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ECOBO02 La Paz - Salar de Uyuni – Laguna Colorada – Laguna Verde – Potosí – Sucre. 11 Days, 10 Nights

Day 1: Arrival in La Paz

Our guide and transport will be waiting for you at the airport (or bus station) and transfer you to the hotel of your selection. Short briefing about next day activities.

Day 2: La Paz City Tour.

Half-day city tour in La Paz where we will be visiting the famous Mercado de Brujos (Witches’ Market) and San Francisco Church. Then we continue to the Murillo Main Square, where the Cathedral, Government Palace and the National Congress are located. After this, we will be visiting the colonial street of Jaen, where several museums are located. The tour will continue through the well-known residential areas of La Paz such as Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida finally arriving at the great and imposing Moon valley where we do a light hike among the impressive natural sand towers. Return to the hotel. (B).

Day 3: La Paz – Uyuni - Mallku.

Morning transfer to the airport of La Paz and flight to the city of Uyuni. Reception at the airport and our guide and transport will be ready to take you for our overland adventure in the area of the Abaroa National Park and the Uyuni Salt Desert. From Uyuni we drive south, towards the town of Mallku. Our first visit will be to the Train Cemetery where you can see the remains of nineteenth and early 20th century steam locomotives. Then we continue our drive southwards to the historical town of San Cristobal, a place well known for its silver mining activities, still running in present days. Then we continue our drive through the high Andean plateaus. On the way with some luck, perhaps we will be able to see the Andean Ostrich (locally known as Suri or ñandu). Later on, we will stop for a visit at the place known as the Ciudad de Piedra (Stone City), an interesting geological formation. Finally, we will arrive in the small town of Mallku where we will overnight in a small local hotel. Here we can make a short walk to visit the rock and cave paintings. (L, D).
Note: with the upper class hotels option we overnight in Mallku Cueva Villamar hotel.

Day 4: Mallku – Laguna Colorada.

This day we drive southwest, towards the Eduardo Abaroa National Park. Our drive will take us through the small indigenous villages of Quetena Chico and Quetena Grande, from where we get clear views of the Uturunco Volcano (6020). We continue our drive to the shores of the beautiful Laguna Colorada. This lagoon lies at an altitude of 4,278 metres and covers an area of 60 km2. The rich red coloration derives from algae and plankton, which thrives in its mineral-filled water and the shoreline fringes with brilliant white deposits of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum. Numerous flamingos, three species of which breed here, inhabit the lagoon. Then we continue our drive south to the place known as “Sol de Mañana” where at 4,850 metres lays a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots, hellish fumaroles and a thick aroma of sulphur fumes. This is a site of intense volcanic activity. Then we cross through the Dali Valley, a desert covered with strange stone formations, on our way to the base of the high steep Licancahur Volcano where we find the Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada. Return to Laguna Colorada for overnight in a basic refuge. (B, L, D).
Note: with the upper class hotels option we will overnight in Ojos del Desierto Tayka Hotel.

Day 5: Laguna Colorada – San Juan (or San Pedro de Quemez).

Early in the morning, we start our drive north towards the small town of San Pedro de Quemez. Our first stop will be at the Arbol de Piedra (Tree of Stone), located in the Siloli desert. Later on we will pass the lagoons known as Ramadita, Honda, Chiarjota, Hedionda and Cañapa. In all these lagoons, we will find flamingos and other interesting Andean birds and with some luck, perhaps we can observe the flight of the Condor. Later on we will see the active Ollague Volcano (5,865m) and then we will cross the Salar de Chiguana before we arrive at the town of San Juan for overnight in a small local hotel. (Program for those passengers choosing the Tayka Hotel: Crossing the Salar de Chiguana towards the historical remains of Pueblo Refugio, a place where the inhabitants of San Pedro de Quemez hidden when the Chilean army invaded Bolivia. Finally we will arrive in the town of San Pedro de Quemez for overnight in Tayka hotel de Piedra. (B, L, D).

Day 6: San Pedro de Quemez – Salar de Uyuni - Uyuni.

In the morning we start our drive towards the world famous Salar de Uyuni. Our first visit will be at the Galaxy cave, a dried sub-aqueous cavern. Then we continue our drive towards the Isla Pescado (Fish Island), a hilly outpost covered with trichocerus cacti and a flat, White Sea of hexagonal salt tiles. A large population of stranded viscachas (Andean rodents) inhabits its rocky slopes. From here, we continue towards the Incahuasi Island, another interesting hilly island situated in the center of the Salar with a rock formation that contains the remains of corals and seashells. Here we make a hike up to the summit of the hill, from where we get an extraordinary view of the surreal Salar de Uyuni. After lunch, we will continue our drive towards the small village of Colchani, which lies besides the Salar de Uyuni and gives home to the Cooperative Rosario – the main plant for the iodisation of salt. After visiting the artisanal salt factory, we will make our final drive to Uyuni where we arrive late in the afternoon. (B, L).
Note: With the upper class hotels option, we will overnight in a Salt Boutique Hotel located on the border of the Uyuni Salt Desert.

Day 7: Uyuni – Potosí:

Morning transfer from Uyuni to the city of Potosi. This overland trip has plenty of wonderful views of the highlands in this area. Up on arrival in Potosi, we check in the hotel and in the afternoon, we make a city tour visiting the colonial part of this interesting city, including a visit to La Casa de La Moneda and the museum. Hotel. (B).

Day 8: Potosi – Sucre:

Morning tour to the famous mines of Cerro Rico. Borrowing down into its bowels you can experience what life was like many centuries ago for those working in these mines. In the afternoon, travel to Sucre, the Capital of Bolivia. Hotel accommodations. (B).

Day 9: Sucre.

In the morning, we make a half-day city tour of Sucre, declared as a “World Heritage Site” by The UNESCO. This beautiful colonial city preserved from modernity, shows interesting places to visit and enjoy the main plaza, Bolivar Park, several convents dating from the XVI century, etc. Back to the hotel. Free afternoon. (B).

Day 10: Sucre – La Paz.

In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight to the city of La Paz. Transfer to the hotel and free time. (B).

Day 11: La Paz out

In the morning transfer to the airport for your flight back home. End of our services. (B).

Grading: Easy-Moderate

Included:

All transportation, professional guide, hotel accommodation, noted meals.

Not included:

International and domestic flights, airport taxes, food services in hotels and in cities, extras, tips.

 

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