Bolivia!

Adventures in a Surreal Land

Overview

The great salt desert of the Salar de Uyuni, vast Lake Titicaca, the colonial towns of Sucre and Potosí, the bowler-hatted Aymara of La Paz—Bolivia is full of surprises and delights. In this land of mesmerizing beauty and unique indigenous cultures, we spend nights on serene Isla del Sol in the middle of Lake Titicaca, meet the artisan-weavers of charming Tarabuco, and explore the lunar landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni, where the sky and horizon merge into a dreamscape of fluorescent lakes, spiky cacti, geysers, and jagged rock formations. Our 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 walk through the open-air markets, including the “witches’ market,” then head to World Heritage-listed Tiwanaku, the monumental stone ruins of a pre-Inca culture.

La Casona Hotel Boutique
La Paz, Bolivia
Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Day 13 (1 night)
Days 3-6
Sucre / Tarabuco / Potosí / Hacienda de Cayara

After we explore the cobbled streets of Sucre (9,500'), we’re welcomed to 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. We enjoy the colonial glories of Potosí (13,315'), epicenter of Spanish rule in Bolivia, with overnights in a family-owned 16th century hacienda in a countryside setting.

Hotel Parador Santa Maria La Real
Sucre, Bolivia
Days 3 to 4 (2 nights)
Hacienda de Cayara
Potosi, Bolivia
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Hotel de Sal Luna Salada
Uyuni, Bolivia
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 7-10
Explore the Salar de Uyuni

The Salar de Uyuni (11,800') is the largest salt flat in the world. A unique 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.

Hotel de Sal Luna Salada
Uyuni, Bolivia
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Hotel Tayka del Desierto
Calama, Bolivia
Day 9 (1 night)
Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva
Villa Mar, Bolivia
Day 10 (1 night)
Days 11-14
Lake Titicaca / Isla del Sol

On vast Lake Titicaca, we boat 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, with overnights in an 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.

Ecolodge La Estancia
Isla del Sol, Bolivia
Days 11 to 12 (2 nights)
La Casona Hotel Boutique
La Paz, Bolivia
Day 13 (1 night)

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 Salar de Uyuni, 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: $6595  
Arrive: La Paz, Bolivia
Depart: La Paz, Bolivia
Lodging: 13 nights hotels and estancias
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 2 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours at altitudes up to 14,435 feet, some long drives on rugged terrain, high altitude throughout the journey; nights in the desert can be quite cold