4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats From La Paz To Atacama In Chile

Overview

Depart from La paz for an unforgettable, 4-day expedition through the vast Uyuni salt flats. On this journey through Bolivia's southwestern desert, you'll discover the hauntingGalaxia Caves, stargaze through a telescope into some of the world's darkest skies, and watch the sun set over the salt flats that form the Salar de Uyuni. Along this epic, adventurous journey,you'll experience life in tiny villages on the edge of the blindingly white salt flats, as well as visit multi-colored lakes with flamingos, geysers, and thermal hot springs at 13,200-16,500 ft (4,000 - 5,000m).

Highlights

  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

Details about this tour

Day 1: Night bus from La Paz to Uyuni
Arrive in La Paz at anytime. Make your own way to the bus terminal to take a night bus at 9pm to the town of Uyuni. (Note: There will be no tour leader to accompany you on the bus.)

Day 2: Uyuni -Colchani -Uyuni Salt Flats (IncahuasiIsland&Pia Pia Island) - Ajencha (L/D)

Arrive at the Uyuni bus station and make your own way to the meeting point of the tour (within walking distance). Start your tour at 10:30am with a visit to Uyuni's train graveyard, and then visit the small settlement of Colchani before continuing on to the Uyuni salt flats at 12,045 ft (3650m). Visit Los Ojos de Agua Salada and the Llama and Salt Museum (Museo de la Llama y Sal), before enjoying lunch at Isla Incahuasi and taking fun, proportion-distorted photos.

Then, head to Pia Pia island toa beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Stay the night at a salt hotel inAjencha, where there isa telescope to do some stargazing.

Day 3: Chiguana Desert - Caves - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon (B/L/D)
Start with breakfast at 7am before traveling to the Chiguana desert. Here, you're surrounded by volcanoes such as active Ollague, which is often steaming in the distance.

Next, you'll visit theCueva del Diablo and Cueva Galaxia toseemummies,stalagmites and stalactites, before continuing along a rocky road to lagoons which are curiously inhabited by clusters of pink, Andean flamingos. Lagoons includeCaapa, where youll see the first pink flamingos, and Hedionda, where lunch will be served.

Chiarcota Lagoon has a wider variety of birds, as well as hardy, altiplanic fauna that amazingly survives the harsh landscape. Next you'll enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve and visit the Desert of Siloli, where you'll take a photo next to the "Rock Tree" and stop at an overlookby the Red Lagoon to see flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a shared family lodging amidst the fascinating scenery.

Day 4: Sol de Maana Geyser - Dali Desert - Green Lagoon -Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) (B)
Get an early start around 5am to visit the Sol de Maana Geyser, which at 16,500 ft (5,000m) is as high as you'll reach on the tour. Bundled against the morning chill, you'll walk byfumaroles and steaming craters that are filled with boiling pots of mud at 300-400F (150-200 C).

Continue to steaming, high-altitudehot springs and bathein 95F (35 C) water before enjoying a pancake breakfast. From there it's off to the Dali Desert and Green Lagoon (which is full of toxic copper water at the foot of the Licancabur volcano), before crossing the border into Chile and boardingdifferent vehicles. Your local driver will take you downto San Pedro de Atacama,arriving there in the late morning to end the 4-day adventure.

Inclusions

  • Bus from La Paz - Uyuni (no tour leader on bus)
  • Uyuni salt flats & desert tour with transfer to San Pedro de Atacama including:
  • 1 night in a double room hostel and 1 night at a shared family lodging
  • Transportation in 4WD vehicle with rooftop luggage rack during tour (group size is up to 6 people per car)
  • Local driver & English-speaking guide on tour
  • Cook and cooking equipment on tour
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts / 2 lunches / 2 dinners / snacks

Exclusions

  • Entrance Fees: Isla Incahuasi (30Bs*), Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area (150Bs*) (*Please note that these costs are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Additional snacks & Water bottles
  • Toilets along the Way (20 Bs)
  • Hot Shower (10 Bs)
  • Gratuities for guide, driver and cook (optional, however keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated)
  • Transfer to La Paz Bus Station (please make your own way)
  • In/Out airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Bus station pickup in Uyuni
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni

Additional Info

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 Incahuasi (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 2, we might sleep at another location. We visit the Sol de Maana Geyser and hot springs at the end of day 3 instead of in the morning of day 4.

Altitude: This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 16, 500 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level, and most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 10,000 feet (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 plains), 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 14,190 feet (4,300 meters) above sea level and depending on the season, temperatures can drop well below freezing (reaching below 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-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.

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USD 417
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