|Lake Titikaka (3827m) with Bike & Boat to Rurrenabaque|
Visit the mythical Lake Titikaka (3810m) where early inhabitants believed the sun was born and the Incas saw it as the birthplace of their civilisation. You will be able to spend time in the quaint little village of Copacabana nestled between 2 hills on the edge of the lake. You will also have an opportunity to explore Isla del Sol, a place stepped in legend and several Inca ruins. And then cycle from Sorata down into the humid Yungas, before taking a boat through the Bolivian Amazon, to finish in the relaxing town of Rurrenabaque. This tour can be used to acclimatise to the high altitude.
Please check the gear list to see what you will need to bring for the trip.
Day 1: La Paz (3600m) - Tiwanaku (4200m) – Copacabana (3820m)
We leave La Paz early in the morning and drive through the Altiplano (4000m), passing the Cordillera Real on our right. This area is very dry but we will be able to see the campesinos (farmers) herding their llamas. We will make a visit to the ancient ruins of the Tiwanaku. After our visit we drive onto Copacabana, with a lunch stop in Tiquina, where we will cross the lake by boat. After a short drive we arrive at Copacabana, where we can visit the old Cathedral from the 16th century.
Day 2: Copacabana – Isla Del Sol (3850m) – Copacabana
This day we will make an easy trek along the lake seeing the people work the land. After a 5 hour walk we will get to the village of Yampupata. Here we take the boat across to the south end of Isla del Sol, where we will first visit the ruins of Pilko Kaina. After a short walk we will reach the village of Yumai, where we can see another impressive Inca site: Escalera del Inca. In the afternoon we take the boat back to Copacabana.
Day 3: Copacabana – Sorata (2700m)
Leaving Copacabana we have our last views of the lakeand we will drive back to Taquina, where we again cross the lake, and drive onto Sorata. We head over La Cumbre (4200m) and then drop down into the valley of Sorata, we follow the winding road to arrive in the relaxing and beautiful village of Sorata.
Day 4: Sorata – Paso Chu Chu (4700m) – Consata (1200m)
Travel by 4WD to the pass above Sorata – Paso Chu Chu, where we will show you some basic riding techniques. We then descend by bike from the high Andes, through the clouds to an arid cactus desert and onto the tropical Yungas. A full day of easy down hill riding and we will also have 4x4 support. We will spend the night in a nice hostel with a fruit filled garden.
Day 5: Consata – Mapiri (700m)
Continue by bike down a dramatic canyon, through the lush forestland past cascading waterfalls and we can cool down by swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Rio Vagante. The ride ends in the gold mining town of Mapiri.
Day 6: Mapiri – Rio Mapiri camp (550m)
We meet up with Goyo the boat master, and flow downriver into the jungle, past gold camps, both old and new. We will stop and take a trip up the narrow Canyon de Los Buhos (Owl Canyon). With a lunch stop in Guanay. Camping along the river.
Day 7: Rio Mapiri camp – Rio Beni camp (500m)
We continue down into the wilds of the Amazon, with side trips to a piranha filled lake, ancient Inca ruins and a refreshing swimming hole. We will spend the night with the park rangers at the entrance of the Madidi national park.
Day 8: Rio Beni camp – Rurrenabaque (400m)
The final day on the river takes us into the Madidi national park, past ancient rock art sites and the infamous Rio Tuchi, to the happening town of Rurrenabaque.
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