ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Traveling in Bolivia is always an adventure,
and that's what Explore Bolivia offers with packages of soft
adventure involving natural history, bird-watching, sea kayaking,
four-wheel-drive touring and photography.
According to company president Sergio Ballivian, "We find that
people who go to Bolivia are looking for something different, and
from the Andes to the Amazon, the country is full of
once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences."
First, on its western Andean flank, Bolivia has a near monopoly
on things called "the world's highest": the highest navigable lake,
Titicaca; the highest ski resort, Chacaltaya, and the highest
capital, La Paz, at 12,160 feet.
Many of Explore Bolivia's programs are focused on Lake Titicaca.
One involves traveling the giant body of water by sea kayak for
five days in September and October and in May and July. For two
people, the cost is $860 per person.
The tour begins in La Paz, then travels to the ancient Tiwanaku
ruins and to the lake to circumnavigate the Island of the Sun --
birthplace of the Inca civilization and still home to the Aymara
people -- and the Island of the Moon.
Navigating with two-person sea kayaks, visitors also travel
among other islands but are close enough to the mainland to visit
the weavers and reed- boat builders who constructed the rafts for
During both short and long trips, visitors camp near Inca ruins
and on secluded beaches, perfect viewpoints for the lake's
spectacular sunsets and sunrises, Ballivian said.
In the highlands of Bolivia, Explore Bolivia offers clients a
four-wheel-drive journey for one or two weeks across the Altiplano,
south from Lake Titicaca through towns and villages dotting this
harsh, windswept high plain.
Attractions along the way include wildlife such as vicunas,
ostriches, eagles, falcons and flamingos and dozens of volcanoes
and ancient burial mounds from long-gone tribes, as well as the
world's largest salt flat -- Salar de Uyuni.
Ballivian reminds us, however, that the Amazon region is as
superlative as the highlands, "for North Americans have yet to
discover that in the tropical Yungas valleys, the jungles and
savannas of the upper Amazon basin and [in] the scrub forest of the
Chaco region lie some of the greatest natural history tours in the
More than 21 national parks offer excellent opportunities to see
plants and animals in their totally undisturbed ecosystem.
He also pointed out there are new lodges such as the Chalalan in
the Madidi National Park and Flor de Oro in Noel Kempff Mercado
Explore Bolivia offers four- to eight-night programs in Noel
Kempff. Per person costs, based on three to five passengers
traveling together, range from $1,570 to $2,595.
Phone: (303) 708-8810
Fax: (303) 649-9017
E-mail: [email protected]