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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Best of Bolivia

12-day tailor-made journey from £4,045 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A two week tailor-made tour taking in the historical highlights and natural splendours of Bolivia

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Highlights

  • Experience natural wonders in the world's largest salt flats and South America's biggest lake, the dramatic front to Andean peaks and island ruins
  • Discover Bolivia's lost kingdoms in its ruined cities and archaeological sites before meeting their descendants with visits to indigenous communities
  • Combine Latin American flavour with colonial grandeur in charming towns and the atmospheric capital

In Brief

  • 1 Night Santa Cruz
  • 2 Nights Sucre
  • 2 Nights Uyuni Salt Flats
  • 2 Nights Lake Titicaca
  • 2 Nights La Paz

Itinerary

Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Natural world

On this luxury Bolivia holiday you'll take in the best the country has to offer. You'll explore the whitewashed streets of Sucre's colonial centre, search for silver in the mines of Potosi and play with perspective on the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat and a photographer's dream. Then, on South America's largest body of water, Lake Titicaca, you'll visit both the Sun and Moon Islands, from which, says local legend, the Inca civilisation emerged 1,000 years ago. Lastly, you'll soak up the sights, sounds and market stalls of the colourful capital, La Paz.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Start your trip with an overnight flight, arriving on day two.

Day 2
Santa Cruz

Arrive in the city of Santa Cruz, where you'll be met and transferred to your accommodation, located in the heart of the city. After settling in to your hotel, enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city's palm-tree lined plazas and grand colonial cathedrals. If you choose to extend your stay, perhaps spend a day exploring Fuerte de Samaipata, a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 120km from the city. The ceremonial site was built by a pre-Inca civilisation in the early 4th century and consists of two parts: the hill with its many carvings and its surrounds. 

Stay: Hotel Los Tajibos (Superior)

Days 3-4
Sucre

Fly to Sucre, Bolivia's most beautiful city, where narrow streets are lined with ornate churches, poems are hand-painted onto wall tiles and colourful flowers hang from wooden balconies. A city tour will take in many of Sucre's most important buildings, including the 16th century San Francisco Church and the House of Freedom, where Simon Bolivar declared Bolivian independence. The following day, visit the nearby village of Tarabuco, whose Sunday market is know for its distinctive Indian weavings. Lunch is included on day four only.

Stay: Parador Santa Maria la Real, Sucre (Superior)

Meals: B L

Day 5
Potosi/Uyuni Salt Flats

Drive from Sucre to the silver-mining town of Potosi, a colonial gem whose mines are said to have produced enough ore to build a solid silver bridge from Potosi to Madrid. Dominated by its mountainous surrounds, it's a truly atmospheric destination that has been declared a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Here, you'll visit one of its famed silver mines and the Casa de la Moneda – Royal Mint – where its still-standing wooden machinery once formed silver coins for colonial Spain. In the afternoon, continue on to Uyuni where you'll stay in one of its renowned salt hotels, constructed almost entirely out of its surrounds.

Stay: Hotel Luna Salada, Uyuni (Standard) or Palacio del Sal, Uyuni (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Uyuni Salt Flats

Spend the day on the world's largest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, where giant pentagons of crystalline salt stretch endlessly to the horizon. Here, you'll find colourful lagoons, strange islands and even bright pink flamingos. Spectacular at any time of year, it's especially surreal when seasonal rains coat the flats like a mirror, reflecting the giant blue ribbon that is the Andean sky. You'll start by visiting Isla Incahuasi, an oasis where giant cacti grow up to 12 metres high over their 100 year lifespan. After lunch, you'll make your way to Tunupa, a dormant volcano on the desert's northern side. Standing at 5,321 metres tall, it's a majestic, steepled counterpoint to the great white expanse. Next you'll visit the Coquesa Mummies where eerie caves play host to dried skeletons and ancient ceramic archaeology.

Stay: Hotel Luna Salada, Uyuni (Standard) or Palacio del Sal, Uyuni (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Lake Titicaca

Wake early to transfer to the airport for your flight to La Paz where you'll be met and transferred to Tiwanaku Archaeological Site. Dating back to between the 16th century BC and 11th century AD, these magnificent ruins tell the story of one of the Americas' oldest civilisations. In the Sun Gate, Temple of Kalasasaya and the Pyramid of Akapana you'll see the sights of a city that once hosted 115,000 inhabitants. After lunch, you'll continue on to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable body of water. Much more than its astounding natural beauty – great waters front rolling hills and Andean peaks – it's home to a collection of rich cultures. You'll visit handicraft markets, mud igloo houses, historic mortuary towers and local shipbuilding families as you call into eco villages and alpaca farms. Come the evening you'll visit the Kallawayas, Bolivia's tribal healers, who'll find answers to your questions in sacred coca leaves.  

Stay: Inca Utama Hotel (Superior)

Meals: B L

Day 8
Lake Titicaca

This morning you'll board a hydrofoil cruise out to explore the lake itself. Start with Copacabana, a pilgrim town made famous by its shrines and market before heading out to Isla de la Luna. Here, you'll be treated to the excavated Iñak Uyu Temple and the ruins of what's thought to be an Incan nunnery. Move on to the Isla del Sol whose harsh geography hosts nearly 200 ruins, including the Sun Temple. A completely unmotorised island, a 45 minute llama trek will bring you to your hotel, set among tiered gardens overlooking the lake.

Stay: Posada del Inca, Lake Titicaca (Standard)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Lake Titicaca/La Paz

Spend the morning at leisure to take in yet more of those gorgeous lake views; perhaps head out on a short trek from the hotel. Around midday, you'll then visit the Inca's Grand Stairs where steps are built dramatically into the hillside before moving onto the Sacred Fountain where you'll have the chance to taste the waters believed to grant eternal youth and happiness. After lunch at the Uma Kollu Archaeological Restaurant, you'll visit a handicraft market before a hydrofoil cruise takes you to Huatajata where you'll transfer to La Paz.

Stay: Casa Grande Hotel, La Paz (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 10
La Paz

The City of La Paz is a veritable treasure trove of living history. Indigenous, colonial and modern architectural delights all come together to be framed by the majestic Illimani Mountains. Start by exploring the Witch Doctors' market before calling into its cathedrals, museums and basilicas. You can also head out to into its picturesque surrounds for dramatic clay formations in Moon Valley and cable car rides that bring you to summit vistas.

Stay: Casa Grande Hotel, La Paz (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 11
Depart for UK

Transport to La Paz Airport to board your flight home.

Meals: B

Day 12
Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK to continue your onward journey home.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard Superior Deluxe

12-day tailor-made journey from £4,045 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £4,045 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,210 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Santa Cruz and from La Paz to London
  • Domestic flight from Uyuni to La Paz
  • Private transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation in a mixture of 3* (Standard), 4* (Superior) and 5* (Deluxe) hotels on a B&B basis
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3* (Standard) hotels on a full-board basis
  • Private touring including 4 lunches

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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