Travel to Bolivia and experience the highlights of this breathtaking region

Explore the best of Bolivia on this adventure through lively cities, breathtaking scenery and colourful market towns. From the extreme elevation of bustling La Paz through the history of Potosi and on to the surreal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, there's a diverse mix of adventures and activities that deliver excitement, intrigue and pleasure. Discover the highlights of this fascinating part of South America and be swept away by the colour and beauty flourishing in this corner of the earth.

La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
297kg pp per trip


  • Visit Bolivia's bustling markets in La Paz
  • Perhaps view the moon-like landscapes of Valle de la Luna
  • Discover the heart of Bolivia in white-washed Sucre
  • Delve into an underground history in Potosi
  • 4x4 through the surreal scenery of the Salar de Uyuni


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2015 - 31 December 2015

Kamisaki! Welcome to Bolivia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. At around 3,600 m, La Paz feels like the top of the world. It's not far from it and vies with Tibet for the title of highest capital in the world. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional. La Paz is renowned for its many markets, including the Mercado de Hechiceria or Witches' Market. Browse through the weird and wonderful stalls which sell everything from potions to incantations made from herbs, seeds and unidentified bits and pieces to cure any ailment. If this is all too much for you, try the more conventional markets where you'll find ponchos, gloves, hats and many other products made of alpaca wool, leather and other traditional materials. ALTITUDE SICKNESS: Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary! Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor. During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience: DEATH ROAD BIKING TO COROICO: Please note that our leaders are not able to organize this activity for you due to safety concerns. Injuries are very common and there have been a number of fatal accidents.
Perhaps hop on a local bus out to the Moon Valley to experience this extraordinary natural landscape on the outskirts of La Paz or visit the Coca Museum and learn about this infamous plant that has for centuries been an essential part of life in the Andes. If you want to discover more about the region’s fascinating history, enjoy a half-day tour to the Tiwanaku ruins outside of La Paz. Another great optional activity is a full-day tour to the coffee and coca plantations of Coroico, situated in the rainforest below the city. Please note this trip is part of a combination trip. As such, some of your fellow travellers may have started their trip in Lima, 15 days ago on the Peru and Bolivia Uncovered (GGSUC)
Explore the strange and stunning landscapes of the Salar de Uyuni by 4x4. Infinite blue skies meet endless white salt on what was once a prehistoric lake, making for plenty of fun and fantastical photo opportunities. Continue on to Laguna Colorado – a shallow salt lake of magnificent red hues dotted by bright pink flamingos.
Uyuni is the starting point of our 3-day 4WD excursion into Salar de Uyuni and the Andean desert. This morning we have an included visit to the train cemetery. The Train Cemetery is located 3 km outside of Uyuni Town and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The town served in the past as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports. In the 1940s however the mining industry collapsed, partly due to the mineral depletion. Many trains were abandoned thereby producing the train cemetery. The remainder of the day is spent mostly on the salt lake itself. We will also visit Isla Inca Wasi, a hilly and rocky outcrop of land and former island in Bolivia situated in the middle of Salar de Uyuni. The island is filled with Cactus's and large coral like structures. We will spend time time walking around admiring the unusual yet beautiful landscapes. The massive salt plains of Bolivia are an incredible sight and offer plenty of opportunities for bizarre, perspective-defying photos. Endless blue skies meet endless white salt on what was once a prehistoric lake. From December to March there is a risk of the salt lake being flooded and the itinerary will be adapted to accommodate this. Please make the most of your time on the salt flats, take lots of photos as the following day we will be leaving the salt flats for the Andean Desert. Accommodation in Salar de Uyuni: (Basic Dormitory)
Today is spent driving through amazing landscapes. This is the beginning of the Andean dessert with many volcanoes & lakes. During this drive we reach an altitude of approximately 4900mtrs above sea level. We stop by Laguna Colorada (red lake), a rich red lake vividly colored by algae and rich minerals. One of the strangest sights in such arid and inhospitable land is be the abundant wildlife. Spot llamas, flamingos, vizcachas and foxes. Accommodation in the desert is basic. There are showers however it’s likely the water will be cold. During the winter months or in the morning when cold it’s also possible for the pipes to freeze, meaning it will not be possible to take a shower. Electricity is generated by solar panel so not enough to charge electronic devices. The Desert is at high altitude and can experience extremely cold weather, particularly at night. In the rainy season, the itinerary may be altered depending on the accessibility of roads. Be aware, this trip can be tough going. There will be long travel days in 4WDs on dusty washboard tracks, freezing temperatures, basic toilet facilities and multishare accommodation. However, without a doubt, this amazing journey will be one of the main highlights of your trip to South America. Accommodation in Andean Desert: (Very basic Dormitory)
Apart from providing geysers and snow-capped volcanoes, the volcanic landscape also gives us the chance to relax in the region's thermal baths. This morning before returning to Uyuni we stop at the thermal baths for a soak.
The loveliness of Potosi - one of the highest and more fascinating cities in the world - is mirrored by the harshness of its mines and mining history.
A journey by local bus takes us to Sucre (approx 3-4 hrs). Bolivia's official capital, Sucre was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1991. Most of the town's colonial buildings have been whitewashed, earning its nickname - the 'White City'. For great views of the city head up to Recoleta, an old convent on top of the hill.
Head to the Plaza 25 de Mayo to mingle with Sucre's well-heeled residents and have a look at the beautiful interior of the Iglesia de la Merced. For something completely different, compare shoe sizes with a dinosaur at Cal Orcko, where 60 million-year-old footprints have been discovered
Head to the Plaza 25 de Mayo to mingle with Sucre's well-heeled residents and have a look at the beautiful interior of the Iglesia de la Merced. For something completely different, perhaps compare shoe sizes with a dinosaur at Cal Orcko, where 60 million-year-old footprints have been discovered.
Return to La Paz by plane. Use free time to get to know a different side of the city at the Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches' Market) – a place brimming with unusual trinkets and curious sights. Locals visit here for herbs, folk remedies and fortune-telling services. Keep an eye out for yatiri (witch doctors) who circulate throughout the market. Opt to finish the trip with a farewell group dinner, a great opportunity to say goodbye to new friends and share memories of the trip.
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11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
4x4, Bus, Plane
Hotel (4 nights)


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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip except for Day 5 at Salar de Uyuni where accommodation is multi-share
2. The excursion to Uyuni salt lake is on shared basis and your group size may be larger than12 travellers.

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