Complete dive with the locals
A tour designed to make you lose none of the must-see attractions of the place, such as the Salar, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, and at the same time make you experience an authentic experience. In various stages, you can sleep and eat with the locals, for a true encounter between cultures and to really learn what it means to be a true Boliviano.
Day 1: Discover the Salar de Uyuni
Once in La Paz, you will take the plane to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar where you will begin your adventure. After visiting the train graveyard, you will cross the largest salt desert in the world to the Incawasi island where you will walk among the millennial cacti. You will continue your journey to the Quechua community of Santiago K in the Nor Lipez region where you will spend the night with the inhabitants.
Day 2: Visit the community of Santiago K
You will visit the community of Santiago K and the archaeological site of Lucaya that allows you to retrace the different peoples who lived in the region up to the Incas and the Spaniards.
Day 3: Towards the Aymara community
You will visit the strange natural formation of the Galaxias cave on the banks of the Salar and then cross the salt desert towards the north to the volcano Thunupa. You will go up to the Mirador of the volcano and then you will go to the Aymara community of Alcaya where you will spend the night in the refuge of the community.
Day 4: Visit the archaeological remains and the Livichuco community
You will visit the fascinating archaeological site of Alcaya, a gigantic citadel of chullpas (pre-Columbian necropolis) where there are mummies considered to be the guardians of the community. You will then take the Intersalar road and pass along the Poopo lake to reach the community of Livichuco, near the village of Challapata.
Day 5: Discovering the Livichuco community
The community of Livichuco is an ancient Tambo, where llamas caravans stopped at the time of the Incas. Today its inhabitants live essentially on llama breeding. You will discover their weaving techniques (among the best in Bolivia), and their music, in a splendid setting surrounded by mountains.
Day 6: Traveling to La Paz
You will accompany a llama shepherd and his flock to better understand the hard life of the Aymaras before resuming the road and crossing the immensity of the Altiplano to La Paz, where you will spend the night.
Day 7: Visit the archaeological site of Tiwanaku
You will visit Tiwanaku, the most important archaeological site in Bolivia, located south of Lake Titicaca. Tiwanaku is the capital of a culture full of mysteries but its extraordinary architectural techniques still fascinate. You will walk among the pyramids under the gaze of the giant monoliths. You will return to La Paz to spend the night.
Day 8: Visit the Kanlaya community
You will travel along Lake Titicaca to the north, you will cross Charazani and you will arrive after 5 hours by road in Kallawaya territory, at the tiny community of Kanlaya. The host family will present you the Khantus (traditional music). We will take a tour in the alpaca pastures in that sublime landscape facing the Apolobamba mountain range.
Day 9: Kallawayas medicine
The Kallawayas are itinerant doctors who were already dealing with the Rè Incas. You will look for medicinal plants needed to prepare mates and ointments. After an apthapi-type lunch, you will process the ointments that will be used to cure. You will end the day with an energetic massage and with the traditional reading of coca leaves.
Day 10: Towards Lake Titicaca
You will bathe in the thermal waters of Charazani before taking the road again and surrounding Lake Titicaca up to Copacabana, the main port of the sacred lake. You will go to Sampaya, an Aymara community located on a peak with an incredible view of the lake. The inhabitants are of the Aymaras who live mainly from agriculture and fishing. You will spend the night at the community-run shelter.
Day 11: Visit the Isla de la Luna and the Isla del Sol
You will go to the port and take a boat that will take you to the Isla de la Luna. Our guide will take you to the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun, the place where the women selected by the Incas lived. You will share a typical “apthapi” lunch before resuming your boat to the Isla del Sol. You will descend to Yumani and then climb the Inca ladder to the hotel located outside the village.
Day 12: Visit of the Island of Sol
Accompanied by your local guide who will tell you about the legends and myths of the island, you will walk on a stone path on the top of the Isla del Sol. After about three hours of walking, you will arrive at La Chinkana, the main archaeological site of the island, and one of the most sacred sites of the Inca empire. Our guide will tell you the history of the site and also its importance today for the inhabitants of the island. Then you will take the boat back to Copacabana and from there you will return to La Paz.
Day 13: At a time of Rurrenabaque
You will have the morning to explore a neighbourhood of La Paz, see the Government Palace and then visit the market, the beautiful Jaen Street. Then you will take the plane to get to Rurrenabaque in the middle of the Amazon forest. You will see tropical vegetation, humid heat, large rivers. You will spend the evening on the banks of the Beni river.
Day 14: Towards Mapajo
You will embark at the port of Rurrenabaque on your canoe and sail on the Beni river passing through the Cañon del Bala and then on the waters of the Quiquibey river. Mapajo is located in the “Pilon Lajas” Biosphere Reserve, an area of extreme biodiversity in the Amazon. You will settle in your hut hidden among the trees. You will know the medicinal plants of the forest on the Mapajo path, where you will discover the giant tree considered the guardian of the forest by the inhabitants of the community. You will rest in the huts surrounded by the sounds of the forest.
Day 15: The exploration of Mapajo continues
You will take the canoe for a trip on the Quiquibey river with the possibility of observing birds, mammals and reptiles characteristic of life in the humid tropical forest. You will have lunch on one of the beaches of the Quiquibey river before continuing with the walk on the Paribas path. After dinner you can go by boat to watch the caimans with the bulbs: the red of their eyes will reveal or their presence. You will return to sleep in the shelter.
Day 16: Reptile sighting
If the season is favourable, you will go to a lagoon hidden in the forest where the largest specimens of caiman rest. You will approach the boat before returning to the shelter. Otherwise, you will go fishing in the Quiquibey river, big fish guaranteed.
Day 17: Visit the community of Asuncion del Quiquibey
In the morning you will visit the Asuncion del Quiquibey community of the Moseten and Tsimshian ethnic groups. You will get to know this indigenous person and their daily activities such as textile work, cultivation, traditional tools and certainly the use of the bow and arrows. After lunch, you will return to Rurrenabaque by boat and greet the hosted people. Continue to La Paz where you will spend the night.
Day 18: Visit of La Paz
You will have a day to lose all your past emotions and discover one of the most intriguing capitals on the planet! La Paz is a combination of traditions and modernity, this fast-paced city will take you to another dimension of Bolivia. You can see the museums, the historic centre, and stroll.