May 20-30, 2023
See vast landscapes, stunning sunrises, high-altitude salt lakes, flamingos and other animals, and ancient pre-Incan sacred sites on our multifaceted Bolivia tour.
Many opportunities await to see wildlife and spectacular landscapes await us in this country rich in color and texture. We will travel to several of Bolivia’s high-altitude lakes, with snowcapped mountains providing a magnificent backdrop to flamingoes and other native wildlife. A full day in the vibrant city of La Paz will give us cultural context with walking tours to historical and cultural sites, with time to trade with locals in the city’s bustling marketplaces. We will spend several days near Salar de Uyuni, a vast salt lake where human-made salt mounds mimic the mountain peaks on the horizon. We’ll have many chances to get up early and catch beautiful sunrises before breakfast.
Tour Type: Landscape/Wildlife
Temp Range: 65° F / 25° F
Leader: Thomas Kokta
Group Size: Maximum 7 people
Flights and transport within Bolivia
All land transportation
All meals as noted in itinerary
Phone calls and personal items
Previous Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Bolivia
Recommended flight to La Paz, Bolivia. Most guests take American Airlines.
Day 2: Arrive in La Paz, La Paz to Lake Titicaca
Arrive La Paz early morning. Travel from La Paz to Lake Titicaca. The journey is about 3 hours, with beautiful landscapes of Titicaca and distant views of the Cordillera Real. We’ll stay overnight at Copacabana, in Lake Titicaca (BLD)
Day 3: Lake Titicaca
A 1.5 hour boat ride on Lake Titicaca will take us to the Isla del Sol, one of the indigenous people’s sacred places during pre-Columbian times. We will visit some pre-Incan sites and viewpoints. Enjoy short walks and a sunset showing many peaks of the Cordillera Real. An excellent day for landscape photography. Overnight in a hotel in Isla del Sol. (BLD)
Day 4: Lake Titicaca/La Paz
We will start the day early to watch the sunrise at Lake Titicaca, and have breakfast there. Then we walk back to the port in Isla del Sol to take the boat to Copacabana. Lunch in Copacabana, then bus to La Paz. Arrive in La Paz by sunset. Short stop at a viewpoint to see the city and the snow-capped Illimani peak. We will stay overnight in downtown La Paz. (BLD)
Day 5: April 11: La Paz
We’ll spend the day and the night in La Paz. Day tour walking interesting historical places, local marketplaces, and viewpoints in downtown La Paz and the Valle de la Luna. Hotel Naira. (BLD)
Day 6: La Paz-Oruro
Guided tour to the Tihuanaco Archaeological Site located 1.5 hrs from La Paz. Visit the Akapana Pyramid, the Sun Gate, and two site museums that show the Tihuanaco Culture, one of two that inspired the later Incas. Lunch in Tihuanaco. Departure to Oruro, one of the largest Altiplano cities, very close to Lake Poopó. Overnight in Oruro. (BLD)
Day 7: Salar de Uyuni
Early departure to the Uyuni´s Salt Lake. Lunch on the way. After the highway, the drive continues on an unpaved road. Arrival to Colchani right next to the salt lake. Colchani is a village where seveal salt processing plants exist. You will see the conical piles of drying salt as part of the rare salt lake landscape. Our trip continue crossing the salt lake towards the Tunupa Volcano. The road takes us 1/4 of the way up on the volcano hillsides to see spectacular views of the endless salt lake. Be prepared to maximize your sunset shots as you slowly descend and head to the village of Tahua. It could be cold and windy. Night at Tahua´s Hotel de Sal. (BLD)
Day 8: Salar de Uyuni
We get up early to not miss a really spectacular sunrise from this location. Later breakfast. Departure crossing towards the center of the Uyuni´s Salt Lake, passing the Isla Pescado and later the Isla Incahuasi. Lunch on the way, as you travel south you will exit the salt lake continuing towards San Juan. Night in a small hotel in San Juan. (BLD))
Day 9: Laguna Colorada
Early departure to travel several colorful lagoons with few flamingos. Landscape offer views of dormant volcanoes and hypersaline lagoons. Several interesting geological features along the way. The road crosses the Siloli Desert reaching places over 4,000 m. Short stop to see the Arbol de Piedra or The Stone Tree and other geological formations at the end of this desert. Arrival to Laguna Colorada for sunset. Quick visit to Laguna Colorada margins to get nice shots of landscape and flamingos reflected in the reddish waters of this lagoon. Laguna Colorada is known to be one of the most important sanctuaries for three Altiplano flamingos. Geisers and a possibl visit to open hot springs. Trip continues towards Dali´s Rocks and Laguna Verde and Licancabur Volcano. Laguna Verde is known to present a beautiful emerald-turquoise waters. Night in basic accomodations in Laguna Colorada. (BLD)
Day 10: Uyuni - La Paz
Laguna Colorada-Uyuni. Before breakfast, wel’ll have coffee and biscuits, and then watch sunrise over Laguna Colorada. Trip back to the south Uyuni´s Salt Lake. Night in La Paz. (BLD)
Day 11: La Paz - Home.