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BOLIVIA BY LUX VOYAGE

Duration: 12 days
DATE: December 25, 2018
LOCATION: BOLIVIA
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DAY 1- DECEMBER 24TH .- LA PAZ

At a convenient time we explore this wonderful city once we arrive. La Paz has recently been designated a “Marvellous City”. As well as hosting the seat of government, it has an endless range of wonders to delight all visitors. Its culture and identity fuse a combination of Aymaran and Spanish cultures, giving the faces of her inhabitants their enchanting mix. We leave the hotel early in the morning to sample a typical breakfast of Api con Llauchas (a hot corn drink and cheese-filled pasty) in one of the city’s oldest markets. Watch the city wake up and visit the “mañaneras”; ladies who sell locally-designed and produced clothes from 6:00 am. La Paz is a melting pot of identity and culture, best seen on the street where embroiderers make the typical costumes used during local festivities. Watch them at work keeping the identity alive of the creole class that is fast becoming an economic force to be reckoned with. Continue on up through the sprawling hillside neighbourhoods to the city of El Alto perched on the brow above La Paz to see the luxury homes of the Aymara nouveau riche. These “Cholets” (a combination of the word Cholo - an indigenous man who has migrated to the city - and the word Chalet) are built by local entrepreneurs who have accrued a fortune in the informal economy and are a blend of pre-Colombian symbols and vibrant colours. At midday float high above the city of La Paz on the red line of the teleférico (cable car) to enjoy the city from a different angle. Stop off at the Cemetery station for a lunch of fresh trout from Lake Titicaca at the Fish Market. Enjoy a “Quitapenas” (comforter) cinnamon ice-cream and cheese pasties traditionally eaten in the afternoon in La Paz. Visit the Cemetery to see the multi-story resting places of the ordinary folk and luxurious tombs of the city’s greatest. Observe the everyday traditions surrounding death in this fascinating city.

Overnight in Atix Hotel Deluxe Room

Meals.- Lunch

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DAY 2- DECEMBER 25TH TIWANAKU

Leave the city of La Paz for Tiwanaku, close to Desaguadero on the border with Peru. A 90-minute drive takes us to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku, one of Latin America’s most famous historical sites. Tiwanaku was established as a culture around 500 years before the rise of the Incas, and the empire lasted for several centuries. The ceremonial site you will visit is part of a citadel that is yet to be explored. The pre-Inca ruins of Tiwanaku are a splendid example of one of America’s most important cultures. Some of the well-preserved examples of the Tiwanaku culture that you will see and learn about on the site are the Gateway of the Sun, the Pyramid of Akapana, the Temple of Kalasasaya and the Semi-subterranean Temple, and you will have the chance to visit the archaeological site’s museum to see pieces of unmeasurable wealth and understand with your guide’s help the relation between Tiwanaku and other empires and connections with the world of that time. Stop off at the village of Laja, where the city of La Paz was originally founded, here we will stop an interact with a local family where we will learn how to process a typical bread on stoner “pan de laja” exactly similar to pita bread. At the evening you have the option to select a restaurant or a private dinner prepared by one prestigious Bolivian Chef in an amazing location.

Overnight in Atix Hotel Deluxe Room

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 3- DECEMBER 26TH SUCRE

In the morning transfer to La Paz airport and fly to Sucre, accommodation; 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. 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. Chuquisaca is a palaeontologist’s delight because of the remains of mastodons, glyptodonts and others can be found around the region. We will visit the dinosaur tracks at Bolivia’s largest site dated around 65 million years old. These trail of dinosaur footprints is thought to be the longest in the world. As a complement to this visit, we will visit the Parque Cretacico.

Overnight in Hotel Parador Santa Maria Jr Suite

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 4- DECEMBER 27TH SUCRE. –POTOSI

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, 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.

Overnight in Palacio de Sal Suite

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 5- DECEMBER 28TH UYUNI

Breakfast and set out for the salt flats past a small settlement called Colchani where the locals process salt. We will not stop for much time as we are aiming to get to the middle of the salt flats to see the 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 del Pescado or Incahuasi Island to look at giant cacti, birds and vizcachas that have made this island their own. At midday stop for a buffet of delicious local produce in the middle of the salt flats, and then we will move on to the salt flats. In the afternoon we will provide you a bycicle so you can discover the Salt flats bike riding and feeling the breeze and the whiteness in this amazing immensity , later take one of the hundreds of routes across the salt flats to watch the sun go down in a blaze of intense colours. (B.L)

Overnight in Palacio de Sal Suite

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 6- DECEMBER 29TH LA PAZ

Leave from the hotel for the Tunupa Volcano and the Chantani Museum. This amazing museum was created by Don Marcelino, a native Indian entrepreneur to chronicle his culture and daily life, including pots, ovens, costumes, musical instruments and other products. Next you’ll visit the Coquesa Mummies, dating back to 1200BC and caused by the dryness of the air which preserves hair, nails and skin, discover the salt flats and appreciate the scenery. This area to the north of the salt flats sustain several small communities. You’ll have the chance to interact with llama shepherds and quinoa farmers. If it is the rainy season we will provide you with boots so that you can discover the wonderful reflections on the salt flats. Return to the salt hotel in the late afternoon and transfer to the Airport to take a regular flight to La Paz .

Overnight in Atix Hotel Deluxe room

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch

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DAY 7- DECEMBER 30TH YUNGAS AND DEATH ROAD

After breakfast we will move to the north part of La Paz to the small town of Coroico. This town is located in the subtropical area north of La Paz, which is classed as a cloud forest due to its location. On the way there are two roads – a new paved one or the old one built over 60 years ago. The old road is narrow and is quite an adventure with dramatic scenery and breath-taking hairpin bends. The area is surrounded by banana, citrus fruit and coca fields. The 3-hour journey down from the highland plain to the Yungas covers the region’s different ecosystems and climates. You will be captivated by panoramic views of singular beauty as you reach 4,700 m, before descending to 1,150 m to the village of Yolosa Adrenaline, adventure and freedom are just a few of the emotions you will experience on the bike-ride down to Coroico which will take you through different ecosystems – from snowy peaks to the cloud forest where Coroico is located. Professional guides ensure that you have a safe and exciting adventure. This programme can be done individually or in a group. The day starts out very early with a vehicle collecting you from your hotel to take you to the highest point at around 5000 m.a.s.l. where the team of guides are waiting with the bikes to take you on a once in a lifetime experience

Overnight in Atix

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 8- DECEMBER 31ST JUNGLE . CHALALAN ECOLODGE

A guide will pick you up at the hotel to take you to the River Beni where you will get on the boat for Chalalán. Our boats are equipped with a roof, comfy seats, life jackets, raincoats and a first-aid kit. The maximum seating capacity on the boats is 10 people. Travel by motor boat to the Chalalán Ecolodge. The trip is a great way of seeing the Bala Canyon around the River Beni. The Madidi NP is accessed by going up the River Tuichi. On your way you’ll see different animals and get a feel for the spectacular landscape of the Bolivian Amazon. We recommend you take binoculars. The trip takes around 5½ hours during the rainy season and 6 hours in the dry season (July, August and September). Packed lunch midway.


Arrival at the port of Chalalán. 25-minute walk to the Ecolodge along a wide, easy, jaguar path. Welcome snack on the shores of Lake Chalalán. Our logistics staff will help you with your luggage. Time to settle in at your cabin or room. Welcome lunch in the Ecolodge. After lunch relax in a hammock or swim in Lake Chalalán. Short walk along one of the theme paths to learn about medicinal plants and more about personal interests. Return to the Ecolodge and choose from the following optional activities: Handicrafts, canoe trip, videos about the community and the Madidi National Park. Dinner in the Ecolodge dining room. Short night walk along the Paraba or Silbador path to see amphibians, reptiles, insects, tarantulas, rodents, birds and nocturnal monkeys. This is a great chance to hear the sounds of the jungle.

Overnight in Chalalan Ecolodge

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 9- JANUARY 1ST JUNGLE . CHALALAN ECOLODGE

Buffet breakfast in Ecolodge dining room. You can talk to your guide about changing the time depending on your interests. (E.g. breakfast at 5:30 am for birdwatchers.)

Morning walk along the Tapacare path or another of similar length where you can see and learn about the forest and the wildlife surrounding you. Optional themes: natural interpretation of the forest, natural history, ecological processes, medicinal plants and hardwood trees, animal behaviour and bird and mammal watching. Return to the lodge, have a snack.

Lunch in the Ecolodge dining room. After lunch, relax in a hammock or swim in Lake Chalalán. You will coordinate optional activities with your guide. Short walk along the Paraba path to the viewing point where you can see the beautiful landscape across Lake Chalalán, the mountains and the Madidi rainforest. Your guide will explain about the plants used for building - both hardwoods and palms - and the traditional and sustainable use of natural resources. Here your guide will talk about the park, our Ecolodge and the community. You return to the lake to go on a canoe trip along the shores of Lake Chalalán where you will be able to enjoy the sunset and see monkeys, birds, insects, bats, etc. Return to the Ecolodge for a traditional “dunucuabi” dinner of catfish wrapped in leaves or fish á la “tacuara” inside bamboo from the Bolivian Amazon. *This traditional dinner depends on the availability of the fish and may be offered any night during your stay.

Short night-time activity (1 to 2 hours). Night trip by canoe to see amphibians, nocturnal birds, fish-eating bats and caimans easily spotted because of their glowing eyes. Upon your return to the Ecolodge you can take part in a traditional Quechua – Tacana night with music and dances from the San José de Uchupiamonas community. Your guide will explain the traditions of the Uchupiamonas people.

*This activity will depend on the number of guests staying at the Ecolodge and may be offered any night during your stay.

Overnight in Chalalan Ecolodge

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DIA 10- JANUARY 2ND PAMPAS

Early breakfast and boat ride back to Rurrenabaque, where we will board a 4x4 jeep for a 3-hour trip to Santa Rosa de Yacuma. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, boat ride to look at the wildlife in and around the river: pink river dolphin, capybaras, turtles, black caiman, monkeys and many bird species.

Overnight in Pampas Lodge

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DIA 11- JANUARY 3RD PAMPAS

Morning hike through the Pampas in search of the mighty anaconda, black caimans and alligators. Lunch at the lodge. After a short rest, boat ride along the Yacuma River to fish for piranhas and swim with pink dolphins. After dinner, night-time boat ride to see the eyes of the caimans with the help of a torch.

Overnight in Pampas Lodge

Meals.- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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DAY 12- JANUARY 4TH

In the morning transfer to the airport to La Paz

PHOTO GALLERY

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