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10 Nights / 11 Days
La Paz
La Paz

Want to see the best of Bolivia on a budget? This is the tour for you! Discover the vibrant culture of La Paz, take an adrenaline-pumping bike ride down Death Road, see Lake Titicaca and explore Isla del Sol, and venture out into the blinding-white Uyuni Salt Flats on this 10-days tour.

Day 01: La Paz
Arrvial transfer from La Paz Airport Transfer (Day). Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: La Paz
Get into the heart of La Paz with your experienced local guide who will take you around to the best highlights of the city and show you what real life is like for most Paceños (La Paz residents). Begin the day at Plaza Murillo with its beautiful architecture for a perfect introduction into Bolivia’s history and culture. Learn about the current social and political situation in Bolivia as we walk by Murillo Square with the Presidential Palace and House of Parliament. We will be stopping to sample a traditional mid-morning snack.

Next, we will visit the outside of San Pedro Prison from the book “Marching Powder” with your local guide who will explain why this prison is so famous and will also share a few strange bone-chilling stories about this infamous prison.

Next, you will jump into a local transportation to head towards an unknown, but spectacular viewpoint. Take a moment here, to enjoy the life happening bellow you in La Paz, enjoy the slow rhythm of the place you are at the moment. And once you have taken all the photos you want you will jump back in the local transport to reach the local witch market. Take a walk through the market and maybe you can find a magic spell you have been longing for!

You will have an exciting return back to La Paz on a cable car; be sure to capture the views! We will be stopping by another market where you will have time to buy last minute souvenirs if you wish. Your exploration of La Paz will end upon our return to Plaza Murillo (around 12:30pm). We wish you safe travels onwards!

Day 03: La Paz
If you’re an adventure lover, this day trip is for you! Ride the Most Dangerous Road to get your adrenaline pumping. Cruise along this infamous dirt track, navigate hair-raising curves with sheer vertical drops and witness sweeping views of the valley below. Begin the adventure in La Cumbre (4,700m) and descend 3,500 meters in approximately 4 or 5 hours, passing high altitude snowy peaks, beautiful waterfalls, and lush jungle scenery.

Depart La Paz around 7:30 am and make your ascent by van to La Cumbre (4,700 meters). Here we will check our equipment and listen to an important safety briefing from our guides. After crossing the tourist checkpoint, our downhill adventure begins. Along the way, take a rest stop at Unduavi to fuel up on water and receive additional safety instructions before we pass by the Curve of Death, with stunning waterfall views and a vertical drop. Pass through lush jungle scenery with breathtaking views of the valley and river below as you cruise down to Yolosa at (1,200 meters), where our bike ride comes to an end. Here you will also have the chance to participate in an optional zipline. Relax a bit more before we make our return trip to La Paz, arriving around 9:00 pm.

Day 04: Isla del Sol
Visit Copacabana & hike Isla del Sol
Pick up at your accommodation in La Paz at approximately 7:00 a.m. for a shared bus transfer to the lakeside town of Copacabana. Arrive around noon short visit of the church and main plaza, and then take a boat to Isla del Sol (Sun Island) where you will hike to the top of the island on a traditional Inca stairway, the “Escalinatas de Yumandi”. Pass by the fountain of eternal youth natural spring and drink fresh water from the mountain. As you reach the top of the island, you will be rewarded with spectacular views from either side with the snow-capped Bolivian Andes in the distance. Have dinner (not included) and get a good night’s rest on this peaceful island in the middle of Lake Titicaca.

Day 05: La Paz
Walk to Pilkokaina temple and return to La Paz.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, go on a 2-hour guided walk to reach Pilkokaina Temple. Take a boat ride back to the Copacabana town for lunch, and then take a bus transfer back to La Paz bus terminal, where this amazing adventure will come to an end around 17:30 hrs.Enjoy a guided walk to Pilkokaina temple, before returning to La Paz after lunch.

Day 06: Uyuni
Free time for leisure.
Overnight Bus fom La Paz to Uyuni. 10 hour(s).

Day 07: Villa Candelaria
Uyuni – Colchani – Incahuasi Island – Pia Pia Island – Candelaria
Your tour will begin at 10:30 am, at the meeting point. The first stop will be Uyuni’s ‘train graveyard’, to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. You’ll visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats). Here, you’ll see handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. The tour will continue onto the Great Salt Flats of Uyuni. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, see Los Ojos de Agua Salada (‘salt water eyes’) and then visit a hotel made completely of salt! This amazing place currently serves as a museum.
Following this jam-packed morning, you’ll carry on to “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Make sure you and your group pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats.
Then, you’ll head to Pia Pia island, to see the beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Finish off at the village of Candelaria, and enjoy the unique experience of spending the night in a hotel made almost entirely of salt.

Day 08: Polques
Chiguana Desert – Lagoons – Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve – Red Lagoon Sol de Mañana Geyser
Start the morning off at 7:00 am with breakfast, before going to visit the Chiguana Desert, located on the south side of the Uyuni salt flats. It is surrounded by volcanoes, such as the Ollague Volcano (5840m), one that is still active, and that can be seen from the lookout.
Continue along a rocky road – Pasito Tuntun – to the beautiful Andean lagoons, inhabited by 3 species of Andean flamingos. Marvel at three lagoons on the way: ‘Cañapa’ where you’ll spot the first pink flamingos, ‘Hedionda’ where lunch will be served, and ‘Chiarcota’ where you’ll see a wider variety of birds and altiplanic fauna.

Enter to the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, and visit the Desert of Siloli, at 4550m (the highest and driest desert in the world). Make sure you take a photo next to the ‘Rock tree’, a lava rock formation. Before arriving to your final destination of the day, make a stop at the viewpoint by the Red Lagoon, where you can spot more pink flamingos in their natural habitat, and admire this intense, red-colored lake. Stay the night at a shared family lodging, “HAYLLAJARA”.

Day 09: Uyuni, Bolivia
Dali Desert – Green Lagoon – Uyuni
At 5 a.m. (depend on the season), you will have an early breakfast and start your tour day with a visit to Sol de Mañana Geyser. You’ll walk alongside fumaroles, and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. Continue to the open air hot springs, and take a bath in 35ºC water.
The first place to visit is the Dali Desert, where Salvador Dali found inspiration for his work from the scattered boulders in the middle of the desert. See the Green Lagoon – toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano, which sits at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border.
Finally, you’ll head back to Uyuni, passing beautiful scenery along the way, and eating a picnic lunch next to the roadside. You’ll go by the Valley of the Rocks, the Alota settlement, and the San Cristobal Village.
We’ll get back to Uyuni by 6:30 pm.On your last day in the desert visit the Dali Pampas to see the landscapes that inspired this famous artist and see the Green Lagoon before returning to Uyuni.

Day 10: Arrive La Paz
Enjoy a free day in the capital, walk along the winding streets, shop in the markets and enjoy the nightlife.

Day 11: La Paz
Departure transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

City Night (s) Hotels / Camp
La Paz 03 Grand Plaza La Paz
Isla del Sol 01 Budget Hostel (3*,4*,5* Hotels are not in this area)
La Paz 01 Grand Plaza La Paz
Uyuni/Salt Flats 02 Hotel De Sal Luna Salada
La Paz 01 Grand Plaza La Paz

– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 08 Nights accommodation.
– 02 Overnight bus (Uyuni – La Paz – Uyuni)
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Death Road Adventure
– Inca stairs hike to top of Isla del Sol
– Guided walk to Pilkokaine temple
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance fees to monuments.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.

– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.

– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.

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