Square & Cathedral, Congress and Government Palace (built in 1800's), The Incan Gold Museum, Valley of the Moon and the famous Witches Market. Finally we drive to Killi Killi lookout point to enjoy a 360 degree view of the city! We have the rest of the day at leisure to wander or find a Huari (local beer). In June it's possible to be in La Paz for 'El Gran Poder' (the Parade of the Great Power).  The streets are filled with a Carnival atmosphere (some say it has a vibe equal to Rio!) as locals dress up and party the day away!  (Check our website for dates when our tour is in La Paz for El Gran Poder). Breakfast   

Day 3
Depending on the departure time of our train (these do vary!) we should have a free morning to browse the local markets, find a café and watch street life go by or visit one of the museums. We take a bus (3 hours) to the mining town of Oruro, followed by a high altitude train ride (7 hours) to our final destination of Uyuni - home to the vast Salar (Salt flats). As our arrival in to Uyuni is likely to be quite late in the evening, we will transfer straight to our hotel. Breakfast

Day 4
Today marks the start of our 3 day expedition to explore the Salt Flats and stunning lakes, deserts and volcanoes. After breakfast we board our 4x4 Land Cruisers and drive to the eerie but evocative Train Cemetery.  Here lie old steam locomotives, pristinely preserved in the dry climate, dating back to Bolivia's booming gold and tin mining days. Next we visit Colchani village and look at the traditional Salt bagging process - you can even buy yourself a small ornament made of salt gathered from the Salar! Once we get out on to the Salar, you realise quite how vast the area is, and our guide will explain some of the weird and wonderful geological facts as we head out in to the heart of the flats to visit Inca Huasi Island. We have time to walk to the top of the island, passing giant cactus, and enjoy the spectacular view of the beautiful Tunupa Volcano (5300 mtrs) and the 10,000 square kms of Salt Flats that now surround you! After lunch we head for San Juan Village, where we visit a Pre Inca Cemetery, a small museum and we stay overnight in basic accommodation. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
We continue driving south on our way to the little Chiguana Salt Flat.  Huge volcanoes (Ollague 5850mtrs) surround us as we take our time, stopping for photos at a lookout point and finally reaching Canapa Lagoon at a height of 4130mtrs!  From here we can see pink Flamingoes and many other species of bird. Hedionda (Stinky!) Lagoon is our next stop, although we may make it a quick one as it certainly lives up to its name, due to the high sulphur content! Passing scenic lagoons, we drive up towards the amazing Siloli Desert, crossing altitudes of almost 4600mtrs, to see the incredible natural rock formations eroded by the powerful winds. We end our day at the Red Lagoon, a breathtaking 40 square kilometer area which has been declared a Wildlife Sanctuary and is home to 3 endemic species of Andean Flamingo.  We stay close to the shores of the lagoon in Wayllajara Village in basic accommodation. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Today we need an early start to catch the first rays of sun on the Sol de Manana Volcano Crater.  The route takes us to almost 5000mtrs at one point!  Beautiful steam geysers and colourful boiling volcanic mud pools await us at the top and you'll be staggered by the extraordinary power of the earth which has been partially harnessed to generate electricity! 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, we are presented with fantastic photo opportunities as we approach the southwest tip of Bolivia and at the foot of Licancabur Volcano (5900mtrs), we see the breathtaking Green Lagoon.  From here we head back to Red Lagoon and 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). Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7
We leave behind Uyuni and its spectacular Salt Flats, and take the road to Potosi, enjoying the beautiful mountain views and bouncy gravel roads along the way! After checking in to our hotel, 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, and at times in the mine you can get extremely hot, dirty and feel very claustrophobic! For those not visiting the mines, there are several other attractions worth visiting in Potosi, such as the ancient Mint, which tells the history of the silver mined here and shipped to Spain in Colonial times.  There is almost a church on every block, some with very impressive interiors, but one to check out is San Francisco where you can view the city from the roof! If you are lucky enough to be in Potosi in August, the Chutillos Festival with its evocative costumes and crazy masks, is definitely worth a look!  (Check website for dates when our tour is in Potosi for the Festival). Breakfast

Day 8
We have a morning of 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 - Charkas (its Indian name), La plata (The Silver), Ciudad Blanca (White City) and Sucre (Sugar in French). The afternoon is free to wander the charming streets and possibly visit Liberty's House where Bolivia was created a new free Republic in 1825. Breakfast

Day 9
After breakfast we visit The Cretaceous Park, where we can see thousands of dinosaur footprints, including the world's biggest! There is more free time to explore in the afternoon, and if colour and culture are your thing, why not visit Asur, Bolivia's best Textile Museum, where some of the most precious and colourful pre Incan textiles are kept (some 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! Breakfast There is an option to fly from Sucre to La Paz, subject to availability.

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

Day 11
We depart early from La Paz for our flight to Rurrenabaque City in the Amazon basin. Once we arrive, we head to the shores of the Beni River to board a boat to Madidi National Park. On the way we'll see the impressive Estrecho del Bala, which is a pass where the Beni River becomes narrow and deep. We navigate Beni and Tuichi rivers for approximately 3 hours to arrive at our lodge where we'll take our lunch and we'll rest a little preparing ourselves for our adventure in the Bolivian Amazon. In the afternoon, we follow jungle paths to learn about the rich flora of the region, medicinal plants, toxic plants, mushrooms, etc. Later we return to the lodge for our dinner, before venturing out on a night walk to feel and hear the sounds of the Amazon and to observe nocturnal animals. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12
In the morning we continue exploring the beautiful jungle learning about the trees, leaves, flowers and plants as well as visiting a clay lick to observe several species of macaws, parrots and parakeets licking salty clay to help with their digestion. Next we travel by river and then switch to 4WD vehicles to drive towards Yacuma River. On the way we'll pass by the picturesque towns of Reyes and Santa Rosa.  On the river you will enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the region and its rich wildlife. On the way to the lodge we hope to see on the river banks, alligators, turtles, capybaras, Bolivian squirrel monkeys, and much more. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13
After breakfast we go for a walk to learn about, and experience, another Amazonian Ecosystem well known as Pampas. Here we are going to search for more fauna, such as birds, alligators, and the famous Amazonian Anaconda. In the afternoon we get back to the river and we look for a good spot for fishing piranhas and swimming with the extraordinary Pink Dolphins known as Bufeo. After dinner, we'll need our torches as we explore the river in search of alligators! Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14
Today our aim is specially to find monkeys such as the Squirrel Monkey called by locals the "Mono Chichilo", the Howler Monkey called locally "Maneche", the Spider Monkey "Mono Negro", and others. We return to the lodge for our lunch, and prepare our drive back to Rurrenabaque City where we'll take our late afternoon flight back to La Paz. Arrival to La Paz city and transfer to the hotel. Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15
Tour ends in La Paz after breakfast. (Breakfast included)

 

What’s Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Internal flights
  • La Paz city tour
  • Orientation tour in La Paz, Potosi & Sucre
  • Train from Oruro to Uyuni
  • 4x4 Salt Flat 3 day excursion, meals & guide
  • All accommodation (small, simple hotels & guesthouses, Jungle Lodge & 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$75
  • International Flights
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Taxes
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • Tips

 

Tour Price

Trip Price From: £1375.00

Start Dates

25-09-2015
23-10-2015
20-12-2015
11-01-2016
03-04-2016
20-05-2016
01-07-2016
27-07-2016
19-08-2016
19-09-2016
11-10-2016
09-11-2016
12-12-2016
16-01-2017

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