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14-Day Bolivia to Brazil Adventure: Sucre - Santa Cruz - Pantanal Wetlands - Rio
Product Code: 3076-73477
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Drive on Salar de Uyuni salt flat
  • • Wander through the miners market in Potosi
  • • Visit the whitewashed city of Sucre
  • • Watch wildlife in the Pantanal
Tour Code
3076-73477
Duration
14 days
Departure City
La Paz
End City
Rio de Janeiro
Tour Type:
Adventure
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker, Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Adventure

Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Budget

The most affordable tour service and/or accommodation with fast-paced itineraries

Itinerary
Day 01
La Paz

La Paz

Hotel: Hotel Sagarnaga or similar

There are no scheduled activities on the first day of the tour. On arrival please ask reception when the pre-departure meeting will be held.

Built in a steep valley that protects the city from the harsh elements of the Altiplano, La Paz is a collection of neighborhoods built upon a series of hills; incredible views are a dime a dozen. Our hotel is very centrally located and just around the corner from the city's colorful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and aptly-named Witches Market, where local women in traditional Cholita dress sell items said to ward off evil spirits. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance. La Paz is possibly the best place to see a traditional pena show of Andean music and dance to local bands playing time-honored instruments such as zamponas (pipes) and charangos (ukuleles).

Tips:
Meeting point: Hotel Sagarnaga, Calle Sagarnaga no. 326-328, Zona Rosario, La Paz. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Uyuni

La Paz - Uyuni

On Day 2 we'll take a plane to Uyuni in the south of Bolivia.

First on the agenda is a visit to the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of 19th and early 20th century steam locomotives - a good place for artistic photographs. We will then come to Colchani, the main plant for the iodisation of salt and the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the salar. Here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes.

Tips:
Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become flooded; we may have to modify the itinerary if the flats are not safe to traverse.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Uyuni

Uyuni

We'll visit what is claimed to be the largest salt flat in the world, the brilliant and vast Salar de Uyuni. Traveling by 4WD vehicles we'll explore the salt lake and surrounds. The highlight of the day is Fish Island (seasonal). Located in the center of the flats, this hilly outpost is covered in giant cacti amid a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles. We'll stay the night in a hotel by the salt flats, then return to Uyuni for one more night.

Tips:
Occasionally in the rainy season the salt flats become flooded; we may have to modify the itinerary if the flats are not safe to traverse.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04

Uyuni

Our exploration of Uyuni continues.

Day 05
Potosi

Potosi

Potosi was established by the Spanish in 1545 soon after the discovery of a rich vein of silver in a nearby hill, the Cerro Rico. It soon became the world's largest silver producer. Silver from Potosi underwrote the Spanish economy, particularly the monarch's extravagance, for over two centuries. Millions of the indigenous population, and later, African slaves, worked in the mines in appalling conditions. You will have the option of visiting the mines, stopping first at the market to buy gifts such as coca leaves, dynamite and cigarettes. In the mines we'll experience the difficult conditions in which the miners worked, including but not limited to, the sweltering heat. If you'd like to learn more about the history of silver mining you can take a tour of the Moneda, a museum exhibiting coins, artwork, mummies and many other interesting artifacts.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Sucre

Potosi - Sucre

A short journey along new roads brings us to Sucre, the official capital of Bolivia, where by law all buildings are painted white. Founded in 1538, the city still retains much of its colonial charm. Sucre is also famous for its warm and sunny climate. Don't miss the cathedral, where you can see the jewel-encrusted painting of Sucre's patron: the Virgin of Guadalupe. You'll also have the option of visiting the bustling Tarabuco market. For a taste of the locally-grown chilies, sample some of the local specialties sold there.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07

Sucre

Our exploration of Sucre continues.

Day 08
Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Sucre - Santa Cruz de la Sierra

From Sucre we'll fly to Santa Cruz, arriving in time for a short rest and some sightseeing, before boarding the overnight train to the Pantanal.

Santa Cruz is Bolivia's most populous city, and produces over a third of the country's gross domestic product. It is an important business center and is classed as one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Despite the city's rapid growth, Santa Cruz has managed to preserve much of its local traditions, culture and cuisine, and there are many interesting cultural institutions to visit, ranging from the Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The city's main square, Plaza 24 de Septiembre, is surrounded by attractive colonial-style buildings and is a nice play to enjoy a coffee and people-watch.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Our exploration of Santa Cruz continues.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Santa Cruz de la Sierra - Pantanal Wetlands

We'll take an overnight train to the Bolivian border town of Puerto Suarez before traveling to the Brazilian town of Corumba, a port city on the Rio Paraguay and southern gateway to the Pantanal, immediately transferring to the 4WD's that will take us in to the Pantanal Wetlands.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11

Pantanal Wetlands

The Amazon may have all the fame and glory, but if it's a safari you're after, then the Pantanal Wetlands are just for you.The wetlands are home to at least 400 species of fish, around 100 species of mammal, 80 species of reptile, and 650 species of bird - heaven on earth for avid birdwatchers. Giant river otters, anacondas, iguanas, jaguars, ocelots, cougars, crocodiles, marsh deer, armadillos, giant and lesser anteaters, black howler monkeys and zebu bulls are all known to inhabit the region, although seeing all these is unlikely due to the immense scale of the Pantanal ecosystem.

We'll stay in the Miranda Province, deep in the Pantanal.The area surrounding the lodge contains many natural springs which help to sustain and nourish the surrounding flora and fauna. On nature walks, boat rides and 4WD excursions out into the Pantanal, you might spot the maned wolf, giant anteater, pampas deer, white-lipped peccary, tapir, puma and more.

After arrival and check-in we'll take a walk through open land, marshy areas or dense forest, great for wildlife and bird watching.

Tips:
The exact itinerary will be tailored to arrival/departure time, time of year, and weather forecast.
Day 12

Pantanal Wetlands

On Day 12 we'll spend the day exploring the Pantanal by safari, on foot, and by boat to get the best overview of the various ecosystems the Pantanal sustains. On our final day in the park, we will go fishing for our lunch.

Day 13
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro has many things to see and do. A highlight for many is experiencing the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado. You can also enjoy the panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and the vibrant colored tiles of the Selaron staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafes and shops lining the cobblestone streets. In the city center, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander through the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, a world-famous beach, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. If you are in Rio de Janeiro around February or March, get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival.

Visiting Attractions

Day 14
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post-tour accommodations, you will have more time to explore the sights.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

Meeting Point
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La Paz Hotel Sagarnaga Calle Sagarnaga no. 326-328, Zona Rosario, La Paz
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Drive on the Salar de Uyuni salt flat
  • Two full days in the Pantanal
  • 12-night hotel accommodations
  • 1 night on overnight train
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Travel by public bus, 4WD, train, private vehicle
  • 3 plane flights
  • English-speaking local guide(s)

Package Excludes

  • Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
  • Tips
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change):
  • - Death Road Mountain Biking: USD 110.00/person
    - Extended city tour to El Alto: USD 25.00/person
    - Bolivian cooking class: USD 28.00/person
    - Silver mine tour: USD 15.00/person
    - Rio de Janeiro City tour: USD 13.00/person
    - Hot springs: USD 11.00/person
    - Mountain biking: USD 25.00-36.00/person
    - Hiking: USD 31.00-42.00/person
    - Horse riding (Sucre): USD 42.00/person
    - Wildlife tour: USD 45.00/person
    - Horse riding (Pantanal): BRL 80.00/person
    - Full day Rio de Janeiro city tour: USD 75.00/person
    - Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf) cable car: USD 30.00/person
    - Maracana Stadium tour: USD 7.00-35.00/person
    - Favela half day tour: USD 35.00/person
    - Hang-gliding: USD 240.00/person
Special Notes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
    - 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
    - 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
  • This is an Adventure Tour, we see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport and staying in small locally owned accommodation. There is a maximum of 16 travelers with an average group size of 8-12.
  • When arriving at El Alto International Airport in La Paz we suggest that you change some money into the local currency at the exchange booth in the main terminal building. The local currency is the Boliviano (BOB). Change enough money to see you through the first few days of your trip. This is especially important if you arrive on a weekend. Traveler's cheques are not accepted at the airport, but there are ATMs.
  • If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
  • The detailed and day by day itineraries above are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons or to incorporate improvements. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximations and may vary depending on local conditions.
  • Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all bookings.
    - You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
    - Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
    - A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons. You must be in possession of a travel insurance policy that includes a minimum of £100,000 (or equivalent currency) in cover for any medical expenses that you might incur when travelling, and for repatriation to your home country in the event of a medical emergency.
  • To protect your personal property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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Tours4Fun 07/27/2017 23:27:05

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The average age of customers can range from there 20s to 40s.


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