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Duration
10 Days
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Tour Type
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Group Size
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Bolivia

Best of Bolivia: Santa Cruz to Uyuni

Explore the best of Bolivia on this adventure through lively cities, breathtaking scenery and colourful market towns. From the extreme elevation of bustling La Paz through the history of Potosi and Sucre, and on to the surreal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni, there’s a diverse mix of adventures and activities that deliver excitement, intrigue and pleasure. Discover the highlights of this fascinating part of South America and be swept away by the colour and natural beauty flourishing in this corner of the world.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip arrives to places of high altitude, it is possible to suffer from altitude sickness because of this, regardless of your age or physical health. Please see the ‘trip planning’ section of our website for more important information on this. Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical conditions with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
  • You’ll be spending a fair amount of time in a 4WD crossing some bumpy surfaces. This is the best way to see the sights in and around Uyuni, and is all part of the adventure.
  • In Bolivia (especially in Uyuni), quite often things don’t go to plan. For example, an attraction may be closed for the day with no notice or reason. Although this doesn’t happen very often, please be prepared for the possibility.
  • Making your way across the Andean Desert and salt flats isn’t exactly luxurious. Temperatures in the area can be very cold, especially at night, so bring warm clothes with you. Meals are simple, toilet facilities are basic, showers can be cold, and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style. This is all part of the adventure. Without a doubt, this amazing experience will be one of the highlights of your trip to South America.


Departure & Return Location

 Santa Cruz & La Paz (Google Map)
Departure Time  3 Hours Before Flight Time
Price Includes
  • Air fares
  • 3 Star Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
Price Excludes
  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Highlights

  • See the many different sides to Bolivia in La Paz and let the city’s weird and wacky Witches Market cast a spell over you.
  • Empty, haunting, and spectacular, the laws of earthly physics bend on the surreal Salar de Uyuni saltpan – experience it on a three-day 4WD adventure across the rocky Atacama Desert.
  • Choose to explore the extra-terrestrial landscapes of Valle de la Luna, a maze of canyons and colossal clay spires that feels like the surface of the Moon.
  • Discover the heart of Bolivia in the elegant colonial architecture and immaculately landscaped gardens of historical Sucre.
  • Delve into the steep streets and Spanish colonial architecture of Potosi – once one of the richest cities in the world.




¡Oferta!

Lightweight Journey Pack

$ 369.00

A pack with lightweight gear, helping you to outperform all your hikes. Four essential items in one bundle.

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Alpaca Wool Leggings: 300 Lightweight
Alpaca Wool Hoodie: 300 Lightweight Half-Zip
Alpaca Wool Long Sleeve Shirt: 160 Ultralight
Alpaca Wool T-Shirt: 160 Ultralight Crew Neck

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Thank you for the organization. The Salt Flats were beautiful & particularly enjoyed my guide for Sucre!

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Itinerary

Arriving into either Cochebamba or Santa Cruz (Bus or flight to Santa Cruz) Morning: Arrival at Santa Cruz airport, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time in the morning to rest. Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. Pick up from the hotel to visit the city of Santa Cruz and Güembé Biocenter, there you'll visit the butterfly farm and the Biological area (Anthill, Termite Hill), after our visit return to the hotel.
  • Hotel: Provide room with private bathroom + breakfast.
  • Includes: Transfer In (Airport - Hotel) - City Tour (Transportation, guide, entrance) + Hotel in Santa Cruz.
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel and tourist transportation to go to San Javier, passing through the typical towns of the tropics, arriving at San Javier and visiting the town and church founded by the Jesuit Francisco de Arce in the year 1691 as the first Jesuit mission that It meant the beginning of evangelization in the territory of Chiquitos, later you'll have lunch and then continue our journey to Concepción, arrival and accommodation at the hotel.
  • Hotel: Provide room with private bathroom + breakfast.
  • Includes: Tour to the Jesuit Missions (Private transportation, guide, entrance fee, lunch) + Hotel.
After breakfast you'll visit the Church of La Concepción, an authentic architectural jewel and the most important restoration workshop of the Jesuit Missions, and you'll be able to enjoy the tropical climate, the beauty of this small and cozy town, Santa Cruz.
  • Hotel: Try a room with private bathroom + breakfast.
  • Includes: Private transportation, guide, lunch + Hotel and Santa Cruz.
After breakfast transfer hotel - Airport. A.M. Flight Santa Cruz - Sucre. Arrival at the airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. Free until the start of the tour. 2:00 p.m. City Tour. Sucre is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Bolivia and South America. On our walk through the city we will visit the charming streets and places of importance where transcendental events in the history of Bolivia and America took place, there one can feel welcomed by the aura and beauty expressed by the neoclassical facades and the magnificent colonial churches and the main historical monuments. Sucre also known as the "White City" with a historic center that still maintains the colonial architecture of past centuries.
  • Hotel: Provide room with private bathroom + breakfast.
  • Includes: Transfer in/out, plane ticket Santa Cruz - Sucre, City Tour + (Transportation, guide, income) + Hotel in Sucre.
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel to visit the Dinosaur Footprints. Another very interesting place to visit on the outskirts of the city of Sucre is the Dinosaur Park located in Cal Orck'o (Cerro de Cal) 6 km from the city, where you can see a great variety and quantity of footprints. of prehistoric animals of different species, these footprints belong to prehistoric animals that lived in this area 65 to 70 million years ago. After our visit you will have free time until departure time to Potosí. Afternoon: 2:30 p.m. Transportation Sucre - Potosí. (Duration of the trip is 3 and a half hours, arrival and accommodation at the hotel.
  • Hotel: Provide room with private bathroom + breakfast.
  • Includes: Visit to the Dinosaur Footprints (Transportation, guide, entrance), transportation Sucre - Potosí + Hotel.
08:40 am. Pick up from the hotel/hostel in the city of Potosí to begin our great and interesting adventure to the mines of Cerro Rico de Potosí, starting with a visit to the Mining Market, where hundreds of miners gather to obtain the necessary work material or equipment such as be: dynamite, ammonium nitrate, detonator, carbide lamp, drilling holes, coca leaves, liquor. Later we will visit the “ingenios” mineral refinery, which has been active for many years, here we will be able to observe the process of amalgamation of the minerals. After our visit we will continue our circuit to the silver mines, where we will observe the forced labor of the miners extracting the mineral manually as in past centuries. Afternoon: Visit to the Mint.- Without a doubt, it is the most important building of colonial architecture in South America, its builder and architect was Don Salvador de Vila, who had designed and built the Mints of Mexico and Lime. The construction of the Mint in Potosí was due to the surprising extraction of silver from Cerro Rico.
  • Hotel: Provide room with private bathroom + breakfast.
  • Includes: Tour to the Silver Mines (Shared transportation, guide, equipment for visiting the mine “Jacket, pants, helmet, headlamps”) + Visit to the Mint + Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and free in the morning. 11:00 am. Transfer from your hotel/hostel - bus terminal. 11:40 am. Shared bus Potosí-Uyuni (Trip duration is 5 hours) 16:00 pm. Arrival in the town of Uyuni and transfer to the chosen hotel.
  • Hotel: Provide room with private bathroom + breakfast.
  • Includes: Transfer to the terminal, local bus ticket Potosi - Uyuni & Hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and free until the tour start time. 11:00 am. Departure to our tour to the largest desert of Sal, in mobility (Land Cruiser - 4x4). On the way we will visit the following tourist attractions. Train Cemetery.- Where you can see very old trains and locomotives from the years 1899, most of the trains circulated with wagons loaded with minerals but this lasted a very short time, these trains were part of an industrial past, today they are They have now become a tourist destination. The town of Colchani.- Located on the shores of the great Salar, it is the main entrance to the salt desert, where we will observe the artisanal salt extraction activity. The residents will teach us the process of drying, grinding and bagging ready for consumption. Salt Hotel.- Located in the heart of the Salar, built with blocks of salt, both externally and internally as well as its walls, floor, beds, tables and chairs, all made of salt. Incahuasi Island (Fish Island).- Located in the middle of the salt desert, Incahuasi Island known as "The Fish Island" populated by numerous giant cacti with heights greater than 10 meters, from the top you can contemplate the wonderful landscape of the Salar, after our visit to the island we will have lunch and in the afternoon we will continue to the town of San Juan where we will spend the night in family houses.
  • Includes: Shared Jeep, lunch, dinner + Accommodation in Family Homes.
  • Recommendations: Bring warm clothing, a sleeping bag, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, gloves, cap, rain poncho in the rainy season, flashlight, personal hygiene bag.
  • Not included: Entrance fees to Isla del Pescado or Laguna Colorada.
  • Note: The best months to visit this Circuit are: April - November (Dry Season). Dates Of: December - March "Rainy Season"
After breakfast you'll continue your adventure to the Laguna Colorada, along the way we will observe the active volcano of Ollague, the lagoons of Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota and Honda, these lagoons are populated by flamingos, at midday we stop along the way to have lunch and in the afternoon we will continue our tour passing the Siloli desert where we will observe an interesting rock formation known as the Stone Tree, in the afternoon we will arrive at La Laguna Colorada located in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Park. Where we will spend the night.
  • Includes: Shared Jeep, breakfast, lunch, dinner + Accommodation in Family Homes “Basic Shelter”
This day you'll leave very early for our tour (05:00 am). To appreciate the Geysers - fumaroles (volcanic area), better known as "Sol de Mañana" then we will continue to the thermal baths - Polques, there we will have breakfast and then continue to the "White and Green" Lagoons located at the foot of the volcano Licancabur, at an altitude of 4,350 meters above sea level, the green color is due to the high magnesium content that the geological formations of the area have. After our visit to the lagoons we will return to Uyuni and on the way we will make a stop to have lunch and continue Our trip, arrival in the town of Uyuni approximately 6:30 pm. And tonight you'll have the bus to La Paz to make your forward connections.
  • Overnight: Bus Uyuni - La Paz.
  • Includes: Shared Jeep to Uyuni (4x4 Land Cruiser), breakfast, lunch + bus ticket Uyuni - La Paz.

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