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Bolivia Experience

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.
 

What We Love
  • Visit Lake Titicaca, one of South America's largest and highest lakes in the world. 
  • Explore Tiwanaku, one of the most important pre-Inca ruins in all of South America. 
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • La Paz is located at 3,650 m (11,975 ft) and you may feel heavy breathing on your first day.
  • The UV radiation is very high. Ensure that you have a good quality strong sunscreen. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

The Review

Landlocked and isolated in the heart of South America, Bolivia stretches from the icebound peaks of the Andes Mountains on a dusty plateau called the Altiplano to the rainforests of the Amazon basin.

Located near the southern shore of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, the city of Tiwanaku (also spelled Tiahuanaco) was the capital of a powerful pre-Inca civilization that dominated the Andean region between 500 and 900 AD. Now almost entirely in ruins, Tiwanaku is to Bolivia what Machu Picchu is to Peru. The monumental remains of this great culture include several temples, a pyramid, symbolic gates, monoliths and mysterious carvings of alien-like faces. Arriving later, the Incas regarded Tiahuanaco as the site of creation by their god Viracoca, who rose from the depths of Lake Titicaca.

Lake Titicaca, an incongruous splash of sapphire amid the stark plains of the Altiplano is deservedly one of the most beautiful sights in the region. The 230km long and 97km wide lake straddles both Peru and Bolivia, and is a remnant of the ancient inland sea known as Lago Ballivián. It is thought to be one of less than twenty ancient lakes on earth that are over million years old.

Located near Santa Cruz, Samaipata is best known for the pre-Colombian ruins El Fuerte. El Fuerte de Samaipata is a gigantic rock art full of religious symbolism, made by pre-hispanic cultures, a unique testimony to its traditions and beliefs that has no parallel to any other site anywhere in the Americas. The Samaipata town, located in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental is also the main jumping-off point for forays to Parque Nacional Amboró and has foreign-run, stylish hostels and restaurants. Samaipata, meaning ‘Rest in the Highlands,’ in Quechua, could hardly be more appropriate.

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.
 

 
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Bolivia Experience

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.
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Bolivia is the highest and most isolated of the South American republics, with stupendous Andean landscapes, which is why this landlocked country is nicknamed ‘the Tibet of the Americas’. In spite of its economic poverty, it has a wealth of remains of ancient civilisations and a fascinating cultural richness. It shares Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, with Peru, Bolivia also boasts the highest capital city in the world, La Paz, sitting on a barren canyon floor 4km above sea level.

Where to go Begin with La Paz, the highest de facto capital (Sucre is its official capital), in the world and one of South America's most fascinating and lively cities. To the west of the city is the country’s most important archaeological site, Tiahuanaco, the civic–ceremonial core of a powerful, self-sustaining empire that held sway from 400BC to between 1000 and 1100AD. Imagine a regal city of multi-terraced platform pyramids, courts, temples, monolithic statues and urban areas, all once painted, gilded and clad in luxurious textiles.

Just north of La Paz the Andes plunge precipitously down into the Amazon basin through the deep, lush valleys of the Yungas. The best base for visiting the Amazon is the town of Rurrenabaque, close to the near-pristine rainforests of Parque Nacional Madidi and the wildlife-rich Río Yacuma.

South of La Paz, is home to some of Bolivia’s foremost attractions. The former mining town of Oruro, best known today for its annual fiesta, La Diablada (Devil Dance), the most famous in Bolivia. The legendary silver mining city of Potosí offers a treasure-trove of colonial architecture and the opportunity to visit the Cerro Rico mines.

Further south in the Altiplano of Bolivia, is Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt lake. You can drive across the surface, which glints like a mirror, especially after rain. The other lakes all differ in colour and texture, depending on the minerals in the salt. The surface of Laguna Colora (‘coloured lake’) is often completely covered by thousands of St James’s flamingos, whose feathers are exactly the same shade of red, as the lake.

To the north of Potosí, the city of Sucre, (Bolivia’s official capital) is small and elegant, with some beautiful colonial architecture, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As the home of two of the country's oldest universities, it has a lively cultural scene and several good museums.

Completely different in character to the highland cities, Santa Cruz is a brash, modern and lively tropical metropolis. The city is a good base for exploring the Eastern Lowlands, including the rainforests of Parque Nacional Amboró and the idyllic town of Samaipata.

When to go November - March: This is summer and the rainy season though more pronounced in the lowlands. In the Amazon, road transport can be disrupted though, conversely, river transport becomes more frequent. In the high Altiplano, it rains much less and travel is not as restricted, though delays and road closures still occur but you can get some spectacular photographs of reflections on the salt flats.

April - October: This is winter and the dry season, and is the most popular time of year to travel to Bolivia. The 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 (but pleasantly) lower, although the dry season is less pronounced and rain remains a possibility all year round.

Visas British nationals don’t need a visa to visit Bolivia. The length of stay permitted on entering Bolivia is initially 30 days. This can be extended for a further 60 days, at no extra charge, as long as you apply before the end of the 30 day period at one of the Department of Immigration offices throughout the country. The Department of Immigration has imposed an annual limit for tourists of 90 days in Bolivia without a visa.

Your passport must contain an entry stamp, otherwise you’ll have to pay a fine to leave. If you enter Bolivia overland make sure your passport is stamped on both sides of the border, with an exit stamp from the country you are leaving and an entry stamp on the Bolivian side - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get an entry stamp when you arrive in Bolivia.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Bolivia.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk