Bolivia Yungas Experience
The Yungas, a strip of narrow forest on Andes eastern slope, stretches from Peru through Bolivia, to northern Argentina. The yungas forests are extremely diverse, ranging from moist lowland forest to evergreen montane forest and cloud forests. These are best seen from the ‘Yungas Road’, that connects La Paz, Bolivian capital with the low-lying region of Yungas in the Amazonian rainforest. Due to abysmal driving conditions, Yungas road in Bolivia has earned the nickname “Death Road”.
This is a comprehensive tour of Bolivia with La Paz and Yungas, two regions of dramatic scenery. The tour starts in the capital city of La Paz and explores its Andean culture in Huatajata and Lake Titicaca where you visit the floating islands. Transfer from the soaring snow-capped Andes to Yungas in the tropical Amazon rainforest. Then relax in the towns of Coroico and Chulumani in relative warmth after the cold of the Altiplano.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8 DAY BOLIVIA YUNGAS ADVENTURE…
And, experience biking on the world’s most dangerous road.
This Bolivia holiday offers a wonderful combination of high mountains and tropical rainforest as you travel from the Andes to the Amazon. Visit the remarkable floating islands on Lake Titicaca, sip from the sacred Inca fountain of youth and llama trek through the Bolivian highlands before crossing the glacier line down towards the rainforest. This fabulous Bolivia holiday starts in the capital, La Paz and explores Andean mysticism and culture in Huatajata and Lake Titicaca.
One of the most remarkable features of Bolivia is the sudden contrast as you travel east, from the soaring snow-capped Andes to the tropical Amazon rainforest. Passing through the beautiful Yungas, you will arrive at the tropical city of Coroico, your base to explore the Amazon region. Perched eyrie-like on the shoulder of Cerro Uchumachi, the resort town of Coroico commands majestic views of the snow-covered summits of Cordillera Real. The forested canyons, patchwork agricultural lands and dozens of small settlements make this a perfect hill-walking or trekking destination.
The weather is relatively warm year-round but because of its ridge-top position, fog is common, especially in the afternoon when it rises from the deep valleys and swirls through the streets and over the rooftops. Not far is Yolosa along what is called the World's Most Dangerous Road where you will find dust-caked Dangerous Road bikers zooming past and who generally end their rides here.
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 Yungas Experience
La Paz, Huatajata, Lake Titicaca, Coroico
(8 Day – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
La Paz Meet and greet on arrival at the La Paz airport, the highest commercial airport in the world. Transfer to the hotel which takes approximately 25 minutes.
Overnight in Hotel Presidente (B)
Day 2 – Explore Andean villages
Huatajata Travel to the foothills of Huayna Potosi mountain. En route you’ll see several small Andean villages before continuing on to Huatajata, at the shores of Lake Titicaca. We will then travel to the Andean Roots Eco Village, a celebration of Andean culture and lifestyle created and displayed by the local community with a philosophy to preserve the ancient cultural legacy. Later we will visit the Altiplano Museum and the Mystic World of the Kallawayas (natural healers)
Overnight: Inca Utama Hotel SPA (B, L)
Day 3 – Lake by Hydrofoil
Lake Titicaca Today we will explore the Titicaca Lake by hydrofoil. According to the Incan mythology, Lake Titicaca is the place where the world was created. The locals believe that the god Viracocha came out of the (Titicaca) lake and created the sun, the stars and the first people.
Visit the Urus-Iruitos Floating Island and Quewaya Island Sustainable Tourism project before continuing on to Copacabana to visit the shrine of the Dark Virgin and local market. The cruise continues to Moon Island where you will visit the Sun Virgins Temple Inak Uyu and then to Sun Island, to visit the Pilcocaina Sun Temple.
After the cruise, a llama will carry your bag to the Posada del Inca Eco Lodge where you’ll be spend the night. Afternoon at leisure or explore the local community.
Overnight in Posada del Inca Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Explore Sacred Sites
Lake Titicaca Visit the Inca Staircase and the Sacred fountain where you can taste the sacred water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch at the Uma Kollu an archaeological restaurant providing panoramic views of the Titicaca Lake and the mountains in the backdrop. Return to Huatajata by hydrofoil. In the evening, visit the Native Observatory Alajpacha to explore the southern constellations.
Overnight at Inca Utama Hotel & Spa (B)
Day 5 – Amazon Jungle
Coroico Today we travel east over the Andes towards the Amazon jungle. Along the eastern slopes, we cross over the glacier line, a transition zone between the Andean highlands and the eastern forests. This stretch of forest is called the Yungas and the transition from mountains to forest is really quite remarkable. Arrive at the tropical city of Coroico where we will check you into your hotel.
Optional: travel by bike can be arranged.
Overnight in Viejo Molino Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Nature Tour
Coroico Full day to relax and explore the city of Coroico. The views of the surrounding hills are lovely, the nearby hiking trails are picturesque and the bars and restaurants in town are pleasant. Here in this tropical town, you'll find fruit orchards, twittering birds, coca fields, endless greenery, oxygen-rich air, warm weather, and friendly locals.
Overnight in Viejo Molino Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Transfer
La Paz Breakfast. Return to La Paz and check into your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Presidente (B)
Day 8 – Depart
La Paz Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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