The heart of Bolivian culture
You will get to know all the flavors of this land passing from the heat of Chiquita, cradle of the Jesuit missions, to the rigors of the Plateau and South Lopez. The human dimension is the heart of this journey, you will sleep near the inhabitants near the Salary, local guides will accompany you on Lake Titicaca and in the Amazon. You will end the journey with an expedition to the indigenous Mosetenes in one of the regions that is home to the largest biodiversity on the planet.
Day 1: Arrival in Santa Cruz.
You will begin your discovery of the country from Santa Cruz, the economic capital of Bolivia and a true hive in the full tropical climate. Visit the historic center, the cathedral and admire the waters of the Piraí river.
Day 2: Visit of Saint Xavier and the road to Concepcion
You will initially visit San Xavier, the oldest of all Jesuit missions, and in particular its cathedral. You will then see a ceramic workshop, one of San Xavier’s specialties, before taking the road back to Concepcion, the most important Jesuit mission.
Day 3: Visit of the Concepcion.
You will visit the mission center of Concepcion and in particular the cathedral which perfectly illustrates the fusion of the Jesuit and indigenous traditions that developed throughout this region. You can also visit a local community to learn more about the Chiquita culture. Then you will return to Santa Cruz through the dry forest of Chiquita.
Day 4: Traveling to Sucre.
Take the plane to Sucre, the constitutional capital of Bolivia and a true jewel of colonial architecture, which is the ideal environment to acclimatize before the Altiplano. You will spend the afternoon walking in the «White City», in its multicolored markets, its churches and its museums.
Day 5: Visit of Potosì
A private vehicle will take you to Potosi, the Imperial Villa, more than 4,000 meters high in three hours. In the afternoon you will discover the city and you can visit the Casa de la Moneda which preserves many treasures from the time of when Potosi was among the largest cities in the world.
Day 6: Visit of the 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 also visit the market. In the afternoon you will leave for Uyuni.
Day 7: Visit of Uyuni and Incawasi
After visiting the train graveyard, you will take the road to the Salar, the largest salt desert in the world. You will visit the Incawasi island and admire its giant millennial cacti before continuing to cross the Salar to the community of Tahua located in Northern Lípez, in the middle of the quinoa production area, where we spend the night in a salt hotel.
Day 8: Excursion to the Eduardo Avaroa Reserva
You will head south to the Reserva Eduardo Avaroa and its fabulous mineral landscapes. You will observe the fauna of the reserve: the fox, ostriches and other species. You will cross a region where the lagoons follow one another: Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas. You will cross the Salar of Chiguan to then arrive at the viewpoint of the Ollague volcano. You will visit the famous Stone Tree before spending the night at the hotel in the Siloli Desert.
Day 9: Visit of the lagoons
You will admire the Laguna Colorada and the thousands of flamingos that inhabit it at dawn, before seeing the Sol de Mañana geysers at the height of maximum activity. Afterwards you will go to the thermal waters of Polques and after having crossed the Dali Desert of surrealistic rocks, you will admire the famous Emerald Green Lagoon, at the foot of the Licancabur volcano. From there you will head towards the community of Santiago where you will spend the night by the inhabitants.
Day 10: Visit to the community of Santiago
You will visit the Santiago community, a Quechua community of quinoa producers, located after the pre-Columbian site of Laqaya that traces the entire history of the populations of the region. You will cross the Salar again to Uyuni where you will spend the night.
Day 11: Uyuni – Towards the Titicaca with the Sampaya
You will take the plane to La Paz and from there you will depart directly towards Copacabana, the main port of Lake Titicaca, you will be able to visit the famous Black Virgin before going to Sampaya, an Aymara community situated on a peak that offers an exceptional panorama of the lake. You will spend the night at the community-run shelter.
Day 12: 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 13: Visit to 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 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 14: Visit of Tiwanaku
You will visit Tiwanacku, the most important archaeological site in Bolivia, south of Lake Titicaca. Tiwanaku is the oldest urban building on the South American continent. That culture contains many mysteries and the technical feats are still fascinating. You will walk among the pyramids under the gaze of the giant monoliths. You will return to La Paz to spend the night.
Day 15: La Paz tour and trip to Rurrenabaque
You will have the morning to explore a neighborhood 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 16: Visit of the Amazon
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 17: Immersion in nature
You will take the canoe to make a trip to the Quiquibey river with the possibility of observing birds, mammals and reptiles characteristic of the humid tropical wood. You will have lunch on one of the beaches of the Quiquibey river before continuing with the walk on the Parabas path. After dinner you can go by boat to watch the caimans with light bulbs: the red of their eyes will reveal their presence. You will then return to sleep in the shelter.
Day 18: Observation of reptiles
You will be accompanied to a lagoon hidden in the forest where larger reptile specimens, including caimans, rest. You will approach the boat before returning to the shelter. Otherwise you will go fishing in the Quiquibey river, big fish guaranteed.
Day 19: Community of Asuncion del Quiquibey
In the morning you will visit the Asuncion del Quiquibey community of the Moseten and Tsiman ethnic groups. You will get to know this indigenous people and their daily activities such as fabric work, cultivation, traditional tools and certainly the use of bow and arrows. After lunch you will return to Rurrenabaque by boat and greet this hosted people. You will spend the night in La Paz.
Day 20: Day in La Paz
You will have the day to lose all your emotions and discover one of the most intriguing capitals on the planet. La Paz is a combination of traditions and modernity.