Spend five days exploring the colonial heritage of Bolivia’s official capital Sucre and Potosi, a key city to retrace the history of Spanish colonialism in South America. And before you fly back to La Paz you visit the ‘Salar de Uyuni’ the largest salt flats in world, a unique and ‘other-worldly’ place.
- COLONIAL SUCRE AND POTOSI
- UYUNI SALT FLATS
- LA PAZ
Bolivia, South America
The Uyuni Salt Flats is the world’s largest salt desert and an incredible HIGHlight of any trip, at 3,650m. This is one of the most spectacular sights in Bolivia, and a photographer’s paradise. It is a surreal landscape mixing salt pans, wind-eroded rock formations, and llamas in a completely unspoilt region. Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde are other isolated marvels. One a fiery-red and the other a deep blue-green, these lakes are inhabited by flamingos and surrounded by extinct volcanoes. ‘Salt Hotels’ around the periphery of Salar are a unique form of accommodation where everything (walls, furniture, etc.) is made from salt blocks cut from the flats.
Leaving from La Paz, you get on your bike at the summit of La Cumbre. Descend rapidly down the twisting roads, navigating through tiny villages and past drug check-posts as you try to glimpse the quickly passing scenery. The cloud then closes in as you enter the jungle and a 1,000m sheer drop is your nearest neighbour. Give thanks and rest upon arrival in Yolosi before returning to La Paz.
The day tour is $375 from La Paz