Bolivia adventure holiday

“Travel overland as part of a small group on this 11 day adventure across the salt flats and colonial cities of the Andes. Includes flight back to La Paz.”

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La Paz | Uyuni | 3 day 4x4 excursion across the Salar de Uyuni | Potosí | Sucre |

Description of Bolivia adventure holiday

This 11 day small group holiday is guaranteed to take your next adventure to new heights. Bolivia is a magical place which combines indigenous traditions and colonial heritage with some of South America's most sensational scenery. Set your pulse accordingly on a round-trip from La Paz, the highest capital city on the planet, via Potosi, Sucre and the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Nowhere compares to the Andes, and a three day 4x4 excursion into the saline plains and surrounding desert altiplano will leave you under no illusions as to the majesty of Bolivia’s natural world.

Pockets of life exist across the highest reaches of the Andes and finding out more about indigenous Bolivian rural culture will be just as important as experiencing the country’s colonial history and incredible landscapes.

Get ready for an authentic South American adventure that will take you off the beaten track and into a unique and surreal world in the company of local guides and newfound friends.

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled 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. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bolivia adventure holiday

Through our commitment to responsible tourism, we ensure minimal social and environmental impact in the places we visit by travelling in small groups, using local transportation and staying in locally owned hotels. We also work with experienced local guides who are knowledgeable of local culture, history, flora and fauna.

We have developed a non-profit organization, the Planeterra Foundation, created as a way to give back to the people and places that we visit on our tours. This trip offers travellers the opportunity to visit one of the organizations that we support.

In Sucre you may visit a home for over 50 orphaned children where you will be able to spend time with the children and learn about the programs they offer. Children are provided with food, shelter, education, healthcare and workshops that develop workmanship skills.

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Reviewed on 08 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hiking in the Cocora Valley.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Talk to the locals, they are really lovely people. Be ready for some long travel days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall it was a good trip. The tour guide was excellent. There were some long travel days and not all the accommodations were of the high standard they
should have been for this type of trip.

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Visiting the salt flats - they were beautiful, and totally original. A real experience!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Insist that your tour leader comes with you on the 3 day tour of the Uyuni 4x4 tour - the drivers are completely irresponsible (drinking beer at breakfast, driving dangerously, driving the vehicles when they are not roadworthy), and rude (not listening to the group's concerns regarding the above, and threatening to leave people stranded in the middle of the tour), that it is imperative that the tour leader is there to take control.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It provides jobs for the locals, and no obvious negative impact on the environment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Bolivia is a beautiful country. Our tour leader was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful. The locations we visited were great. The big disappointment was the drivers looking after us on the salt flats trip (and the food on the salt flats was not great either - we did the Inca Trail in Peru a few weeks earlier, and the service from our porters and the food was excellent, so it can be done!)

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments. It is pleasing to learn you had an enjoyable time overall, however, obviously the commentary in relation to the drivers in the Salt Flats is of concern. Please rest assured we are reviewing this with our contracted parties in this area and shall take corrective any actions necessary.

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