Bolivia Amazon Adventure
The Madidi National Park, in northwest Bolivia, lies in Amazon upper river basin. Stretching from the high Andes Mountains to the tropical rainforests of the Tuichi River, Madidi and its neighbouring parks constitute one of the most biologically diverse place on earth. Rurrenabaque, on the banks of Beni river, is park’s main entry point for boat tours. Parque Nacional Madidi, is home to 11 percent of the world's bird species, endangered wildlife and Bolivian montane dry forests ecoregions.
This private Bolivia tour features the best of the Altiplano regions and the Bolivian Amazon. Beginning in La Paz, travel to Sucre, Bolivia’s second capital that enjoys a mild and comfortable climate. Then return to Lake Titicaca, a large lake on the plains of Altiplano. Visit, Madidi National Park, in the Bolivian Amazon, the most biologically diverse place on earth. Wildlife includes spider monkeys, tapirs, deer, and wild boar.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12 DAY BOLIVIAN AMAZON ADVENTURE…
And, maybe experience in the Madidi National Park, a glimpse of a jaguar.
Bolivia is situated in South America and about one third of this country lies high in the Andes Mountains on a dusty plateau called the Altiplano. Bolivia has two capitals, La Paz and Sucre. La Paz is the largest city and the centre of the government and it's considered to be the main capital.
Sucre, is Bolivia’s most beautiful city and the symbolic heart of the nation. Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, Sucre enjoys a mild and comfortable climate. Its many well-preserved 16th-century religious buildings, such as San Lázaro, San Francisco and Santo Domingo, illustrate the blending of local architectural traditions with styles imported from Europe.
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.
The snow-topped peaks of the Cordillera Real in the background provide a magical landscape and local villages along the shore make interesting destinations for a day visit. Copacabana is a small tourist-friendly town with an important religious past and attracts many Peruvian pilgrims to this day. There are small colourful and historical communities that inhabit the lake’s many tiny islands.
The weather is warm and humid in the east of Bolivia, where the Andes drop away through tropical rainforests to the Amazon basin. There you will visit the Madidi National Park, which according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, may be the most biologically diverse place on earth. It is said that a full 11 percent of the world's bird species live in the park and its diverse life also includes more than 200 species of mammals, almost 300 types of fish and 12,000 plant species.
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.
Bolivia Amazon Adventure
La Paz, Sucre, Potosi, Lake Titicaca, Madidi National Park
(12 Day – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
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 at La Paz hotel.
Day 2 – Transfer
Sucre Private transfer to La Paz airport for your flight to Andes to Sucre. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of this beautiful city, known to Bolivians as the 'White City' and the 'City of Eternal Spring', due to its delightful climate. Sights include the impressive monastery of La Recoleta, along with the church of San Francisco and the Casa de la Libertad.
Overnight at Sucre Hotel (B)
Day 3 – Scenic Mountain Transfer
Potosi Take a scenic two and a half hour transfer through the mountains to Potosi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was once one of the wealthiest cities in the world with an estimated 40,000 tons of pure silver being mined in the 16th Century by the Spanish from Cerro Rico, the mountain overlooking in the city. All these riches came at an enormous human cost with an estimated 8 million slave labourers dying either in the mountain or from illnesses related to working conditions. Rather a sobering thought as you tour the Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint) and take a look inside one of the mines that still extracts silver. Return to Sucre.
Overnight: Hotel Coloso
Day 04 – Transfer & Tour
La Paz Early transfer to Sucre`s airport for departure flight to La Paz. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon take a private tour to Valle de la Luna. Valley of the Moon is not actually a valley at all, but an eerie landscape of hills and rock eroded into fantastic shapes and deep gullies. Located in the posh Mallasa borough, you will find the highest golf club in the world.
Overnight at La Paz hotel (B)
Day 5 – Transfer & Explore
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 6 – 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 07 – Tiwanacu Tour
La Paz Land transportation to Tiwanacu. Talk a half day visit to Tiwanacu 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.
Overnight: Hotel Presidente (B, D)
Day 08 – Transfer
Madidi National Park Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rurrenbaque and then transfer to River Beni from where you will travel by motor boat to the Chalalán Ecolodge. On your way you’ll see different animals and get a feel for the spectacular landscape of the Bolivian Amazon. The trip takes around 5½ hours during the rainy season and 6 hours in the dry season, mainly in July, August and September.
Overnight: Chalalán Ecolodge (B, L, D)
The Chalalán Ecolodge stands on the shore of the magnificent Chalalán Lagoon. The accommodation is designed, built and managed by the local community, the Uchupiamonas in traditional Tacana-style cabins that can take up to 30 people. The cabins are surrounded by virgin forest and you can hear the birdsong and the cries of howler monkeys, especially at dawn and dusk. It offers three types of accommodation; luxurious cabins with double beds and private bathrooms (3 in total), twin/triples rooms with private bathroom (7 in total), and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities (4 of them).
Day 09 – Birdwatching Tour
Madidi National Park After early breakfast (for birdwatchers) you can talk to your personal guide about changing the time depending on your interests. The day’s routine includes walks in the Madidi National Park both in the morning and late afternoon. Lunch is at the lodge followed by relaxation in a hammock. We recommend taking a short night walk to experience the wildlife and noises in the dark.
Overnight: Chalalán Ecolodge (B, L, D)
Day 10 – Jungle Tour
Madidi National Park Today there is a full-day walk (6 hours) along to the River Eslabón. This walk includes something for everyone: animal watching, ecological processes, different habitats in primary forest and finally the chance to fish and swim in the natural river pools, mainly in the dry season. Pack lunch and snack at the Eslabón Camp. The walk is easy and is within the capability of all travellers. Wildlife includes spider monkeys, tapirs, deer, and wild boar and maybe catch a glimpse of a jaguar.
Traditional “dunucuabi” dinner of catfish wrapped in leaves or fish á la “tacuara” inside bamboo from the Bolivian Amazon (depends on the availability of the fish). After dinner there is an optional canoe trip on the Chalalán Lagoon to see amphibians, nocturnal birds and alligators, which can be easily seen because of their glowing eyes. On a clear night this is ideal opportunity for stargazing.
Overnight: Chalalán Ecolodge (B, L, D)
Day 11 – Transfer
La Paz Return by boat to Rurrenabaque (only 3 hours). We recommend you are alert during the boat trip to make the most of your last chance to see the animals. Arrive at Rurrenabaque and transfer to airport for your return flight to La Paz. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Presidente or similar. Meals (B, L, D)
Day 12 – Depart
La Paz Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your continuing flight.
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.
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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