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   Bolivia's salt flats, Salar de Uyuni    
   The Witches' Market in La Paz, also known as El Mercado de las Brujas and La Hechiceria    
   Sucre    
   Potosi    
   Isla del Pescado    
   Salar de Uyuni    
   Airstream Camper on the Salar de Uyuni    
   Lake Titicaca    
   Lake Titicaca    
   Posada del Inca Eco Lodge, Isla del Sol    
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Uyuni Salt Flats, Airstream Campers & Bolivia Highlights

From £3,790 per person
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This tour is perfect for those who want to explore Bolvia’s most iconic sights. Start in La Paz, situated at a lofty 3600 metres above sea level. This is a city that’s buildings cling to the sides of the steep canyon and tumble spectacularly downwards. On clear days you will be able to spot the imposing Mt Illimani which stands guard over the city. The tour also takes in Bolivia’s second, and some say most beautiful city, Sucre. The whitewashed buildings, colonial architecture, museums and churches have been protected by UNESCO since 1991.

From here visit Potasi to take in its ornate architecture, grand churches and friendly inhabitants. There is also time to learn about the miners who work here and how the silver ore is extracted to the Earths surface. A short land transfer away lies Salar de Uyuni, a real highlight on this trip. This is the world’s largest salt flat, situated at a dizzying 3653m and spanning an enormous 12,000sq km, and is truly one of the world’s most awe-inspiring spectacles. While in this region you will stay in the Luna Salada hotel, which is constructed entirely of salt. On the flats themselves, you explore the landscape with a vintage-style Airstream camper, a unique way to experience the Salar de Uyuni. These shiny new 'campers' cater for up to two guests, are fully equipped and include a personal chauffeur/guide. 

Finally, spend time at Lake Titicaca, another record as the highest navigatable lake in the world. Visit the Andean Roots Eco Village and learn about the 'Mystic World of the Kallawaynas' who are natural healers of Bolivia. There is also time for a hydrofoil visit Moon Island, the Sun Virgins Temple 'Inak Uyu' and to Isla del Sol which is one of the lakes largest islands, and has over 180 ruins. 

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Itinerary

Itinerary

On this trip you will visit:
  • La Paz
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Salar de Uyuni
  • Sucre and Potosi
Day 1
London - La Paz
Depart the UK for your overnight flight to La Paz
Day 2
La Paz
Morning arrival to La Paz, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel downtown. The journey from the airport, though the town of El Alto, allows you a fantastic vista of the city. The deep bowl of the altiplano with Mount Illimani as the backdrop provides a magical setting. Over the years, more and more buildings have appeared on the slopes of the bowl - a chaotic but beautiful sight.

La Casona Boutique hotel is one of the few colonial options in the city yet it has a great location close to the San Francisco church and the main highlights such as the Witches Market.
Accommodation: La Casona
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Day 3
La Paz
Half day city tour visiting the modern and colonial areas. Visit the Witches Market where you can buy many indigenous gifts and Calle Jean, the colourful, colonial street. Continue onto the 'zona sur' area of the city which is the more affluent area at 3200m altitude and the mystical Valley of the Moon. This clay formation is said to resemble the face of the moon and is a truly special vista.
Day 4
La Paz - Sucre
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Sucre in the south of the country. La Ciudad Blanca (the white city) is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the country and also has a milder climate due to its lower altitude. The charming Hostal de su Merced is a converted mansion located in the heart of the city with great views from the rooftop terrace.
Accommodation: Hostal de su Merced
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Day 5
Sucre
Half day city tour of Sucre starting at the Textile Museum at the Caseron de la Capellania (House of the Chaplain) which displays a range of ethnic textiles from the region. Visit La Recoleta Museum with its exhibition of colonial an republican paintings, sculptures, gold and silver ware, collections of coins and archealogical items. End the excursion with a visit to San Felipe Nery Church. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 6
Sucre - Potosi
Overland transfer to Potosi (approx 3 hours) and overnight at the Hotel Coloso located in the centre of the city close to the cathedrals and museums. Afternoon city tour with a visit to the royal Mint Museum one of the most popular attractions. It is an important example of civil architecture built from carved stone, rough stone, bricks, wood and iron.
Accommodation: Coloso Hotel
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Day 7
Potosi - Salar de Uyuni
Morning visit to the mines in Potosi to see how the miners work and how the ore is carried to the surface.
Afternoon land transfer to Uyuni and the Luna Salada hotel which is entirely made of salt. Dinner is included at your hotel with entertainment from local musicians.
Accommodation: Luna Salada Hotel
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Days 8 - 9
Salar de Uyuni
Spend two nights explorating the Salar de Uyuni by Airstream Campervan. The experience starts first thing in the morning with breakfast made by your own personal chef. After a visit to the salt museum venture onto the largest salt flat on earth...approx 12,000 square km. The Bolivian Altiplano offers stunning scenery which is truly unique and offer a chance to see the curvature of the earth! Pentagons of crystalline salt, pure blue skies silhouetted with striking cacti and flamingos.

Travel to 'Isla Pescado' in the centre of the salt flat which, as its name implies, is shaped like a fish. The whole area provides fantastic opportunities for photography. Today lunch is at a local restaurant and dinner is cooked by your personal chef.
Accommodation: Bolivia Airstream Campers
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Day 10
Uyuni - La Paz - Lake Titicaca
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to La Paz. Here you will be met and transferred to Huatajata on the shore of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the Andean Roots Eco Village which consists of the Altiplano Museum, handicrafts village, the Mud Igloos and the mortuary towers of Urus Chipayas. Learn about the Limachi family who buillt the RA II and Tigris for epic expeditions over the Atlantic Ocean.

After lunch at the hotel learn about the 'Mystic World of the Kallawaynas' who are natural healers of Bolivia. Their Kallawaya, Tata Benjo, will bless visitors and answer questions by reading your coca leaves. After dinner visit the Native Observatory Alajpacha to learn about Aymara beliefs of the stars.
Accommodation: Inca Utama
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Day 11
Lake Titicaca - Isla del Sol
Board the hydrofoil to visit Moon Island and the Sun Virgins Temple 'Inak Uyu'. Continue to Isla del Sol which is one of the lakes largest islands, and has over 180 ruins most of which date back to the Inca period circa 15th century AD. You will visit Pilcocaina. the Sun Temple and take a soft llama trek to Posada del inca Eco Lodge for lunch. This afternoon is at your leisure and you are free to explore the surroundings and meet the local people. Dinner and overnight at Posada del Inca Eco Lodge
Accommodation: Posada del Inca Eco Lodge
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Day 12
Lake Titicaca - La Paz
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, this morning is at your leisure. Visit the Inca Grand Stairs and the Sacred Fountain, taste the water which is believed to give you eternal youth and happiness. Lunch will be at Uma Kollu archaeological restaurant. Take the hydrofoil to Moon Island where you will visit the Sun Virgins Temple before continuing on to Huatajata to visit the Andean Roots Eco Village, The Altiplano Museum and the Mud Igloos. From Moon Island you return to La Paz by road. Overnight at La Casona, as before
Day 13
La Paz - UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK

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From £3,790 per person, Including international flights & many meals
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Bolivia Airstream Campers
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Bolivia Airstream Campers offer a unique way to experience the Salar de Uyuni on a two or three night tour including one night at the Luna Salada Hotel. These shiny new 'campers' cater for up to two guests, are fully...
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Hostal de su Merced
Sucre and Potosi , Bolivia
A well-known boutique hotel, Hostal de su Merced is situated in the heart of the Sucre’s city centre with beautiful views over the ancient ‘white city’. Occupying a magnificent converted mansion constructed in...
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Inca Utama
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
 Situated in Huatajata on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Inca Utama is both a hotel and cultural experience. The 57 rooms are spread through two buildings with white stone walls and terracotta bricks and roofing. This hotel...
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La Casona
La Paz, Bolivia
This hotel is located within a colonial building in the historic city of La Paz and features the same architectural and construction styling (stone patios, terraces, the belfry and viewpoints) as that of the San Francisco...
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Luna Salada Hotel
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Luna Salada Hotel (literally meaning ‘salt moon’) has to be one of the most extraordinary hotels in the world, as it is almost entirely constructed of rock salt. Overlooking the spectacular Salar de Uyuni, the floors...
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Posada del Inca Eco Lodge
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
 Located at the top of beautiful Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, this charming hotel was once a colonial hacienda, but now offers 20 rustic, simple but comfortable rooms in a traditional building, complete with tiled roof and...
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