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Flamingoes, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Highlights of Bolivia

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

£3,500 ex. flights

This journey through Bolivia takes in a host of the nation’s highlights, from whitewashed facades festooned with flowers to majestic highland deserts. With just one internal flight and some memorable nights spent in properties made of entirely of salt and small community-run hotels in very remote area of the Siloli Desert, this is a beyond the ordinary way to experience “the Tibet of the Americas”.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Sun Island, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia 1

Lake Titicaca

Travel on Lake Titicaca to the rural Sun Island, taking in sweeping views of the Andes.

Flamingo, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia 2

Salar de Uyuni

Experience the stunning solitude of the white wilderness of the world’s largest salt flats.

Rooftops, Sucre, Bolivia 3

Explore Sucre

Wander around the colonial buildings of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Sucre.

View of Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia 4

Copacabana

Spend time in the small pilgrimage town of Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Why we like it

Suited to colourful festival-goers and rich indigenous culture enthusiasts and those who relish the thought of sailing on the world’s highest navigable lake, Bolivia is a country of contrasts. In a place that contains timeworn ornate baroque buildings, features ancient ruins pre-dating the Incas and hosts a plethora of vicunas and llamas in its spectacular hills, this journey takes in some of the extremes of the nation’s western regions. Combining the effortlessness that comes with travelling with private guides and drivers with a custom-made itinerary that connects the highlights of Bolivia, the route unveils some of the hugely varying landscapes that make up this expansive region. Throw in a private motor boat to the Island of the Sun to climb the Inca Steps and a stop at the Fountain of Eternal Youth, and this journey through “the Tibet of the Americas” becomes truly extraordinary.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1
    Santa Cruz - Sucre
  • Day 2
    Sucre
  • Day 3
    Sucre - Potosi
  • Day 4
    Potosi
  • Day 5
    Potosi - Salar de Uyuni
  • Days 6-8
    Salar de Uyuni
  • Day 9
    Salar de Uyuni - La Paz
  • Day 10
    La Paz
  • Day 11
    La Paz - Copacabana
  • Day 12
    Copacabana - La Paz
  • Days 13-14
    La Paz
Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Lake Titicaca & Tiwanaku

Journey through the pilgrimage site of Copacabana to reach the southern shore of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake, to see this stunning expanse of water surrounded by the Cordillera Real mountain range. Take a private boat trip to the Island of the Sun to climb the Inca Steps and stop at the Fountain of Eternal Youth, and experience the peaceful and traditional way of life of the surrounding communities. Visit the ancient burial site of Pariti and the ceremonial site of Tiwanaku, one of Latin Americas most famous sites, dating back some 500 years before the rise of the Incas. In the company of a private guide, learn some of the many theories that concern the site before witnessing the Inca raised-bed fields called ‘sukakollos’.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Kachi Lodge in Salt Flats, Uyuni, Bolivia
Kachi Lodge in Salt Flats, Uyuni, Bolivia
Airstream Camper, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Airstream Camper, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

See Salt Flats & Deserts

Travel overland past highland panoramas to the south of the country, where an awe-inspiring region of salt flats, lakes, deserts and volcanic landscapes are waiting to be discovered. Spend time in the Salar de Uyuni, a huge white salt plain that stretches as far as the eye can see, noticing how only incongruous cacti-covered islands and the small town of Colchani interrupt the views. Explore the other-worldly Siloli Desert and the Laguna Verde, dipping in hot springs and photographing geysers. In the Salar, perhaps opt for luxury and upgrade your trip with a stay at one of our remote hand-picked properties.

Cable Car, La Paz, Bolivia
Cable Car, La Paz, Bolivia

Explore La Paz

A stay in La Paz will take your breath away – quite literally. The city sits on the edge of a steep canyon high up in the Andes and is dominated by the snow-covered peaks of Mount Illimani. In this fascinating city bursting with witches’ markets, colonial buildings and dazzling trekking routes, join an expert private guide to ride cable cars, dine at fine restaurants and tour some of the best museums in the vicinity.

Cathedral, Sucre, Bolivia
Cathedral, Sucre, Bolivia
Silver Mine, Potosi, Bolivia
Silver Mine, Potosi, Bolivia

Wander Sucre & Potosi

Walk the charming capital city of Sucre, exploring the streets with your guide and visiting textiles museums and open-air markets where people wear traditional Yampara costumes. If you find yourself here on a Sunday, then the Tarabuco market is a must. Around three hours’ drive from Sucre lies Potosi, the highest city in the world and one that boasts a fascinating history steeped in silver mining. Discover its magnificent collection of ornate baroque buildings and visit the silver mines, meeting the few miners that continue to eke out a living from the mountains.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Palacio del Sal £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse
  • Unusual

Hotel Palacio del Sal is located on the edge of Colchani on the eastern shore of the salt lake and is built purely of salt. Not only are the floors, walls and ceilings made from salt, but so are most of the tables, chairs and beds. The hotel is warm, friendly and stylishly decorated with cosy sitting areas complete with log burners. There are 30 rooms featuring conical ceilings made from large salt blocks and bright furnishings which contrast with the salt walls. The restaurant is spacious and serves buffet meals.

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Tayka Desert Hotel, Ojo de Perdiz £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

A small community run hotel in a very remote area of the Siloli Desert in southern Bolivia. Located between the Chilean Hito Cajon border and the Uyuni Salt Flats, it is the only place to stay in the area. Ojo de Perdiz has 30 simple rooms. Due to the location, electricity comes from solar power and is only available between 6pm and 10pm and there is no Wi-Fi or mobile coverage. What it does have is friendly staff, good food and incredible uninterrupted views all around.

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Parador Santa Maria La Real £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Boutique

This delightful hotel is ideally located in the colonial city of Sucre and is set in a traditional 18th-century mansion that has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Its 40 rooms and suites are spacious and tastefully furnished with antiques, and breakfast can be taken in one of the courtyards or in the grand dining room. There is a spa with gym equipment, treatment rooms and both indoor and outdoor jacuzzis with wonderful views over the surrounding rooftops and churches. The roof terrace overlooks the city and is a beautiful spot to relax after a day of exploring the attractive city on foot.

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Hotel Rosario del Lago £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Hotel Rosario del Lago is on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the small town of Copacabana. The hotel is full of stylish Bolivia character, with many local fabrics and art work throughout the hotel. All 28 rooms are individually furnished and have lake views, and the majority have a small balcony also. The restaurant has wonderful views and serves delicious traditional food with a modern twist.

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Atix Hotel £££££

  • Bolivia
  • City

Atix Hotel is a member of the Design Hotels, a striking hotel that showcases the best of Bolivian art, culture and gastronomy. Throughout the hotel, local artwork and photography are a feature and the floor to ceiling windows make the most of the views. The 53 rooms combine a contemporary feel with the use of local materials.

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Deluxe Airstream Campers £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Unusual

Camp out under the stars on the largest salt lake in the world, in the luxury of your own stylish airstream camper. Travel by 4WD with a private guide during the day, as the sunsets, park up for the night and sip a cocktail while dinner is prepared by the chef. The airstream camper van comes equipped with a double or twin beds, an electric blanket and heating for those chilly nights, a CD player, own minibar and private bathroom with hot shower.

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Kachi Lodge £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Tented Camps

Reminiscent of a scene from a deep-space film, an otherworldly congregation of six white pods sit like miniature space stations against the epic landscape of the expansive Salar de Uyuni. Fit for even the most passionate astrophysicist, the domes are composed of recurring equilateral triangle structures and transparent panels that offer sprawling views of the salt flats by day and star-studded sky by night.

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James, you have made Steppes travellers out of us. From ensuring acclimatisation time was built into our schedule to suggesting we stay in a hotel made from salt, you created an itinerary that was far more detailed than anything we could have imagined.

Destination: Bolivia
Travel Expert: James

We could tell from the offset that James had a knowledge of Bolivia that was unmatched – far superior to anyone we had spoken to prior. James understood what we wanted and ensured the itinerary was interspersed with incredible experiences.

Destination: Bolivia
Travel Expert: James

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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When to travel

Bolivia in January

November to March is summer and wet season in Bolivia. The salt flats often have a layer of water over the top of them, which can make for stunning photographs. However the Altiplano still does not receive much rainfall, it is the Amazon and lowlands that become very wet. Roads can become impassable so river travel is a better option. Temperatures are a little higher across the country.

Bolivia in February

November to March is summer and wet season in Bolivia. The salt flats often have a layer of water over the top of them, which can make for stunning photographs. However the Altiplano still does not receive much rainfall, it is the Amazon and lowlands that become very wet. Roads can become impassable so river travel is a better option. Temperatures are a little higher across the country.

Bolivia in March

November to March is summer and wet season in Bolivia. The salt flats often have a layer of water over the top of them, which can make for stunning photographs. However the Altiplano still does not receive much rainfall, it is the Amazon and lowlands that become very wet. Roads can become impassable so river travel is a better option. Temperatures are a little higher across the country.

Bolivia in April

April to October is the dry, winter season. This is also the high season, with visitors taking advantage of the clearer skies in the Altiplano and slightly cooler temperatures in the lowlands. Altitude massively impacts temperatures in Bolivia, more than season in fact. It is worth booking accommodation in advance to secure the best places.

Bolivia in May

April to October is the dry, winter season. This is also the high season, with visitors taking advantage of the clearer skies in the Altiplano and slightly cooler temperatures in the lowlands. Altitude massively impacts temperatures in Bolivia, more than season in fact. It is worth booking accommodation in advance to secure the best places.

Bolivia in June

April to October is the dry, winter season. This is also the high season, with visitors taking advantage of the clearer skies in the Altiplano and slightly cooler temperatures in the lowlands. Altitude massively impacts temperatures in Bolivia, more than season in fact. It is worth booking accommodation in advance to secure the best places.

Bolivia in July

April to October is the dry, winter season. This is also the high season, with visitors taking advantage of the clearer skies in the Altiplano and slightly cooler temperatures in the lowlands. Altitude massively impacts temperatures in Bolivia, more than season in fact. It is worth booking accommodation in advance to secure the best places.

Bolivia in August

April to October is the dry, winter season. This is also the high season, with visitors taking advantage of the clearer skies in the Altiplano and slightly cooler temperatures in the lowlands. Altitude massively impacts temperatures in Bolivia, more than season in fact. It is worth booking accommodation in advance to secure the best places.

Bolivia in September

April to October is the dry, winter season. This is also the high season, with visitors taking advantage of the clearer skies in the Altiplano and slightly cooler temperatures in the lowlands. Altitude massively impacts temperatures in Bolivia, more than season in fact. It is worth booking accommodation in advance to secure the best places.

Bolivia in October

April to October is the dry, winter season. This is also the high season, with visitors taking advantage of the clearer skies in the Altiplano and slightly cooler temperatures in the lowlands. Altitude massively impacts temperatures in Bolivia, more than season in fact. It is worth booking accommodation in advance to secure the best places.

Bolivia in November

November to March is summer and wet season in Bolivia. The salt flats often have a layer of water over the top of them, which can make for stunning photographs. However the Altiplano still does not receive much rainfall, it is the Amazon and lowlands that become very wet. Roads can become impassable so river travel is a better option. Temperatures are a little higher across the country.

Bolivia in December

November to March is summer and wet season in Bolivia. The salt flats often have a layer of water over the top of them, which can make for stunning photographs. However the Altiplano still does not receive much rainfall, it is the Amazon and lowlands that become very wet. Roads can become impassable so river travel is a better option. Temperatures are a little higher across the country.

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