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

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

At 7 am, depart from La Paz on a full fay tour to 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.

From Uyuni: Red Lagoon & Uyuni Salt Flats 3-Day Guided Tour

2. From Uyuni: Red Lagoon & Uyuni Salt Flats 3-Day Guided Tour

Day 1: Start your tour off at 10:30 am with a drive out to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The first stop is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats), there, also find handicrafts made of salt, and textile art manufactured of llama and alpaca wool. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Then Visit Uyuni Salt Flats: * Salt water eyes, *A hotel made completely out of salt which is currently used as a museum, *Flags of the world (Where you can bring yours and put there for free) and a Monument of Dakar racing. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Next, take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats, playing around with the scene, you can be sure to take some funny, and memorable shots! Finally, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, enjoying it with a glass of wine. Arrive to Agencha town to have dinner and night stay in the hotel. Day 2: Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. First stop, Galaxy Caves and then go visit the Chiguana Desert on Uyuni salt flats South side, surrounded by volcanoes such as Ollagüe (5840m). Then, continue along the rocky road that´s called “El Pasito Tuntun”. Later, visit: Cañapa, Hedionda and Chiarcota Lagoons in which flamingoes can be seen. After Lunch, enter to “Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve”, visit the Desert of Siloli at 4550m (the highest and driest in the world), take a picture next to the ‘Rock tree’ (a lava rock formation). Before arriving at the final destination, stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat and admire this intense red-colored lake. Stay the night at a hotel in Huayllajara. Day 3: Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser (5,000m) and walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. then, have the opportunity to take a bath in an open-air Hot spring at 35 Cº water. The next places to appreciate are the Dali Desert where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then the Green, and white 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. On the way, pass by Rock Valley, Alota settlement, and San Cristobal Village where a baroque church and colonial paintings can be seen. Arrive to Uyuni town at 6:30 p.m.

From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flat Tour & Overnight Roundtrip Bus

3. From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flat Tour & Overnight Roundtrip Bus

Day 1 Go to the “Todo Turismo” 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 a First Aid Kit. Day 2 Arrive in Uyuni City at 9:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block near from bus station, Start your tour off at 10:30 am with a drive out to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The first stop is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats), there, also find handicrafts made of salt, and textile art manufactured of llama and alpaca wool. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Then Visit Uyuni Salt Flats: * Salt water eyes, *A hotel made completely out of salt which is currently used as a museum, *Flags of the world (Where you can bring yours and put it there for free), and a Monument of Dakar racing. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Next, take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats, playing around with the scene, you can be sure to take some funny, and memorable shots! Finally, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, and enjoying it with a glass of wine. Arrive back to Uyuni by 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 pm bus from Uyuni to La Paz. Arrive at the Office Bus at 8:30 p.m. Day 3 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: the “Todo Turismo” office.

From La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni and Red Lagoon Tour with Bus Ride

4. From La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni and Red Lagoon Tour with Bus Ride

DAY 1 Go to the “Todo Turismo” 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, Bottle of Water, a Hot Drink, Heating, Toilets, 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 at 10:30 am with a drive to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The first stop is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners' workshops next to the salt flats), there, also find handicrafts made of salt, and textile art manufactured of llama and alpaca wool. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Then Visit Uyuni Salt Flats: * Salt water eyes, *A hotel made completely out of salt which is currently used as a museum, *Flags of the world (Where you can bring yours and put there for free) and a Monument of Dakar racing. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Next, take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats, playing around with the scene, you can be sure to take some funny, and memorable shots! DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Galaxy Caves, Chiguana Desert, Ollagüe look out point, 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”, the Desert of Siloli, the 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 for a bath in the natural pool 35ºC, Dali Desert, Green Lagoon, White Lagoon on the foot of Licancabur volcano. Then head back to Uyuni passing by beautiful scenery along the way and eating a picnic lunch along the roadside. On the way, pass by Rock Valley, Alota settlement, and San Cristobal Village where a baroque church and colonial paintings can be seen. Take your bus to La Paz City at 8:30 p.m. - Bus Departure 9:00 p.m. Same bus "Todo Turismo" with services on board. DAY 5 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: “Todo Turismo” office.

La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

From La Paz to Atacama: Uyuni Salt Flats 4-Day Tour

7. From La Paz to Atacama: Uyuni Salt Flats 4-Day Tour

Spend a memorable 3 days on a visit to the Uyuni Salt Flats and colorful lagoons. Marvel at the flamingos and the sunsets. Relax in the hot springs at Termas de Polques. Day 1(Dinner) Be picked up from your hotel in La Paz, for the transfer to the bus terminal to travel by night bus to Uyuni. Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) At the Uyuni Salt Flats, see salt processing and visit the Hotel de Sal. Travel to Fish Island and then head to Galaxy Cave to see ancestral burials and petrified cactus. Spend the night in accommodation built from salt. Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Head south to the Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramadita lagoons to see the colors and tones nuanced by wind and time, as well as large numbers of flamingos. Take in one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet. Spend the night at a hostel. Day 4(Breakfast, Lunch) See the geysers at Sol de Mañana at dawn, and pools where the land seems to boil in an array of colors. Take a dip in Termas de Polques and enjoy breakfast outdoors. Return for lunch at Laguna Colorada, a nesting center for 3 species of flamingos. Be transferred to the Chilean border to be dropped off in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

8. From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

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 a tasty lunch and discover the famous Inca Steps and the Inca Fountain. Leave La Paz at around 7 am and after approximately 3 hours you will arrive at Tiquina, the narrowest part of the Lake Titicaca. Cross to the other side by boat and continue the trip on a 30-minute bus ride to the town of Copacabana. Once there, have lunch and then head towards the shore to catch a boat to the Isla del Sol, where you will see the Inca steps and the Inca fountain, also known as the youth fountain.  This Inca fountain represents the 3 pillars of the Aymara Culture, Ama Sua, Ama Llulla, and Ama Quella, which mean, you shall not steal, shall not lie, and shall not be lazy. Afterward, visit the town of Yumani and then start heading back to the port to catch the boat back to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, explore the church, main square, and the crafts market. By 6 PM you will catch the bus back to La Paz, where you should arrive back in the city by 10 PM.

From La Paz: Day Trip to Chacaltaya & Moon Valley

9. 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.

Uyuni: Uyuni Salt Flats and San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

10. Uyuni: Uyuni Salt Flats and San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

Day 1 10:30 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats Day 2 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve Day 3 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve 10:30 a.m. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. 1:30 p.m. Arrival time to Spa. Explore the area around Uyuni on a 3-day tour. See handicrafts made of salt, stop at the Flags of the World, and visit the Chiguana Desert. Day 1 Meet your guide in Uyuni and begin your 3-day adventure. Head to the Train Graveyard, a cemetery full of abandoned trains. Stop at the small settlement of Colchani, which housed salt miners, and shop for handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. Next, visit a hotel and museum made entirely out of salt. Bring your country's flag and place it at the Flags of the World, and stop at the Monument to Dakar racing. For an added fee, visit Incahuasi Island, a former island in the middle of the salt flats. Then, pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats. Finish the day with a view of a beautiful sunrise over the salt flats before heading to Ajencha town for dinner and to spend the night. Day 2 Begin with an early breakfast before heading to Chiguana Desert. Stand surrounded by volcanoes and marvel at the still-active Ollagüe Volcano. Then, continue along the rocky road El Pasito Tuntun to reach the beautiful lagoons of Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarcota. Keep an eye out for the brilliantly colored flamingoes standing in the lagoons. Stop to enjoy lunch before heading to Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve (entry not included). Visit Siloli Desert and see the Rock Tree lava rock formation. Continue to Huayllajara, stopping at the Red Lagoon overlook point to see flamingos relaxing in the intense red colors of the lake. Spend the night at a hostel in Huayllajara. Day 3 Start the day bright and early with a visit to the Sol de Mañana Geyser. Walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling mud pots before enjoying a relaxing bath in an open-air hot spring (ticket not included). Continue to the famous Dali Desert, where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from the boulders sprinkled around. Marvel at the vivid colors of the Green and White Lagoons, created from the toxic copper water at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Then, head back to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Cross the border with the help of your tour guide and finish your adventure at San Pedro de Atacama’s main square.

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Recommend this excursion to anyone visiting La Paz. We were picked up right outside the door. The driver Julio and the guide Juan were nice and had a lot of knowledge about the archaeological sites as well as the culture and history of the area. The lunch was good and we were delivered just outside the south before the announced time. We felt well taken care of throughout the day.

Max was amazing and very informative. The tour was completed in a nice easy pace and very relaxing and not to forget - tasty. A lovely variety but a word of warning, don’t try to eat everything. You will be bursting at the seams by the end. I would highly recommend him for your tour

Affordable tour of the city and the cable car system. Fernando had a lot of information to share and did a great job navigating our group through the busy streets in the rain and making sure we were okay.

Our guide Juan was excellent, extremely knowledgeable and kind. Also the driver, Christian, was very careful and we felt very safe with him. We had a wonderful day!

This was an excellent tour. Our guide was informative and patient. (We talked a lot). He had a lovely manner and showed us more than we expected.