Price from £3,499
Bolivia is a country that holds the very best that South America has to offer. Our route will take you from the edge of the Amazon basin to the Andes mountains and the high altitude deserts of the Altiplano via the incredible salt plains of Salar De Uyuni, the world’s most dangerous road - El Camino de la Muerte, ending the trip in one of the New7Wonders Cities, La Paz. We will take you to places off the beaten track that only the most adventurous go and all in the comfort and safety of your self-drive 4x4 jeep.
Fully supported tour with 13 nights accommodation and 11 days of driving on varied terrain in modern 4x4 vehicles. All accommodation, transfers, meals, vehicle, expert guides and a full support crew included. Maximum 6 jeeps. Price based on 2 people sharing a jeep and twin share accommodation. Single supplement available on request.
Our Bolivia Jeep Adventure & Bolivia Motorcycle Adventure run at the same time.
Flight inclusive packages also available and fully protected - please contact the office for more details.
Day 1 - Depart UK
Day 2 - Arrival day: Arrival in Bolivia On the border of the Amboro National Park is where your adventure will begin, one of the most bio-diverse national parks on the planet. We’ll pick you up from the airport in Santa Cruz and head to a sanctuary for your first night. We'll kick off proceedings with a home cooked meal, which makes the most of the seasonal produce grown on site surrounded by towering red sandstone cliffs and dense tropical forests.
Day 3: Santa Cruz–Sucre Are you ready? Today it really begins. We'll start the drive on winding tarmac, broken tarmac and some dirt sections will have us climbing in and out of Andean valleys all day. We’ll take a break for lunch and then drive with endless views, as we wind past rural farming communities and climb up out of the amazon basin to one of Bolivia's prettiest cities; the world heritage site of Sucre.
Day 4: Sucre–Potosi An easy, all paved day today but the road is truly amazing. Stunning views with plenty of variety, climaxing with a steep climb to our destination. Made famous by the Spanish and their quest for silver Potosi is second only to Sucre in Bolivia's rich cultural history. A popular boast was that so much silver was taken from the Cerro Rico that the Spanish could have built a silver bridge to Spain and still had silver left to carry over it! Those who are keen can take an interesting tour into the depths of the mines and even buy some dynamite in the market! Tonight will be our first night at high altitude sleeping at 4060m.
Day 5: Potosi–Uyuni This morning we begin on yet another fantastic mountain road which is guaranteed to be surrounded with literally thousands of llamas and alpacas, so we will take extra care (and a few photos) here. While stopping for a visit at one of Bolivia's oldest mining towns we’ll get to see the final train Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid held up. The finale of the day is in no doubt as we get our first views of the world’s largest salt deposit, the Salar de Uyuni.
Day 6: Uyuni–Villamar We are heading way out into the remote south-western landscape today. We’ll be leaving civilization behind in favour of some incredible, wild scenery and awesome dirt roads.
Day 7: Villamar–Quetena Chico A continuation of yesterday’s wild, remote driving will see us visit some beautiful coloured lagoons, mud geysers and enjoy a soak in natural hot spring at nearly 4000m above sea level.
Day 8: Quetena Chico-San Juan More rough and dusty roads today to keep you on your toes sees us making our way north to the southern end on the famous Salt Plains. The scenery continues to amaze with a beautiful canyon to drive through and glimpses of the salt plains late in the day.
Day 9: San Juan–Tahua Today we’ll spend the whole day on the spectacular salt plains – mess with perspective photos, drive with your eyes closed and even dig for lithium if you like. Most of all we can enjoy the sensation of freedom that riding on this surface creates. For a further unique experience we have arranged tonight’s accommodation in a hotel made entirely of the salt we have been driving on all day!
Day 10: Tahua-Quime Leaving the incredible salt flats behind us, today we mix pavement with gravel and really get a feel for the vastness of the Bolivian Altiplano (high plains). The scenery today is stunning and the clear air makes for vivid photography. Look out for the deer-like Vicuña which was nearly made extinct due to its highly desirable wool. Late in the day we experience the full majesty of the vast Andes mountains. As we cross the range, high in the sky alongside the mighty condors, we’ll reach our highest mountain pass at nearly 5000 metres. Our descent tracks an incredible ancient glacial valley down to the sleepy town of Quime. Overnight we will stay at an old hacienda styled place built by hand by an Alsakan hermit and now run by a friendly Spaniard and his Bolivian wife.
Day 11: Quime–Chulumani A big day and all dirt means we'll need to get cracking early. We slowly drop to the upper Amazon rainforest today so temperatures will climb as fast as we descend. The significant change to your surroundings make this transition day all the more special. The view from each and every corner is stunning; the road rough and challenging, a cold beer and large swimming pool is waiting as worthy reward for your efforts today.
Day 12: Chulumani–Coroico We promise lots of off-the-beaten-track driving and today provides another great example of roads and towns that see only the very adventurous tourists. This is serious coca growing country (the leaf that forms the major ingredient in cocaine) and there will be plenty of chances to try chewing this traditional medicinal leaf.
Day 13: Coroico–La Paz Our destination on this our penultimate day is the mad city of La Paz – recently recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities Saving the very best until last this promises to be a spectacular day with the most incredible scenery of the entire tour. We begin the day by conquering the World’s Most Dangerous Road. Also known as the El Camino de la Muerte or Road of Death, this stretch of road at its peak claimed 200-300 lives per year. Due to a newer, better alternate route carrying the majority of traffic, today the road is no longer as dangerous, but it is a spectacular climb and the sheer drops haven't lost any of their jaw dropping awe. If we survive Death Road we will then climb over a beautiful tarmac pass before descending into the chaotic city of La Paz.
Day 14: La Paz sightseeing day With an altitude of over 4000m, La Paz is the worlds highest ‘administrative’ capital city. With that in mind we hope this morning our drivers are not nursing too much altitude sickness(!) from the night before. You have the entire day to enjoy Bolivia’s cultural heart with literally hundreds of museums, several cathedrals and the unmissable artisan markets to explore (head to the witches market if you are after a traditional Llama foetus!). Those still keen to tour can visit the geological wonder of the “Valle de la Luna” (Moon Valley), which is 10km from downtown La Paz. If you’d rather relax perhaps take a stroll through the plaza in front of government house and just enjoy the hustle and bustle of this major city.
Day 15: Depart La Paz for home or Machu Picchu*
*We can offer you the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu, Peru. Extending your tour by just three additional days offers you an incredible opportunity to visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Please ask if you want further details on this great value extra package.
Please note: Due to nature of adventure travel the itinerary can be subject to change at short notice.
"Bolivia... Death Road, unmade roads and the Salt Pans in a 4x4=unforgettable! Arduous, diverse and fun fun fun! My biggest driving challenge yet and I conquered it with the biggest smile on my face. Thank you BIG Adventure Company!" - Gemma Dean
"An exhilarating experience and hugely enjoyable given the incredible scenery, interaction with the local populace and visiting some amazing places along the way." - Matt Brown
"In the comfort of trusty jeeps we got to experience, see and share the unique, raw beauty of Bolivia and her wonderful people." - Nancy McCrorie
"If there's a big adventure singing in your heart, release it and undertake this fantastic opportunity! I can't wait to go on the next one!" - James Butler