While every corner of South America has something to offer, few are as diverse as Bolivia. A relatively small country of only 11 million people, Bolivia stretches from the high Andes to thick Amazonian jungle, vast the salt pans—among the most spectacular on the planet!—to bustling cities. And everywhere there is a rich culture and thousands of years of history.
On this tour, you fly into La Paz, which at about 3,700 metres is the highest capital city in the world (while Sucre is the constitutional capital, La Paz is the seat of government). Once you’ve acclimatized to the altitude, you take a four-hour bus ride to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,810 metres. And tour local archaeological sites before visiting a fishing village and watching the sunset.
Head onto the lake to Isla de la Luna, and visit the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. After a traditional lunch you’ll head to Isla del Sol, and climb the Inca steps to the community of Yumani. Explore some of the island’s ancient archaeological sites, including the most sacred of sites in the Inca Empire.
After returning to La Paz, you head to the otherworldly Moon Valley, where erosion has worn away a mountain to leave a skyline of tall spires. That evening, board an overnight bus to Uyuni, Bolivia’s legendary salt flats. Visit the train cemetery, tour the flats by SUV and stop by Inca Huasi Island, with its thousand-year-old cacti.
Enjoy lunch overlooking altiplanic lagoons, and watch for wildlife at Ch’iar Quta. Visit a geyser field and hot springs, and gaze at the perfectly conical Licancabur volcano as it soars into the thin high-altitude air. Return from Uyuni to La Paz by 10-hour overnight bus, with a day at leisure to enjoy the best the city has on offer.
- Phone: 844.677.7010
- Length/Departs: Length/Depart: 13 days/year-round
- Accommodation: Hotels, hostels, guesthouse
- Starting Price: from $2,450
- Difficulty: Easy
- By Simon Vaughan, Senior Editor/Special Travel Advisor for Outpost Travel Media