Bolivia 4x4 Photo-expedition & Chile Wine hopping

Santiago, Chile

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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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18 reviews

$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
18 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond

Reviews

It was an awesome trip!! Karina created the best agenda that allowed us to experience different places/things. The local crew/guide was professional and took care everything for us, and the food is better than expected. Karina stayed connected with us before and throughout the whole trip and responded quickly to our questions/concerns. Highly recommended!
This was a fantastic trip, with top-notch organization, carefully selected itineraries and a very professional local crew. The food was delicious and we enjoyed comfy accommodations as well. Karina is on every detail, so everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended!
We spent an excellent and adventurous two weeks with Karina in Patagonia this end of "summer". Karina created the perfect itinerary that allowed us to experience so many unique places there. It was a good mix of hiking and more relaxed days. We were hiking up and down the sides of mountains, walking on glacier (even had whiskey in the Ice Bar), had tour to visit penguin’s colony on Isla Magdalena, city tour, Tango Show and tango lesson. The trip was very robust in terms of activity level, and I would classify it (hiking part) as moderate/strenuous due to the long days of hiking. Five stars for Karina’s planning and organizational skills. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends, and I look forward to new adventures with Karina.
We had a good team, very excited lookouts. Karina took care of everything from hotel and flights reservations and check ins to places for dinner and lunch boxes during hiking. I had very good time and enjoyed every minute my travel with Karina. Highly recommend. Thank you so much Karina for the great and wonderful adventure.
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Thank you for a fantastic experience!
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Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan Toibazarova on Jun 20, 2019