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Explore, Hike, and Climb Salt Flats and Volcanoes of Bolivia

Starts: La Paz, Bolivia
Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia

Visit: La Paz, Ancoraimes, Isla Campanario, Potosí, Uyuni, Estancia Chajra Mayo, Huicaytahua, Estancia Wichu Kkollu, Chachacomani, Angostura, La Paz

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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This breathtaking Bolivian adventure explores the unique and bizarre landscapes of western Bolivia, from Lake Titicaca all the way to the the vast white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni; one of the highest and driest environments on earth, what's more, if you choose you can bag a 6000m peak along the way. We'll spend a couple of days on and around Latin America's greatest and most famous lake, Titicaca, before flying south to Sucre and the silver-mining town of Potosi. After an excellent acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari, we travel on to Uyuni, with its atmospheric train graveyard'. Crossing the edge of the salt flats to reach the foot of Volcan Tunupa, we then have a full day hike to ascend to the crater of this unusual multi-coloured mountain. Continuing our journey to the Sajama National Park, we see rustic churches, giant cacti, grazing vicunas, flocks of flamingoes and many other unusual Andean birds on a number of remote lagoons.

Then, from Sajama Village, those choosing to attempt the climb will make an early start and set out on the ascent of the non-technical, snow-capped peak of Acotango (6052m); an obtainable objective for experienced trekkers with no previous climbing experience. Finally, before returning to La Paz, we have a scenic hike to the Kasiri Lagunas, with the chance to swim in a fantastic natural hot pool. What better way to unwind at the end of our action packed 2 week holiday.

Highlights

    • Discover Lake Titicaca and walk the spine of the Isla del Sol
    • Acclimatisation hike through the meadows of the Cordillera Kari Kari
    • Geysers, hot springs, flamingoes and the amazing Salar de Uyuni
    • Optional ascents of Tunupa (5190m) and Acotango (6052m)

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 162509
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: La Paz, Bolivia
Finishes: La Paz, Bolivia
Duration: 14 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • An experienced English-speaking local tour leader
  • 1 or more local climbing guide to assist with the Acotango ascent
  • La Paz Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure dates)
  • All transport involved in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Internal flight from La Paz to Sucre
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as described in the Meal Plan

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $3,115 ($222/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Itinerary

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Bolivia La Paz, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Isla Del Sol, Sucre, Potosi, Cordillera Kari Kari, Uyuni, Incahuasi Island, Coquesa Salt Lagoons, Tunupa, Tahua, Sabaya, Ulo Crater, Challa Kollu, Sajama National Park, Kasiri Lagoon
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John  

This holiday far exceeded our expectations. The comprehensive itinerary ensured that every day was filled with opportunities to experience all that Bolivia has to offer along with demanding physical challenges (though our leader always made sure that every group member remained within their 'comfort zone'). The group dynamics were perfect and we became firm friends from the start of the trip, sharing many, many happy and humorous times. We have all exchanged e mails to enable us to share photographs and will endeavour to stay in touch. It is difficult to choose a highlight as there were so many but I guess ours was the sense of achievement in summiting Acotango. Our first 6000+ metre peak at 62 years of age! Not bad for pensioners!!!

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Mervyn B  

The variety of experience was exceptional, without losing the essential elements of trekking. Tunupa and the Salars are out of normal experience. Memorable and well beyond expectation.Cannot speak too highly of the care attention and knowledge of the guides they were the best I have come across on any trip - really made the holiday.

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Frankie M  

We had a great and made every possible effort to tell us everything about Bolivia and make sure that nothing he could possibly show us was overlooked, its history, geography, geoloogy, social customs and current politics. He was also a good natured and genial host.The fantastic scenery was the biggest thing for me and the opportunity to photograph some of the most fabulous landcapes you're likely to see anywhere.

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Joanne  

Fascinating country. One of the least tourist orientated I have been to. A lot of poverty. Go prepared to speach Spanish. Tunupa, Salar del Uyuni & around is beautiful especially at sunset. Hope for a moonless sky to seek the stars at Salar del Uyuni. The town of Uyuni is like something from the wild west, would recommend the local grills for supper. The 'hotel huts' at Sajama are very cold at night, beware of the owner of Sajama hotel who tends to overcharge and is generally an aggressive kind of grumpy. The air is very dry - take lots of moisturiser. The glaciers are in decline and we had no need (sadly) for our crampons. I would recommend the mines at Potosis, but perhaps not if you do not like pot holing in wellies! This was my first time at altitude, it was a struggle to trek, despite months of training! I would trust the local organiser with my life and our guide was a joy with lots of knowledge of Bolivian history. Thanks to my fellow travels to supporting me on the treks.

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Steven A  

Very good mix of trekking, wildlife, local knowledge, culture and...i don't know the words. The guide, the Chef just made this trip fantastic.With out doubt the best adventure yet.

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