Take in the many natural angles of Bolivia on this 10-day trip.  From the rock features that give the Valle de la Luna its name to going underground beneath dinosaur foot prints in Torotoro National Park,  and out to the expanse of the Uyuni Salt Flats, you'll be surrounded by all the many ways in which the land can be shaped.

Highlights

  • Take in La Paz from above on a cable car
  • Trek through Torotoro National Park
  • Swim in the waterfalls of Vergel Canyon
  • Experience the expanse of the Uyuni Salt Flats

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in La Paz La Paz
Day 2 La Paz City Tour & Flight to Cochabamba Cochabamba
Day 3 Torotoro National Park & Umajalanta Cavern Toro Toro
Day 4 Torotoro Trekking Toro Toro
Day 5 El Vergel Canyon & Return to Cochabamba Cochabamba
Day 6 Return to La Paz La Paz
Day 7 Flight to Uyuni Colchani
Day 8 Eduardo Avaroa Andean Flora and Fauna Reserve Siloli
Day 9 Eduardo Avaroa Flora and Fauna Reserve, Flight to La Paz La Paz
Day 10 Depart La Paz  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in La Paz

Central Velasco Avenue is closed to traffic on Sundays
Central Velasco Avenue is closed to traffic on Sundays

Welcome to Bolivia! Meet your guide at El Alto International Airport in La Paz to transfer to your hotel, where you'll enjoy a cup of tea and discuss your itinerary. Spend the rest of the day settling in and adjusting to the altitude.

Day 2: La Paz City Tour & Flight to Cochabamba

Plaza Murillo
Plaza Murillo

Start your day with a tour of the city. You'll be picked up from your hotel to explore La Paz's central neighborhood, followed by a trip to the witches' market to browse the medicinal herbs and spices alongside spiritual artifacts. Continue to the main square of La Paz, Plaza Murillo, and learn about the government buildings along its sides and the city's historical center.

From there, head south to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), named for its geological features. Take in the views of the Andes mountains from the Cordillera Real, then look out over the city as you ride a cable car.

Once you've completed your city tour, you'll head to the airport for a short flight to Cochabamba, known as "the city of eternal spring" due to its pleasant weather.

Day 3: Torotoro National Park & Umajalanta Cavern

Inside the caves
Inside the caves

Embark on an expedition to Torotoro National Park, a highlight for both adventure lovers and dinosaur devotees. You'll pass landscapes ranging from farming villages to high desert plateaus to green rivers on your way to the colonial town of Torotoro and its 700 inhabitants.

In the afternoon, you'll head to the Umajalanta Cavern, a 4-mile (7 km) cavern full of rock formations and several waterfalls. You'll be getting damp and dirty as you crawl through dark, narrow passages and use ropes to get between some sections of the cavern on this physically demanding course. An alternate afternoon activity can be arranged if this doesn't sound like your cup of tea.

Day 4: Torotoro Trekking

Rock formations within Torotoro [Havardtl [CC BY 4.0]
Rock formations within Torotoro [Havardtl [CC BY 4.0]

Stay above ground today with hikes through Torotoro, taking in the colorful mountain chains, giant stone tunnels, and even fossilized dinosaur footprints. More than 2,500 dinosaur footprints have been found in the park alongside bone fragments from the Cretaceous era.

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Day 5: El Vergel Canyon & Return to Cochabamba

View over Cochabamba
View over Cochabamba

Spend your last morning in Torotoro on a trek of more than 100 steps down into the bottom of El Vergel canyon. You'll be compensated for your efforts with the refreshing greenery and cool temperatures alongside the dinosaur prints.

Return to Torotoro for lunch, then transfer back to Cochabamba.

Day 6: Return to La Paz

Fried mackerel at a street market
Fried mackerel at a street market

Fly back to La Paz after breakfast. You have the rest of the day free to explore the city, whether you choose to relax, go shopping, or visit some of the museums.

Day 7: Flight to Uyuni

Cacti on Incahuasi Island
Cacti on Incahuasi Island

Get an early start with a flight south to the town of Uyuni, the gateway to the Uyuni Salt Flats and Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. Once you land, you'll visit the train cemetery, filled with rusting train cars once used to transport both minerals and people to and from Uyuni.

Continue to the salt-harvesting village of Colchani to learn about salt harvest and production. Then get back on the road to the vast Uyuni Salt Flats, where you'll visit cacti-covered Incahuasi Island to enjoy the views of the flats. Watch the sunset over the expanse of salt before you return to Colchani for the evening.

Day 8: Eduardo Avaroa Andean Flora and Fauna Reserve

Laguna Colorada at the natural reserve
Laguna Colorada at the natural reserve


Continue your highland exploration through the high desert today amid the lunar landscapes of the southern altiplano. You'll travel south through landscapes filled with volcanoes, deserts, and colorful lagoons, watching for the flamingos and other Andean wildlife along the way.

Stop for lunch on the shore of a lagoon, then continue through the Siloli Desert, home of the famous Stone Tree formed by years of wind erosion. Your last stop will be the Red Lagoon before you retire to your desert lodging for the evening.

Day 9: Eduardo Avaroa Flora and Fauna Reserve, Flight to La Paz

Geysers within the park
Geysers within the park

Wake up for an early breakfast and hop in the local thermal waters before you get on the road. Today's drive continues through the altiplano, heading northeast through the Dali Desert and passing the Green Lagoon. You'll get back to Uyuni in the midafternoon, just in time for your flight back to La Paz.

Day 10: Depart La Paz

La Paz under the Andes
La Paz under the Andes

Enjoy one more Bolivian breakfast before you head to the airport for your flight home or onward to your next adventure.

Map

Map of Bolivian Landscapes: La Paz, Torotoro, & Uyuni Salt Flats - 10 Days
Map of Bolivian Landscapes: La Paz, Torotoro, & Uyuni Salt Flats - 10 Days