From Sucre to Lake Titicaca, passing through nature reserves

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This trip in freedom will take you through the most emblematic sites of Bolivia. You’ll start from the White City and then set off to conquer the Plateau, visit the Cerro Rico mines in Potosi, ending with the extravagant Sud Lipez and its breathtaking mineral landscapes. You will have the opportunity to get to know the peoples of Bolivia and the variety of cultures thanks to the excursions guided personally by the inhabitants of the island of the Moon and the island of the Sun.

Day 1: Discovering Sucre

You will begin the discovery of Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia and a true jewel of colonial architecture. You will spend the afternoon touring the “White City”, whose centre has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Day 2: City tour of Sucre

You will have the whole day to discover the city, the multicoloured markets, the numerous churches and the museums. Stroll through the Bolivar park, visit the Casa de la Libertad and the interesting ASUR indigenous textile museum.

Day 3: Excursion to Maragua

You will leave to discover the jalq’a culture and its incredible fabrics, among the most complex of all the Andes. Maragua is located inside a crater of about 8 kilometres in diameter with amazing green and other colours. Spend the day in the Cordillera de Los Frailes, in the footsteps of the Incas and Tupac Katari.

Day 4: Towards the Imperial Villa

A private vehicle will take you to Potosi, the Imperial Villa, more than 4,000 meters high. In the afternoon you will discover the city and you can visit the Casa de la Moneda which preserves many treasures of the time.

Day 5: Visit of Cerro Rico

In the morning you will visit the famous Cerro Rico led by an elderly miner who will explain everything about life in the mines, the incredible history of this mountain and its legends and you will see the miners’ market. You will then have the whole afternoon to stroll in the winding streets of the city.

Day 6: Visit the convent of Santa Teresa and journey to Uyuni

In the morning you can visit the convent of Santa Teresa, go to the roof of the church of San Francisco, or taste the stone soup, the great speciality of Potosi. In the afternoon you will take a bus to Uyuni, the gateway to the Salar.

Day 7: Excursion in the Salar de Uyuni

After visiting the train cemetery, you will go to the Salar, the largest salt desert in the world. You will visit the Incawasi island and admire its giant ancient cacti before continuing to cross the Salar to the community of San Juan located in the Nor Lípez. You will spend the night in this community.

Day 8: Excursion to the Eduardo Avaroa Reserva

You will head south to enter the Eduardo Avaroa Reservoir and its fabulous mineral landscapes. You will be able to observe the fauna of the reserve and walk through a region where the lagoons follow one another: Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas. You will cross the Salar of Chiguana to reach the viewpoint of the Ollague volcano. You will visit the famous Stone Tree before spending the night on the banks of the Colorada Lagoon.

Day 9: Discovering the lagoons and journey to La Paz

You will admire the Laguna Colorada and the thousands of flamingos that inhabit it at dawn. You will immediately go to the Sol de Mañana geysers at the time of maximum activity. Later you will come to the thermal waters of Polques. After having crossed the Dali Desert of surrealist rocks, you will admire the famous Emerald Green Lagoon, at the foot of the Licancabur volcano. You will return to Uyuni where you will spend the evening waiting for the bus that will take you to La Paz during the night.

Day 10: Visit of La Paz

A day to get back to all your emotions and discover one of the most interesting capitals on the planet. La Paz is a combination of traditions and modernity. Visits will not be lacking: museums, historic centre, “via Delle stregue”, and much more.

Day 11: Visit the communities of Lake Titicaca

You will take the bus to Copacabana, the main port of Lake Titicaca, you will be able to visit the famous Black Virgin before going to Sampaya and getting to know the Aymaras community, inhabitants who live mainly from agriculture and fishing. You will spend the night at the community-run shelter.

Day 12: Visit the Isla de la Luna and the Isla del Sol

A boat will take you to the Isla de la Luna. Your guide will take you to the Temple of the Virgin of the Sun, the place where the women selected by the Incas lived. You will share a typical “apthapi” lunch before taking the boat back to the Isla del Sol. You will descend to Yumani and then climb the Inca scale.

Day 13: Visit of the Isla del Sol

Accompanied by your local guide who will tell you about the legends and myths of the island, you will walk on the stone path on the top of the Isla del Sol. After about three hours of walking, you will arrive in Chinkana, the main archaeological site of the island and one of the most popular sites sacred of the Inca empire. Later you will take the boat back to Copacabana to return to La Paz.

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