This is a comprehensive exploration of all the natural, cultural and historical wonders of this visually stunning destination.
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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Optional Single Supplement: $470 USD (number of singles limited).
Breakfast daily, several lunches, and most dinners (hotels & local restaurants) as per the tour itinerary.
All transport (including internal flights), accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.
Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters.
Domestic flights via local scheduled carriers as per the itinerary.
Airport transfers for land & air customers.
International airfare to/from the tour.
Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, some dinners (per the tour itinrary), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable), visa fees/departure taxes, any excursions referenced as 'optional'.
Airport transfers for Land Only customers.
Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, entry requirements, and shopping.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered twice a year: In Bolivia, the start of the dry season from April-May, has fewer crowds and still feels fresh from the recent rains. Oct-Nov are also dry but a bit warmer, as spring approaches and crowds disperse. Overall, these are two of the best times to visit this destination, outside of the rains which can create problems for travelling, and before the height of summer when it can be hot in some locales.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport in and around La Paz provided by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full travel days, roads are generally in good condition (rougher in the Altiplano) though a little winding on some stretches. In the Alitplano, we'll be divided between several comfortable 4x4 vehicles.
We feature numerous optional walking opportunities and walking tours on uneven surfaces. This tour is not strenuous in terms of physical activities, but in order to fully enjoy and experience the sites visited, you must be prepared for considerable walking at a leisurely pace.
Larger hotels generally provide baggage handling, but you must still be independent with your luggage at smaller hotels outside of major towns/cities.
We also have a couple of internal flights via domestic carriers, which can in itself be fatiguing (you will have to be able to manage your luggage). This is definitely a full itinerary with plenty of moving around!
One important consideration is the time spent at high altitude. We will be above 3100m/10,000 and, in some locations, above 3600m/12,000 ft. Travellers with pre-existing medical conditions should consult their physician; we will visit some very remote locations with limited access to healthcare. As such, all travellers will be required to complete a medical "self-assessment" form in order to affirm their suitability. To preview this form, please click on the "Resources" tab at the top of this page.
Our "Level 2" rating refers to the overall ambitious nature of the program, the tremendous amount of moving around we do, some early starts and full days of travel and activities, leisurely walks at sites and short walks to dinner, and time spent at high elevation.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Well-located, air-conditioned/heated, mid-range hotels and inns in towns and cities and of a simpler standard in remote places (ie Uyuni area). All hotels have en suite toilet and bath. Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports and smaller hotels. Single rooms are limited in number and likely smaller than twins.
* Please click on "Map & Hotels" tab for more information. Note that some of our preferred hotels in La Paz rate themselves 5-star based on a local rating system; internationally, they might be considered more of a 4-star.
Please click on "Map & Hotels" tab for more information
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local guides at several locations, multiple drivers.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
This tour is part of a series that can be upgraded to make for a longer trip. For more options, please refer to tour code/s:
Tour Overview Countries Visited: 4 Acivity Level: 2 Tour Style: Cultural
We've offered variations on this itinerary over the years and usually for only special one-off departures, so we're very excited to add Uruguay and Paraguay, combined with the wondrous landscapes and culture of southern Bolivia and the Altiplano, to our permanent roster of regularly-scheduled trips.
This itinerary is an amalgam of four very different, up-and-coming destinations - Uruguay is enjoying recognition as one of the best-governed, safest and most stable liberal democracies on the continent, with a friendly laid-back vibe and a vibrant emerging arts and culinary scene.
Paraguay is what parts of Argentina were like 30 years ago, with an un-touristed and authentic colonial charm.
Northwest Argentina, with its isolated and distinct Andean culture, is one of the most "indigenous" regions in the southern Andes, and Bolivia constitutes the quintessential Andean experience.
The lifestyle here is laid-back and ruggedly elegant, with soaring peaks, plunging gorges, endless salt flats set as dramatic backdrops to leafy colonial plazas, chic galleries, trendy restaurants, and unfailingly friendly local smiles.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
... /> The elegant rooms at Mi Pueblo Samary, Hotel Boutique feature carved wood details, ornate headboards, colorful tapestries, a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, and a private bathroom with toiletries.
It offers you careful attention, you will enjoy ... moments and the comfort of a home in Hostal Colonial Potosi facilities.