15 Days / 14 Nights
The best way to describe Bolivia is a colourful palette, painted by Mother Nature and a series of stunning, picturesque and impressive natural destinations, reflecting her creativity to the full. Awe-inspiring mountains, multi-coloured lakes, lush Amazon jungle, astonishing flora and fauna and incredible cultural diversity, conspire to make Bolivia a must-do destination for those in search of unique, authentic experiences. Its ruggedness and complexity are unmatched and its history remarkable. This 15 day tour is specially designed to experience Bolivia in all its geographical, historical, cultural and mind-blowingly diverse glory!
Special features of our 15 Day Inspirational Bolivia Tour :
Type of Tourism: Mountains, Nature, Family, geographical, historical and Cultural
Places to Visit: Santa Cruz, Samaipata, Uyuni salt flats, Sucre, Potosi gold mining town, Lake Titicaca, Amazon basin, La Paz.
Duration: 15 Days and 14 Nights.
Type of Service: some tours are small group service tours and other tours are private.
Accommodation: 3 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will stay in a unique hotel with character, charm and have all the creature comforts.
Arrival to the city of Santa Cruz in the morning found at an elevation of 400 metres above sea level, making it a fantastic gateway into Bolivia. Relax and recuperate from your journey and enjoy the warm climate and relaxed vibe.
In the afternoon on our tour of the city, we will visit some important monuments such as The Cathedral, The Ethno-folkloric museum, The natural History museum and some indigenous craftwork exhibitions.
Bright and early our car will pick us up to head off to Samaipata archaeological site. “El Fuerte” is a UNESCO world heritage site from the Inca period and is now considered one of the most important for its authenticity and the fact it was untouched for many years. The ruins are split into 3 sections, the ceremonial, the residential section and the administrative section. In the town below is a massive sculpted rock which reflects the belief system of the time, a combination of traditional religious beliefs, in a uniquel...
After a delicious breakfast, we will wander around the town of Samaipata with its artistic and authentic characteristics, before we head off to the Santa Cruz airport, 3 hours away, for a 30 minute flight to the capital city of Sucre.
This stunning colonial City has been able to preserve its past and this can be seen in its winding cobbled streets and wooden balconies. The weather is spring-like all year round, which is great to explore the important sites of the city. In the morning we will head off to the Recoleta viewpoint and the Recoleta museum, before we head off to the textile museum ASUR, one of the best in the region. We will then visit the Cathedral, The museum of La Merced, The San Lazaro church, Santa Domingo, La Casa de la Libertad, The patio of the U...
After breakfast, we will head off to our next destination, the silver mining town of Potosi. This city was world-famous for its silver mining in the 16th century and quickly became Bolivia’s industrial centre. We will pass by its colonial churches along the cobbled streets. Our hotel is on the edge of the city and is a living museum, surrounding us with original paintings and antiques to take you back to colonial times. Many of the buildings in the city have a wide selection of colonial religious art, especially the San Lorenzo...
Today we will have a free morning to either relax or discover more about this interesting city. You may visit the silver mines and see these historic mines. Not much has changed and they are still working today, using the traditional methods of extraction. In the afternoon we will travel to the town of Uyuni and the famous salt flats passing a small settlement called Pulacayo, which was The most important mining centre in Bolivia in the 19th Century. Toda this day, this is the home of the first train to arrive to Bolivia and was wher...
After breakfast, we will head off to the middle of the Salt Flats to see the lagoons ("eyes"), salt mountains and salt stacks. This unique route takes us into one of the world's most isolated areas with a glittering, white landscape for company. We will head on to explore Fish Island, so-named because of its shape when viewed from the middle of the salt flats. The island is the home to vizcachas (chinchillas), giant cacti and many bird species. From here, we can appreciate a panoramic view of the surrounding salty scenery. After lunc...
Bright and early, we will drive from Uyuni to the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, leaving the salt flats behind us and heading to the region's deserts and lakes. We will pass through the majestic highland area, to look out at spectacular mountains and whimsical landscapes. This is where the native llamas and vicuñas welcome you to winding streams and offer an insight into the daily life of the locals of the area.
We will then arrive at the Capiña Salt Flat where borax is mined, passing by the distant mountai...
La Paz is an eclectic, mind-blowing city. Our full-day tour will take you on a cultural and historical journey around this colourful city, nestled in the mountains and where we can enjoy its fast-paced vibe and its ever-changing energy. Explore colonial streets, squares, The Cathedral, the Witches' Market, the Government Palaces and take in the views from its different viewpoints, as well as the cable car. After lunch, we will visit the art museums and see some local artists in action to learn some of their techniques and understand ...
Today we will head to the lakeside town of Copacabana on the shores of Titicaca. We will cross the Tiquina stretch at the narrowest part of the great lake. This divides the Greater and the Lesser Lakes which together form the ‘Magical Lake of Titicaca’. We will continue by road enjoying the surrounding landscape until our arrival in the town of Copacabana, where you can see the ancient mysticism of both colonial and pre-colonial civilisations. Copacabana receives many visitors from all over Bolivia and Peru to visit...
Bright and early, we will hike around the three communities of the Island; Throughout the day we will observe the Pilkokaina Palace, The Yumani Inca steps and the fountain of eternal youth. We will head over to the temple of the Moon for lunch and visit the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. We will take the boat back to the mainland at Copacabana, before heading back to La Paz City for the evening.
Today we will head to the small town of Coroico, located in the subtropical area to the north of La Paz, which is classed as a cloud forest due to its location. The area is surrounded by coffee, banana, citrus fruit and coca fields. The 3-hour journey down from the highlands to the Yungas passes through the region’s different ecosystems and climates. You will be amazed by the stunning panoramic views as we climb up to 4,700 m before we drop to 1,150 m to the village of Yolosa. On our way to Coroico we will stop in Send Verde Re...
As the road winds up to Coroico, we will experience the world of the Afro-Bolivian descendants of Africans brought to Bolivia by The Spanish during colonial times, to work in the mines as slaves. You will be able to appreciate their way of life by getting interacting in their everyday activities, such as picking coffee, coca leaves, agriculture and of course, enjoying their music. In the early afternoon, we will head back to the city of La Paz
In the early afternoon, we will visit El Alto City above La Paz and the Cholets “Andean Mansions”, showing us the opulence of the new indigenous social class in Bolivia. We can also appreciate the fusion of Catholicism and traditional native indigenous beliefs that are part of everyday Bolivian society today. We will visit an Andean shaman who will demonstrate how the coca leaves and llamas are used in ceremonies on behalf of mother earth.
We will take you to the airport or bus station for your onward journey!
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We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.
As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.
We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.
Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.
VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.
Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.
Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.
Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.
Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.
We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.
We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.
We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.
The official currency in Bolivia is the Boliviano (BOB). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.
Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.
As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation: https://boliviamilenaria.com/sustainable-travel/
Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.
Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature.
The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.
This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests.
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At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. An example of our sustainable projects: Visit to Native bees farms and local communities, visit to local communities that promote organic coffee production, camelid program for the conservation of Wild Vicuñas in Sajama National Park.
All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +59170176589 . For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.
This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.
The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.
Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your hotel.
For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.
In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.
In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.
It depends on each itinerary. Please ask your sales representative for this information.
We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. At various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle. We include in all the programs 20 liters of water and passengers can refill their bottles with no trouble
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