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Bolivian Magic

(Until Feb 2021)

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The one that gives you 15 days of culture, nature, cities and desert in 3 countries

Travel Style

Discoverer

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

  • Duration

    15 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    14 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 23 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

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

Bolivian Magic (Until Feb 2021)

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
  • Visit Valle de la Luna
  • City Tour

2 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Rock Climbing or Biking
  • Sandboarding

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 14 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    14 nights in Hotel

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

About this trip

With two weeks on the clock, let's go. Packing in a total of 4 Latin heavyweights, this trip will take you from the heady heights of La Paz, to the colonial beauty of Salta, via Incan ruins, Bolivian salt flats, bubbling hot springs and colourful flamingos. We're excited - are you?

 

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

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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

    Cusco

  2. 1 1 night

    Copacabana

  3. 2 2 nights

    La Paz

  4. 2 2 nights

    Sucre

  5. 1 1 night

    Potosi

  6. 2 2 nights

    Uyuni

  7. via via

    Salar de Uyuni

  8. 1 1 night

    Avaroa National Reserve

  9. 2 2 nights

    San Pedro de Atacama

  10. 2 2 nights

    Santiago de Chile

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DAY 1 - Arrive Cusco

Cusco

Kick start your adventure over dinner and a Pisco Sour with your new Contiki fam, getting excited for 15 days of natural beauty, exquisite local dishes and fun times galore. 

Stay

Hotel Munay Wasi Inn (or similar)

DAY 2 - Cusco to Copacabana

Cusco

Bolivia, you're in our sights. Filling up on breakfast, it's all eyes to the border as we make our way through Peru's spectacular Altiplano Plateau and over the border to Lake Titicaca, iconically the highest body of water in the world (and said to be the original birthplace of the Incas).

Copacabana

Small, bright and enchanting, Copacabana sure as hell turns on the charm. Situated on Lake Titicaca's shores, this is more than just a place with sandy beaches and lakeside cafés. Opt for a cultural walk toward the Basilica of Our Lady Copacabana, or shop for local goods in its famous shopping street. 

Stay

Hotel Estelar del Lago Titicaca (or similar)

DAY 3 - Copacabana to La Paz

Copacabana

Today we'll journey through the pretty Bolivian countryside towards La Paz. Situated a slightly unnerving 12,000 ft above sea level (yeah, for real), this city is big on altitude AND energy. 

La Paz

If you're looking for vistas, La Paz is your gal. Sitting in the midst of a narrow canyon and dwarfed by the mighty icecapped 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

Hotel Gloria La Paz (or similar)

DAY 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Valle de la Luna

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sandboarding

DAY 13 - San Pedro de Atecama to Santiago de Chile

San Pedro de Atacama

This morning we leave the desert behind and jump on flight to Santiago de Chile.  Upon arrival we’ll get acquainted with this bustling place on a city tour.

Santiago de Chile

The afternoon is yours to explore and this evening we’ll wrap up our 3-week adventure with a farewell dinner

Stay

Hotel del Antiguo Convento (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • City Tour

DAY 14 - Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

The day is yours.  Choose to visit the colorful, hillside city of Valparaiso or spend a day exploring Chile’s wineries.

Stay

Hotel del Antiguo Convento (or similar)

DAY - Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

This morning your trip ends.  Not ready to say goodbye to South America? Why not join us on our Argentina and Brazil Experience?

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