Welcome to Oruro

At first glance Oruro is a sprawl of sun-baked buildings in shades of terracotta and dusty tan, but there's something about this gritty miners' city that endears it to visitors. In many ways Oruro (which means 'where the sun is born') is an intriguing place, where 90% of the inhabitants are of indigenous heritage. Orureños (Oruro locals) refer to themselves as quirquinchos (armadillos), after the carapaces of their charangos (traditional Bolivian ukulele-like instruments). The city makes for an oddly atavistic experience that some may find intoxicating.

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$250 Tours & Sightseeing

La Paz to Sajama National Park Full-Day Tour Including Lunch

At 6:00am you will be picked up from your hotel and begin the tour by crossing the “Bolivian High Plateau” to your destiny: the Sajama National Park, in the department of Oruro. The park is located at an altitude of more than 4200masl and there you will have the unique delight to see the highest mountain of Bolivia: the Sajama Mountain, which´s summit reaches the 6542 meters.On your way to the park you will visit the Curahuara de Carangas Church, one of the oldest of the continent called “The Sistine Chapel of the Altiplano” for the beauty of its room´s paintings.Finally, you will arrive to the Sajama National Park; first you will visit the Huayna Kota Lagoon where you will have the chance to observe Andean flamingos before enjoying a bath at hot springs near the town of Sajama. In the afternoon walk through the queñua forest, a endemic sub specie of the region, which is the stem that grows at highest altitude in the world, and you will enjoy camelid wildlife observing vicuñas, llamas and alpacas.Return to La Paz.

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Bolivia 10-Day Express Tour with Salt Flats and Lake Titicaca

This itinerary is a very adventurous option as you travel on local transport, including trains and buses for a more authentic journey through Bolivia. You will be accompanied by local guides who will provide insight into the history and culture of the country and who will help the trip to run smoothly from beginning to end. The tour finishes at the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno, Peru, making it ideally suited for further travel into Peru and other neighboring countries. However, if you prefer to end the tour in La Paz this can be arranged on request.If you join one of our set departures you will travel with a small group of like-minded travellers. In order to improve our customers’ experience, and to minimize impact on local communities, we keep group sizes small, aiming for a maximum number of 8 people on each departure. This itinerary is also available on a private, tailor made basis at any time of year. We take care in looking closely at every single detail of your holiday and we can provide a fully personalized service and look at your requirements in more detail to tailor the holiday to exactly how you want it.Day 1: Arrival in SucreTransfer to hotel. Free day to relax and acclimatize. Day 2: Sucre (B-L)Half day city tour visit the Liberty Museum, the churches of San Lazaro and San Felipe Neri and the indigenous people museum ASUR. Day 3: Sucre - Potosi (B)Travel by bus to Potosi, once the center of the Spanish Empire’s mining operations. Visit the Cerro Rico mines and the Casa de la Moneda mint that bankrolled imperial Spain.Day 4: Potosi - Uyuni (B)Take the bus to Uyuni. Visit the Uyuni Salt Flats, one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes.Day 5: Uyuni Salt Flats (B-L)Full day in the Uyuni Salt Flats, including visits to Isla Incahuasi and the Salt Mountains. Travel overnight to Oruro by train.Day 6: Oruro - La Paz (B)Transfer to La Paz and free day at leisure.Day 7: La Paz (B-L)Half day city tour. Experience colonial La Paz.Day 8: La Paz - Copacabana (B-L)Travel in a tourist bus to Copacabana accompanied by a guide who will give you a fascinating introduction to the region. Enjoy a walking tour where you will visit Copacabana’s famous church and the Calvary. Stop for lunch at a well-known food stall.Day 9: Lake Titicaca (B-L)Tourist boat to Sun and Moon Islands on Lake Titicaca. An authentic tour meeting local fishermen and enjoying a traditional lunch.Day 10: Puno (B)Transfer to Puno on the Peruvian side of the border.