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. Explore Copacabana, a tourist spot and the main town on the shore of Lake Titicaca recognized for its famous Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, where the Virgin of Copacabana is housed. A relatively small town, Copacabana sits between Mount Calvario and Mount Niño Calvario, near La Paz.
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 also longest urban cable cars in the world. Next is a breathtaking visit to the impressive Moon Valley located 10 km (6,2 miles) 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.
You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Copacabana. On your arrival, you will visit the Church of the Virgin Morena and the local market. Then is it time for lunch (if you choose it to be included). Next, you will depart by shared boat to Isla del Sol. Visit the Inca Garden, Pilcokaina Palace, the Stairway, and the Sacred Fountain of the Incas. Return by boat to Copacabana and then by road to La Paz. Transfer to the hotel in La Paz.
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, of which some are more than 100 years old). Then you will see the sunset which is a spectacular experience over the salt flats.
Return to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will visit the caves of Chiquini and the town of Coquesa where you will find the famous Coquesa mummies. Then you will visit the viewpoint of the Thunupa Volcano. Time for lunch (if you choose it to be included), then return to the airport for your flight back to La Paz. Upon arrival in La Paz, you will be transferred to your hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel to visit Tiwanaku, the capital of an ancient civilization, situated only 72 km (44,7 miles) far from the city of La Paz. During its epic splendor, Tiwanaku was the main ceremonial center. These pre-Inca ruins started endless archeological debates, the most recent radiocarbon 14 tests show that these edifications date back to 1580 B.C. We will visit Kalasasaya temple (Sun), the legendary Sun Gate, the Semi-subterranean temple (Earth), and Akapana Pyramid as well as its museum where you can observe an impressive collection of objects and tools of ancient civilizations.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
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