DAYS 37 – 45: BOLIVIA
From San Pedro de Atacama you will climb back up into the deserts and cross the border from Chile into Bolivia, arriving into the wilds of the Bolivian altiplano, a surreal and desolate desert landscape that stretches all the way to Uyuni. You will visit the spectacular coloured lakes of Laguna Colorado and Laguna Verde en route.
Completing your epic travels across the altiplano you will reach the town of 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 Uyuni 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.
From Potosi 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 to the lakeside town of Copacabana where you will stay for the night. The next day you will board a boat to the stunning island of Isla del Sol for an included day trip across the island, 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 stay in a basic local hotel on the island before returning to the mainland the next morning.