The Altiplano Adventure
The Altiplano, or high plain of South America, stretches from northern Argentina to the flatlands of Peru. It is the second largest mountain plateau in the world and holds the highest navigable lake, Titicaca, and the largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni. Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, in the southern rim of the Altiplano, has volcanic peaks and mineral-lakes that support large populations of flamingos and vicuñas.
This Bolivia tour begins in La Paz, the world’s highest capital. Once adjusted to the altitude, visit Lake Titicaca and nearby pre-Inca Tiwanaku Ruins, capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilization. Next to Sucre, Bolivia’s most beautiful city and symbolic heart of the nation. Its known for its well-preserved 16th-century buildings, such as San Lázaro, San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Northeast, the native village of Samaipata has pre-Colombian ruins with a gigantic rock art, made by pre-hispanic cultures.
TRAVEL ON THIS 10 DAY ALTIPLANO ADVENTURE…
And, experience Bolivia’s pre-Inca civilization and its rich heritage.
The Altiplano Adventure La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Sucre, Potosi.
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
La Paz Meet and greet on arrival at La Paz airport, the highest airport in the world and take a private transfer to your hotel where you can relax and become accustomed to the altitude (over 12, 000 feet above sea level).
Overnight at La Paz hotel.
Day 2 – Easy Day to Acclimatise
La Paz Take a relaxed and easy day to acclimatise and explore the mysterious City of La Paz and its surroundings where every corner and street, is a hidden treasure. It is an adventure into the pre Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic on its streets. Explore the native, colonial and modern areas; the Indian Market, Open Air Museum of Tiwanaku, Witch Doctor's Market and breathtaking panoramas, all overlooked by the majestic Illimani mountain.
In the afternoon take a private tour to Valle de la Luna. Valley of the Moon is not actually a valley at all, but an eerie landscape of hills and rock eroded into fantastic shapes and deep gullies. Located in the posh Mallasa borough, you will find the highest golf club in the world.
Overnight at La Paz hotel (B)
Day 3 – Tiwanaku Ruins Tour
Lake Titicaca Moring visit to Tiwanaku Ruins. Tiwanaku was, during its splendour period, the largest city in the world and is considered to be "the Cradle of the American Civilizations". Here you will see the Monoliths, the temples of Kalasasaya and Kontiki, the Akapana artificial Pyramid, their metal and ceramic art work and Bolivia’s national symbol, the astronomically aligned Sun Door, just some examples of the advanced development achieved by this culture.
Continue to Huatajata Harbour on the shore of Lake Titicaca and check into your luxury hotel on the shores of this sacred lake. Here you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Inca culture at the nearby Antiplano Museum and even have your future told by the local shaman, Tata Benjo while he peers deeply into his sacred coca leaves.
Overnight in Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (B)
Day 4 – Explore Religeous Sites
Lake Titicaca This morning you will explore the lake by hydrofoil. This sacred lake of the Incas, the highest navigable lake in the world, is a must-see. It's pristine waters change colours from dawn to dusk depending on the clouds and the angle of the sun. According to the Inca mythology, this is the place where the world was created when the god Viracocha came out of the lake and made the sun, the stars and the first people.
Overnight in Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (B)
Day 5 – Floating Island Tour
La Paz Today you will visit the Urus-Iruitos Floating Island and Quewaya Island Sustainable Tourism project before continuing on to Copacabana to visit the shrine of the Dark Virgin and local market. At the Moon Island you will visit “Inak Uyu”, Sun Virgins temple; the place where the most beautiful virgins of the Incas used to light a sacred fire dedicated to their god and now considered one of the most important ruins on the lake. After lunch we will return to Huatajata for your return journey back to La Paz.
Overnight in La Paz hotel (B, L)
Day 6 – Transfer
Sucre Call it Sucre, La Plata, Charcas, or Ciudad Blanca, this so-called ‘city of four names’ has a rich, varied history and a wealth of historical architecture. After flying here in the morning and checking into your hotel, we’ll take you on a private tour around the city, including visits to the Recolata Museum and the San Francisco Church. You can also check out the local markets for bargains.
Overnight at Sucre Hotel (B)
Day 7 – Silver Mines Tour
Potosi Leave Sucre by land to reach Potosi, once one of the wealthiest cities in the world with an estimated 40,000 tons of pure silver being mined in the 16th Century by the Spanish from Cerro Rico, the mountain overlooking in the city. All these riches came at an enormous human cost with an estimated 8 million slave labourers dying either in the mountain or from illnesses related to working conditions. Rather a sobering thought as you tour the Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint) and take a look inside one of the mines that still extracts silver. Return to Sucre.
Overnight at Sucre Hotel (B, L)
Day 8 – Transfer
Santa Cruz Transfer to Sucre airport for your flight to Santa Cruz. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Santa Cruz. Walking on the streets of Santa Cruz evoke the charm and the colonial tradition, combined with a growing commercial activity. Visit the Zoo, one of the most complete in South America; the San Lorenzo Basilica and its museum, la Casa de la Cultura, the "Cica" or centre for the investigation of local crafts, the Arenal Park with the famous mural painted by a local artist Lorgio Vaca and the ethnic folk museum.
Overnight in Santa Cruz hotel (B)
Day 9 – The Pre-Incan Ruins
Samaipata Transfer by road (120km) from Santa Cruz to Samaipata. The pre-Incan ruins at Samaipata and the region east of Santa Cruz called the Chiquitania, where the cities of Concepcion. These ruins are located on the top of a mountain that is like a stone tower rising from the tropical vegetation. Strange carving on a giant rock such as a huge snake and other enigmatic figures, have generated countless archaeological debates and inspired Erik Van Deniken in his books on out of space visitors.
Overnight in Samaipata hotel (B, L)
Day 10 – Depart
La Paz Private departure transfers to the airport to La Paz and connect with your International flight.
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are no direct flights from Britain to Bolivia. The most direct routes go via Madrid, Miami, Buenos Aires or São Paulo, each of which is connected by daily flights from London; British Airways flies to each of these destinations, and there are numerous other options for both Miami and Madrid. Air Europa, has flights from London via Madrid to Buenos Aires and Lima, from where you can take a connecting flight.
When to go The most popular time of year to travel to Bolivia is between April and October. This is winter and the dry season, when days are usually sunny, and the skies crystal clear, making this the best time of year for trekking and climbing. It is also the best time for visiting the hot and humid lowlands, when temperatures are generally slightly more pleasant though rain remains a possibility all year round. November to March is summer and the rainy season though more pronounced in the lowlands.