Cities and Rural Destinations

Before the Spanish arrival in South America, this territory was already home to archaeological destinations and regions with rich paleo and geo history, and that today, blend in with Bolivia's authentic culture. The singular topography, it's ecosytems and it's culture make it an excellent place where opportunities in nature travel turn into adventure travel. It's history tell us of a mythical territory, of famous explorers, lost cities, and where lies the source of opportunities for science and humanity to further research in medical and social remedies, that in the long run will benefit peoples of our Earth.

While speaking of its culture and singularities, we mention sacred lakes, rainforests, immense salt flats, Amazonia, Andes, a place where Amerindia could well be this region's second name, and where the echoes of "Mother Earth" can be heard. Bolivia lies in a geographical territory that has been called in the past "the Microcosmos of the Planet". It is definitely a place to visit.
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CITIES:

Cities: to counter balance rural excursions, we will also enjoy three cities as destinations. Bolivia's marked diversity is seen in its cities and their distinct climates. : Cochabamba, in the heart of the country, is also known as the city of eternal spring, lies in a broad valley at 8500 ft. Known as the country's bread basket, it is a commercial center with an agreeable climate, colorful markets, colonial streets and great food. It's proven hospitality make visitors want to return to this splendid valley. Nearby high valley agricultural, and historical towns known also for "the maize culture," are an interesting option for visit.

Our destination of La Paz, is the spectacular setting of the world's highest capital, the city of "Our Lady of Peace," that makes this truly Andean city with its vibrant culture an unforgettable visit. A mix of east and west can be felt here. Surrounding this impressively located urban scenario, are peaks dominated by mount Illimani, Bolivia's 2nd highest summit at over 21,200 ft. Here, we take a moderate hike in the surrounding countryside, before visiting the distant interandean and singularly beautiful town of Sorata, where we engage in further hikes and treks exploring it's diverse natural setting.

In our other stop, in tropical and thriving Santa Cruz we feel the 'other' Bolivia. Ethnic origins of the eastern tropical peoples, and the warm and humid climate, lend a different 'air' for arriving visitors. Santa Cruz's development is due mainly to its large agricultural output of sugarcane, soybeans, wood, cotton, cattle, oil and natural gas, while prevailing warm Amazonic trade winds from the northeast, keep this modern city's people at a cheerful disposition.

Twenty years ago Santa Cruz still had the flair of a frontier town, with dusty streets and horse drawn carriages, nowadays although it still retains some of that frontier feeling, the city is home to modern hotels, urban parks, and Texas style eateries. Outlying regions of Bolivia's largest department, includes Jesuit Missions of historic importance, and some of the country's most spectacular national parks, such as Noel Kempff to the east and Amboro National Park which borders the peaceful destination of Samaipata, a sleepy sub-Andean town where "El Fuerte", the famed and mysterious pre-Hispanic religious sculpted sacred rock awaits us.*(Thor Heyerdahl's comments in his "Chariots of the Gods)..

Rural destinations.

Incallajta, is an ancient stone citadel located in the outlying southeastern quarter of the once extense Inca Empire. Its strategic importance as an advanced warrior outpost and because being situated in a concealed valley, adjacent to fertile regions of Cochabamba Department, gave it a significant role as an agricultural center. The fundamental function of the citadel though, in its expansive years (circa 1450), was the containment of the warlike Amazonic Chiriguanos, occasional invaders to the higher valleys. Its elevation stands at 2680 m. The San Simon University Archaeological Museum in Cochabamba will be visited, to follow up on important facts on the citadel, as well as viewing artifacts of the Inca culture.

El Beni, Department in northeastern Bolivia, is the name given to the large expanse of tropical lowlands, winding rivers and wide savannas, it was thought to be the home a "hydrological culture" people. They have left remnants of a substantial network of roads barely rising above the periodic flood plains, that connected riverine communities. Here we find a genuine paradise. Exotic birds, rivers teeming with many fish species, pink dolphins, alligators, and anacondas are only some of the wildlife seen here, while we interact with nature on Fremen's flotel "La Reina de Enin" for a 5-day Mamore river cruise. People here say that drinking the waters of the Mamore will make you return. In Trinidad, visits to the Icthiological Acqua-seum, and the Kenneth Lee Culture museums are scheduled.

The town of Samaipata, ( high place of rest, in Quechua) in sub-Andean western Santa Cruz Department, is home to "El Fuerte". Thought to be closely related to the Inca, El Fuerte was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and lies at an elevation of about 1200 metres. We reserve our option to schedule a visit to the "Che" trail, about 100 km south of the town.

Sorata, stationed in a deep valley below Andean giants of Illampu and Ancohuma, (both over 21,000 ft high) was the idyllic setting of Eden. This according to Villamil de Rada, an early 1800's Bolivian poet and writer,in his book about Sorata and its origins written while living in Paris. This mountain town is disputably the most beautiful setting for any town in all of Bolivia, its mild climate and elevation, (2697 m) fully contrasts with the cold and wind swept altiplano only 50 miles away. The San Pedro cave can be accessed by trekking an used 8k winding downslope road to the northwest.

Situated halfway from the base of rugged foothills (formed in the Mesozoic Era) and a winding stream on an elevated valley at 2600 m, just east of a region strewn with canyons and caves that descend from higher mountains, lies the village of Torotoro. Ethnics, nature, geology and paleontology tell us of an incomparable story. Rock paintings and the Umajalanta caves, archaeological remains, deep canyons, dinosaur footprints, and substantial birdlife, are the many alluring reasons to come here. Access to this region is from Cochabamba, by a rugged road that contrasts to the paths and trails that lead down from higher elevations used only by the ayllus.. Ayllus, are several highland quechua and aymara speaking groups, that before the colonies were subject to Inca rule, and that nowadays still secure their territories through agricultural methods practiced in the lower elevations of the Torotoro area. Depending on the time of year you can see individuals in their colourful array headed with supplies and their loaded llamas to the highlands of the desolate Northern Potosi region. (Unique sights in xxist century!).