Embark on an unforgettable expedition in a 4x4 Toyota land cruiser through the vast and blinding-white salt flats of Uyuni and into the desert of southwest Bolivia, on this 3-day small-group excursion. Along the way, visit tiny villages, multi-colored lakes with flamingos, geysers, and thermal hot-springs at 4,000 - 5,000m.
- Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Small group ensures personal service
- Multi-Day Trip
Details about this tour
Day 1: Uyuni -Colchani -Uyuni Salt Flats (IncahuasiIsland&Pia Pia Island) - Ajencha (L/D)
Start your tour off at 10:30am with a visit to Uyuni's train graveyard to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then, visit the small settlement of Colchani to see traditional craft items. Continue onto the great salt flats of Uyuni (Salar de uyuni) and take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt.
Visit Los Ojos de Agua Salada and a hotel made completely of salt, also home to Llama and Salt Museum (Museo de la Llama y Sal). Lunch isserved on Isla incahuasi. Hike to the top of the island to see giant cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective and proportion-distorted photos on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. Head to Pia Pia island for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats.
Finish off at the village of Ajencha and enjoy the unique experience of spending the night in a hotel made almost entirely of salt.At the accommodation, there will be a telescope that you can use to do some stargazing before going to bed.
Day 2: Chiguana Desert - Caves - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon (B/L/D)
Start off with breakfast at 7am. Go to the Chiguana desert on the south side of the Uyuni salt flats, surrounded by volcanoes such as the active Ollague volcano which you can see from a lookout.Next, you'll stop to visit theCueva del Diablo (Devil'sCave) and Cueva Galaxia (Galaxy Cave) where you can seemummies,stalagmites and stalactites.
After the caves, you'll continue along a rocky road to vividlagoons inhabited by Andean flamingos. Marvel at three lagoons on the way; Caapa where youll see the first pink flamingos, Hedionda where lunch will be served, and Chiarcota where you will see a variety of birds and fauna. Enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Visit the Desert of Siloli. Take a photo next to the Rock tree. Stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat and admire this intense red-colored lake. Stay the night at a shared family lodging.
Day 3: Sol de Maana Geyser -Dali Desert -Green Lagoon- Uyuni (B/L)
Get off to an early start around 5am. Visit the Sol de Maana Geyser. Walk to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud. Continue to the hot springs. Enjoy a nice soak in the hot springs before a pancake breakfast. Visit the Dali Desert and the Green Lagoon.
Head back to Uyuni passing by beautiful scenery.
Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Pass by the Valley of the Rocks, the Alota settlement and the San Cristobal Village for short breaks. Return to Uyuni at the end of your tour.
- 1 night in Hostel Double Rooms, 1 night at a Shared Family Lodging
- Transportation in 4WD with rooftop luggage rack (Group size is up to 6 people per car)
- Local driver & English-speaking guide
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Meals: 2 breakfasts / 3 lunches / 2 dinners / snacks
- Entrance Fees: Isla Incahuasi (30 Bs), Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area (150 Bs) (these costs are subject to change without prior notice)
- Additional snacks & water bottles
- Toilets along the Way (20 Bs)
- Hot Shower (10 Bs)
- Airport transfers
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Entry/Admission - Salar De Uyuni
- Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
- Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or force majeure events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as close as possible.
During the rainy season from January to April, the Salt Flats fill up with water so it is not possible to cross them in the same way as during dry season. As a consequence, the itinerary is modified during that period. The main changes are usually as follows:
Instead of stopping at the Inca Wasy (Fish Island), we stop at a place where the water reflects the sky and where it seems that the sky and the ground merge into one.
On day 1, we might sleep at another location.
We visit the Sol de Maana Geyser and hot springs at the end of day 2 instead of in the morning of day 3.
Altitude: This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 5,000 meters above sea level, and most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 3,000 meters before the trip and bringing along medication for headaches and tablets for altitude sickness in case you feel unwell. And remember, the real key is to drink lots of water!
Accommodation / Facilities on Tour: The reality of visiting a remote area and immersing yourself in nature is that you will be far from modern facilities and the services will sometimes be slow and quite basic. Due to the harsh terrain, vehicle breakdowns are not uncommon, but the drivers are very used to fixing them and wait times are rarely excessive. The accommodations will be very basic, with cots and shared rooms, and the electricity and running water in the National Park are not as dependable as they are back at home. Toilet facilities will be available only on the first day and may have a small local cost. Make sure to bring snacks, some water, toilet paper, and plenty of warm clothes. That said, with some patience, preparation, and an appetite for adventure, this trip will certainly be a positive and unforgettable experience.
Suggested packing list: Sun hat, sunglasses (to protect your eyes from the bright glare off the salt panes), sunblock, coat, gloves, wool hat, trekking shoes, warm socks, swimsuit and towel for hot springs at Sol de Manana Geysers, extra bottles of water (we recommend bringing a 5 Liter bottled water so you can have enough water for the whole trip), snacks, personal medication. Flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (electricity available in most hotels), hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit. You will be sleeping up to 4,300 meters above sea level and depending on the season, temperatures can drop well below zero (reaching less than -15 degrees Celsius in the winter months of June and July) and the wind chill can be harsh, so bring plenty of warm clothes like a scarf and wool hat for the chilly evenings.
As you will come back to your departure point, please only bring the necessary material and clothes during the tour.