|Bolivia is South America’s best kept secret. Intrepid travelers who make the journey here are rewarded with an awesome array of landscapes from the splendid Salar de Uyuni salt flats to the azure waters of Lake Titicaca where an indigenous population lives on the many beautiful islands scattered on the lake. The towns of Bolivia are rich in colonial history. Sucre and the mining town of Potosi are examples of the decadence of the Spanish crown. Traditional dress is seen throughout Bolivia adding to the authenticity and enjoyment of this unexplored destination. Note that the altitude must be considered and be aware that not all hotels in Bolivia meet a luxury level. Coda has chosen the best hotels available throughout. It’s a magical trip!|
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THU, APR 22, 2021 • Depart USA to Sucre, Bolivia
Depart on any regularly scheduled flight to Santa Cruz, Bolivia (VVI).
FRI, APR 23 • Arrival | Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Arrive at Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) in Santa Cruz de la Sierra for a private transfer to the Los Tajibos Hotel for immediate check-in. The hotel has been pre-reserved from Thursday, April 22, 2021.
The morning is at leisure to enjoy breakfast before our afternoon cultural city tour. Visit the most important sites in Santa Cruz – the Main Square of Plaza 24 de Septiembre, the Basílica Menor de San Lorenzo, and Arte Campo (a craft shop in a very traditional house). Then, we continue to the El Abasto Indian Market followed by a tour of the main monuments and residential neighborhoods of the city. Tonight, we get acquainted with a welcome dinner.
Hotel: Los Tajibos Hotel ★★★★★
SAT, APR 24 • Sucre | Constitutional Capital
This morning we fly to Sucre and transfer to the Parador Santa María La Real Hotel. In the afternoon, we have a city tour where we will visit the Museo de Arte Indígena ASUR. Afterwards, we transfer to La Recoleta to view the colonial and republican paintings, sculptures, works of jewelry, and archaeological remains. We visit the Neoclassical church of San Felipe Neri before enjoying dinner and a folklore show.
Hotel: Parador Santa María La Real ★★★★
SUN, APR 25 • Potosi | A Silver City
After breakfast, we journey to the UNESCO site of Potosi, the famous Colonial City rich in silver. It is said that Potosi Mountain produced enough silver to build a solid bridge to Madrid. Visit the mine and the Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint) with its wooden machinery used to make the silver coins for Spain during colonial times. Continue to Uyuni for check-in at the Hotel De Sal Luna Salada.
Hotel: Hotel De Sal Luna Salada ★★★★
MON, APR 26 • Uyuni | Salt Flat & the Isla Incawasi
Today we take a full day tour at the Uyuni Salt Flat, the largest on Earth! With the stunning landscape of the Bolivian Andean Altiplano surrounding us, the sound of silence and the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt against a pure sky will excite the heart and create a feeling that there is no other place like this in the whole world. Break for lunch at the cacti and algae oasis of Isla Incawasi, covered in thousands of giant columnar cacti, some over a hundred years old and up to 40 feet high.
Hotel: Hotel De Sal Luna Salada ★★★★
TUE, APR 27 • Tahua | Cave of the Coquesa Mummies
We take an excursion today to the small village of Tahua, at the foot of Thunupa Volcano. Stroll through the village and hike to the cave of the Coquesa Mummies. Later, enjoy sunset cocktails at the salt flat before dinner.
Hotel: Hotel De Sal Luna Salada ★★★★
WED, APR 28 • Moon Valley & Cable Car
Today we transfer to the airport for our flights to La Paz. Be transported to a mysterious past as you find a hidden treasure in every street corner. The living history of this place encompasses pre-Hispanic traditions and magic rites. The indigenous, colonial, and modern times are ever present. See the Indian Market and the Witch Doctor’s Market. Then, take in the breathtaking panoramas of the city framed by the majestic Illimani Mountain. We end the day with a visit the moon-like clay formations of Valle de la Luna followed by a Teleférico cable car ride over the city of La Paz to enjoy an aerial view.
Hotel: Hotel MITRU Sur ★★★★★
THU, APR 29 • Lake Titicaca | Sun and Moon Islands & Huatajata and the Kallawayas
Journey to Cocotoni at the shores of Lake Titicaca. A Hydrofoil cruise will take us to Sun Island. Climb the Grand Inca Staircase and taste the water of the Sacred Fountain, believed to give eternal youth and happiness. We lunch at the Uma Kollu Archaeological Restaurant before a stop at the nearby Indian market. We continue to Moon Island and the Sun Virgins Temple Iñak Uyu. Board the Hydrofoil again to arrive at Copacabana and visit the shrine of the Dark Indian Virgin.
We take a private bus transfer to Huatajata to visit the Andean Roots Eco-Village featuring the Altiplano Museum, Handicrafts and Fisherman Villages, and the Mud Igloos and mortuary towers of the Uru Chipayas. Meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris boats which were made for epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Take a moment to enjoy the local animals – the elegant vicuñas, llamas, alpacas, and the mythical Suri.
Then, experience the audiovisual presentation of "The Mystic World of the Kallawayas", the natural healers of Bolivia. Tata Benjo, a Kallawaya, will bless the group and answer our questions by casting sacred coca leaves.
Hotel: Inca Utama Hotel ★★★★
FRI, APR 30 • Lake Titicaca | Urus Iruitos Floating Islands
Swinging among totora-reed canals of Lake Titicaca, we reach the Urus Iruitos Floating Islands and Quewaya Sustainable Tourism Project, created to ensure the survival of a culture over 5,000 years old. Enjoy an Aphtapi (traditional way of having lunch) by sharing with the inhabitants of the island. Return to Huatajata for a private journey back to the hotel in La Paz, appreciating the view of the snowy peaks of the Andes. Tonight we share a farewell dinner at Gustu Restaurant.
Hotel: Hotel MITRU Sur ★★★★★
SAT, MAY 1 • La Paz | USA
This morning we transfer to the La Paz Airport (PVT) for our departure flights to the USA.
|Rates||Double Occupancy||Single Occupancy|
|Intra-tours flights (subject to change until ticketed) are at an additional cost. Coda Tours will book these flights for you.|
|Santa Cruz (VVI) / Sucre (SRE)|
|Uyuni (UYU) / La Paz (LPB)|
|Economy Class||Business Class|
|Approx. $450||Pls inquire|
International airfare and baggage fees; Intra-tour airfare and baggage fees, quoted separately; Passport and visa fees (if applicable); Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (highly recommended); Gratuity for local guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager; Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone, drinks, etc.)
American and United partner with airlines such as Boliviana de Aviación, LATAM, and COPA for international flights to Santa Cruz. Plan to arrive on Day 3 in Santa Cruz at Viru Viru International Airport (VVI) and depart from La Paz (PVT) on Day 11. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program.
Coda Tours will be happy to assist you with your international airfare in Business or Economy class (First Class is rare nowadays on international flights, but if available, we can quote it.) Please ask us for a price quote, we often have favorable rates. There is a standard $35 per ticket ticketing for this service.
Intra-tour flights will be booked and issued through Coda Tours. Pricing is quoted separately under RATES. Only economy class will be booked. If you wish to have a quote for Business Class on these flights, please inquire.
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel. No visa is required for travel to Bolivia for USA and Canada passport holders.
ALTITUDE IN BOLIVIA – Because much of the country’s highlands are situated more than 10,000 feet above sea level, travelers flying in from lower altitudes can experience symptoms similar to that of a bad hangover, making the first few days in Bolivia uncomfortable.
While unpleasant, altitude sickness shouldn’t put you off from traveling to Bolivia. Fortunately for most people, they only feel sluggish for a couple of days until their body has acclimatized, making it more of an inconvenience than a serious concern. Even so, before heading to Bolivia we recommend familiarizing yourself with the facts, risks and symptoms associated with altitude sickness and what to do if you fall ill during your travels.See our chart below. See our PDF itinerary download for a chart regarding Altitude Sickness.
The government of Bolivia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever. The Ministry of Health of Bolivia also states that all travelers visiting yellow fever risk areas must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination. the Center for Disease Control suggests that all travelers make sure they are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
The CDC also suggests that most travelers get a vaccine for hepatitis A because it can be contracted through contaminated food or water in all three destination countries, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
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Coda trips are casual at all times. There is no need for a jacket or tie unless you personally opt to dine at a fine restaurant requiring formal dress. We do not book these restaurants for our group experiences. Pack for a variety of weather. Bring a jacket or sweater. Jeans, khakis and shorts are fine for daily wear. Comfortable shoes are a must. All hotels offer laundry service but it can be expensive.
All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation, if the minimum is not met, rates may need to be revised.
A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.