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Fauna y Flora of Boliva

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Fauna y Flora of Boliva

Santa Cruz is blessed with a temperate climate and generous people. Visitors are always impressed by the kindness of the people who have kept their traditional way of life alive. There are numerous attractions for visitors in the surrounding areas and in the city itself.

DAY 1

Santa Cruz

Your guide and a private driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. Transfer in the morning to the Güembé Park, 15 minutes from Santa Cruz. This 24 hectares paradise is a mix of tropical forest, lagoons and crystal clear water, and also keeps one of the biggest "butterflies house" in the World and a orchids collection. Guided visit (in english) of the buildings (butterflies house, butterflies reproduction laboratory, orchids temple, termites castle...) then free time, to enjoy a swim, a kayak tours or a hike along marked tracks in the nature. Night at the Armonia hotel***. Read more

Armonia hotel
DAY 2

Samaipata

Departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. to go to the Inca fortress of Samaipata by private vehicle. Beautiful area between the Amazon and the Andes where we can see the remains of the most isolated Inca fortress of the empire, built to control the invasion of the Guaranis Indians. Visit of the site. Lunch and dinner included. Night in bungalows. Read more

Night in bungalows
DAY 3

Amboro Park

Departure at 8:30 a.m. to go to the Amboro Park´s forest, where we can observe a few species of giant ferns only found in Bolivia (Dicksonia Sellowiana and Alsophila Incana) as well as many wild orchids species. Hike before the return to Samaipata. Cold lunch included. Dinner included. Night at the volcanos´ shelter. Read more

Volcanos' shelter
DAY 4

Santa Cruz

We enjoy a delicious tropical breakfast in the morning before heading out on the heights of the shelter to enjoy a panoramic view of the park Amboro. With a little luck we will have the opportunity to observe some typical bird species of the region. Back to the shelter to enjoy a deserved swim in the natural pools nearby. Then transfer by car to Bermejo after lunch. Back to Santa Cruz in the late afternoon. Cold lunch included. Night at the Armonia hotel***. Read more

Armonia hotel
DAY 5

Sucre

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport. Domestic flight Santa Cruz - Sucre. Your guide and a private driver will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. Night at the Su Merced hotel***.

Su Merced hotel
DAY 6

Sucre

Departure at 09:00 am by private 4WD for the Chataquila village (el. 3550 m.a.s.l.) and its charming church sheltering the Virgin of the same name. We will then walk down by the beautiful Inca trail to Chaunaca (6 km / about 3-hour hike). We will return to the vehicle to arrive to the Maragua crater, and take there a cold lunch near a waterfall. Digestive walk in the crater to Irupampa. On the way back to Sucre we will stop at the Maragua viewpoint from where we can see the crater and at the Mirador of Sucre from where we can view the entire city. Arrival in Sucre around 6:30 p.m. Cold lunch (included). Hiking time: 3h; Elevation gain/loss: +70m/-770m Night at the Su Merced hotel***. Read more

Su Merced hotel
DAY 7

Potosi

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. Departure from the hotel by private vehicle. We will cross Sucre bridge with its anachronical design, over the Río Pilcomayo (the river separates Argentina and Paraguay further South). We will then leave the Chuquisaca Valley to climb to the Potosí plateau (4100 m.a.s.l.) where we will arrive 3 hours later (asphalt road). Night at the Colonial hotel***. Read more

Colonial hotel
DAY 8

Potosi

Today we will get to know the history and current life of Potosí, city listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO (full-day tour). 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. We will then go back to the city-center to visit the Casa de la Moneda. The coins of the Spanish crown were minted in this beautiful colonial house until the 19th century. It is now an important historical museum. 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. The Casa de la Moneda is closed on Sundays afternoon and Mondays. Night at the Colonial hotel***. Read more

Colonial hotel
DAY 9

Uyuni

Departure from the hotel to cross the Frailes Mountain range with a private car to reach the village of Uyuni, a remote small town at the limit of the Salar (3 to 4-hour drive). Stop in Pulacayo on the way, a small town which used to be the second largest silver mine in South America in the 19th century. It is now almost a ghost town, where we can visit a museum keeping traces of its glorious past. Arrival in Uyuni at the end of the day. Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***. Read more

Tambo Aymara hotel
DAY 10

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 Las Piedritas hostel* (basic comfort). Read more

Las Piedritas hostel
DAY 11

Laguna Colorada

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, where we will spend the night. Night in a shelter (basic comfort). Read more

Night in a shelter
DAY 12

San Juan

This morning we head north to the Siloli Desert (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) and its famous “Stone Tree”. Keep your eyes wide open: it is not unusual to spot some viscachas (Andean rabbits) in this area. We will then ride along the Chilean border on the scenic “Route of the Jewels”, which owes its name to all the lagoons along its way: Honda, Ch’arkota, Hedionda, Cañapa. These lagoons are home to three species of flamingoes. We will 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 and then cross the small Salar de Chiguana located at the foot of volcano Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.). After a 230 km ride we will reach the village of San Juan (el. 3600 m.a.s.l.), where we will spend the night. This small village is famous for its surprising mummies of the “Lipez Lords” (1200 after J.C) and its interesting small museum. Night at La Cabaña de Sal hostel* (basic comfort). Read more

La Cabaña de Sal hostel
DAY 13

Oruro

Today we leave the Sur Lipez and go for a unique moment: driving across the world’s largest salt flat! 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 the city of Uyuni. Just before leaving the Salar, we will stop in the village of Colchani to visit its salt exploitation and salt hotel (closed since 2001). Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***. Wednesdays and Saturdays, departure of the train Expreso del Sur for Oruro at midnight. Hotel available until your departure from Uyuni. Arrival in Oruro the next day at 7 a.m. Read more

Tambo Aymara hotel
DAY 14

La Paz

Reception at the train station and private tranport to La Paz. Free time to enjoy the world’s highest capital. Maybe you can have a nice walk in the historical center, go handicraft shopping in the numerous stands of the Sagárnaga street, discover which artifacts are used for the offering ceremonies to Mother Earth ("Pachamama") in the Witches Market or even visit one of the various museums of the city… Or maybe you will prefer see the city from the air taking one of the three gondola lines of the capital? Night at the Naira hotel***. Read more

Naira hotel
DAY 15

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). A boat takes us to the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun), where we disembark at the old Inca Palace of Pilkokaina. A 30 to 40-minutes walk brings us to the village of Yumani, from where there is a magnificent view of the lake. Night at the Puerta del Sol hotel*. Dinner included. Read more

Puerta del Sol hotel
DAY 16

La Paz

In the morning, a short hop by motorboat first takes us to Pilkokaina temple, south of the island. This palace was built by Inca Tupac Yupanqui for its pilgrimages on the island. We then head to Isla de la Luna where we visit the temple of the Ñustas, The Inca virgins. We then come back to Copacabana. Cold lunch (included). Dinner open. We will return to La Paz in private transportation (about 3½-hour). Night at the Naira hotel***. Read more

Naira hotel
DAY 17

Rurrenabaque

A private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport. Domestic flight La Paz - Rurrenabaque. Night at the Safari hotel***.

Safari hotel
DAY 18

Bala Camp

Departure for a 2,5 hour-trip with our private 4WD (depending on the track conditions) to the Bala camp near the Yucuma river, via the village of Santa Rosa. In the afternoon, a motorboat tour will be a great opportunity to watch many animals around the river. And particularly many different species of birds (toucans, parrots, tapacarés, king fisher, herons and other wading birds…), freshwater turtles, caimans and monkeys (howling, whistling, chichilos). Return to camp at the end of the afternoon. After dinner we will go for a night walk to observe the nocturnal wildlife. Lunch and dinner included. Read more

Night in Bala Camp
DAY 19

Bala Camp

In the morning, we will walk on the local tracks searching for the sicuri, the famous anaconda of up to 12 meters long and aged up to hundred years old. During this hike, we can also see some capihuaras (the biggest rodent in the world), tapirs (with a bit of luck) and some medicinal plants, still used by the local inhabitants. In another canoe or motor boat tour in the afternoon, we will fish piranhas. When back to the camp, we can safely swim in the Yacuma River with the Bufeos (pink dolphins) present in the waterways of the great Amazon Basin. Cold lunch. Dinner included. Read more

Night in Bala Camp
DAY 20

La Paz

Return to Rurrenabaque by 4WD. We will stop on a lagoon along the way to try one last time to fish some piranhas or bentons, small carnivorous fishes, prisoners of the small lagoons left after the rainy season. Transfer at the airport for the return flight Rurrenabaque - La Paz in the afternoon. Lunch and dinner are not included. Domestic flight Rurrenabaque - La Paz. A private driver will pick you up at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Night at the Naira hotel***. Read more

Naira hotel
DAY 21

La Paz

Our driver will pick you up at 09:00 am at the hotel lobby. Today you will discover the most traditional side of the city, walking into the day-to-day life of the “paceños” (inhabitants of La Paz). You will first enter the indoor market of the Plaza San Francisco (Mercado Lanza) where many workers have breakfast. You will then take the cable car going up to El Alto and enjoy a unexpected view over the city and the mountains that surround it. You will fly over different neighborhoods and the general cemetery, in which you will then enter to discover the Andean post-mortem traditions: here the families leave elaborated offerings on the graves. Walking from the cemetery down to the historical center you will walk through the traditions of clothing and traditional celebrations of the city. Do you remember the “cholitas”, the women using traditional Andean clothing? In every street you will find an item of their outfit: skirt, heat, shoes, jewelry… nothing is missing! In the Los Andes Street you will feel like carnival is coming. It is the tailor’s street and every shop is filed with colorful costumes and masks. You will end our tour in the Witches Market (“Mercado de las Brujas”) where the locals buy all the necessary artifacts for ceremonial offering to the Pachamama (Mother Earth): coca leaves and other medicinal plants, miniature figurines in sugar and lama fetuses. Read more

Naira hotel
DAY 22

Airport La Paz

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 Santa Cruz
Day 2
Location Samaipata
Hotel Night in Bungalows
Day 3
Location Amboro Park
Hotel Night at the volcano's shelter
Day 4
Location Santa Cruz
Day 5
Location Sucre
Day 7
Location Potosi
Hotel Colonial hotel
Day 9
Location Uyuni
Day 10
Location Villamar
Hotel Las Piedritas hostel
Day 11
Location Laguna Colorada
Hotel Night in a shelter
Day 12
Location San Juan
Hotel La Cabaña de Sal
Day 1
Location Uyuni
Day 14
Location La Paz
Hotel Naira hotel
Day 15
Location Yumani
Hotel Puerta del Sol
Day 16
Location La Paz
Hotel Naira hotel
Day 17
Location Rurrenabaque
Hotel Safari hotel
Day 18
Location Madidi National park
Hotel Night at Bala Camp
Day 20
Location La Paz
Hotel Naira hotel

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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