Saludos! My name is Milenka and I was born in the city of Potosí and grew up in the beautiful city of La Paz, where I studied tourism at San Andres University. Every time I have the opportunity to travel around my country and know more about it it makes me more excited to share the rich cultural and natural history of Bolivia and the Andes with visitors from near and far.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Over the past five years, I have organized responsible travel in the highlands of Bolivia, including the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats, Lake Titicaca, Sajama National Park and the city and valley of La Paz. Each destination has something different to offer and I love traveling to them and helping visitors make plans for their trips."
How did you get involved in travel?
"While I was studying tourism at the university, one of my professors took my class to visit a small community in the countryside and that experience showed me just how much Bolivia has to share with visitors and how tourism can help communities to value and protect their history, traditions, and nature. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a travel specialist and to help Bolivia and Bolivians through protecting its natural and cultural history. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"When I begin work in tourism I had the opportunity to work as a guide for a couple from France who wanted to visit the community of Santiago de Okola. Helping them to understand the culture and nature of the community and the lake was an amazing, unforgettable experience. "
Featured trips & expertise
Adventurous travelers interested in Bolivia's indigenous communities will love this two-week tour through the country. You'll start in the high-altitude metropolis of La Paz before heading to Lake Titicaca. Boating around the lake's islands, you'll come into contact with native people who will teach you about their ways of life. Continue on a guided trek through some of the most beautiful villages in the Bolivian Andes, then head to Apolobamba National Park in the Amazon rainforest for canoeing, hiking, and birdwatching. You'll have a free day back in La Paz to shop, sightsee, and enjoy Bolivian street food before the trip ends.
Perfect for travelers who want to experience the best of the Bolivian highlands, this weeklong itinerary combines excursions and hikes with the urban comforts of La Paz. Begin your trip with a walking tour of the high-altitude city before being transported to the breathtaking Uyuni Salt Flats. You'll be able to enjoy remote sites like the Tunupa Volcano, Incahuasi Island, and colored lagoons filled with flamingoes before heading back to La Paz to sample more Andean cuisine and stroll through markets filled with art and textiles.
This nine-day itinerary balances excursions into the remote highlands with multiple days of activities in Bolivia's most exciting cities. Begin in the modern, high-altitude city of La Paz before taking a private car to the northern shore of the Uyuni Salt Flats, where you will hike the Tunupa Volcano and learn about indigenous Andean cultures. After exploring the flats, you will continue on to Sucre to tour its colonial-era streets, visit its impressive museums, and learn about Bolivian independence before enjoying a final free day in the capital.
This unique journey takes you through some of the most spectacular landscapes of the Central Andes in Bolivia. You'll begin by exploring the sprawling twin cities of La Paz and El Alto, before setting out to sacred Lake Titicaca. Then, you'll get to see the great Uyuni Salt Flats and witness the many natural wonders of the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve like geysers, colored lakes, and a surrealist desert.
Bolivian Landscapes, Cultures, and Communities: Cochabamba, Torotoro, Uyuni, La Paz & More - 14 Days
Take in the ever-changing landscapes and culture of Bolivia on this two-week itinerary. You'll start with a trip out to Samaipata, an archaeological and geological site in the Andean midlands. Explore the city in Cochabamba, then return to nature with canyon treks and caverns in Torotoro National Park. Scope out historical architecture in Sucre and Cayara before you finish your trip with the famed Uyuni Salt Flats.
This exciting itinerary will take you through some of South America's most beautiful landscapes. You'll begin the journey in Santa Cruz and the historic settlement of Samaipata, then continue to high-altitude La Paz. Then enjoy a week of exploring natural wonders, traveling to the Uyuni Salt Flats, seeing flamingos in the wild at Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, and crossing over to Chile to see the otherworldly Atacama Desert.
Recent trip reviews for Milenka
Excellent local consultant · Bolivia - Jan 10 - Jan 15, 2020
Milenka was excellent to work with. She was very responsive to my many questions while planning the trip and was very flexible and helpful when we had to make a major change a few weeks before embarking on the trip. All of the guides, drivers and planned experiences were absolutely wonderful.
Super helpful · Bolivia - Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2019
We unfortunately had to change our plans at the last minute due to the protests in La Paz however Malenka was super helpful in changing our plans and giving us options to choose from.
Our driver and our guide (Carla) were great. ... · Bolivia - Oct 25 - Oct 29, 2019
Our driver and our guide (Carla) were great. We even have a continuing contact with her now we liked her so much. Her English is good and she was great at explaining the bad political current climate we couldn't understand. We had to change our plans because if it and Milenka had our back as well as she could with the last minute changes.
Adeventure trip. · Bolivia - Aug 1 - Aug 11, 2019
Milenka was great and we had an awesome trip. We are 3 adults in our 30s and we really loved our time in the Pampas we stayed in Mashapique Eco Lodge and had an awesome guide named Wilman! Death Road, Tocana Coca Village, La Paz and Coroico, were soooo nice. Our guide in La Paz area David was THE BEST.
We also loved seeing the Salt Flats and Desert. The one issue here was that our guide Jaime in the Uyuni area really wasn't good. He rushed us and didn't really explain things well and was... read more
Trip to Bolivia · Bolivia - Jun 1 - Jun 10, 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Bolivian Altiplano. Milenka was very good at planning the trip for our group of six . She was available for help and tips before and during the trip . It was very easy to work with her. The hotels she picked were comfortable and in great locations . We especially enjoyed the Hacienda Cayara in Potosi ( it was like going back in time) and the Palacio de Sal. Her guides were all very nice and knowledgeable. I want to especially commend the two drivers we... read more
Trip to Bolivia · Bolivia - May 26 - May 30, 2019
Bolivia was an amazing country. Lots to see and the people were friendly. Our drivers were great, very accommodating and friendly and handled the rough roads very well. Our guide Carla was good as well, but I do believe there are limitations to this trip based on your preferences. She tried her best to make the trip as comfortable as possible but the itinerary I believe was not planned properly. As a group, we wanted to stay in hotels (not hostels) however, it was not made clear that this... read more
explore bolivia · Bolivia - Apr 26 - May 12, 2019
This was our 2nd time using Kim Kim for international travel & we were very satisfied again. Milenka was very helpful in building the itinerary we requested & was also very flexible when we needed to make modifications mid trip.
The local guides were all exceptional, bringing their expertise & knowledge of the area, as well as warm & welcoming personalities. The accommodations & activities all met or exceeded our expectations. We would definitely consider using Kim Kim again for a unique travel experience.
Regards, Darina & Tim Bellman
Uyani tours · Bolivia - Apr 6 - Apr 8, 2019
Rachel was an excellent guide! Very informative and attentive to our needs. We had a great 2 days during out tour of the salt flats and Uyuni.
Bolivia Highlights · Bolivia - Feb 27 - Mar 7, 2019
We have now returned from our recent trip to Bolivia which you organised on behalf of KimKim. As I will outline below, there were a lot of things which did not go to plan, which led to a very unpleasant holiday experience. I will start from the beginning and outline the failing's chronologically and then make some general observations at the end:
27th Feb: Our driver arrived 30min after we had exited the airport. We were the only foreigners in a strange airport and I wish I had not paid... read more
IncaTour · Bolivia - Jan 4 - Jan 18, 2019
The trip to La Paz, Sucre and the Altiplano including Potosi, Uyuni and southern altiplano was excellent. We had a few days to adjust to the altitude flying in from NYC and Mexico City in La Paz (we all speak Spanish so no need for English guides etc and well connected to diverse local communities). We headed of to Copacabana and Titicaca Isla del Sol with Carlao a fine guide and caring individual and stayed at the excellent EcoLodge before heading back to Tiwanaku and la Paz. The walk was... read more
4 days private trip · Bolivia - Dec 22 - Dec 25, 2018
It was an amazing trip and exceeded my expectation! Despite I was there during the dry season so it was a pity that I did not see the beautiful reflection, I saw the breathtaking flamingo and Red Lagoon and I took many amazing photos. Andrea is an excellent guide, and she is very friendly and informative. I would say she is a huge plus for our trip. All the accommodations we had for the four days were great, and the food they provided either by hotels or our guide was delicious. I really feel I mad either right decision by choosing Kimkim.
Bolivia · Bolivia - Oct 11 - Oct 22, 2018
I can't say enough good things about our experiences in Bolivia with kimkim. Our guides were all very knowledgeable. Guida was especially good in explaining the history of indigenous people of the AltoPlano. Each one was personable and experienced. Xemina showed us the wonders of the cable cars system and let us experience LaPaz in the air and on foot. Teresa did a fabulous job interacting with the ladies of C.O.M.C.A. collective. That experience was especially meaningful, as my son... read more