Discover for yourself the awe-inspiring natural beauty of western Bolivia with this trip of a lifetime. Explore the world's largest salt flat, one of South America's largest lakes, pre-Columbian archaeological sites and so much more all with the helpful knowledgable local guide.
Explore western Bolivia and Sajama National Park with a local guide. On this 10 Day tour you will visit the stunning Uyuni Salt Flat, Pre-Columbian archaeological sites, and, of course, Bolivia’s oldest national park, Sajama. This Bolivia tour is an exciting way to explore the rarely seen, but spectacularly beautiful, sights of the west.
10 Days/9 Nights
Day 1: Enjoy a day at Sun Island
On this first day you have an early morning pick-up from your hotel in La Paz and will head to Copacabana. The three hours ride passes the snow-capped mountains of the Cordillera Real as well as the shores of Lake Titicaca. From Copacabana, you’ll head to the Sun Island via boat.
The island is home to a handful of small communities who farm the terraced hills and tend to the Incan ruins scattered throughout. After enjoying some time at the beaches with crystal clear waters, you’ll start your afternoon hike visiting the Palace of the Inca ruins and the Yumani village. This little outpost offers picturesque views of the island and the vast, deep waters of Lake Titicaca. You’ll end your hike at the ancient Inca Staircase and, finally, say goodbye to Sun Island and catch a sunset boat back to Copacabana.
Day 2: Copacabana City Tour
After breakfast, you’ll get to explore more of Copacabana, getting a real taste of the Bolivian culture. This laidback, easygoing town has plenty to offer visitors. Spend the day exploring the market streets, strolling along Copacabana Beach and admiring the Moorish cathedral in the central plaza of town.
Your tour guide will teach you about the history of the city and the importance of Our Lady of Copacabana, the patron saint. You’ll also visit several archaeological sites with Inca ruins in various stages of excavation. In the evening you will head back to La Paz in order to prepare for the next days adventure.
Day 3: Discover the Ancient City of Tiwanaku
In the morning, you’ll join a group tour and head to the city of Tiwanaku, the most important pre-Columbian archaeological site in Bolivia. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was home to the Tiwanaku Empire. You will learn how this incredible society grew from just a small agricultural-based settlement to one of the most important powers in the southern Andes. Their fascinating culture, religion, and brilliant architectural and astronomical knowledge existed for over 3,000 years.
After a late lunch you will head to Sajama National Park, arriving around 6 PM. After arriving, you’ll get time to settle in and then enjoy a delcious traditional meal for dinner.
Day 4: Explore Sajama National Park
Today you’ll have an early start to visit the geysers of Walla Keris. The geysers are most active and impressive in the cold hours of dawn, before the hot sun heats the air. After breakfast, you’ll get the chance to explore and hike through the national park with its magnificent views of Sajama (the highest mountain in Bolivia) and of the twin volcanos Parinacota and Pomerape.
You will hike through the kewiña forests, observing wild llamas and alpacas and then visit the three lagoons in the Chilean frontier. Back in the jeeps, you will travel to the town of Sajama, where lunch waits for us. In the afternoon, you’ll have ample time to relax in one of the 40 hot springs in the area.
Day 5: Ecotourism Circuit of Río Lauca
Today, you will experience Ecotourism Río Lauca, a community tourism initiative in the Valley of Jallu Chullpas, near the Lauca River. Here, you’ll visit several pre-Columbian tombs, including one built of stone and many of polychrome. These ancient cemeteries are located in the communities of Julo, Sacabaya and Macaya.
You can visit to the church of Macaya and the viewpoint of its lagoon, where you can observe local fauna, visit the necropolis. Crossing of the Lauca river, you’ll get to the specatular viewpoint over the Sakewa lagoon and observe different varieties of flamingos. Afterwards, you will head to the remote town of Salinas Garcia de Mendoza to settle in for the evening.
Day 6: Marvel at the Canyons in Tupiza
Today, you’ll start the day at 7am with a early morning travel to the city of Tupiza. On the way, you will visit San Vicente, the place where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids had the last battle with the Bolivian Army.
Once you arrive in Tupiza in the afternon, you will visit the Puerta del Diable – a beautiful canyon surrounded by rock formations with deep-red colours. You will also visit Valle de los Machos, Cañon del Inca, and Cañon del Duende. Explore the rugged scenery with cactus surrounding the rainbow-colored rocks. After the tour, you’ll return back to relax in tranquil Tupiza.
Day 7: Tupiza to South Lipez
Today, you will visit the Quebrada de Palala, a spectacular jagged rock formation, formed over many years by intense erosion. After this you will head on to the Sillar where you will enjoy the dramatic landscape.
You’ll explore the role of gold-mining, both past and present, in Bolivia’s history. In the small town of Nazarenito, you will meet the community to learn about gold-mining. You’ll also visit the abandoned ghost town of San Antonio, a village once famous for its wealth in gold. According to local legends the devil ruled here and forced the villagers to flee.
Next, travel to San Pablo de Lipez (4,260 m) where you will spend the night. If you can stand the cold (-18/-20°), you can go outside for a few minutes to appreciate the immense Milky Way above you. There is no light pollution here and the sky here is truly breathtaking.
Day 8: National Park Eduardo Avaroa
Today you will visit the National Park Eduardo Avaroa, traveling to Quetena Grande and Laguna Kolpa. Here raw material is extracted for making soap. Continuing through the Salar the Chalviri you will arrive at the hot springs for a swim and to have lunch.
Your next stops will be at the Lagunas Verde and Blanca, found at the foot of the Volcano Licancabur (5,868 m), which represents the border between Chile and Bolivia. For your interest: Laguna Verde is rich green colour is caused by the high arsenic and magnesium content in the water. You will stop in the Dalí Desert, a place with mountains of surrealistic colours, reminiscent of the works of Salvador Dalí and rock formations of petrified lava.
Then you will arrive at the Sol de Mañana Geysers (5,000 m above sea level). This area is intensely volcanic and the temperature within the mud pools can reach up to 90°. From here you will head on to
Laguna Colorada, where you will spend the second in a basic hostel.
Day 9: Altiplanic Lagoons and Flamingos
The first attraction today is Laguna Colorada, where you will see flocks of flamingos feeding. The lake is fairly shallow with interior islands of borax and ice and has a bright red colour. You will then pass through the Desierto de Silolí to visit the famous Árbol de Piedra, a tree-shaped rock formation, which has been eroded over the years to form it’s distinctive shape.
From here you will drive past a series of lagoons to arrive at Laguna Hedionda to have lunch. Here you will see more flamingos, vicuñas and possibly even an Andean fox. After lunch you will pass by Volcano Ollagüe, which is classed as semi-active, as its crater is constantly releasing smoke and continue through the Salar de Chiguana. From here you will head to the Salt Hotel where we will sleep.
Day 10: Save the Best for Last: Uyuni Salt Flats
On the last tour day you will cross the immense Salar de Uyuni; with 10,500 km2, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt plain in the world, stretching away in all directions as far as the eye can see. From here you can see Volcano Tunupa. This incredible land has 14 small islands, the most important are Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado – which you’ll get to visit.
Leaving the salt flat you will visit Colchani, the village where the salt is processed. Here you can buy souvenirs, both made from salt and Alpaca wool, which are the two main industries in the area. Finally you will reach Uyuni, where the train cemetery is located. Here you will see Bolivia’s first fleet of trains, powered by steam and now decommissioned.
At 7:00 pm. You can take the option to travel to La Paz by plane or bus.
Group size: 2-4 people
Summer is from December to February and winter is from June to August. When it rains in summer, it is difficult to cross the Uyuni Salt Flat so the jeep just travels around its border. Additionally, it is cold. Altitude also affects the climate.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.