Bolivia: See & Do Almost it ALL in 10 Days, 1st Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided?All tours are almost fully guided.
Are Solo Travelers WelcomedYes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► 4x4 Jeep Tour on the Biggest Salt Flat on Earth
► River Cruises with Lots of Wildlife
► Lodging in the Jungle
► Bicycling Along Bolivia’s Most Scenic Mountain Pass
► Sightseeing in an Attractive Colonial City
► Cruising Alongside Pink Dolphins
► Watching Steam Pools Spit Out Boiling Mud
► Exploring a Beautiful Lake Undeservedly Called 'Titicaca'
► Discovering Extinct Volcanoes & Red Lagoons
► Coming in Close Contact with Pink & White Flamingos, Llamas & Alpacas
► Visiting a Salt Hotel
► Authentic Culture
► And Much, Much More…
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
English-Speaking Tour Guides
All Transportation, Except Flights
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Lunches x 7
Dinners x 4
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: Grand Monuments, City Sightseeing & Surreal-Looking Rock Formations
Our tour of Bolivia starts in the colonial city of La Paz. It attracts visitors due to its surrounding nature and its Old Town, featuring buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Below is a list of highlights for today in and around the city. Also, note the cable car rides are attractions onto themselves, offering an experience found almost nowhere else on Earth.
1. Valle de la Luna (a.k.a. Moon Valley): surreal-looking rock formations
2. Green cable car ride
3. Yellow cable car ride
4. Plaza Murillo: home to Plurinational Legislative Assembly (a.k.a. the parliament, which can be visited on the outside only) and the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
5. Red cable car ride
6. Blue cable car ride
7. Plaza San Francisco: home to San Francisco Cathedral (the views from atop are great, but it isn’t always open to the public)
Most of our international customers first arrive later-evening into the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra before reaching La Paz. If this is the case for you, then you can sleep at a hotel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra the night before our tour begins. The following morning, you could take a flight to La Paz. This tour starts the morning you have arrived into La Paz. We can arrange all of this for you. Don't worry!
Also worth mentioning, if you are required to obtain a visa for Bolivia, we recommend you do so before entering the country. While it can also be done upon arrival, the process is quite lengthy and bureaucratic.
Day 2: Immersing in Culture & Who in the Heck Named This Lake ‘Titicaca’?
We make a daytrip from La Paz to a village called Copacabana. There we visit a famous cathedral. Afterwards, we take a boat to Lake Titicaca’s Sun Island. There we are provided with a guided walking tour first to the Inca palace and then to the Inca stairway. Archaeologists have discovered evidence that people lived on this island as far back as the third millennium BC. Many hills on this island contain agricultural terraces, which adapt steep and rocky terrain to agriculture. There are approximately 800 families living on this island. This is the place to be if you want to immerse yourself in Bolivian culture.
Day 3: A Bicycling Adventure & is it Really ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Road’?
Today we make a daytrip from La Paz to a very scenic mountain pass called La Cumbre. There we start a car cruise along Yungas Road, a.k.a. “The World’s Most Dangerous Road.” It was once considered just that because of its steep slopes and narrow single track. A new alternative route was built during a 20-year period, ending in 2006. The modernization included enlarging the carriageway from one to two lanes, asphalt paving, bridges, drainage, guardrails and the building of a new section between Chusquipata and Yolosa, bypassing the most dangerous sections of the original road.
Later on in the day, we take a biking tour in the same area, but further down the mountain. Photos and short video clips of our journey are provided to us complimentary and via email. Lunch is included on today’s tour and is served at a hotel. There we can also go swimming.
Day 4: Welcome to the Wildlife-Rich Wetlands
Today we fly from La Paz to the town of Rurrenabaque and then drive to a village called Santa Rosa. There we take a wonderful boat ride along a river called Yacuma, with the destination being our ecolodge. Welcome to Bolivia’s wetlands, where the river cruises never cease to amaze. Note that all meals are included by our ecolodge during our stay.
Day 5: Cruising Alongside Pink Dolphins & Going on River Cruises
The highlights during our stay in the wetlands are fishing, crusing alongside pink dolphins, river cruises, searching for anacondas and seeing lots of beautiful wildlife. Many of these activities are done today.
Day 6: Witnessing Bolivia’s Animal Kingdom
Before returning to the city of La Paz, we spend much of the day on river cruises searching for caimans, monkeys, a unique-looking rodent called capybaras and numerous species of birds.
Day 7: Jeep Safari on Salt Flats, Salt Hotel, Train Cemetery, Salt Factory & More
Today we relocate early morning from the city of La Paz to the town of Uyuni. There we immediately start the 3-day Jeep safari tour. The first stop is the Train Cemetery. There we are provided with a guided tour. Next is a guided tour of the salt factory in the village of Colchani. Following this is lunch, which is included on today’s tour. After our meal, we are taken to the salt flats. They are called Salar de Uyuni. It is the largest salt flat on earth. It was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. We are first provided with a guided tour of some wells, getting an idea as to how they work geologically. We then see salt piles which resemble cones.
Following the salt piles is a visit to the old Salt Hotel. There we have a quick look as to what is now a museum. Next is a site called Isla Incahuasi Island. There we have enough time to take postcard-perfect photos of the salt flats. Lastly for today is the village of San Juan, where we lodge for the evening. Dinner is included on today’s tour, around 8:30pm.
*Note that today's itinerary changes a bit during wet season, which is January through March.
Day 8: Extinct Volcanoes, a Red Lagoon, Llamas & Flamingos
The destinations for today are Cañapa Lagoon, then Hedionda Lagoon, then Honda Lagoon, then Siloli Desert and finally Laguna Colorada (a.k.a. Red Lagoon). Laguna Hedionda is notable for various migratory species of pink and white flamingos. Llamas and alpacas are also seen grazing in the area. Home to flamingos, Laguna Colorada is a shallow salt lake whose white color contrasts with the reddish color of its waters. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and lodging are all included on today's tour.
Day 9: Bathing in Hot Springs & Checking Out Sulfur Springs & a Rock Valley
The destinations for today are the geothermal field at Sol de Mañana, then Termas de Polques hot springs (bring swimming attire and a towel!), then Salvador Dalí Desert, then Laguna Verde (a.k.a. Green Lagoon) and then the village of Villa Mar. Sol de Mañana is a geothermal field characterized by intense volcanic activity. The sulfur springs field is full of lakes and steam pools filled with boiling mud. Known for its spectacular scenery, hot springs (where we go bathing) and flamingos, Laguna Verde is a salt lake home to minerals that render the color seen in the water.
Breakfast is included on today’s tour, around 7:30am. Lunch is also included on today’s tour, around 1:00pm, specifically in Villa Mar. Following lunch is a visit to the Valley of the Rocks. Our last destination for today before flying to Santa Cruz de la Sierra is again, Uyuni.
Day 10: Our Tour Ends Today
This is the end of our tour of Bolivia. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Worth noting, not included in our tour of Bolivia are (1) the city of Sucre, (2) the mines of Potosi, (3) Amboró National Park and (4) Noel Kempff Mercado National Park. However, upon request, CharlieTheTraveler can fully arrange a visit to any of these destinations. The two parks, especially Noel Kempff Mercado, are difficult-and expensive-to reach. As for Sucre, while there are only a handful of worthwhile historic monuments to check out, a track site called Cal Orcko is arguably the city’s main draw. Nine different morphotypes of REAL dinosaur tracks have been documented there.
Not least is Potosi. This town was founded in 1546 after the discovery of the rich silver deposits in the Cerro Rico Mountains. It soon became one of the wealthiest and largest cities in the Americas. Some of the city’s wealth from silver mining was used to build magnificent baroque churches and monasteries. The history of Potosí is still reflected in the narrow streets, colonial mansions and the many churches. Potosi is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Nevertheless, the town itself isn’t charming by any means. The real reason to visit Potosi is for its silver mining tour. The mines of the Cerro Rico mountain are the richest in all of world history and may have produced 60,000 tons of silver back in the day. Some tourists enjoy this tour. Others get a bit sad after observing the miners’ working conditions. These mines are more of a ‘special interest’ type of attraction.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Bolivia in 10 Days” tour is available for $1,967 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. Also included are 2 nights of lodging in the wetlands. If you would like typically 4-star lodging included for the remaining 7 nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,247 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. To better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. Specifically in the city of La Paz, would you like to keep the 4-star lodging we typically offer or do you prefer upgrading to a 5-star hotel?
2. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
3. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
4. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
5. Do you know on which date you would like to start this tour?
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-3: La Paz, Preferred Accommodation: Hotel Presidente
Nights 4-5: Lodging, Preferred Accommodation: Caracoles Ecolodge
Night 6: La Paz, Preferred Accommodation: Hotel Presidente
Night 7: San Juan, Preferred Accommodation: La Magia de San Juan or Hotel Lipez
Night 8: Huayllajara, Preferred Accommodation: Hostal Laguna Colorado
Night 9: Santa Cruz, Preferred Accommodation: Hotel Terranova Suites
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Although many activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request. Typically, the salt flat tours, the wetlands tours, and the biking tour along Yungas Road are shared with other travelers. The tour to Lake Titicaca and the tour in and around La Paz are exclusive to you and whomever else you may book on behalf of.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
Please visit CharlieTheTraveler.com/Tours-Terms-and-Conditions
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