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

On the 1st day you will focus your attention on the legendary Che Guevara. In Vallegrande we 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.
We will also go to the well documented Che Guevara museum and the mausoleum where Che was buried for over 30 years.
We'll have lunch in Vallegrande as well.

In the afternoon we'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 we'll make a stop to stroll through the small streets and maybe have a chat with the friendly inhabitants.
Time permitting we 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.

The 2nd day 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.

On the 3rd day 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.

On the 4th day we will make an appointment with the charango teacher if possible to visit him in his house/workshop. Here he will explain how the instrument is made, what materials he works with, etc.
If this last day of the tour falls on a Sunday, we will go directly to Tarabuco to pay a visit to the famous and colourful market.
If it isn't Sunday we take it easier. On the road again you will enjoy the constantly changing landscape, higher mountains, a different style of houses and customs.
In Tomina you can visit one of the oldest churches in Chuquisaca before we continue our drive in the direction of Tarabuco. Just before Zudañez we will drive up the mountain Calle Calle where you can make a short hike and enjoy the beautiful views over the surroundings where freedom fighters Padilla and Juana Azurduy had their battles.
We will pass a beautiful gorge where, time permitting, you can walk into to enjoy nature and to search the kolibri gigante, the biggest hummingbird that exists.
After lunch, in Tarbuco or elsewhere, we'll continue to Sucre where you will be brought to your hotel.

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.