Adventurous travelers interested in Bolivia's indigenous communities will responsibly explore remote treasures from the Andes to the Amazon on this two-week tour. Start your trip in the high-altitude metropolis of La Paz before heading to Lake Titicaca. Here, you'll meet community leaders and agritourism guides who will take you on a three-day trek through some of the most beautiful villages in the Andes. Then, head to Apolobamba National Park in the Amazon for canoeing and hiking excursions, before a final free day back in La Paz.

Highlights

  • Take a walking tour of the vibrant city of El Alto
  • Relax in a small fishing village on the shores of Lake Titicaca
  • Trek through the Andes and see pre-Colombian ruins
  • Go on a canoeing trip through the Amazon
  • Enjoy two free days in the exciting city of La Paz

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in La Paz La Paz
Day 2 Walking Tour of El Alto La Paz
Day 3 Lake Titicaca & the Island of the Sun Isla del Sol
Day 4 Isla del Sol - Santiago de Okola Santiago de Okola
Day 5 Cultural Immersion & Apolobamba National Park Tour Charazani
Day 6 Trek to Chari Chari
Day 7 Trek to Charazani - Transfer to La Paz La Paz
Day 8 Free Day in La Paz La Paz
Day 9 Flight to Rurrenabaque - Canoeing & Hiking Expedition Rurrenabaque
Day 10 Birdwatching & Rafting in Madidi National Park Madidi National Park
Day 11 River Safari in Yacuma Forest Preserve Santa Rosa Beni
Day 12 Nature Hike in the Jungle - La Paz La Paz
Day 13 Free Day in La Paz La Paz
Day 14 Depart La Paz  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in La Paz

An aerial view of La Paz
An aerial view of La Paz

Welcome to Bolivia! A representative will greet you at El Alto International Airport (LPB) in La Paz and transfer you to your hotel. Once you check in and get settled, you can share a cup of coca tea with your guide and go over your itinerary, ask questions, and learn a bit more about Bolivia.

We recommend that you take it easy today since there is 50% less oxygen at this altitude, and steady acclimatization is essential to enjoying your trip.

Day 2: Walking Tour of El Alto

Cable car in La Paz
Cable car in La Paz

Today, you will take a cable car ride on the famous Mi Teleférico transit system up to El Alto, a large city adjacent to La Paz. Once your cable car arrives, you'll take a four-hour walking tour through the center of the city.

At a dizzying 13,615ft (4,000m) above sea level, El Alto is one of the highest cities in the world, and you will tour colorful streets, alleyways, neighborhoods that seem to hang on the mountains, plazas, and historic landmarks. 

Near the end of the tour, you will take a micro or local bus to the heart of the city's district of markets. Here, you’ll be able to shop around and go to different markets, including the famous Witch’s Market

You'll take the cable car back to La Paz in the late afternoon, and you will have the evening free to rest or explore more of the city.

Day 3: Lake Titicaca & the Island of the Sun

Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca
Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca

You'll wake up bright and early today to make your way to the sacred Lake Titicaca. A driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive you 95 miles (153 km) through the high plains and small fishing villages to Copacabana.

Copa is a small town on the edge of the lake, and once you arrive, you will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and take a stroll around town. Lake Titicaca straddles the border of Bolivia and Peru and is one of the largest lakes in the entire continent.

After you finish your lunch, you will then head down to the beach and take a ferry to the Island of the Sun, which is where you'll check in to your accommodation for the night. 

Day 4: Isla del Sol - Santiago de Okola

Local weavers in Santiago de Okola
Local weavers in Santiago de Okola

After a beautiful, short hike in the morning that takes you back to the island's small port, you'll board the ferry once again to the farming and fishing village of Santiago de Okola. The village has a small, community-based agritourism project, and you will be received by a group of locals who will host you in their homes and help you get to know their ways of life.

Santiago de Okola is known as the "Home of the Sleeping Dragon," a massive rock outcropping that looks like a dragon. In addition to a community tour and weaving workshop, you can hike to the crest of the Dragon. At the end of the day, you'll enjoy a traditional meal and be treated to a bonfire under a magnificent star-filled sky. 

Day 5: Cultural Immersion & Apolobamba National Park Tour

View of the Andes on the trek to Kaluyo
View of the Andes on the trek to Kaluyo

You'll get an early start this morning in order to make the most of your day in the Apolobamba National Park. After breakfast, your driver will pick you up and drive you north along the coast of Lake Titicaca and into the Cordillera mountain range. Your destination is the tiny village of Qutapampa, which is about four hours from La Paz.

When you arrive in Qutapampa, a local guide from a community-based tourism program will be waiting for you at a lodge. You will be able to enjoy a typical Andean lunch with some of the locals and learn about their work as llama and alpaca herders.

After lunch, you will set off on a four-hour trek to the community of Kaluyo, located at 13,307 ft (4,056m). Along the way, you can enjoy stunning mountain views and a stop at the Suraqucha Lagoon, which is a breeding sanctuary for Andean birds. 

In Kaluyo, your guide will introduce you to members of the Quechua community and teach you about the Kallawayas, herbalist doctors who possess an enormous apothecary of medicinal plants that they manage in the landscape. You can then tour the village museum to learn more about the cultural history of these doctors, and after your visit, you will share a meal with community members and enjoy a special visit from a local shaman.

At the end of the day, you will check in at your accommodation in Charazani.

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Day 6: Trek to Chari

Llamas and alpacas on the path to Chari
Llamas and alpacas on the path to Chari

After breakfast, you will set out on your trek to the village of Chari. As we trek, we will make a stop at the Chullpa Pata Citadel archeological site, which offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding Charazani Valley. At the site, you can observe and carefully walk among the pre-Colombian ruins.

In the afternoon, you will descend to the village of Chacarapi to visit with a local gardener and learn about the foods and medicinal plants that are important to some of the indigenous communities in the region. You can visit the town's local museum and enjoy lunch before you continue descending to Chari.

 As you make your way down the mountain, you will pass into warmer weather and see an increasing diversity of crops and flowers. When you arrive in Chari, a guide will take you to visit the local cabildos (sacred places) and participate in the Ch’alla ceremony of reciprocity with the Pachamama.

Later in the day, you can participate in a short weaving workshop and learn more about the local textiles and how the locally harvested wool is dyed.

Day 7: Trek to Charazani - Transfer to La Paz

A path through a pre-Colombian village
A path through a pre-Colombian village

After breakfast at the community lodge in Chari, your guide will take you on your final trek along a winding path back to the regional capital of Charazani.

You will reach town in the early afternoon and have lunch, and you will also have the chance to take a dip in the natural hot springs.

A private driver will take you back to La Paz where you'll check in at your hotel and be able to enjoy a hot shower and the city's restaurants.

Day 8: Free Day in La Paz

La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia

Today, you'll be able to enjoy a free day in this beautiful city. We'll be happy to suggest restaurants, help you arrange additional activities such as hiking to nearby Huayna Potosi Mountain, or assist you in hiring a guide or private driver. 

If you opt to explore on your own, you can walk through its colonial streets, try local food at Plaza San Francisco, or do as the locals do and enjoy an afternoon tea. If you want to skip the tourist spots, go to the Coca Museum, see a cholita (women in traditional braids and petticoats) wrestling match, or visit the eerily beautiful Central Cemetery.

Day 9: Flight to Rurrenabaque - Canoeing & Hiking Expedition

Relax in a hammock
Hammocks on the shore of the Tuichi River

Today, a driver will pick you up from your hotel in La Paz and take you back to the airport for your short 45-minute flight to Rurrenabaque. When you land in the heart of Bolivia's Amazon, you will have a short briefing with your guide before heading to the river to board your canoe. You will be canoeing on the Beni and Tuichi Rivers, and your route will take you into Madidi National Park, one of the planet's most biologically diverse places.

You will arrive at our eco-lodge by noon, and after you settle in, you will meet your hosts who are members of the Tacana indigenous people. After a delicious lunch and refreshing tropical juice, you will go on an excursion into the rainforest. The focus of your walk will be to learn about all the plants of the rainforest that the Tacana people use in their communities for making medicine, building, and food.

As the sun begins to go down, you might get lucky and catch a glimpse of pig-like peccaries and monkeys. When you return to the lodge, you will eat dinner and have the rest of the evening to relax.

Day 10: Birdwatching & Rafting in Madidi National Park

A monkey in the trees
A monkey in the trees

After an early breakfast, you will head on a birdwatching excursion to the "Cliff of the Macaws," one of the best places in Madidi National Park to see macaws, parrots, and other species of tropical birds. The hike out to the birdwatching point is moderately difficult, and you will be walking beneath 295-395 feet (90-120 meter) tall trees, and learn more about their uses.

There will be a secured boat nearby for you to store your backpacks and for those who prefer not to participate in the hike to utilize.

At the Cliff of the Macaws, you can watch the birds and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Amazon basin and its many rivers. After your birdwatching activity, you will go to the River Tuichi, build a log raft (the traditional transport of the Amazonian peoples), and paddle downstream for about two hours until you reach your next eco-lodge.

Once you reach the lodge and have lunch, you can choose to rest or participate in another activity like making traditional handicrafts or fishing.

Day 11: River Safari in Yacuma Forest Preserve

Trekking through the Yacuma Wildlife Preserve
Trekking through the Yacuma Wildlife Preserve

After an early breakfast, a driver will pick you up and return you to Rurrenabaque. You will then head to the town of Santa Rosa, which is located in the grassland region known as the Beni Pampas. Along the way, we will have opportunities to see sloths, anteaters, birds, and other animals native to the area.

Once in Santa Rosa, you will travel by boat along the Yacuma River to Las Tortugas Eco-Lodge. After you have lunch, you'll set off on a river safari where you can see even more animal species like caimans, capybaras, turtles, many bird species, and the pink river dolphins that live in this wonderful place.

You will arrive at your lodge by nightfall, and after dinner, the hammocks are yours to enjoy for the evening.

Day 12: Nature Hike in the Jungle - La Paz

Sunrise over the Yacuma River
Sunrise over the Yacuma River

Early risers are invited to wake up at first light to listen to the Pampas come to life. You can watch the sunrise and listen to the sounds of howler monkeys and birds before you eat breakfast. Then, you can head out for a short nature hike along the Yacuma River. We will look for anacondas, capybaras, a variety of birds, caimans, turtles, monkeys, and other jungle animals.

After your hike, you will return to the lodge to have lunch and pack up. A driver will return you to the airport in Rurrenabaque for your afternoon flight back to La Paz.

Once you reach La Paz, you'll have one last night to explore the city, sample Bolivian cuisine, and enjoy the Andes.

Day 13: Free Day in La Paz

Cable car above La Paz
Cable car above La Paz

Today, you'll be able to enjoy a free day in this beautiful city. We'll be happy to suggest restaurants, help you arrange additional activities, or assist you in hiring a guide or private drive. 

Day 14: Depart La Paz

View of the Andes mountains outside La Paz
View of the Andes mountains outside La Paz

It's time to say goodbye to Bolivia! After you have breakfast and spend a final morning enjoying La Paz, a driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the airport to catch your flight home.

Map

Map of Remote Trekking in Bolivia's Andes & Amazon - 14 Days
Map of Remote Trekking in Bolivia's Andes & Amazon - 14 Days