Lake Titicaca is located in the Andes, on the border of Peru and Bolivia. It’s the largest lake in South America and often referred as the "highest navigable lake" in the world. Copacabana, on the Bolivian shores is a small town with a stark white, 16th-century Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, revered for a series of miracles. El Calvario, towering above the town is a sacred enshrined hill with incredible views of Lake Titicaca.
This comprehensive tour of Bolivia begins with a visit to the city of Tiwanaku, located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca. It was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 and 900 AD. Travel to Samaipata, near Santa Cruz, best known for the pre-Colombian ruins El Fuerte. Located in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental it’s the main jumping-off point for forays to Parque Nacional Amboró.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8 DAY BOLIVIA ADVENTURE…
And, experience god Viracoca, who rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca.
La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Santa Cruz, Samaipata Ruins
(8 Day Tour – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
In La Paz Meet and greet on arrival at La Paz airport, the highest airport in the world and take a private transfer to your hotel where you can relax and become accustomed to the altitude (over 12, 000 feet above sea level).
Overnight: La Paz hotel.
Day 2 – Tiwanaku Ruins Tour
La Paz Moring visit to Tiwanaku Ruins. Tiwanaku was, during its splendour period, the largest city in the world and is considered to be "the Cradle of the American Civilizations". Here you will see the Monoliths, the temples of Kalasasaya and Kontiki, the Akapana artificial Pyramid, their metal and ceramic art work and Bolivia’s national symbol, the astronomically aligned Sun Door, just some examples of the advanced development achieved by this culture.
Continue to Huatajata Harbour on the shore of Lake Titicaca and check into your luxury hotel on the shores of this sacred lake. Here you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Inca culture at the nearby Antiplano Museum and even have your future told by the local shaman, Tata Benjo while he peers deeply into his sacred coca leaves.
Overnight: Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (B)
Day 3 – Transfer
Lake Titicaca Transfer by road to Copacaban. In Copacabana visit the Shrine and the Dark Virgin who brought peace among the tribes of Lake Titicaca. Also visit the local handicraft market. Then board a hydrofoil and cruise to the Moon Island. At the Moon Island you will visit “Inak Uyu”, Sun Virgins temple; the place where the most beautiful virgins of the Incas used to light a sacred fire dedicated to their god and now considered one of the most important ruins on the lake. Continue to Sun Island to visit Pilcocaina Sun Temple continue by soft trek with llamas to the lodge.
Overnight: Posada del Inca (B)
Day 4 – Explore Sacred Sites
Lake Titicaca Visit the Inca Stairways and the Sacred Fountain believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch at the archaeological and panoramic Uma Kollu; restaurant which interior wall is a Takana, an authentic Inca scenery of the breathtaking view of Sacred Lake Titicaca and the Royal Range of the Andes Continue to Copacabana by motor boat or hydrofoil and transfer to Huatajata Harbour. Visit the Inter Cultural Integration program in the Andean Roots Eco- Village and the villagers who built the RA II and TIGRIS for Thor Heyerdhal epic expeditions. Night visit to Alajpacha native observatory, to understand the Andes Cosmo-vision
Overnight: Inca Utama Hotel SPA (B, L)
Day 5 – Explore Sacred Sites
La Paz Island of Pariti: The new Archaeological discovery on Lake Titicaca: Visit the Island’s the Museum of Pariti where you will observe the high artistic quality in over 100 Tiwanaku ceramic pieces.
Kalauta Island: The largest ancient necropolis on Lake Titicaca, is reached through swinging Totora reed canals. Light walk to the Quewaya Community and board a totora- reed boat to the Urus-Iruitos Floating Islands.
The Urus-Iruitos Floating Island: Visit their authentic island and understand the 5.000 years of history of this culture. After the visits return to Huatajata and later take private transfer to La Paz.
Overnight: Hotel in La Paz (B)
Day 6 – Transfer & Tour
Santa Cruz Transfer to Sucre airport for your flight to Santa Cruz. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a city tour of Santa Cruz. Walking on the streets of Santa Cruz evoke the charm and the colonial tradition, combined with a growing commercial activity. Visit the Zoo, one of the most complete in South America; the San Lorenzo Basilica and its museum, la Casa de la Cultura, the "Cica" or centre for the investigation of local crafts, the Arenal Park with the famous mural painted by a local artist Lorgio Vaca and the ethnic folk museum.
Overnight in Santa Cruz hotel (B)
Day 7 – Transfer & Tour
Samaipata Transfer by road (120km) from Santa Cruz Samaipata. The pre-Incan ruins at Samaipata and the region east of Santa Cruz called the Chiquitania, where the cities of Concepcion. These ruins are located on the top of a mountain that is like a stone tower rising from the tropical vegetation. Strange carving on a giant rock such as a huge snake and other enigmatic figures, have generated countless archaeological debates and inspired Erik Van Deniken in his books on out of space visitors.
Overnight: Samaipata hotel (B, L)
Day 8 – Depart
La Paz Transfer to the Santa Cruz airport for your flight to La Paz.
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are no direct flights from Britain to Bolivia. The most direct routes go via Madrid, Miami, Buenos Aires or São Paulo, each of which is connected by daily flights from London; British Airways flies to each of these destinations, and there are numerous other options for both Miami and Madrid. Air Europa, has flights from London via Madrid to Buenos Aires and Lima, from where you can take a connecting flight.
When to go The most popular time of year to travel to Bolivia is between April and October. This is winter and the dry season, when days are usually sunny, and the skies crystal clear, making this the best time of year for trekking and climbing. It is also the best time for visiting the hot and humid lowlands, when temperatures are generally slightly more pleasant though rain remains a possibility all year round. November to March is summer and the rainy season though more pronounced in the lowlands.