Essential Bolivia Tour

This enlightening Bolivia tour is designed to give you the experience of three outstanding and very different landscapes: Lake Titicaca, the Uyuni Salt Flats and the Amazon Rainforest.

  • Get to know dramatic La Paz, one of the highest cities in the world, nestling under the snow-capped peaks of the Illimani Mountain
  • See mysterious Lake Titicaca, mythical home of Inca and pre-Incan cultures
  • Visit the indigenous communities on Lake Titicaca’s Sun and Moon Islands, and discover their ancient Andean culture
  • Travel to the stark and spectacular salt flats at Uyuni
  • Discover abundant nature in the Bolivian rainforest near Rurrenabaque, one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, where you will stay in an ecolodge

This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide throughout your time on Lake Titicaca, the Uyuni Salt Flats and the Amazon Rainforest. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing.  All of our tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.

The 4-day tour of the Amazon Rainforest (including flights) represents 50% of the price. If you prefer not to include it, we can suggest other destinations instead.

This very special ecotour of an amazing country is divided into three different phases, each giving you a different insight into the local culture and environment.

In La Paz you’ll see the unique mix of western and indigenous cultures, forged through centuries of political and economic struggles. This is a breathtaking city, one of the highest capital cities in the world, and is built in a bowl surrounded by the Andean mountains. Here, you’ll experience the country’s rich and revolutionary history.

From the urban sprawl of the capital, you’ll then visit the incredible Lake Titicaca, the cradle of both Incan and pre-Incan civilisations. Here you will see dramatic landscapes and ancestral ruins, and meet local indigenous communities on sacred islands in the lake. From Lake Titicaca you will travel to the largest salt-flats in the world, an extraordinary landscape of white salt, blue sky and thousand-year-old cacti. Here too you will meet indigenous communities who will explain their culture and traditions, and the way in which they are developing sustainable eco-tourism.

Finally, in the third chapter of this memorable tour, you will travel to one of the world’s largest national parks, staying with local inhabitants in an ecolodge, and learning about the area’s tropical rainforest, bio-diversity and medicinal plants. This part of your tour will include both day and night-time hikes through the jungle.

  • Aerial view of La Paz, Bolivia

    Day 1: La Paz (-/-/-)

    Arrive in La Paz, transfer and check-in to your well-located hotel in the city centre. On the way to your hotel our guide will give you all the tips and recommendations to get the most out of your trip in Bolivia – and answer any questions you may have. Free rest of the day to discover La Paz and acclimatise after your flight.

  • Day 2: La Paz to Copacabana (B/-/D)

    After an early breakfast, pick-up for a private transfer to the coach station. From here, you will take a 4-hour bus ride through impressive Bolivian landscapes to reach Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. You will meet your local guide on arrival. After time for lunch you will take a shared boat to the south side of the Isla del Sol (Sun Island). Enjoy a private hike to visit the ruins of Pilcocaina and the island through the ancient “La escalera del Inca” (the Inca stairs). You will spend the night in a private room in a hostel near the top of the island, with great views of the lake. Dinner will be served in the hostel. Free evening.

  • Day 3: Sun & Moon Islands – Lake Titicaca (B/L/D)

    After breakfasts, we will take a 3-hour excursion to La Chinkana, the most important archaeological site of Sun Island and probably one of the most sacred places of the whole Inca Empire. Late morning, we will walk to the port and embark the boat that will get us to Isla de la Luna (Moon Island). On arrival, enjoy a typical “apthapi” lunch and then take a half-day private excursion to visit Iñac Uyu, the temple of the Virgins of the Sun. You will stay in a private room at a home of a local family, where you will have the opportunity to learn about their culture and lifestyle. You will have a traditional, homemade dinner with your hosts.

  • Incredible view from Sun Island and Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

    Day 4: Moon Island to La Paz (B/-/-)

    Early in the morning you will join a local, artisan fisherman, to learn more and experience first hand this activity. After breakfast, you will get the port of Yampupata by boat and then to the village of Sahuiña by car. At Sahuiña, we will visit a project working towards protecting the frogs of Lake Titicaca through responsible tourism. Then, 4-hour private transfer back to La Paz, where you will check in at a comfortable and well-located B&B. Free evening.

  • Visiting the central square in La Paz, Bolivia

    Day 5: La Paz to Uyuni (B/-/-)

    After breakfast, you will go on a private full-day tour of the Moon Valley and La Paz. Situated about 10 kilometres from the city, the Moon Valley is composed of an area where erosion has worn away the majority of the mountains. Over the centuries, the elements have created a somewhat odd work of art, like a desert filled with stalagmites. Upon return to La Paz, you will enjoy a private 3-hour guided city tour, to discover the main sights of this city. Back to the hotel, where you will still have access to your room, have some time to freshen up. Then a private transfer will take you to the bus terminal for an overnight bus to Uyuni (10 hours approx.; the bus has comfy reclining seats and an on-board toilet).

  • The impressive Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia

    Day 6: Uyuni Salt Flats (B/L/D)

    Upon arrival in Uyuni, we will have breakfast and then take a Land Cruiser for a 3-day small group excursion of the Uyuni salt flats (max. 5 travellers), including all meals. The first stop is at the surreal train cemetery. Once on the salt flat, we will visit the Inca Huasi Island, where you can see thousand-year-old cacti. Afterwards, continue to San Juan where you will relax at the end of the day. Accommodation and dinner will be in a comfortable B&B.

  • Dazzeling landscape from Cacti island in the Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

    Day 7: Uyuni Salt Flats (B/L/D)

    After an early breakfast, we will visit the Lipez Altiplano and the belvedere of the Ollague Volcano. We will then go to the altiplanic lagoons Kañapa and Hedionda, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch, and then to Ch’iar Quta for wildlife watching. Later, we will head to the Siloli Desert and visit the Stone Tree and the Eduardo Avaro Natural Reserve. You will end the day from a view point where you can appreciate the beauty of the Red Lagoon (Laguna Colorada). Accommodation and dinner will be at a basic hotel in Huaylla Jara.

  • Pink flamingos in the Uyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia

    Day 8: Uyuni Salt Flats (B/L/-)

    Enjoy breakfast as you watch the sunrise, then we will visit a geyser field and the hotsprings. Later, we will head to the border with Chile, stopping at a view point to see the Dali Rocks, the Green Lake and the Likankabur Volcano. In the afternoon, your small group excursion will end when you are dropped off in a comfortable hotel near the Uyuni airport. Free evening to rest.

  • Riverside sunset before heading back to camp for dinner in the Bolivian Amazon

    Day 9: Uyuni to Rurrenabaque (B/L/D)

    Early pick-up and private transfer to the airport for a flight to Rurrenabaque (approx. 4 hours, with a stopover in La Paz and / or Cochabamba). The flight is a fabulous opportunity to see the Andes Mountain Range and a panoramic view of the Amazon rivers and forests. Upon arrival, private transfer to the port to take a shared boat along the Beni and Tuichi Rivers to Madidi Ecolodge (approx. 3 hours), where you will spend the next three nights in traditional-style cabins and taking part in small group activities. Free afternoon and evening to rest. Dinner will be served at the ecolodge.

  • Fried piranha with a squeeze of lemon - a real jungle delicacy! Bolivian Amazon Adventure

    Day 10: Bolivian Amazon rainforest (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, we set out on a 4-hour guided hike along the Biwa Trail, where black spider monkeys are often encountered. Along this trail you will stop at the natural Madidi scenic viewpoint for a panoramic view of the rainforest canopy. Return to the ecolodge along the Tareche Trail. Lunch and an opportunity to relax in the hammocks. In the afternoon, go on a 3-hour guided walk via the Mapajo and Almendrillo Trails. Along these trails, you will appreciate the Giant Kapok Tree, Almendrillo Tree and the Strangler Fig Tree. Your guide will provide an in-depth explanation of the diverse species of plants used for medicinal purposes. It is a great opportunity to learn about the Amazon ecosystems while observing the pristine environment and different wildlife species. Return to the ecolodge along the Dati Trail. At night, Sample a traditional dinner of Dunucuabi (catfish wrapped in leaves) at the lodge.

  • A spot of early-evening Piranha fishing during our Bolivian Amazon Rainforest trek

    Day 11: Bolivian Amazon rainforest (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, we will take a boat upstream along the Tuichi river to the Serere Trail. A hike via the jungle floodplain to the Piraña lagoon offers a chance to see yellow squirrel monkeys before stopping to fish for piranha. After fishing, we will stop at a large, recently discovered salt lick to learn more about the animal behavior. Return to the lodge by boat. After lunch we set out for a 3-hour guided hike along the Tareche Trail. This is an opportunity to observe a variety of bird species, mainly macaws and parrots, and to appreciate the surrounding tropical rainforest. You may spot different animals such as the white-lipped peccary, the brown capuchin monkey and the red howler monkey. After hiking along the Aguapolo riverbank, we return to the ecolodge by the Wabu Trail, in time for dinner.

  • Jungle trekking, Carrasco National Park, Amazon, Bolivia

    Day 12: Amazon rainforest to La Paz (B/-/-)

    After breakfast, take the 3-hour boat ride back to Rurrenabaque. On arrival, transfer to airport for a 40-minute flight back to La Paz. End of tour.

  • Trip duration: 12 days
  • Countries visited: Bolivia
  • Level of difficulty: Low
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in La Paz, 1 night in a hostel on Sun Island, 1 night in a homestay on Moon Island, 1 overnight bus journey (with comfortable reclining seats), 2 nights in hostels in the Uyuni Salt Flat, 1 night in a hotel in Uyuni, and 3 nights in an ecolodge in the Amazon.
  • Transport: Private car, boat, airplane, coach.
  • Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Additional information:

    You will be greeted at La Paz airport by a local guide who will escort you to your hotel, answer questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure that your trip goes smoothly.

    There is no minimum number required for this tour and you will not be travelling with a group of people you’ve never met before. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least two people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups.

    Your passport details are required at the time of booking. For detailed information on visa requirements and health formalities, visit the FCO Travel Advice website (for UK citizens) and US Travel Advice website (for US citizens). You will need a Yellow Fever vaccination for travel to the Amazon.

    Yellow fever vaccines are recommended for the Amazon and although a low risk malaria area, bite prevention is always recommended (long sleeves, insect repellent).

    This Bolivia tour, like most of our adventures through Latin America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. If you have any concerns or require special arrangements please call or email us to discuss.

    What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sunscreen, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, wind and waterproof jacket, warm clothes to layer, warm socks, fleece, hat, gloves, scarf, comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material (bring at least two sets of light clothes which can be washed and dried easily), shorts, rain coat, camera, plastic ziplock bags, plastic bags for your luggage in case of rain.

  • Best time to travel: To Bolivia it can be all year round, although if including the Amazon Rainforest it is best to go between March and November.
  • Extra budget recommended: Around £150 / $200 per person to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary.
  • What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (some may be shared) and internal flights. Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
  • What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Optional activities. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs. $4 airport departure tax from the Amazon.

There is no minimum duration and you can take only the activities or destinations you want. To start creating your ideal, tailor-made tour to Bolivia, please complete and send this form. Our Bolivian partner will be in touch shortly:

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