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US $1,285Price per person, double occupancy, in private service, all intermediate transfers included. Domestic airfares included.
Duration:5 Days
Destination:La Paz, Tiwanaku, Sun Island - Lake Titicaca, Uyuni Salt Flat

UYUNI TOUR DESCRIPTION

In this 5 day Uyuni Tour package you will journey through some of Bolivia’s most iconic and beautiful destinations.

  • Walk through the largest & most amazing Salt Desert in the world, the Uyuni Salt Flats.
  • Explore the impressive Tiwanaku ruins, reminder of a once-powerful pre-Inca culture.
  • Stay the night on beautiful Sun Island surrounded by Lake Titicaca.
  • Discover the cultural diversity and folkloric treasures of the city of La Paz.
  • Travel to a different world in Moon Valley.

La Paz

Founded in 1548 by Spanish conquistadors, Nuestra Señora de La Paz, commonly known as La Paz, is Bolivia’s third most-populous city, the seat of the country’s government and the capital of the La Paz Department. It is located on the western side of Bolivia, nestled between the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level. La Paz is a city that showcases tradition with flair. You’ll marvel at how the city’s indigenous ethnicity blends seamlessly with colonial tradition and modern worldliness. Truly, a city of contrasts.

Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku (Spanish: Tiahuanaco or Tiahuanacu) is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia. The city of Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD. Its monumental remains testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilization, which is distinct from any of the other pre-Hispanic empires of the Americas.

Sun Island

Isla del Sol (Sun Island) is an island in the southern part of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is said to be the birthplace of the Sun god and other pre-columbian gods, as well as the place from where Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, founders of the Inca Empire, emerged.

There are over 80 ruins on Sun Island. Most of these date to the Inca period during the 15th century AD. Many hills on the island contain agricultural terraces, which adapt steep and rocky terrain to agriculture. Among the ruins on the island are the Sacred Rock, a labyrinth-like building called Chinkana, Kasa Pata, and Pilco Kaima.

Uyuni Salt Flats

The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt desert at nearly 12,000 square kilometers (7,456 sq mi), located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft). The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar.  The Salar serves as the major transport route across the Bolivian Altiplano and is a major breeding ground for several species of pink flamingos. It is also a photographer’s paradise for its natural flatness and beautiful landscape.

UYUNI TOUR PACKAGE ITINERARY

DAY 1

Morning transfer from the Airport:
International flight Lima or Cusco – La Paz (booked on your own). Private transport WITH TRANSFER PERSON from the airport to your hotel in La Paz.

City Tour La Paz and Moon Valley Half Day:
Pick up from the lobby of your hotel to visit the highlights of the city of La Paz. These include the Witch Doctor’s Market (where you can find herbs, folk remedies and fascinating ingredients used in Aymara rituals), and the typical handicrafts market of Sagarnaga Street.

The tour continues to the San Francisco Colonial Church (Museum not included) and Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and the National Congress buildings are located. After this you will visit the charming, cobble-stoned street of Jaen, one of the last colonial streets of downtown La Paz, and home to a range of museums, shops, bars and restaurants. You will then be transferred to Plaza España to take the Yellow and Green Lines of the city’s sky lift towards the southern area of the city. Here you will enjoy panoramic views of the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida.

Finally, the tour ends with a fascinating visit to Moon Valley, an amazing display of rock erosion patterns like something from out of this world. You will also have the opportunity to visit and enjoy the small gallery of celebrated local potter, Mario Sarabia (duration: 4 hours). Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Rosario Hotel La Paz.

DAY 2

Transfer to Copacabana and Tour:
Pick up from the lobby of your hotel. Transport to Copacabana (duration: 4 – 4 ½ hours, altitude: 3,840m / 12,595ft). At your arrival, you will have lunch at the outdoor terrace of the Rosario Hotel, overlooking Lake Titicaca.

You will then start your tour by visiting the Basilica, a stark, white, Moorish-looking building decorated with Portuguese-style blue tiles and rounded domes. The treasure inside is the Shrine de la Virgen de Copacabana — a statue carved in the 15th century which is said to be responsible for countless miracles. It’s also said that if she’s removed, Lake Titicaca will rise in rebellion and flood the town.

Next, you may walk the 12 Stations of the Cross (optional), which devout Catholics visit throughout the Easter season of Lent. It is a great walk (duration: 1 ½ hours) as it will help you understand the layout of the town and the position of nearby islands. The views of Lake Titicaca on the way up, and at the summit, are worth the uphill walking. It is worth noting that in contrast to the strong Catholic influences found in Copacabana, you’ll also find Yatiris (masters) performing spiritual cleansings called “challas” or coca leaf readings, all part of the Aymara culture.

Transfer to Sun Island:
After your tour of Copacabana, you will be transferred by boat to the Port of Pilkokaina in the southern part of Sun Island on Lake Titicaca–legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire–where you will be welcomed by the La Estancia Eco-Lodge staff. The lodge is situated at the top of the island and requires a smooth uphill walk with amazing views of the lake and a visit to the Inca ruins of Pilkokaina Palace along the way, (duration: 1- 1 ½ hours). From the lodge, behold an amazing sunset.Evening free.

Overnight at La Estancia Eco-Lodge.
(B, L, D at your hotel)

DAY 3

Escalera del Inca and Transfer to Tiwanaku:
After enjoying breakfast at the Eco-lodge, you will walk down to the Port of Yumani and visit the Escalera del Inca, a stairway leading to the Inca Fountain, once believed to be a fountain of youth, and a place where ceremonies dedicated to water and insemination of earth took place. After a short trek with wonderful panoramic views of Lake Titicaca, you will take a boat back to Copacabana (duration: 1 hour) to then be transferred to Tiwanaku (duration: 3 – 4 hours).

Half Day Tiwanaku Ruins and Transfer to La Paz:
After lunch in Tiwanaku, visit the Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture, which includes beautiful monumental stone buildings that survive in the protected archaeological zones. You will visit the Kalasasaya Temple (Sun), the legendary Sun Gate, the Semi-subterranean temple (Earth), the Akapana Pyramid, the Puma Punku ceremonial center, as well as the museums where you will enjoy an impressive collection of objects and tools of ancient civilizations in addition to monumental monoliths (duration: 1 ½ – 2 hours). Transfer to your hotel in La Paz (duration: 1 ½ hours).

Evening free.
Overnight at Rosario Hotel in La Paz.
(B, L)

DAY 4

Pick up from the lobby of your hotel and transport WITH TRANSFER PERSON to the airport to take your flight La Paz – Uyuni (BoA OB-302 departing at 08:10 and arriving at 09:00 or Amaszonas Z8-302 departing at 07:30 and arriving at 08:15).

Full Day Uyuni Salt Flat:
Early morning pick-up WITH TRANSFER PERSON from the Uyuni airport. You will be taken to the TIKA restaurant at the Jardines de Uyuni hotel for a short break as all tours begin at 10:00am. Mid-morning departure from the town of Uyuni on route to the amazing Uyuni Salt Flat, the world’s largest salt desert. On your way, you will visit the cemetery of trains where you can take playful and even artistic pictures on board the remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives. Next you will visit the town of Colchani (20 min. from Uyuni) where you’ll learn the artisanal salt extraction process from local artisans, and maybe even purchase Uyuni salt. You will also see piles of extracted salt and the “ojos del salar” or mineralized water springs bursting out of the salt flat

The next stop is Incahuasi Island located in the middle of the salt flat. It is an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem where giant cacti thrive (up to 10m. or 32ft. high). Afterwards, you will enjoy a unique picnic experience, as lunch will be served in the middle of the salt desert. This is a perfect time to take advantage of the salt flat’s extraordinary flatness and play with proportion and perspective in your photographs.

After lunch you will travel to Pucara Ayque at the base of the Tunupa volcano to explore the Pre-Columbian ruins and mummies found there. After witnessing an amazing sunset on the salt flat, you will return to Uyuni or Colchani where you will be transferred to your hotel in Colchani – Uyuni.

Evening free.

Overnight at Palacio de Sal.
(B, L, D at your hotel)

DAY 5

Pick up from the lobby of your hotel and transport WITH TRANSFER PERSON to the airport to take your flight Uyuni – La Paz (BoA OB-303 departing at 09:40 and arriving at 10:30 or Amaszonas Z8-301 departing at 08:15 and arriving at 09:05 or Amaszonas Z8-303 departing at 08:40 and arriving at 09:30) to then take your international flight (booked on your own).

(B)

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

 

5 DAY UYUNI TOUR PRICES

PRICE PER PERSON*1 Person2 People4 People6 People8 People10 People12 People
3 StarsUS $2,080US$ 1,285US$ 1,015US$ 920US $940US $880US $855
3 Stars SuperiorUS$ 2,110US $1,325US $1,050US $960US $975US $920US $895
4 StarsUS$ 2,160US $1,350US $1,080US $985US $1,005US $945US $920
5 StarsUS$ 2,290US $1,420US $1,145US $1,055US $1,075US $1,015US $990

* Includes domestic flights at the current lowest airfare available and subject to availability. Private Service Only. Price includes payment transaction fees.

INCLUDED

Included in Tour Price:Not included in Tour Price:
Hotel accommodations according to itinerary.International flights.
Meals according to itinerary.Visas required to enter Bolivia.
All entrance tickets.Airport Taxes for international flights.
All tour and intermediate transfers.Drinks.
All guided excursions in English in private service.Tips.
Embarkation fees (Lake Titicaca).
Domestic flights: La Paz – Uyuni – La Paz.
Airport taxes for domestic flights only.

 

NOTES:

FOR THE HIGHLANDS (La Paz, Tiwanaku, Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, and Uyuni):

  • Upon arrival in La Paz, we recommend you rest for at least 3 hours; do not eat much, as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day due to the altitude.  Also, you can drink coca tea (except those who suffer from high blood pressure and heart problems).
  • Wear comfortable footwear and clothes (dress in layers).
  • Drink water, wear sunglasses, sunscreen and sun cap.
  • Bring moisturizing cream and a small backpack for excursions.
  • Do not forget a camera or videocamera to capture the amazing places you’ll visit.
  • We recommend bringing abundant contact lens solution or an additional pair of glasses.

 

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