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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Bolivia

Cities Visited

Uyuni, La Paz, Sucre, Potosi

Tour Itinerary

Sit down for a sunset picnic on the stark and surreal Salar de Uyuni, Learn about local culture in a small Quechua community in a remote patch of the Bolivian desert, Enjoy an interactive culinary experience in La Paz featuring a fusion of traditional and modern cuisine, Experience life at a traditional hacienda firsthand

Expect the unexpected on an adventure through Bolivia, a country experiencing a surge in popularity due in part to its stunning landscapes and the rich cultural heritage of its indigenous populations. Explore the historic capital of Sucre and sky-high La Paz, experience life at a traditional hacienda, and watch the sunset from atop the sweeping Uyuni Salt Flats.

Day 1: La Paz
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Attix Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: La Paz
Awake in lofty La Paz, the highest capital city in the world. Spend the morning at leisure, or opt to take an excursion to see the stunning maze of canyons and spires in the Valley of the Moon. This afternoon, set out by foot, van, and cable car to discover this sky-high city with your guide. Explore vibrant squares, historical landmarks, and lively markets, learning about the balance of old and new along the way. In the evening, enjoy an interactive culinary experience at a popular local restaurant, including demonstrations on how traditional foods such as quinoa are integrated into modern fusion dishes. With a local chef as our guide, we'll sample a variety of dishes and discuss the growing popularity of La Paz as a culinary destination.
Free Time: Enjoy the morning to explore on your own or opt to take a Moon Valley tour.
Activity: Explore the city on a guided tour. Check out stunning cathedrals, impressive museums, and lively markets, learning more about the history of this fascinating city. Look for majestic Mt Illimani in the background.
Activity: Embark on an interactive culinary experience at a popular local restaurant. Enjoy demonstrations on how traditional foods such as quinoa are integrated into modern fusion dishes. With a local chef, we sample a variety of modern dishes based on traditional foods and learn about the growing popularity of La Paz as a foodie destination.
Accommodation: Attix Boutique Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 3: La Paz/Sucre
Catch a flight to charming Sucre, then enjoy an orientation walk around the main square. This afternoon, relax at a local café, explore on your own, or opt to take an immersive tour of Sucre with a local expert that focuses on the city's stunning colonial architecture and historic sites, best viewed from the ubiquitous rooftop terraces.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Free Time: Enjoy free time to explore, relax at a cafe or take a specialized walking tour.
Activity: Enjoy a walk with your CEO around Sucres's centre and main square. For more in-depth information, a specialized guided tour is offered on option this afternoon..
Accommodation: Hotel Parador Santa Maria (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4: Potosi Countryside
Enjoy free time this morning before travelling into the southern highlands to our historic hacienda. Surrounded by lush agricultural fields and rolling hills, this working farm offers unique opportunities for cultural exchanges with the resident family. Get a glimpse into daily life here while lending a hand at the dairy and in the fields, and step back in time during visits to the property's private rooms, chapel, and museum. Cap off your experience with an authentic farm-to-table dinner featuring an array of local specialities.
Free Time: Make the most of your time in this beautiful city.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Down a winding dirt road, snaking though the stunning Southern Highlands we find our remote Hacienda. Surrounded by lush farmlands, rivers and rolling hills, this historic "working" farm offers a unique cultural interaction with a welcoming local family. Dating back to the 1500s, we step back in time with visits to private museum rooms, the chapel and library. Also, immerse ourselves into the hacienda's daily life including demonstrations at the dairy and a visit to the fields, Finish with an authentic farm-to-table dinner featuring local specialities from the area.
Accommodation: Hotel Museo Cayara (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Dinner

Day 5: Potosí/Uyuni
Make the short drive to the centre of Potosí and enjoy a guided tour of the Casa Nacional de la Moneda, the old silver mint and now a museum dedicated to Bolivian art and history. Take a scenic drive to Uyuni, gateway to the world's largest salt flat. Learn about the industrialization of salt and the geographical history of the region while driving across this mirror-like landscape. Enjoy a sunset picnic atop the flats before returning to our hotel.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Learn about the first global currency at this renowned National Mint museum.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Transport: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Activity: Enjoy a picnic amidst this spectacular landscape, while the local expert guide describes the cultural and geographical history of the area, watch the sky come alive as the sun sets over the expansive salt flats.
Accommodation: Luna Salada Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Uyuni
Journey deeper into the salt pans to explore their varied geographical features. Along the way, stop at the remote town of Santiago de Agencha, a small Quechua community supported by G Adventures. Here, we enjoy a guided walk to learn about quinoa production and the cultural history of the area. Savour lunch prepared with local ingredients before continuing our exploration of the desert and its pans.
Transport: Roads? Where this rough-and-ready vehicle's going, we don't need roads.
Activity: Accompanied by a local expert guide explore the stunning landscape of the Bolivian Salt Flats by 4x4. Enter a landscape unlike anything you've ever seen as we drive across (or around) the world's largest salt flat; the piercing blue sky contrasts against the blinding white of the flat salt beds.
Activity: Visit the Santiago de Agencha community, located two hours across the salt flats from Uyuni, a rural village surrounded by towering cacti and part of a small desert oasis. The community-owned salt lodge was renovated and expanded through a major project in 2016 funded by G Adventures' foundation, Planeterra. With many of the village's younger residences fleeing for economic opportunities, this lodge is seen by the community as a way to rescue their indigenous culture and provide opportunities for the future. Learn about their traditional agricultural practices, including their specialization in quinoa production, and take in beautiful views of salt flats that surround it. Enjoy lunch made from local ingredients grown in the village are prepared by ladies who were provided culinary training through the project. Leave Jukil Community Lodge knowing your visit is creating opportunities for a whole new generation of people in this community to improve their lives, and the lives of their children and grandchildren.
Accommodation: Luna Salada Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Uyuni/La Paz
Catch a flight to La Paz and enjoy free time to explore before joining the group for an optional farewell dinner.
Transport: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.
Accommodation: La Casona Hotel Boutique (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8: La Paz
Depart at any time.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport
Private van, 4x4 vehicle, plane, walking

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: La Paz Culinary Experience, La Paz Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Bolivian Hacienda Experience, Potosí Your G for Good Moment: Jukil Community Experience & Lunch, Santiago de Agencha. Arrival transfer. La Paz city tour. Sucre orientation walk. Excursions to the Salar de Uyuni. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts), Hacienda/farm (1nt).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

National Geographic Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.8
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
3.9

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