Bolivian Highlights

Landlocked Bolivia is home to some of Latin America’s most dramatic landscapes – this country is full of surprises.

Bolivian Highlights

Landlocked Bolivia is home to some of Latin America’s most dramatic landscapes. From La Paz; set deep within a canyon with Mount Illimani dominating the skyline, to shimmering Lake Titicaca and the truly unique landscape that is the salt flats of Uyuni.

This intrepid journey takes in the country’s main highlights. Start in the country’s tropical city of Santa Cruz, before moving on to beautiful whitewashed Sucre with its colonial grandeur. The otherworldly Uyuni Salt Flats will leave you truly speechless, before you head off to the La Paz, with an unmissable mix of colonial architecture and bustling, colourful indigenous markets. The world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, is essential in any visit to Bolivia; home to traditional Aymara villages and surrounded by glacier capped peaks, the sapphire blue lake is dotted with little islands, all easily explored by boat.

Take inspiration from this tour for your own trip to Bolivia; all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered, extended or amended according to your preferences. Alternatively, our team of Travel Specialists will be happy to tailor-make a personalised itinerary for your holiday.

UK – Madrid – Santa Cruz
    DAY 01

    UK – Madrid – Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz

    Fly from the UK overnight to Santa Cruz, via Madrid.
    santa cruz
      DAY 02

      Santa Cruz

      Casa Patio Hotel Boutique

      Upon arrival to Santa Cruz, transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, on a private tour, visit the highlights of this city; stop at the main square, the famous Cathedral of Santa Cruz and the centre of regional handicrafts. Bolivia’s commercial centre has a small-town feel yet is buzzing with new restaurants, bars and boutiques. With a tropical atmosphere, it makes for a most enjoyable introduction to this beautiful country. Accommodation: Hotel Casa Patio
      Santa Cruz – Sucre
        DAY 03

        Santa Cruz – Sucre

        Sucre

        This morning fly to the colonial city of Sucre, Bolivia’s constitutional capital, for a two-night stay. Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, Sucre could be considered one of Bolivia’s most charming towns. With its cobblestoned streets, picturesque white-washed buildings and a wealth of colonial architecture, exploring the town on foot is the best way to get around.
        Sucre
          DAY 04

          Sucre

          Sucre

          Sucre was founded by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th-century. Many of its buildings illustrate a mix of local architectural traditions with styles imported from Europe. Today during a half-day private tour, visit the Indigenous Art Museum, the San Francisco church and the Recoleta where many colonial paintings, sculptures, archaeological remains and jewellery are on display.
          sucre  potosi  uyuni
            DAY 05

            Sucre – Potosi – Uyuni

            Salar de Uyuni

            >This morning you will be driven to Potosi. According to legend, this colonial silver-mining city - once one of the wealthiest cities in the Americas – at one time had enough silver to build a bridge to Spain. With the enormous “Cerro Rico” (Rich Hill) looming over the city, visitors are always reminded of the city’s turbulent history. Lunch is at a local restaurant before being driven onwards to Uyuni. Accommodation Options

            uyuni salt flats
              DAY 06

              Uyuni (Salt Flats)

              Salar de Uyuni

              Made up of surreal pentagons of crystalline salt extending to the horizon, cacti, flamingos and what feels like the most enormous sky; one of the most breath-taking landscapes on Earth is the planet’s largest salt flat, Uyuni. Visit Incawasi, an island covered by thousands of giant cacti, 100s of years old and more than 12-metres tall. In the afternoon visit the Coquesa Mummies and the Thunupa Volcano. Accommodation Options

              uyuni  la paz
                DAY 07

                Uyuni – La Paz

                La Paz

                Today, depart Uyuni by plane bound for, La Paz. Situated in an enormous canyon overlooked by the Mount Illumani, this hollow gouged into the Altiplano stands at over 3500-metres above sea level. Clinging to the sides of the canyon are the ramshackle homes of the city’s inhabitants. With a mix of architectural styles, bustling markets, street vendors and street marches, this urban jungle has something to see at every corner. Accommodation Options

                la paz  lake titicaca
                  DAY 08

                  La Paz – Lake Titicaca

                  Lake Titicaca (Bolivia)

                  Transfer to Lake Titacaca to set off on a hydrofoil cruise visiting the famous Sun and Moon Islands; climb the “Grand Inca Staircase” and try the water of the “Sacred Fountain” thought to give eternal youth. In Huatajata, visit the Andean Roots Eco-Village, the Altiplano Museum, a handicraft museum and meet a local family. In the evening visit the observatory to learn about the Southern constellations and Aymara cosmos. Accommodation: Hotel Inca Utama Accommodation Options

                    DAY 09

                    Lake Titicaca – La Paz


                    This morning travel overland across the high altiplano back to La Paz. Check into your hotel and the afternoon is at leisure. Peruse the city’s many handicraft markets, wander its colonial centre and dine in its many excellent restaurants.
                    La Paz Holidays
                      DAY 10

                      La Paz

                      La Paz

                      Today on a half day tour, visit the indigenous, colonial and modern areas of the city. Stop at the famous witches’ market, selling everything from dried llama foetuses, herbs, remedies and owl feathers; all considered to bring good fortune in the local Aymara tradition. Visit the Moon Valley and its lunar landscapes and bizarre clay formations. Finally, ride the cable car for a bird’s eye view of the most dramatic city settings in the world.
                      La Paz – Santa Cruz – Madrid – UK
                        DAY 11

                        La Paz – Santa Cruz – Madrid – UK


                        This morning you will depart La Paz on a domestic flight to Santa Cruz. From here, connect onto your overnight international flight to the UK.
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