Bolivia is a country full of stunning scenery, colourful festivals and with a rich indigenous culture. Travel around this land locked country and you will get a real feel of South America.
Begin your holiday to Bolivia in the charming capital city of Sucre, full of colonial whitewashed buildings and cobbled streets. If you find yourself here on a Sunday, then the Tarabuco market is a must. This is a bustling indigenous market where 35 local communities come together to trade, no money changes hands, everything is bartered for. It is a wonderful place to observe the traditional costumes of the local people.
Around three hours’ drive from Sucre is Potosi, the highest city in the world, sitting at almost 4,000 m with a history steeped in silver mining.
Travel overland to the south of the country, an area of vast salt flats, lakes, desert and volcanic landscapes. One of the most striking areas is the Salar de Uyuni, the huge white desert on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano. As well as the salt plains stretching as far as the eye can see, there are rocky outcrops, lagoons filled with flamingos, herds of llama, and small communities.
A stay in La Paz will literally take your breath away, the city sits on the edge of a steep canyon high up in the Andes dominated by the snow-covered peaks of Mount Illimani. A fascinating city with witches’ markets, colonial buildings and some amazing trekking.
Travel to Copacabana and take a private motor boat onto the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, a huge expanse of water surrounded by mountains. Stop off at beautiful Sun Island and experience the peaceful rural way of life. Visit the ancient burial site of Pariti and the ceremonial site of Tiwanaku, one of Latin Americas most famous sites, dating back some 500 years before the rise of the Incas.
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Half day city tourVisit the lookout point Recoleta Mirador and the Museum of the Recoleta before heading on to the ASUR Textile Museum, which boasts one of the best collections of textiles in the Bolivian valley region. Continue on to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Church of San Lázaro, and the Casa de la Libertad, before viewing the patio of the University of San Francisco Xavier and the Parque Bolivar, where many important monuments are stored.Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, Sucre - unofficially referred to as the 'city of four names' - is Bolivia's old judicial capital. Founded in 1538, under the name La Plata, this was the Spanish capital and covered an area as far south as Argentina.Today it is a UNESCO world heritage site, and with good reason. This is stunning city blending a huge range of architectural styles, and where traditional whitewashed facades festooned with flowers are the source of the city's more common name, Ciudad Blanca or White City.
You will be staying at Parador Santa Maria La Real, Bed & Breakfast
Visit to TarabucoTarabuco is situated 40 miles south of Sucre and makes for a great full day trip. It is best known as the home of the Yampara culture. Its people host the Pujllay festival in March each year (third Sunday of March). Members of the local indigenous community gather for Mass, parade in their colourful traditional costumes, drink plenty of chicha, and generally celebrate. Each Sunday, a colourful and vibrant open-air market attracts locals and tourists alike. Many people wear traditional Yampara costumes, which not only preserve their identity but also advertise their location of origin within the area to others within the Tarabuco area.
Drive from Sucre to Potosi
During the journey see the climate and vegetation change as you leave the Andean highlands and descend into the valley reaching heights of over 4,000 metres above sea level en route. A journey of approximately two and a half hours on a paved road.
Potosi is located on the slopes of the Cerro Rico Mountain, source of more than half the silver produced in the Americas. As such it is a city steeped in history and a UNESCO World Heritage site showcasing a magnificent collection of ornate baroque buildings and fascinating churches.Visit the mines yourself. Meet the few miners that continue to eke out a living from the mountain and hear tales of their ancestors' exploits.Although the glory days may be gone, the mountain exhausted and honeycombed with mines, Potosi remains a fascinating city to explore.
You will be staying at Hacienda Cayara, Bed & Breakfast
Full day city tour and visit to a minePotosi is a famous colonial city and was the source of silver during colonial times. The 'rich mountain' towers over the city and according to legend has produced enough silver to build a solid silver bridge from Potosi to Madrid. Visit The Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint), with its wooden machinery used to make the silver coins for Spain during the colony, as well as a visit to a mine. Also visit the San Francisco and Santa Teresa Museum.
Drive from Potosi to the Salar de Uyuni
Pass some fabulous highland panoramas on this journey, which will take approximately three hours on a paved road.
The salt flats in southern Bolivia are quite simply beautiful and unique. The scale and vastness of the white wilderness has to be experienced to be believed. The Salar de Uyuni is the largest and highest salt flats in the world, and standing in the middle there is nothing but brilliant white salt as far as the eye can see. In addition to the vast white desert are the incongruous cacti covered islands, Tunupa Volcano and the small town of Colchani where salt is still processed manually.
You will be staying at Palacio del Sal, Bed & Breakfast
Full Day on the Salt FlatsToday embark upon a full day visit of the Uyuni salt flats and Isla Pescado. 'Lomo de Pescado' the Fisherman's Island, where you can see giant cactus growing and learn about the legend as to why this is the only island with cacti. The salt flats extend as far as the eye can see and there are many fantastic opportunities for photography. In the afternoon visit Tahua Village at the foot of Tunupa Volcano, stroll through the village and hike to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies.
Travel overland from Salar de Uyuni to the Siloli Desert
Set off early towards the deserts and lakes of the region, leaving the salt flats behind to travel across the majestic highland area. Pass spectacular mountains and hills where the llamas and vicuñas gather and gain an insight into the day to day life of the locals of the area. Continue on through the Siloli Desert to the Stone Tree passing the Blanca, Honda, Hedionda, Chiarcota and Negra Lagoons before stopping for lunch.
The Siloli Desert is the highest desert in the world at 4,500 metres above sea level and is located in the southern corner of Bolivia, just outside the stunning Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. The scenery in this whole area is beautiful and other-worldly: huge skies, mountains, volcanoes and vast expanses of wilderness, devoid of man-made structures.
You will be staying at Tayka Desert Hotel, Ojo de Perdiz, Bed & Breakfast
Travel overland from The Siloli Desert to Salar de Uyuni
Travel to Laguna Colorada to watch three species of flamingo dance to welcome a new day. Later explore the Geysers at Sol de Mañana, the hot springs of Polques and Laguna Verde in the south of Bolivia almost on the border with Chile. The Licancabur Volcano stands guard over the shimmering emerald-green Laguna Verde which changes magically with the movement of the sun. Continue onto your accommodation in Salar de Uyuni. The journey from Laguna Verde to Uyuni takes over 6 hours.
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La Paz, the highest capital in the world at a staggering 3,600m, is also one of the most spectacular. Clinging to steep canyon walls and dominated by the magnificent snow-covered peaks of Mount Illimani, the city's urban sprawl is both dramatic and breath-taking - a sight best taken in at Parque Laikacota to the west of the city centre.Incredible too is the juxtaposition of old and new, of intriguing traditions and modern-day living. Bowler hat clad women bustle outside the colonial cathedral, while tourists crowd into the captivating witches market.Dramatic and fascinating, La Paz is truly a city to be explored.
You will be staying at Atix Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Private Full Day City TourToday, take to the sky in a cable car before visiting some of the city’s most exciting and important highlights which include the San Francisco Church, the Witches’ Market, and some of the best museums in the vicinity. Explore Plaza Murillo, where the Legislative and Government Palaces are located, before continuing on towards a replica of the semi-subterranean Temple of Tiwanaku. Move through the city’s residential areas before heading down to the Valley of the Moon, an eerie landscape of natural geological formations.
Travel from La Paz to Copacabana
Today journey to the small town of Copacabana, located on Lake Titikaka, a journey of between three and four hours. Cross the highland plain with fabulous views of the Cordillera Real mountain range, before arriving at Lake Titikaka and the town of Copacabana.
Copacabana is a small town on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca. It has a lovely morning market to wander around watching the locals going about their daily life. The large cathedral on the main square is a place of pilgrimage for local people. It is also the starting point for visits to Isla del Sol (Sun Island) and Isla de la Luna (Moon Island).
Half Day Tour Around CopacabanaOne of the most important pilgrimage sites in Bolivia, Copacabana is where the faithful come to pray to the Blessed Virgin of the Candelaria. Despite being a region heavily influenced by the Catholic religion, there is still much Inca culture to be seen. Take a private motor boat to the Island of the Sun to climb the Inca Steps and stop at the Fountain of Eternal Youth. Later return to Copacabana for lunch and a look around the town.
You will be staying at Hotel Rosario del Lago, Bed & Breakfast
Travel from Copacabana to La Paz via Pariti
Today depart Copacabana and travel to Huatajata for a short boat ride to the tiny island of Pariti, located in the middle of Lake Titicaca. It was here in 2005 that archaeologist Jedu Sagarnaga discovered ceramics dating back to 500-900 AD. Later today return to La Paz to overnight.
Full Day Visit to Tiwanaku RuinsTiwanaku is one of Latin America’s most famous historical sites. Established almost 500 years before the rise of the Incas, the empire lasted for several centuries and consisted of an estimated population of 115,000 who, as a people, made outstanding achievements in agriculture, hydraulics, architecture & medicine. The Sun Gate, the Temple of Kalasasaya, and the Pyramid of Akapana are all incredibly well preserved examples of this glorious past. Visit the museum on the archaeological site and view pieces of immeasurable value. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, learn of the relationship between Tiwanaku and other empires of the world that were thriving during that time. Visit the remains of the Pumapunku Pyramid, one of Tiwanaku’s four most prized structures. Many of the stones used to build the pyramid weigh over 500 tonnes, and were brought from quarries over 8km away. These stones were cut perfectly and have withstood the test of time and exposure to the elements. Hear some of the many theories that concern the site, before walking out to the fields to appreciate the Inca raised-bed fields called 'sukakollos'.
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