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Highlands and Amazons in few days

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Highlands and Amazons in few days

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Highlight placesLa Paz, National Park Madidi, Salt Lake (Salar de Uyuni), Titicaca Lake (Lago Titicaca). 

Lenght: 9 Days/8 night 

Starts in: La Paz 

Ends in: Puno or La Paz 

Mimimun2 persons 

 


DAY 1 

La Paz.   

Reception and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, City Tour and Moon Valley, guided tour that starts with the visit to typical markets in the city of La Paz, such as handicrafts markets, the exotic market of witches, where you can find articles related with rituals celebrations, medicinal plants and incense smokes that structure a colorful picture with singular originality; The traditional Church of "San Francisco", built with stone with a door  carved with Baroque blend with native motifs. The "Murillo Square" or "Plaza de Armas", the traditional "Calle Jaen" with museums that presents the history and national identity. 

Tour inside the modern cable car system that offers a panoramic view of La Paz city, bus ride through residential neighborhoods of the city, to finally visit the incomparable Moon Valley, received its name after Neil Armstrong visited the site and remarked how the landscape resembled that of the moon.  

Overnight in La Paz. 

 

DAY 2 

La Paz – Rurrenabaque.  

Breakfast. 

Transfer to the airport to board the plane to Rurrenabaque. (approximately 40 minutes flight). Reception and transfer to the hotel. 

Rurrenabaque located on the shores of Beni River where the mountains end and the plains begin, gateway to Madidi National Park, jungle with full wildlife, alligators, anacondas, pink dolphins, monkeys, variety of birds, butterflies and many others, in this place you will experience the rich biodiversity of the region. 

Night lodging in Rurrenabaque. 

 

DAY 3 

Rurrenabaque - Chalalán - Madidi National Park. 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

After breakfast, at 07:00 hours, excursion from Rurrenabaque to the jungle, motorboat trip to the Chalalan Ecolodge, takes approximately 5 1/2 hours, acorss the rivers Beni and Tuichi, the journey is an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful landscapes such as the Bala Canyon, landscapes of the rainforest, with the chance to observe some animals and birds during the trip until reach Chalalan port. Approximately 25 min walk to the Ecolodge. Reception, welcome, and accommodation in their respective rooms. Welcome lunch. 

In the afternoon, short hike through one of the theme sideways, local guide will explain the tropical rainforest and its traditional use. Return by canoe to observe some species of monkeys and birds. 

After the evening dinner a small hike. Overnight at the Ecolodge. 

 

DAY 4 

Chalalan. 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

After breakfast, a guided walk of 3 to 4 hours along the Tapacaré sideway or similar, where the local guide will explain the interpretation of rainforest and ecological processes. Return to the Hostel. Lunch. In the afternoon, after a short rest, visit the viewpoint where you can see the beautiful landscape of Chalalán Lake and the extensive primary rainforest of Madidi National Park. Return to the lodge, after dinner, canoe ride, special activity to observe the impressive alligators and other animals. 

Traditional night (Quechua - Tacana) where local guides will explain about the customs, uses and rituals of the Uchupiamonas natives. 

Overnight at the Ecolodge. 

 

DAY 5 

Chalalan - Rurrenabaque - La Paz. 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

After breakfast, at very early hour a short walk along one of the sidewalks where you can observe some animals and birds. Return to the Hostel. 

After lunch, hike to Chalalán port to board the motor boat back to Rurrenabaque. The return trip takes 3 hours. Arrival to Rurrenabaque and transfer to the airport, flight to La Paz. Reception and transfer to the bus terminal in La Paz to board the bus to Uyuni. 

Night aboard the bus. 

 

DAY 6 

Uyuni- Salt Lake (Salar de Uyuni)  

Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Reception at bus station. After breakfast, the tour starts with a visit to the "cemetery of trains", where you will see "skeletons" of locomotives and wagons across the "Altiplano" (high attitude bolivian desert), remind us of a successful Bolivian mining past. Excursion to the Salt Lake (Salar de Uyuni), visiting the village of Colchani, located at 20 km from the city of Uyuni which is the obligatory stop on the way to the majestic Salt Lake, a crafts market located on the main street, artisanal proccesing salt plants, the cut and manual extraction of salt blocks; the first "Salt Hotel" built entirely with salt blocks. Excursion to Incahuasi Island, characterized by its formations of limestone rock, with remains of corals and marine shells, full of capricious caves and giant cactus of 8 to 10 m. height.  

The day concludes with the magical experience of seeing the sunset from this place, which is considered as a magical moment painted with strong red and orange like flashes of fire. 

 

Accommodation night in Uyuni or Colchani. 

 

*At night the sky becomes a vault with flashes of billions of stars, that can be seen on the horizon with no need to move your head up; the number of shooting stars that can be observed and the perception of the constellations, make this moment a wonderful experience. 

During rainy season, only a few millimeters of water cover the surface of the Salt Lake and like magic the line between earth and sky disappears, the stars descend from the sky by the water reflex. 

* (As long as the overnight is spend in Colchani or around the Salar Lake) 

 

DAY 7 

Uyuni – La Paz. 

Breakfast, dinner. 

Transfer to the airport of Uyuni to board the flight to the city of La Paz. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Free afternoon. 

Dinner or Dinner show. Bolivia has an important ecological and cultural diversity, culinary ingredients have made important gastronomic offerings, sophisticated restaurants emerge in the city of La Paz, Bolivia's main gastronomic center, fresh and innovative menus merging traditional and modern ingredients, make unforgettable experiences. 

Overnight in La Paz. 

 

DAY 8 

La Paz - Copacabana. 

Breakfast, lunch. 

After breakfast, at 08:00 am. visit the Sanctuary of Copacabana, an Andean village located on the shores of the "Lago Sagrado" (Sacred Lake) of Incas and Sanctuary of the "Virgen Morena". Excursion across the Titicaca Lake aboard a typical boat to the "Isla del Sol" (Sun's Island), place of great natural beauty with great terraces of crops and the blue lake in the background, considered as a legendary place where the Inca dynasty began at the head of Manco Capac (male) and Mama Ocllo (female); The island holds remains of the ancient civilization, such as the Yumani stairs, the fountain of Eternal Youth and the viewpoint from where you can see the incomparable beauty of Titicaca Lake and the majesty of the Andes. Return to La Paz. 

Overnight in La Paz 

Optional: Departure by bus to Puno and transfer to the hotel. 

 

DAY 9 

La Paz. 

Transfer out 

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