La Paz-Jesuit Missions-Santa Cruz

La Paz-Jesuit Missions-Santa Cruz

Depart:
Private Tour-Land Only

8 Days/ 7 Nights

Daily January 1-December 31, 2019
Price per Person:
Call or email for 2019 prices

Tour operates with minimum 2 people

Domestic airfare not included
Package Includes:
7 nights accommodation all with private facilities
All transfers
4 lunches
3 dinners
Transport as per itinerary
Private services throughout except the part on Lake Titicaca that are on a seat in coach basis.
Sightseeing as per itinerary with English speaking guide
Hotel taxes and service charges
Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive La Paz
Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to adjust to the altitude and begin your exploration of the Bolivian capital. Dinner and overnight Hotel Presidente

Day 2 La Paz
After breakfast you will be taken on a tour of the city that includes the famous Witch Doctor's Market and the San Francisco Church. Continue to the Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, Government Palace and the National Congress buildings are located. You will visit the famous colonial Jaen street where interesting museums are clustered together. Continue to the replica of the semi-subterranean temple of the Tiwanaku Culture and the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida. The tour ends with a visit to the unique Moon Valley, where you will have the opportunity to walk around and visit a ceramic workshop with a demonstration of the art of pottery. Overnight Hotel Presidente.

Day 3 La Paz-Lake Titicaca
After breakfast pick up from your hotel and drive to Huatajata. The road runs parallel to the Royal Range of the Andes. Arrive Huatajata to experience the Andean Roots Eco Village: The Altiplano Museum, where a state of the art audio system will explain in your own language the cultural heritage of the Aymaras and the Incas, the colonial time and Jacques Cousteau Expedition to Lake Titicaca. Handicrafts and fisherman villages, the Mud Igloos of the Uru Chipayas; meet the Limachi family, builders of the RA II and Tigris for Thor Heyerdhal epic expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean. Spend some time at the Kallawaya Natural Spa where we use thousand years' old methods and treatments for stress, well-being, and cosmetology. Audiovisual and night visit to "The Mystic World of the Kallawayas", natural healers of Bolivia authorized by law to practice natural medicine. They believe that you first have to heal the soul in order to heal your body. "Tata Benjo", -our Kallawaya- will bless visitors and answer questions by casting his sacred coca leaves.Dinner and overnight at Inca Utama Hotel & Spa.

Day 4 Lake Titicaca-Copacabana-Moon Island-Sun Island-La Paz
After breakfast board the hydrofoil for your cruise to Copacabana, visit the shrine and the local market. Continue to Moon Island, visit the Sun Virgins Temple Inak Uyu. Hydrofoil cruise to Sun Island, visit the Inca Staircase & Sacred fountain, taste the sacred water believed to give eternal youth and happiness. Lunch at "Uma Kollu" archaeological restaurant and visit a picturesque handicraft market. Hydrofoil cruise to Huatajata and overland transfer to La Paz. Drop off at your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Presidente.

Day 5 La Paz-Santa Cruz-San Javier-Concepcion
After breakfast departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Santa Cruz. (not included). Arrival transfer with English speaking guide. Lunch and private transportation included. Drive through the Viru-Viru plains, named after the medicinal plant characteristic of the Chiquitos region and the home of exotic birds such as the Common Rhea (also called the Nandu), the Leque-Leque, Pato Putiri and different herons, which can be observed within their natural habitat along the trajectory. You will cross the Rio Grande River by barge and subsequently cross the San Pablo River which is suitable for fishing and outings by canoe. On your way to the first mission, the San Javier mission, you will enjoy stunning views of rolling hills covered by palm trees, motac trees, orchids, and natural rock formations. The San Javier mission is the first and oldest mission of the Chiquitania, built by the Jesuits in the 17th century and is just as beautiful today as it was back then. Continue your journey through forest and savannah towards the exquisite Concepcion Mission, which is in the town where you will also appreciate the local artisan workshop galleries and the town museum. Dinner and overnight in Concepcion at the Hotel Chiquitos.

Day 6 Concepcion-San Ignacio-San Rafael-Santa Ana-San Ignacio
Today you will cross through the heart of the dry forest of the Chuiquitania on a dirt road. Check into the San Ignacio hotel where you will have lunch. In the afternoon, trough hard dirt roads in great condition will lead you to these delightful towns: San Rafael (1696) and Santa Ana Missions (1755), all admirable architectural structures, with rich, baroque style. Dinner and overnight night at the La Mission hotel in San Ignacio.

Day 7 San Ignacio-San Miguel-San Jose-Santa Cruz
After an early breakfast continue your trip to the missions, which are considered living museums still untarnished by modern society. Next, visit San Miguel (1721), admirable architectural structures, with rich, baroque style ornamentation and artistic treasures. Continuing your journey with breathtaking panoramic views of the forest of the Chiquitania, you will experience sightings of lagoons (Curichis) with plentiful aquatic flora and exotic fauna along the way. You will arrive at the San Jose Mission (1697), a town next to the railroad to Brazil and the only mission built with golden stone from the rock formations of the region. You will visit an arts and crafts shop with products made by the local Ayorean population of the region. After lunch proceed to Santa Cruz arriving before midnight. Overnight Los Tajibos Hotel.

Day 8 Santa Cruz-End of Tour
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport. You may extend your stay in Bolivia or continue with one of our other tours.

Additional nights available.

Current price for ticket from La Paz to Santa Cruz-$130 per person

Visa is need for Bolivia and is not included. Obtained at border and costs $160 per person.



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