Uyuni Salt Flats Tours
Uyuni Salt Lake, located at 3 hours from Potosi and a flight or a day bus-train connection from La Paz, an area of magnificent beauty. It looks like an ocean of salt, impressive in its vastness and smooth white surface. Nearby, large sculptures of eroded rocks can also be seen. Experience the highest and largest Salt Lake in the world (10.000 Km2) surrounded by an impressive panorama.
UYUNI SALT FLAT 2 Day ADV 140
Day 1:Transfer to the Airport of La Paz for your flight to Uyuni. Arrival to Uyuni and transfer to the hotel; upon arrival, enjoy an excursion to the Salt Lake and Isla Pescado.
Uyuni is the largest salt flat on Earth, located on the Bolivian Andean Altiplano with 12.000 square Km; the Bolivian Andes offer stunning sceneries which can be hardly matched. The sound of silence makes the heart beats faster and the surreal pentagons of crystalline salt, the pure sky, the color lagoons, the cacti and the flamingos, certainly makes you feel that there is no other place like this in the whole world.
Lunch at Isla Pescado, also called "Incawasi", an oasis with formations of algae and fossils. It is covered by thousands of giant columnar cacti, which can be more than a hundred years old, growing to a height of over 12 mtrs. The landscape against the background of the salt pans extending to the horizon makes it an ideal place for photography hunters. Return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at a unique Salt Hotel at the shores of the Uyuni Salt Lake.
Day 2:Transfer to the airport for your flight back to La Paz; upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
2018 Price per person in US$: (flights not included)
Tour ADV 240 - 3 Day
DAY 1: LA PAZ - UYUNI
Pick up from your hotel in La Paz and transfer to the airport.
Uyuni: Arrival transfer in Uyuni.
Departure to Colchani, a village where the majority of the salt consumed in Bolivia is produced located about 21 kilometers from Uyuni. The Uyuni Salt Flats is the largest on earth: miles and miles of dazzling pentagons of crystalline salt and the noise of silence makes the heart beat faster. Certainly, there is no place like this on the planet. After visiting "Ojos de Agua" in the border of the Salt Flats, continue to Isla Pescado or Incawasi. Upon arrival, you will visit the Island and have lunch at the local Restaurant
Isla Pescado (Fish Island): The island, located in the middle of the Salt Flats. Nature here is endowed with a flower of very singular characteristic, a cactus that grows to six meters high. The ground contains fossilized seaweed known as Estromatolitos. There are also some indications of pre-Hispanic culture in the area.
After lunch transfer to Hotel Luna Salada on the shores of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Dinner. Overnight at Hotel Luna Salada (Sal hotel) -/L/D
DAY 2 UYUNI
After breakfast, visit to Tahua a small village around the Salar which survive mostly from growing quinua and raising herds of llamas. Then visit to the Thunupa Volcano. This is an extinct volcano, considered sacred by local people, and revered by the Aymara culture. It is one of the most important pre-Hispanic sanctuaries, containing some 24 identified archaeological sites. In the lagoon at the base of the mountain one can observe the pink and brown flamingos. The nearby populations are very old and typically Andean. Finally visit interesting sites with mummies. Around the Salar all this villages provide an out of this world landscape. Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Luna Salada (Sal hotel) B/BL/D
DAY 3 UYUNI - LA PAZ
Breakfast. Transfer from hotel to airport for flight to La Paz.
La Paz: Transfer from airport to hotel in La Paz. La Paz Airport is located at 25 minutes from any hotel downtown.
Includes: transportation, bilingual guide, assistance on arrival and porterage at the Airport. B/-/-
2018 price per person in US$: $1005 with 2 people, $952 with 3, $937 with 4. Single supp. = $177
Cost of flights is not included in prices above.
4 Days -3 Nights With Tayka Hotels
DAY 1 UYUNI – TAHUA (-/L/D)
Pick up from hotel/airport. Start the tour to the Salt flat, first the Train Cemetery where the old train wagons are in display, former workers from the Railways during colonial times. Besides, on the road spread along the salt flats you will see natural breathing conductors name “Ojos de Sal”.
Picnic lunch. Visit to the Incahuasi Island, this island on the middle of the salt flats coated with the ancient Cactus and a rare ecosystem that has survived the time pass. Continue the trip to Tahua for the overnight in Tayka de Sal Hotel.
DAY 2 TAHUA – SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Start of the day to San Pedro de Quemez, crossing the Salt flat. Lunch en route. Spotting beautiful landscapes on road to Siloli’s Desert. Visit to Cueva Del Diablo, The Devil’s Cave and Galaxies Cavern.
Continue the trip to San Pedro de Quemez for the overnight in Tayka de Piedra Hotel.
DAY 3 SAN PEDRO DE QUEMEZ – OJO DE PERDIZ (B/L/D) Breakfast. Start the tour to the Eduardo Avaroa National Park, first visit to Ollagüe Viewpoint. Lagoons: Cañapa, Hedionda, Honda, Chiarkota. Lunch in route. Also, visit to the Stone Tree, an interesting rock formation. Continue the trip to Ojo de Perdiz for the overnight in Tayka del Desierto Hotel.
DAY 4 OJO DE PERDIZ – UYUNI (B/L/-)
To leave the hotel very early for following with the tour last day. Lunch in route. Visit to the Green and Red Lagoons, Sol de Mañana Geysers which is definitely a must see and part of this fantastical landscape. Afterwards continue the trip to Uyuni Town or airport.
2017 Price per person in US$: (flights not included)
3 Day-2 Night Mallku Cueva Hotels
DAY 1 UYUNI – VILLAMAR (-/L/D)
Pick up from hotel/airport. Start the tour to the Salt flat, first the Train Cemetery where the old train wagons are in display, former workers from the Railways during colonial times. Besides, on the road visit to San Cristobal, crossing The Rocky Valley. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon arrival to Villamar for resting in the hotel.
Continue the trip to Villamar for the overnight in Jardines de Mallku Cueva Hotel.
DAY 2 VILLAMAR - COLCHANI (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Continue the trip to Colchani. Visit to the Green and Red Lagoons, Sol de Mañana Geysers and the Stone Tree which is definitely a must see and part of this fantastical landscape. Besides, you visit the small lagoons: Chiarkota, Cañapa, Hedionda, Honda, spotting beautiful landscapes road to Siloli’s desert. Lunch in route. Finally arrival to Colchani Town. Continue the trip to Colchani for the overnight in Palacio de Sal Hotel.
DAY 3 COLCHANI – UYUNI (B/L/-)
Breakfast. Continue the trip to the Uyuni Salt Flat.The largest salt flat of the world with its 10582 km2, offers one of the most incredible views that you can imagine. Besides, on the road spread along the salt flats you will see natural breathing conductors name “Ojos de Sal”.
Picnic lunch. Visit to the Incahuasi Island, this island on the middle of the salt flats coated with the ancient Cactus and a rare ecosystem that has survived the time pass. Visit to Colchani where the handicrafts are made exclusively of salt. Afterwards continue the trip to Uyuni Town.or airport.
2017 Price per person in US$:
Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama Chile or Vice Versa - 4 days
DAY 1: UYUNI – COLCHANI
Upon arrival at the Uyuni Airport we will make our way towards Colchani, a small town considered to be the entrance of the impressive Uyuni Salt Flat. There we will have the opportunity to visit a salt hotel as well as learn how locals incorporate this important element into their arts and crafts. Additionally before settling into our hotel accommodations, we will have the chance to visit a colorful train cemetery. Overnight in Colchani. (L, D)
DAY 2: COLCHANI – INCAHUASI – TAHUA
After breakfast we will head to the town of Tahua. Along the way we will stop at two indigenous villages, visiting each of the settlements’ highlights before making our way to the beautiful Incahuasi Island nestled in the middle of Uyuni. This stunning island is known for its amazing views and spectacular cacti which measure over 10m tall. From there we will continue on until reaching our final destination. Overnight in Tahua. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: TAHUA – UYUNI – VILLAMAR
Today, we will leave Tahua behind and drive to the city of Uyuni for a wonderful lunch and little relaxation. Afterwards we will make our way to the town of San Cristóbal where will explore our surroundings and visit the local church. From there we will head towards the picturesque Rocas Valley known for its huge boulders and rocky environment. Our final destination for the day will be the town of Villamar where we will spend the night and have a delightful dinner. Overnight in Villamar. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: VILLAMAR – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
In the morning we will drive towards Poloque where we can enjoy a nice relaxing break and an early picnic lunch. Later we will explore the Chalviri Salt Flat situated in the heart of Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Afterwards we will continue to the Dali Desert and rocks named after the famous painter, as the scenery resembles one of his portraits. Before driving back into Chile we will visit Laguna Blanca and Verde, both beautifully colored lakes located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. While making our way to San Pedro de Atacama we will stop to observe the Atacama Salt Flat and beautiful views of the desert landscape. (B, L)
Rates per person in US$, valid till April 30, 2018: $2654 with 1 person, $1560 with 2 people, $1520 with 3 people
Hotels we use in this program (subject to change according to availability): Mallcu Jardin de las Cuevas, Tayka del Sal, Luna Salada or Palacio de Sal
- 3 overnights in simple accommodations with breakfast, 3 dinner, 3 lunch or lunch boxes.
- Private transfers and excursions with English speaking guide.
- 4x4 vehicles in Bolivia equipped with vehicle radio and oxygen.
- Entrance fees.
* Payment conditions: Pre-payment of 50% is required 45 days prior arrival
* Cancellation fees: Until 46 days prior arrival: no fee / 45-0 days prior arrival: 40% of total rate
- Please consider the Altiplanic Winter: heavy rainfalls between January and March are possible in the Uyuni Salt Flat, therefore the program might suffer changes.
- The program can also be organized starting in San Pedro de Atacama and finishing in Uyuni.
- Max 3 passengers per vehicle
6 Day Group Tour Package
Day 1 - Arrive to La Paz. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 6pm in the hotel with your local representative. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.
During this meeting, your representative will let you know your flying time to Uyuni on day 2 and will hand over to you the necessary e-tickets and vouchers you will need to complete this trip. He/she will also be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details with you. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception.
Notes: Altitude Sickness – This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Accommodation in 3* Hotel (1 night) There are no meals included on this day.
Day 2 - Today you are transferred to the airport to take a flight from La Paz to Uyuni. The flight time will be advised at your evening meeting on Day 1. Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like you've reached the end of the road, which in many ways is true. This remote small town sits on the edge of the high altiplano, a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile. So it's hardly surprising that the town has a bit of a wild west feel about it. Uyuni is best known for its proximity to the Bolivian salt flats known locally as the Salar de Uyuni. The town was once a distribution hub for trains carrying minerals on their way to Pacific Ocean ports. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed and many trains were abandoned.
Spanning over 12,000 square kilometres, and heaving with around ten billion tonnes of salt, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest saltpan, and there are plenty of opportunities for perspective-bending photographs with your group (using props really adds to it).
Stop by the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how locals farm and process salt from the Salar. After you'll visit Isla Wasi – a rocky, cactus and coral-like structure covered island erupting from the monotonous salt crust like a hallucination.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Special Information: Depending on when you arrive into Uyuni, you'll visit the Train Cemetery either today or tomorrow.
Our accommodation tonight is very basic. Toilet facilities are basic, showers can be cold and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style.
Please be aware that from December to April, there’s a risk of the salt lake being flooded. If this is the case, the itinerary will be adapted to accommodate this.
Day 3 - Drive through the spectacular landscape of the Atacama Desert, which is sprinkled with other-worldly volcanoes and lakes. During this drive you’ll reach an altitude of approximately 4,900 metres above sea level, so it’s important to revisit the notes on altitude sickness. Stop by Laguna Colorada, a rich red lake vividly coloured by algae and rich minerals. Perhaps one of the strangest sights in such an arid and inhospitable landscape is the abundant wildlife, with llamas, flamingos, vicuñas, and foxes frequently making appearances on the Altiplano.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Special Information: Accommodation in the desert is basic. Shower facilities can be unreliable and cold, as the pipes often freeze in the winter months. Electricity is generated by solar panels, so there won’t be enough power to charge electronic devices.
Day 4 - This morning we will visit the picturesque Laguna Verde (Green Lake) a mineral salt lake, located 4300 metres above sea level at the foot of Volcano Licancabur.
Apart from incredible vistas and snow-capped volcanoes, the arid landscape of the Atacama Desert also hosts some stunning natural hot springs. We'll stop at one of the desert’s natural thermal baths. Soak in the soothing outdoor baths and watch steam rise from the water against the morning sun. Afterwards hop back into the 4WD and travel back to Uyuni, passing geysers and volcanic vents along the way (today will be a long day, approximately 12 hours before arriving back at Uyuni Town)
Back in town, wander around the streets of this remote settlement and chill out before heading back to La Paz tomorrow.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - transfer back to the airport to catch a morning flight (included) to La Paz and enjoy a free day to explore this incredible city's irregular-shaped streets and alleys at your leisure. Perhaps pay a visit to the intriguing Witches Market (Mercado de Hechiceria), stop in for an impromptu tour at the La Paz Chocolate Factory, or try some empanadas at the Mercado Camacho. Maybe head to the Mirador Killi Killi Lookout, located on top of a steep hill in the neighbourhood of Villa Pabon, and one of La Paz’s most impressive viewing points. Nearby is the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, which exhibits a wide collection of stunning works that takes you through Bolivian history. Toast the end of your high plains adventure with a glass of api and plate of chicarron.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities: Visit to Galaxy Cave
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 6 - Your Bolivian adventure comes to an end after breakfast.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Meals - 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport - 4x4, Plane
Airport transfers - on days 2 and 5
Accommodation - Dormitory (1 night), Hotel (4 nights)
2018 Rates: US$1010 per person double occupancy, US$1355 single.
2018 Dates: several departures weekly. Check for specific or closest dates
Travel insurance is compulsory for this trip. They require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
WET SEASON ITINERARY ALTERNATION
From December to March during the wet season it’s likely we will not be able to cross the Salt Lake due to flooding, therefore your itinerary will be altered slightly and alternative activities will be scheduled.
During this time there are countless photo opportunities. The water covering the slat lakes creates a mirror effect.The mirroring effect of the water results in the striking illusion of there being two skies, two sunsets and two sunrises.
You will still have a full day on the salt lake and it will be mainly spent driving around searching for best photos.
The night usually spent in the Salt Lake hotel will instead be spent in the hotel in Uyuni town.
BOLIVIAN VISA FOR U.S CITIZENS
Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border.