Bolivia and its wide open spaces in 22 days

You have time and want to discover with interest the many treasures of Bolivia … This exclusive and very complete program is made for you! This program will allow you to discover the wide variety of landscapes that Bolivia offers, from the lowlands to the highlands. After a beautiful immersion in the middle of the Volcanoes of Amboro Park, you will refine your acclimatization between Sucre and Tupiza. Then you will set off on an original 4×4 expedition off the beaten track. Magnificent colorful landscapes, colorful canyons, unforgettable encounter. You will cross the Lipez region and end this epic with the wild Sajama Park. For lovers of the Great Wilderness!

Overview :

Length of stay :

22 days on the spot.

Transport :

Private car with an English or Spanish speaking driver

Entry of the sites :

Included

Guide :

English or Spanish speaking guides

Altitude of the journey:

Between 420 meters and 5.000 meters

Best moment of year :

from March to December

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Steps and highlights:

Main steps:

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Day 22

The trip in video:

Bolivia and its wide open spaces in 22 days

Highlights:

  • Santa Cruz: the most populated city of Bolivia and economic locomotive of the country. Starting point to visit the Jesuit missions of Chiquitos, Samaipata and the Amboró National Park.
  • The beautiful and colonial city of Sucre and the market of Tarabuco, the former imperial city of Potosi and its mines.
  • The pretty town of Tupiza close to the argentinian border and the beautiful Valley of Samawa.
  • The crossing of the Altiplano between volcanoes and colourful lagunas…breathtaking sceneries!
  • The immensity and the splendour of the Uyuni Salt Flats, real playground.
  • A progressiv and a stunning hike to the volcano Tunupa: an explosion of colors!
  • The crossing of el “Salar de Coipasa”, 2nd largest salt flat of the country until “el Rio Lauca” with the discovering of archeological sites witnessing the presence of the Inca and Pre-Inca civilization without forgetting the dunes of Cruzani.
  • The fascinating Sajama National Park
  • La Paz, a universe of constrasts and a mix of cultures

 

Thaki proposes an expedition in private with the essentials of Bolivia… Just do no forget your camera!!

Day 1 : SANTA CRUZ / ARRIVAL (420 M.A.S.L. – 1377 FT)

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Departure :

According to your schedule

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

NA

Altitude :

420 m

Time of transport :

30 minutes approx.

Walking time :

According to your desires

SANTA CRUZ / ARRIVAL (420 M.A.S.L. – 1377 FT)

Pick up from the airport and transfer to the hotel (Room available from noon. Contact us if you want to book one earlier). Free time.

Day 2 : SANTA CRUZ – FORT OF SAMAIPATA – CASCADAS DE CUEVAS FALLS - SAMAIPATA (1.670 M A.S.L. – 5479 FT)

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hostel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 420 m and 1.670 m

Time of transport :

About 3 hours

Walking time :

About 2 hours

SANTA CRUZ – FORT OF SAMAIPATA – CASCADAS DE CUEVAS FALLS - SAMAIPATA (1.670 M A.S.L.  – 5479 FT)

Departure in the morning to Samaipata (approx. 3 hours’ drive). Visit of “Samaipata Fort”, included on UNESCO's world heritage list, an archaeological gathering architecture of Chanes, Inca and Spanish cultures. This huge carved rock is a unique testimony of pre-Hispanic beliefs and traditions, unmatched in the whole American continent... a must see for archaeology lovers. After the visit, we’ll need 20 km more to reach the Cuevas Waterfall Park. It is a fresh walk on an equipped trail, culminating with three gorgeous waterfalls. Return to Samaipata by late afternoon.

Day 3 : SAMAIPATA – GIANT FERN FOREST - AMBORO NATIONAL PARK – LOS VOLCANES REFUGE (1700 M A.S.L. – 5577 FT)

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Departure :

08:30 am

Accommodation :

Night in a shelter

Meals included :

Petit déjeuner, déjeuner, dîner

Altitude :

1.700 m

Time of transport :

3 hours approx.

Walking time :

4 hours 30 minutes approx.

SAMAIPATA – GIANT FERN FOREST - AMBORO NATIONAL PARK – LOS VOLCANES REFUGE (1700 M A.S.L.  – 5577 FT)

Departure in the morning to the giant fern forest. This is one of the only places in the world where you can see many varieties of wild orchids and most of all 17 varieties of giant ferns. Some of them can grow up to ten meters. We will drive again to the Refuge of the Volcanoes, in Amboro National Park. After setting up in the refuge, we will go for a walk in the Serrania Canyon, and swim in the natural pool carved by the Quebrada Elvira.

Day 4 : LOS VOLCANES REFUGE - SANTA CRUZ (415 M A.S.L. - 1361FT)

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Departure :

02:00 pm

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch

Altitude :

Between 420 m and 1.700 m

Time of transport :

3 hours

Walking time :

According to your desires

LOS VOLCANES REFUGE - SANTA CRUZ (415 M A.S.L. - 1361FT)

We will have a relaxed morning. You may walk around the refuge and enjoy the unique and gorgeous surroundings. After lunch, we will go back to Santa Cruz with private transport.

Day 5 : SANTA CRUZ - SUCRE (2.790 M A.S.L. – 9153 FT) / CITY TOUR

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Departure :

According to your schedule

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast

Altitude :

Between 420 m and 2.790 m

Time of transport :

1 hour 30 minutes of transfers and 1 hour of flight approx.

Walking time :

According to your desires

SANTA CRUZ - SUCRE (2.790 M A.S.L. – 9153 FT) / CITY TOUR

Departure in private transport to Santa Cruz Airport. Flight Santa Cruz - Sucre (Flight time changes according to the day of the week). Reception in Sucre airport, and transfer to your hotel. Meeting with your guide at 14h00, at the lobby of your hotel. He will arrange your visits according to you wishes. Don’t hesitate to talk with him as soon as you meet. Visit by foot of the « White city », which features on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites, with the Recoleta Convent and the ethnographic museum of textile (ASUR) on the heights of the city, then the “25th of may” square and the “Casa de la Libertad” (House of freedom), closed on Sundays afternoon and Mondays.

Day 6 : SUCRE – TARABUCO’S MARKET - CANDELARIA - SUCRE / ONLY ON SUNDAYS

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch

Altitude :

2.790 m

Time of transport :

5 hours

Walking time :

30 minutes approx.

SUCRE – TARABUCO’S MARKET - CANDELARIA - SUCRE  / ONLY ON SUNDAYS

Departure in private transport to Tarabuco, a « Quechua” village. Visit of the traditional market, organised the same way for centuries. You can find there a huge variety of products (fruits, vegetables, Andean cereals, etc. and ethnic weaving). After lunch, we will go to Candelaria village, where we will be welcomed by a family of weavers. In the afternoon, we will visit the small museum of the community, and walk around the village and visit the 19th century Hacienda (Farm). Return to Sucre by end of the day.

Day 7 : SUCRE –INCA’S TRAIL - MARAGUA - SUCRE (2790 M A.S.L. – 9153FT)

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Departure :

09:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast, picnic

Altitude :

2.790m

Time of transport :

3 hours approx.

Walking time :

3 hours approx.

SUCRE –INCA’S TRAIL - MARAGUA - SUCRE (2790 M A.S.L. – 9153FT)

Departure in the morning to the village of Chataquila (Alt. 3725 m). From there, we will start walking on an ancient Inca’s trail, until arriving at Chaunaca. The surroundings are gorgeous. We’ll go by transport to the Rio Chaunaca and enjoy a country picnic. Then we’ll go to the village of Maragua. This village is hemmed in the Frailes Cordillera, a geological gem result of a compression effect. It is not a meteorite crater. Discovery of the waterfall of the Devil’s Throat, located close to the village. In the afternoon, we will take a walk in the crater, until the village of Irupampa. Return by car to Sucre. On the way, we will stop at the Maragua belvedere which overlooks the crater.

Special information :
Drops: +70m/-770m

Day 8 : SUCRE – POTOSI – TUPIZA (2850M/9350FT)

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast

Altitude :

Between 2.790 m and 2.850 m

Time of transport :

7 hours approx.

Walking time :

According to your desires

SUCRE – POTOSI – TUPIZA (2850M/9350FT)

Departure at 8 am from the hotel, to the Imperial city of Potosi (Alt. 4090 m). Arrival in Potosi by late morning. Free time to visit quickly the city centre, then free lunch. Departure at 02h00 pm, to Tupiza (About 3 hours’ drive).

Day 9 : TUPIZA / TREK (2850M/9350FT)

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Departure :

09:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch

Altitude :

2.850 m

Time of transport :

2 hours by car, 2 hours by horse and 1hour 30 minutes by mountain bike

Walking time :

1 hour 30 minutes approx.

TUPIZA / TREK (2850M/9350FT)

We will go for a nice trek in the gorges, canyons and other geological curiosities in the surroundings of Tupiza: the Devil’s Door, Machos Valley, Inca’s Canyon, Quebrada Seca, Toroyoj, La Torre, Entre Rios, El Angosto...

Day 10 : TUPIZA - SAMAWA (3770M/12368FT)

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Departure :

07:30 am

Accommodation :

Night in a shelter

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 2.850 m and 3.770 m

Time of transport :

8 hours approx.

Walking time :

NA

TUPIZA - SAMAWA (3770M/12368FT)

Departure in a 4x4 private vehicle to the "Quebrada de Palala" (4.200 m). You will discover big and colorful vertical walls with an impressive view on the surrounded hills as a backdrop. A bit further, we will stop at the "Sillar", a marvelous canyon, carved by the rain and the wind. We will continue our road into the Altiplano before taking the direction of the Lipez. We will go down into the valley and stop at the village of Moroco, the countryside completely changes with the appearance of cactus... a real "far west" countryside. We will drive on the side of the valley and reach a valley of ochre tones with its little village and its houses made of red earth... We feel like being on another planet! Then, we will go up the ridges passing by a village made of stone. We will end this beautiful day going down to the sumptuous valley of Samawa.

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Very basic comfort

Day 11 : SAMAWA / COLORFUL TREK - GUADALUPE (4180M/13713FT)

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a shelter

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 3.770 m and 4.180 m

Time of transport :

4 hours approx.

Walking time :

4 hours approx.

SAMAWA / COLORFUL TREK - GUADALUPE (4180M/13713FT)

We’ll go for a nice trek by the colourful hills in front of the village. We’ll go up following the stream bed by transport, until the starting point of the trek. The morning light will highlight the blazing colours of the canyon, which record those of North Argentina. We continue north, to the pass marking the border with Argentina. We have now a clear view over the Mountains Nevada and Bonete further away. From the pass, we have an overlooking view over all the coloured canyons. Then our guide will take us inside the geologic formations, before going down inside a valley full of giant hoodoos. We’ll resume driving by early afternoon, going through equally coloured landscapes. We’ll arrive at the village of Guadalupe by late afternoon.

Special information :
Drops: +300 m/-300 m. Basic comfort.

Day 12 : GUADALUPE - CIUDAD ROMA & THOLA MAYU - SAN PABLO DE LIPEZ (4290M/14074FT)

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Departure :

07:30 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hostel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 4.180 m and 4.290 m

Time of transport :

5 hours approx.

Walking time :

4 hours approx.

GUADALUPE - CIUDAD ROMA &   THOLA MAYU - SAN PABLO DE LIPEZ (4290M/14074FT)

Departure in the morning on a track following the ridges, to Ciudad Roma (Approx. 45 mn). Ciudad Roma is undoubtedly one of the major and unknown of the Lipez region. Erosion carved rocky columns of tens of meters high, thus creating natural citadels. We’ll have a pleasant walk through this rocky maze. Further away, we’ll find Thola Mayu, a place dotted with enormous rocky sculptures, where your imagination will turn limitless. Then, we’ll drive to San Pablo de Lipez.

Day 13 : SAN PABLO DE LIPEZ – VALLEY OF ROCKS – VILLAMAR (4.030 M/13,221FT)

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Departure :

08:30 am

Accommodation :

Night in a shelter

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

4.150 m

Time of transport :

6 to 7 hours approx.

Walking time :

NA

SAN PABLO DE LIPEZ – VALLEY OF ROCKS – VILLAMAR (4.030 M/13,221FT)

We’ll head west on a track in very good shape, to San Cristobal. This village was relocated, after the installation of a mining company. Anecdote, the church has been rebuilt stone by stone, for a cost of approximately half a million dollars. We will stop at the Rocky Valley, where erosion carved strange shapes of several meters, laid on the sandy soil, as by magic. Before reaching our destination, we’ll stop to enjoy a nice view of a canyon. Arrival at Villamar by late afternoon.

Day 14 : VILLAMAR - LAGUNA VERDE - SOL DE MAÑANA - LAGUNA COLORADA - SILOLI’S DESERT (4.550 M A.S.L. – 14,927 FT)

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night at the Hotel del Desierto

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 4.150 m and 4.550 m

Time of transport :

7 to 8 hours approx.

Walking time :

NA

VILLAMAR - LAGUNA VERDE - SOL DE MAÑANA - LAGUNA COLORADA - SILOLI’S DESERT (4.550 M A.S.L.  – 14,927 FT)

First, the track follows Capina Salt flat, where borax is extracted from. The track then leads to the thermal springs of Polques (Alt. 4000 m). The bravest may enjoy a dip with a view upon the Chalviri lake. Heading now toward the Chile border. On the way, we will cross the famous Dali desert, and its supernatural landscape with ochre tones dotted with isolated rocks. Finally, we will arrive at the very end of Bolivia, at the White Lagoon, and most of all the Green Lagoon (Alt. 4300 m) with its emerald colour and the Licancabur Volcano in the background. Take care: the wind can be very strong there. We go back by the same track. Then we’ll go through a pass at almost 5000 m of altitude, before arriving at a place called “Sol de Mañana” (Alt. 4850m), a place with an important geothermic activity, many geysers, fumaroles or mud ponds. We continue toward the Laguna Colorada (Red Lake). Finally, we can see it in the distance. A long break is necessary to enjoy this exceptional lagoon. It hosts many pink flamingos’ colonies, which strut around before our eyes. The track goes through the Siloli Desert, where you can see many geomorphological structures, one of them being the famous “stone tree”. The surroundings are also stunning with multicolored mountains. After a few more kilometres, we will arrive at the Desert Hotel.

Day 15 : SILOLI’S DESERT - 1001 LAGOONS - SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ (3700M/12139FT)

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hostel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 3.700 m and 4.550 m

Time of transport :

5 hours approx.

Walking time :

NA

SILOLI’S DESERT - 1001 LAGOONS - SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ (3700M/12139FT)

The trip continues following the track of the 1001 lagoons, a series of many beautiful lakes (Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda and Cañapa), some of them hosting pink flamingos’ colonies... Stunning. In the background, the surroundings are also gorgeous with multicolored mountains. During this trip, each part will bring its specific landscape and eclectic facets. Later, we will stop to stretch our legs and contemplate Ollague and Tomasamil volcanoes. Then we’ll cross Chiguana salt flat which will conclude this marvellous day. By late afternoon, we will arrive at San Pedro de Quemez.

Day 16 : SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ – UYUNI SALT FLATS - TAHUA (3660M/12007FT)

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night at a salt hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 3.660 m and 3.700 m

Time of transport :

4 to 5 hours approx.

Walking time :

About 45 minutes

SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ – UYUNI SALT FLATS - TAHUA (3660M/12007FT)

Road to the "Salar de Uyuni". Even if you saw pictures, this place goes beyond the imagination. Its immaculate surface appears like a playground for everyone's dreams. El Salar de Uyuni is covered by few islands from where you could observe and take in pictures the beauty of the world. We will stop at the Incahuasi island (full of cactus!) and walk around 45 minutes on a footpath. If time permits, we will visit a small artisanal exploitation of salt and the museum of Chantani. Night in the village of Tahua. Sunset over the Salar.

Day 17 : TAHUA - TUNUPA VIEWPOINT (4.665 M ALT.) - TAHUA (3660M/12007FT)

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Departure :

08:30 am

Accommodation :

Night at Tahua Salt Hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Time of transport :

1 hour approx.

Walking time :

3 hours approx.

TAHUA - TUNUPA VIEWPOINT (4.665 M ALT.) - TAHUA (3660M/12007FT)

Departure in the morning in private transport, to the neighbor village of Coquesa, located at the foot of Tunupa Volcano. First, we’ll visit the site of mummies dating from about 700 A.C. It is a progressive and easy trek of about 2h going up. From the mirador, you will enjoy a gorgeous view on the Tunupa volcano crater, an amazing explosion of colours of yellow sulphur and volcanic ochre tones. Down below, lays the immensity of Uyuni salt flat. Going down, using the same path, takes about 1 hour. If we have time, we can go back on the salt flat. Back to the hotel in the afternoon.

Special information :
Drops: +400 m/ -400 m

Day 18 : TAHUA - QUILLACAS – TURCO - TOMARAPI (4.250M/13943FT)

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Departure :

07:30 am

Accommodation :

Night in a shelter

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

Between 3.660 m and 4.250 m

Time of transport :

10 hours approx.

Walking time :

NA

TAHUA - QUILLACAS – TURCO - TOMARAPI (4.250M/13943FT)

Departure way north towards Sajama Park. First we’ll drive along the salt flat until Salinas, then Quillacas. From there, we’ll follow Lake Poopo shore until Copacabanita. We will cross Orinoca, village where Evo Morales comes from, and where there is a museum in his honour on the heights of the village. Along the way, we will see sand dunes, near Poopo Lake, which is almost dry up now. On this straight road, lamas may cross the road from time to time, and will force us to slow down and have a better look to the quinoa fields. If you visit Bolivia during the blooming, you will see an incredible patchwork of colours. Then, we will head west, toward Turco. After Turco, we will arrive at the “Chullpares de Pumiri” (Alt. 3960 m), beautiful rocky formations looking like a rocky city. You’ll love exploring the place, walking through this rocky maze, or even trying to climb some boulders. It is a nice and relaxing break. Then we will drive about 1 more hour to Sajama Park.

Special information :
Long day

Day 19 : TOMARAPI - GEYSERS – HIKE THROUGH THE LAGOONS - TOMARAPI (4.250M/13943FT)

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Departure :

08:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a shelter

Meals included :

Breakfast, lunch, diner

Altitude :

4.250m

Time of transport :

30 minutes approx.

Walking time :

6 to 7 hours approx.

TOMARAPI - GEYSERS – HIKE THROUGH THE LAGOONS - TOMARAPI (4.250M/13943FT)

Departure in a 4WD vehicle in the morning to the geysers and whirlpools. We start the trek with a progressive ascent, until the Khasiri Lagoon (Alt. 4.850m), close to the border with Chile. By the lagoon shore, we will see giant coot (Fulica gigantean or Ajoya in Aymara), which nests are like big platforms made of grass and algae. The slope gets steeper to reach the beautiful Sorapata Lagoon (Alt. 4925m), nested in a plateau. There you’ll have a very nice view on Condoriri Grande massif (Alt. 5542 m), with its sulphur yellow colours. Then, we’ll go down to the geysers. Transfer by transport to the thermal bath. Night in the village of Tomarapi.

Special information :
Drops: +600 m/-600 m. Do not forget your swimsuit.

Day 20 : TOMARAPI – CURAHUARA DE CARANGAS - LA PAZ (3.600M /11,811FT)

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Departure :

08:30 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast

Altitude :

Between 3.600 m and 4.250 m

Time of transport :

4 hours approx.

Walking time :

According to your desires

TOMARAPI – CURAHUARA DE CARANGAS - LA PAZ (3.600M /11,811FT)

Departure in the morning to cross the Altiplano and go back to La Paz. On the way, we will visit the Chullpas (Carangas sepultures) and the church of Curahuara de Carangas.

Day 21 : LA PAZ / WALKING CITY TOUR & CABLE CAR (3.600 M.A.S.L. – 11,811 FT)

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Departure :

09:00 am

Accommodation :

Night in a hotel

Meals included :

Breakfast

Altitude :

3.600 m

Time of transport :

NA

Walking time :

According to your desires

LA PAZ / WALKING CITY TOUR &   CABLE CAR (3.600 M.A.S.L. – 11,811 FT)

Meeting at 9h00 at your hotel lobby with your guide. He will adapt the day to your desires; don’t hesitate to talk with him as soon as you meet. This day is dedicated to La Paz City discovery, so that you can feel the ambiance in the city. Visit of the coloured markets, the colonial district, Murillo Square or Jaen Street. We may take the cable car (The highest in the world), and enjoy an incredible view over La Paz City.

Special information :
Note: we recommend that you leave your valuables and papers at the hotel.

Day 22 : LA PAZ - AIRPORT / INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

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Departure :

According to your schedule

Accommodation :

NA

Meals included :

Breakfast

Altitude :

3.600 m

Time of transport :

30 minutes approx.

Walking time :

NA

LA PAZ - AIRPORT / INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

It is time to go back home! ¡Qué pena! We hope to see you soon! Pick up from your hotel in a private vehicle. Transfer to the international airport (3 hours before your international flight).

Special information :
Breakfast depends on your departure time and the flexibility of the hotel.

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