Tour 5: Santa Cruz – Jesuit missions – Sucre – Potosí – Salt Flats – La Paz –
Day 1: Private transfer from the airport or bus station to the hotel
Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
Day 2: Santa Cruz – Jesuit mission San Javier
San Javier is one of the oldest missions. It is located 225 km from Santa Cruz in an area called Chiquitania, a savanna region between Chaco and the Amazon area. It was founded by Jesuits in 1691.
We visit the church and the museum of San Javier before having lunch. We continue our trip in the direction of Concepción. On the long way along the East Bolivian plains we see beautiful landscapes with huge granite formations. We stop in a place called Las Piedras (the Stones) to enjoy the scenery a little. We reach our hotel in Concepción, have dinner, and spend the night.
Day 3: Jesuit mission Concepción – Santa Cruz
Day 4: Santa Cruz – city tour of Sucre
In the afternoon we have a private minibus city tour of Sucre. Sucre is also called the «white city», «ciudad blanca», and has a historic centre which still has a centuries old colonial architecture. Sucre is probably the most attractive city in Bolivia. On this city tour we see charming streets with their neo-classical facades, magnificent churches from colonial times and historic monuments which stand for important events in the history of Bolivia. We visit the Casa de la Libertad, the House of Liberty, the Recoleta (a church with a convent) and a textile museum.
Overnight stay in Sucre.
Day 5: Sucre – Potosí
Day 6: Potosí (Mines and city tour)
In the afternoon we go on a private city tour by minibus. We visit the mint museum, San Lorenzo Church, the Barracks, the convent churches of Santa Teresa and San Francisco, and the main square of Potosi – 10 de noviembre (10th of November Square). We spend the night in Potosi again.
Day 7: Potosí – Uyuni – Salt hotel "Luna salada"
Day 8: Uyuni Salt Flats– La Paz
In the village of Colchani, at the beginning of the Salt Lake, you can see salt mountains for the production of salt. Here you can buy souvenirs made out of salt. On the Salt Lake we can often see bubbling salt springs, which are called Eyes of the Salt Lake. Underground water streams break through the salt crust here. In the middle of the Salt Lake we see a hotel made out of salt. On Fish Island (Isla Pescado), which stands out like a fish from the salt lake, there are craters and you can see cacti 8 metres tall. We have a small lunch on the island.
There are 2,5 hours of free time for us to discover these unique sights. Before arriving in Uyuni we visit the train graveyard. You can see among other things locomotives that were used in the 19th century.
At 8 pm we take the tourist bus back to La Paz. There is also the possibility to fly to La Paz the same night (flight time one hour) and spend the night.
Day 9: City tour La Paz
Overnight stay in La Paz.
Day 10: La Paz – Copacabana – Island of the Sun
We board a private boat at the harbour (90 min) – there is also the possibility of the tourist boat to Yumani with a similar hike (about 1,5hours) – and go to the southern part of the Island of the Sun to Pilcocaina.
We visit the Palace of Pilcocaina, archaeological ruins from the Inca period. Afterwards we hike in about 50 minutes to our hotel. During this hike we have fantastic views of the Andes mountains range and the majestic Lake Titicaca, at an elevation of 3850 metres the highest navigable lake in the world. You can partly see the lake even from both sides of the island. We will have dinner and have time to rest.
Day 11: Island of the Sun – Copacabana – La Paz
We spend the night in La Paz.
Day 12: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport or bus station
Pick up from hotel and transfer to the airport or bus station.
Included in the price:
Overnight stays in 3 star hotels or hostels with double rooms and private bathrooms and showers, breakfast included. Overnight stay in a salt hotel in Uyuni, overnight stay in an Ecolodge on Island of the Sun.
English speaking guide for the Jesuit mission tour and city tours, mine tour in Potosi, Copacabana + Island of the Sun, Spanish speaking driver for the Salt Flats tour, private or public transport to the Island of the Sun, all entrance fees, public buses, tourist bus Uyuni – La Paz with dinner and breakfast, 1 lunch and 1 dinner in Uyuni, 1 lunch during the Salt Flats tour, all meals during the Jesuit mission tour and in Copacabana and Island of the Sun, airplane ticket Santa Cruz – Sucre, 9 private transfers.
Not included in the price:
Price per person (at least 2 people):
Shared boat: 1814 USD
Private boat: 1844 USD
The tours are private and organized for two people.
If you are more than two people, please ask for the price.
Private tour Salt Flats is possible.
Flight Uyuni – La Paz is possible.
Private transport La Paz – Copacabana – La Paz is possible.
The tour can also end in Puno or Cusco.
If you wish ask for more or less service.
Change the tour according to your wishes.