The Side Trip to Bolivia

This is an additional (and very optional) side trip to Bolivia immediately after the September 17-29 Journey to Peru. Although the itinerary below is pretty much finalized - anything involving Andean weather, shamans, and the unknown is always subject to a few last minute revisions.

IMPORTANT: This extra trip is limited to around ten participants from the Peru Journey. If you want to be included in the Bolivian Side Trip, please submit the registration paperwork as soon as possible.

This extra trip is limited to around ten participants from the Peru Journey. If you want to be included in the Bolivian Side Trip, please submit the registration paperwork as soon as possible. The full details:

1. Day 29th September:
Flight from Cusco airport to Juliaca. Your Bolivian guide will meet you with transfer by bus to Puno and to Hotel Taypikala, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Late afternoon visit to the temple of fertility in Chucuito Village. Dinner at the hotel. (D)

2. Day 30th September:
After breakfast, drive along the lake to the Peruvian border where you cross into Bolivia. All overseas visitors, and those from the USA and South Africa, need a visa. This can be obtained at the Bolivian border for $46. Allow approximately ten minutes for each visa to be processed, or apply for it from the USA. Drive to Copacabana, a small village on the shores of the Lake Titicaca. Experience the powerful energies of the sacred feminine. In the afternoon, guided visit to sacred sites in the town. Overnight at hotel Rosario Del Lago in Copacabana, (B.L.D)

3. Day 1st October:
Morning departure by private boat across Lake Titicaca to Island of the Sun. According to mythology, it is said to be the birthplace of mankind in the Andean region. The pure energy combined with the views of the islands, make it one of the world's mystical wonders. It is thought that during the uplift that created the Andes, Lake Titicaca was eventually formed as an enclosed saltwater sea. Your one and half hour boat ride on calm water, will take you to the North side. There, you will be invited to a traditional lunch prepared by the local Aymara people.  Many ancient ruins are found on this magical island. You will visit a chinkana labyrinth of stone walls where there is time for meditation. At the sacred rock and an ancient temple, participate in an Andean Ceremony led by an Aymara elder.

Boat ride to visit the Island of the Moon where you will sense and experience the potent frequencies of this ancient female initiate training centre. An elder or an Aymara Priestess will guide you in an initiation ceremony. Return to the Island of the Sun.

Overnight at "La Estancia" a simple community lodge located almost on the central part of the Island. Enjoy wonderful views of the Andes and the lake that sparkles with color frequencies you will not have experienced before. A sunset meditation with time to tap into the pure energies and vibrations emanating from the magical lake and surrounding nature will stay with you forever. (B.L.D)

4. Day 2nd October:
After breakfast travel by boat to Yumani, the southern part of the Island of the Sun. During a water ceremony you will connect with the energies of the sacred water fountain of youth, and meditate in the temple of the Sun, Pilkokayna.
Return by boat to Copacabana and continue by bus to La Paz city. Dinner on your own. Overnight in the Europa Hotel, La Paz. (B.L)

5. Day 3rd October: [CLICK TO EXPLORE]
After breakfast, travel to Tiawanaku where a renowned archaeologist will accompany you to one of the most ancient and remarkable sacred sites in the Andes. Visit the New Temple, a healing place where you will share Andean wisdom. After lunch you will return by bus to La Paz. Enjoy a short city tour to get a sense of this vast, highly populated city. There is time to visit the famous Witches Market and indulge in last minute shopping. You are invited to a special farewell evening dinner, with dance and a show featuring superior Bolivian musicians, known to be some of the best in South American. (B.L.D)

6. Day 4th October:
After breakfast, group transfer to airport for flight to USA. (B)


Services Included:

  • Transportation
  • Entrance ticket to all ancient sites
  • Lodges and hotels, best available, simple, clean and comfortable
  • Tips to porters, drivers, servers, and guide
  • Guided tour by well-known archaeologist
  • Authentic, English-speaking spiritual Guide
  • Meal indicated by B.L.D (Breakfaxt, Lunch, Dinner) in itinerary

Not included:

  • Airfare from Cusco to Juliaca on LAN
  • One dinner in La Paz.
  • Please set aside money to make a personal contribution to the Aymara elders.
  • Bolivian visa, $46
  • Airport tax to leave La Paz: $24


The same general information for Peru applies to the Bolivian extension with a few additional reminders. Titicaca is higher and colder than Peru's Sacred Valley. Please take into account the 14,000ft altitude, which may require rest upon arrival but not too much adjustment since you are arriving acclimatized to 11,000ft from Cusco. Days will be hot and sunny and nights a little cooler. Take an extra layer of clothing. Be sure to have a flashlight with you.

Tour Company - Andean Dimensions in La Paz (emergency contact only),

Carretera Panamericana Sur kilómetro 18, Chucuito Puno - Perú
Tel: +51 9519 20181, telefax: +51 51 353473

Calle Tihuanacu 64, La Paz - Bolivia
Tel: +591 2 2315656 / Fax: +591 2 2113930

Avenida Costanera esquina Rigoberto Paredes, a orillas del Lago Titicaca, Copacabana - Bolivia
Tel: +591 2 8622141 / Fax: +591 2 8622140

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca - Bolivia
Tel: +591 7 1567287 / +591 7 1533562

10% of the proceeds are used to fund improvements to under privileged schools or other social projects in Bolivia. All additional profit from this trip (as well as the profits from the Peru portion of the journey) will be donated to the Willka T'ika Children's Fund.

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