HIGHLIGHTS OF BOLIVIA

Day 1: La Paz (- / - / -)

Private transfer from the airport and visit to the city of La Paz.

The city of contrasts, both topographically and culturally. Topographically, La Paz has an impressive environment, and the views are amazing. It lies at the bottom of a huge canyon with the snow-covered, three-peaked Illimani Mountain providing a dramatic backdrop. It belongs to the same scenic league as Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. The multicultural and multiethnic contrast is also fascinating. In no other capital city in Latin America are there such differences between its inhabitants; from indigenous women wearing traditional hats and voluminous skirts, selling Andean crops on the pavements, to businessmen rushing to modern office buildings.

La Paz also has an important colonial scene; Calle Colonial Jaen is one of the city's best-preserved colonial streets. In the centre of the colonial city is the Plaza Murillo, home to the Presidential Palace, the Parliament building and the Cathedral. A good number of colonial buildings still survive in the surroundings of this square. Also, in the colonial centre of the city we can find the Witches' Market. This market provides a fascinating window on the generally secret world of Aymara mysticism and herbal medicine. The stalls here are loaded with a colourful cornucopia of rituals and medicinal items, ranging from herbal medicines for minor ailments such as rheumatism or stomach pain to incense, coloured sweets, protective talismans, and dried llama foetuses. These items are combined in packages known as tables or "payoffs" and are burned or buried as offerings to appease the various guardian spirits and magical beings believed to dominate all aspects of daily life. There is no clear boundary between the medicinal and the magical.

The Rodriguez Market is the most authentic and popular food market in the city of La Paz. The market is packed with stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish, and at the same time, customers and vendors negotiate for a convenient price. At this market you can experience a range of aromas, colours, and flavours. One of the most incredible things to do in Bolivia is, without a doubt, to travel in a La Paz Cable Car. This is the first cable car in the world to be used as a primary transport network instead of subways or trains. La Paz is situated in a deep valley, the topography of the whole city is steep and full of hills, the city itself in a crowded and chaotic area; so, flying over the city in a cabin of eight people with panoramic and spectacular views of the shining city, is something fascinating.

The Valley of the Moon, which is situated 10 kilometres from the centre of La Paz, is a unique area with lunar landscapes. High, toasted pinnacles rise from the eroded hillside, creating a maze of otherworldly geological formations. These clay and sandstone figures took shape over thousands of years as strong winds and rains eroded the mountains resulting in a strange and fascinating landscape to behold.

Overnight in La Paz

Day 2: La Paz  (B / - / -)

In the morning, transfer to Copacabana. Brief visit to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Copacabana, and then board the Catamaran Cruise and sail to the Island of the Sun, enjoying a snack on board. On this legendary island, cradle of the Inca Empire, we visit the Garden, the Stairs and the Inca Fountain, later the itinerary includes the visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the main private tourist attraction in Bolivia, including the Ekako underground museum, the traditional medicine and reed raft construction centres, the Pachamama terraces of Inca agriculture, a handicraft centre, the Intica shelter and the largest variety of Andean camelids located at the "Manco Kapac" viewpoint. The visit to the Inti Wata Complex also includes the unique experience of sailing aboard a huge typical Totora raft and a panoramic visit to the Inca palace of Pilkokaina. We will board the catamaran again and then continue sailing, enjoying a buffet lunch and the majestic panorama of Lake Titicaca. In the afternoon, we arrive at our port for the transfer by road to La Paz.

Overnight in La Paz

Day 3: La Paz / Sucre  (B / - / -)

Private transfer to La Paz airport.

Transfer from Alcantari de Sucre airport. Visit to the Historical Museum of La Casa de La Libertad; the Treasure Museum, which has a high-level exhibition of Bolivian precious and semi-precious stones; and the San Felipe de Nery Convent or Recoleta viewpoint; the Textile Art Museum; the facades of the San Lazaro and Santo Domingo Churches; the main historical monuments and Bolivar Park.

Overnight in Sucre

Day 4: Sucre / Potosi / Colchani  (B / - / -)

Private transfer from Sucre to the city of Potosi (driver only). Visit the most important and interesting places in this authentic city that was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tour of the San Lorenzo Church to appreciate its beautiful facade, the Company Tower, the Cobija Arch, the Mint and the handicraft market located in the colonial quarter of the city. Private transfer from Potosi to the town of Colchani (driver only) and accommodation in salt hotel.

Overnight in Colchani

Day 5: Colchani  (B / L / -)

Pick up from the hotel and departure to the Salar to visit the town of Colchani where it is possible to observe the remanufacturing process and the local salt crafts. Visit to Playa Blanca, a salt museum; the salt eyes, interesting because they are the exit points for the underground water of the salt flat; the salt hexagons, geometric shapes on the surface of the salt flat, piles of salt and we will cross the salt flat to enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Picnic lunch at the Salar.

We continue with the visit to Incahuasi Island. This island is in the heart of the salt flat and is the largest of a group of islands that represent an isolated ecosystem. The island is populated by a kind of cactus that can reach up to 12 meters high, providing an impressive view of the place. Sunset contemplation and transfer to the salt hotel.

Overnight in Colchani

Day 6: Colchani / La Paz  (B / L / -)

Pick up from hotel and transfer to Uyuni airport.

We pick up our passengers from La Paz airport to visit the capital of an ancient civilization, Tiwanaku, located only 72 km from the city of La Paz. During its time of splendour, Tiwanaku was the main ceremonial centre and cradle of the Andean culture. These pre-Inca ruins initiated a series of archaeological debates, which continue today. According to evidence from Radiocarbon 14, the emergence of this culture would be around 1580 BC. In this visit you can visit the Kalasasaya (Sun) Temple, with the enigmatic and famous "Sun Gate" inside, the Semi-subterranean Temple, the Akapana Pyramid. Visit the Puma Punku Temple, whose name means "Gate of the Puma", this complex is formed by blocks of rock of volcanic origin, some of them reach 7 meters high and weigh more than 100 tons. These marvellously carved stones, leave experts in the field perplexed, as the advanced tools they used to give them the right angles, perfect circumferences, lines carved to the millimetre and completely smooth surfaces are not known. Later, we will visit the local museum, where we can see an impressive collection of objects and tools from civilizations before the arrival of the Inca culture.

Overnight in La Paz

Day 7: La Paz  (B / - / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. At the set time, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight.

Inclusions:

· Roundtrip Airport Transfers throughout the program

· Transfers to the excursions

· 6nts Accommodation including Breakfast

· Excursions as outlined in the program

· Private transport from Hito Cajon to Uyuni

· Catamaran sailing in La Paz

· Meals s per the itinerary

· Permanent assistance in each destination

· Raincoats and boots in Uyuni in rainy season

Exclusions:

·  International or domestic airfare

· Services and non-mentioned meals/drinks in the itinerary

· Early check-in, late check-out, and hotel extras

· Personal expenses

· Tips for guides and hotel staff