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Two weeks backpacking in Bolivia (Uyuni, Potosí, Sucre, Samaipata)

From the Uyuni Salar, the largest salt flat in the world to the spiritual Samaipata on the Che Guevara road

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South AmericaBolivia18 days / April - May 2019

Highs & Lows

The incredible climates and landscapes of Bolivia

Inundation in Samaipata

Itinerary Overview

Bolivia is a country full of surprises in its small territory built on the indigenious heritage and culture. This trip report is starting in the south west region of Bolivia, from south west in Uyuni (Chilean border) to Samaipata, the subtropical center of Bolivia. Trip locations on the altiplano of the Andes and around.

Destinations and times : 

- Salar de Uyuni (3 nights)

- Potosí (3 nights)

- Sucre (5 nights)

- Samaipata (5 nights)

  • 3 Nights: Uyuni
    Salar de Uyuni, the largest Salt Flat in the world
  • 5 Nights: Potosi
    Visit Potosí and the Cerro Rico mountain
  • 5 Nights: Sucre
    Visit the (white) administrating capital of Bolivia
  • 5 Nights: Samaipata
    The spiritual and peaceful Samaipata

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    Try street typicals drinks on the morning or on a cold afternoon: a chicha hot drink or alcohol, have a sweet typical hot apple juice or vegan cooked milks of oat, quinoa, soya (..) all can be in chocolate option. A 5 bolivians menu and soup on night (11pm) out of the markets or churches can save you.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Bolivians "Abuelas" almost every backpacker I met before going to Bolivia told me, that its people was closed-minded and unpolite. I felt them at the opposite, very honest and full of kidness

  • Packing tips?

    Bolivia has a cold and dry climate in highlands and a hot and humid one in the Amazon. Take good shoes for your trails and adventures and good clothes for the hard weather.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Local Bus is very cheep and sometimes it´s the best option. Hitchhiking can be long and rare because the traffic in highlands is base on commercial trucks and ... buses.