3 weeks of discoveries across the Bolivian Plurinational Republic

Superb trip through Bolivia, a small country known throughout the world as a “multi-ethnic plurinational state”.

You will start your journey following the footsteps of the mythical Che Guevara from Santa Cruz to La Higuera, before heading to Sucre, the constitutional capital of the country and cradle of the revolutionary struggles for the independence of Latin America. You will then discover Potosi and Tarija before heading to Tupiza, the starting point of an unforgettable 4-day excursion to the heart of South Lipez and the largest salt desert in the world: the Salar d’Uyuni. The trip will continue to La Paz, the seat of the government, before ending in the incredible Torotoro Park, world famous for its fossils and dinosaur footprints!

DEPARTURE Santa Cruz
ARRIVAL Santa Cruz
INCLUDED
Travel as described in the itinerary Accompanier Pasión Andina
Local Team Services Accommodation based on double room
All transports Mentioned entries
NOT INCLUDED
International flights to and from the place of arrival and departure Airport taxes
Compulsory travel insurance (accident/repatriation) Anything not mentioned under “Included.”

Your expenses on site

Allow an average of $25/day for meals (except when included) and drinks. This amount may vary depending on your choice of restaurant.

Also include an amount for souvenirs that you would like to take away as well as for your personal expenses.

Additional information

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201910.03 / 27.04 / 18.05 / 22.06 / 27.07 / 17.08 / 28.09 / 26.10
20208.03 / 25.04 / 16.05 / 20.06 / 25.07 / 15.08 / 26.09 / 24.10
1

Santa Cruz

We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Night in Santa Cruz

Private transfer

2

Santa Cruz - Samaipata

Today you visit the Inca Fort of Samaipata. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, no one knows exactly what function this pre-Inca site fulfilled. At nearly 1,890 metres above sea level, this site, which marks the meeting point between the end of the Andean foothills and the beginning of the Oriente plains, is the most important rock monument in the Americas. Figures and motifs were carved from a single massive block of reddish rock. You will then continue on to Samaipata, a town that was taken by the army pursuing Che Guevara at the end of its history.

Night in Samaipta

Private tours in English/ Entrance fees included / Public bus journeys

3

Samaipata – Valle Grande – La Higuera

Departure through a Cactus desert to Valle Grande, a picturesque old town with traditional colonial architecture where you can visit several places linked to Che Guevara: the laundry room “lavanderia” of the hospital where his body was exposed to the public, the museum and the memorial. Then, you take the road back to La Higuera, a city where, after an eventful life as a revolutionary guerrilla, Ernesto “Guevara”, known as “Che”, was shot by the Bolivian army in 1967.

Night in La Higuera at the Telegraphist’s house, the scene of gunfire exchanges with the army and which is now a small hotel full of memories.

Private tours in English / Entrance fees included / Public bus trip

4

La Higuera

Today, you visit several places closely linked to the history of Che Guevara. You will discover the school where Che was imprisoned and which is now a small museum. You will walk towards Quebrada del Churo, place of the last resistance where the famous revolutionary was captured.

Night in La Higuera

Private visits in English / Entrance fees included

5

La Higuera - Sucre

Transition day and change of scenery today as you will spend a 7 hour drive from the village that marked the end of Che’s history to the colonial city of Sucre. On the way we will stop at the village of Tarabuco known for its market and its Yampara culture.

Night in Sucre

Private transportation / English speaking private tours / Admission included

6

Sucre

Day dedicated to the discovery of the woman who was the instigator of the revolution for the independence of South America at the beginning of the 18th century. This magnificent colonial city, named after General Antonio Jose de Sucre, is very relaxing and enjoys, at 2’500m, a pleasant climate. During your stay in Sucre, you will be accompanied by Gabriel, a French-speaking guide.

Night in Sucre

Private tours English – Spanish / Entrance fees included

7

Sucre - Potosi

Today you take the road to Potosi la Minière where we will arrive in the middle of the day. In the afternoon, you will discover the historical centre and the main buildings of this city which played a major role during the Spanish crown era.

Night in Potosi

Private tour English – Spanish / Entrance fees included / Private transportation

8

Potosi - Tarija

In the morning we will finish visiting Potosi before taking the road to Tarija also known as “La ciudad de las flores” and famous for its pleasant climate. Tarija is THE wine producing city in Bolivia. The ideal moment of your trip to taste a good bottle of wine!

Night in Tarija

Private transport – Spanish guide

9

Tarija – Wine Road

Today we will learn a little more about one of the region’s flagship products on the Tarija Wine Road. We will finish our oenological discoveries with an excellent meal before heading off on our next stage: the Valley of the Condors trek.

Night in our farm – hostel

Spanish Private Tours / Private Transport

10

Valley of the Condors Trek

This morning around 8 am after a buffet breakfast at the farm we leave for our first day of walking. After 4 hours of efforts while climbing we will arrive on one of the high plateaus of the region where we will set up our camp. After a break and a good picnic we will start in the afternoon a walk in the surroundings of our bivouac towards the cliffs where the lords of the Andean sky lodge. At the end of the day we will return to our base camp to have dinner by the fire and spend the night.

Night in tents in bivouac

Private Tours – Spanish / Camping equipment provided

11

Valley of the Condors Trek

This morning we will get up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Andes, an incredible sight to be seen at least once in a lifetime. We will then have breakfast and stay for a while on our bivouac before starting our return trip to our farm hostel. The way back down from the high plateau will be different from the one we took on the way there. We will pass through areas of denser vegetation, “Yungas” vegetation with gorges and wet river banks, a beautiful waterfall called “El Chorro” and undergrowth vegetation composed of bamboos, ferns, lianas and giant bromeliads hanging from the cliffs. After a good lunch at our farmhouse inn our transport will take you back to Tarija.

Night in Tarija

Private Tours – Spanish / Private Transportation

12

Tarija – Tupiza

Today’s stage will take us from Tarija to Tupiza at the gates of South Lipez. A long day’s drive awaits us but we will be able to intersect it with several stops and visits. The landscape will be splendid throughout our journey. We will notably discover the lagoons of Tajzara and the sand dunes of Sama.

Night in Tupiza

Private transport

13-16

Tupiza – Uyuni – Sud Lipez – La Paz

We start a 4-day private 4×4 trip in extraordinary regions, from the largest salt desert in the world to the colorful hills of South Lipez. We will cross unique landscapes that will remain engraved in your memory. Having our own vehicle, we will be able to stop wherever we want and for as long as we want. During this trip, we will strive to offer you the best possible comfort, whether on the road or in our stopover accommodations. It is however necessary to know that even the best accommodation for the next 3 nights will be rudimentary. However this relative lack of comfort will be largely compensated by the beauty of what you will see. Night in a small dormitory. (Possibility to have private rooms for an extra charge).

On the 15th day, flight back to La Paz in the evening (evening meal of the 15th).

Flight Uyuni-La Paz included, private Spanish tour, full board during the tour in 4×4, private transfers

17

La Paz

Today, we leave for a magnificent tour of the city with the Plaza Murillo, the historic centre and the witch market on the programme. Depending on the time available, we will travel with the new cable car between the city centre and El Alto in order to fully appreciate the peculiarity of this city built in a basin.

Night in La Paz

Private English speaking guide, entrance fees included, transportation

18-20

Torotoro National Park

Today, flight from La Paz to Cochabamba then private transport to Toro Toro where 3 days of adventures, walks, swimming, exploration of the surroundings, … You can discover fossils dating back thousands of years, walk among dinosaur footprints, contemplate an incredible canyon, enjoy a caving session and much more … Overnight in Torotoro on the 18th and 19th days / Night in Santa Cruz on the 20th after a return to Cochabamba and flight to Santa Cruz. Lunch and dinner on the 20th not included.

Flight La Paz – Cochabamba – Santa Cruz included / Private transport / Spanish private tours / Entrance fees included

21

Santa Cruz

Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

Private transfer

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StepMap Terres Quechua et Aymara

Tourist season

The climate varies greatly according to the regions travelled through. From April to November, the sky is clear, although light rains are always possible. In altitude, it is pleasant during the day and cold at night. So bring warm clothes, even if you can walk around in a T-shirt during the day. Beware of the sun, which is strong at high altitudes, and bring a hat, sun cream and sunglasses.

Customs formalities

No visa is required for stays of less than 90 days. You must travel with a passport that is still valid for 6 months after your stay.

Health

When visiting high altitude areas, adverse effects such as headaches, nausea, insomnia and fatigue affect some people. However, the trip is designed to allow our body to adapt gradually (increase in red blood cells).

All major cities have modern private clinics with care comparable to what we have in Europe. However, you have to pay on the spot and then ask for reimbursement from your health insurance company.

We advise you to check whether your insurance covers medical costs in the countries you visit and if not, to seek reimbursement. Repatriation insurance is compulsory.

Currency / Credit Cards

Dollars and euros are accepted in the shops of the big cities. There are exchange houses everywhere. However, it is better not to carry large sums of money with you.

Credit cards are accepted in all ATMs (visa, mastercard, diners, american express). The commission of the bancomat is between 5 and 10USD.

Tips

In the service sector, it is normal to leave a tip when you are happy with the service. Between 5 and 10% of the value of the service is usual.

Physical preparation

Whenever you travel, remember to keep fit. Even for “Discovery” trips, by preparing yourself physically you will adapt more easily to the altitude and enjoy your discoveries.

For trekking trips, develop your endurance by running or practicing your endurance several times a week.

Material to take with you

Passport and 2 copies Visa (if required) Travel insurance (mandatory) and copy
Airline tickets and copy Yellow fever vaccination certification (if visiting the Amazon) Currency in US dollars, euros or local currency
1 large bag and 1 small bag (preferably backpack or duffel) Camera Binoculars
Reading/writing materials Flashlight 2 comfortable trousers (trekking type)
1 pair of shorts, 3 T-shirts, 1 big sweater Warm underwear Cap
Warm and waterproof jacket Good shoes Small towel and bathing suitcase
Toilet kit Protection against sun and insects Medicines you usually take

Basic first aid kit (bandages, disinfectant, tape, 1 pain reliever, 1 disinflammatory, immodium, broad spectrum antibiotic, mosquito repellent, lip stick)

Vaccines

You must be up to date with Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid (Yellow Fever when visiting the Amazon).

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