Bolivia small group tour, Lowlands to The Andes
Description of Bolivia small group tour, Lowlands to The Andes
This Bolivia small group tour takes you from the lowlands to the Andes over two weeks, along with expert guides and likeminded fellow travellers. Bolivia is often bypassed in favour of its more famous neighbours, but it has everything you could want from an adventurous South American trip - and what’s more, you won’t have to share the experience with hordes of other tourists.
The variety of landscapes in Bolivia is stunning, and over the course of your journey, you’ll visit the barren expanses of the Uyuni Salt flats, the lush rainforests of the Amazon, the soaring mountains of the High Andes and the sweeping dunes of the Siloli Desert.
Culture is another important aspect of this tour and you’ll have the chance to interact with some of Bolivia’s many indigenous communities, learn about the days of the conquistadors while visiting the country’s fascinating colonial cities, and be transported back to ancient times with a visit to Tiwanaku – home to ruined temples and palaces dating from pre-Inca times
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1 Reviews of Bolivia small group tour, Lowlands to The Andes
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2022 by Sayka Hussain
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It's hard to say; probably our time on the salt flats - absolutely incredible as we experienced a huge diversity of landscapes within a few days. I've not done anything like it before.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
first, not to be afraid. Little is known about Bolivia, and we found it to be a warm melting pot of people with a diverse landscape and cultures. Just go for it, you won't regret it. Greet all experinces with an open mind and remember, your first world ideals and espectations should be left at home.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
it benefited people in that we stayed in hotels which were owned by families and not huge chains. We also made sure to shop in places where the people who produced the goods would get our money, rather than some fat cat in a highrise somewhere. We did everything we could to reduce environmental impact though we did see a lot of polution around. As our tour leader said, Bolivia is only now starting to educate people about caring for the environment.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
I'd give it 11 out of 10 if I could.
PlanetWhen travelling in remote and environmentally pristine areas that have few tourists such as in Bolivia, there is an additional responsibility on us as a company and on our clients visiting to do everything possible to minimise our impact.
We reduce our waste while travelling, using local cafes and restaurants. We also work extremely closely with our local partners to inform and educate their staff about a range of issues, including litter and waste disposal, and the recycling of material. Clients are advised to bring their own water bottles rather than purchase plastic.
Wherever possible we use environmentally friendly local accommodation. If this is not possible we make every effort to alert the management of the accommodation in question to ways of improving their service with the environment in mind. Many of the hotels and lodges we use are in extremely remote areas and are therefore almost entirely self-sufficient, using local sources of food, labour and construction materials such as those on the remote and isolated salt flats of the high Andes. We also stay on this tour with a local community where self sufficiency is key for the community.
We work closely with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues, an important effort in a country where the environment is often taken for granted.
PeopleWe only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social impact.
On this tour we visit the Yampara Community and take some time to visit local families in their home, as well as staying in locally owned accommodation. By doing this we are encouraging our clients to interact both socially and financially with the local community, and supporting and encouraging the development of local services. Furthermore, clients are taught about the local textile processes that are used which allows social interaction between the locals and tourists without damaging the authenticity of the community.
In addition, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where their money should be spent. Local cafes and restaurants then benefit.
Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.