Bolivia

Bolivia Family Tour

12 days | 11 nights
Private tour
From 2200USD per person
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Bolivia

Trip at a glance

Visits

SANTA CRUZ: Panoramict Tour, Guembé Biocentre
SUCRE: Farmer's Market, Potolo, Cooking Workshop, City-Tour
POTOSI: City Tour, House of Mint
UYUNI: Cycling on the Salt Flats, Incahuasi Island
LA PAZ: City Tour, Moon Valley
LAKE TITICACA: Copacabana, Sun Island, Moon Island, Tiwanaku

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN SANTA CRUZ: Panoramic tour & Guembé Biocentre

Morning

Begin the city tour of Santa Cruz, nicknamed the "Eastern Capital" of Bolivia and now the economic center of the country, the city extends on Amazonian plain and provides a beautiful landscape to admire. Traditional Spanish checkerboard style urbanization plans became circular reminiscent to growth rings in a tree, letting the historical center, the "Casco Viejo", grow exponentially. You’ll also discover the historical side of the city during a walk on the main square named "24 de Septiembre", where you will be able to appreciate the cathedral and the vibrant youthful population.

Visit of the historical ARTECAMPO (Original and Popular Art of the Lowlands) museum (closed on weekends) and enjoy an exposition of the amazonic indigenous group’s handcrafts and artisan work.

Finally, visit the "Recoba Market" where you can find typical Eastern and Andean indigenous products.   

Departure for the Guembe Biocentre, located about 35 minutes from Santa Cruz. A colossal ecological center, the Biocentro Guembe is home to 180 different species of butterflies that live in their natural environment. The facilitated is located within an enclosed tropical garden where butterflies naturally evolve. In this ecological paradise, specialized guides explain their life-cycle and the history of these fascinating insects. This park has a surface area of 2.500 m2, contains a 250-meter-long bridge that stands 10 meters above ground and provides a beautiful passage across the facility.

Afternoon

Continue along the ecological trails and arrive in the orchid garden, where there are more than 240 species of orchids flourishing in their natural habitat. Among the most popular are the Cattleya nobilior, Oncidium steicy, and Enciclya stembachii. In their respective season, you will see different orchids in bloom into breathtaking flowers.

Private transportation back to Santa Cruz.

Evening

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 FLIGHT TO SUCRE: Farmer's Market

Morning

Transfer to Santa Cruz airport for your flight to Sucre (1 hour).

Arrival and accomodation at the hotel.

Afternoon

Visit to the Mercado Campesino, also known as the Mercado de Los Pueblos Originarios de Chuquisaca (Market of the Original Peoples of Chuquisaca). This colorful market is venerated for its size and that is the most visited market in Sucre. In service for over 30 years, this market has a plethora of items and goods visitors can buy: from sofas to auto parts to pirated movies. The structural organization by type of goods is what allows this market to be successful, providing visitors and shoppers with a clear distinction of where to go in this chaotic market. Furthermore, the market is flooded with various food and drink vendors that visitors can enjoy and taste while they take breaks from the shopping.

Private transportation back to the hotel after market closes.

Evening

Overnight at the hotel in Sucre.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Day 3 SUCRE: Hiking and visit of Potolo

Morning

Departure in a private vehicle to Chataquila from Sucre (24 km).

Arrive and begin the mountainous trek on the Ancient Inca trail that was used by Chasquis; messengers of the Inca Empire who would traverse this trail to deliver messages. During this trail you will be able to have a breathtaking 360 view of the Andes mountains and its unfathomable expanse. The trail takes about 2h30min to complete with plenty of rests in between to reenergize.

After ending the trail, enjoy a picnic lunch in this blissful environment.

Afternoon

Private transportation in vehicle to continue onto the region of Potolo. This region is located in a vast open space within the calming and colorful mountains. You can observe the massive hills while also appreciating the wildlife and native flora whose overseers are the Jalq’a indigenous community. Renowned for their incredible intricate textiles that display sacred geometric shapes, the Jalq’a people are a Quechua community that have sincerely been able to preserve their culture throughout the hundreds of years that have passed.

Return to Sucre in private vehicle.

Evening

Overnight at the hotel in Sucre.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Picnic lunch in Potolo

Day 4 SUCRE: Traditional Bolivian cooking workshop & city-tour

The convent of San Felipe Néri is closed on Sundays.

The Museum of the foundation ASUR is closed on Sundays.

The Museum of the Liberty House is closed on Sundays afternoon and Mondays (all day).

Morning

Learn how to cook a traditional Bolivian dish and cocktails with a community member - enjoy a trip to the street food market and learn how to use native Bolivian ingredients to prepare a delicious meal with you partner in an intimate and cultural setting.

Afternoon

Arrive to Sucre, the capital of the department of Chuquisaca. Situated at almost 2,800 meters above sea level, Sucre is revered by Bolivians as the origin of the independence of their country. Due to its unique colonial aesthetic and historical significance, Sucre is now on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Departure to Recoleta Lookout. This lookout is located in the Plaza Pedro de Anzures, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city that will leave you in awe as you witness the Andes mountains overseeing the city of Sucre. Departure to Recoleta Lookout. This lookout is located in the Plaza Pedro de Anzures, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city that will leave you in awe as you witness the Andes mountains overseeing the city of Sucre. 

Visit Museum of Indigenous Textile Art. The ASUR (Anthropologists of the Southern Andes) Museum of Indigenous Art was created with the intention to organize and promote the confounding and graceful textiles of the Jalq’a and Tarabuco people. Enter this museum, a dark and warm ambiance that permits the exposition of intricate Andean textiles to flourish in the gallery. This museum’s primary objective is to create opportunities for the disenfranchised indigenous communities to not only integrate into the urban class, but to expound these timeless pre-Columbian artistic traditions into the contemporary era of Sucre. 

Visit the Convent of San Felipe Neri. Built in the 17th century as a symbol of the encompassing power of an influence of the Catholic Church. Enjoy a walk on top of these colossal structures for a finer view of the blissful white city. Enjoy a calming walk in the greenery of the main plaza where the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the City Hall and the Liberty House are located. 

Visit the Liberty House: Built in 1700 by a Jesuit mission, this structure once served as a university that was attended by many of the protagonists that would eventually liberate Bolivia from Spain. It was here that the revolutionary spirit was fostered and invoked when Antonio Jose de Sucre and others would promote their independence in this hall on the 9th of February, 1825. 

Visit and walk in the Bolivar Park, which has a man-made lake where you can enjoy pedaling on the calming waters, as well as admire the beautiful monuments and statues that are surrounded by a rich abundance of trees and walkways.

Evening

Overnight at the hotel in Sucre.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Lunch included with cooking specialists

Day 5 ROAD TO POTOSI: City tour, House of Mint & road to Uyuni

The "Real Casa de Moneda" is closed on Sundays afternoon and on Monday (all day).

Morning

Departure in a private vehicle to Potosi (155 km).

Arrive in Potosi. Situated at 4070 meters above sea level, Potosi, also called the Imperial City of Charles V, is a colonial city with extremely rich history. In one moment it was a city that was internationally revered after having a larger population than Paris or London. Considered the second city that has the highest altitude in Bolivia, after El Alto (4150m), Potosi offers visitors a different perspective on colonial history and legacy, making it the first Bolivian city to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afternoon

Visit the “Real Casa de Moneda” (Mint of Potosi). Build between 1753 and 1773, this institution was instrumental in the development and sustainability of the Spanish Crown. At one point, the entire empire was sustained by the silver that was exploited from Potosi. Afterwards, it was used as a prison as well as the headquarters of the Bolivian Army during the Chaco war with Paraguay that ended in 1935. Inside visitors can enjoy a museum that has different galleries dedicated to paint, art, history, and machinery used to fabricate coins.

Enjoy the main plaza, Plaza 10 de Noviembre, where you can have a great view of the Cerro Rico, mountain situated at 4,8000m above sea level and the historical institutions and church in its surroundings.

At the end of your tour, depart for Uyuni (3 hours). 

Evening

Check-in and installation at your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Uyuni.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Day 6 SALT FLATS OF UYUNI: Incahuasi Island & cycling on the Salt Flats

Incahuasi Island may not be accessible during the wet season.

Morning

Meet and greet with your local guide and transfer to the small town of Colchani (15 min).

Learn about the Colchani salt cooperative and how it extracts and processes 25,000 tonnes of Uyuni salt every year (20 min).

Free time to tour the souvenir market (30 min).

Afternoon

Your 4x4 tour will take you to the Uyuni salar, the world's largest salt flat covering 4,086 square miles (10,582 square km) with several stops for photo opportunities along the way.

Drive on the salar on your way to Incahuasi Island.

Enjoy some free time to climb to the top of the hill and explore this strange mound covered in cactuses.

A unique experience will be anticipated for the day: A brief excursion on a bike in the middle of the largest Salt Flat in the world! It will be an unforgettable moment.

Evening

Overnight at the hotel in Uyuni.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Picnic lunch on the Salt Flats

Day 7 FLIGHT TO LA PAZ: City tour & Valley of the Moon

Morning

Transfer to the Uyuni airport (10 min) for your flight to La Paz (1 hour).

Follow the Republican colonial circuit on foot, starting at Murillo Square, the city's original central square.

Pass by the Government Palace, the Legislative Assembly and the city's Cathedral.

Afternoon

Continue to the witches market, the craft market and the Church of San Francisco, whose unique facade is decorated with indigenous patterns (about 3 hours).

Afternoon transfer to the Moon Valley (30 min South of La Paz).

Discover a unique place, a real lunar landscape adorned with eroded sedimentary formations, fairy chimneys and high spires (2 hours).

Evening

Transfer back to your hotel in La Paz (30 min).

Overnight at the hotel in La Paz.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Day 8 COPACABANA: Lake Titicaca & Island of the Sun

As cars are not allowed on the Island of the Sun where you will spend the night, we ask you to bring only one small piece of luggage for the night (carry on or backpack). Your larger suitcases will be taken and stored at your hotel in Copacabana where you will stay the following night.

Morning

Departure with your private guide and driver to the town of Copacabana (3 hours 30 min), located on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

The rest of the day will be spent sailing on Lake Titicaca and discovering two of its Bolivian islands.

With 214 cubic miles (893 cubic km) of water and an altitude 12,507 ft (3812 metres), Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world.

According to Inca mythology, Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun, moon, stars, and first human beings. Many myths and legends still inhabit its majestic dark-blue waters.

Afternoon

After lunch, board your private boat to sail onto the small Island of the Sun.

Walk the island's scenic trail to the archeological site of Pilko Kaina or sail to the site if you prefer.

Visit the ancient Inca palace of Pilko Kaina (about 3 hours).

Evening

After your visit, accomodation & overnight at the hotel.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Dinner at the Hotel

Day 9 MOON ISLAND: Temple of the Virgins of the Sun, activities with a local family

Please consider that the mentioned activities are contingent on the period and season in which you visit the Island.

Morning

Departure to Moon Island (Koati Island) on private motorboat on the blue waters of Lake Titicaca. Arrival to the Koati community where you will be welcomed by your host family.

According to the legend, the Island of the Moon is where the Inca Viracocha commanded the moon to rise into the sky.

Afterwards, enjoy a moment to share a traditional lunch with them in a beautiful exchange.

Afternoon

After your lunch, you will have the opportunity to participate in day-to-day activities such as knitting or fishing on Lake Titicaca.

Return to the Sun Island.

Evening

Overnight at the hotel.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Lunch included
  • Dinner at the Hotel

Day 10 SUN ISLAND: Free time - COPACABANA: Panoramic city-tour

Morning

Free afternoon. Keep exploring the lodge facilities.

Enjoy an Apthapi, a traditional Aymara ceremony for a collective meal, on the bay Lake Titicaca with an amazing view of the snow-capped Cordillera Real mountain range floating in the distance.

Afternoon

Sail back to Copacabana (1 hour).

Visit Copacabana's cathedral (1 hour).

Evening

Check in & overnight at your hotel in Copacabana.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Traditional lunch included

Day 11 TIWANAKU: archeological site and Museum - Road to La Paz

Morning

Departure with your local guide to Tiwanaku.

Visit the pre-colombian archeological museum and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tiwanaku (4 hours).

Afternoon

Wander around the Akapana pyramid, the Kalasasaya Temple and the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun) and its impressive monoliths. Make your way down to the Semi-Subterranean Temple with many tenon heads ornating its walls.

Transfer back to your hotel in La Paz (2 hours).

Evening

Overnight at the hotel in La Paz.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Day 12 DEPARTURE

At the indicated time, transfer to the La Paz airport (30-45 min).

Check-in and assistance.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the Hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
11 nights in 3* premium Hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
11 breakfasts + 5 lunches + 2 dinners

Transportation

Boat
Private motor boat during the excursion at Lake Titicaca
Car
Private vehicle for all transfers and excursions

Orientation

Guide
Private guide during all transfers and excursions

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees included

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights
    • Santa Cruz to Sucre
    • Uyuni to La Paz
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

People with heart conditions are strongly advised to seek medical advice before booking. 

This tour includes many visits at sites above 10,000 ft (3000 m). To avoid altitude sickness, we strongly advise against any strong physical effort or any alcohol consumption in high-altitude places. 

This trip is accessible for children aged 8 years and over.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Any person under 18 years of age traveling with an adult other than their parents (or with only one parent) will need to present a certified letter by their parents (or non-traveling parent), granting authorization to travel, including the dates of travel.

Accompanying adults are responsible for the safety of their children including providing any necessary safety or specific equipment. 

This tour includes many visits at sites above 10,000 ft (3000 m). To avoid altitude sickness, we strongly advise against any strong physical effort or any alcohol consumption in high-altitude places. 

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