Bolivia and its wide open spaces in 22 days

You have time and want to discover with interest the numerous treasures of Bolivia… This exclusive and very complete program is made for you! You will cross Bolivia in 22 days.

Overview :

Length of stay :

22 days on the spot.

Transport :

Private car with an English or Spanish speaking driver

Entry of the sites :

Comprise

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:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Day 15

Day 16

Day 17

Day 18

Day 19

Day 20

Day 21

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

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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

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 - EL FUERTE - CASCADAS DE CUEVAS - SAMAIPATA

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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 - EL FUERTE - CASCADAS DE CUEVAS - SAMAIPATA

Departure in the morning in order to reach the village of Samaipata (around 3 hours’ drive). Visit of "El Fuerte de Samaipata", recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage, an archeological site gathering the architectures of the cultures "Chané people, Incas and spanish...". This huge sculptured rock constitues a unique testimony of traditions and pre-hispanic believes that you could not compare to any other site in the whole south american continent... "a must see" for all archeology lovers. After the visit, we will have to drive 20 kms in order to reach the park called "Cascadas de Cuevas". A refreshing walk on trails with the view of three beautiful waterfalls. We will go back to Samaipata in the end of the afternoon.

Day 3 : SAMAIPATA – GIANT FERN TREES FOREST - AMBORO PARK - SHELTER OF TH

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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 TREES FOREST - AMBORO PARK - SHELTER OF TH

Departure in the morning in order to go to the "Giant Fern Tree Forest". One of the only place in the world where you can observe plenty of varieties of orchids and especially 17 species of giant ferns. Some of them can reach more than 10 meters. Then, we will take the road to the shelter of the volcanoes located close to the National Amboro Park. After check in, you will have the possibility to stroll around the canyon of the Serrania and to swim in the natural swimming pool created by the Quebrada Elvira. A delightful moment!

Day 4 : SHELTER OF THE VOLCANOES - SANTA CRUZ

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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

SHELTER OF THE VOLCANOES - SANTA CRUZ

You will have the entire morning to benefit from the beautiful surroundings of the shelter and to take advantage of its exceptional location. After the lunch, you will go back to Santa Cruz in a private vehicle.

Day 5 : SANTA CRUZ - SUCRE

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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

Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle (1h30 before the departure of the flight Santa Cruz - Sucre). Reception at the airport in Sucre and transfer to your hotel. Day off. You will have the entire day to visit the beautiful city of Sucre.

Day 6 : SUCRE - TARABUCO MARKET - CANDELARIA - SUCRE (only possible on Sunday)

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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 MARKET - CANDELARIA - SUCRE (only possible on Sunday)

Departure in a private vehicle to the small quechua rural town of Tarabuco. You will have the time to discover the traditional market, its "functioning" remains the same since centuries. It proposes an extraordinary pallets of products (all varieties of fruits, vegetables, Andean cereals... and obviously ethnic weavings). Then, we will drive to the village of Candelaria where you will be received by a weaver family. You will share a lunch together. In the afternoon, you will visit a small textile museum in the community and would have the possibility to walk around the village where you could discover an "Hacienda" dated from the XIX century. In the middle of the afternoon, you will be driven to Sucre in a private vehicle.

Day 7 : SUCRE - INCA ROAD - MARAGUA - SUCRE

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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 ROAD - MARAGUA - SUCRE

Departure in the morning in order to reach the village of Chataquilq (3.725 m alt.). From there, you will begin a ride to the village of Chaunaca using a former Inca path... The surrounding landscape is just beautiful! Break at Chaunaca and picnic. Then, we will go to the village of Maragua. This village is isolated and located in the middle of the "Cordillera de los Frailes", a geological gem resulting from an effect of compression... Discovering of a cascade called "Garganta del diablo" located at few meters from the village. In the afternoon, we walk into the crater and up to the village of Irupampa. Return to Sucre by a private vehicle. On the road, we will stop to the belvedere of Maragua which overhangs the crater.

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

Day 8 : SUCRE – POTOSÍ – TUPIZA

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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 – POTOSÍ – TUPIZA

Departure at 08:00 am from the hotel in order to reach the imperial city of Potosi (4.090 m). Arrival at Potosi in the end of the afternoon. Free time in order to discover the historical center of Potosi. Free time for lunch. Departure at 2pm in order to drive to the city of Tupiza. (around 3 hours’ drive).

Day 9 : TUPIZA / HIKE IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE VALLEY OF CHICHEÑO

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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 / HIKE IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF THE VALLEY OF CHICHEÑO

Beautiful and pleasant walk in the surroundings of Tupiza in a "far west" atmosphere. You will wander in the middle of geological curiosities like: "La Puerta del Diablo, La Valle de los Manchos, el Canyon del Inca o la Quebrada Seca", the whole sites surrounded by cactus.

Day 10 : TUPIZA - SAMAWA

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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

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.

Special information :
Very basic comfort

Day 11 : SAMAWA - COLORFUL WALK - GUADALUPE

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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 WALK - GUADALUPE

We will go for a nice walk in the colorful hills located in the surroundings. In car, we will go up to the stream bed in order to join the point of departure. Thanks to the lights of the morning, we will appreciate the flamboyant colors of the Canyon. We will slowly go up to the mountain pass, the view gets larger on the nearby hills and the canyons below. Then, you will enjoy a beautiful walk in the middle of geographical formations before getting down along a surprising valley made of huge "hoodoo" also called "fairy chimneys". In the afternoon, we will drive to the village of San Pedro de Quemez. Then, you will spend the night in the village of Guadalupe.

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

Day 12 : GUADALAPE - CIUDAD ROMA & THOLA MAYU - SAN PABLO DE LIPEZ

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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.

GUADALAPE - CIUDAD ROMA & THOLA MAYU - SAN PABLO DE LIPEZ

In the morning, we will drive along the mountain ridges in order to reach the site of "la Ciudad Roma" (45 minutes). Ciudad Roma is without doubt one of the major site and still unknown site of the region of Lipez. The erosion has sculpted columns of rocks of more than 10 meters, creating natural citadels... EXCEPTIONAL... A bit far away, you could see Thola Mayu, an area sprinkled of enormous rock sculptures where the imagination is unlimited. You will appreciate a beautiful walk in a natural maze. In the afternoon, we will take the road in order to reach the village of San Pablo de Lipez.

Day 13 : SAN PABLO DE LIPEZ - LAGUNA AMARILLA & CELESTE - QUETENA

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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 - LAGUNA AMARILLA & CELESTE - QUETENA

After the breakfast, we will go to the village of Relave. The scenery is typical from the Altiplano but "look outside the box", with in its background the volcano "Cerro Lipez" (5.930 m). You will be able to observe lagunas: the yellow laguna (yellow sulphur) and the beautiful laugna Celeste (4.525 m alt), dominated by the impressive volcano Uturuncu (6.008m). We will reach the village of Quetena Chico.

Day 14 : QUETENA - LAGUNA VERDE - LAGUNA COLORADA - HOTEL DEL DESIERTO

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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

QUETENA - LAGUNA VERDE - LAGUNA COLORADA - HOTEL DEL DESIERTO

In the morning, we will stop at the thermal baths of Polques (4.000 m). The most courageous could enjoy the bath with a direct view to the Laguna Chalviri. On the road, you will admire, the famous Salvador Dali Desert with its supernatural landscapes. Finally, you will enjoy the beautiful lagunas (white, green) and the volcano Licancabur as a backdrop. The wind can blow hardly. We will cross a mountain pass at around 5.000 m in altitude before stopping at "Sol de Mañana" (4.850 m). We will explore the are marked by geysers, fumaroles or deep mud. You will also stop at the exceptional Laguna Colorada where you could observe colonies of flamingos strutting their stuff under your eyes. The drive takes us through the Siloli Desert formed by many geomorphologic shapes including "El Árbol de Piedra". You will fall in love with the environment surrounded by multicolor mountains! You will finally spend the night at the "Hotel del Desierto".

Day 15 : HOTEL DEL DESIERTO - 1001 LAGUNAS - SAN JUAN

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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

HOTEL DEL DESIERTO - 1001 LAGUNAS - SAN JUAN

Departure to the North. We will continue driving to the road of "1001 lagunas". You will enjoy the observation of a succession of beautiful lagunas (Honda, Ch'arkota, Hedionda and Cañapa) some of which shelter colonies of flamingos. An amazing place! After that, we will stretch our legs while contemplating the volcanoes Ollagë and Tomasamil. Them, we will finish this beautiful day by crossing the "Salar de Chiguana". We will arrive at the village of San Juan de Rosario in the end of the afternoon.

Day 16 : SAN JUAN - SALAR DE UYUNI - TAHUA

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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 JUAN - SALAR DE UYUNI - TAHUA

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 – CLIMBING THE VOLCANO TUNUPA - TAHUA

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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 – CLIMBING THE VOLCANO TUNUPA - TAHUA

Departure in the morning in order to reach the nearby village of Coquesa located at the foot of the volcano Tunupa. First, we will stop at a little local museum and discover pre-columbian mummies dated from around 700 AD. Then, we will hike gradually to the viewpoint (2 hours climb). Splendid view on the crater of the volcano Tunupa, an explosion of colours with shades of Sulphur-yellow and volcanic ochre. On the way below, you could observe the immensity of the Salar of Uyuni. Descent by the same path (around 1 hour). If time allows, we could go back to the Salar. We will then go back to the hotel in the afternoon.

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

Day 18 : TAHUA - SALAR DE COIPASA - RÍO LAUCA - SAJAMA

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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 - SALAR DE COIPASA - RÍO LAUCA - SAJAMA

Departure due north along the chilean border. According to the conditions, we will cross the beautiful Salar of Coipasa. We will take the road of the Altiplano in order to reach the « Rio Lauca ». Observation of the marvelous pre colombian polychrome graves and the beautiful lagunas Sacabay and Macaya welcoming flamingoes and different kind of Andean birds. The dunes of Cruzani form exceptional landscapes under the eyes of the volcanoes Guallatiri (6.043 m) and Quimsachata (5.960 m). Arrival at the end of the day at the village of Sajama.

Special information :
Long day

Day 19 : SAJAMA - GEYSERS - CIRCUIT OF THE LAGUNAS - SAJAMA

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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.

SAJAMA - GEYSERS - CIRCUIT OF THE LAGUNAS - SAJAMA

Departure in the morning in order to reach Junthuma. Short walk in order to observe the numerous geysers and the bubbling baths. Starting of the hike with a progressive rise to reach the Laguna Khasiri (4.850 m alt.) located at the back of the valley, along the chilean border. Aside the laguna, observation of the coots (Ajoya en aymara), whose nests are formed of floated plateformsmade of algae and grass. Steep ascent to the plateau where is lodged the beautiful Laguna Sorapata (4.925 m alt.). Incredible view on the massif of Condoriri Grande with its sulphur colors. Then, descent by the same way with beautiful views on Pomerape. We will finish this beautiful day with a relaxing and delightful break in thermal baths (do not forget your swimsuit!). We will head back to the village of Sajama in the end of the day.

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

Day 20 : SAJAMA - CURAHUARA DE CARANGAS - LA PAZ

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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

SAJAMA - CURAHUARA DE CARANGAS - LA PAZ

Departure in the morning in order to reach the city of la Paz. Before reaching the city of Patacamaya, we will discover the Chullpas (pre-colombian graves) and visit the beautiful chapel of Curahuara de Carangas, built in 1608. This one constitues one of the oldest buildings of South America. Arrival in the middle of the day in la Paz. You will have the afternoon free.

Day 21 : LA PAZ / LA PAZ BY FOOT & CABLE CAR

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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 / LA PAZ BY FOOT & CABLE CAR

9:00 am: Pick up at your hotel. The guide will adapt the day according to your desires. Do not hesitate to express yourself. The day is dedicated to the discovery of la Paz and to soak up the atmosphere. We will appreciate the colorful markets and stop at the colonial neighborhood. You will discover la « Plaza Murillo » and the famous and finely preserved colonial street called « calle Jaen ». You will also have the possibility to take advantage of the panoramic view while taking the cable car. You will be dropped at your hotel in the afternoon.

Special information :
We advise you to let your valuables 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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