Bolivia

Mirjam from Crillon Tours shares her favorite places to visit in Bolivia

When asked about my favorite places in Bolivia, it was hard to narrow it down, since when travelling through this country, I had found something special and unforgettable in every corner, making each place special and worth visiting.

Nevertheless, I do feel that the calmest and relaxed place I have ever been, is definitely “Sun Island” not only does this island come with a fantastic legend and is the most important island on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, but its problem-free lives of its inhabitants rubs off on one. Walking through its small bucolic villages, seeing herds of llamas and small farm animals, such as pigs and chickens, one knows that you are in a special place, away from streets, noises, pollution, and hoards of people. The experience of staying in the bungalow style Posada del Inca Lodge is magical. Here you can enjoy its beautiful garden, spectacular views over the blue lake, and the eucalyptus trees making soothing sounds in the breeze gave me inner peace and the motivation for reflection.

Something similar I have also felt standing in front of the Green Lagoon in the Eduardo Avaroa Nature Reserve, close to the border with Chile. The whole area is just otherworldly, and one gets surprised over and over again by fauna, colors and nature’s humorous creations being displayed by rocks, mountains and flora. But standing in front of that Green Lagoon, the silence, the landscape surrounding it which lets its jade colors stand out even more, had me experienced something that does not happen much today-my mouth dropped open!

Last but not least, I would also always want to return to the Amazon Region of Bolivia. The Madidi National Park and Pampas had me placed in such a completely different scenario from my everyday life, taking me out of my routine being able to share the habitat of unusual exotic plants and numerous animals, allowing me to wake up to the sound of monkeys, letting me swim with pink dolphins, feeling suspense spotting the red caiman eyes during a night river tour, going on an anaconda observation walk, fishing piranhas and so much more..

This was written by Mirjam at Crillon Tours, who are experts in tailoring trips of a lifetime with unique hotel stays along the way. For more information about tours in Bolivia please email Darius Morgan – dariusjr@titicaca.com

Discover the timeless culture of Bolivia on a family adventure

A family holiday is special and memories from these travels will last forever. Visiting Bolivia offers families the opportunity to discover fascinating history, rich and diverse culture and enjoy some of Latin America’s most diverse and stunning scenery.

The administrative capital of La Paz is the gateway to Bolivia and the highest city in the world, with an elevation of 3,640m above sea level. In La Paz, you can enjoy riding on the world’s largest urban cable car system called Teleferico, while in the air, imagine you’re like a Condor soaring above the city with wings outstretched – the view of all of the city below is fantastic!

Otherworldly scenery on the Uyuni Salt Flats

Another unmissable visit is to see the world’s largest salt flats, which cover an expanse of 10,582 square kilometres. On the Uyuni Salt Flats, the battle of Crait was filmed for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. One of our favorite robots, the C-3PO visited the salt flats – which was incredible!

From Uyuni, you can also enjoy a visit to Chiquini Cave, which is a subaquatic cave formed prior to the formation of the glaciers, caused by volcanic eruptions when the Salt Lake was still filled with water.

Tiwanaku – An endless story (1580BC-1187AD)

Tiwanaku, a Pre-Colombian archaeological site, resides on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and it’s the capital of Bolivia’s lost civilization and regarded as the spiritual birthplace and center of the cosmos. Archaeologists are still revealing secrets of Bolivia’s past, and a guided visit allows you to learn about the indigenous people’s history and why this place is so sacred to them.

The Sacred Lake Titicaca, a cradle of ancient cultures

The magical Sun and Moon Islands and the Urus Iruitus floating Islands can be visited in the comfort of Crillon Tours hydrofoil cruises. At Inca Utama Hotel and Cultural Centre, learn about the Limachi Brothers, who are famous for designing reed boats, you will also be able to see the RA II replica reed boat. The boat was used in 1970, by Thor Heyerdahl, a famous Norwegian adventurer, who successfully sailed from the west coast of Africa to Barbados. Visiting Lake Titicaca offers a place to learn about the local culture, handicrafts, and way of life. If it’s a sunny day, take a walk around the lake and enjoy snapping some photos of South America’s largest freshwater lake.

Crillon Tours are experts in tailoring trips of a lifetime with unique hotel stays along the way. For more information about a tour for families please email them. They will also be exhibiting at ITB Berlin in Hall 23.b/Stand 112 from 4th-8th March. If you are attending please email Americas about making an appointment.

Crillon Tours new Sky Lounge Explorer is open for bookings.

Crillon Tours has launched its new ‘Sky Lounge Explorer’, a mobile lounge designed to offer first-class food and beverage service in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flats. The lounge is on board a Deluxe Airstream Camper, which means it can be relocated anywhere on the Salt Flats, to provide your clients with the best experience and views. During the night, the panoramic glass ceiling will allow your clients to do stargazing of the southern skies and learn about Andean Cosmovision.

The ‘Sky Lounge Explorer’ aims to enhance your client’s Deluxe Camper Experience on the Uyuni Salt Flats at no extra cost, with the best exclusive service throughout the whole year, in the middle of this natural treasure of 10,000 Kms². Featuring a solid and aerodynamic design, the solar-powered “Sky Lounge Explorer” offers all the facilities and services a traveler might desire while exploring the Salt Flats.

The upgraded Deluxe Airstream Camper Experience is the only way to guarantee exclusivity, safety and the indispensable protection against the cold and strong winds of the area. Your guests will also have their experience complemented by a private chef for making divine cocktails at sunset and serving up delicious a la carte meals on request.

In addition, the Deluxe Airstream Camper experience includes the private service of a guide, a chauffeur and a concierge.

The Sky Lounge Explorer is operating now and will even operate during the rainy season on the flooded Uyuni Salt Flats (the largest natural mirror in the world).

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