Adventures in a Surreal Land

Bolivia!

Bolivia

14 Days

From $6,795

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    The great salt desert of the Salar de Uyuni, vast Lake Titicaca, the red-roofed colonial towns of Sucre and Potosí, the bowler-hatted Aymara in the markets of La Paz—Bolivia is a world of surprise and delight. In this land of mesmerizing beauty and fascinating indigenous cultures, we spend nights on serene Isla del Sol in the middle of Lake Titicaca, meet the artisan-weavers of Tarabuco, and explore the lunar landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni, the Earth's largest salt flat, where the sky and horizon merge into a dreamscape of fluorescent lakes, spiky cacti, geysers, and jagged rock formations—at night here, the glow of moonlight is reflected in the salt and it's easy to think you're on another planet. Our lodgings include a historic hacienda and a unique “salt” hotel in the desert.

    Arrive: La Paz, Bolivia

    Depart: La Paz, Bolivia

    Highlights

    • Discover the treasures of Tiwanaku, a pre-Inca masterpiece and World Heritage Site
    • Hike to Inca temples on the mystical Isla del Sol in sacred Lake Titicaca
    • Explore the dreamscapes of the Salar de Uyuni, overnight in a “salt” hotel
    • Meet the artisan-weavers of Tarabuco, enjoy lunch on a family farm near Sucre

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      In the highest capital in the world, La Paz, at 11,893 feet, we ride the cable car up to a panoramic viewpoint over the city, then descend for a walk around the Casco Viejo (Old Town), where we can visit the unique curandera stalls of the “witches' market.” Traditional Aymara culture is well represented here, seen in the iconic bowler hats, long skirts, and multi-colored shawls of Aymara women. The next day finds us at UNESCO-listed Tiwanaku, the monumental ruin of a pre-Inca culture built at 13,000 feet on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca.
      After we explore the cobbled streets of Sucre (9,500'), known as the “White City” for its whitewashed colonial walls, we are welcomed at a family farm for lunch. Our day in the mountain village of Tarabuco, home to the Yampara culture, includes a private lunch with local weavers. Weavings are one of Bolivia's most significant cultural products and the traditions of the Tarabuquenos are strong. In Potosí (13,315'), epicenter of Spanish rule in Bolivia, we'll explore the colonial heritage and spend our nights in a family-owned 16th century hacienda in a countryside setting.
      The Salar de Uyuni (11,800') is the largest salt flat in the world. A remarkable hotel—whose walls are made of salt blocks—is our base for exploring this surreal world of multi-colored lakes, shimmering hot springs, bizarre stone formations, snow-capped volcanoes, and panoramic vistas.
      On vast Lake Titicaca, we boat to the legendary Isla del Sol, the Incas' “birthplace of the sun,” for hikes to mystical Inca sites and walks through the isolated villages of this island lost in time, with overnights in a welcoming ecolodge. Bolivia has a renowned food scene, and our Farewell Dinner in La Paz is at Gustu, the capital's acclaimed restaurant. Depart on Day 14.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and lodges
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Internal flights (La Paz/Uyuni and Sucre/La Paz)
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      La Casona Hotel Boutique

      La Paz, Bolivia

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      A 17th century colonial-style building in the heart of the historic center of La Paz, La Casona Hotel Boutique has a wonderful location for walking. The structure has been thoughtfully restored, and many original architectural features remain, including Gambote brick floors, adobe walls, “cañahueca“...

      Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real

      Sucre, Bolivia

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      The Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real is a restored 18th century convent with a great central location. The hotel has a fascinating underground museum filled with rare colonial antiques. The rooms are uniquely furnished in colonial style and the roof terrace offers wonderful views over the historic center of...

      Hotel Museo Cayara

      Potosi, Bolivia

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      Dating back to 1557, Hacienda de Cayara is a testament to the rich heritage of Potosi. The hacienda is surrounded by trees and flanked by mountains, and has a rustic atmosphere. Inside are rooms with frescoed ceilings, long halls decorated with original artifacts, and the guestrooms are simple yet comfortable....

      Hotel de Sal Luna Salada

      Uyuni, Bolivia

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      This hotel is located near the salt flats of Uyuni and has a unique quality—it's built almost entirely out of salt! The lobby is rustic and welcoming, with salt floors, casual lounge areas, and fireplaces. The guestrooms are spacious and comfortable, and have large windows that bring a lot of...

      Hotel Tayka del Desierto

      Calama, Bolivia

      Day 9 (1 night)

      Surrounded by the austere landscapes of Uyuni, including Rock Valley and Stone Tree, stands the simple and welcoming Hotel Tayka del Desierto. Guestrooms have a cozy cave-like ambience with Andean decorations, stone walls, comfy beds with warm blankets (it can get chilly in the evening), and heaters. The hotel is...

      Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva

      Villa Mar, Bolivia

      Day 10 (1 night)

      The cozy 12-room Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva is built into a rock face and nestled at the base of magnificent boulders that jut out from the valley floor. Guestrooms are rustic but comfortable with beds covered in thick blankets, and the lobby is a welcome gathering place with ample...

      Ecolodge La Estancia

      Isla del Sol, Bolivia

      Days 11-12 (2 nights)

      Perched atop a hill on Isla del Sol, Ecolodge La Estancia has delightful, though simple, adobe cottages that feature solar-powered showers, cozy beds, and best of all, sweeping views of Lake Titicaca. The staff is welcoming and the atmosphere is relaxing. Take time to sit and relax above the terraced...

      La Casona Hotel Boutique

      La Paz, Bolivia

      Day 13 (1 night)

      A 17th century colonial-style building in the heart of the historic center of La Paz, La Casona Hotel Boutique has a wonderful location for walking. The structure has been thoughtfully restored, and many original architectural features remain, including Gambote brick floors, adobe walls, “cañahueca“...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It features sightseeing with day walks and some long drives, and we enjoy hotel and lodge accommodations throughout the trip. Day 11 is a particularly long day of travel as we fly from the Salar to Uyuni to La Paz, drive to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, and ferry out to Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca.

      Review Trip Level Details

      Most of the trip takes place at considerable altitudes, ranging from 12,000-13,315 feet in La Paz to 13,315 feet at Potosi and 12,000 feet in the Salar de Uyuni. Even just a walk up a flight of steps can make you feel a bit breathless. Appropriate time for rest and acclimatization is included in the itinerary, but for your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. A brisk 30- to 45-minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning. Also be sure to drink plenty of water when you're at altitude, even if you don't feel thirsty.

      We are in the high Andes. The days can be brilliantly sunny but nights are always cold at these altitudes. From June through October, you can expect pleasant weather with lots of sunny days and very little rain. In this high altitude realm, daytime temperatures range from a low of around 40°F to a high of 66°F in La Paz, Sucre, and the Salar de Uyuni desert. At times it can be even colder at night, especially in the desert, when it occasionally drops into the teens. Be sure to bring enough warm layers for these nights.

      Client Testimonials

      "An absolutely perfect itinerary to see the Bolivian Altiplano."

      Amy J.

      Denver, CO

      "This was probably the best-planned and well thought out trip that I have taken with Wilderness travel. Absolutely beyond my expectations."

      Carole M.

      Versailles, KY

      "This trip was a truly wonderful experience! I learned so much and gained a much better understanding of this little-known country—its geography and culture and people. I love the fact that the trip itinerary covered so much of Bolivia's geography—north to south and cities as well as countryside and wild areas."

      Cheryl A.

      Truckee, CA

      "An extraordinary trip! We learned so much about the Tiwanaku civilization, the Inca pilgrimage, colonial times, the salt flats, and more modern Bolivia. And, it is an endlessly fascinating place."

      Diane P.

      Okatie, SC

      "I loved the trip! It was by far my favorite of all of the Wilderness Travel trips I've taken. The topography of Bolivia is beyond comprehension. The lodging was terrific, food was wonderful, and great local guides!"

      Joan B.

      Highlands, NJ

      "This was an outstanding adventure. I learned so much about Bolivia —its people, history, current events, cities, towns, and fabulous copuntryside."

      Joe L.

      Baltimore, MD

      "A wonderful diverse cultural experience."

      Julia D.

      San Carlos, CA

      "Fantastic trip not just for the landscapes, scenery, and wildlife, but as a way to learn so much about the history, culture, and practices of Bolivians. I thought the trip was perfectly organized to give us the most information about the country and to see as much as possible in the Andean region and Lake Titicaca. I would not change a thing about the organization of the trip. Every day was wonderful."

      Pamela S.

      Culver City, CA

      "Words are still failing to capture the awe I experienced on this trip. While Bolivia has vast and diverse regions not touched on by this trip, the design covers Bolivian history, anthropology, ethnography, culture, and huge geographic range. This trip's arc was extraordinary, including the days from Sucre to Potosi. Extending the trip beyond that to explore Bolivia's southwestern regions of salt, sand, and dirt always surrounded by peaks, with all the spectacular natural scenes, was amazing. And closing the trip by going to the other northwestern corner and spending two days on Lake Titicaca was magnificent, for content and range of experience."

      Paul M.

      Washington, DC

      "We loved Bolivia and and by the end of this trip felt enriched by all we saw and experienced. Little things, like eating the breakfast soup the miners ate, gave us a real feeling for the life of the average Boliviano."

      Paulette N.

      Fort Collins, CO

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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While Bolivia has vast and diverse regions not touched on by this trip, the design covers Bolivian history, anthropology, ethnography, culture, and huge geographic range. This trip's arc was extraordinary, including the days from Sucre to Potosi. Extending the trip beyond that to explore Bolivia's southwestern regions of salt, sand, and dirt always surrounded by peaks, with all the spectacular natural scenes, was amazing. And closing the trip by going to the other northwestern corner and spending two days on Lake Titicaca was magnificent, for content and range of experience."},{"GuestNames":"Paulette N.","GuestLocation":"Fort Collins, CO","GuestReview":"We loved Bolivia and and by the end of this trip felt enriched by all we saw and experienced. 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Visit the <a href=\"http:\/\/www.cdc.gov\/travel\">CDC Travelers' Health link<\/a> for information on specific country requirements. Have proof of the shot recorded in your International Health Card and carry the card with your passport. Health officials at borders often (but not always) request proof of the shot. <br><br>Please note: According to the CDC, people 60 years or older may be at increased risk for serious adverse events following vaccination, compared with younger persons. This is particularly true if they are receiving their first yellow fever vaccination. If you are over 60, please discuss this with your physician.\n <br><br>If you are advised to decline the vaccine, please get a written waiver from your physician or travel clinic.\n <br><br><strong>Polio<\/strong><br>People who have received the primary series of at least three doses of polio vaccine are considered fully immunized. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. 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It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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