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Bolivian Encounters

Bolivian Encounters

Trip Details:

Operator:   Encounters Travel
Price From: 2,539 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 15 days

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About this program

Discover Bolivia on this incredible 15-day tour where you’ll visit the highlights of this beautiful country. 

Starting in La Paz, enjoy exploring the city and the sites that make it so special. La Paz is nestled between the peaks of the Andes and is the highest administrative capital in the world. 

After some city time, you’ll head off to the sprawling salt flats which capture your imagination and take your breath away with the perfectly reflected sky in your view. Enjoy three magical days exploring the salt flats in a fun 4 wheel drive adventure. You’ll visit lagoons brimming with flamingoes, towering volcanoes, and gushing geysers. 

After leaving the flats, you will make your way to the stunning towns of Potosi and Sucre. Explore these towns and their gorgeous centres. 

That’s not all! The tour then will take you to the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll embark on jungle walks and boat trips. Explore the wildlife and flora of the region, search for monkeys and pink dolphins, and so much more! 

Pack your bags! This is the trip you’ve been waiting for!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into La Paz

Arrive today at the La Paz airport and meet the Encounters staff member who will transfer you to your hotel.

OVERNIGHT: La Paz Hotel

EXTRAS: Single Room Supplement (BOSGBE), Extra day in La Paz - pre-tour

Day 2: La Paz

The trip begins this morning with a half day tour of La Paz. Situated high up in the Andes and surrounded by 6,000m peaks the capital of Bolivia is a bright bustling city unlike any other. Winding through the narrow streets we will visit Murillo Square & Cathedral, Government Palace, the Incan Gold Museum and the infamous Witches Market before ending the tour with a trip to the lookout point at Killi Killi for panoramic views over the city. The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure.

OVERNIGHT: La Paz Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3: La Paz to Uyuni by train

The morning is free to explore La Paz before we take a bus ride to the mining town of Oruro from where you will board the train for the journey into the Salar (salt flats) arriving into Uyuni this evening.

OVERNIGHT: Uyuni Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4: Uyuni, journey into the Salt Flats

After breakfast, you will head out in 4WD vehicles to explore the vast Salt Flats full of stunning lakes, deserts and volcanoes.

You'll start at the eerie Train Cemetery - a remnant of Bolivia's gold boom before travelling on to Colchani village for a brief stop before heading into the Salar proper.

Your guide will explain how the unique area formed geologically as we make our way to Huasi Island in the shadow of the beautiful Tunupa Volcano to stop for lunch. The day ends as you arrive into San Juan village.

OVERNIGHT: Basic Accommodation

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Salt Flat exploration

Climbing back into your 4WD vehicle this morning, you continue south along the Salt Flats passing further volcanoes until you reach Canapa Lagoon situated at a height of 4,130m.

Watch for pink Flamingoes and other birdlife here at the lagoon. You also stop briefly at Hedionda (Stinky!) Lagoon, which certainly lives up to its name, due to the high sulphur content, as you travel on towards the Siloli Desert home to incredible natural rock formations eroded by years of wind.

This afternoon you arrive at the Red Lagoon, a breathtaking 40 square kilometre Wildlife Sanctuary home to 3 species of Andean Flamingo. You'll spend the night close to the shores of the lagoon in Wayllajara Village.

OVERNIGHT: Basic Accommodation

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Salt Flat exploration

You'll leave early this morning in order to catch first light over the Sol de Manana Volcano Crater as you venture up it. At almost 5,000m the dramatic landscape here is dotted with steaming geysers and brightly boiling volcanic mud pools.

You'll stop for breakfast on the banks of Challviri Lagoon where those who want to can enjoy a hot spring! After breakfast, you head down through the barren Dali's Desert which offers unrivalled views out over the southwestern tip of Bolivia. Look out for Licancabur Volcano cradling the beautiful Green Lagoon in the distance. Returning to Red Lagoon we travel through Rock Valley on your way back to Uyuni.

OVERNIGHT: Uyuni Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Uyuni, drive to Potosi

Leaving the spectacular Salt Flats and the 4WD vehicles behind, you'll travel by mountain road to Potosi.

Upon arrival, the day is free for you to explore the town including its many churches or join an optional tour to the nearby Silver Mines.

OVERNIGHT: Potosi Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8: Potosi, drive to Sucre

This morning is free before you board the bus to one of Bolivia's most beautiful cities, Sucre.

Known as 'The 4 Names City' because of its long and varied history it previously went by Charkas (its Indian name), La Plata (The Silver), Ciudad Blanca (White City) before becoming Sucre.

Home to charming streets full of whitewashed buildings and pretty patios it is a very pleasant place to wander around. Sucre is sometimes referred to as the heartbeat of Bolivia. It was here at Liberty House where Bolivia declared itself a free Republic in 1825.

OVERNIGHT: Sucre Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9: Sucre, free time, overnight bus to La Paz

Become a trainee paleontologist this morning when you visit Cretaceous Park, home to thousands of remarkable dinosaur footprints including the biggest ever found.

The afternoon is free to enjoy Sucre once more although many people choose to visit Asur, Bolivia's best Textile Museum, where some of the most precious and colourful pre-Incan textiles are kept with some over 1,500 years old.

This afternoon you board the overnight sleeper bus for the trip back to La Paz.

OVERNIGHT: Bed Bus

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10: Arrive in La Paz, free day

Arriving back into La Paz you transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: La Paz Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 11: La Paz, fly to Rurrenabaque, Madidi National Park

You'll begin this morning with a transfer to the airport for your short flight to the jungle town of Rurrenabaque.

You then head to the Beni River and board your boat to Madidi National Park. After lunch you'll take your first trip into the jungle, following the trails while your guides describe the local flora including various medicinal plants. Keep an eye out for beautifully coloured macaws, parrots and parakeets.

In the evening, you have the chance to see the jungle in a different light as you enjoy another slightly noisier jungle walk.

OVERNIGHT: Rurrenabaque Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Madidi to Pampas

You are able to enjoy the jungle this morning before you climb into the 4WD vehicle for the journey towards Yacuma River, passing by the picturesque towns of Reyes and Santa Rosa.

Carrying on by boat towards your lodge we may well see alligators, turtles, squirrel monkeys and capybaras along the river bank.

OVERNIGHT: Pampas Lodge

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Pampas, jungle tours

Today you'll continue navigating the Yacuma River until finding an entrance to the Pampas.

On the way you'll see more wild fauna, the pampas is another Amazonian Ecosystem well known as grasslands.

Here you will walk in search of more wildlife, such as birds, alligators, and the famous Amazonian Anaconda.

Later, you'll get back to the boat to continue exploring the river, and look for a good spot for fishing piranhas and swim with the extraordinary Pink Dolphins; known as Bufeo.

OVERNIGHT: Pampas Lodge

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Pampas to Rurrenabaque, fly to La Paz

You'll have the chance to take one more trip into the jungle this morning but this time looking for the various kinds of monkeys found in the area including howler monkeys, spider monkeys and squirrel monkeys.

In the afternoon you travel back to Rurrenabaque to catch your flight back to La Paz.

OVERNIGHT: La Paz Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: La Paz, departure transfer

Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing or shopping until you transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Extra day in La Paz - post-tour

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