Bolivia & Amazon jungle holiday

“Bolivia is still relatively undeveloped, giving this small group tour an ambience of raw authenticity. Sensational landscapes, wildlife-spotting opportunities and cultural encounters abound, from La Paz to the Amazon. ”


La Paz city tour | Incan Gold Museum | Witches Market | Valley of the Moon | Oruro | Uyuni Salt Flats | Train Cemetery | Colchani | Inca Huasi Island | Canapa Lagoon | Siloli Desert | Red Lagoon | Sol de Manana volcano crater | Challviri Lagoon hot springs | Dali’s Desert | Green Lagoon | Rock Valley | Potosi | Sucre | Cretaceous Park | Rurrenabaque City | Madidi National Park | Amazon Basin night hike | Yacuma River tour | Swimming with Pink dolphins in Pampas |

Description of Bolivia & Amazon jungle holiday

Boasting some of South America’s most varied and jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery, Bolivia might have been expressly designed for adventure travel.

This two-week trip takes you from vast, desolate salt flats to volcanic peaks, lagoons patrolled by elegant pink flamingoes to lush Amazon jungle where you’ll track down anacondas, alligators spider monkeys and piranhas. Oh, and you’ll also stop for a bite to eat at highest pizza restaurant in the world, where the toppings include slices of llama meat.

In La Paz, a guided tour takes you around the wonderfully bizarre Witches Market, a must-see on any visit to the capital, the Incan Gold Museum, and the eerie columns in the Valley of the Moon. A high-altitude train journey follows to the Uyuni Salt Flats, crossing a blindingly white landscape studded with cactus and volcanoes by 4x4. You’ll stay in rustic but comfortable accommodation by the Red Lagoon, a renowned wildlife sanctuary home to three species of Andean flamingo, and in an Amazonian eco lodge immersed in the sounds of the jungle.

Step back in time as you experience the perilous life of a Bolivian silver miner, and follow the gigantic footprints of dinosaurs in the Cretaceous Park. Swim with Pink dolphins in the wetlands of Madidi National Park, wander hilly local markets where you can find colourful Andean blankets and ponchos for sale, and bathe in a geothermal hot spring.

One thing is certain on this trip – your fund of amazing travel stories will be well-stocked.

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2021: 16 Apr, 9 May, 28 May, 28 Jun, 25 Jul, 22 Aug, 19 Sep, 24 Oct, 14 Nov

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.

Wildlife: Our jungle operator has a huge commitment to preserving the local habitat and flora and fauna. They will spend time with you at the start of your jungle stay, explaining how to manage your time there in a way that will have the least detrimental impact on the environment. They are extremely knowledgeable about the area and wildlife around them and take pleasure informing you of their conservation commitments.

Waste: at the point of booking a tour with us, all our travellers receive detailed pre-departure information which contains a large section on travelling responsibly. This includes advice on minimising the amount of waste they create on the trip. This informs travellers on what they can do before they go, for example removing toiletries from unnecessary packaging and taking a reusable water bottle and gives advice on what they should do whilst on the tour, for example, disposing of litter appropriately. Our operator in Bolivia is regularly involved in City Hall litter and tourist attraction clean-up events in La Paz.

All of this information on waste reduction is re-iterated at the pre-departure meeting at the start of the tour, with specific advice for the areas we visit on the tour. As a company we have a big commitment to reducing, reusing and recycling in our UK office. We are very aware of the environmental impact of our office in the UK, so we recycle and compost as much of our waste as possible. We try to reduce paper usage , but when necessary we use recycled paper and stationery. Our brochure is available to view or download online and the paper version is printed on stock produced from sustainable sources and vegetable based inks.

The Impacts of this Trip

Friends and Neighbours: This tour is led by Williams, a Bolivian Tour Leader from La Paz. All the accommodation and restaurants we use on the tour are small, locally-owned establishments. There are several times on the tour when there is an opportunity to shop for crafts at local markets and directly from local artisans. We use local transport providers, guides and operators throughout the tour. One of our aims as a company is to ensure that as many local people as possible benefit from our tour-both financially and in terms of employment.

As a company, we also run other tours in South America. Bolivia is a fairly new single destination for us, but we have been running trips in Peru for several years and, over time, have made many friends amongst our suppliers and guides. We run a 'Chocolotada' every Christmas for our Inca Trail guides and their families in their home village. All the children receive gifts and hot chocolate. In Egypt, we have also been running tours for several years and there we have numerous examples of one-man operators that we have supported to grow their businesses over the years, enabling them to expand their businesses in order to sustain entire extended families-providing them with jobs and income. We look forward to developing these kind of relationships with our Bolivian colleagues.

Volunteering and Charity: as a company we support a number of charities across our area of operation, including a school for refugee children in Cairo, a Children's Home in Zimbabwe and a community project in Peru. Our Bolivian operator is involved with three Children's Homes in Bolivia and we look forward to developing a relationship with at least one of these.


2 Reviews of Bolivia & Amazon jungle holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019 by

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

Visiting the salt flats was an amazing experience and the highlight of my trip to

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

Be prepared for hiccups along the way as transport, itineraries and plans can be subject to disruption and last minute changes.

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

Did feel that by staying in local hostelries, using public transport for transfers and
having local guides, especially in the rainforest and Pampas areas, we were supporting responsible tourism.

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

Bolivia is a fascinating country to visit and has much to offer for the adventurous traveller. The salt flats are a must as well as the Amazonian rainforest. La Paz is a colourful, vibrant city surrounded by magnificent scenery. Loved the teleferico, a cable car system that connects various neighbourhoods and offers a bird's eye view of the entire city. Overall, a great vacation destination whether part of an overland experience in South America or one off trip.

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by

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

I loved the Bolivian salt flats which were astonishing (although shockingly cold at night), and the pampass tour, especially swimming in the river and having the dolphins come up and nuzzle me!

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

Bring extra warm clothes for overnight sleeping on salt flats - there is no heating and although the salt hotel is not too cold, the 2nd night is really really cold.

If you're flying direct into La Paz give yourself 1-2 days to aclimatise (take it slowly). I arrived via lake Titicaca so was ok, but was hit bit by altitude on return from Rurrenabaque jungle/pamass tour.

In La Paz went to see the 'Bolivian wrestling chollitas' believing that it was all staged wrestling. Mostly it was, but the final bout had real hard contact and blood drawn. Be warned!

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

Probably supported local businesses (and our guides of course), and hopefully encouraged conversation through the jungle/pampass tour (the lodges were Eco lodges).

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

Probably one of the best holiday's I've been on - Bolivia is a truly amazing country. Not for the faint hearted though as the Country is still relatively undeveloped. It's more of an adventure than a normal package holiday - on occasions sleep deprevation and extreme heat and cold. However no doubt one of my best trips.

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