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
2020 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 to fly to Uyuni.
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/-/-
2020 price per person in US$: $998 with 2 people, $945 with 3, $930 with 4. Single supp. = $140
Cost of flights is not included in prices above.
3 Days - 2 Nights Uyuni to San Pedro or Vice Versa
Day 1: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA - TRANSFER TO HITO CAJÓN- NATIONAL PARK EDUARDO AVAROA- LAKE LAGUNA VERDE- LICANCABUR VOLCANO- GEYSERS- RED LAGOON - UYUNI
Transport from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to Hito Cajón border post. Visit the Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Fauna Reservation (REA), which covers an area of 7147 km2 and is south west of the city of Potosí, in the Province of Sud Lípez. Its extraordinary fauna contains singular species that have adapted to the extreme conditions in the region. Some of them are in danger of extinction. Its lakes, salt flats, volcanoes, snow-capped mountains, plains, thermal springs, rivers rich in algae and plankton, geothermal springs, flora and landscape in general give this zone its unique character and make it the perfect place in which to forget your daily routine and immerse yourself in the natural world.
Transport to Green Lagoon, whose waters are as green as a giant emerald. From the shore you can see the majestic beauty of Licancabur volcano (5865 m), and the dazzling colour of the lake at sunset is caused by its high magnesium content. Then a visit to the Sol de Mañana geyser, fumaroles and volcanic pools that form a spectacular sight in the strong wind that gives the visit seem more of an adventure. This area covers 1 square kilometre and is on the road to Chalviri salt flats. You can see boiling lava in the craters and the fumaroles throw out a mixture of hot water and steam to a height of 80 to 100 metres. A primitive landscape of boiling mud and lava, a throwback to the beginnings of time. This geothermal region is located at 4900 m.a.s.l.
An hour from the geysers we come to Red Lagoon: covering 60 square kilometres at an altitude of 4278 m, its beauty takes one's breath away. Its waters are reddish and it is home to flocks of pink-feathered tokokoo flamingos; the similarly pink jututu and chururu, whose plumage is almost white. The birds' synchronised movements seem like an improvised ballet that you can watch for hours. Vicuñas, llamas and vizcachas can also be seen here. Box lunch en route. Arrival at Uyuni, dinner and overnight stay in a local hotel in Uyuni.
Day 2: UYUNI SALT FLATS – ISLA PESCADO
You will be picked up from the hotel for a fabulous excursion to Uyuni salt flats and Isla Pescado. Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, on Bolivia's Andean plateau, and covers an area of 12 000 square kilometres. The deep silence makes your heart beat faster and plunges you into a surreal landscape where the sky is reflected by the land, playing with your sense of perspective and imagination. Lunch at Isla Pescado, also called Inkawasi, an oasis surrounded by islands full of algae formations and fossils. It is covered by thousands of giant cacti, some more than a hundred years old, growing more than 12 metres high. The landscape of Uyuni merges into the horizon, making this an ideal place for serious photographers. Return to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay night in an authentic salt hotel on the edge of the salt flats.
Day 3: UYUNI- FLIGHT TO LA PAZ
Transport to the airport for your flight to the city of La Paz
2020 Price per person in US$: (flights not included)
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, 2020: $1811 with 1 person, $1683 with 2 people, $1635 with 3 people, Single supplement = $1158
from May 1- Dec. 31,2020: $1973 with 1 person, $1835 with 2 people, $1786 with 3 people, Single supplement = $1158
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