Duration: 5 days
DESTINATION: BOLIVIA
DATE: MAY 10, 2019

Day 1: LA PAZ


Welcome to Bolivia. You are met upon arrival by our Bolivian representative and transferred to your hotel.
The balance of day is at leisure for you to relax and acclimatize. With varying elevations from 11,900 – 13,200 feet above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. La Paz was founded in 1548 by a Spaniard called Alonso de Mendoza. It is the country's largest city, and it is the center of industry, commerce and finance. Although Sucre represents the judicial capital, La Paz has usurped most government power, and now is the de facto capital. Today La Paz has more than a million inhabitants, over half of whom descend from Indian heritage hold on to its past so firmly. Many of the women wear traditional clothing every day: colorful multi-layered petticoats, fringed shawls, lace aprons, and (oddest of all) bowler hats, which look like they came straight from a pre-war London haberdashery.
01 NIGHT IN LA PAZ CASA GRANDE HOTEL or ATIX HOTEL
  

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DAY 2: LA PAz - UYUNI

We leave for the airport in El Alto to fly to the city of Uyuni where our 4x4s are waiting to take us where the sky meets the earth. We start out by stopping off at the Train Cemetery to look at the spectacular landscape; the backdrop of the arid highlands with the rusting former glory of the region that reminds us that the Bolivian economy had a knock-on effect on Europe’s development. Just a few minutes from the cemetery the largest salt flat in the world unfolds before us. 12,000 km2 of salt stretches out inviting us to explore it. We have a look at the eyes, piles and blocks of salt, and visit salt processers to understand the impact the salt flats have on the Bolivian economy.
After an hour of travelling from a thin white line of salt on the horizon, onto the immense seemingly never-ending salt flats, we come to the Incahuasi Island where massive cacti hold out their arms to welcome us. We will take some time to explore this fascinating island in the middle of the salt desert and take advantage of the numerous look-out points to marvel at the immensity of the salt flats. At midday we take a break to lunch on exquisite local products in the middle of the blinding white of this sea of salt. In the afternoon, we take one of the hundreds of routes across the salt flats to watch the sun go down in a blaze of colours and toast the day with a glass of fine Bolivian wine and a snack of delicious Bolivian meats to get a taste of gourmet Bolivia. (B, L, D)
01 NIGHT IN UYUNI HOTEL PALACIO DE SAL SUITE or LUNA SALADA HOTEL

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DAY 3: UYUNI

A new day dawns and after a enjoying a good breakfast we journey into the middle of the salt flats. For the Andean people, the stars and the hills are alive and are used to read the seasons and weather. Along our way we are watched over by the powerful Tunupa Volcano. This land is the land of the Lipez, a pre-Columbian culture that lived here around 1000 BC. We will visit the Museum of the Mummies of Chantani and Coquesa, see different landscapes within the salt flats and enjoy the scenery. After a traditional buffet far from any civilisation, we will walk to the Chillima look-out point and the Pucará ruins. At the end of the afternoon we will go back to the hotel, and after dinner, if the sky is clear, our guides and drivers will be waiting for us to look at the Milky Way and explain to us some Andean astrology best seen in this unpolluted night sky and best appreciated with a cup of frothy hot chocolate warming our hands. (B, L, D)
01 NIGHT IN UYUNI HOTEL PALACIO DE SAL SUITE or LUNA SALADA HOTEL

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DAY 4: LA PAZ CITY TOUR

One of the best ways to get into the city, nestled over 600 m down in a basin, is to take the longest cable car in the world. We start off our exploration of the city by looking at the physical structure and syncretism and the striking contrasts of this highland city. After taking a break at the hotel, we set off to look round the historical centre of the city where we can see the Spanish influence in the two separate cities they set up either side of the river during the colonial period – the city for the indigenous people and the city for the Spaniards. We take a look at the Plaza Murillo with the Legislative and Government Palaces, walk a couple of blocks to the Calle Jaén, the city’s best-kept colonial street where we will take a guided tour led by a renowned anthropologist of the Ethnography and Folklore Museum, the Cathedral and the National Museum of Art. We will slowly discover the city, the informal economy, markets and San Francisco Church where we will be treated to a private baroque concert before descending down into the catacombs of the oldest church in the city.
We will take a break for a typical lunch to get a taste of the real La Paz and then fly high above the city on the network of cable cars to look down and appreciate the different neighbourhoods and stunning surrounding scenery. We leave behind the buzz of the city centre and float down to quiet residential neighbourhoods before visiting the Valley of the Moon to see lunar landscapes and natural geological formations sculpted by erosion. We will visit the workshop of a renowned artist or, if art is not your passion, we can visit the best alpaca and vicuña fashion houses and enjoy the best of Bolivian jewellery. At the end of the afternoon we have a tasting tour of Bolivian coffees and traditional pastries. (L)
01 NIGHT IN LA PAZ CASA GRANDE HOTEL or ATIX HOTEL

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DAY 5: LA PAZ

Transfer Out

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PHOTO GALLERY

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