WWF Escape to the Andes

We visited the Andean school which was built by World Expeditions and presented the children with books, pens, pencils etc which some of us had brought from Australia. The extra weight was worthwhile when we saw the expressions on the children’s faces. I could never imagine children in Australia smiling so broadly at being given an exercise book and pen!

Jean Hampson | Queensland, Australia

Bolivia Experience

Our adventure begins in La Paz and journeys on to the Tiahuanaco archaeological site, which was the administrative and religious heart of pre-Incan civilisation that began in the year 237 BC and endured for over 1400 years. After a morning city tour of La Paz we travel by road across the northern highlands to Oruro and then by train to Uyuni. At Colchani we watch the locals producing salt and we cross the world's largest salt flat, the stunning Salar de Uyuni, to 'Isla Incahuasi' an island situated in the centre of the salt flat made of rock formations and home to a species of cactus aged at 700 years, we even overnight at a salt hotel! We continue north to see the mummies of Coquesa in the foothills of the Tunupa volcano and then onto Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world with an elevation of 4090 m. We take a city tour of the colonial city of Potosi followed by a tour of Cerro Rico or Mount of Riches, because of the incredibly large amount of silver that has been mined from it. Our adventure culminates in Sucre where we visit the House of the Liberty (Casa de la Libertad), where the Act of Independence of Bolivia was signed in 1825 and Bolivar Park to see examples of the aristocratic tradition of Sucre. We also visit the Museum of La Recoleta and the museum of Indian Textiles. Our trip concludes with a flight back to the thriving La Paz for one last night.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join La Paz, drive to Tiahuanaco Ruins
DAY 2 By road from La Paz to Oruro and then train to Uyuni
DAY 3 Full day at Uyuni salt-flats, including Incahuasi Island
DAY 4 By road from Uyuni to the mining town of Potosi, evening city tour
DAY 5 Visit a mine in Cerro Rico and travel by bus from Potosi to the colonial city of Sucre
DAY 6 In Sucre
DAY 7 Transfer to airport for flight to La Paz
DAY 8 In La Paz, trip concludes

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Trip Code: BEX
Trip Grading: Adventure Touring
Duration:  8 days
Activities:  Day Walking Adventure Touring
Next Trip:  Departs Weekly on Mondays and Thursdays
price: $2,290.00 NZD

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Internal flights valued at: $100 USD
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