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Tailor Made Best of Bolivia (2016)
Days: 10 | From: $4,595
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Arrive in Santa Cruz, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Santa Cruz | Exploring the City
After settling in, set out on a city tour. Glimpse Basílica Menor de San Lorenzo from the main square — Plaza 24 de Septiembre — continuing to Arte Campo, a crafts shop located in a traditional home, and El Abasto Indian Market. After seeing key monuments and residential neighborhoods, pause for a cup of coffee. Then, return to your hotel for time at leisure.
Camino Real Hotel | Meals: B
Day 3: Sucre | Constitutional Capital
Fly to Sucre, where you are met and taken on a city tour. Visit La Recoleta, the House of Liberty, where Simon Bolivar signed the Independence of Bolivia. Then, wander through the fascinating Textile Museum Asur and check in to your hotel.
Parador Santa Maria La Real | Meals: B
Day 4: Potosi | Silver City
Travel overland to the colonial city of Potosi, a former source of silver. Legend has it that the rich mountains produced enough of the native element to build a solid bridge from Potosi to Madrid. Visit La Casa de la Moneda and Santa Teresa Museum, and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.
Coloso Hotel | Meals: B L
Days 5-6: Colchani | Surreal Salt Flats
Depart early for Uyuni. Situated on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano, it is the site of the largest salt flat on earth. See its otherworldly pentagons of crystalline salt, set against boundless skies, lagoons, flora and flamingos. Visit Isla Pescado (“Incahuasi”), an oasis with algae and fossil formations. It is covered by thousands of giant columnar cacti, which are upwards of 100 years old. Proceed to Colchani, where you check in to your hotel and have dinner on the shores of the Uyuni Salt Lake. The next day, set out to see Thunupa Volcano. Stroll through the nearby village and hike to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies. Return to your hotel and relax before sitting down to dinner onsite.
Day 7: Huatajata | Interacting With Alpacas
Transfer to the airport and fly to La Paz, where you are met and driven overland to Huatajata on the shores of Lake Titicaca. En route, you may opt to visit Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes. Upon arrival in Huatajata, visit the Andean Roots Eco-Village; Altiplano Museum; Handicrafts village; Mud Igloos; and the mortuary towers of the Urus Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, ship builders of the ‘RA II’ and ‘Tigris,’ which made epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Meet their vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. Tonight, enjoy an audiovisual and night experience of “The Mystic World of the Kallawayas,” about Bolivia’s natural healers. They believe that you first have to heal the soul in order to heal your body. Tata Benjo — a resident Kallawaya — blesses visitors and answers questions by casting his sacred coca leaves. After a drink, sit down to a candle-lit welcome dinner. Then, pay an evening visit to the Native Observatory Alajpacha.
Inca Utama Hotel & Spa | Meals: B D
Days 8-9: La Paz | Exploring by Hydrofoil
Depart for Cocotoni, where you take a hydrofoil cruise on Lake Titicaca. Visit Moon Island and the Sun Virgins Temple (“Iñak Uyu”). Continue to Sun Island. Climb the Grand Stairs and taste the water of the Sacred Fountain, believed to give eternal youth and happiness. After a local lunch, stroll through a small Indian market. Then, take the hydrofoil to Copacabana, visiting the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin. Return overland to La Paz, enjoying views of the mighty Andes en route. The next day, explore La Paz, seeing its colonial and modern neighborhoods as well as the Indian Market and Witch Doctor's Market. Ascend the Mi Teleférico cable car for panoramas framed by the majestic “Illimani” mountain. Then, discover Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon.
Casa Grande Hotel | Meals: B L (Day 8); B (Day 9)
Day 10: Depart La Paz
Transfer to the airport and board your homebound flight.