Bolivia 4x4 Photo-expedition & Chile Wine hopping

Santiago, Chile

KS
Karina Safari
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Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2018
Group size: 9-12
Bolivia 4x4 Photo-expedition & Chile Wine hopping
Santiago, Chile

Karina Safari
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$1895
Deposit: $650
Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2018
Group size: 9-12

About this trip

Trip Highlights:


- 3 days 4x4 adventure expedition in Bolivia's wilderness southwest, crossing the border with Chile

- Meet with unique natural jewel - the world's largest salt flat Salar de Uyuni . Miles of blinding white salt crust stretch in every direction over horizon. **This trip is planned in the beginning of rainy season, a chance to discover the rare natural phenomenon, when a huge desert turns into the "the largest mirror on Earth” ! Play with reflection on the water and optical effects. Take the precious pictures and videos!

- Take in spectacular scenery - terra-cotta sand dunes, surreal-shaped volcanic rocks reminiscent of Salvador Dali paintings, red and emerald-color lakes, pink flamingo colonies, steaming geysers, solidified lava fields!

- See sunsets and sunrises on the edge of the world. Uyuni is considered to be one of the best places in the world for stargazing under the arches of Milky Way....

- Stay 2 nights in the desert away from civilization, in the basic guest-houses run by local families. Feel Bolivian hospitality and interact with locals. 

- Explore 2 countries and 3 cities in one trip: shop at the Witches Market in colonial-style city of La Paz, experience the best dining in Santiago de Chile, explore poetic Valparaiso at Pacific Coast, famous for its street art and bohemian ambience. 

- And finally, varnish your impressions with the glass of good chilean wine at boutique wineries of Central Valley.

- Bring back home your own remarkable travel story, unique photo-materials and a bottle or two of your famous chilean wine to share with your friends and family! Cheers! 


Optional extension: LAKE TITIKAKA AND TIWANAKU RUINS 

(you have to arrive 2 days earlier): 

Drive to Titikaka Lake from La Paz. Take a boat cruise to the Isla del Sol. Visit local aymara weavers house and participate in shamanic ceremony. Overnight in the comfortable lodge at Isla del Sol. Watch the sunrise above Titikaka and Cordillera Real snow-capped range. On the way back to La Paz visit Tiwanacu archeological site, a cradle of the Inca civilization.

What makes us stand out from the others:

- On 4x4 expedition days: we allocate 3 travelers per jeep (compared to 5 persons per vehicle in other regular tours).

- Along with famous photography spots we go out of the beaten track. Our drivers know every corner of Salar de Uyuni and have some secret places to show you.

- Our group will be assisted by a crew of professional english-speaking local drivers with over 20 years of experience of providing tours in the region. Being knowledgeable drivers and car mechanics, they are also true experts of local culture as they were born here. Drivers will be our cooking chefs, lunches will be served enroute picnic style, prepared by the crew.

- Drivers have air-tanks in the vehicles in case someone feels the symptoms of altitude sickness

- Lodging during the days of 4x4 journey will be the best in middle category: clean and warm rooms with private facilities and hot shower. You won't need a sleeping bag, as the clean linen and warm blankets will be provided by lodges.

- In Chile we will be visiting 3 exclusive boutique wineries (non-mainstream, but small family wineries, where tourists crowds don't go).  Private wine tasting with local expert is included. 

- Our team - is the best and funniest team of like-minded travel buddies! are you still thinking? 

What’s included

  • Accomodation
    5 nights in standard hotels 3* (La Paz, Santiago, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama), 2 nights in basic guest-houses in Uyuni
  • 4x4 adventure, 3 days
    Vehicles rent with drivers, fuel, touring around Uyuni and Eduardo Avaroa NP, accomodation, full board meals, air-tanks
  • City tour in La Paz
    English-speaking guide, private transport
  • City tour in Santiago
    English-speaking guide, private transport
  • Wine tour & Tasting
    Visit to 3 exclusive boutique-wineries, private tasting room, wine expert assistant, private mini-van
  • City tour Valparaiso
    English-speaking guide, private transport
  • All airport transfers
    Private mini-van, in Atacama shared shuttle
  • International flight
    SFO-La Paz. Santiago de Chile - SFO (~$1000 round trip)
  • Local flights
    La Paz -Uyuni, Calama - Santiago de Chile ($250-300 total)
  • Admissions
    ~$50 pocket expenses for National Parks admissions, shuttle through Chile border
  • Meals
    Lunches and dinners in the cities
  • Optional tours
    San Pedro de Atacama Observatory night tour, Moon Valley, ATV's rides, Air baloons flights (price and availablility on request)
  • Bolivian visa on arrival
    $135 (paid at the ariport of La Paz in USD cash, bring photocopy of your travel passport)> Russian passport holders don't need visa to Bolivia
  • Lake Titikaka & Tiwanaku
    2 days extension $330 (on request)

Available options

Lake Titikaka Extension (add 2 days)9 left
$330

Itinerary

Day 1 (Sunday)
Hola, Bolivia. Arrival to La Paz.

Departure from SFO on Saturday. Arrival to La Paz on Sunday night or early morning. In the afternoon explore the city of La Paz, its plazas, churches and colonial-style streets with english-speaking guide. Visit the Witch Market in a search for "shocking" trophies. End the day taking the cable car ride with the best panoramic views of the city at sunset. Walking around the streets of La Paz you will be also amazed to see Aymara indigenous women everywhere, known locally as "cholitas" dressed so colorfully in traditional dresses, each one bringing her own unique charm. If you like taking pictures of local people, La Paz is a place for you! :-)

Your Organizer


KS
Karina Safari
12 reviews
- Experienced adventure travel organizer since 2006 - CEO at Safarika Travel Inc. Legally registered Seller of Travel in CA since 2013 - South American destinations expert. 4 years of living and working as a tour guide in Ecuador and Colombia. I live my passion... I create distinctive handcrafted trips to the most exciting and unique destinations on Earth. This trips are about a priceless life-changing experience (sometimes it's challenging), an inspiration, a recharge of the vital energy for new beginnings and traveling in a team of like-minded travel buddies. Join my tribe and let's make it epic!

Reviews

Amazing experience! I totally recommend this for everyone!
What a great trip! Karina was the best! Even though we did not stay at the Four Seasons Hotels, but the service was far more superior than Four Seasons. Thank you, Karina!
SJ
This trip was an incredible experience. Hiking at high altitude was difficult for me but it was a worthwhile experience. We had two awesome guides with us who were very knowledgeable and kept us motivated every step of the way. Machu Picchu views felt way better after hiking there all the way. This was once in a lifetime opportunity and I highly recommend this trip. The food and lodging was amazing too. I am a vegetarian and they took care of it very well. Karina was always available to answer our questions. She provided us complete list of what we would need for the trip and that was pretty helpful. Thank you Karina!
AP
That was an awesome trip. What I liked most: - everything is taken care of for you: tickets, accommodation, transport, schedule - food: amazing fresh food at campsites and hotels - guides: knowledgable and experienced local guides who know history and are always available for any question/issues - program: different hikes, city tours, bus tours (visiting important inkan sites and other historically important places) Also, thanks Karina for being available 24/7 and resolving all questions
SV
What an amazing unforgettable Journey! The tranquility of the mountains, the immense beauty and peace experienced during the hike was surreal. Blessed to meet an amazing group of people so caring and friendly-- to a new found friendship!! Karina did a fantastic job putting together the tour with just the right amount of hiking. So much care and attention were given to make us comfortable during the hike. Being a vegetarian and wheat resistance the chefs took the utmost care of my diet. From the hot water in the morning to the hot water bottles at night during our hike every detail was meticulous. Our guides were so motivating and supportive-- they got us through this amazing experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking an adventure. Karina is super responsive. I say go for it!!! Go Safrika travels--thank you for everything!!!
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