An in-depth exploration of an introverted, landlocked and isolationist culture
17 Night Itinerary from £4,450
The culture and landscapes are fascinating, from remote, gigantic mountain salt flats and deep colonial heritage to the mysterious Lake Titicaca and unique, bustling local markets and fiestas.
Select your preferred departure date
- Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
- Sucre - 3 Nights
- Potosi - 2 Nights
- Uyuni Salt Flats - 2 Nights
- La Paz - 3 Nights
- Sun Island and Lake Titicaca - 3 Nights
- Fly to Santa Cruz and return to UK - 2 Nights
- A comprehensive and authentic tour of Bolivia with expert local Veloso Tours guides
- Departing on Tuesdays from the UK
- Explore the colonial grandeur of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
- Discover the history and charm of Sucre and Potosi
- Visit the famous and colourful Tarabuco Market
- Experience the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats
- Admire the stunning landscapes and flamingoes at the La Rea Reserve
- Enjoy 3 nights in La Paz, time to get to know this most unusual of capital cities
- Stay on Sun Island, Lake Titicaca for 3 nights on a full board basis
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Departure from the UK on overnight flight to Santa Cruz
Day 2 - Santa Cruz
Day 3 - City tour of Santa Cruz
- Full Description
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Depart on your overnight flight from the UK to Bolivia.
Sunday, 01 August 2021
Arrive in Santa Cruz in the morning, where you will be met by our guide and taken to your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay. Rest of the day at leisure.
Monday, 02 August 2021
City tour of Santa Cruz
Today your guide will take you on a tour of elegant Santa Cruz. Located on the Parai River, Santa Cruz was founded by the Spanish in the 1500's. The Veloso Tours local guide will show you the impressive colonial centre and cathedral.
Sucre - 3 Nights
Day 4 - Fly to Sucre
Day 5 - City tour
Day 6 - Tarabuco Market and Candeleria Farm
- Full Description
Tuesday, 03 August 2021
Fly to Sucre
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Sucre. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. Rest of the day is at leisure in Sucre, Bolivia's official capital, renamed in 1825 in honour of the president of the new republic. Sucre is a small, elegant city of important historical significance and is often referred to as the 'Ciudad Blanca' (White City) as all the buildings in the centre are painted their original colonial white. Stroll through the narrow streets, it in the central park and watch the world go by, absorbing the local atmosphere. Visit the local market, Recoleta Convent, the fascinating museum of the cathedral and the House of Liberty, where you can view the rich historic heritage of Sucre and the whole of Bolivia. Outside Sucre, visit the Castle de la Glorieta built by the wealthy owner as a replica of European achitectural styles and the large site of Dinosaur footprints at Calorck'o.
Wednesday, 04 August 2021
City tour of Sucre
Start your day and explore Sucre, historical capital of Bolivia, declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This colonial city founded on 1538, is a living witness of the fights for Independence. Colonial churches and valuable paintings of the time, furniture and religious sculptures, adorn at the present time the museums and colonial houses. Decide yourself your special interests and visit the Museo de Tesoro filled with many precious stones of Bolivia and metal works arts and the architecture throughout the house.
Thursday, 05 August 2021
Tarabuco Market and Candeleria Farm
Today enjoy a full day trip to Tarabuco - a real highlight of the trip - where local Quechua people still wear traditional costume of multi-coloured ponchos, chuspas (woven bags for carrying coca leaves), elaborate axsu (overskirts) for the women, and helmet-like headgear (apparently derived from conquistadors helmets) for the married men and women. Sunday is the best market day in Tarabuco and is full of colour and ambience. We visit the Main Square and marketplace.
We continue to Candelaria Farm, a typical Spanish country property which keeps the structure of colonial agricultural production. Candelaria and its surroundings have been, until today, important centres for the production of handmade textiles with their own special characteristics, where weavers and people can be seen in their own environment. The Hacienda displays in its native museum, one of the more valuable collections of old textiles in Bolivia, where it is possible to admire the different techniques, combinations of colours and ornamental designs that characterise the work of various indigenous communities of the country. If time allows it, we take a short walk to the Inca Bridge and return to Sucre in the evening.
Lunch is included at Hacienda Candelaria.
Potosi - 2 Nights
Day 7 - Travel overland to Potosi
Day 8 - City tour
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Friday, 06 August 2021
Travel overland to Potosi
Today, we travel through Bolivian countryside to Potosi, a wonderful city and was once the richest in South America due the wealth that was extracted from the silver mine in the nearby Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain). By the early 17th Century Potosi was the largest city in the Americas. Although now the wealth that the city once had is no longer apparent, the legacy of its past remains by way of its beautiful colonial buildings. At 4,070 metres one must explore very much at leisure and there are plenty of places to stop and watch the locals go about their daily lives.
On arrival, check into your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.
Saturday, 07 August 2021
Enjoy a full day tour of Potosi today. We will visit the old Mint, a fascinating insight into life as it was years ago. The massive wooden press remains, where donkeys and slaves laboured to rotate the wheel. A large collection of paintings can also be seen, which show an interesting blend of Catholicism and traditional beliefs. The indigenous people have managed to weave their Gods of nature into the catholic images, where the Virgin Mary is depicted as being their own God, Mother Earth or 'Pachamama'. Lunch is included today.
Uyuni Salt Flats - 2 Nights
Day 9 - Uyuni Salt Flats
Day 10 - Uyuni to Villamar
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Sunday, 08 August 2021
Uyuni Salt Flats
Today we travel overland by 4 x 4 vehicle to Uyuni, via the Great Salt Flats. On the way you’ll see the village of Colchani, where we visit an artisanal salt processing plant and watch the salt extraction methods. We explore the great Uyuni salt flats at “Isla Incahuasi” (2 hours), a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus. We then continue north to see the pre-Columbian Pucara de Ayque Fort and nearby Chullpares, with a final stop at Colchani where we enjoy the sunset. A picnic lunch in the middle of the salt flats and dinner is included today. We transfer to our hotel, the Palacio de Sal Hotel (actually constructed with salt) for an overnight night stay.
Monday, 09 August 2021
Uyuni to Villamar
Today we travel south visiting the cemetery of old trains, then through the highlands, passing the villages of San Cristobal, Culpina K finally arriving at the scenic and rich valley of Alota. Here, discover landscapes with great stone formations. Continue through high valleys to the village of Villamar where we overnight. A picnic lunch and dinner is included today.
La Paz - 3 Nights
Day 11 - La Rea Reserve to La Paz
Day 12 - La Paz
Day 13 - La Paz
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Tuesday, 10 August 2021
La Rea Reserve to La Paz
A long, but rewarding day today. We are up early to visit La Rea reserve where we visit Laguna Colourada, a protected site due to the nesting of over 30,000 Andean flamingos, the geysers at “Sol de Mañana”, Chalviri lagoon and the natural hot springs of Polques. We continue through the high desert of Pampas de Dali arriving at “Laguna Verde”, a beautiful green lagoon at the foothills of the Licancabur Mountain. From here, we drive to the Uyuni Airport for an internal flight to La Paz, where we transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. Picnic lunch is included today.
Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Today is free for you to explore La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia.
Located high above sea level, La Paz sits in a bowl surrounded by the altiplano mountains. Overlooking the city is the towering triple-peaked Illimani, always snow covered and majestic. La Paz is the legislative capital of Bolivia, the largest city. The legal capital, home of the Supreme Court, is in Sucre. La Paz was built within a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River, which runs northwest to southeast. La Paz is a mix of past and present thrown together - it is like stepping into a different world. The city maintains its authentic traditional roots of Andean culture.
La Paz has a unique transport system of cable cars, the Teleferico, with numerous stations and lines crisscrossing the city. It's the best way to travel around, with a panoramic view, fresh air, clean, modern stations and gondolas made of glass, carrying a maximum 8 people.
We have a range of optional excursions providing an authentic experience to enhance your visit of La Paz:
- Cable Car Lines throughout the city and the surrounding mountain tops.
- Shoe Shine Kids and Cable Car Red Line to the surrounding mountain top at El Alto.
- Tiwanaco pre-Inca archaeological site by Lake Titicaca.
- Tour of La Paz including "Moon Valley".
- Half day hiking (3 hours) in Valle de las Animas & Palca Canyon.
- Full day visit to Tropical Yungas dropping from altitude to the rainforest.
- "Pena" for the Bolivia Music and evening dinner.
Thursday, 12 August 2021
A further day free to explore La Paz at your leisure, or join an optional excursion.
Sun Island and Lake Titicaca - 3 Nights
Day 14 - Travel to Sun Island, Lake Titicaca
Day 15 - Exploring Lake Titicaca
Day 16 - The Old Lady of Sun island
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Friday, 13 August 2021
Travel to Sun Island, Lake Titicaca
We depart La Paz and travel overland to Copacabana, a pleasant town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Here, we visit the church and famous "Virgen Morena". We then travel by boat crossing the Lake to the Island of the Sun where we enjoy an included local lunch in the highlands of this island in the centre of the Lake. After lunch, we explore the ruins of Pilkokaina Inca temple and hike to the scenic Ecolodge La Estancia where we stay for 3 nights on a full board basis.
Saturday, 14 August 2021
Exploring Lake Titicaca
Up early for the amazing sunrise. We then take a hike through Yumani visiting the Inca stairs and the Water of the Eternal Youth. We take a boat trp on the lake to the Island of the Moon visiting the ruins of Iñak Uyu Inca temple and continue by boat to the Chincana ruins and the Sacred Rock. Here, we enjoy a short hike to Challapampa, returning to Ecolodge La Estancia for lunch and an afternoon at leisure enjoying the peace and beauty of this mystical place.
Sunday, 15 August 2021
The Old Lady of Sun Island
Today we visit “La Viejita”, a 98 year old lady, who has lived her life on Sun Island. She will tell great stories about her and the people on the island as well as the history itself from this mystical place. There is a visit also to this lady’s house, her courtyard and experience how she and her animals live. And also, it will be possible to see how to use different farming techniques for sowing and harvesting and try your hand at cooking a typical Sun Island dish. The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the amazing views and your surroundings.
Fly to Santa Cruz and return to UK - 2 Nights
Day 17 - Fly to Santa Cruz
Day 18 - Final day at leisure in Santa Cruz
Day 19 - Fly back to UK
Day 20 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Monday, 16 August 2021
Fly to Santa Cruz
We depart Sun Island today and return to La Paz, where we take an internal flight to Santa Cruz. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2 night stay.
Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Final day at leisure in Santa Cruz
At leisure exploring the beautiful city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Fly back to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Thursday, 19 August 2021
Arrive in the UK
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- 20 days / 17 nights
- International flights (2 overnights)
- Internal flights
- Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- All transportation.
- Meals as shown on the itinerary.
- Airport transfers
- Excursions with English speaking local guides.
- Local Entrance Fees and permits where required.
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