• Bolivia

Overview

Experience the essence of Bolivia, from ancient times to the present. Learn about the ancient Tiwanaku culture & the Inca Empire as you visit archaeological sites throughout the country. Enjoy shopping the local markets filled with colorful, handmade garments & other unique handicrafts. Discover the influence of the colonial era as you visit the cities of La Paz & Sucre. This ten day tour is a great opportunity to gain an appreciation for Bolivian culture, & see many of the nation’s famed sites.  

Highlights

  • Lake Titicaca – Sail South America’s largest lake. Visit Sun Island & Moon Island.
  • Mining Tour – Head down into one of the mines of Cerro Rico Mountain to see where the Bolivian miners excavated silver.
  • Uyuni Salt Lake – Largest on the planet. The area is home to flamingos, giant cacti, & other wildlife.
  • Ancient Tiwanaku Civilization – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Features ruins dating back to over 1000 years ago.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz

Arrive at the airport, & transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Day 2: La Paz – Tiwanaku – La Paz

Discover fascinating ruins of the ancient Tiwanaku civilization. Highlights include the Gate of the Sun & the Kalasasaya. Afterward, return to La Paz. Enjoy shopping for handmade crafts, clothing, & other unique items at one of the city’s local markets. Take a walk through Murillo Square, visit the 18th-century Cathedral of San Francisco, see more artifacts from the Tiwanaku civilization at the Gold Museum, & admire the colonial buildings along Jaen Street. Enjoy dinner & an overnight stay in La Paz.  

Day 3: La Paz – Copacabana – Sun Island

Head to the dock in Copacabana this morning. Sail along Lake Titicaca, heading for Sun Island. Enjoy exploring this fascinating & historic island, which features an array of wildlife & ruins from the Inca Empire.   

Day 4: Sun Island – Moon Island – Copacabana – La Paz

Before leaving Sun Island, enjoy a guided tour of the Chincana archaeological site. Highlights of the ruins include a stone labyrinth. Return to the waters of Lake Titicaca, & head for the Island of the Moon. This small excursion takes you to see the ruins situated on the island. Afterward, it’s back to the boat & off to Copacabana. There will be time for sightseeing or shopping before transferring back to La Paz. 

Day 5: La Paz – Oruro – Uyuni

Travel to the city famed for its carnival, Oruro. Visit the National Anthropology Museum, or enjoy time to explore the city at leisure. Next, transfer to Uyuni for dinner & an overnight stay. 

Day 6: Uyuni

Spend the day visiting one of Bolivia’s most spectacular, natural formations, the Uyuni Salt Lake. The salt lake is known for being the largest on the planet, & it features a unique array of plants & wildlife, including flamingos & giant cacti. 

Day 7: Uyuni – Potosi

Travel to Potosi today, & learn about the city’s history of silver mining. After your guided tour, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. 

Day 8: Potosi – Cerro Rico – Sucre

Head to the nearby Cerro Rico Mountain for a mining tour. Next, transfer to Sucre for dinner & an overnight stay. 

Day 9: Sucre – La Paz

Experience the charms of Sucre on your last full day in Bolivia. Sightseeing highlights include the Cathedral of Sucre, the Basilica of San Francisco, & the House of Freedom. Later today, transfer to the airport, & board flight to La Paz. 

Day 10: La Paz – USA

In the morning, transfer to the airport, & board return flight home.