Bolivia is a geographically diverse country which some refer to as the Tibet of South America. Walk the streets of La Paz, a city that touches the sky, and explore its most important squares and attractions. Visit the world’s highest salt deserts (5,000 meters above sea level/16,404 ft) and be surprised by the Uyuni Salt Flats, silver mines, vibrant deserts, and colorful landscapes.
Upon arrival at the airport, a transfer to your hotel will be provided.
In the afternoon you will take a city tour where you will visit the capital of Bolivia. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel to start exploring the city of La Paz. You will visit the embroiderer’s street of typical costumes where colorful folk dresses are displayed. Excursion to the historical center of the city of La Paz, visit the Witches Market (mystical articles of the Andean region), Church of San Francisco, Murillo main square, Executive Palace, Legislative Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Killi Killi View Point.
Transfer by cable car to enjoy a beautiful panorama of La Paz city in one of the most picturesque and long cable urban air transport in the world. Unmissable visit to the impressive Moon Valley located 10 km far from La Paz city center, these curious geological formations were created by the erosion of the winds and the heavy rains forming an attractive lunar landscape.
Today you will be transferred from your hotel in La Paz to the airport for your flight to Uyuni.
Upon arrival you will start the tour by visiting the train cemetery (old locomotives that were used as transport of minerals), then you will continue towards the village of Colchani, where you can observe the processing of the salt (drying, grinding, and bagging salt). You will also have the opportunity to purchase crafts made out of salt.
After this activity, you will visit the famous Salar of Uyuni. This is the world’s largest salt flat with 10,582 square kilometers (113,903 square ft). It is located in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí (Southwest of Bolivia) at an altitude of 3,656 meters (11,994 ft) above sea level. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with average elevation variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar.
In the rainy season (December to March) all the salt is covered with a layer of water that provides a surreal visual experience. It looks like a Natural Mirror which reflects the sky. You will have lunch (if you choose it to be included), then we will continue our visit to Incahuasi Island (a rocky island in the middle of the salar where we will observe giant cacti, which are more than 100 years old). Then you will see the sunset which is a spectacular experience over the salt flats. Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to La Paz.
After breakfast, a one-hour ride to Tiwanaku will take you on a scenic journey through the High Plateau. Along the way, we will pass by the imposing Andes Mountain Range as well as get the opportunity to observe the more traditional, countryside way of life. On Wednesdays, it is also possible to make a brief stop at Quellani and witness the weekly cattle market which is very interesting, a dying tradition in this part of the world. Upon arrival at the designated ruins of Tiwanaku, you will first visit the Lithic and Ceramic Museums, designed to communicate to visitors the impressive history of the pre-Inca Tiwanaku civilization.
Following our quick museum tour, we will head to the main attraction: the Tiwanaku ruins. A trip to Tiwanaku is more than just a walk through history. At the archeological site, we will explore the culture’s main temples including the Pyramid of Akapana and Kalasasya as well as the inspiring Gateways to the Sun and Moon. We will also see giant monoliths and figurative representations.
After this excursion, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Your private transport will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport.
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