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Bolivian Extremes - Bolivia/Chile - La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Uyuni and the Atacama Desert

Travel overland through dramatic and ever-changing scenery from the highest capital in the world to the driest desert.

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Itinerary summary

La Paz

Days 1-2: Two nights at the modern, comfortable and central Hotel Plaza gives you time to visit the handicraft market, San Francisco church and the Moon valley.

Lake Titicaca

Days 3-5: Driven to Copacabana, on Lake Titicaca, with a visit to Tiahuanaco on the way. Take a boat (1 hour) to Sun Island, and walk to La Estancia Lodge, a simple but beautiful base for a 2 night stay. After a day exploring the island continue across the Tiquina strait and round the lake to Puerto Pérez for a night at Hostería Las Balsas.

Salar de Uyuni and the southern deserts

Days 6-8: Drive (4 hours) to Oruro for a comfortable 6 hour train journey to Uyuni and a night at the Hotel Girasoles. Start a 3 day jeep tour through the Salar de Uyuni, visiting Isla Pescado, the desert of Chiguana, the pink flamingos at Laguna Hediona, the coloured rock formations of the ‘Salvador Dali’ desert and finally Laguna Verde. Accommodation is rustic though in spectacular locations with 1 night in the Hotel del Desierto and 1 in the Hotel del Piedra.

The Atacama desert

Days 9-12: Cross the border and descend into San Pedro for 3 nights at the Hotel Casa de Don Tomás, a small rustic hotel in the village. Visit El Tatio geysers, Puritama hot springs and the local villages before flying from Calama to Santiago for onward connections.

Notes:

Includes all breakfasts, lunch and dinner on days 7 and 8.

Price and validity notes

La Paz (Street in La Paz.) - La Paz, Bolivia Moon valley (Valle de la Luna near La Paz.) - La Paz, Bolivia El Tatio geysers (Geysers at El Tatio (competition shortlist 2004).) - The Atacama desert, Chile Toconao (Toconao doorway.) - The Atacama desert, Chile Death Valley (Salt and photographers.) - The Atacama desert, Chile Talar (Flamingos at Talar.) - The Atacama desert, Chile Talar (Abandoned tripods..) - The Atacama desert, Chile

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