Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and hikers, this 7-day itinerary showcases Bolivia's best national park as well as two of its most culturally vibrant cities. You'll begin with guided tours of Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba before heading to Torotoro National Park for three days of caving, hiking, and swimming underneath waterfalls. Then, end your trip with a night in Bolivia's exciting capital of La Paz and the nearby Moon Valley.

Highlights

  • See historic architecture in colorful Cochabamba
  • Walk beside footprints of over a dozen species of dinosaurs
  • Go on a caving excursion in Umajalanta Cavern
  • Hike into El Vergel Canyon and swim beneath a waterfall
  • Get lost in the colorful markets of La Paz and sample local treats

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Santa Cruz de la Sierra Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Day 2 Flight to Cochabamba - Architecture Tour Cochabamba
Day 3 Transfer to Torotoro - Caving Excursion Torotoro
Day 4 Free Day in Torotoro National Park Torotoro
Day 5 Hike El Vergel Canyon - Cochabamba Cochabamba
Day 6 Flight to La Paz - Walking Tour La Paz
Day 7 Depart La Paz  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Jesuit church in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Jesuit church in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Welcome to Bolivia! Today you’ll arrive in Viru Viru International Airport (VVI). A driver will be waiting for you in arrival,s and they will take you to your hotel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a lowland city of 1.5 million inhabitants living at a staggering 1,312 feet (400 meters) above sea level with an average daily high temperature of 86°F.  

After you check in, you can relax in the hotel and use the pool, or have a cool drink and rest before your city tour this afternoon. After having lunch on your own, your bilingual guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on a three-hour tour around the city center. You'll have the rest of the night to rest before tomorrow's activities.

Day 2: Flight to Cochabamba - Architecture Tour

Colonial architecture in Cochabamba

 

After breakfast at your hotel this morning, a driver will pick you up and take you back to the airport for a 45-minute direct flight to Cochabamba. Upon arrival at Jorge Wilstermann Airport (CBB), a driver will bring you to your hotel to check in.

In the afternoon, you will head off on a guided architecture tour to visit the Plaza 14 September and more historic buildings that highlight Bolivia's colonial past. You'll also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian and the Portales Palace.

After your tour comes to an end, you'll have the evening free to explore Cochabamba on your own.

Day 3: Transfer to Torotoro - Caving Excursion

Inside the Umajalanta Cavern

 

You will leave Cochabamba this morning for an expedition to Torotoro National Park, a must-see destination for adventure lovers and natural history junkies. On your four-hour journey, you'll be able to see incredible landscapes outside your window—from high desert plateaus to green riverways. When you reach the small town of Torotoro, you will be able to check in and have lunch at the hotel.

In the afternoon, you will set off to visit the Umajalanta Cavern, a 4-mile (7 km) long cavern with stalagmite and stalactite rock formations and several waterfalls. This caving excursion is recommended for active travelers, as you should be prepared to get wet and dirty, and to be able to crouch and crawl through dark, narrow areas.

This is a physically demanding experience, and you may have to use a rope to get from one area to the other within the cavern. A helmet and headlamp will be provided for you. For those who prefer not to go caving, alternate activities may be arranged.

Day 4: Free Day in Torotoro National Park

Torotoro Canyon
Torotoro National Park

You will spend all day hiking through Torotoro's multicolor mountains, underground tunnels, and the impressive Torotoro Canyon. In the bottom of the canyon, you can find a lagoon that's perfect for a midday dip. Closer to the village, you can walk alongside large and well-preserved dinosaur footprints. 

After you're finished exploring, you can return to your accommodation to relax.

Day 5: Hike El Vergel Canyon - Cochabamba

Overlooking El Vergel canyon
A view of El Vergel Canyon

Today is your last day in Torotoro National Park, and you’ll set off on a half-day hike. You will descend more than 100 steps to the bottom of El Vergel Canyon, where you will be rewarded with lush greenery, local wildlife, small waterfalls, and cool temperatures. You might just find more dinosaur prints here, too.

After your hike, you will have lunch in Torotoro before a driver picks you up and returns you to Cochabamba for the night.

Day 6: Flight to La Paz - Walking Tour

A cable car in La Paz
A cable car in La Paz

After breakfast, a driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you back to Jorge Wilstermann Airport for your short flight to La Paz.

Upon arrival in El Alto International Airport (LPB), a guide will be there to meet you and take you on a tour around the city. You will be able to explore the central neighborhood in La Paz before passing through the famous Witches' Market where you can see medicinal herbs and spices, as well as spiritual and folk-magic artifacts.

Next, you’ll see the main square known as Plaza Murillo, and your guide will show you around the most important government buildings that line the square. Continuing on with the tour, you’ll see the historical center of La Paz, and then visit the southern neighborhoods, including Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) which is known for its fascinating, moon-like landscape. Before the tour ends, your guide will take you on a ride in a cable car for incredible aerial views of the city.

After the tour, your guide will bring you back to the hotel to check-in. You'll have the rest of the evening to explore the city, shop for souvenirs, and have a nice dinner on your own.

Day 7: Depart La Paz

Sunrise in La Paz
Sunrise in La Paz

It's time to say goodbye to Bolivia! A driver will pick you up at your hotel after breakfast and make sure you get to the airport on time for your international flight back home.

Map

Map of Active Adventure in Bolivia - 7 Days
Map of Active Adventure in Bolivia - 7 Days