Adventures in a Surreal Land

Overview

From the salt deserts of the Salar de Uyuni to the stone monuments of Tiwanaku, Bolivia is a land of mesmerizing beauty, fascinating culture, and rich history. It’s a thrilling destination for adventure! We ramble the steep streets of La Paz on our unique “urban trek,” explore colonial Sucre and Potosi, meet Yampara weavers in Tarabuco (with a private lunch with artisans), and discover the incredible desertscapes of the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve in the Salar de Uyuni. On the mystical Isla del Sol, we’ll hike ancient Inca trails surrounded by the blue wonder of Lake Titicaca. Our Trip Leaders unlock the secrets of this otherworldly land with their expertise in Inca and Quechua culture, and our Farewell Dinner is at one of the top restaurants in the world. Our welcoming lodgings include a historic hacienda and a unique “salt” hotel in the desert.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
La Paz / Tiwanaku

In the highest capital in the world, a cable car brings us to the top of the city for an “urban hike” down through La Paz’s fascinating markets, and we spend a day amid the vast pre-Inca ruins at Tiwanaku, a World Heritage Site.

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Days 3-4
Sucre / Tarabuco

Sucre has a dreamy atmosphere, with its whitewashed colonial buildings. We’ll be welcomed at a nearby family farm for lunch, and explore the fascinating mountain village of Tarabuco during its renowned Sunday market, meeting Yamara weaver-artisans and having a private lunch with people from the local community.

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Days 5-6
Hacienda de Cayara / Potosi

Founded in 1545, Potosi (13,315') was once the epicenter of Spanish colonial presence in the Bolivian highlands. We visit the treasures of this history-filled city where the Spanish mined vast amounts of silver for their monarchy, with overnights in a rural 16th century hacienda.

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Days 7-10
Explore the Salar de Uyuni

In the spectacular Salar de Uyuni, a glittering white salt desert, we head into the astonishing landscapes of the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve to explore and hike among bizarre stone formations and multi-colored lakes. One of our hotels is built almost entirely out of salt blocks!

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Days 11-14
Lake Titicaca / Isla del Sol

On Lake Titicaca, we boat out to the mystical Isla del Sol for hikes to Inca sites and walks through the traditional villages of this island lost in time. Overnights are in a spectacularly located ecolodge. We return to La Paz for our festive Farewell Dinner and depart on Day 14.

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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 14 days
Cost From: $5595  
Arrive: La Paz, Bolivia
Depart: La Paz, Bolivia
Lodging: 13 nights hotels and estancias
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Culinary
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours at altitudes up to 13,615 feet, some long drives on rugged terrain