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A Journey between Sky and Ground

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Marlène Bevillard

Terra Andina Bolivia

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A Journey between Sky and Ground

Discover Bolivia in this unbelievable 15 day tour through its most iconic and mesmerizing destinations.

DAY 1

Airport

A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz.

Casona Hotel Boutique
DAY 2

La Paz

Our private driver will pick us up in the hotel lobby at 09:00 am for a full-day tour around the best points of view over the city and into the Moon Valley. La Paz, world’s highest capital elected in 2014 as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities, is surrounded by the high picks of the Andes. From many parts of the city we can admire the white summits of the Cordillera Real and the imposing Illimani, protector of the city. From the K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park we will enjoy a panoramic view over the capital. The Montículo, in the bohemian Sopocachi is the classical meeting point of lovers and newlyweds for romantic pictures. Since 2014 La Paz is proud of its new gondolas. From the sky the panorama over the city and the mountains is unique and we can get an impression of the social gaps while flying over different neighborhood. We will then drive to the south, cross the rich "Zona Sur" and get out of the city to enter the Moon Valley. Here we can enjoy the quietness and walk among the lunar rock formations during an hour. In the afternoon we will go back to the historical center and wander along its colorful markets. NOTE: The K’Illi K’Illi mirador and the Laykakota Park are closed on Mondays. Night at the Casona hotel boutique****. Read more

Casona Hotel Boutique
DAY 3

Yumani

Departure from the hotel at 9 a.m. with a private transport. We will follow the Lake Titicaca and the Cordillera Real until Copacabana (3 ½ hours). Visit of the most interesting sites of the town: cathedral, the hill of the Way of the Cross Then an hour and a half traverse with a motorboat to the Fuente del Inca (fountain of the Inca) on la Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun). From there we climb to the village of Yumani (around 500 steps…) dominating the lake. Note: During 2 days, a boat will be at our disposal to transport the group as well as the bags during the walks. Night at the Ecologe La Estancia hotel***. Read more

Ecolodge La Estancia
DAY 4

Tuni

From Yumani, we start the trek by following the crest of the Island to the North where we find the vestiges of the Inca ruins of Chincana, the labyrinth in Aymara (3 to 4-hour walk). Our boat takes us back to Copacabana after lunch Departure by private transport at 10:00 for the village of Tuni (3h30 drive). Upon arrival sharing village life and discovery of local activity. Importance of the llama, the education of children, beliefs and rituals, social organization of an Aymara village. Andean lunch. Night at the Ecolodge Tuni hotel**. Read more

Ecolodge Tuni
DAY 5

La Paz

In the morning we will have a choice of activities according to your wishes and season: - Trout fishing trip in the lagoons at the foot of Condoriri with the local guide. In some seasons, local indulge much fishing. - Harvesting the fields. - Visit the village school. - Preparation of chuño, a dehydrated potato with ancestral knowledge highly appreciated by the Aymara (June-July) - Short hike Lunch we return to the village, participation in traditional cuisine and depart late afternoon to La Paz. Transfer to the hotel. Lunch included Night at the Casona hotel boutique****. Read more

Casona Hotel Boutique
DAY 6

Uyuni

Private Transport La Paz - Oruro We start the long north to south crossing of the altiplano to Uyuni, small town on the edge of the Salar (12 to 14-hour trip). We meet at the hotel one hour before the bus departure, for a transfer to the bus station of La Paz. - Tuesdays and Fridays, departure of the private transport for Oruro at 9am on tuesday and at 10 a.m. on fridays. Arrival in Oruro at around 1pm-2 p.m., then departure of the train Expreso del Sur for Uyuni at 2:30 on tuesdays and at 3:30 p.m on fridays. Arrival in Uyuni at 9:30 on Tuesdays and at 10:20 p.m. on fridays. Pick up by our team upon arrival. - Wednesdays and Sundays, departure of the private transport for Oruro at 2 p.m. Arrival in Oruro around 6 p.m., then departure of the train Wara-Wara for Uyuni at 7 p.m. Arrival in Uyuni at 2:20 a.m. the next day. Pick up by our team upon arrival. - Other days, day open. We meet in the hall of the hotel at 8 p.m., for the transfer to the bus station of La Paz. Departure of the night bus at 9 p.m. This bus is comfortable and direct to Uyuni. Arrival the next morning at around 7:30 a.m. Pick up by our team upon your arrival in Uyuni. Lunch and dinner open (bar-restaurant La Loco recommended). Note 1: for your own comfort, we advise you to do this trip on the train Note 2: Dining car on board Note 3: This trip can be done by plane (1 hour flight). On request. A private driver will pick you up at the train station in Uyuni and drive you to your hotel. Night at the Los Jardines de Uyuni hotel****. Bedroom VIP. Read more

Los Jardines de Uyuni
DAY 7

Villamar

We begin today our journey across the Sur Lipez area, elevated region of colorful landscapes and lagoons, rock formations and volcanoes. We will start the day at 09:30 am with the visit of the train cemetery on the outskirts of Uyuni. Here a collection of old rusted train engines remind the glorious mining past of the region. We will then ride south and make different stops on the road to visit villages, in particular the model urbanization of Culpina K. Here the population has decided to waive working in mines and organized to ensure that the whole community can live from the culture of quinoa and from community based tourism. We will have lunch in the village of San Cristobal, where we can visit a beautiful colonial church if we are lucky (it is not always open). We will then cross the region of Rio Grande to reach the village of Villamar (4022 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. Distance covered today in our private jeep: 190 km. Night at the Jardines del Mallku Cueva hotel**. Read more

Jardines del Malku Cueva
DAY 8

Siloli Desert

During our second day in the Sur Lipez we will discover the most famous highlights of the region. We start the day with the Laguna Colorada (el. 4278 m.a.s.l.). This immense lake of pinkish water owes its name to the presence in its waters of light sensitive phytoplankton, which also attracts thousands of flamingo part of the year. We will then visit the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.), a volcanic crater with sulphur springs and boiling mud. Next stop: the Polques thermal springs. You are almost 4200 m.a.s.l. but get ready to jump into hot water (86°F/30°C), surrounded by an amazing frozen landscape. We will then jump back into the jeeps and ride along the Laguna Salada and the Dali Desert (el. 4750 m.a.s.l.). Here the strong wind has created surprising rock formations that reminds the work of the Spanish master. Short before midday we will reach the Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde (el. 4350 m.a.s.l.), at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5704 and 5960 m.a.s.l.). After having driven around 170 km we are here at the very south of Bolivia, close to the border with Chile. From here we will drive 90 km back to the Laguna Colorada and 70 km more to the north to reach the Siloli Desert (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night. Just before arriving we will discover the famous “Stone Tree”. Night at the Hotel del Desierto***. (availability of double room with matrimonial bed not guaranteed) Read more

Hotel del Desierto
DAY 9

San Pedro de Quemez

Today we continue enjoying the landscapes of the Sur Lipez area… This morning we head north along the Chilean border on the scenic “Route of the Jewels”, which owes its name to all the lagunas along its way: Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa. These lagunas are home to three species of flamingoes. We stop at the view point of volcano Ollagüe (el. 5868 m.a.s.l.). This volcano is still active and shelters one of the world’s highest open pit copper mines. We then cross the small Salar de Chiguana located at the foot of volcano Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.). After riding 170 km we will reach the village of Pedro de Quemez (el. 3690 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night. Night at the hotel de Piedra***. (availability of double room with matrimonial bed not guaranteed) Read more

Hotel De Piedra
DAY 10

Colchani

Today we leave the Sur Lipez and go for a unique moment: driving across the world’s largest salt flat! First, we will stop on the way to visit the Galaxy Cave, famous for its very finely sculpted stalactites. After a two hour ride we will reach the famous Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.). We will then ride half an hour on the salt desert (34 km) to reach the Island of Incahuasi. This surprising island lost in the middle of the salar, offers an incredible view over the Salar and the several volcanos that surround it. Of volcanic origin, it is covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on earth). In the afternoon, we continue loosing ourselves on the white desert during an hour and a half more (73 km) until arriving to Colchani. Just before leaving the Salar, we will visit a salt exploitation and the only salt hotel built on the Salar (closed since 2001). Night at hotel Palacio de Sal****. Read more

Hotel Palacio de Sal
DAY 11

Potosi

Departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for a journey to Potosí (3 to 4 hours on a road). We will traverse all the Cordillera Frailes before reaching the Imperial city in the afternoon. Stop on the way in Pulacayo, which was the second most important silver mine in South America in the 19th century. It is now an almost abandoned village, where we can visit a museum keeping traces of its past glory. Free time for the rest of the day (we recommend the visit of the Santa Teresa Convent). Our guide will pick us up at 02:00 pm to visit the Casa de la Moneda, one of the most important historical buildings of the city - one of those which owed the city to be listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Until the 19th century the coins of the Spanish crown were minted here. This beautiful colonial house is now an important historical museum. NOTE: The Casa de la Moneda is closed on Sundays afternoon and Mondays. Night at the Coloso hotel*****. Room VIP. Read more

Coloso Hotel
DAY 12

Sucre

This morning we will get to know the mines of the “Rich Hill”. Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby and we will go to the Cerro Rico to visit the mine and see the miners at work. This encounter can be overwhelming since the miners (of all ages) work in very hard conditions. NOTE: It is possible to visit the mine everyday but the miners do not work on Sundays and the activity is greatly reduced on Saturdays and Mondays. We will leave Potosí in a private car to reach the nice small colonial city of Sucre (el. 2810 m.a.s.l.) at the end of the afternoon. We will leave behind the Altiplano and descend to the Chuquisaca Valley. Here we will cross the Pilcomayo River on the Sucre Bridge; an interesting structure that looks like a medieval construction, even if built in the 19th century. We will arrive in Sucre after around 3 hours on the road (160 km). Night at the Su Merced hotel***. Read more

Su Merced
DAY 13

Sucre

Today we spend the day in the beautiful “white city” of Sucre. Listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the constitutional capital of Bolivia is famous for its flair of quietness, its beautiful colonial architecture and its numerous churches. Our guide will pick us up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby to show us the most famous buildings and museums of the city. We will start with the Convento de la Recoleta, monastery of the Franciscan order build in 1601. We will then learn more about the culture of the region and the country in the Museum of Indigenous Art (ASUR) and about the Bolivian history in The Casa de la Libertad, where the Independence Act was signed in 1825. We will end the day visiting the Monastery of San Felipe Nery, enjoying a beautiful view over the city from its terrace. NOTE: Museums are closed as following: Convento de la Recoleta and Monastery of San Felipe Nery - Sundays, ASUR - Saturdays and Sundays, Casa de la Libertad - Mondays. Night at the Su Merced hotel***. Read more

Su Merced
DAY 14

La Paz

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport. Domestic flight Sucre - La Paz. A private driver will pick you up at the international airport of El Alto and drive you to your hotel in La Paz. Night at the Casona hotel boutique****.

Casona Hotel Boutique
DAY 15

Airport

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location La Paz
Day 3
Location Sun Island
Hotel Yumani
Day 4
Location Tuni
Hotel Ecolodge Tuni hotel
Day 6
Location Uyuni
Day 7
Location Villamar
Day 8
Location Siloli Desert
Day 9
Location San Pedro de Quemez
Day 10
Location Colchani
Day 11
Location Potosi
Day 12
Location Sucre

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

LE MOIGNE Family, France

Un mois passé en Bolivie dont quelques jours au Sud Lipez avec Terra Andina. Personnel de Terra Andina très disponible, professionnel, compétent. Circuit très bien pensé, chauffeur expérimenté, très à l'écoute, tourné vers la nature, toujours soucieux de nous faire plaisir. Nous prenions les repas de midi au milieu de nulle part et Bernardo avait à coeur de sortir une petite nappe pour faire une "jolie table" ! Paysages à couper le souffle, contrées improbables Voyage conforme au programme N'hésitez pas, n'hésitez plus ! Confiez votre projet! Read more

Yves & Dominique, Belgium

Nous voici de retour d'un séjour au Chili/Bolivie/Argentine. Un peu plus de 3 semaines de découvertes en découvertes. Guides, chauffeurs, hôtels, location de voiture... le tout organisé par terra group. Dès que nous avions reçu le roadbook, nous savions que tout était bien organisé. Nous n'avons pas été déçu, la ponctualité et la précision étaient de mise pour des vacances en Amérique du Sud. Merci aussi à ceux dont on ne connait pas les noms et qui ont contribué à ce voyage incroyable. Vivement les prochaines vacances. Read more

Jeanne Cristofani & Sylvie Thepault, Argentina

We have spent a wonderful journey in Bolivia this week, and we would like to thank you for the quality of the service: itinerary choice, the guides’ reception, the drivers, the hotels - Everything was very good. We will always remember those great memories

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