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WORLD HERITAGES SITES OF BOLIVIA
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Bolivia
Stretching from the majestic icebound peaks and bleak high-altitude deserts of the Andes to the exuberant rainforests and vast savannas of the Amazon basin, Bolivia embraces an astonishing range of landscapes and climates. While three centuries of Spanish colonial rule have left their mark on Bolivia's language, religion and architecture, this European influence is essentially no more than a thin veneer overlying indigenous cultural traditions that stretch back long before the conquest.. Owing to its remoteness, Bolivia remains one of South America's least-visited countries despite its myriad attractions. On this tour we visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and go beyond Lake Titicaca and La Paz. We visit the pre-Incan remains at Tiahuanaco and Samaipata; the colonial architecture of Sucre and Potosí; and experience the living heritage of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Arrive La Paz
02
La Paz
03 La Paz / Tiwanaku / Huatajata
04
Huatajata / Copacabana / Huatajata
05
Huatajata / Oruro
06
Oruro / Uyuni
07
Uyuni / Salt Flats / Uyuni
08
Uyuni / Potosi
09
Potosi / Sucre
10
Sucre
11
Sucre / Santa Cruz / San Javier / Concepcion
12
Concepcion / Santa Cruz
13
Santa Cruz
14
Depart Santa Cruz

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites covered on this tour
City of Potosí
Fuerte de Samaipata
Historic City of Sucre
Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos
Tiwanaku: Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive La Paz
We are welcomed at the airport and transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax and get accustomed to the altitude.
Overnight: Hotel Europa (2 nights)

Day 02: La Paz
This morning we head for the epic city of Tiwanaku*, the capital of an ancient civilization. Located 72 km away form the city of La Paz and near the south-eastern shores of Lake Titikaka. During its greatest times, the capital of  Tiwanaku was the largest in the world and considered to be the Cradle of all American Civilizations. This pre-Inca ruins started endless archeological debates, the most recent radiocarbon 14 tests show that this edifications date back to 1580 B.C.  In this ancient breath taking city we will visit the Kalasasaya (Sun) temple, Semisubterranean  (Earth) Temple, Akapana Pyramid and the legendary Sun Gate, the tour also takes us to an impressive museum filled with ancient objects and tools that stand as proof of just how advanced this civilization really was. Afternoon we visit the famous Witch Doctor's Market, San Francisco Colonial Church and the typical handicrafts of the Sagarnaga Street. The tour continues to Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. Then, visit the famous colonial street Jaen where interesting museums are clustered together. To change scenery the tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida. The tour ends with a visit to the unique Moon Valley, where passengers will have the opportunity to walk around, and visit a ceramic workshop with a demonstration of the art of pottery(B)

Day 03: La Paz / Titicaca Lake / Sun Island
Early land transfer to Titicaca Lake. Breakfast included. Board the Catamaran Cruise Ship to Sun Island, the legendary birthplace of the Inca Empire. Buffet Lunch on board. Visit Challapampa Village and enjoy of the participative tourism, visitors have the opportunity to interact with one of the most unspoiled indigenous Titicaca villages through an innovative program organized with the local community visiting their own museum, chapel, school, a typical house, sailing in their vessels to an Inca holy temple, andean ritual and walking through Inca trails.
Overnight: Catamaran (1 night) (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Sun Island/Inti Wata Complex/Chua/La Paz
Catamaran Cruise Ship sails across the lake enjoying breakfast and the overwhelming panorama visiting the Pilkokaina Inca Palace. Continue to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex including the Ekako Underground Museum, the traditional medicine and the Titikaka Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica lounge and at the Manco Kapac look out the largest variety of Andean camelids.Snack in the Complex. Visit the Inca Garden, steps and the Inca fountain Also, the Inti Wata Complex at Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titikaka Traditional vessel.  Buffet lunch on board while sailing to Chua harbor. Land transfer to La Paz city. Arrival around evening.
Overnight: Hotel Europa (1 night) (B, L)

Day 05: La Paz / Oruro
We drive to Calarmarca to visit the 16th century church that contains paintings by the Master of Calamarca, a Bolivian artist who created a series of paintings of angels in the first half of the 18th century. We continue to Curahuara de Carangas and visit the church built in 1608 . The church is also called the Sistine Chapel of the Andes, due to the magnificent frescoes painted by local parishioners in 1777 that cover all of its walls. We enjoy box lunch on our way to Oruro.
Overnight: Hotel Eden (1 night) (B, L)

Day 06: Oruro / Uyuni
We travel from Oruro to Uyuni through the magnificent landscapes of the Andes in 4X4 vehicles, enjoying our box lunch en route. After arrival in Uyuni, the afternoon is free to relax.
Overnight: Hotel Luna Salada (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 07: Uyuni / Salt Flats / Uyuni
This morning we head out to visit the Uyuni Salt Flat and Incahuasi Island. This island is located in the heart of the salt flat and is the greatest of a group of islands that represents an isolated ecosystem.  The island is populated with a cacti species that measures up to 12 meters high (26.25 feet), providing an impressive overview. Lunch or Box Lunch. The trip continues towards Coquesa village,  ascend towards the Tunupa Volcano to visit the Coquesa Mummies. In the afternoon return to the hotel. (B, L, D)

Note: during the rainy season, from November to March, the salt flat could be flooded in that case passengers will visit the train cemetery, the Colchani village where it is possible to observe the extracting salt process by hand. Visit the salt eyes, impressive for its geology and cross the salt flat  as much as possible to enjoy a beautiful landscape. The entire salt flat is completely cover with water and it becomes in a white giant mirror where the sky is reflected perfectly and everything seems to be floating on air.   The scenery is a paradise for photography lovers because of  the effects that can be achieved. Box lunch is served in the middle of the salt flat. In the afternoon return to hotel.  It is advisable to wear sandals to enjoy the warm water of the salt

Day 08: Uyuni / Potosi
Today we drive to the City of Potosi*. In the 16th century, this area was regarded as the world’s largest industrial complex. The extraction of silver ore relied on a series of hydraulic mills. The site consists of the industrial monuments of the Cerro Rico, where water is provided by an intricate system of aqueducts and artificial lakes. Potosi is one of the highest cities in the world by elevation at  4,090 metres (13,420 ft). Founded in 1546 as a mining town, it soon produced fabulous wealth, becoming one of the largest cities in the Americas and the world, with a population exceeding 200,000 people.
Overnight: Hotel Coloso (1 night) (B, L)

Day 09: Potosi / Sucre
We explore the colonial streets of Potosi, including visits of the Royal Mint of Potosi (closed on Mondays), the most important silver mint of the Spanish Empire and the Santa Teresa Museum. In the afternoon we drive to the Historic City of Sucre, the first capital of Bolivia, was founded by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th century. Its many well-preserved 16th-century religious buildings, illustrate the blending of local architectural traditions with styles imported from Europe.
Overnight: Parador Santa Maria Hotel (2 nights) (B)

Day 10: Sucre
We explore the Historic City of Sucre*, visiting the Casa de la Libertad, where Simón Bolívar signed the Bolivia’s Declaration of Independence of Bolivia; the cathedral,  churches and cloisters of La Recoleta, San Felipe de Neri, Guadalupe and San Francisco, as well as the San Francisco Xavier University Museum that contains fine examples of anthropological research as of colonial and modern art.  (B, L)

Day 11: Sucre / Santa Cruz / San Javier / Concepcion
We are transferred to the airport for our short flight to Santa Cruz. Upon arrival we are received and drive to the Chiquitania region for our exploration of the Jesuit Missions of the Chiquitos*. Between 1696 and 1760, six ensembles of reducciones (settlements of Christianized Indians) inspired by the ‘ideal cities’ of the 16th-century philosophers were founded by the Jesuits in a style that married Catholic architecture with local traditions.  We visit San Francisco Javier, the westernmost and the earliest. It is now a small village whose traditional habitat preserves some characteristics of the domestic architecture of the Jesuits, although the height of 6.25 m established for each house is rarely encountered. The school has survived, as well as the church, the work of Father Martin Schmidt.  We enjoy our box lunch and continue to Concepción.
Overnight: Hotel Chiquitos (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 12: Concepcion / Santa Cruz
We drive to the Santa Teresita Stone for a panoramic view of the Valle Chiquitano and visit the church of Concepción built in in 1725 by Father Martin Schmidt. We also visit the Museo Misional to see different wood sculptures, before our return drive to Santa Cruz.
Overnight: Hotel Los Tajibos (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 13: Santa Cruz
We take a full day excursion to Fuerte de Samaipata*, the largest carved stone in the world. The archaeological site of Samaipata consists of two parts: the hill with its many carvings, believed to have been the ceremonial centre of the old town (14th–16th centuries), and the area to the south of the hill, which formed the administrative and residential district. The huge sculptured rock, dominating the town below, is a unique testimony to pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs, and has no parallel anywhere in the Americas. (B, L)

Day 14: Depart Santa Cruz
After our incredible journey of marvelling at Bolivia's cultural and natural heritage, we are transferred to the airport. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Daily


Prices
Season Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 Please contact us for details
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:

• Hotel accommodation as mentioned or similar
• Meal plan as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All sightseeing and transfers
• Entrance Fees to Museums and Sites
• Services of local multilingual speaking guides
• Hydrofoil ticket
• One way air ticket Sucre/Santa Cruz

• Any airfares & airport /departure Taxes
• Personal Insurances
• Visa Fees
• Drinks / Beverages with meals
• Tips / Gratuities to Drivers & Guides

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1100
West Coast US $   800
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 participants.

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In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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