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  • Locally guided walking tour
  • See San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Visit the Witches’ Market, Plaza Murillo & colourful Jaen Street
  • Cross Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
The Bolivian Magic tour starts in Cuzco and ends in Santiago (Chile). The Bolivian Magic is an Explorer tour that takes 15 days taking you from Cuzco to Santiago (Chile) and through other destinations in South America.

With two weeks on the clock, let's go. Packing in a total of 4 Latin heavyweights, this trip will take you from the heady heights of La Paz, to the colonial beauty of Salta, via Incan ruins, Bolivian salt flats, bubbling hot springs and colourful flamingos. We're excited - are you?
Kick start your adventure over dinner and a Pisco Sour with your new Contiki fam, getting excited for 15 days of natural beauty, exquisite local dishes and fun times galore.
Location Visited
  • Cusco
Bolivia, you're in our sights. Filling up on breakfast, it's all eyes to the border as we make our way through Peru's spectacular Altiplano Plateau and over the border to Lake Titicaca, iconically the highest body of water in the world (and said to be the original birthplace of the Incas).Small, bright and enchanting, Copacabana sure as hell turns on the charm. Situated on Lake Titicaca's shores, this is more than just a place with sandy beaches and lakeside cafés. Opt for a cultural walk toward the Basilica of Our Lady Copacabana, or shop for local goods in its famous shopping street.
Location Visited
  • Cusco
  • Copacabana
Today we'll journey through the pretty Bolivian countryside towards La Paz. Situated a slightly unnerving 12,000 ft above sea level (yeah, for real), this city is big on altitude AND energy.If you're looking for vistas, La Paz is your gal. Sitting in the midst of a narrow canyon and dwarfed by the mighty icecapped peak of Mount Illimani to the South, this is a city of contrasts, where 19th century churches rub shoulders with towering office blocks and pretty, colourful markets. Take your time adjusting to the altitude, then make the most of your afternoon in this hustling, cosmopolitan city.
Location Visited
  • Copacabana
  • La Paz
Cameras on full charge and free breakfast fully taken advantage of, it's time to hit the streets of La Paz. Your Trip Manager will take you on a guided walking tour where'll get to explore all that the city has to offer. Feel the cultural vibes by the San Francisco Church and Metropolitan Cathedral, before you make your way to the colourful Jaen Street and Plaza Murillo. And for those feeling ultra spiritual, the Witches' Market is only a short walk away.
Location Visited
  • La Paz
Adios La Paz, you've taken our breath away (quite literally).Steeped in history with narrow tree lined streets, white stone buildings (some dating back five centuries) and endless blue skies, Sucre is a place where time stands still. Get your bearings on a guided walking tour and let the impressive Convento de San Felip Neri work its magic on your inner architecture nerd. The afternoon is then yours to explore places like Cal Orck'o (did someone say real dinosaur footprints?), wander the cities various museums, or just take it easy before the evenings shenanigans.
Location Visited
  • La Paz
  • Sucre
With a full day in Sucre, the choice is yours of how to DIY your time in this cultural melting pot. Maybe the museums, galleries and parks are calling your name, or perhaps your itching for something a bit more physical? If that's the case, our ME Time Optionals are likely to be your jam - rock climbing or biking, anyone?
Location Visited
  • Sucre
Think you've seen it all in the last few days? We've barely gotten started... Today we big adios to enchanting Sucre and make our way to Potosi, a town rich in history, architecture, and silver.Situated at the foot of Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain), Potosi is a treasure trove of markets, churches and friendly locals. We'll get you adjusted on a locally guided tour around the city, stopping off at the Cathedral Market to check out the local wares and visiting sites like the impressive Iglesia de San Lorenzo de Carangas. Later, head out with your crew for a traditional local dinner, washed down with Chuflay a plenty. Que bueno!
Location Visited
  • Sucre
  • Potosi
Another lazy morning in Potosi, before making tracks for Uyuni, and we think you know what comes next...Welcome to Uyuni, the official gateway to the Salar de Uyuni...or the Bolivian salt flats to you and I. Excited much? You should be. To get you in the mood, we'll be heading to the Great Train Graveyard, which is every bit as incredible as it sounds. A place full of deserted steamtrains that were abandoned sometime in the 40s, if you're into deserted theme parks, ghost walks or general creepy stuff, you've found your mecca.
Location Visited
  • Potosi
  • Uyuni
Wanna know what makes a breathtaking photo? Well, let's just say that in Salar de Uyuni, every angle is picture perfect. We hope you've been researching the best poses and use of props, because this is one experience most only get to enjoy once in a lifetime.
Location Visited
  • Uyuni
It's goodbye mini bus and hello 4x4's as we kick start our 2 day expedition across the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve.Not much can beat yesterdays views, but this sure gives them a run for their money. Hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, mountains, lakes and flocks of flamingos will have your head spinning 360 as you try to take it all on. Nature on steroids is probably the best description.
Location Visited
  • Uyuni
  • Avaroa National Reserve
Can it really get any better? You ain't seen nothing yet. Up with the birds, we'll stop off first for some geyser spotting before journeying on to the Salvador Dali desert. And yes, it's every bit as impressive as the name suggests.Who's ready for a new country? Oh hi there, Chile! From one other worldly landscape to another, we'll venture into the Atacama desert with San Pedro de Atacama in our sights, our home for the next 2 nights. Feel the dryness in the air? That's because this land is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Don't say we don't try to impress you.
Location Visited
  • Avaroa National Reserve
  • San Pedro de Atacama
After two days of crossing the Avaroa reserve, it's time to chill, and that poolside seat has your name all over it. But then again with sandboarding on offer, maybe the lure of the desert will be too hard to resist? As the afternoon rolls in we'll head out to Valle de la Luna. Literally translated as the Valley of the Moon, this lunar like landscape was carved by wind and water and is the probably the closest you'll ever get to a space travel experience. Seriously, can this trip get any better?
Location Visited
  • San Pedro de Atacama
This morning we leave the desert behind and jump on flight to Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival we’ll get acquainted with this bustling place on a city tour.The afternoon is yours to explore and this evening we’ll wrap up our 3-week adventure with a farewell dinner
Location Visited
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Santiago de Chile
The day is yours. Choose to visit the colorful, hillside city of Valparaiso or spend a day exploring Chile’s wineries.
Location Visited
  • Santiago de Chile
This morning your trip ends. Not ready to say goodbye to South America? Why not join us on our Argentina and Brazil Experience?
Location Visited
  • Santiago de Chile
what’s included
Accommodation
  • You and your new amigos will be spending your nights in hotels, jungle lodges, and cool hostels right amongst the action.
Meals
  • Refuel on hearty breakfasts, plus a few local lunches and a few cherry picked and munch worthy dinners, on us. Then, the rest of your Latin American food safari is entirely up to you to DIY as you please. Enjoy!
Transport
  • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Cuzco and from Santiago (Chile) are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Bolivian Magic tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Duration 15 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Cuzco, Peru/ Santiago (Chile), Chile
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A deposit of 200 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 62 days before departure. For any departures within 28 July 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Bolivian Magic tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Bolivian Magic tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Bolivian Magic tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.
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