The Salt Plains and Volcanoes of Bolivia
Bolivia, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,825 (land only)
- Exploring, hiking and climbing on the wild Bolivian altiplano
- Lake Titicaca and the Isla del Sol
- The amazing salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni
- Geysers, hot springs and volcanoes
- Optional ascents of Tunupa and Acotango
This inspirational 2-week trekking holiday explores the bizarre landscapes of western Bolivia, from Lake Titicaca southwards to the vast white salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni. We spend a couple of days on and around Latin America's greatest lake, Titicaca, before flying south to Sucre and the silver-mining town of Potosi. After an excellent acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari, we travel on to Uyuni, with its ‘train graveyard'. Crossing the edge of the salt flats to reach the foot of Volcan Tunupa, we then have a 2-day hike via the crater of this multi-coloured mountain. Continuing our journey to the Sajama National Park, we see rustic churches, grazing vicunas and flocks of flamingoes and other Andean birds on a number of remote lagoons. Then, from Sajama Village, we make an early start and set out to make the ascent of the non-technical, snow-capped peak of Acotango (6052m). Finally, before returning to La Paz, we have a scenic hike to the Kasiri Lagunas, with the chance to swim in a fantastic natural hot pool. If you are looking for a trekking holiday with a difference - try this breathtaking Bolivian adventure.
Is this holiday for you?
This is principally a trip of exploration of Salar de Uyuni and the Sajama National Park. After some time spent acclimatising to the high altitudes in La Paz and on Lake Titicaca, we travel south to the amazing Salar de Uyuni and the town of Potosi. An acclimatisation hike in the Cordillera Kari Kari sets us up for our journey across the salt flats, ahead of our 2-day trek on Volcan Tunupa. Some of these days will be quite demanding not least because of the altitudes (over 4000 metres) involved. By far the most challenging day will be the optional ascent of Acotango (6052m). Although this climb is non-technical this will be a very long day (typically 9 - 11 hours). The climb on Acotango involves a straightforward trail on scree, then patches of hard snow with penitentes (small ice pinnacles). It will be necessary to use crampons on the summit and, though you will ideally have walked in crampons before, you do not have to have previous winter walking experience - if you are a very experience trekker. As well as the tour leader, there will be at least 1 local climbing guide with the group on the ascent of Acotango. Because of the vastness of the landscape there will inevitably be some longish days of driving during the holiday. The trip gets its relatively high grade on account of the generally high elevation and because of the 2 tough trekking days on Tunupa and Acotango.