Tour Interest: Cacti and Flora
Tour Type: Overland
Tour Dates: Runs on request
Tour Duration: 14 Days - 13 Nights
Starts/Ends: Starts in Santa Cruz de la Sierra ends in Tarija
Best time to go: September - October
Prices: Based on group size
Outlined Daily Itinerary
Day 1 – Morning meeting with your Trogon Tours’ guide at your selected hotel in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Departure to Tambo via Comarapa. O/N Tambo.
Day 2 – Tambo to Aiquile via Torrecillas and Totoras. O/N Aiquile.
Day 3 – Aiquile to Cochabamba via Arani. O/N Cochabamba.
Day 4 – Full day exploring Angostura and La Villa. O/N Cochabamba .
Day 5 – Cochabamba to La Paz via Calamarca. O/N La Paz.
Day 6 – Full day exploring Lake Titicaca and surroundings. O/N La Paz.
Day 7 – La Paz to Oruro via Palca. O/N Oruro.
Day 8 – Oruro to Potosí. O/N Potosí.
Day 9 – Full day exploring Sucre and Ravelo. O/N Potosí.
Day 10 – Full day exploring the surroundings of Potosí and Millares. O/N Potosí.
Day 11 – Potosí to Tarija via Cuchu Ingenio and Cienaguillas. O/N Tarija.
Day 12 – Full day exploring Tarija, Juanacas and Leon Cancha. O/N Tarija.
Day 13 – Full day exploring Uriondo, Padcaya and Rubi Cancha. O/N Tarija.
Day 14 – Transfer to Tarija airport. Tour conclusion.
Around 110 species of Bolivian cacti. Lake Titicaca. The Bolivian High Andes. An incredible wildlife diversity. Unique photo opportunities for fauna, flora and landscapes.
Landlocked Bolivia is a biological paradise nestled in the heart of southern South America. Surrounded by Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Paraguay, Bolivia’s rich and diverse territory is clearly split into a wet eastern slope -where the Bolivian lowlands form part of the Amazon Basin- and a dry western slope, dominated by the mighty Andes. Bolivia’s tropical lowlands occupy roughly 70% of the country’s land mass. Cacti species are not as diverse here as they are in western Bolivia given the type of habitat, but the area is incredibly rich in other wildlife.
It is on the Andean foothills -where the habitat turns into dry forests surrounded by impressive cliffs- that Bolivian cacti species start showing in good numbers and with great diversity. The habitat continues to be a forest -rather dense in some areas- all the way to Cochabamba, where scenery becomes really spectacular, with the forest merging into fertile basins with long ribbons of cultivated crops.
Continuing northwards from Santa Cruz, we will finally reach the “Altiplano”at around 3,650 meters (12,000 feet). It is here that we will be rewarded with the most spectacular vistas of the Andes, as we will visit the famous Lake Titicaca. Cacti species in this area are incredible, and examples of Neowerdermannia, Corryocactus, Sulcorebutia and Orecereus will be among the numerous species that we will see here. From the heights of La Paz, we will loop southwards, to spend the last few days of our journey visiting the three south westernmost departments of Bolivia: Oruro, Potosí and Tarija, where we expect to find a diversity of Lobivia, Rebutia, Sulcorebutia and other wonderful examples of Andean cacti.
Our Bolivian cacti expedition starts in the lowlands of Santa Cruz, and over the next 14 days we slowly climb up to the high Andes, reaching roughly the 4,500 meters (15,000 feet). We aim to run this tour during the peak of cacti blooming season, making sure to spend enough time in the field to enjoy watching as many cacti as possible, but also to discover Bolivia’s unique flora and fauna. We will make frequent stops to take pictures of the breathtaking landscapes and for watching birds, mammals and places.
Best Time To Go
This tour is possible during the dry season only, which in the areas visited means May to October. Regardless, cacti blooming season is at its best in September and October, so try planning for these two months to improve chances of seeing and photographing cacti in flower.
Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra to day 14 on departure from Tarija airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 14 of the tour. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.
What’s Not Included?
International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What is included?”