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Bolivian Magic

(From March 2021)

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The one that gives you 6 days of culture, nature, cities and desert in 1 country

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Places

    3 places

  • Meals

    5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Mini-Van, Plane, Local Overnight Bus, 4x4s

  • Group Size

    Max 16 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

La Paz, Avaroa National Reserve, Uyuni

Bolivian Magic (From March 2021)

7 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Included flight to Uyuni
  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard
  • Visit Salar de Uyuni the worlds largest salt flats
  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street

0 Free Time Add-Ons

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

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 5 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    2 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Hostel, 1 night in Overnight Bus

    You and your new amigos will be spending your nights in hotels,local home-stay style hostels and an overnight bus

About this trip

Ready to experience Bolivia's jaw-dropping natural beauty? This spellbinding trip will take you from the heady heights of La Paz through to the mind-bending beauty of the Bolivian salt flats, with spooky train graveyards, colourful flamingos and plenty of fascinating cultural insights along the way. Make sure there's space on your camera roll.

 

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Map & Itinerary

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

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    La Paz

  2. via via

    Uyuni

  3. 2 2 nights

    Avaroa National Reserve

  4. 2 2 nights

    La Paz

DAY 1 - La Paz

La Paz

The perfect start to your Bolivian adventure is meeting your group in the city of La Paz. Sitting in the midst of a narrow canyon and dwarfed by the mighty ice capped peak of Mount Illimani to the South, this is a city of contrasts, where 19th century churches rub shoulders with towering office blocks and pretty, colourful markets. Take your time adjusting to the altitude, then make the most of your afternoon in this hustling, cosmopolitan city.

Stay

Selina La Paz (or similar)

DAY 2 - La Paz to Avaroa via Uyuni

La Paz

Today we're headed to Uyuni, the official gateway to the Salar de Uyuni...more commonly known as the Bolivian Salt Flats.

Uyuni

Excited much? You should be. To get the journey started,  we'll be heading to the Great Train Graveyard, which is every bit as incredible as it sounds.  Next up what you've been waiting for, the Salt Flats.Hope you've got your picture ideas ready, the possibilities are endless.

Avaroa National Reserve

We'll continue through the desert before parking up for the night. Expect some beautiful night's skies out here.

Stay

Avaroa National Reserve

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Uyuni

  • Visit the Great Train Graveyard

  • Visit Salar de Uyuni the worlds largest salt flats

DAY 3 - Avaroa National Reserve

Avaroa National Reserve

It's time to jump back in the 4x4 and continue through the Bolivian desert.We'll be starting a crossing through the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. 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

Avaroa National Reserve

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

DAY 4 - Avaroa - Night Bus

Avaroa National Reserve

Today we start the journey back to Uyuni. So sit back and enjoy the views unlike anywhere else. You'll get a chance to have a look around the town and grab some dinner.

La Paz

Tonight we're getting on a night bus. Falling asleep in Uyuni and waking up in La Paz? There's no easier way to get across the country.

Stay

Overnight bus

DAY 5 - La Paz

La Paz

Today's the day to soak up Bolivia one last time. See the city from above on La Paz's incredible cable car system, or use the your day to get a final taste of Bolivian delicacies - llama anyone?
This afternoon, a nap may be calling your name, getting you nice and rested before your final night with your Contiki crew.

Stay

Selina 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 6 - End La Paz

La Paz

This morning your trip ends.  Not ready to say goodbye to South America? Why not join us on another Contiki tour with your new mates?

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.