Saga demystifies Bolivia

Wednesday 25 April 2007

Saga demystifies Bolivia

10 facts to amaze about this relatively unexplored South American country

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To celebrate the inclusion of the stunning country of Bolivia in it's new 'Treasures of the New World' tour, Saga offers ten little known facts about the destination:

1. The Silver mines of Potosi, Bolivia, were the closest that the Spanish Conquistadores ever came to finding the mythical 'El Dorado' of South America.

2. At 3500m, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world yet lies huddled at the bottom of a huge canyon!

3. Mystical Lake Titicaca has been sacred to the Aymara Indians for thousands of years - even today they give offerings to its life-giving waters, and tradition is still that fishermen who fall overboard are not helped back abroad but sacrificed to the lake.

4. The Bolivian Amazon accounts for two thirds of the country and is home to the greatest variety of plants and animals on Earth.

5. Direct descendants of the Incas, the Aymara Indians account for the vast majority of the population of Bolivia.

6. Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, is the first Indian Head of State in Latin American history.

7. The archaelogical site of Tiahuanaco near La Paz contains pyramids and temples of a civilisation that pre-dates the Inca empire by over 1500 years and was one of the world's greatest and longest running Empires.

8. The Salt flats of Uyuni in Bolivia are the world's largest, covering roughly 12,000 square km - making it twice as large as the Great Salt Lake in the United States.

9. A visit to the Witches Market in La Paz is an eye opening experience - amongst the standard fare on offer are dried llama foetuses which are used to protect a dwelling from evil spirits.

10. The infamous Coca plant, in its natural form, is sacred to the Aymara Indians and has been chewed and drank as tea for thousands of years.

Interesting? Then experience it for yourselves - Saga's 'Treasures of the New World' tour takes in some of the most stunning experiences and sites that Chile, Bolivia and Peru have to offer - including Lake Titicaca, the Chilean Winelands and even a chance to meet an authentic Bolivian medicine man.

Other highlights of the 16-night tour* include a visit to the Witches market in the Bolivian capital of La Paz and an optional excursion to visit the architectural and cultural splendour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Valparaiso.

Adventurous travellers can also take a trip on a hydrofoil across Winay Marka Lake to visit the spectacular Urus Iruitos floating islands before the next day cruising across Lake Titicaca to Peru on a journey which takes in Sun Island and Moon Island and the ruins of the Inak Unu temple.

In Peru customers will visit the Incan civilisation of Cuzco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the spectacular "lost city" of Machu Picchu which stand among the majestic Andes mountains.

Andrew Goodsell, Chief Executive, Saga, commented: "Bolivia is a truly unique destination and it has it all; scenery, culture, wildlife and history. By combining Bolivia with the highlights of Peru and Chile, Saga's 'Treasures of the New World' tour truly appeals to today's adventurous over 50s."

Treasures of the New World can be found in Saga's new Travellers World brochure. Prices for the adventure tour begin from 2399 per person and scheduled flights from Heathrow to Santiago, returning from Lima. 2007 departures take place on September 4, October 2 and November 6.

Holiday add-ons include five nights on Easter Island (from 649 per person) or a five-night trip to Torres Del Paine National Park (from 899 per person)


Editors Notes:

* includes 2 nights aboard aircraft

Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.

Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.

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