Updates from tour leader Matt Young
August 2, 2017
Toto Tours: Hidden Land ‘Secrets of Bolivia’ has officially started with our welcome cocktails and dinner.
August 4, 2017
The Bolivia tour is in full swing!
Yesterday we began with a walking tour of the fastest growing city in South America, Santa Cruz de la Sierra. We then drove into the foothills of the Bolivian Andes to the small town of Samaipata, where we stayed at the most adorable resort called El Pueblito.
We woke this morning with a private tour of the Pre-Columbian archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage Site called El Fuerte de Samaipata (Fort Samaipata), which is believed to be the easternmost fort of the Incan Empire. After lunch we drove back to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, had a wonderful dinner, relaxed and prepped for our flight tomorrow morning to the city of Sucre at 9,000′ elevation.
August 5-6, 2017
Sucre – In the Footsteps of the Dinosaurs
Going to Bolivia is traveling into thin air, literally.
Yesterday we landed in Sucre at 9,200ft. We were welcomed with a parade on every corner as Bolivian Independence Day celebrations have taken over this beautiful city. After a city tour and settling into the our historic hotel we we were treated to local dances from different regions of Bolivia while we ate our dinner. Some of us even had the ‘pleasure’ of being invited onto the stage to attempt some of the local dances.
After breakfast today we visited the large city cemetery where we could see the contrast in tradition between the Andean and the European cultures of Bolivia. We then went to a local cement factory which holds and protects an amazing secret. Parque Cretacico is one of the world’s largest areas of dinosaur footprints in the world. It was quite a hike to see up close at this elevation, but this anthropological site was well worth the extra effort.
August 7, 2017
Into Thinner Air
In Potosi, Bolivia today and our highest hotel of the trip at 13,500 ft. Tomorrow we visit the the mountain of death and it’s man-eating silver mines at 16,000 ft.