Round trip Bolivia

16D/15N REFERENCE PROGRAM Round trip Bolivia

This round trip Bolivia program is designed for travelers who wish to explore some of the highlights of the different geographic zones of Bolivia from the Amazone basin to the Andes mountains. We suggest to start the trip in Santa Cruz and to gradually continue towards higher places in order to get used to the altitude. 

Day 1
Arrival in Santa Cruz. We will pick you up from the airport. Hotel in Santa Cruz.

Day 2-3
2D/1N Jesuit Missions tour.
The Chiquitania is the name of the place where Jesuit reductions were settled in the actual territory of Bolivia during the second half of the XVII century (from 1691 until 1760). They remain in time as an extraordinary legacy because they are the only Jesuit missions in South America which were not destroyed after the Jesuits were expulsed from the Spanish colonies. They are not ruins but villages full of life, with people who still go to mass in the same majestic churches or to enjoy the same baroque music concerts, in the same way their ancestors used to do when the Jesuit ruled these missions three centuries ago. (See reference program: Jesuit Missions, Chiquitos, Bolivia).

At the end of the tour overnight stay in Santa Cruz.

Day 4
Transfer hotel – airport. Flight to Sucre. In Sucre you will be picked up from the airport and driven to your hotel.
Take notice that Sucre is located 2800 meters above sea level. To prevent altitude sickness we recommend drinking lots of water, eat light meals only and no alcohol.

Half Day city tour Sucre. Today we will visit the church, convent and will enjoy the beautiful view of the city from ¨La Recoleta¨. We will also visit the Indigenous Art Museum (ASUR) where you can see the textiles of two different cultures: Tarabuco and Jalq’a. Afterwards a visit to the “Casa de la Libertad” and the main square of Sucre. Hotel in Sucre.

Day 5
In the morning, free time in Sucre so you can explore the city on your own.
At 14:00 you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Potosí. This drive takes approx. 3 hours. The driver will drop you off at your hotel. Take notice that Potosí is located 4000 meters above sea level!
Hotel in Potosí.

Day 6
Half Day city tour Potosí. The city of Potosí (the highest city in the world) is characterized by typical colonial period buildings, churches, monasteries and towers. We will begin the tour by taking a walk and visit the oldest part of the city, the main Square, the Cathedral. Then we will visit the most important Museum in Potosí The House of Coin (Casa de la Moneda). This visit takes approx. 2 hours. In this museum visitors will get to know the story of the exploitation of the silver and also they will be able to see the machines that were used for the minting of coins during the colonial period. It is very interesting and worthwhile a visit.

At 13:00 you will be picked from the hotel and driven to Uyuni. This drive takes approx. 4 hours. Hotel in Uyuni.

Day 7-9
3D/2N Uyuni salt flats tour.
The beautiful Salar de Uyuni is with its 10.582 square km (4.085 square miles) the world’s largest salt flat. It is located in the Department of Potosi in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, at 3.650 meters above sea level.

Laguna Verde, Laguna Colorada and the hot springs can also be visited during the Uyuni salt lake tour when entering the National Reserve Eduardo Avaroa. Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) is a beautiful green colored salt lake close to the Chilean border at the foot of the Licancabur volcano. Its color is caused by sediments, containing copper minerals. It is located approx. 4.300 meters (14.000 ft) above sea level. Laguna Colorada is a red colored salt lake, also because of the presence of minerals. In these lagoons live flamingo’s! They create a very unique scene of spectacular beauty! (See reference program: Uyuni salt flats).

At the end of the tour overnight stay in Uyuni.

Day 10
Early morning flight Uyuni-La Paz-Rurrenabaque. Overnight stay in Rurrenabaque. Due to weather conditions the flights to Rurrenabaque might be delayed, this is why we recommend to get to Rurrenbaque one day before the start of your tour to Madidi National Park.

Day 11-13
3D/2N Madidi National Park tour at Chalalan Ecolodge. The Madidi National Park is characterized by its exceptional wealth of biological riches and variety of ecosystems.
The Madidi National Park is composed of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, high Andean lagoons, deep valleys and canyons, cliffs, torrid rivers and waterfalls – all in an area about the size of New Jersey, all adding up to make up some of the most stunning scenery you will ever see. (See reference program: Madidi National Park, Chalalan ecolodge)

Flight Rurrenabaque-La Paz. Transfer to hotel.

Day 14
Half Day city tour La Paz. Pick up from your hotel to visit the famous Witches Market, the colonial Church of San Francisco and crafts shops on Sagarnaga Street. The tour continues to the Murillo Square, where the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace and Parliament buildings are located. Then visit the famous Jaen Street a colonial neighborhood, where the most interesting museums in the city are clustered together, from there we will go to the replica of the Semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku Culture. A change of scenery, the tour continues to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and Florida. The tour ends with a visit to the spectacular Valley of the Moon.

Hotel in La Paz.

Day 15
Full Day Titicaca catamaran trip. Early land transfer to Copacabana’s Sanctuary, after breakfast we board the Catamaran Cruise Ship and we sail to the Sun Island, birthplace of the Inca Empire. On this legendary island we will visit the Garden, Stairs and Fountain of the Inca, then the itinerary includes a visit to the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the largest private tourist attraction of Bolivia, including the underground museum of Ekako, the traditional medicine and the Titicaca Reed Shipbuilders display centers, the Pachamama agricultural Inca terraces, a handicraft center, the Intica’s lounge and at the Manco Capac lookout point we will see the the largest Andean camelids. Also, the Inti Wata Complex of Sun Island includes a unique sailing experience aboard a huge Titicaca traditional vessel for a panoramic view of the Pilkokaina Inca Palace.

Afterwards board the Catamaran Cruise Ship to Chúa Harbor while enjoying a buffet lunch. Land transfer to La Paz.

Day 16
Transfer hotel-airport. We hope you enjoyed your round trip through Bolivia with us.

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The above described Bolivia round trip itinerary is only an example. You can also include other trips from our selection of tours in Bolivia. We can customize your trip in Bolivia according to your plans. Contact us for more information.

REVIEWS

  • ´Hi Maria, Now that we're back in the UK we just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising such a wonderful trip, it really was seamless and everything from the tranfers to the accomodation was to such a high standard. Particularly high praise should go to Pablo and Julian who were simply wonderful and so generous with their time and energy, they really made the trip extra special. We would definitely recommend you to our friends when they travel to Bolivia, thank you for such a fantastic holiday! Best Wishes, Helen and Peter'

    Helen Williams UK
  • ´Onze reis naar Bolivia was in één woord "onvergetelijk". Het land biedt een ongelooflijke variatie aan natuur, cultuur en interessante mensen en wij wilden daar in iets meer dan 3 weken heel veel van zien. Als je dat allemaal zelf moet regelen is dat onmogelijk, zeker als je rekening moet houden met de Boliviaanse "informalidad".Ruta Verde heeft voor ons een geweldige reis samengesteld, waarbij we heel veel van Bolivia hebben kunnen zien en beleven. Alles was perfect georganiseerd met goed materiaal, kundige locale gidsen en comfortabele en/of verrassende accommodaties. De hele reis verliep voor ons boven verwachting en we zijn nog steeds onder de indruk van alles was we gezien en meegemaakt hebben in o.a. het nationale park Amboró, Samaipata, de Jesuitenmissies, de zoutmerentocht bij Uyuni en de tocht door de Yungas. De service van Ruta Verde was eenvoudig top en ging zelfs zover, dat Gijs bij kiespijn een tandartsbezoek voor ons regelde in een privé kliniek in Santa Cruz vlak voor onze rondreis, zodat 1 goede behandeling kon voorkomen dat onze vakantie in het water viel.Wij kunnen Bolivia en Ruta Verde in het bijzonder aan een ieder aanbevelen die van bijzondere, avontuurlijke en toch goed georganiseerde vakanties houdt.´

    Andries and Irma Hollinga The Netherlands
  • ´We hebben ontzettend genoten van de vakantie in Bolivia. Jullie bureau had alles perfect geregeld en het is gewoon lekker als het allemaal goed geregeld is en als dat niet zo zou zijn dan kun je altijd Gijs bellen. Wij hebben de eerste dagen een geweldige vakantie gehad, ook al was het best wel een beetje druk in 10 dagen, maar dat wilden wij ook graag. Daarna nog een tour naar Amburo was ook heel erg leuk en goed.Namens de hele familie, hartelijk dank voor de service en wij wensen jullie heel veel mooie jaren nog in Bolivia en dat het maar een beetje rustig mag blijven in dit mooie land met zijn mooie mensen!!Gegroet Gijs en als we ooit weer naar Bolivia komen weten we je te vinden in de positieve manier natuurlijk!!! Verder zal ik iedereen die naar Bolivia gaat jullie bureau zeker anbevelen.´

    Wim and Mirjam Ausma and Family The Netherlands
  • ´Hoi Gijs, we hebben een uitstekende vakantie gehad, heerlijk weer, behalve een dagje in Madidi, veel, heel veel gezien en genoten van alle prachtige dingen die Bolivia te bieden heeft.Ik wil jou en jouw staf van harte bedanken voor alle goede zorgen. Het reisschema was prima, de hotels de beste die er te vinden waren, alles klopte altijd perfect. Geen enkele transfer of reservering gaf problemen en zoals je misschien weet, we komen uit de congres-organisatie wereld, en weten hoe vaak iets niet werkt zoals je zou willen. Onze komplimenten dus. Ook hartelijk dank voor de kwaliteit van gidsen, chauffeurs en materieel.Alles samen hadden we een heel prima reis. Uyuni en omstreken krijgt de hoofdprijs, en Noel Kempf is nummer twee, maar ook de missions en de historische steden zijn erg mooi. We kregen een heel goede indruk van een zeer gevarieerd land.Nogmaals heel erg bedankt voor de uitstekende service van Ruta Verde en misschien tot ziens, ofwel in Bolivia ofwel in Costa Rica.´

    Gea and Luc Boussauw The Netherlands and Belgium
  • ´Beste Gijs, We hebben een geweldige reis gehad en de combinatie van la Paz en El Oriente was prima. De reis naar de missies en het park waren geweldig! Goed georganiseerd, in de missies genoten van wat luxe zoalst heerlijke zwembaden en mooie tuinen en natuurlijk de interessante cultuur van de kerkjes en musea. Amboro park was geweldig. Prima slaap en eetgelegenheid in een overweldige natuur. De "Padre" kon helaas maar een keer mee, want zijn knieen zijn versleten.Maar hij heeft genoten van de rust en natuur. De mensen in het park zijn alleraardigst, we heben de wandelgidsen en de kokkin bedankt, zowel materieel als met complimenten.Dit zelfde geldt ook voor Iver en de chauffeurs. Iver was een heel goede gids, hij weet veel te vertellen en hij heeft zich goed aangepast aan het clubje bejaarde hollanders. Niks dan lof en ook jij heel erg bedankt voor de prima organisatie.´

    Bernadette Smetsers and family The Netherlands
  • ´Beste Gijs, wij zijn inmiddels goed in La Paz aangekomen na een geweldige tocht met Wilson van jullie operator in Uyuni. Sucre was heerlijk, de tocht naar Potosi ook prima. Verblijf in Potosi kort maar goed, gelukkig had niemand last van de hoogte. De busreis naar Uyuni verliep ook naar wens, leuk om dat overdag te doen en veel te zien.In Uyuni zijn we op zoek gegaan naar Doris en zij vertelde over de problemen met de toegang tot het park. Gelukkig werden die (voorlopig) opgelost zodat we het oorspronkelijke programma konden lopen. Met Wilson gingen we de volgende dag op pad. Een geweldige chauffeur die alle zaakjes prima in orde heeft. In alles kwam naar voren dat hij het zijn passagiers volledig naar de zin wilde maken. Ondanks het volle programma zorgde hij voor voldoende tijd voor de verschillende onderdelen en wist hij leuke en speciale plekjes voor lunch. De accommodaties waren prima in orde. Met veel zorg maakte hij het eten, smaakvol en van goede kwaliteit. Het kwam erg goed uit dat we met zijn vieren, dus prive, deze trip konden maken. Dat was erg chique, maar ook erg leuk en handig. Een engelse gids hebben we zeker niet gemist. Echt een aanrader deze chauffeur en deze reisorganisatie. De busreis naar La Paz was afzien (teveel mensen en in een veel te warme bus), maar ja dat hoort er ook bij.In La Paz zitten we prima in Hotel Rosario in een familiekamer.Heel veel dank voor het meedenken en de goede service!´

    Dedde de Jong and family The Netherlands
  • ´Gijs, inmiddels zijn wij alweer een klein weekje terug in Nederland, na een zeer geslaagde reis. Wat ons betreft alleen maar complimenten. Van de hoogte hebben wij weinig last gehad, ik denk ook door het verstandige reisschema. Wel soms wat van de buik. Bolivië is een prachtig land, met, dat is ons opgevallen een heel innemende en hartelijke bevolking. Kortom, hartelijk dank voor je goede en attente zorgen. Wij zullen je in voorkomende gevallen gaarne aanbevelen. Groet, Martien en Liesbeth´

    Martien en Liesbeth Würdemann The Netherlands
  • ´Maria Eugenia, buenas tardes. Muchas gracias por todo el viaje. Nos ha gustado mucho y muy contentos de vuestra organización. Todo fue perfecto y en cada momento teníamos el guía esperando.Gracias y nos quedamos vuestro contacto para poder recomendarlo a otras personas. Un saludo.´

    Xavier Grande & Ferran Llore España
  • ´Dear Gijs, We have arrived home safely. It was wonderful and spiritually inspiring trip. After Tibet, Eduardo Avaroa Reserve Area in Bolivia is the most beautiful place we have ever seen. We enjoyed each and very place especially the boat ride in the Mamora River. Thank you for everything.´

    Win Myint Myanmar
  • ´Hi Maria, Now that we're back in the UK we just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising such a wonderful trip, it really was seamless and everything from the tranfers to the accomodation was to such a high standard. Particularly high praise should go to Pablo and Julian who were simply wonderful and so generous with their time and energy, they really made the trip extra special. We would definitely recommend you to our friends when they travel to Bolivia, thank you for such a fantastic holiday! Best Wishes, Helen and Peter'

    Helen Williams UK
  • ´Dear Gijs, now that we are back home, I would like to thank you for organizing our trip to Bolivia so well. We had an amazing time (despite the torrential rain over our first weekend!) and found Bolivia a wonderful country - the people are so friendly and it is a country of amazing contrasts. We were particularly impressed by all of your arrangements which worked very well and helped in a big way to make the holiday so successful and enjoyable.I know that some of our friends have thoughts of going to South America for their holidays and I will certainly be recommending Bolivia and Ruta Verde! Once again many thanks.'

    Andrew Muir UK
  • ´Gijs, we have now been back for some time and just want to tell you once more what a great job you did for us in preparing our trip in Bolivia. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Jesuit Missions. The transportation was flawless, the driver fun to be with and the local expert interpretation at each mission we visited very complete. Samaipata and Fuerte were a great day trip for us en route to one of our favourite spots in Amboro National Park where we stayed in the spectacular setting of Los Volcanes Lodge nestled into this incredibly beautiful valley. The accommodations were good and the staff very friendly....not to mention the wonderful meals. We enjoyed walking the trails there. We didn't see too many birds or butterflies there due to the cold temperatures during our stay...but we hope to return someday. All of our transportation connections worked out just fine. Our trip plans continued with you with our unforgettable trip to Uyuni Salt Flats. We had many "corrections" for this trip due to the road blockades that were in force during that time period. You were right there to notify us of changes (even having us paged at the airport in Santa Cruz and ultimately a message delivered directly to us on the plane) in the bus schedule for us that evening to Uyuni. The night trip to Uyuni was challenging to say the least as the bus had to take many detours to avoid road blocks. That meant many rough roads. We survived and ultimately had a great 4 day tour of Uyuni Salt Flats. After we were done we returned to Uyuni only to find out that there were to be no busses to La Paz for an undetermined time. We were 3 of many people facing this dilemma. We quickly made a hotel reservation for that night and began to try to assess what we should do. This is where having worked with you really was an advantage for us. It also showed how committed you are to your clients. We called you from Uyuni to let you know our situation and immediately you responded to do all you could to help us be able to leave for La Paz the next day. We appreciate that you contacted your friend in Uyuni who knew someone who had a car and also had access to gasoline!!! We left the next morning at about 5AM under the cover of dark to advance toward La Paz as much as we could to avoid any new blockades. Fortunately we didn't have any problems. We saw lots of beautiful countryside that otherwise we would have missed! Yes, it cost us to have a private ride back to La Paz....BUT it allowed us to make our plane connections to get to Madidi National Park (arrangements also made by you) and not miss a paid hotel room in La Paz. Also, the driver and his girlfriend were fun to pass the day with. Knowing that they were a known entity through your friend made us feel we were in good hands.You were there when we needed you and we want to thank you so much for being a true agent working for the client and not abandoning us when we needed help the most!!!! We loved Madidi National Park and spent 5 nights there .....the native management at Chalalan does a excellent job of running the hotel and our assigned guide was teriffic. Again, the food was too!! We love to bird watch and he was really attentive to that and very well versed in what was there in the area of the lodge. His name was Rigoberto Pariamo.So, Ruta Verde....thank you for helping us plan our trip. Thank you for supporting us during our trip. We highly recommend you to anybody travelling in Bolivia.´

    Tom and Barbara Danielsen, Ingrid Raabe USA, Austria
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