Bolivia tour, tour the highlights of Bolivia

“Bolivia is South America's secret jewel, where Moon Valley complements the Island of the Sun amid Andean peaks, salt deserts and tropical plantations.”


La Paz | Moon Valley and Tiwanaku | Salar de Uyuni salt flats | Sucre and Potosi silver mines | Lake Titicaca and island communities | Mururata | Witches market at Oruro

Description of Bolivia tour, tour the highlights of Bolivia

Bolivia is one of South America’s best-kept secrets – a breathtaking melange of history, culture and mind-blowing landscapes from the heaven-reaching wilds the Altiplano to the colourful capital bustle La Paz, the world's highest capital. Here, grassy plains mingle with steamy jungles, while timeless colonial cities complement some of the wildest vistas on earth.

This trip contrasts the unforgettable Salar de Uyuni salt flats, where cactus encrusted islands rise surreally from a sea of salt, with the UNESCO-listed treasures of Sucre and the silver mining city of Potosi, while places like the witches market at Oruro reveal startling facets of modern day Bolivia.

The contrasts begin early, with the lanes of old colonial La Paz jostling for attention with the extraordinary landscapes of Moon Valley – including Bolivia's most important archaeological site, Tiwanaku - before driving to Lake Titicaca, where your introduction to Incan and more recent native heritage comes via trips to both the Island of the Moon and Island of the Sun, where you will sleep in a restored colonial Hacienda. You'll also visit a local Uruitos community on Kalauta island.

Flying to Sucre, you arrive in perhaps Bolivia's most attractive city - a UNESCO-listed jewel, where you'll get a chance to see the famous tapestry-weaving community of La Candelaria, as well as visiting a working silver mine and the Royal Mint in Potosi.

In remote Uyuni and Colchani, you discover the remarkable Salt Flats – sleeping in a hotel made from salt bricks and visiting the salt desert, as well as seeing the Tunupa volcano and the area's remarkable cactus 'islands'.

After a return to La Paz, venture forth to discover Bolivia's lush verdancy – from tropical forest to the coffee and coca plantations around Mururata, whose unique Afro-Bolivian community maintain remarkable ancestral links to Senegal.

**Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, mineral water, transport (excluding international flights), accommodation and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

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Holiday type
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.

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.
“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?”
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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

In South America we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating home-stays, locally owned hotels, restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our Bolivia tour, we ensure that the money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

We have a strict environmental policy on our Bolivia tour to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. All our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions and, as tour operators, is something we are careful to promote.

As a company we also supports emergency relief efforts in the areas we travel to, such as the Pakistan Earthquake Fund set up in 2005 and a variety of other community benefiting NGOs around the world. We also support several other NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, Tibetan schools trust and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. There are full details of these on the Responsible Tourism page on our website.

2 Reviews of Bolivia tour, tour the highlights of Bolivia

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2015 by

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

Everything! Too many to name, but the vast and varied landscape and the dazzling Uyuni Salt Flats

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

Check your fitness levels, there is a certain amount of walking, trekking, hikking uphill on rough terrain with the altitude to contend with

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

yes without a doubt, we visited villages, markets, homes of local people, weavers etc we bought souvenirs directly from them

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

Fabulous! First trip with this tour provider, very impressed with their responsible attitude and we had an exceptional tour leader

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2011 by

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

The Salar de Uyuni.

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

Pack warm clothes!

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


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


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