Bolivia in 8 Days
Sensational Cities & Salt Flats
The perfect trip for those short on time, this journey through Bolivia encompasses the vibrant cities of Santa Cruz, Sucre and La Paz and the breathtaking salt flats of Uyuni!
Set off on an action-packed journey through Bolivia's highland and lowlands. Explore the vibrant atmosphere of cosmopolitan Santa Cruz and fall for the colonial-era charms of Sucre, with the opportunity to trek part of the legendary Inca Trail! Experience the breathtaking salt flats of Uyuni, one of the most spectacular natural wonders in South America and soak up the Andean charms of La Paz.
8 days trip including flights*
8 days and 6 nights in destination
NYC - VVI
LPB - NYC
LPB - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
An adventure through Bolivia's incredible cities and landscapes awaits! Arrive at your departure airport, ready for a flight to Santa Cruz, in the tropical lowlands of central Bolivia. Night on board.*
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
* If your flight arrives in the early hours you have the option to add an additional nights accommodation in the next step of the booking process.
Touch down in Santa Cruz, the largest city in Bolivia. Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city at your own pace. The perfect base for exploring eastern Bolivia, Santa Cruz boasts a warm tropical climate, a beautiful colonial center and a rich offering of restaurants, bars and nightlife! Alternatively, we recommend an optional visit to the Biocentro Guembe, an eco-resort home to the world's largest butterfly sanctuary.* Overnight stay in Santa Cruz.
*Optional Half-Day Excursion to Biocentro Guembe: Transfer to Biocentro Guembe, a magical nature sanctuary home to native wildlife, plant species and beautiful pools where you can cool off and unwind. Relax in the water, visit the incredible butterfly garden or stroll along the nature trails to experience the natural abundance of this region of Bolivia.
Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey through Bolivia begins today as you take a private transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Sucre. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and get settled in. Sucre is home to a rich array of colonial-era architecture and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, Sucre enjoys a perfect climate and is known for its university and production of delicious chocolate products! In the afternoon, set off on a city tour of Sucre for an overview of the city's most emblematic sights and monuments. Stroll through Plaza 25 de Mayo to see important buildings such as La Gobernación, La Alcaldía and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Visit the House of Liberty, to learn more about Bolivian history, or the Indigenous Textile Museum ASUR, to admire a rich array of authentic Bolivian textile arts. End the tour by taking in the views from La Recoleta, the highest part of the city. Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay in Sucre.
Please note: The House of Liberty is closed on Mondays, and ASUR museum is closed on Sundays.
Breakfast at the hotel. Get out and explore Sucre at your own pace today. Spend some time wandering the old town, with its white-washed buildings and Baroque architecture or experience the hustle and bustle of Sucre's vibrant Mercado Central. To experience the landscapes and heritage of this beautiful region, we recommend an optional Inca Trail Excursion.* Overnight stay in Sucre.
*Optional Half-Day Inca Trail Excursion: Embark on an unforgettable trek along the Inca Trail of Chataquila today to experience the spectacular landscapes and Inca heritage of the Southern Highlands. Starting from the sacred Church of Chataquila, walk 4.5 kilometres (mostly downhill) along the ancient Inca Trail, built by the pre-Hispanic inhabitants as a trade route. Visit Chaunaca Village and enjoy impressive views of the Maragua Crater before transferring by car to the Ravelo River, where you can rest and take a refreshing dip in the cool, clear waters before returning to Sucre.
Breakfast at the hotel. The adventure continues this morning as you transfer to the bus station to catch a bus to Uyuni, home of the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats! Arrive in the small town of Uyuni and transfer to your hotel. Once an important railroad junction, today Uyuni is better known as the gateway to the largest and most beautiful salt flats on earth! After a day of travel, enjoy a relaxing evening at your leisure. Alternatively, we recommend a unique Stargazing Experience.* Overnight stay in Uyuni.
*Optional Uyuni Stargazing Night Tour: Depart your hotel this evening and journey to the salt flat where you can observe the night sky in all its glory! Free of light pollution, observe the star-studded sky and the Milky Way and see them reflected in the mirror-like surface of the salt flat. A truly spectacular encounter and an amazing opportunity to take incredible photographs!
Please note: This optional excursion is dependent on weather conditions.
Breakfast at the hotel. An exciting day awaits as you are picked up from the hotel and transferred to the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats, a true natural wonder and highlight of any trip to Bolivia! Firstly, pay a visit to the Train Cemetery, a relic of an abandoned 19th-century project to expand the Uyuni train network. Next, continue to Colchani, where you can observe salt processing and extraction and the Palacio de Sal Hotel, the first hotel in the world made entirely from salt! Continue your adventure at Incahuasi Island, a unique and isolated ecosystem populated by giant cacti that measure up to 10 meters high. Enjoy an unforgettable lunch in the middle of the Salt Flats, admiring the epic landscapes of endless white salt or mirror-like surfaces, depending on the time of year. Stay to watch the sunset before returning to Uyuni. On arrival, head to the bus station to catch the overnight bus back to La Paz. Night on board.
Arrive in La Paz this morning and transfer to your hotel for breakfast. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to savor your final moments in Bolivia. Go shopping for last-minute souvenirs or explore the numerous museums and art galleries. Alternatively, we recommend a half-day 'La Paz like a local' city tour and/or an optional excursion to the Moon Valley.* Overnight stay in La Paz.
*Optional Half-Day La Paz Like A Local City Tour: Meet your guide at the hotel and head to the cable car station to enjoy spectacular views of the northern and central parts of the city. Disembark the cable car and enjoy a guided walk through the city's most colorful streets and markets. Visit the Musical Instruments Museum and taste an authentic Bolivian empanada at Plaza Murillo before heading to the famous Witches Market to see an array of traditional Andean products known for their medicinal properties.
*Optional Half-Day Moon Valley Excursion: today depart from the city to discover the otherwordly landscapes of Moon Valley, a fascinating geological anomaly justly named for its cratered, moon-like surface. Explore the walking trails and navigate these unique rock formations, carved out of the soil over centuries of erosion.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bring your journey through Bolivia to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US and wave goodbye to this beautiful country. Night on board.
Accommodation: 6 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Hotel LP Santa Cruz.
City Tour of Sucre
Stroll through Plaza 25 de Mayo to see important buildings such as La Gobernación, La Alcaldía and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Visit the House of Liberty or the Indigenous Textile Museum ASUR and take in the views from La Recoleta.
What's included: English-speaking guide.
Uyuni Salt Flats Excursion
Visit the Uyuni Salt Flats, a true natural wonder and highlight of any trip to Bolivia! Visit the Train Cemetery, Colchani and the Palacio de Sal Hotel. Explore Incahuasi Island before enjoying an unforgettable lunch in the middle of the Salt Flats!
What's included: English-speaking guide, picnic lunch and wine tasting at sunset. Not included: Entrance fee to Isla Incahuasi (30 Bolivianos)
Half-Day Excursion to Biocentro Guembe
Transfer to Biocentro Guembe, a magical nature sanctuary home to native wildlife, plant species and beautiful pools where you can cool off and unwind. Relax in the water, visit the incredible butterfly garden or stroll along the nature trails.
What's included: Transportation, Entrance to the Biocenter and all its attractions, local guide inside the Biocenter. Not included: Meals
Half-Day Inca Trail Excursion
Embark on an unforgettable trek along the Inca Trail of Chataquila today to experience the spectacular landscapes and Inca heritage of the Southern Highlands. Starting from the sacred Church of Chataquila, walk 4.5 kilometres along the ancient Inca Trail.
What's included: Transport, English-speaking guide, entrance fee, water and fruit.
Uyuni Stargazing Night Tour
Depart your hotel this evening and journey to the salt flat where you can observe the night sky in all its glory! Free of light pollution, observe the star-studded sky and the Milky Way and see them reflected in the mirror-like surface of the salt flat.
What's included: Private excursion with 4WD transport and guide. Not included: Food
Half-Day La Paz Like A Local City Tour
Enjoy spectacular views from the city's cable car system before enjoying a guided walk through La Paz's most colourful streets. Visit the Musical Instruments Museum, taste a Bolivian empanada at Plaza Murillo and visit the famous Witches Market.
What's included: Public transportation, guide, cable car fee and food tasting.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Santa Cruz de la Sierra, La Paz - US.
- Internal flight: Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Sucre.
- 5 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels and 1 night on an overnight bus (Uyuni - La Paz).See hotels included
- 6 breakfasts.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles and shared bus transfers: Sucre - Uyuni, Uyuni - La Paz.
- Visits and entrance fees with an english speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.See itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Full-Day Excursion to Uyuni Salt Flat with picnic lunch & wine at sunset.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
- Entry requirementsPassport with at least six months validity. One blank passport page.
- VisaVisa is required.
- CurrencyBolivian Boliviano
- Electricity220V, European and American style plug
- HealthPlease consult your doctor regarding the vaccination against yellow fever and malaria prophylaxis. Travellers over 60 years must consult their doctor as the Yellow Fever vaccine can have serious side effects.
- Time zoneUTC - 04:00
- Tourist Office websitehttps://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Bolivia.html
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category.
The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.
If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 888-488-0592 or via our contact form.
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