DAYS 56 – 65: BOLIVIA
Leaving Peru behind you will cross the border into Bolivia and head to the lakeside town of Copacabana, before boarding a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol. The next day you will have an included day trip across Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca, one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. You will take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it). You will then return to Copacabana for the evening.
From Copacabana you will drive to the famous city of La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! You will have two full days to explore the city of take part in optional activities.
From La Paz you will head for to Ojo del Inca, the eye of an extinct volcano and a natural hot spring, and will camp for the night near the hot springs.
You will then head to the colonial mining town of Potosí, the highest town in the world, and once famous for the area’s abundance of silver! You will have free time to explore Potosí, and there will be a chance to visit the infamous silver mines of Cerro Rico near to the town.
Your journey will then continue south to Uyuni, the gateway to the incredible salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. While in Uyuni you will venture out onto the salt flats, spending a full day exploring this phenomenal location by jeep and on foot. Enroute you will explore the nearby train graveyard and the cactus-filled “Fish Island” and take all the time you need to get plenty of perspective-bending photographs.
From the salt flats you will head off across the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to the Chilean border. You will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.