Bolivia Adventure

February 10 — 21, 2023


Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Tour start — Sucre, Bolivia

Tour finish — La Paz, Bolivia

Dates: February 10 — 21, 2023

Price

  • Early Bird (before 11/01/2022 — $ 3500 per participant
  • Regular (after 11/01/2022) — $3750 per participant

 Group size — limit: 9 participants

InstructorAlex Mironyuk

Deposit$ 1500 (payments accepted for the remainder of the balance)

Tour’s Highlights

 On this tour, we are going to the most unique and fascinating places on Earth.

Our trip begins in the capital of Bolivia — Sucre. We will spend three days here to acclimate to a high altitude.

Most of the time in Bolivia, we will spend on Bolivian Altiplano (highlands) with elevations around 4200-4700 meters. We will visit different deserts, colorful, salty lagunas full of wildlife, thermal natural wonders, etc.

We will spend one and half days on the biggest in the world salt flats — Salar De Uyuni. Hopefully, it will be covered as usual at this time of the year with a thin layer of water. So we can get fantastic pictures with complete sky reflection below our feet.

And we will conclude our trip by visiting a traditional carnival in the biggest Bolivian city — La Paz. 

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Physical Difficulty: Moderate. This Tour Involves some physical activities at a high altitude. The average day hikes would be less than 3-4 miles.

Fitness Level: Like any outdoor activity, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. We will not be engaging in any strenuous physical activity.

Weather: Participants must be prepared for a temperature range from 20°F to 70°F. We are traveling during the rainy season, so participants must be designed for rainy and windy weather conditions.

Transportation: included in the Tour’s price except for the flights to and from Bolivia

Lodging: hotels, hostels, and simple refuges are included in the Tour’s price. See the pictures below of how this simple lodging looks. 

Meals: are not included in the tour price except for traveling on Altiplano. See Itinerary for more details.  

How to Adjust to Altitude: — read the article at the bottom of this page.  

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Airports: Sucre (Bolivia), La Paz (Bolivia).

There are few options for getting to Bolivia (especially in Sucre) due to only the local Bolivian company Boliviana de Aviación or BoA operating most of the flights. After some research, we found that the flight from Miami International Airport (MIA) is the most reliable option to fly to Bolivia. The most convenient flight departs from MIA at 10 PM on February 9. So you can have a lot of opportunities to get to MIA by this time from any city in the USA.

Returning flight from La Paz to Miami arrives at 3 PM on February 21, and you still have plenty of time to fly anywhere from MIA that afternoon.

Another option to be considered is to arrive in La Paz (Bolivia) and buy a separate ticket to fly to Sucre with Boliviana de Aviación or BoA. There are several local flights at different times with an average price from $52 to $85 per passenger.

Here are some pictures that represent how simple lodging looks in Bolivian hostels & refuges

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Itinerary

Day 1 

February 10, Friday

Arriving in Sucre. 

Self-transfer to hotel.

Evening walk in Sucre, Dinner

Included: hotel in Sucre

Day 2

February 11, Saturday

All day we will spend in Sucre.  The food, beautiful architecture, museums, and cultural activities make Sucre a must-see for the Bolivia tour.

Night in Sucre

Included: hotel in Sucre.

Day 3

February 12, Sunday

We were leaving our hotel close to noon and meeting our local Bolivian guides with SUVs. And we will drive in our comfortable SUVs toward the city of Tupiza.

Late evening, we will check in to our hotel.

Included: transportation to Tupiza, English guide, hotel in Tupiza 

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 4

February 13, Monday

Leaving our hotel early in the morning.  Today we will visit:

  • The Sillar — this is a fantastic vista that lies between two different valleys overhung by two high peaks. There is a 360° view of the surroundings. Peaks seem to be carved in the shape of needles, and colors are shining: the red of rocks, green of hills, ochre of needles and mountain peaks, and cream color of the sand in the ravine.
  • Aguanapampa — agriculture region full of lamas and alpacas;
  • Village of Polulos, 
  • City of San Pablo de Lipez, 
  • And by the end of the day, we will get to Guadalupe.  This is a very small and remote Bolivian village with limited service and touristic infrastructure. 10 years ago, just 7 tourists were spotted there. In 2017 this village already saw 70 strangers. It looks like during the COVID pandemic, they didn’t see any tourists at all.

We will stay at a place what Bolivian people call refugees. Actually, this is a house where local people live, and they will share a room or two with tourists. Do not expect any type of luxury comfort — we will have a bed (sometimes it would be 3-5 beds in the same room, a shared bathroom, and some food.

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, fruits, car 4×4, English guide, bed in the refuge 

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 5

February 14, Tuesday

Early morning we will drive to a very remote area in the mountains not so far away from the Bolivian-Argentina border — Ciudad de Roma (Rome’s ruins). Look at the picture — these cliffs look like ancient walls and columns. We will hike in the area for the whole morning.  

Afternoon we will go to our private hostel (like a simple motel) in the city of San Pablo de Lipez. 

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, fruits, car 4×4, English guide, hostel private — double or single rooms.

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 6

February 15, Wednesday

Today we will go to the world-famous Bolivian Altiplano — the high desert plateau in the Andes Mountains.  

Our first stop today would be San Antonio de Lipez ghost town which lies at 15,610 ft altitude.  It was born as an enclave for the exploitation of silver. Fifty years ago, it was abandoned, and today only its ruins remain. 

Finally, we get into the National Reserve Eduardo Avaroa, where we will spend the next few days. 

That day:

We will pass the small villages of Quetena Chico and Quetena Grande.

Make a brief stop at the small salt flat of Chalviri.

Spend some time at Desierto de Dali, with countless boulders all over the vista. 

Visit one of the most beautiful Lagunas in Bolivian Altiplano — Laguna Verde. 

And at the end of that long day, we come to Aguas termales de Polques (hot springs). 

Lodging: Refuge in Polques 

INCLUDED: lunch, dinner, water, fruits, tickets for the National Reserve Eduardo Avaroa, car 4×4, English guide, refuge private — double or triple rooms.

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 7

February 16, Thursday

For sunrise, we will have a couple of options today: in the geysers Sol de Mañana or, depending on the weather, at Laguna Verde/Laguna Bianca.

After sunrise, we will have a chance as yesterday to get to the hot springs and spend an hour there or so. 

Afternoon we will visit Laguna Colorada with reddish water. This is one of the most amazing pink lagunas, with hundreds (or even thousands) of pink flamingos along the shoreline.

After visiting this unique laguna, we will check in to our refuge in the village of Huayllajara, just 10-15 minutes away from Laguna Colorada.

This day one more time, we will get a chance to enjoy the scenery around Laguna Colorada at sunset. 

OVERNIGHT Huayllajara — Refuge. 

INCLUDED: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, fruits, tickets for the National Reserve Eduardo Avaroa, car 4×4, English guide, refuge private — double or single rooms.

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 8

February 17, Friday

First morning light, we will meet again next to pink Laguna Colorada. We will spend along the laguna’s shores and surrounding hills for at least 1.5 hours, and then we will start to drive toward one of the main touristic Bolivia destinations — Salar de Uyuni (salt flats). 

We make a quick stop at Desierto de Siloli to see some unique hoodoos in árbol de Piedra, surrounded by the Andes. Also, we will visit several small Altiplano lagoons. If time permits, we can quickly stop at an open-pit silver mine next to San Cristobal town and next to a small charming Church in the town.

By the end of the day, we will get to the small city of Colchani — the gateway to the Salar de Uyuni. Hopefully, we will not arrive too late to see a fantastic sunset over the Salar. 

Lodging — hostel in Colchani. 

INCLUDED: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, fruits, car 4×4, English guide, hostel private — double or single rooms.

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 9

February 18, Saturday

From sunrise to sunset, we will spend the whole day at the biggest salt flats in the world — Salar De Uyuni. 

Lodging — hostel in Colchani. 

INCLUDED: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, fruits, car 4×4, English guide, hostel private — double or single rooms.

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 10

February 19, Sunday

This morning one more time, we will see the sunrise in the middle of Salar De Uyuni. 

After breakfast, we will drive to Bolivia’s biggest city — La Paz. But we will make a stop in the small town of Oruro. On that day there will take place the biggest Bolivian dancing Carnival. So we can eyewitness this enormous celebration.

We will get to La Paz late at night and check in to our hotel. 

Night in La Paz

INCLUDED: breakfast, guide,  minivan, hotel in La Paz

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 11

February 20, Monday

Yesterday we saw the biggest Bolivian Carnival in Oruro. And this Monday the Carnival will come to La Paz! We will be in different parts of this festival all day and see this megapolis’s regular street life.

We will ride a famous cable car — unusual public transportation for any big modern city. This aerial cable car transit system allows passengers to get from one end of the city to another in less than 30 minutes, avoiding all traffic. And, in addition, during the ride, we can enjoy the urban view from the bird’s eye perspective. 

In the late evening, we can get fantastic lighted city view pictures from the top of the mountains.

Night in La Paz  

INCLUDED: breakfast, guide, minivan, hotel in La Paz  

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Day 12

February 21, Tuesday

Self-checkout from the hotel. Self-transfer to the airport. End of the tour

Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Payment schedule and cancellation policy:

The total price for the trip is an early bird — $ 3,500.00 before 11/01/2022; after that date price is $3,750.00

A  deposit of $ 1,500.00 is due during sign-up to reserve a space for this trip.

Cancellation Policy — Your deposit is fully refundable for up to 60 days before the trip starts (December 10, 2022). If you decide to cancel your trip after that date, your deposit becomes non-refundable.

The final balance of $ 2,000.00 or $2,250.00 is due by December 10, 2022. Full payment is due at this time, and there will be no refunds on the total amount owed if you cancel after the final price. However, if we find another client to fill your space, you will receive a full refund minus your non-refundable deposit.

If we cancel this trip— you will get a full refund.

What is included:

  • Basic lodging (2-3 persons per room);
  • Transportation (SUV, minivan);
  • Meals where it is specifically indicated in the Itinerary. 
  • Oxigen on demand on the Bolivian Altiplano;
  • Local English-speaking guides in Bolivia;
  • Entrance fees to Bolivian National Parks;
  • Expert instructions and guidance to a beautiful variety of Bolivian locations.
  • In-field instruction on capture technique (composition, compensating for high dynamic range, focus stacking, creating influential sun stars, night photography, light painting, and much more)
  • In-field recommendation on your photo gear.
  • An incredible, unforgettable experience, full of adventure with amazing people and loads of great photos!!



What is NOT included:

  • Visas to Bolivia US citizens have to have a visa to visit Bolivia;
  • Airfare to Sucre, Bolivia;
  • Transfer from Sucre Airport to a hotel;
  • Airfare from La Paz, Bolivia;
  • Transfer from a hotel in La Paz to the airport;
  • Tips to our local guides;
  • Meals and snacks;
  • Medical Insurance & Incidental Costs.

Recommended Photo Equipment:

  • Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) W/Extra Batteries And Memory Cards
  • Drone if you have one (it would be possible to use it) 
  • Tripod with a ball head (leveling base is optional but very helpful to take a panoramic shot)
  • Shutter release
  • Wide to a standard zoom lens, with their lens hoods (I carry 16-35mm and 24-70mm lenses)
  • Telephoto zoom lens for wildlife shots or for extraction and abstract scenes (I use 70-200mm and 150-600mm lenses) 
  • Circular polarizer filter to remove glare from the water (it’s OK if you do not have one)
  • Graduated neutral density filters (if you use them)
  • Rocket blower and microfiber cloths for keeping glass surfaces dry and clean
  • Most importantly — a great attitude!
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou
Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

Recommended Personal Gear:

  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Fleece & Down jackets
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Neos Adventurer All Season Overshoes or something similar (like rubber boots) to protect your feet from the water — may be helpful while we will walking on wet salt flats. It shouldn’t be deeper than knee-deep.
  • Extra warm clothing for possible cold weather conditions, including long underwear, hats, and gloves
  • Sleeping Bag (optional). At high altitudes, all lodging facilities offer you a pile of blankets so you won’t be cold at night. But this pile is significantly heavy (at least for myself). I feel more comfortable in a down sleeping bag.
  • Backpack (bag) to carry photo gear.

How to Adjust to Altitude

1. Drink Lots of Water

As you gain altitude, your body tends to lose water and salt faster than you’re used to. When combined with the dry air and physical activity a trip to Bolivia usually involves, dehydration is no wonder a problem. Many of the symptoms of altitude sickness mirror those of dehydration, so consistently drinking water throughout the day goes a long way to getting you acclimatized quickly.

2. Reduce Your Exercise
As you gain elevation, the air gets thinner, so each breath you draw contains less oxygen. Over time, your body strengthens and adjusts to accommodate this, which is why endurance athletes often train at extremely high altitudes in places such as Peru or Nepal. In the short term, however, your cardiovascular system is working harder. Each breath contains less oxygen, so each heartbeat contains less oxygen, making your heart beat faster. In other words, your body works harder to do the same thing you would at sea level. In order to give your body time to adjust, it’s best to take it easy for a few days when you first get to 5,000+ feet. After a few days of moderate activity, you’ll be ready to ramp back up to full throttle.

3. Get Enough Sleep
One of the symptoms of altitude sickness is insomnia, so it can be hard to get enough rest. However, a good night’s sleep can do wonders to help you kick the problem. One common suggestion is descending to a lower elevation (if possible) to sleep at night. If this isn’t an option, it’s best just to push on and get through the first few days of acclimation. Don’t underestimate the power of a little cat nap if you can sneak one in during your day!

4. Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Alcohol hits a lot harder when you’re trying to acclimatize, so the best thing you can do is take it easy and not drink your first few nights in town. Alcohol often replicates many of the symptoms of altitude sickness (nausea, dizziness, fatigue, light-headedness), so it’s a bit like doubling down on your body in terms of a negative impact. Another reason to lay off on drinking is the general challenge of staying hydrated while acclimatizing to a higher altitude. Alcohol dehydrates you, so consuming it only worsens your hydration situation. Your safest option is waiting 48 hours before you hit the bars. After this period, you should be acclimatized enough to handle the effects of drinking at altitude.

5. Increase Your Potassium Levels
Potassium loss is a standard symptom if you’re feeling dehydrated from the dry air at elevation. It can be a major pain — literally. Muscle cramping is commonly associated with low potassium levels. Fortunately, it’s an easy nutrient to replace. Foods like bananas, avocados, spinach, yogurt, and kale are all high in potassium, so getting enough without supplements shouldn’t be too hard (even for the pickiest of picky eaters).

6. Protect Yourself From the Sun
At altitude, the air is thinner, and as a result, there’s more exposure to the sun. 

With this in mind, sun protection is an absolute must:

– Carry and use sunscreen at all times (the higher SPF, the better!)
– Use a lip balm with SPF in it — don’t be the one to forget about your lips
– Invest in a comfy pair of sunglasses you can wear all-day
– Get a wide-brimmed sunhat that covers your face, neck, and ears

7. Consume More Calories
Because of the reduced number of oxygen molecules in the air, your body works much harder to keep everything working. As such, it needs a lot more fuel. A high-calorie diet combining complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats will help keep you full and your body running smoothly. Surprisingly, a Snickers bar is one of the best foods you can eat while you’re at a high altitude. The combination of sugar, fat, and protein makes these tasty morsels perfect to keep you going all day long.

8. Consider Taking Acetazolamide
Acetazolamide is a drug that helps treat altitude sickness by fixing the chemical imbalance caused by ascending to a high altitude too quickly. Common side effects are mild, for example, needing to urinate more often, and people generally have a positive experience with acetazolamide. Make sure to ask your doctor for their opinion before you take anything, and start taking it a few days before your trip to prepare.

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Bolivia Adventure. Pet, Senior, Landscape, portrait studio, photographer in Miami and Sou

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