|La Paz - Tiahuanaco - Potosi - Sucre - Santa Cruz
(12 days, 11 nights)
Day 1: La Paz
Arrival in La Paz, reception and transfer to the 4* El Rey Hotel.
Day 2: La Paz
After breakfast, a city tour of La Paz. With its own unique topography containing few flat areas and protected by its eternal guardian, the snow peak of Ilimani (6402m), La Paz houses the seat of government of Bolivia. A visit to the Plaza Murillo (with its presidential palace, national congress and metropolitan cathedral),
its famous witches market and a choice of fine museums. With many interesting museums to visit, choose between the National Museum of Art, The Ethnographic and Folklore Museum and The Museo Tambo Quirquincho (old fashioned dresses and silverware amongst others). On Calle Jaen, a beautiful colonial street, there are four museums which may all be visited one after another. These are: The Precious Metals Museum, The Casa de Murillo, The Litoral Boliviano or Military Museum and the Juan de Vargas Museum; there is even a Coca museum.
A visit will also be made to the Valley of the Moon before returning to your hotel.
Day 3: Tiahuanaco
After breakfast, a full day visit to Tiahuanaco, site of the oldest civilisation in Bolivia. Tiahuanaco was the centre of a very powerful empire stretching back to before 500BC. Excavations are still in progress but many stone ruins including the sungate and central square are in excellent condition.
Return to your hotel.
Day 4: La Paz - Potosi
After breakfast, stunning journey across the Bolivian Altiplano to Potosi, which during its mining heyday in the 17th Century was the largest city in the Americas. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 5: Potosi
City tour of Potosi including the world famous silver mines from where silver was taken to Spain and used all over Europe. Now a walk through the streets takes you back to the times of the Spanish Conquistadores. The whole city has been declared Patrimony of Mankind by the United Nations. Return to your hotel.
Day 6: Potosi - Sucre
After breakfast, we head northeast towards the judicial capital of Bolivia, Sucre. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Free day.
Day 7: Sucre
City tour of the "White City" where outstanding examples of baroque art are found on nearly every corner. Sucre was the capital of Bolivia until the end of the last century and is officially listed as a Monument of the Americas and also as Patrimony of Mankind by the United Nations. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of La Recoleta, dating from 1600. With several colonial and republican paintings in addition to sculptures, the museum also houses rare gold artifacts and
interesting archaeological objects.
A visit to the "house of freedom", the most important historical monument in Bolivia due to its role in the signing of Bolivia's independence in 1825.
Day 8: Sucre - Santa Cruz
After breakfast, head towards the large, jungle frontier town of Santa Cruz. Founded in 1561 by the Spanish captain Ñuflo de Chávez.
Day 9: Santa Cruz
Free day to enjoy this warm tropical town. Don't forget to see the wild sloths in the trees above the Plaza de Armas.
Day 10: Santa Cruz - Cochabamba
Journey continues westwards and rising in altitude until we reach Cochabamba at 2500m, the heart of the Bolivian valleys.
Day 11: Cochabamba
A visit to Cristo de la Concordia, located in the San Pedro hill, is a monumental sculpture approximately 35 meters in height. A visit to Plaza 14 de Setiembre in the heart of Cochabamba before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 12: Cochabamba - La Paz
After breakfast, return to La Paz, transfer to the airport and onward for your flight home.
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