8 days in Bolivia Itinerary

8 days in Bolivia Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
— 2 nights
La Paz
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Drive to El Alto International Airport, Fly to OR Tambo International Airport


Santa Cruz

— 1 night
More populous than the capital and La Paz, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Santa Cruz has become a thriving commercial center, yet retained some of the trappings of tradition.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Museo Guarani, then browse the different shops at Ventura mall, then get into the urban bustle at Casa Cultural Melchor Pinto, and finally look for gifts at ArteCampo.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Santa Cruz is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Bolivia Time is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Cruz when traveling from Johannesburg in January, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uyuni.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Shopping · Museums


— 2 nights
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Museo de la Llama y la Sal, explore the striking landscape at Salar de Uyuni, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Pueblo Pulacayo, then learn more about the world around you at Museo Arquecologia y Antropologico de los Andes Meridionales, and finally make a trip to Plaza Arce. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Uyuni road trip tool.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Uyuni by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in January, things will get much colder in Uyuni: highs are around 15°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

La Paz

— 2 nights

City that Touches the Sky

Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): play a few rounds at Golf Tours Bolivia-Day Tours, view the masterpieces at Casa Museo Solon, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Moon, then make a trip to Mi Teleferico, then look for gifts at Mistura - Manifestacion Creativa, and finally catch some excitement at Andean Culture Distillery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the La Paz day trip planning site.

You can fly from Uyuni to La Paz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in La Paz when traveling from Uyuni in January, with lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tiwanaku.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Nature


— 1 night
Tiwanaku is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia.The site was first recorded in written history by Spanish conquistador Pedro Cieza de León. On the 20th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Puma Punku, make a trip to Puerta del Sol, and then delve into the distant past at Tiwanaku.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tiwanaku trip planner.

Traveling by car from La Paz to Tiwanaku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Tiwanaku sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tiwanaku

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bolivia travel guide

Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums
Tibet of the Americas
If you're an adventurous tourist, consider adding a Bolivia vacation to your travel itinerary. A land of rainforests, Andean glaciers, high altitude cities, and rushing rivers, Bolivia remains one of the most remote countries in the Western Hemisphere. With 60 percent of the population made up of indigenous peoples, native cultures permeate thecountry's music, architecture, and arts, as well as local folklore and traditions. Traveling in Bolivia you can experience diverse wildlife and ecosystems, learn about the country's rich history, try out its distinctive cuisine, and practice your Spanish with the locals, known for their clean and easy-to-understand accent.