- Dinosaur’s Footprints of “Cal Orcko”
- Salt Flats, hot springs and Tunupa Volcano
Bolivia is a country with a variety of people and landscapes, so to know and live these aspects, a great option is to do it as an expedition in 4×4 vehicles.
What we offer are tours ranging from cities like Sucre and Potosi, entering the impressive and largest salt lake in the world, Uyuni. Dry in winter and covered with waters during the rainy season. A different panorama for every season. And one of the most barren areas of the planet that is “Lipez” and also the region of Sajama national park.
The cities of Sucre and Potosi, each with its own colonial style with one important difference: Sucre also called “La Plata” “Chuquisaca” “Charcas” was an administrative city, the proof is that it was the seat of the Real Audiencia de Charcas, also of the Royal and Pontifical University of San Francisco Xavier one of the first houses of higher education in America; where the first revolution for independence in America was also planned in 1809, leading in that way to the creation of the Republic of Bolivia.
On the other hand Potosi is a city that settled and grew rapidly to the heat of ambition for the most precious mineral in the sixteenth and seventeenth century: silver. So shortly after the discovery of silver veins in “Cerro Rico” the new city was invaded by opportunistic and ambitious people, eager to get rich easily, curiously Potosi does not have a date of establishment with capitulation as other cities of South America and also lacks any urban planning.
On the other hand is the mining history of Potosi was the breadwinner of Bolivia until the seventies, “the way of silver” ranging from extraction in the legendary “Cerro Rico” to its processing in the “Mint” and its transport to Europe as coins created the phrase “Vale un Potosi”; still used in many countries as a symbol of great value. But fate was cruel to this city because after the fall of silver prices in colonial times and after the Republic, was economically devastated. The city froze in its splendor of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, so today it is considered Intangible Heritage declared by UNESCO.
At the same department of Potosi emerges the volcanic part of the Andes; which it is the western wall enclosing the highplateau, Lake Titicaca to the north and the impressive Salt Lake of Uyuni to the south, this one being the deepest part of the plateau.
In this scenario thanks to the accessibility by mining roads we have different circuits ranging from Licancabur volcano on the border with Chile to the highest mountain in Bolivia Sajama, with reference to the Salt Lake of Uyuni to the south lands of the “Lipez” a vast plain surrounded by volcanoes, craters, geysers, hot springs and fumaroles, an arid desert with some of the most bizarre landscapes that exist in the world, such as Red and green lagoons (laguna Colorada, verde), Smelly lagoon (Hedionda)and Stone tree; Right in the middle of the Salt lake are the islands of Incahuasi and the Fish Back Island (Lomo de Pescado), both covered with cactus and petrified coral remnants of an inland sea that existed in the highlands enclosed by the Andes. By the north of the Salt lake we can find volcanoes like Tunupa, Tata Sabaya and Sajama, the highest mountain in Bolivia.
This panoramic trip in 4×4 station wagons is an indescribable adventure where every day you can see something completely different from the historic cities, to the peaks and accessible volcanoes and why not some glaciers on peaks all according to your preference.
A trip like this may combine different destinations to plan a tour for a passenger who enjoys adventure or people who are interested and like to focus more on our history, geography, astronomy, geology, archeology.
Meet the group at the hotel, transfers from La Paz airport to the hotel will be provided.
Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Flight to Sucre, city tour and overnight at hotel.
Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Visit” Cal Orcko” paleontological site and drive to Potosi.
Day 4 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Visit the Potosi silver mines, the “Royal mint” (optional) and drive to Uyuni.
Day 5 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Visit the “Train Cemetery”, salt producers, explore Incahuasi island and drive to Jirira.
Day 6 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Visit the arqueological site of Coqueza and Tunupa Viewpoint (optional ascent) Drive to Tahua.
Day 7 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Drive to Sabaya going through the Coipasa Salt Flat, overnight at the hostel.
Day 8 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Hike to Tata Sabaya viewpoint and return drive to Sabaya.
Day 9 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Drive to Sajama National Park hostel accommodation.
Day 10 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional ascent to Acotango (6060 mts)
Day 11 (Breakfast, Lunch)
Hot springs visit and drive to La Paz.
Departure day, Transfer to La Paz Airport are provided.