Adventures in a Surreal Land

Overview

From the great salt deserts of the Salar de Uyuni to the mysterious stone monuments of Tiwanaku, Bolivia is a land of mesmerizing beauty, fascinating cultures, and rich history. We hike trails on the serene Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca—the island is the legendary birthplace of the Incas. Sucre and Potosí hold a fascinating colonial past, and we’ll have lunch with weavers in charming Tarabuco. Our hikes and explorations of the lunar landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni take us into remote, untouched settings. Bolivia has a renowned food scene, and our Farewell Dinner in La Paz is at its top restaurant. Our Trip Leaders unlock the secrets of this ancient land with their expertise, and 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, we ride a cable car for panoramic views, walk through the city’s open-air markets including the “witches’ market,” and spend a day at Tiwanaku, the monumental ruins of pre-Inca culture near the southern shores of Lake Titicaca.

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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 fascinating Tarabuco. The town is home to the Yampara culture, and we’ll meet Yampara weaver-artisans here, including a private lunch with people from the local community.

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Days 5-6
Hacienda de Cayara / Potosí

Colonial Potosí (13,315') was the epicenter of Spanish rule in the Bolivian highlands. We visit its grand colonial buildings, including the Casa de Moneda (the Mint), where millions of dollars’ worth of silver was processed and shipped to Spain, and enjoy overnights in a family-owned 16th century hacienda in a countryside setting.

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Days 7-10
Explore the Salar de Uyuni

The spectacular Salar de Uyuni (11,800') is the largest salt flat in the world. In this glittering white desert, we head into the astonishing world of the Eduardo Avaroa National 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 Isla del Sol, the Incas’ “birthplace of the sun,” for hikes to Inca sites and walks through the 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 and World Heritage Site
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: $5995  
Arrive: La Paz, Bolivia
Depart: La Paz, Bolivia
Lodging: 13 nights hotels and estancias
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours at altitudes up to 13,315 feet, some long drives on rugged terrain