Bolivia is a landlocked nation which has traditionally been the destination for backpackers more than group tours and affluent travelers. With the recent improvements to roads and some infrastructure, Bolivia has opened up more. The population is around 62 indigenous, the highest percentage in the continent, and the strong, authentic link with the pre-Columbian past makes a trip to Bolivia unique, exciting and colorful. The native languages of Quechua & Aymara are widely spoken, and the colorful native dress is still worn by many.
Highlights of our trip include Potosí, where the Silver Boom of the 16th century supplied the Spanish Crown with vast wealth, at the expense of the native population and eventually African slaves. The world’s largest salt flats are in Uyuni, located at 12,139 ft above sea level. Lake Titicaca boasts being the highest navigable lake in the world. It is also at 12,507 ft above sea level. The urban centers of La Paz, Santa Cruz and Sucre offer colonial architecture, Indian markets and some stunning views of the Andes. Adventurous travelers will want to see these wonders in one of the most elusive South American countries.
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THU MAY 23, 2019 • Depart USA
Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Santa Cruz (VVI), Bolivia. Please see our flight recommendations on the Rates & Facts page. Overnight flight.
FRI MAY 24 • Santa Cruz
Arrive at El Trompillo Airport very early morning. Rooms are booked for immediate check in. Transfer the hotel.
Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s largest city and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It was established in 16th century. Our afternoon tour will include the Basilica, Craft Shop housed in a traditional house and the El Abasto Indian market.
Join fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel this evening.
Hotel: Camino Real Hotel
SAT MAY 25 • Fly Santa Cruz to Sucre
We transfer to the airport and fly to Sucre this morning. After checking in at the Parador Hotel, we will tour the sites.
Once the capital of Bolivia, Sucre is the place where Simon Bolivar signed the Independence of Bolivia. Later visit Museo de Arte Indigena ASUR and La Recoleta, a colonial convent and museum.
Hotel: Parador Hotel
SUN MAY 26 • Sucre | Potosi |Uyuni
Drive to PotosÃ this morning (about 3 hours). Potosi is a famous Colonial City and source of silver during colonial times. The rich mountain towers over the city – and according to legend- it has produced enough silver to build a solid silver bridge from Potosí to Madrid. Visit The Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint), with its wooden machinery used to make the silver coins for Spain. PotosÃ was also declared by UNESCO â€œThe Historical and Cultural Legacy of Mankindâ€. Lunch at a local restaurant and after lunch drive to Uyuni (about 3 hours). Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Hotel: Luna Salada Hotel
MON MAY 27 • Salt Lake and Isla Incawasi, Uyuni
After breakfast depart the hotel for an excursion to the Salt Lake and Isla Incawasi. Uyuni is the largest salt flat on Earth, located on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano over 4600sq miles. The Bolivian Andes offer a stunning backdrop. The sound of silence is deafening and the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt, the pure sky and the cacti, makes you feel that there is no other place like this in the world. Lunch is at Isla â€œIncawasiâ€, an oasis covered by thousands of giant columnar cacti, which can be more than a hundred years old, growing to a height of over 39 ft. The landscape against the background of the salt pans extending to the horizon makes it an ideal place for photographers. Dinner and Overnight at Luna Salada Hotel
Hotel: Luna Salada Hotel
TUE MAY 28 • Tahua, Uyuni
We will enjoy a full day excursion 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. Box lunch included.
Photo session in the Salt Lake. Dinner and Overnight at Luna Salada Hotel
Hotel: Luna Salada Hotel
WED MAY 29 • Fly Uyuniu to La Paz
Transfer to the airport for our flight to La Paz. Upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
We depart for a half day City Tour of La Paz, The Moon Valley & Teleferico. In La Paz, we tour the indigenous, colonial and modern areas, Indian Market, Witch Doctor’s Market, all framed with breathtaking panoramas by the majestic “Illimani” mountain. Visit the Moon Valley, a clay formation resembling the face of the Moon. Lastly take a Teleférico-cable car ride for an overview of the city of La Paz. Overnight at Casa Grande Hotel.
Hotel: Casa Grand Hotel
THU MAY 30 • La Paz | Lake Titicaca | Puno, Peru
Enjoy an overland journey from La Paz to Huatajata (about 2 hours) or Cocotoni, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Start with the Hydrofoil cruise to Sun Island. Climb the Grand Inca Staircase where you can taste the water of the Sacred Fountain, believed to give eternal youth and happiness.
Lunch is at the Uma Kollu Archaeological Restaurant. Continue to the Moon Island and the Sun Virgins Temple “Iñak Uyu”. Board the Hydrofoil and navigate to Copacabana to visit the shrine and the Dark Indian Virgin.
Land transportation to Puno, Peru. Overnight at Libertador Lake Titicaca.
Hotel: Hotel Libertador Lake Titicaca
FRI MAY 31 • Lake Titicaca | Puno (Juliaca) | Lima | USA
Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to Taquile, a natural island inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives, who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations.
Continue our motorboat trip to the peninsula of Chucuito, for a stop at the rural Aymara Community of Luquina, where you will savor a buffet lunch including regional dishes while enjoying a magnificent view of Lake Titicaca.
End your day with a visit to the unique “Floating Islands” of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own islands by periodically adding new layers of a vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family called “Totora” (scientific Scirpus totora), which is unique to the area.
Return to Puno after the visit. At the appropriate time, our representative will meet us at the hotel lobby and transfer us to the Juliaca Airport to fly to your next destination. Our representative will assist us with the corresponding check-in procedures and all departure formalities.
OR Overnight in Lima at Airport Hotel for those requiring an overnight.
Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel (for those requiring it)
SAT JUN 1 • Arrive USA
|Rates per person||Main tour||Intra-tour flights||Total for full program|
Intra-tour flights are additional. The cost is currently $350 in coach class. Coda Tours will book the intra-tour flights. The following flights are required Santa Cruz / Sucre; Uyuni /La Paz. Rates are subject to change until ticketed. If you do not book the flight Juliaca (JUL) / Lima (LIM) with your international flight, you will need to purchase this also. The current cost is $155.
Airfare USA/VVI (Santa Cruz Bolivia)…JUL (Juliaca)/LIM (Lima) / USA; Intra-tour airfare: Santa Cruz / Sucre; Uyuni /La Paz (quoted separately); Visa and passport fees. A VISA IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM; Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (recommended); Meals and beverages unless specified in the above itinerary & drinks with meals unless specified; Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone and internet, etc.; Gratuities to guides, drivers, Coda Tour Manager, etc.
You will need to book flights from the USA to SANTA CRUZ BOLIVIA (VVI) and return from JULIACA (JUL) PERU to USA. American Airlines and LATAM are recommended airlines that can be used to book airfare for this tour from MIAMI (MIA) or Los Angeles (LAX).
We recommend booking the following flights for your international ticket. Please ask Coda Tours if you need assistance with your ticket.
From Miami, combining American Airlines & LATAM
1 AA 937 23MAY TH MIAVVI 545P 1243A#1
2*LA2092 31MAY FR JULLIM 755P 929P
3*LA2466 01JUN SA LIMLAX 1215A 710A
From Los Angeles, combining American Airlines & LATAM
1 AA 314 23MAY TH LAXMIA 820A 430P
2 AA 937 23MAY TH MIAVVI 545P 1243A#1
3*LA2092 31MAY FR JULLIM 755P 929P
4*LA2476 01JUN SA LIMLAX 205A 900A
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date. A visa is required for Bolivia. We recommend using www.visacentral.com.
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.
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.
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.
A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.