Overview & Highlights
Bolivia is one of the world’s last true adventure destinations. Travel beyond Lake Titicaca and La Paz on a journey of unpredictability including Che Guevara's trail and the salt flats of Uyuni.
- Santa Cruz: Guided city tour
- Samaipata: visit to el Fuerte Inca ruins
- Visit to la Higuera, where Che Guevara had his last stand
- Sucre: Guided city tour
- Potosí: City tour and visit to the Spanish Imperial Mint museum
- South Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni (salt flats)
- La Paz: Guided city tour with cable-car trip
- Lake Titicaca: Boat trip to Isla del Sol (Sun Island) via Moon Island
- Guided visits on the islands
This is a highlights holiday, but with a really adventurous element, as reaching these top sights in their relatively remote locations is a journey of discovery in itself. Surely the most authentic country in Latin America, Bolivia is also surely the most colourful, with highland communities preserving their mélange of religious traditions, brightly woven costumes and haunting pipe music. The tropical lowlands and Santa Cruz, where you’ll find a surprising ethnic diversity and a dynamic economy, also offers its share of surprises.
The difficulty of access to the shattered landscapes of Bolivia means many communities remain isolated from modernisation taking place elsewhere. Alongside sprawling cattle farms you’ll see smallholdings where subsistence-level farmers eke out a living from adobe farmhouses. Hidden among the canyons is the Ruta Che, a rough, lonely but incredibly scenic road following Che Guevara’s failed revolutionary campaign in Bolivia, where he is revered.
Potosí was once one of the largest and most affluent cities in the world: the silver mined in its conical hill contributed to the riches of the Spanish Empire and the Mint was located here. The city’s grand architecture reflects this long-gone prosperity, while Sucre is an elegant sun-dappled colonial city and traffic-stifled La Paz, overshadowed by a vast ice-jacketed Andean peak, stuns with its multitude of street markets. At the end of a varied trip you can relax on the peaceful Island of the Sun, with the snow-capped Andes reflected in the cobalt waters of Lake Titicaca.
UK clients depart, arriving Santa Cruz, Bolivia, the following day.
Transfer to your hotel in a quiet quarter of the city.
Guided city tour of cosmopolitan Santa Cruz.
By road into the mountains to Incan el Fuerte; on to Vallegrande via Samaipata.
By road to Che Guevara’s ‘shrine’ at La Higuera; continue to Villa Serrano.
Drive on through mountain landscapes to Sucre.
Guided tour of this elegant, whitewashed colonial city.
Climb to the bleak altiplano and Potosí; guided tour and visit imperial Mint.
Drive through skeletal landscapes to Uyuni, overnight in a salt hotel.
Explore the dazzling salt flats and lagoons by 4WD vehicle.
Transfer to Uyuni airport, fly to the capital, La Paz.
Guided city tour with cable car ride over the canyon.
Drive to lake Titicaca; boat trip to Sun Island, overnight.
Return to La Paz.
Transfer to airport for international flights or extension to Amazon jungle.
Things to do
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Bolivia / Santa Cruz and the Oriente
Bolivia / La Paz and the altiplano
Bolivia / Sucre and Potosi
Parador Santa Maria la Real
Bolivia / Uyuni salt flats
Bolivia / Lake Titicaca – Bolivian side / Lake Titicaca
Posada del Inca Isla del Sol
Bolivia / The Bolivian Amazon / The Amazon
Bolivia / Santa Cruz and the Oriente
Hotel Gran Concepcion
Bolivia / Santa Cruz and the Oriente
Hotel La Mision
Bolivia / Santa Cruz and the Oriente
Bolivia / Sucre and Potosi
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
The entire trip was very varied. Travelling through the lake lands of Bolivia was great in 4x4s. The clarity of the skies in San Pedro Chile and time to relax. Cusco and the Inca sites at Ollyantytambo, Pisco and Machu Picchu. The Drive from Hydro-Elektrica to Cusco along mountain tracks in a mini bus with sheer drops of several hundred metres to the valley. The Martin Chambi Photo exhibition in Cusco. Lima was surprisingly attractive...but there were many many aspects that were great and I could write pages.LRA, London
It was a wonderful adventure which we enjoyed with a very nice group, all of us led by an excellent guide.WD, Greenford
We enjoyed an excellent tour with a special tour leader. We chose this tour because it took us to a lot of places we had dreampt of visiting and it certainly lived up to expectations. We expected to do a significant amount of walking and enjoyed all the walks that were offered. For us the balance between walking and other activities was ideal.CHJ, Aberdeen
Sunrise over the Galapagos from top deck on my first morning on the boat, utterly stunning!MG, Leyland
Monte Alban when I felt on top Of the world. A vast archaeological site, wonderfully interpreted by a local guide and not too many other tourists.PM, Lincoln
Amazing trip, fab group, experienced guide and definitely value for money. Would highly recommend.AB, London
Overall it was a wonderful trip with an exceptional tour leader assisted by excellent local guides and drivers. We left with memories that will last a lifetime.GC, Fortrose
The amazing scenery - every kilometre of the Carretera Austral, every turning, offers stunning views which never cease to surprise...I am impressed with the way it is possible to combine group tours with individual travel and with the flexibility available on the tours to meet individual needs. I find the whole booking experience from enquiry to final plans, very easy with great response from your office. The tour leaders are absolutely brilliant at what they do - I am in awe of their multiple skills!SC, Penryn
The fact that we were blessed with exceptionally good weather meant that we could make the most of every day, to the full, bar one day on Lago General Carrera. Patagonia is so beautiful - and it would have been so different if the weather had been poor or the tour leader/driver hadn't been so good. We feel very lucky to have had it all!RD, Amersham
JLA already has a good reputation and we were certainly impressed by the management of this tour.AF, Altrincham
Another superb holiday with JLA I would never travel to Latin America with another company.BD, Hartlepool
I found the trip most enjoyable and very thoughtfully arranged to maximise our experience - I have no complaints at all about the trip and found it extremely enjoyable. Our Guide was excellent - very friendly and informative and looked after us all very well. Overall an extremely enjoyable holiday.CW, Newcastle
All of it! Aisen is visually stunning and unforgettable. The whole thing was a great adventure we will never forget and we loved the cities as well.TO, Loughton
Amazing itinerary. Great group that bonded well and the best tour leader. All the places made it a memorable holiday. Machu Picchu, the train from Puno to Cusco and the flight of the condors added even more.DP, Hinckley
This was a great trip taking in all the highlights of Chile and southern Patagonia before finishing off with a visit to Buenos Aires. The highlight was hiking in Torres del Paine but there were memorable moments throughout. Our tour leader was excellent throughout, helping everybody achieve their individual goals and really adding to the group holiday experience.GD, Cranleigh
A journey to South America was a long held dream of mine, and Journey Latin America certainly fulfilled my dream.EM, Bromley
The ubiquitous music and dance of Cuba and the infectious joie de vivre of its truly multicultural people who seem to live life to the full with the little they have. Cuba is a fascinating country and this comprehensive trip showed us not only its spectacular variety of scenery and its rich history but gave an insight into the resourcefulness of its people and how they cope in their struggle for survival and freedom. I'm sure we only scratched at the surface but I'm curious to learn more (and I must learn to speak more Spanish).DC, London
Overall a very enjoyable trip - some long days and early starts but was easily do-able for a group mainly consisting of people in their 50s and 60s. Saw many amazing sights. Excellent organisation - everything worked - buses, flights, pick ups, minibuses, coaches, boats, trains etc! Never arrived anywhere and there was no-one to meet us. Had a great holiday!LB, New Malden
Highlights? "There were many. Cuba itself is a fascinating country, a unique combination of geography, history, politics, culture and music. Highlights include: horse riding through the Valle de Silencio in Vinales, riding in an old American convertible car in Havana, visiting the Che Guevara Mausoleum and the Bay of Pigs Museum, numerous meals and drinks in restaurants and bars with great live music as a soundtrack to the tour, the intoxicating atmosphere walking along Obispo in Havana, a microcosm of Cuban life, the beautiful, faded architecture, different in each town we visited, the number of working horses everywhere, the resilience of Cubans in the face of grinding poverty and a repressive regime, spontaneous music performed everywhere at any time."DK, Coventry
Jam packed itinerary with so many great places and sights in such a short time! Iguacu Falls, Rio, La Paz, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu- it really had it all. We had a great tour guide; informative, knowledgeable and extremely personable, with a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for South America. Logistics were seamless- first time travelling to South America, first time travelling solo- highly recommend it!LM, London
Crossing the first border from Panama to Costa Rica felt like being part of a film set as we trudged across an ancient bridge. Also in Ometepe we were swimming in the fresh water lake when a group of horses came cantering onto the beach and into the water for a drunk and swim!LR, Carteton
If anything, Tropicbird was undersold: it is a vibrant, colourful & exhilarating tour. It would appeal to those who visited and loved countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, as well as South America, for their people's capacity for optimism, looking forward, valuing their heritage and welcoming curious travellers, regardless of the ravages of recent wars or current poverty. Just go!!FP, Edinburgh
The whole trip was memorable - it's impossible to pick just one part. The Cuban people I met were friendly and warm - it was good to practice my Spanish, and their love of music and dance, and care for each other is an example for us all.LA, London
Surpassed expectation. The excellent itinerary was enhanced by the tour leaders excellent knowledge and company.PM, Corsham
This was such a good trip, with varying sights and weather, from the tropics to perishing Patagonia!AW, Orpington
"I was particularly impressed with the scenery in Bolivia. I had expected the salt flats but the rest of the country was a real bonus. On the optional excursions, I particularly enjoyed Chacaltaya and the star gazing in San Pedro."GP, Northwich
Reaching the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain and seeing views that will live with me for the rest of my life ... wow! This was a very special moment.PB, Wareham
We had an amazing time in Colombia. The itinerary was fantastic, covering nearly everything we wanted to see. Our tour leader did a great job in making the tour run smoothly and contributing to our experience. I would thoroughly recommend Colombia and JLA.IR, London
Having travelled with a number of different companies in the past, I was really impressed with the depth of knowledge and professionalism of JLA and the opportunity to trial to a part of Peru not usually visited by many tourists.
Difficult to say as it was a trip of contrasts - two cities and some beautiful landscapes. I achieved two ambitions which was to visit the Torres del Paine National Park and to see the Perito Moreno glacier. Torres del Paine was glorious and Perito Moreno was breathtaking. All internal transfers were seamless and check in and check out of hotels were easy. The small group made the holiday feel almost personalised.TW, Hook
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