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Salar de Uyuni, located in the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike, nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Its otherworldly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island. Though wildlife is rare in this unique ecosystem, it harbors many pink flamingos.
This tour takes you through the Salt Flats over three days and shows you all of the surrounding sights that are equally fascinating and amazing. A tour guide will be with you at all times to explain everything and everywhere that you will go and see. Please see our 'detailed itinerary' page for specific details.
DAY 1: Uyuni - Incahuasi Island - San Pedro de Quemez
This tour will first begin in Uyuni Salt Pans. You will be picked up from your hotel and depart for Colchani. This is a very small town with a small population. The local’s process salt and iodine here and you will be able to see how the salt is made. We will then visit a small market where handcrafts are made entirely of salt. Enter the magnificent Salt Flats, see the way local people gather salt for processing it. We then continue through the Salt Flats and discover the reasons for the flats boiling.
After this, we will drive out into the Salt Flats where you will have a unique photo opportunity in the great plain of Salt. We will stay here for a while for you to soak in the vast desert.
Once we are driving out of the desert, we will go towards the Incahuasi Island. This is a large island in the middle of the dessert where gigantic cacti grow, making the landscape even more unique. When we arrive, we will walk along the coral path and then enjoy lunch on the island.
When we have finished lunch, we will drive to the southern shore of the Uyuni Salt Flats, to the Galaxy Cave. It has this name because of its resemblance to an out of earth site. This is an underwater cave of remote times and next to it, is the Devil’s Cave, and ancient cemetery of pre Incan cultures, the Lípez, that lived in the area. We will learn about how these places were discovered and the legends and traditions of the locals.
To finish off the day, we continue to the village of San Pedro de Quemez, where you can walk on the small Andean town and visit the ruins of the old burnt town.
We then spend one night at the Tayka Stone Hotel of San Pedro de Quemez.
Accommodation: Tayka Stone Hotel
Meals: Lunch and dinner
DAY 2: San Pedro de Quemez – Minor Lagoons – Ojo de Perdiz
We start the day of with breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we begin our breathtaking journey through many amazing landscapes such as the Stone Army, entry point to the Chiguana Salt Flats, a vast extension of borax plains.
Continuing the journey we stop to visit a valley of petrified lava with natural formations that still show the motion of the flowing lava. Allow us to imagine the past times in this region.
From this point we can admire the only active volcano of the area, the Ollague Volcano.
Box lunch will be provided on route.
Next, we head towards to the minor lagoons. The most interesting ones are Laguna Cañapa and Laguna Hedionda, for their natural inhabitants: the flamingos that parade on the shore on the company of other smaller birds. From here we will enter the vast Desert of Siloli.
Dinner and overnight at the Tayka Desert Hotel of Ojo de Perdíz.
Accommodation: Tayka Desert Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
DAY 3: Ojo de perdiz - colored lagoons - uyuni
Today we will wake up early and have breakfast and then depart from Ojo de Perdiz. Driving on the isolated but at the same time amazing Desert of Siloli, where we see the vicuñas feeding and the famous Stone Tree stands.
Next, we will arrive at the western side of Laguna Colorada, the most important nesting place for 3 varieties of South American flamingoes. Visiting the Sol de Mañana Fumaroles, we will see the earth in activity.
Continuing to the Chalviri Lagoon where, if desired, one can take a bath in the hot springs of this region. After we drive through Dali’s Desert until Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde, where the turquoise green of the waters make a surreal landscape.
Box lunch will be provided on route.
Returning after lunch to Uyuni, passing by the eastern side of Laguna Colorada, where there are red water lagoons with low flying flamingos just above the water. We will also see the colored mountains that make landscapes worth enjoying and photographing. We drive through Villamar and the Andean Villages, passing by the Valley of the Rocks and arrival to Uyuni.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
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Private round trip transportation in all tours and visits
English speaking guide
Admission fees to places to visit
Meals as detailed in program
Mineral water during all the journey
Note: 4 people per vehicle - 4x4
SERVICES not INCLUDED
Drinks at restaurants in meals detailed
Airport taxes (domestic and international)
Private expenses of any kind
Flight La Paz/Sucre- Sucre/La Paz
Accommodation as detailed in program
Flights – Approximate Price Per Person (ADULTS):
La Paz - Uyuni from USD 97 to USD 155
Uyuni - La Paz from USD 95 to USD 152
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU BRING
- Comfortable walking shoes (trainers and sandals)
- Warm clothing (hat, gloves, socks)
- Waterproof clothing (poncho - during rainy season)
- Sun block
- Insect repellant
- Water bottles such as Nalgene
- Basic medical kit
- ID / original passport
- Ask for our other combinations of 4 days programs, we have more possible alternatives
- The mentioned prices are based on hostels, please ask our prices for other kind of lodging and categories of hotels
- This program can be quoted in private services too
- Payments by bank deposit or wire transfers. payments with credit cards apply 10% of commission
IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL NOTE
Pachatusantrek is committed to following the principles of ecotourism in our operations, and request the understanding and cooperation of trekkers, especially by not contaminating the waters and in the adequate disposal of non-biodegradable waste. We must also respect the customs and traditions of the local people.