Experience breathtaking scenery and adventure along with the incredible landscapes of Bolivia on this luxury 8-day Laguna Route Bolivia tour. The Laguna Route, or Ruta de Las Lagunas, takes you through the lake region and deserts of Bolivia and on to the expansive salt flats for a one-of-a-kind experience. From La Paz to Lake Titicaca to Uyuni, this tour is sure to surprise, thrill, and satisfy the adventurer in you while providing luxurious comfort along the way.
Upon arriving in the breathtaking city of La Paz, you’ll enjoy a good night’s sleep as you prepare to venture out and explore its many offerings. Filled with modern, colonial, and indigenous influences, La Paz offers something for everyone, including a historic center, bustling squares, cathedrals, palaces, shops, and restaurants.
You can also explore nearby Moon Valley and take a ride across the sky on the Teleferico cable car to experience the most spectacular views of the city and beyond. Seek out more city treasures if you like or relax before the next part of your tour takes you to beautiful Lake Titicaca.
The Isles and Villages of Lake Titicaca
Once you arrive at Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest, commercially navigable lake, you’ll select your own adventure for the day. Expert guides await onboard a deluxe hydrofoil to help you choose between the lake’s activities and destinations and to ensure your experience here is the best it can be.
Explore the largest island on the lake, La Isla Del Sol (Sun Island), and discover its many archaeological ruins, including the Inca Great Staircase and Sacred Fountain. Add a stop on Moon Island to your itinerary and explore its religious sites, or explore any other location you desire before a return to La Paz for the night.
The Salt Flats of Uyuni and Beyond
From La Paz, you’ll take a short flight to Uyuni, where you’ll begin by exploring the region’s various remote towns full of history, culture, and charm and spectacular lake-filled landscapes along the way. From the small mining town of San Cristobal to the Bolivian culture experience at Villa Alota, a unique adventure awaits.
After some cultural contemplation, the Laguna Route beckons you towards the Bolivia-Chile border and the beginnings of the Atacama Desert. Behold the mesmorizing natural scenery that surrounds you on this epic journey that takes you to the wildlife-rich Eduardo Avaroa National Park.
For many visitors the llama, vicuna, and vizcachas herds, active Sol de Manana Geysers, and spectacular volcano views are reason enough to make the journey, but it is its alluring colored lakes that give the ruta de las lagunas its name, from the reddish hues of Laguna Colorada that’s home to several species of flamingo, to the green and white waters of the Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca lakes that neighbor each other at the base of Licancabur Volcano.
Before returning to La Paz and the end of your tour, you’ll have the chance to visit the island oasis of Incahuasi in the midst of the salt flats – which will provide you with spectacular scenery, unique photo opportunities, and a silence incomparable to anywhere else on the planet – and the small village of Coquesa to marvel in wonder at the Coquesa Mummies and towering Thunupa Volcano. A spectacular ending to a spectacular adventure.
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Welcome to La Paz!
Welcome to Bolivia! After arriving at La Paz Airport you’ll be warmly greeted by your awaiting bilingual guide and private tranportation for the half-hour journey downtown to your chosen hotel. Along the way, your guide will provide their passionate insight into this breathtaking Bolivian city, the highest de facto capital city in the world at 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level.
La Paz Through The Ages
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel ready for this morning’s half-day city tour of La Paz, including a visit to Moon Valley and chance to take the Teleferico. Beneath the majestic Illimani mountain, La Paz is a chaotic carnival of color and noise, where indigenous, colonial and modern worlds meet and new adventures lurk around every street corner. Explore the local landmarks of its historic center, taking in the bustling squares, palaces and cathedrals, not to mention the mysterious Witches’ Market. Later, visit the lunar landscape of the nearby Moon Valley – a nickname given by Neil Armstrong himself in 1969 when he came to La Paz after the region reminded him of his famous moonwalk – and admire its colossal clay spires steeped in legend.
For the finale, you’ll hop aboard the city’s towering Teleferico for a sky-ride between the depths of Zona Sur to the heights of El Alto, and enjoy the incredible views that only the world’s longest and highest cable-car can afford. The afternoon is yours to spent at your leisure, a chance to rest up after the morning’s exertions or for the adventurous to discover the city’s hidden treasures. Why not head out in search of the House of Congress’ backwards clock, paying homage to Bolivia’s indigenous heritage, or the ‘hidden’ works of famous architect Eiffel in the form of the bus station and Museum of Contemporary Art.
Titicaca Lake, Moon Island & Sun Island
Day three allows you to explore Bolivia’s largest lake, Lake Titicaca, by deluxe hydrofoil, but to your own itinerary. After your drive from La Paz out to the city of Huatajata, where your vessel awaits, on board experts will be on hand to help you create your own exclusive Titicaca program. Why not explore both the Moon and Sun Islands, home to various religious sites, including Inaq Uyu, the House of the Virgins of the Sun, which is on Moon Island.
There are other historical sites on La Isla Del Sol (Sun Island), including the Sacred Fountain and the Inca Great Staircase. At the fountain, you can see if the legends are true that drinking from it will give you everlasting youth and vitality. Since Sun Island is the largest in the lake, you can spend most of your day here and still not see everything. The north side of the island has many sites to visit.
Since you’ll be on a private tour, you can explore as much of the lake and its islands as you like. You will also receive a gourmet picnic lunch during your trip, which you can enjoy at the water’s edge, or anywhere else you’d like! Once you’re day’s discovery is done, you’ll head back to La Paz to your chosen hotel.
Meals (B, L)
La Paz & Uyuni
After breakfast in La Paz, you’ll be taken to the airport for your flight to Uyuni. Once you arrive in Uyuni, you’ll spend the day exploring the region’s remote towns. Some highlights from this trip include San Cristobal, a small mining town that was completely relocated by a Canadian mining company, including its ancient village church. You’ll also visit Culpina K and Villa Alota, where you can experience local Bolivian culture at its finest.
In addition to the towns, you’ll see some incredible natural wonders, such as the Ollague Volcano, the Valley of Stones, and multiple lakes. This route offers stunning scenery and plenty of spots to buy souvenirs and handcrafted items. You’ll also have lunch and dinner during your tour before returning to Uyuni.
Meals (B, L, D)
You’ll start day five by having breakfast near the Uyuni Salt Flats. Then, your guide will take you to the southern tip of the country, to the Eduardo Avaora National Park. Along the way, you’ll see lots of wildlife, including llamas, vicunas, and vizcachas. Outside of the park, you’ll visit Laguna Colorada, a reddish lake that’s home to several species of flamingo.
From Laguna Colorada, you’ll venture into the park and visit the Sol De Manana Geysers, which are highly active. The entire area is geologically active, with hot springs, geysers, and other natural phenomenon.
As you make your way to the edge of the park, where Bolivia meets Chile, you’ll visit Laguna Verde, which sits at the base of Licancabur Volcano. This lake is a stunning emerald green, and it offers impressive views of the volcano. Once you’re finished in the park, you’ll head back to Uyuni.
Meals (B, BL, D)
Uyuni & Inca Huasi
Today you’ll embark upon an unforgettable full-day excursion to the Uyuni Salt Flats and Incahuasi Island. Uyuni, located on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano, is the largest salt flat on Earth covering an astonishing 10,500 sq km, and offers some of the most stunning scenery imaginable that can’t be seen anywhere else. The sound of silence makes the heart beat faster, and the pentagonal canvas of crystalline salt, dotted with cacti and balletic flamingos set against a pure sky will make for one of the most memorable moments of your lifetime.
You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at the island oasis of Incahuasi, surrounded by its astonishing algae and fossil formations. It is covered in thousands of giant columnar cacti, some more than a hundred years old and over 12 meters tall. The landscape against the background of the salt pans extending to the horizon makes it an ideal place for photography hunters. Your guide will help you taking surrealistic photos due to the optical effect of the Salt Flats before returning to your hotel.
Meals (B, BL, D)
Coquesa, Thunupa Volcano & La Paz
Today you’ll drive over the salt flats on an excursion to the small village of Coquesa, at the foot of Thunupa Volcano, the so-called Guardian of the Salt Flats. Small ponds located at its base are home to flocks of Andean flamingos wading through their shallow waters. A checkerboard of stonewall pens decorate the slopes as herders walk with their llamas and plant quinoa in the fertile soil of the volcanic earth. Toward the volcano’s crater, different layers of sediment are visible giving way to a spectacular smorgasboard of color under the vivid blue sky.
Climbing up the trails of the volcano, you’ll witness some of the most beautiful vistas of the Salt Flats the area has to offer. After a stroll through the village you’ll hike to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies, ancestors of the ancient Urus Chipayas civilization. Believed to have been killed together by poisonous gases leaking up from underground, they have remained untouched for over 1,200 years; though some speculation as to how they died and whether or not they are in fact related still remains as archaeological research has yet to be conducted. Due to the dry air and their protected enclave, the bodies are remarkably preserved with the colors of their clothes and even fingernails still visible.
This evening you’ll be transfered to Uyuni airport for your night flight back to La Paz, where you’ll be transfered to your chosen hotel.
Meals (B, L)
Farewell to Bolivia
Today we bid a fond farewell to Bolivia. After breakfast you’ll be transfered from your hotel to La Paz Airport, approximately half an hour from downtown, in good time for your international flight home.