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From La Paz: Day Trip to Chacaltaya & Moon Valley

1. From La Paz: Day Trip to Chacaltaya & Moon Valley

Discover a unique area featuring lunar landscapes and bizarre geological formations located 10 kilometers from downtown La Paz lies. Valle de la Luna or Moon Valley isn’t really a valley at all, but a maze of canyons and giant spires.  Marvel at the formations, composed largely of clay and sandstone, that was created by the erosion of mountains by the area’s strong winds and rains. Enjoy the serene setting, full of wonder, and intrigue. Head to Chacaltaya after your visit to Moon Valley. Admire this glacier that served as Bolivia's only ski resort until the complete meltdown in the last decade. Discover the former world's highest lift-served ski area and the northernmost in South America as well as the world's second most equatorial after Maoke, Indonesia. Walk from the abandoned ski resort to the top of the Chacaltaya mountain to enjoy great views at over 5000 meters above sea level.

La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

2. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

Day 1 09:00 p.m. Bus La Paz to Uyuni. Day 2 07:00 a.m. Arrival to Uyuni city. 10:30 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats Day 3 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve Day 4 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve 10:30 a.m. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. 2:00 p.m. Arrival time to San Pedro de Atacama. DAY 1 Go to the bus office at 8:30 p.m. for the check-in, then bus departures at 9:00 p.m. Inside the bus, enjoy the service of Dinner (Meat and Vegetarian Option), Breakfast, a Bottle of Water, a Hot Drink, Heating, Toilets, a Polar Blanket, Wi-Fi and First Aid Kit. DAY 2 Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block near from bus station, Start your tour leaving Uyuni town at 10:30 a.m. from Perla de Bolivia's office. Visit: Train Graveyard, the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners´ workshops next to the salt flats), handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. Next, “Ojos de Agua Salada” (‘saltwater eyes’), a hotel-museum made completely of salt, Isla Incahuasi. Then, make sure you and your group pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats. To end of the day, head to an open, spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, and finally arrive at Ajencha town to have dinner and night stay in the hotel. DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Galaxy Caves, Chiguana Desert, Ollagüe, the rocky road “El Pasito Tuntun”, the famous: Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarcota Lagoons in which flamingoes can be seen. Finally in the day, enter “Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve”, Desert of Siloli, Rock tree, and the immense Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a hotel in Huayllajara. DAY 4 Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit: Sol de Mañana Geyser, Hot Springs, Dali Desert, Green Lagoon, White Lagoon on the foot of Licancabur volcano. Then head back to the Bolivia-Chile border (Hito Cajon), Guide will assist with your border crossing at 10:30 am, finally arrive at San Pedro de Atacama at 2:00 p.m. The drop-off point is at San Pedro de Atacama’s main square.

La Paz: 3-Day Salar de Uyuni Tour by Air

3. La Paz: 3-Day Salar de Uyuni Tour by Air

Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in La Paz at 6:00AM, at which point you will be transferred to the International Airport of El Alto from where you will fly to Uyuni. After a 45-minute flight, you will land at the International Airport of Uyuni, where you will meet your English-speaking professional guide and your driver. You will then enjoy a delicious American-style buffet breakfast in one of the most popular cafes in the area. Your trip will then begin with a visit to an outdoor museum of ancient and impressive field trains. You will enter the Salar by Colchani where you will be able to see the salt process and piles of salt, and visit a salt hotel before continuing downtown to visit the Incahuasi Island of volcanic rock and giant cacti. This is also an area that can be climbed to attain extraordinary viewpoints of the white salt plain. That evening, you will stay overnight at the Basic Salt Hostel in a private room with an en-suite. Day 2: On the second day your trip will continue in the direction of the south, where large numbers of flamingos can be found. Other birds, such as geese and Andean gulls, accompany the flamingos in these lagoons which are flanked by snow-capped volcanoes. You will then pass through the desert sand in order to reach your hotel. That night you will stay overnight at a basic hostel in a private room where you can watch the sun set over one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Day 3: At dawn you will venture in search of the geysers Sol de Mañana. This will be the highest point of the route, sitting at about 5,000 meters above sea level. The cold here is intense, and you will see pools where the land seems to boil red. The desert and Salar de Chalviri is another scene of great landscape value that combines the white snow, ocher desert, the blue of the water, and the white of the borax. In one corner you can take a bath in Termas de Polques, and enjoy a hearty breakfast outdoors. After leaving this desert valley, you will visit the Laguna Verde, at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. You will arrive at this lagoon just in time to see how the water goes from emerald green to a duller shade of blueish-green. You will then return in the car, stopping for lunch at Laguna Colorada, the main nesting center of the three species of flamingos. You will be returned to Uyuni Airport to board the flight back to La Paz, where your tour will then conclude.

From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

4. From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

Following pick-up from your La Paz hotel in the morning, transfer to El Alto Airport to catch the 45-minute flight to Uyuni. Get amazing views of La Paz before landing at Uyuni Airport, where an English-speaking guide and private driver will meet your off your flight. Enjoy a delicious American-style buffet breakfast in one of the area's most popular cafés. Go to the amazing train cemetery to see where old trains are laid to rest. Then, learn how salt is processed at the small town of Colchani and enter the Uyuni Salt Flats to be amazed by the salt fields.  Head to Incahuasi Island to see giant cacti and rock formations before a delicious local lunch. Learn about the region from your guide. Continue to the foot of Tunupa Volcano to get stunning views of the Andes landscape and look for native animals such as llamas and vicuñas. Return to the salt flats for a sunset toast, and then drive back to the airport for your return flight to La Paz. Get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour by Bus

5. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour by Bus

Day 1: La Paz, Uyuni Your trip begins with pickup from your hotel in La Paz, from where you will take a night bus to Uyuni at 8:30PM. Your bus will come complete with reclining seats, a bathroom on board, English assistance, and a small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni, Salt Flats, Uyuni, and La Paz Following a relaxed trip on your bus, you will arrive to Uyuni at 7:30AM where your private driver will wait for you to transfer you to the Uyuni headquarters. There you can enjoy a delicious American-style buffet in one of the most popular cafes in the area. Your adventure then begins as you visit the train cemetery, an open museum where you will be able to observe old trains. Next, continue to Colchani where you'll see the salt processors which mine salt from the region. You will then enter the Uyuni Salt Flats where the enchanting landscape of the salt fields and stunning colors are sure to amaze you. Next, head to Incahuasi Island to discover the giant cacti and rock formations. At the end of this small walk on Incahuasi Island, a delicious local lunch will be your reward. You will then be granted time to take photos and learn about the region from your expert guide. Next, return to the salt flats and enjoy a special toast with snacks and warm drinks while watching a wonderful sunset, which will be enhanced by the surrealistic colors and landscapes. Upon culminating this special experience, you will return to the city and drive to the Uyuni Bus Station to embark on your return by bus to the city of La Paz. Upon your arrival in La Paz the following day, your private driver will be waiting for you to move you to a place of your preference.

La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

6. La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

Day 1: La Paz to Uyuni Your service begins with pickup from your hotel in La Paz (1 hour before the bus departure time), at which point you will take a night bus to Uyuni. The selected bus comes with reclining seats, a bathroom on board, English assistance, and a small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni to San Juan Following a 9-hour bus ride, you will be transferred to the offices where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast before beginning your tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the colorful lagoons. The first stopping point is the "train cemetery", where you will be able to see old and time-worn trains. You will then continue your tour to the "Salar de Uyuni" by Colchani, where you can observe the manual processing of edible salt. Following this, your tour continues to visit the salt mounds and the center of the Salar, where you will visit the Isla Incahuasi, a natural formation of volcanic rock and giant cacti. Your trip then continues to the opposite side of the Salar to go to San Juan, a town located on the banks of the Salar where you will spend the night in a comfortable room and enjoy a delicious local dinner. Day 3: San Juan to Laguna Colorada After enjoying a delicious breakfast, your guide will direct you to the south west where you will discover the Cañapa, Stink, Chiarkota, Honda, and Ramadita lagoons. At these locations you can observe large amounts of flamingos and other birds, such as Andean Geese and seagulls that accompany the flamingos in these lagoons which are flanked by picturesque snowy volcanoes. Your tour then continues to the "Laguna Colorada" where you will spend the night in a basic room with warm blankets and sleeping bags. Following an exquisite local dinner, you can observe the stars and the milky way which are clearly visible due to this place being considered one of the cleanest places on the planet. Day 4: Lagoons, Uyuni, La Paz On your fourth day you can get up early to go in search of the geysers known as "Morning Sun". This will allow you to get to see the first rays of sunlight in this picturesque area where volcanoes seem active and emit fumaroles and volcanic activity in small quantities. Continuing with your trip, you will travel over the highest point of the road at approximately 5,000 meters above sea level. Your trip then continues with a visit to Laguna Colorada before continuing to the "stone tree" and along the high plateau road to reach the hot springs of Polques. There you can take a hot bath and then cross the desert of Dali to reach the green lagoon located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Your tour then returns to Uyuni, where on the Camino you can observe Andean plants and animals of the area before you arrive to Uyuni at 5:00PM. Following a short break, you will be transferred to your bus for your return to La Paz. Day 5: La Paz Following your bus trip, you will return back to La Paz. There a transfer vehicle will be waiting for you to transfer you to a destination of your choosing.

From La Paz: 2-Day Tour to Isla del Sol & Lake Titicaca

7. From La Paz: 2-Day Tour to Isla del Sol & Lake Titicaca

Depart from La Paz on a guided two-day trip that includes a boat journey on Lake Titicaca and visits to Copacabana, Yumani and Isla del Sol, where you will be spending the night. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the cobalt blue lake and snow-sprinkled mountains as you explore the land of the Inca. The tour will depart La Paz early in the morning for Lake Titicaca. Your first stop will be at the Tiquina viewpoint, where you will get some stunning panoramic views of Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at an elevation of 3,812 meters. Next, take a ferry across to Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of the lake that sits right beside the border with Peru. From here you’ll travel by speedboat to the Isla del Sol, considered by the Incas as the birthplace of their Sun God. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore Yumani, on the south coast of the island, and marvel at the Sol Pilko Kaina temple and the details of Inca architecture.  After spending the night on the island, you’ll have the next day free until 15.30, giving you plenty of time to visit the northern side of the island, home to the Golden Museum and the Inca Fountain of Youth. In the afternoon, you’ll take the boat back to Copacabana, where you’ll have time for dinner before catching the bus back to La Paz where you will arrive around 23.00.

From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

8. From La Paz: Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca One-Day Tour

Enjoy a visit to the ruins of Tiwanaku and Lake Titicaca in a single day accompanied by a local guide. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Paz at 8:00 AM to go to the town of Tiwanaku, where mysterious ruins of the Inca Empire are located. Hear about the mysteries of the Monolith, and learn about Incan culture from your guide. See the "Puerta del Sol", the "Puerta de la Luna", the "Temple of Kalasasaya." Visit the Archaeological Museum in Tiwanaku, where you can see an array of Incan artifacts. Afterwards, stop for a local lunch in the village.  After lunch, continue to Huatajata, a town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Meet people who build "totora boats" and experience a ride on one of these vessels through the waters of the lake. Take the opportunity to snap photos of the natural beauty of the area. Return to La Paz at approximately 4:00 PM

La Paz: Full Day Trip to Copacabana and Isla del Sol

9. La Paz: Full Day Trip to Copacabana and Isla del Sol

At 7 am, depart from La Paz on a fully guided day trip that sails on Titicaca Lake and visits Copacabana and Yumani as well as Isla del Sol. Enjoy the cobalt blue color of the water and the picturesque perimeter of snow-sprinkled mountains. Around 11:30 am, stop at Tiquina Viewpoint, to get some of the best panoramic views of Lake Titicaca. Then take a ferry to the highest navigable lake in the world. Discover Copacabana, the main Bolivian town on the shore of the lake. Around 13:00 pm explore Isla del Sol, considered by the Incas as the birthplace of their Sun God. Then visit the coast of Yumani on the south side of the island. Once there, marvel at the Sol Pilkokaina temple and the details of Inca architecture. At 15:30 pm go back to Copacabana on a boat to then catch the bus back to La Paz. Arriving around 22:30 pm - 23:00 pm.

La Paz: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

10. La Paz: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

The dramatic and scenic “World’s Most Dangerous Road”, locally known as “Death Road”, “Camino de la Muerte” is a must-do adventure activity in South America. Your highly-trained English-speaking guides and mechanics will give you all the assistance you need to get down safely, comfortably, and with amazing time. Your guides have been riding this road for over 20 years, and know how to get it done with utmost safety and security. Drive up from La Paz, Bolivia, and begin biking at wind-swept La Cumbre at 4700 meters altitude. At this height, you’ll get fantastic views of a number of snow-covered peaks. From here, descend rapidly down a twisting asphalt road among mountain peaks, grazing llamas, alpacas, and tiny villages. Stop for refreshments, photos, and rests along the way, all the better to give you time to take in the scenery: towering cliff faces, dramatic drops and even greener vegetation. This will give you time to prepare yourself for the next breath-taking section of the ride. Descend even further, and after a brief undulating section of the road, you’ll enter the jungle itself and the most challenging part of the ride. This infamous narrow dirt road is cut precariously into the side of the mountain and descends 2000 meters in altitude. Ride on through mist, low cloud, and dust. As the end gets near, it gets progressively hotter and dustier. By the time you arrive at the bottom in Yolosa, you’ll be hot, dirty, and exhilarated, having conquered Death Road with no fear. Just around the corner, you’ll visit La Senda Verde Animal Refuge to enjoy a buffet lunch and take in the magnificent scenery and the animals of the Yungas. While there, have the chance to see some of the region's native animals, including hundreds of monkeys, an Andean spectacled bear, capibara, birds, and so much more. Your visit helps the refuge maintain their incredible work rescuing animals from the black market. Many happy riders have said this was the best experience of their trip to Bolivia. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, your guides, bike, and coaching will get you down safely and feeling amazing for having done it. There’s truly no downhill ride like this in the world.

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4.9 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Amazing trip! Great views from high in the mountains down to the jungles. Guides were excellent and put safety as a high priority. Snacks and rests given a good intervals. Fun mountain biking experience.

We had to cancel as we both came down with stomach issues too severe to travel that day. They were nice about it and responded right away on our cancellation communication the night before.

Perfect itinerary for a one day excursion to the Salar, ensuring you see all the big ticket items. Israel was a fantastic tour guide (and photographer)!

Super organized and our guide was awesome! We definitely recommend it!

Not as dangerous as people make out, really fun with a great guide