Bolivia: Tapestry of Traditions
Luxury Group Travel | 13 Days
- Tarabuco Fair, where traditional textiles are worn, bought, and sold
- UNESCO-listed colonial sites at Potosí, Sucre, and the Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos
- Sustainable artisan projects, preserving traditional techniques and cultural identities
- Stargazing with an astronomer at the otherworldly Uyuni salt flats
- Incan and Tiwanaku ruins on the islands and shores of Lake Titicaca
- Lowland and highland urban history in Santa Cruz, Sucre, and La Paz
With 36 indigenous groups, Bolivia is a majority indigenous nation. Our goal with this Bolivia trip is to celebrate that majority and explore its complicated past. The influence of Spanish colonialism is seen through the architecture in the former capital at Santa Cruz, the famed silver city of Potosí, and Jesuit mission at San Jose de Chiquitos. Get a peek at traditional hat-making in the whitewashed city of Sucre, visit a Yampara artisan community, and revel in the textiles and traditional dress at the Tarabuco market. Round out your Bolivian experience with ancient Lake Titicaca archaeological sites, sensational Uyuni salt flats, and modern design in La Paz.
Arrive at Santa Cruz, the former capital, in the tropical lowlands Get a first look at Spanish colonial architecture and Guaraní, Ayoreode, Guarayo, and Chiquitano traditional arts.
2 – 3
Delve deeper into colonial history at San José de Chiquitos, where Jesuits founded a mission in 1696 Enjoy a private concert of baroque music in the church, performed by local children Visit the small village of Chochís in a dramatic landscape.
4 – 5
Fly to Sucre, where whitewashed buildings hold cultural and historic museums, and get an insider tour of a Bolivian hat-making factory The Yampara people, textiles, and ceramics come alive through visits to an artisan village and the renowned Tarabuco Fair.
6 – 8
The silver-mining town of Potosí holds more insight into the colonial period Stay at one of the first haciendas in Bolivia Explore, stargaze, picnic, and sleep in a salt-brick hotel at the surreal salt flats of Salar de Uyuni.
9 – 10
Soar over La Paz on the Teleférico cable-car system and ramble through outdoor markets In El Alto, marvel at Aymara-designed buildings adorned with indigenous motifs.
11 – 12
On the shores of Lake Titicaca, explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Tiwanaku Trace Incan mythology through the islands and archaeology of the Lake, sleeping on Isla del Sol.
Consult a Kallawaya healer, learn about the tradition, and receive a blessing on the way back to La Paz Depart in the evening.
Dates & Prices
04/20/22 – 05/02/22 Led by Merlin Lipshitz
09/14/22 – 09/26/22 Led by Rosa Alegria
10/05/22 – 10/17/22 Led by Merlin Lipshitz
Group Trip: From $8,645 per person
based on double occupancy
- Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
- Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
- All accommodations
- All ground transportation and airport transfers
- Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
- Most meals
- Bottled or filtered water at included meals and while sightseeing
- Services of local guides, drivers, and other staff
- Some gratuities
- Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance
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