You will be picked up at the La Paz airport on Day 1 and explore the city with a local tour on Day 2. Ride your bike down the “most dangerous road in the world” on a Death Road adventure on Day 3. Discover Lake Titicaca and the amazing Isla del Sol on Days 4&5 and return to La Paz for a free day on Day 6. Take an overnight bus to Uyuni for an incredible excursion through the blinding-white salt flats on Days 7-9. Take an overnight bus back to La Paz and end your adventure with an airport drop-off on Day 10.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: La Paz Airport Pick-Up
You will be picked up at the La Paz airport upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day (depending on your arrival time) at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. Overnight in La Paz.
Day 2: La Paz Local City Encounter (B)
Today you will explore the colourful city of La Paz on a walking tour. Walk to city’s the most interesting sites with your local guide, who will show you how to hop on a local bus, talk to locals, eat at authentic Bolivian markets and the best street stands. Visit the witchcraft market and wander into neighbourhoods rarely visited by tourists so you can see the real way of life in La Paz. Overnight in La Paz.
Day 3: Death Road Adventure (L)
Depart La Paz around 7:30-8:00 am and make your ascent by van to La Cumbre (4,700 meters). Here we will check our equipment and listen to an important safety briefing from our guides. After crossing the tourist checkpoint, our downhill adventure on the world’s “Most Dangerous Road” begins!
We will descend 3,500 meters in approximately 4 hours, passing high altitude snowy peaks, beautiful waterfalls, and lush jungle scenery. Along the way, take a rest stop at Unduavi to fuel up on snacks and water and pass by the Curve of Death, with stunning waterfall views and a vertical drop. Pass through lush jungle scenery with breathtaking views of the valley and river below as you cruise down to Yolosa at (1,200 meters), where our bike ride comes to an end. Hop back in the van to reach Yolosita, where you will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and can cool off in the pool or take a shower. Relax until 4:00 pm, when we will make our return trip to La Paz, arriving around 9:00 pm. Overnight in La Paz.
* Suggested Packing List: Warm clothes for the first half of the ride in high altitude, light clothes for second part of the ride, insect repellent, sunblock, swimsuit, towel, change of clothes & shoes for return trip, backpack with all of these items to leave in the van during the ride.
Day 4: La Paz - Copacabana - Isla del Sol (L)
You will be picked up at your accommodation in La Paz at approximately 7:00 a.m. for a shared bus transfer to the lakeside town of Copacabana. Arrive around noon just in time for a delicious traditional lunch and a short visit of the church and main plaza, and then take a boat to Isla del Sol (Sun Island) where you will hike to the top of the island on a traditional Inca stairway, the "Escalinatas de Yumandi". Pass by the fountain of eternal youth natural spring and drink fresh water from the mountain. As you reach the top of the island, you will be rewarded with spectacular views from either side with the snow-capped Bolivian Andes in the distance. Have dinner (not included) and get a good night’s rest on this peaceful island in the middle of Lake Titicaca.
Day 5: Isla del Sol - Copacabana - La Paz (B/L)
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, go on a 2-hour guided walk to reach Pilkokaina Temple. Take a boat ride back to the Copacabana town for lunch, and then take a bus transfer back to La Paz bus terminal, arriving around 17:30 hrs.
Day 6: La Paz Free Day - Bus Station Drop-off - Night Bus to Uyuni (B)
Enjoy a well-earned free day to relax and recover from an action-packed week. Chill at your accommodation, explore the city on your own, and get ready for your unforgettable salt flats adventure. In the evening you will be picked up at your accommodation and transferred to the bus station to catch your overnight bus to Uyuni.
Day 7: Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (L/D)
Make your own way to the meeting point of the tour (a few blocks away). Start off at 11 am with a visit to Uyuni's 'train graveyard' to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then we will visit the small village of Colchani to visit a salt factory where they process the salt mined from Uyuni, have lunch, and enjoy some free time to explore the local museum or shop for souvenirs. Next we will continue to the great salt flats of Uyuni. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, and visit a hotel made completely of salt. Next we will visit Incahuasi (Fish Island) where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Enjoy the stunning sunset over the salt flat before spending the night at the village of Candelaria in a salt hotel.
Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the Fish Island tour will be replaced with a possible stargazing / During the monsoon season, between January and April, the Salt Hotel will be in Colchani Village.
Day 8: Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (B/L/D)
Start off at 7:00 am for breakfast at the hotel and then head toward the villages of Julaca and San Agustin where we will take a short walk to the Sora Canyon to observe incredible views and flocks of llamas. Our next stop is at the Volcan Ollague viewpoint, where we will have lunch before heading to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by 3 species of Andean flamingos. Visit the Desert of Siloli at 4550m (the highest and driest in the world) and take a photo next to the 'Rock tree', a lava rock formation. Before arriving to our final destination today, we will stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos and admire this intense red-colored lake, and then at the Sol de Mañana geysers. In the evening we will enjoy the open air hot springs and take a bath in naturally 35 Cº water before spending the night in nearby Polques.
Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.
Day 9: Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N - Night Bus to La Paz (B/L)
Get off to an early start around 7:30 to the Dali Pampas, where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then to the Green Lagoon (toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border). Then head back to Uyuni passing by beautiful scenery along the way and eating a picnic lunch along the roadside. Return to Uyuni in the afternoon and catch your return night bus to La Paz.
NOTE: This 3-day tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or force majeure events which are beyond our control. During the rainy season from January to April, there are some modifications made to the itinerary. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as close as possible / During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.
ALTITUDE: This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 5,000 meters above sea level, and most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 3,000 meters before the trip and bringing along medication for headaches and tablets for altitude sickness in case you feel unwell. And remember, the real key is to drink lots of water!
ACCOMMODATION / FACILITIES ON TOUR: The reality of visiting a remote area and immersing yourself in nature is that you will be far from modern facilities and the services will sometimes be slow and quite basic. Due to the harsh terrain, vehicle breakdowns are not uncommon, but the drivers are very used to fixing them and wait times are rarely excessive. The accommodations will be very basic, with cots and shared rooms, and the electricity and running water in the National Park are not as dependable as they are back at home. Toilet facilities may have a small local cost and the shower is only available the first day. Make sure to bring snacks, some water, toilet paper, and plenty of warm clothes. That said, with some patience, preparation, and an appetite for adventure, this trip will certainly be a positive and unforgettable experience.
DRIVER AND GUIDE: Please note that there is one guide per group. When exploring, your guide will be with the entire group. However, if groups are split into multiple vehicles you may be in a vehicle without the guide during transport.
Day 10: La Paz Airport Drop-Off
All good things must end. Today after after arriving in La Paz you will be transferred to the airport to catch your departing flight. We wish you happiness and health for your journey onward.