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Bella Bolivia

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The one that takes you through the verdant valleys and scenic salt plains of Chile & Bolivia

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 23 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

La Paz, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni, Avaroa National Reserve, San Pedro de Atacama, Santiago de Chile, Salar de Uyuni

Bella Bolivia

15 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street
  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See the Casa de la Libertad & the Convento de Santa Teresa
  • Visit the Convento de San Felip Neri
  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See the National Mint of Bolivia & Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace & Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas
  • Visit the Cathedral Market
  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard
  • Visit Salar de Uyuni
  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
  • Included flight
  • Orientation Tour Santiago de Chile

3 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Rock Climbing or Biking
  • WInery Tour
  • Visit the colourful city of Valparaiso

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    12 nights in Hotel

    You and your new amigos will be spending your nights in hotels and cool hostels right amongst the action.

About this trip

Quaint and charming whilst also adventurous and vibrant, these two countries are contrast at its finest. Explore Bolivia and Chile by getting your culture fix on the streets of La Paz, taking in the beauty of the Avaroa National Reserve and channel your inner adrenaline seeker!

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

    Can't pay in full? We've got you covered with our Part Pay Program

  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    La Paz

  2. 2 2 nights

    Sucre

  3. 1 1 night

    Potosi

  4. 2 2 nights

    Uyuni

  5. via via

    Salar de Uyuni

  6. 1 1 night

    Avaroa National Reserve

  7. 2 2 nights

    San Pedro de Atacama

  8. 2 2 nights

    Santiago de Chile

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DAY 1 - Arrive La Paz

La Paz

Welcome to La Paz, the highest capital city in the world! Catch your breath, meet up with your Contiki Team tonight and get right into it

Stay

Hotel Gloria La Paz (or similar)

DAY 2 - La Paz

La Paz

Cameras on full charge and free breakfast fully taken advantage of, it's time to hit the streets of La Paz. Your Trip Manager will take you on a guided walking tour where'll get to explore all that the city has to offer. Feel the cultural vibes by the San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral, before you make your way to the colourful Jaen Street and Plaza Murillo. And for those feeling ultra spiritual, the Witches' Market is only a short walk away.

Stay

Hotel Gloria La Paz (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided walking tour

  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral

  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street

DAY 3 - La Paz to Sucre

La Paz

Adios La Paz, you've taken our breath away (quite literally). 

Sucre

Steeped in history with narrow tree lined streets, white stone buildings (some dating back five centuries) and endless blue skies, Sucre is a place where time stands still. Get your bearings on a guided walking tour and let the impressive Convento de San Felip Neri work its magic on your inner architecture nerd. The afternoon is then yours to explore places like Cal Orck'o (did someone say real dinosaur footprints?), wander the cities various museums, or just take it easy before the evenings shenanigans. 

Stay

Hotel San Marino Royal (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided walking tour

  • See the Casa de la Libertad and the Convento de Santa Teresa

  • Visit the Convento de San Felip Neri

DAY 4 - Sucre

Sucre

With a full day in Sucre, the choice is yours of how to DIY your time in this cultural melting pot. Maybe the museums, galleries and parks are calling your name, or perhaps your itching for something a bit more physical? If that's the case, our ME Time Optionals are likely to be your jam - rock climbing or biking, anyone?

Stay

Hotel San Marino Royal (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rock Climbing or Biking

DAY 5 - Sucre to Potosi

Sucre

Think you've seen it all in the last few days? We've barely gotten started... Today we big adios to enchanting Sucre and make our way to Potosi, a town rich in history, architecture, and silver.

Potosi

Situated at the foot of Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain), Potosi is a treasure trove of markets, churches and friendly locals. We'll get you adjusted on a locally guided tour around the city, stopping off at the Cathedral Market to check out the local wares and visiting sites like the impressive Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas. Later, head out with your crew for a traditional local dinner, washed down with Chuflay a plenty. Que bueno!

Stay

Hotel Patrimonio Potosi (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally guided walking tour

  • See the National Mint of Bolivia and Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace and Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas

  • Visit the Cathedral Market

DAY 6 - Potosi to Uyuni

Potosi

Another lazy morning in Potosi, before making tracks for Uyuni, and we think you know what comes next... 

Uyuni

Welcome to Uyuni, the official gateway to the Salar de Uyuni...or the Bolivian salt flats to you and I. Excited much? You should be. To get you in the mood, we'll be heading to the Great Train Graveyard, which is every bit as incredible as it sounds.  A place full of deserted steamtrains that were abandoned sometime in the 40s, if you're into deserted theme parks, ghost walks or general creepy stuff, you've found your mecca.

Stay

Hotel Samay Wasi Uyuni (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard

DAY 7 - Uyuni incl Salar de Uyuni

Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Wanna know what makes a breathtaking photo? Well, let's just say that in Salar de Uyuni, every angle is picture perfect. We hope you've been researching the best poses and use of props, because this is one experience most only get to enjoy once in a lifetime.

Stay

Accommodations by Quechua Connection

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Salar de Uyuni

DAY 8 - Uyuni to Avaroa National Reserve

Uyuni

It's goodbye mini bus and hello 4x4's as we kick start our 2 day expedition across the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve.

Avaroa National Reserve

Not much can beat yesterdays views, but this sure gives them a run for their money. Hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, mountains, lakes and flocks of flamingos will have your head spinning 360 as you try to take it all on. Nature on steroids is probably the best description.

Stay

Accommodations by Quechua Connection

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 9 - Avaroa National Reserve to San Pedro de Atacama

Avaroa National Reserve

Can it really get any better? You ain't seen nothing yet. Up with the birds, we'll stop off first for some geyser spotting before journeying on to the Salvador Dali desert. And yes, it's every bit as impressive as the name suggests.

San Pedro de Atacama

Who's ready for a new country? Oh hi there, Chile! From one other worldly landscape to another, we'll venture into the Atacama desert with San Pedro de Atacama in our sights, our home for the next 2 nights. Feel the dryness in the air? That's because this land is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Don't say we don't try to impress you.

Stay

Hotel Diego de Almagro San Pedro de Atacama (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 10 - San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

After two days of crossing the Avaroa reserve, it's time to chill, and that poolside seat has your name all over it. But then again with sandboarding on offer, maybe the lure of the desert will be too hard to resist? As the afternoon rolls in we'll head out to Valle de la Luna. Literally translated as the Valley of the Moon, this lunar like landscape was carved by wind and water and is the probably the closest you'll ever get to a space travel experience.  Seriously, can this trip get any better?

Stay

Hotel Diego de Almagro San Pedro de Atacama (or similar)

DAY 11 - San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago de Chile

San Pedro de Atacama

It's time to leave the desert behind, as we pack our bags for our final leg of the trip and jump on an included flight to Santiago de Chile, the largest and capital city of Chile.

Santiago de Chile

Once we land it's time to get fully aquainted with this bustling place with a city tour to tick off all the local sights. Then, the afternoon is yours to explore. 

Stay

Hotel del Antiguo Convento (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight

  • Orientation Tour Santiago de Chile

DAY 12 - Santigo de Chile

Santiago de Chile

Today is our last full day as a group (sob), so let's make the most it it, why not choose to visit the colourful hillside city of Valparaiso or spend a day exploring Chile's famous and delicous wineries.

Stay

Hotel del Antiguo Convento (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • WInery Tour

  • Visit the colourful city of Valparaiso

DAY 13 - Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

And just like that, it's over. Say bye to your new friends for life, with plans for a Contiki 2.0 reunion already on the horizon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What health and hygiene protocols are in place on trip?

The health and wellbeing of everyone who travels with Contiki has been, and always will be, our top priority. That’s why we’ve rigorously evaluated our experiences, training and protocols to make sure we not only meet our travellers wellbeing expectations, but exceed them in every single way. We sought guidance from the World Health Organisation and government agencies, and, as members of the World Travel and Tourism Council, we’ve been involved in defining global protocols. Due to our diligent work during this time, we’ve been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp - meaning we’re a business which has adopted global, standardised health and hygiene protocols. You can find details about how we’re prioritising your wellbeing when you travel with us here.

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out www.lan.com for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.