Bolivia highlights tour
Description of Bolivia highlights tour
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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On this trip, we stay in hotels that employ local staff and ensure these staff receive adequate customer service training. We will spend a night in Hotel Palacio de Sal, first salt hotel in the world as well as a night in an Eco lodge “La Estancia”. The Eco lodge was built using natural materials such as thatch and stone, designed using traditional Andean architecture so as to preserve the pre-Inca terraces found there. The lodge also utilises solar energy for water heating, black boxes for room heating, recycled rainwater, grows their own vegetables and composts waste to generate organic fertilizers.
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encouraging our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.
When food is provided, ingredients used are locally sourced and produced wherever possible. Our local guides will always encourage and recommend clients to try local restaurants. Bolivian cuisine typically consists of meat with a staple of corn, quinoa or potatoes. Popular main dishes include ‘pique a lo macho’ (a kind of beef stir-fry, served with chunky chips), ‘sagta de pollo’ (spicy chicken) and ‘Salteñas’ (a sort of pasty).
Local craft and Culture:
With our visits to various local markets, we have plenty of opportunities to support local craft especially in Uyuni, La Paz and Copacabana. Our local guides will advise clients on what to buy and what to avoid – for example, there are some musical instruments such as the charango that are made of quirquincho’s shell, which is an endangered species and must be avoided. During our city tours in Sucre, Potosi and La Paz, we will visit plenty of sites such as El Fuerte, Amboro National Park and various museums and churches where our entrance fees goes to support the maintenance, restoration and upkeep of these sites.
During our city tour of Sucre clients will visit the museum of indigenous art where there is a weaving demonstration producing traditional textiles with complex patterns and vivid colours. This is a good chance for clients to engage in cultural interaction.
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