KAREN’S TRIP

TO BOLIVIA

10 NIGHTS/4 STOPS 

Cultural wealth and mind blowing landscapes of Bolivia

Our family of 4 shared an amazing adventure during this trip to Bolivia. We have been living in Rio de Janeiro for 4 years, from Brittany in France, we love discovering the South American continent. We are always amazed bu this cultural and geographical richness of those countries, totally different from our country of origin.
We enjoyed discovering Bolivia, a country full of contrast between colonial and mining towns and an astonishing diversity of landscapes. We found Sucre to be very charming: a mixture of museums and churches in a colonial architecture. Our trip to the Salar de Uyuni with its magnificent landscapes blew us away. This is an exotic trip marked with authenticity.»
NEW YORK – SANTA CRUZ
VIA MIAMI
12 hours
$800

 

RENTAL CAR
1000 km in 10 days
5 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL BUDGET: $1650 pp/ excl food & activities
$ 700 / pp for 10 nights all inclusive (incl. accommodation, food, activities, public transport and taxi)
$150 /pp domestic flights + $ 800 /00 international flights
 
CULTURE AND NATURE
Landscapes of the South Lipez
Salar de Uyuni
Colonial town of Sucre

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Sucre
Visit of the town and its churches
Recoleta district
Casa de la Libertad

A snapshot

1GrnCircleSANTA CRUZ INTL AIRPORT TO
SUCRE
 
 
1 hour
Sucre
  • We stayed in a Bed and breakfast La Dolce Vita managed by a very friendly French couple. Be careful as breakfast is on request. The rooms are spacious and clean. It is a charming place with a nice patio. There is also access to the kitchen.
  • One-day visit of the town and its churches including the Church of San Felipe de Neri
    Recoleta district: View of the town, Recoleta Church, museum ASUR (indigenous arts, small museum but thorough), Café Gourmet of the Mirador for lunch
    Casa de la Libertad
    Abis café on the Plaza 25 de Mayo: great breakfast and great location
    Cretácico Park (dinosaur park with real dinosaur footprints on the cliffs) 
    Dinner at La Taverne (www.lataverne.com.bo)
    Option to do an excursion to the art craft market of Tarabuco on Sunday (1.30 by bus from Sucre)

SUCRE TO
POTOSI
 
 
160 km -3 hours
Potosi
  • We stayed at Hotel Casablanca: cheap but not great! We would not recommend it.
     
  • Visit of the city: Plaza 10 de Noviembre & Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago Apostol : great view on the town and the Cerro Rico (4800m)
    Casa Nacional de la Moneda
    Option to visit the mines (tours organized by some agencies in town). We didn’t have time to do it.
    Restaurant: El Tenedor de Plata: great food and great service! Great choice of home-made soups to keep warm.

POTOSI TO
TUPIZA

 
 
260 km – 5h
Tupiza
  • We stayed at  Hotel MitruAlthough the Wi-Fi didn’t work, the rooms were nice, service good and breakfast indeed too! Ask for the rooms with the garden view.
  • 3-hour horse riding Far West style (different tour options – horses, bikes, hiking)
    Sunset from the Mirador “Corazon de Jesus”
    Half-a-day visit of the town

TUPIZA TO
SALAR DE UYUNI 
 
 

5 hours
Salar de Uyni
  • 4 nights in the area of Salar de Uyuni, being part of a 4×4 tour in the area, Be ready for a minimum of comfort in the hotels with no shower in 2 of the places. The natural wonder you will discover is worth the lack of comfort!
    We stayed 1 night at Quetena Chico – No shower and 1 night at Huallajara (Lodge Cordillera – no shower!)
    We stayed 1 night at Huayllajara (Lodge Cordillera – no shower!)
    1 night at Atullcha (Salt hotel – shower for 10BS)
    1 night at Uyuni (Hôtel Oro Blanco not recommended)
SALAR DE UYUNI
QUETENA CHICO
 
 
4×4 tour
QUETENA CHICO
  • Palala Valley : lunar landscapes towards el Sillar
    Crossing of mining areas
    Colonial ruins of San Antonio del Viejo Mundo
    Laguna Morejón
SALAR DE UYUNI
HUAYLLAJARA
 
 
 
4×4 tour
Huayllajara
  • Laguna Hedionda & Kollpa
    Salar de Challviri
    Hot springs
    Salvador Dalí Desert
    Laguna Verde at the bottom of the Volcano Licancabur (5960 m)
    Geysers Sol de Mañana
    Laguna Colorida (at the end of the day)
SALAR DE UYUNI
ATULCHA
 
 
 
4×4 tour
Atulcha
  • Laguna Colorida (in the morning: very different colors from the evening before)
    Siloli Desert
    The 5 lagunas (Ramaditas,Honda, Chiarkota, Hedionda, Canapa with the flamingos)
    Laguna Negra and Valle de Rocas
    Stops near the Ollague Volcano (still active) and Tomasamil Volcano
    Salar de Chiguana
SALAR DE UYUNI
UYUNI
 
 
 
4×4 tour
Uyuni
  • Sunrise on the Salar de Uyuni
    Incahuasi Island of volcanic origin covered with cactus of thousands of years old and visit of the museum of the Ritual
    Stop to take some montage pictures on the Salar de Uyuni
    Visit of the 1st salt hotel
    Colchani art craft market
    Visit of the trains graveyard in Uyuni

GOOD TO KNOW

  • You need to check the opening hours of the museums as they are often closed during lunchtime.
  • Plan to have some cash with you in Tupiza and the Salar de Uyuni.
  • Minimum altitude of 3,000m up to 4,800m in the Desert of Siloli
  • The Salar tour: minimum comfort in the hotels (but there are some with a better comfort), no wi-fi, warm clothing is necessary as it gets cold at night and there is no heating, no shower in two of the hotels, there can be electricity limitations, a 4X4 wheel car is compulsory as there is no road but only tracks.
  • Inaccessible during the rainy season (November to April)
  • It is recommended to organize this trip with a travel agent as there is no petrol station. Drivers have petrol cans and food for 4 days. The parks have restricted opening hours.

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