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AUTHENTIC BOLIVIA
PROGRAMME

Duration: 13 days
DATE: JULY 15-27, 2018
DESTINATION: BOLIVIA

DAY 1 - SANTA CRUZ (JULY 15)

Arrive in the city of Santa Cruz at just 400 meters above sea level, a fabulous gateway to Bolivia. Relax and enjoy the warm climate and, if you have arrived on an early flight, City Tour During our tour we will visit monuments of singular importance, the Cathedral, the Arenal Park, the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) and the Ethno-folkloric and Natural History museums, continuing on to a place where indigenous producers from the region exhibit their craftwork.

Overnight in Hotel los Tajibos

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DAY 2 - Kaa Iya National Park (JULY 16)

In the morning after relaxing we will begin our adventure to Kaa Iya National Park, is consider one of the most diverse parks in Bolivia, Kaa Iya is not a very touristic area and we start the trip towards Tucavaca Valley. After leaving the city of Santa Cruz by car you can see large areas of crops mostly soybean and sunflower. This area is known as the Eastern Lowlands of Santa Cruz. The ground in this area is suitable for agriculture. The Mennonites are an ethnic group that is dedicated to to agriculture and they came and still are coming to Santa Cruz from different countries such as Canada, Mexico and Paraguay. On our way to the park we will the ecosystem and the Chiquitano Dry Forest and ecosystem very peculiar with lots of wild life to observe. Covering an area 34,411.15 square kilometers, Kaa Iya is Bolivia’s largest national park and one of the greatest in all of South America. The most well-preserved portion of the Gran Chaco (a hot, semi-arid region which makes up the 2nd largest forested area on Earth), Kaa Iya remains one of the best destinations in Bolivia to see jaguars, tapirs and pumas roaming freely.

Camp of Tucavaca in Kaa Iya park

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DAY 3 - KAA IYA NATIONAL PARK (JULY 17)

After breakfast we will get deep on the area home to at least 65 species of small mammals and 59 species of large mammals, the national park contains one of the largest diversity of mammals in South America. Rare animals residing inside Kaa Iya’s dry forest walls include black howler monkeys, giant armadillos, maned wolves, pumas, tapirs, snakes, ocelots and an impressive 301 species of bird. Abundant in wildlife, Kaa Iya is also one of the only places left in the world to catch a glimpse of the large felidae, the capybara and the Chacoan guanacos, of which there are only 140 left in Bolivia.

Most popular of all the mammals, however, is the elusive jaguar. An estimated 1000 plus spotted wildcats have been recorded inside the park, making it one of the premier destinations in the Americas to see a jaguar roaming freely in the wild.

The vegetation in Kaa Iya National Park is dominated by the largest tropical wooded area in the world. 880 species of vascular plants and 28 species of spore plants have been registered inside the park as well as an estimated 1500 species of higher plants. Some of the most important species growing inside Kaa Iya include the floss silk tree, the black soto, the purple guayacán and wax palm

The biological diversity of Kaa Iya can be attributed to the regions variable climate and soil conditions as well as the areas lack of water supply. Due the dry environment, many animals concentrate near water sources, making ponds one of the best areas in the park to view wildlife. Here you have more opportunities to see the jaguar and others big mammals especially during the warm days, since they like places where the wind flows more easily and cools the hot atmosphere of this part of the Chaco forest. Some mammals like to lick the mud where the water from a rain gather in some places on the road parallel to the pipeline.

Camp of Tucavaca in Kaa Iya park

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DAY 4- KAA IYA NATIONAL PARK (JULY 18)

In the morning we will keep exporing the Kaa Iya National Park to keep learning about forest and this natural habitat. In the evening we will retrun to the park .

Camp of Tucavaca in Kaa Iya park

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DAY 5 - JESUIT MISSIONS (JULY 19)

After breakfast we will leave from Kaa Iya to Santiago de Chiquitos one of the Missions left by Jessuits, here we will appreciate the Mission and the Chiquitanos life style, the music and the handicrafts are very important for the local you will see some art expresions later we will drive to San Jose that has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO as part of the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos. The Jesuits arrived in the area of "Chiquitania" (a term imposed by the Jesuits) on December 31, 1691. San Jose de Chiquitos was founded in 1696. In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled and taken prisoner by soldiers under the command of the Spanish crown. In the afternoon we will offer you several activites to select as birdwatching, walking, bathing on the waterfalls and others.

Overnight in San Jose de Chiquitos

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DAY 6 - CHOCHIS (JULY 20)

Early on our way back to Santa Cruz we will discover Serrania of Chochis and amazing wildlife you can find in the area, after some walk and quite observation we will see and amazing view point about the Valley of Turuqapa and the waterfalls around it at the end of the day arrival to Santa Cruz

Overnight in Hotel los Tajibos

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DAY 7 - SUCRE (JULY 21)

In the morning we will take you to Santa Cruz Airport to take a regular flight to Sucre, , this beautiful city has preserved much of its colonial past as seen in its winding streets and carved balconies. The weather is balmy and comfortable for an afternoon walk to discover the historical and cultural delights of Bolivia’s capital city.

Overnight in Hotel Parador Santa Maria

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DAY 8 - SUCRE (JULY 22) 

This visit to the city of Sucre allows us to get to know the most representative sites of the capital. In the morning the visit begins with the Recoleta Mirador (lookout point), the Museum of the Recoleta, then the ASUR Textile Museum, which is one of the best collections of textiles in the Bolivian valley region. We will go on to the Metropolitan Cathedral, the museum of the Merced, the Church of San Lázaro, Santo Domingo, the Casa de la Libertad, the patio of the University of San Francisco Xavier, and the Parque Bolivar where many important monuments are located. Also, after enjoying a traditional lunch in a typical restaurant we will visit the Convent of San Felipe Nery. At the end of the afternoon we will move on to the General Cemetery where we can have a look at different mausoleums containing the remains of famous Bolivians.

Overnight in Hotel Parador Santa Maria

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DAY 9 - SUCRE & POTOSI (JULY 23)

After breakfast we will drive to Potosi once we arrive we will enjoy an amazing typical lunch, that includes “kalapurca soup ” in the afternoon we visit the Royal Mint (Casa de la Moneda) the most important mining centre which became the world’s largest industrial complex in the 16th century. Stroll down cobbled streets to peer into colonial churches that reflect Potosí’s once wealthy past.

Overnight in Hotel Museo Cayara

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DAY 10 - POTOSI (JULY 24)

After a traditional breakfast we will visit the Silver mine to encounter the treasure and the reality of the Bolivian mining inside of it, later we will drive to Uyuni and sunset in the middle of the Salt Flats

Overnight in Luna Salada Hotel

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DAY 11 - UYUNI (JULY 25)

After breakfast we are aiming to get to the middle of the Salt Flat to see the lagoons (“eyes”), salt mountains and salt blocks. This singular route takes us into one of the world’s most isolated areas where we will be alone surrounded by a glittering white landscape. After a couple of hours arrive at Isla Lomo de Pescado to look at giant cacti and the birds and vizcachas that have made this island their own. Our chef prepared a buffet of delicious local produce for lunch return to Uyuni. In the afternoon we will drive to the north part of the Salt Flats here you can be able to see Coquesa Mummies, Tunupa Volcano and Chantani Museum each one of attractions show you the variety of resources of the Salt Flats.

Overnight in Luna Salada Hotel

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DAY 12 - AVAROA NATIONAL RESERVE (JULY 26)

In the morning we will drive to Avaroa National Reserve to the south on the way will see The Ollagüe volcano and a deserted area, suddenly a group stones will appear Stone city a magical area where we will stop to appreciate stone forms; then on our way to the small lagoons we will see Cañapa, Hedionda Chiarcota lagoons, and finally at the end of the day Siloli Desert, where we will stop to visit Arbol de Piedra and Red Lagoon

Overnight in Ojo de Perdiz Tayka Hotel

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DAY 13 - AVAROA NATIONAL RESERVE (JULY 27)

Early in the morning we will drive from Ojo de Perdiz to the southest part of Bolivia, geysers of Sol de Mañana, hot springs of Polques, Rocas de Dalí and Laguna Verde, are some of the natural attractions that you will see. Amazing sceneries and wildlife its something that you will appreciate during the day, after lunch we will drive to the border to change vehicles and a Chilean colleague will transfer you to San Pedro de Atacama.

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PHOTO GALLERY

just a sample of what you´ll see during this program

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