Adventures in a Surreal Land

Trip Level

This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate. 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. 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.

Weather

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.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.