Old Trade Road Samaipata - Sucre or v.v.

When you come to Bolivia, you most certainly want to visit the capital Sucre, the "white" city. And right you are, because this city is one that must be seen. The centre is beautiful with its white painted, pristine Spanish colonial houses and State buildings.
The setting as well is excellent, close to the mountains of the Cordillera de los Frailes.

But what makes a tour to Sucre even more valuable is going there via the Old Trade Road from Samaipata.
This tour can be done best in 3 or 4 days. You can also take a 2-days tour from Samaipata to Sucre or from Samaipata to Villa Serrano.
We also offer a 4 days tour from Sa. Cruz. The 1st night you will stay overnight in Vallegrande then, the 2nd night in La Higuera and the 3rd night in Villa Serrano. The programme is a bit different from the below described programme of the 4 days tour.

We would strongly advise you to keep in mind that on Sunday morning a colourful market takes place in Tarabuco when you´re planning the date of departure for this tour. This market is one event that you shouldn´t miss.
 


2 days

Old Trade Road from Samaipata to Sucre or from Sucre to Samaipata


day 1:
This day you will focus your attention on the legendary Che Guevara.

In Vallegrande you will visit the Sr. de Malta Hospital. Here you can see the laundry basin where Che Guevara's corpse was shown to the world press and his last letter to his children painted on a wall.
Next visit will be to the place where Tania Bunke, the only female guerrilla fighter that was killed during the combats, was buried.
You will also go to the well documented Che Guevara museum and the mausoleum where Che was buried for over 30 years.
You´ll have lunch in Vallegrande as well.


In the afternoon you´ll drive via picturesque Pucará to the community of La Higuera. This is a beautiful part of the day where condors can be seen regularly. In Pucará you´ll make a stop to stroll through the small streets and maybe you would like to have a chat with the friendly inhabitants.
Time permitting you will take a scenic route with views to the Río Grande via Abra de Picachu to La Higuera.
In La Higuera you will have a look at the three statues in honour of Che and you will visit the school where Che got executed in 1967. Nowadays the school building holds a small museum.

You will enjoy dinner by candlelight and spend the night in La Higuera in the quiet and romantic hostel, which used to be the telegraphist´s house in Che's time.

day 2:
After breakfast in La Higuera you will start your travel to Sucre. It will take 7 to 8 hours driving in total to cover this distance. You will depart early so you can stop regularly.

 

  • Included:
    Transport in 4x4;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day up to and including lunch on the last day;
    1x stay overnight.
  • Not included:
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.

2 days

Old Trade Road from Samaipata to Villa Serrano or from Villa Serrano to Samaipata


day 1:
This day you will focus your attention on the legendary Che Guevara.

In Vallegrande you will visit the Sr. de Malta Hospital. Here you can see the laundry basin where Che Guevara's corpse was shown to the world press and his last letter to his children painted on a wall.
Next visit will be to the place where Tania Bunke, the only female guerrilla fighter that was killed during the combats, was buried.
You will also go to the well documented Che Guevara museum and the mausoleum where Che was buried for over 30 years.
You´ll have lunch in Vallegrande as well.


In the afternoon you´ll drive via picturesque Pucará to the community of La Higuera. This is a beautiful part of the day where condors can be seen regularly. In Pucará you´ll make a stop to stroll through the small streets and maybe you would like to have a chat with the friendly inhabitants.
Time permitting you will take a scenic route with views to the Río Grande via Abra de Picachu to La Higuera.
In La Higuera you will have a look at the three statues in honour of Che and you will visit the school where Che got executed in 1967. Nowadays the school building holds a small museum.
You will have dinner by candlelight and spend the night in La Higuera in the quiet and romantic hostel, which used to be the telegraphist´s house in Che's time.

day 2:
Today you have three options to choose from:

  • You visit the school where Che got executed in 1967. Nowadays the school building holds a small museum. On the small square you will have a look at the three statues in honour of Che. Then you will make a hike of about 3½ hours via de Abra de Batán to the Quebrada del Churo, the place where Che was captured. You will have to descend and climb up quite steep during this hike. After lunch you will drive down to the Río Grande.
  • After visiting the museum and seeing the statues you go downhill biking to the Rio Grande. La Higuera lies at an altitude of appr. 2040 m and you will descend in more or less 2 hours to about 1000 m. At the Río Grande you can have a rest or go for a swim in the river. You will be provided with a pack lunch. Someone will follow by car to drive your bike back up again and you will be picked up on the bridge over the Río Grande to continue the tour.
  • After visiting the museum and seeing the statues you will drive down to the Río Grande. Your goal is to make a hike to a 90 m high waterfall in the surrounding of Nuevo Mundo later on (road- and weather conditions permitting). You will be provided with a pack lunch. The hike to the waterfall from the place where the car will be left behind will take 45 minutes more or less.

During the drive down from La Higuera to the Río Grande you will enjoy the constantly changing landscapes and probably see many parrots, vultures and other birds. You will make a stop on the impressive bridge which crosses the river.

The landscape between the Rio Grande and Nuevo Mundo is beautiful and varied; cacti, black earth, red rocks, river and mountain views. You will pass the community of El Oro with its white houses, red roofs, black earth, green banana trees, and sugarcane. If you chose for this option you will make the hike to the waterfall close to Nuevo Mundo.
Later on you will try to visit a woman in Nuevo Mundo that makes hand weavings.
You continue to the pleasant town of Villa Serrano where you will see the biggest charango in the world. This guitar-like instrument is played, only twice a year, by a group of musicians at the same time.
You will be dropped off at the hostal or hotel of your choice in Villa Serrano.
The next day you can take a bus to Sucre.

We can do this tour vice versa as well!

 

  • Included:
    Transport in 4x4;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day up to and including lunch on the last day;
    1x stay overnight.
  • Not included:
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.

3 days

Old Trade Road from Samaipata to Sucre or from Sucre to Samaipata


day 1:
This day you will focus our attention on the legendary Che Guevara.

In Vallegrande you will visit the Sr. de Malta Hospital. Here you can see the laundry basin where Che Guevara's corpse was shown to the world press and his last letter to his children painted on a wall.
Next visit will be to the place where Tania Bunke, the only female guerrilla fighter that was killed during the combats, was buried.
You will also go to the well documented Che Guevara museum and the mausoleum where Che was buried for over 30 years.
You´ll have lunch in Vallegrande as well.


In the afternoon you´ll drive via picturesque Pucará to the community of La Higuera. This is a beautiful part of the day where condors can be seen regularly. In Pucará you´ll make a stop to stroll through the small streets and maybe you would like to have a chat with the friendly inhabitants.
Time permitting you will take a scenic route with views to the Río Grande via Abra de Picachu to La Higuera.
You will enjoy dinner by candlelight and spend the night in La Higuera in the quiet and romantic hostel, which used to be the telegraphist´s house in Che's time.

day 2:
Today you have three options to choose from:

  • You visit the school where Che got executed in 1967. Nowadays the school building holds a small museum. On the small square you will have a look at the three statues in honour of Che. Then you will make a hike of about 3½ hours via de Abra de Batán to the Quebrada del Churo, the place where Che was captured. You will have to descend and climb up quite steep during this hike. After lunch you will drive down to the Río Grande.
  • After visiting the museum and seeing the statues you go downhill biking to the Rio Grande. La Higuera lies at an altitude of appr. 2040 m and you will descend in more or less 2 hours to about 1000 m. At the Río Grande you can have a rest or go for a swim in the river. You will be provided with a pack lunch. Someone will follow by car to drive your bike back up again and you will be picked up on the bridge over the Río Grande to continue the tour.
  • After visiting the museum and seeing the statues you will drive down to the Río Grande. Your goal is to make a hike to a 90 m high waterfall in the surrounding of Nuevo Mundo later on (road- and weather conditions permitting). You will be provided with a pack lunch. The hike to the waterfall from the place where the car will be left behind will take 45 minutes more or less.

During the drive down from La Higuera to the Río Grande you will enjoy the constantly changing landscapes and probably see many parrots, vultures and other birds. You will make a stop on the impressive bridge which crosses the river.
The landscape between the Rio Grande and Nuevo Mundo is beautiful and varied; cacti, black earth, red rocks, river and mountain views. You will pass the community of El Oro with its white houses, red roofs, black earth, green banana trees, and sugarcane. If you chose for this option you will make the hike to the waterfall close to Nuevo Mundo.
Later on you will try to visit a woman in Nuevo Mundo that makes hand weavings.
You continue to the pleasant town of Villa Serrano where you will see the biggest charango in the world. This guitar-like instrument is played, only twice a year, by a group of musicians at the same time.
You will have dinner and stay overnight in Villa Serrano.

day 3:
If possible we will make an appointment for you with the charango teacher to visit him in his house/workshop where he makes the charango. Here he will explain how the instrument is made, what materials he works with, etc. On the road again we will appreciate a constant changing landscape consisting of higher mountains, different style of houses and costumes.
Via Tomina where you will visit one of the oldest churches in Chuquisaca you will drive in the direction of Tarabuco. Before arriving in Zudañez you will drive up the mountain Calle Calle where you will make a short hike and enjoy the beautiful views over the surroundings where the freedom fighters Manuel Padilla and Juana Azurduy had their battles.
You will pass a beautiful gorge where, time permitting, you will walk into to enjoy nature and to search the kolibri gigante (the biggest hummingbird that exists).
If this last day of the tour falls on a Sunday, you will pay a visit to the famous and colourful market which Tarabuco is famous for. After lunch you´ll continue to Sucre where you will be brought to the hotel or hostel of your choice.

We can do this tour vice versa as well!

 

  • Included:
    Transport in 4x4;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day up to and including lunch on the last day;
    2x stay overnight.
  • Not included:
    The costs for renting a mountain bike (optional) in La Higuera;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.

4 days

Old Trade Road from Samaipata to Sucre or from Sucre to Samaipata


day 1:
This day is equal to the first day of the 3-days tour.

day 2:
Today you will visit the museum in La Higuera and see the statues at the Plaza.
Besides this you have the following options:

  • You will make a hike of about 3½ hours via de Abra de Batán to the Quebrada del Churo, the place where Che was captured. Followed -after lunch- by another hike to a cave with human skeletons from which the origin is still unknown, this will make a full day program.
  • You go downhill biking to the Río Grande where you can have a rest or go for a swim after which you will be picked up and brought back to La Higuera. In the afternoon we will make one of the two hikes mentioned at the first option.

You will enjoy dinner by candlelight and spend the night in La Higuera in the quiet and romantic hostel, which used to be the telegraphist´s house in Che's time.

day 3:
Today you will depart after breakfast and descend by car from La Higuera to the Río Grande. You will enjoy beautiful landscapes and probably you will see many parrots, vultures and other birds. On the impressive bridge over the river you will make a stop.
The landscape between the Río Grande and Nuevo Mundo is beautiful and varied; huge cacti, black earth, red rocks, river and mountain views. You will pass the community of El Oro with its white houses, red roofs, black earth, green banana trees and sugar cane.
Close to Nuevo Mundo you will make a hike to a 90 m high waterfall. Possibly you will meet a woman in Nuevo Mundo later on that makes hand weavings.
You will continue to the pleasant town of Villa Serrano where you will see the biggest charango in the world. This guitar-like instrument is played, only twice a year, by a group of musicians at the same time.
You will have dinner and stay overnight in Villa Serrano.

day 4:
If possible we will make an appointment with the charango teacher to visit him in his house/workshop. Here he will explain how the instrument is made, what materials he works with, etc.
On the road again you will enjoy the constantly changing landscape, higher mountains, a different style of houses and customs.
Via Tomina where you will visit one of the oldest churches in Chuquisaca you will drive in the direction of Tarabuco. Before arriving in Zudañez you will drive up the mountain Calle Calle where you will make a short hike and enjoy the beautiful views over the surroundings where the freedom fighters Manuel Padilla and Juana Azurduy had their battles.
You will pass a beautiful gorge where, time permitting, you will walk into to enjoy nature and to search the kolibri gigante (the biggest hummingbird that exists).
If this last day of the tour falls on a Sunday, you will pay a visit to the famous and colourful market which Tarabuco is famous for. After lunch you´ll continue to Sucre where you will be brought to the hotel or hostel of your choice.

We can do this tour vice versa as well!

 

  • Included:
    Transport in 4x4;
    Spanish or English speaking guide, depending on availability;
    Entrance fees;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day up to and including lunch on the last day;
    3x stay overnight.
  • Not included:
    The costs for renting a mountain bike (optional) in La Higuera;
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.




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