Bolivia: Spanish & Humanities

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Length

20 days

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Cities

La Paz, Tiwanaku, Copacabana, Coroico

Program includes

    • International Airfare
    • 18 Nights of Hotel Accommodation
    • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
    • Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
    • Entrance to All Venues Listed
    • All Ground Transportation
    • Full-Time Guide & Assistance
    • Travelers Insurance

Program highlights

  • Bus Tour of Historical Centre in La Paz
  • Valle de la Luna
  • Valle de las Animas
  • Tiwanaku Excursion
  • Isla del Sol & Isla de la Luna
  • Service Learning Project
  • Coroico Excursion

Itinerary

Day 1 – Departure

  • Depart Home for La Paz, Bolivia

Day 2 – La Paz

  • Arrival in La Paz, Bolivia
  • Airport Transfer – Private Minibus
  • Orientation Walking Tour & Program Introduction –
    The group will become oriented with their neighborhood, the
    public transportation systems, nearby pharmacies, markets,
    ATMs, etc. Additionally, an in-depth safety briefing will be
    provided for what to do incase of an emergency.
  • Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an authentic
    dinner with a variety of menu options to cater all diets.

Day 3 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Bus Tour of Historical Centre in La Paz – Discover La Paz and do a complete tour around the city allowing for an easy option to visit the best that the city has to offer. Discover the most important landmarks of La Paz including: Plaza Murillo, Mirador de Killi Killi, Plaza Isabel la Católica, Local Market, Museums of Choice and more…

Day 4 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Valle de la Luna – What looks like a carpet of stalagmites
    canvasing a desert, Valle de la Luna, or “Valley of the Moon,” is
    what is left of a mountain composed of clay and sandstone
    that has been battered by strong winds and time. Like many
    mountains surrounding the La Paz area of Bolivia, the gutting
    formations contain rich variations of mineral content, creating
    colorful composition throughout the drastic landscape.

Day 5 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Valle de las Animas – The valle de las animas or Valley of the
    Souls is a densely packed forest of rock formations, each stabbing toward the sky in great clusters. When the first people visited the valley, they believed the spires resembled petrified souls, and gave the area its name. Adding to the mystique and beauty of the site is the 15,000-foot Illimani, Bolivia’s highest mountain that towers above the valley in the background.

Day 6 – Tiwanaku

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Tiwanaku (approx. 2 hours)
  • Tiwanaku – The city of Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful
    pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD. Its monumental remains testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilisation, which is distinct from any of the other pre-Hispanic empires of the Americas.
    Return to La Paz

Day 7 – Copacabana

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Copacabana (approx. 4 hours)
  • Isla del Sol – Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) is an island in the
    southern part of Lake Titicaca. There are no motor vehicles or
    paved roads on the island. There are over 80 ruins on the island.
    Most of these date to the Inca period circa the 15th century AD.
    Archaeologists have discovered evidence that people lived on the island as far back as the third millennium BC.

Day 8 – Copacabana

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Isla de la Luna – Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon) is an
    island is situated in Lake Titicaca, east of Isla del Sol (Island of
    the Sun). Legends in Inca mythology refer to the island as the
    location where Viracocha commanded the rising of the moon.
    Archeological ruins of an Inca nunnery were found on the
    eastern shore
  • Return to La Paz

Day 9 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Free Day in La Paz

Day 10 to 15 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Service Learning Project – Students will work with a project that is divided in three “houses”. They work with vulnerable and
    homeless population; teenagers children who suffer from addiction problems. They offer them a fresh start and a refuge. So students will prepare a short proposal to help this population, choosing which “housing project” they would like to work with.

Day 16 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Visit to South Zone – The city of La Paz, Bolivia is divided
    into seven main districts, called “Macro Distritos”, which at the
    same time are divided into 21 small districts or zones. The city is
    commonly divided by the people into three main zones: South
    Zone, Central Zone and North Zone.

Day 17 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Explore La Paz Teleféricos – The idea for an aerial cable
    car for La Paz was first proposed in the 1970s, but the first line
    wasn’t built until 2014. These cable cars run on electricity and
    partially powered by the solar panel on each car. Thanks to the
    teleférico, more than 3,000 people move around every hour
    cutting their commute time from 1 hour to 10 minutes.

Day 18 – Coroico

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Coroico Excursion – Coroico is a hilltop town in the Yungas
    region of Bolivia.
  • Overnight in Coroico

Day 19 – La Paz

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to La Paz (approx. 4 hours)
  • Structured Free Time & Cultural Immersion
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

Day 20 – Return

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart La Paz, Bolivia for Home

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