NORTHERN BOLIVIA, LAKE TITIKACA AND TIWANAKU

D-01: TIWANAKU

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Day 1: Transportation from the hotel, through the main road, to Tiwanacu, "City of the Sun or City of the Gods" (3.844 m.a.s.l.) located southeast of Lake Titicaca only 72 Km from the City of La Paz. In the morning we visit the "MUSEO CAT" and the "MUSEO LITICO DE TIWANAKU." Modern facilities where you learn about the Tiwanakota culture. Later we walk around Tiwanaku and its major archaeological and ceremonial sites: The Pirámide Akapana, the Templete Semisubterraneo, the Templo de Kalasasaya, The Puerta del Son and Puerta de la Lunas, lithic sculpted figures.
In the afternoon we visit archeological sites such as Kanta Taita, Putuni, Keri Kala, Puma Punku. After that we walk around the Tiwanaku village visiting: Central Square, The old colonial church with its golden altar and the Museo de la Historia Parroquial. Return to La Paz.
INCLUDES: Lunch, entrance fee to sites, guide in English.
OPTIONAL - ADDITIONAL: Specialized guide in your preferred language.
TRANSPORTATION: Vehicle 4x4 Jeep or bus.
FREQUENCY: DAILY.
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D-02: THE SACRED LAKE AND THE SUN ISLAND (2 DAYS)

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Día 1: Traslado desde  sus respectivos  hoteles hasta el santuario de Copacabana. Acomodación y Almuerzo. Por la tarde traslado en lancha privada a la Isla del Sol  cuna del Imperio Incaico, donde se visita el palacio incaico de Pilkokaina, el jardín del Inca, después ascenderemos a las Mil Escalinatas de Saxamani donde se encuentra una hermosa fuente denominada “Fuente de las Tres Aguas” que representan: LA PURIFICACION, LA VIDA Y LA JUVENTUD. Posterior ascenso a la población de Yumani, desde donde se tiene una magnífica vista del lago y la Cordillera Real de los Andes. Retorno a Copacabana para tener una Cena Típica.

Día 2: Por la mañana visita a la Basílica de la Virgen de Copacabana hogar de la famosa Virgen Morena  y mercado artesanal luego realizaremos una caminata al Calvario donde será testigo del sincretismo religioso entre creencias nativas “Yatiris” y el cristianismo además que tendrán una vista increíble del Lago Titikaka. Posteriormente realizaremos una visita a la Orca del Inca ruinas de un observatorio astronómico de los Incas. Almuerzo y retorno

INCLUYE: Alimentación completa, Pago de Entradas, acomodación en el hotel de su preferencia en COPACABANA, Guía en Ingles.
OPCIONAL - ADICIONALES:   Guía especializado en el idioma de su preferencia.
TRANSPORTE: Jeep todo terreno 4x4  o buses colectivos. Lancha Privada.
FRECUENCIA: DIARIA.

D-03: THE SACRED LAKE - SUN ISLAND - MOON ISLAND (2 DAYS)

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Day 1: Transportation from your hotel to the Sanctuary of Copacabana. Accommodation and lunch. In the afternoon transfer by private boat to the Isla del Sol (Sun Island), cradle of the Inca Empire where we visit the Inca Palace Pilkokaina, The Inca Garden, then we go up to the Escalinatas de Saxamamani (Steps of Saxamani) where we find a beautiful fountain called “Fuente de las Tres Aguas” (Fountain of Three Waters) representing: PURIFICATION, LIFE AND YOUTH. Later we ascend to Yumani village, where you enjoy a magnificent view of the lake and the Andes Mountain Range. Return to Copacabana for a typical dinner. Accommodation at Yumani Hotel and later a typical dinner.

Day 2: After breakfast we travel by boat heading north towards the ruins of "Chinkana" which represent a labyrinth-like construction, unique in the world. Then we visit the Isla de la Luna (Moon Island), and the ruins of Iñan UYU, to finally get to Copacabana where we visit the Basilica of the Virgin of Copacabana, home of the famous Virgen Moren, the craft market and then we ascend to the Calvary where we will witness the syncretism of the indigenous beliefs "yatiris" with Christianity, we will also enjoy an incredible view of Titicaca Lake. Lunch and return to La Paz.
INCLUDES: Full meals, entrance fee, accommodation at the hotel of your choice in Yumani. Guide in English.
OPTIONAL - ADDITIONAL: Specialized guide in your preferred language.
TRANSPORTATION: Vehicle 4x4 Jeep or bus. Private boat
FREQUENCY: DAILY.

 

D-04: RURRENABAQUE (4 or 5 days)

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Day 1: Flight La Paz / Rurrenabaque (50’). Transfer from the airport to the Hotel, filling in some forms to enter Madidi National Park and receive information about the trip to the Ecolodge. Accommodation in the hotel of your choice. Afternoon free.
Day 2: Transfer from the hotel to the River Beni where you will get on the boat to the Ecolodge. The trip takes about 5 hours along rivers Beni and Tuichi by a boat equipped with: roof, comfy seats, life jackets, raincoats and a first-aid kit.
Arrival at the port. 25 minutes walk along a wide path towards the Ecolodge. Accommodation. Time to rest or swim in the lake.
Short walk along the path until you reach the Paraba viewing point to observe the beautiful landscape of the lagoon, mountains and the impresive Madidi rainforest. Return to go on a canoe ride along the shores of the lake to observe birds and monkeys.
Night walk to observe insects, amphibians, mice, nocturnal birds and monkeys. If you prefer we offer canoe trips to see caimans easily spotted because of their glowing eyes.

Day 3: Morning walk along the Tapacare path or another of similar length where you can see and learn about the forest and the wildlife surrounding you. Return to the Ecolodge. Time to rest or swim in the lake (optional)
Optional activities: Handicrafts, canoe trip, videos about the community and the Madidi National Park.
Traditional Quechua – Tacana night with music and dances from the San José de Uchupiamonas community This activity brings you the possibility of participating in the coca ritual.

Day 4: Short walk to the port of Chalalán to take the boat back to Rurrenabaque. Return by boat (3 hours). Arrival to Rurrenabaque. Transfer to the airport and return to the city of La Paz

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OPTIONS FOR THE ADDITIONAL DAY

ON THE 2nd DAY

 

A fullk day walk along the Rayamayo and Eslabón Rivers with the possibility of fishing and observing the spider monkey, tapir, deer, wild pigs and hopefully see very quickly the jaguar.
Walk along the banks of the Eslabón River to observe insects, mammals and birds.
Optional activities: See crafts in the afternnon, video presentation about the community and the Madidi National Park, Canoeing on the banks of the Chalalán lagoon. Swimming in the lake.
Traditional Quechua - Tacana, evening with music and dances from the local community of San José de Uchupiamonas where the Indian guide explains the use and meaning of the coca leaf.

INCLUDES: All meals, shopping, entrance fee, accommodation, tourist class, bilingual guide.
OPTIONAL - ADDITIONAL: Accommodation of your choice.
TRANSPORT: Transportation by bus arrival/departure (Airport in Rurrenabaque). Transportation by comfortable motor boats (Rurrenabaque - Chalalan - Rurrenabaque)
FREQUENCY: DAILY.