Bolivia Chile: Tour in 4x4 19 days
We offer you an unforgettable adventure journey with our private landcruiser and a experienced driver across Bolivia and Chile.
Day 1: Arrival in Cochabamba
You arrive in Bolivia and our English-speaking guide is going to welcome you at the airport and takes you to your hotel. This will be your first ride with our landcruiser, which is going to accompany you during the whole trip. The rest of the day is free so that you can recover from your flight and get ready for the following days. You spend the night in a hotel in Cochabamba.
Day 2: City Tour Cochabamba - Quillacollo - Pairumani Sipe Inkarakay
Today we are going to discover Cochbamba and afterwards are going to visit the town Quillacollo and Pairumani Sipe Inkarakay.
Day 3: Cochabamba - Tarata - Totora
Today we are going to drive 29km to Tarata, one of the most charming cities in the region with a beautiful landscape, impressive buildings, streets with cobblestone pavements, many palms and jarcaranda trees. In the afternoon we continue our journey to Totora and spend there the night.
Day 4: Aiquile - Sucre
In the morning we drive to Aiquile, a original city famous for the Charangos (= instrument) manufacturing. Then we are driving to Sucre and stay there over night.
Day 5: Maragua Valley - Sucre
Today we are visiting the valley Maragua with its various geological formations. During our round trip we are getting to know the most momentous streets and squares, which were significant settings in both the Bolivian and the American history. We are wandering through the beautiful environment with neoclassical facades and gorgeous churches from the colonial period.
Day 6: Sucre - Potosi - Tarabuco - Yotala - Millares - Betanzos
About noon we start our ride to Potosí, the most powerful mining city in America. First we are visiting "Calvario", the market of the miners. Hundreds of miners are offering material and equipment for their work: dynamite, ammonium nitrate, acetylene flame lamps, flint-borer, coca leaves, hard liquor and much more. You can take pictures of the market and buy some things. Then we are visiting a refinery for zinc, copper and silver and look at the amalgamation. Our final stop are the silver mines, where we learn a lot about the history of the miners and the compulsory labor during the last centuries.
Day 7: Potosí - Uyuni
Today we drive to Uyuni. When we arrive there in the afternoon we are going to discover the graveyard of the trains were old trains and steam engines are parked. Our final stop is at the "Ojos del Salar" (eyes of the Salar), sparkling gases that rise from underneath the salt layers. We spend the night in Uyuni.
Day 8: Uyuni - Island Incahuasi - San Juan
After the breakfast you have some free time. At 11:00 am we are leaving Uyuni with our 4x4 landcruiser to discover the biggest salt flat worldwide. During our journey today we are going to see the village Colchani, which is located on the brink of big salt flat and will be our entrance to the Salar de Uyuni. In this "dried out harbor" we can learn a lot about the production of salt. Until today the salt production at Colchani is handicraft. The inhabitants are going to explain us the processes of drying, grinding an packaging the salt, until it is ready to be sold in stores. We are going to find a salt hotel in the middle of the salar, which we are going to visit. Today it is no longer used as a hotel but as a museum instead and we can observe the walls, beds, tables, chairs and grounds made out of salt. From here you can also enjoy the great view of the Salar. Our next stop is the island Incahuasi. The island is full of giant cactuses, which reach heights up to 10m, although they grow very slowly. From the peak of the island you have one of the best views of the widening of the Salar the Uyuni. We have lunch and drive to our night camp at San Juan.
Day 9: San Juan - Red Lagoon - Villa Mar
Today you have the chance to admire the active volcano Ollague and the lagoons Canapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota and Honda, which are natural habitats for flamingos. After lunch we continue our tour to the Siloli desert, where we find interesting rock formations, which have been shaped by wind erosion over hundreds of years. The most impressive one is the "arbol de piedras", which looks like a tree made out of stone. Eventually, we arrive at the Laguna Colorada (the red lagoon), which is located in in the Andina Eduardo Avaroa National Park. The lagoon is famous for its variety and multitude of flamingos and its red color, due to sediments of zoo plankton and phytoplankton. We eat and sleep at a camp at Villa Mar close to the red lagoon.
Day 10: Villa Mar - Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde - San Pedro de Atacama
At 4:00 am we start our tour to the ebbing and flowing springs and fumaroles (volcanic zone). This spot is also known as "Sol de Mañana“ (morning sun). Our second stop of the day are the thermal springs of Polques, where we are going to relax in the warm water and eat breakfast before we continue our tour to the white and green lagoons (Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde), which are located at the feet of the volcano Llicancabur at 4.350m. The green color of the lagoon verde is do to the accumulation of magnesium in the rocks. The lagoon verde is our last stop in Bolivia. We drive to the border of Bolivia and Chile and from there to San Pedro the Atacama, where we spend the night.
Day 11: San Pedro - Salar de Atacama - Lagoon Miscanti
Today we are visiting small villages in the highlands of San Pedro. Afterwards we drive to the desert Salar de Atacama, where we find beautiful lakes, flamingos and other birds. Our next stop is the village Toconao, located 38km from San Pedro at 2475m. Due to its origin in the precolonial period, it has a interesting architecture with white volcano stones. Then we cross the "Sector Soncor y Laguna Chaxa", a region with plenty lagoons and wetlands. In the desert you will recognize an accumulation of salt crystals, which have developed due to the evaporation of salted subterranean water. The Chaxa Lagoon is a beautiful spot to observe flamingos and other birds, like the Puna Plover, the Baird´s sandpiper and Andean gull. These birds eat microscopical small organisms and algas. We reach Socaire, located 100km from San Pedro.It is the last village before the border with Argentina. Socataire is famous for its gold mines. The lagoons Miscanti and Meniques are situated 110km from San Pedro at 4000m. You should not miss the view from the summit of the Atacama desert and two lakes. The lakes have developed after the eruption of the volcano Meniques about 1 million years ago. Until then they enchant their visitors with crystal blue water and white banks. The region belongs to the flamingo nature reservat and you can find the endangered bird species horned coots here.
Day 12: San Pedro - Valle de la Luna
In the afternoon we start a trip to the valley of the moon (Valle de la Luna). We stop on our way to take pictures of the salt mountains. In the valley of the moon we are visiting the salt statues "Las Tres Marias", the salt mine and the salt caves. In the end we are enjoying the sun set from one of the biggest dunes. When the sun has set we are driving back to San Pedro and spend the night.
Day 13: San Pedro de Atacama - Colchane Isluga
Today we are going to explore the driest desert worldwide, the Atacama desert. We drive 500km.
Day 14: Colchane Isluga - Vicuna - Lauca
We start our tour in Colchane and drive 155km north to Isluga - Enquelaga - Surire. The ride lasts 5 hours, during this time you can admire the beauty of the landscape. We reach the Salar the Surire, where we find great salt deposits on the top. The intensive white color is a strong contrast to the blue lagoons. 3 out of the existing 6 species of flamingos worldwide live in this area. Astonishingly, the salt flat is a appropriate habitat for flamingos and other animals. We spend the night in Conaf Lauca.
Day 15: Lauca Chungara (Lauca National Park) - Sajama
We recommend that you enjoy the sun rise before breakfast. After breakfast we cross the border Tambo Quemado and visit the forest "Arboles nativos". We eat dinner and spend the night at the Ecolodge Tomarapi.
Day 16: Sajama (Sajama National Park) - La Paz
We start our 1.5 hour walking tour at 5:30 am from Sajama to the ebbing and flowing springs, where we eat breakfast and afterwards continue our walking tour for 2 hours to the hot springs. If you like you can take a bath here. Lunch is around noon. In the afternoon we take a transfer to La Paz, where we arrive after 4 hours and spend the night in La Paz.
Day 17: La Paz
During the morning we get to know the cultural, historical and architectural highlights of the city. The tour includes the Plaza Murillo, the cathedral, the palace of the government, the church of San Francisco and more. In the afternoon we drive to the valley of the moon, 15 km from La Paz. Over centuries erosion haas formed astonishing rock formations, which let visitors immerse in another world.
Day 18: Tour Tiahuanaco
Today we visit the archaeological ruins of the pre-inca period (800 B.C.), this include the monolith, the Puerta del Sol etc. We go on a tour through the museum and visit the Akapana pyramid, the temple Kalasasaya, a party subterranean temple and more monoliths. We drive back to La Paz and spend there the night.
Day 19: La Paz
We reached the end of our adventure trip. We take you to the airport and hope you had a great tour with unforgettable memories.
-all activities mentioned in the program
-all national transports
-hotels with breakfast
-all entrances to National Parks, museums etc. mentioned in the program
-transport in touristic buses
-drinks and meals not mentioned
-snack, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, entrance to clubs