Day Trip To Uyuni Salt Flats

Overview

This is a 7 hours packed adventure to discover the biggest Salt Flat in the world. Amazing scenery and places to go, combined with a skillful crew and equipment, makes indeed the perfect day trip. Historical Trains, Massive Salt desert, Lost Island with Giant Cacti and more awaits for you to be seen in this journey into the ancient lands of Bolivia. All guides will share their stories of the area, and help you out with all kinds of crazy perspective pictures in a special location in the middle of the Salty desert.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included

Details about this tour

Starting the day(around 10:30 am), our guide gives you a short briefing on some recommendation for the tour, and shortly after you'll hop on a 4x4 drive Toyota Land Cruiser that will firstly take you to the Train Cemetery where a full story of the first trains that arrived in Bolivia, and their purposes will be uncovered.
Soon after the crew takes you to the small village of Colchani, where you could expect many handicraft shops for souvenirs, and also the salt factory, where the salt is being refined and packed for consumption. The lunch takes places in a Salt hotel with plenty of option for any taste.

Once the drivers packed all the dishes etc, you'll head toward the majestic Salar de Uyuni, (being the same size as the Bahamas) and start the real journey into the biggest salt flat on earth. Your first stop will be next to the only construction allowed in the Salar, which is called Playa Blanca, the first salt hotel build in the salt flat, plus you'll also find there the Flags and Dakar Race monument.
Next on, is a 30-min drive toward the middle of nowhere into a special location to take the best pictures of yourself and your friend, helped of course, by your experienced guide that tell you how to do everything perfectly.
Once we finish the photo shooting session, we'll go to the central point of the Bolivian White desert, which is the Inca Wasy Island (Cactus Island) where will be able to see giant cacti and rock formations of petrified Coral that will make you feel on another planet for sure. A small hike of 40 min will be realized on this very island all the way up the top, reaching the highest point of view in the trip with 3750 m.a.s.l (12,303.14 feet) where a 360* view of the hole Salt Flat awaits for you.

After finishing your little, but amazing hike, it will already be time for the breathtaking sunset to come (that usually takes place around 6:00pm) and your driver will choose to the best location for it. At the end of our tour we'll return back to Uyuni at approx 6:30-7:00 pm.

So don't miss out on this amazing opportunity and get your reservation now !

Inclusions

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • All activities
  • Wine tasting
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)

Exclusions

  • Entrance fees to the park (30bs per person)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

CHECK IN IS AT 10:00 AM

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

It is important to understand that the Isla Inca Wasi is NOT available in the rainy season (January until March) unless specified by our company

One guide is divided between two cars ( 1 Guide for 12 people max )

All cars in the company are equiped with Radios to comunicate between eachother

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Marion O
    09-Jul-2018

    Myself and my boyfriend did a one day tour of the salt flats with Tado as our guide.
    We were so happy with our trip despite the cold start after getting off the overnight bus from La Paz!
    Tado was very knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour and was very interactive. Our jeep was comfortable and had plenty of space.
    Tado was brilliant when it came to taking those fun perspective photos and helped us get the best ones! He ensured we were happy with everything and always encouraged us to ask questions. Our evening was spent watching the sunset with a glass of.vino (thank you) and afterwards we got dropped straight to the airport by Tado. Couldn't ask for more! Thank you!

  • pamela g
    29-Jun-2017

    This really was one of the best days of our whole trip - really recommend it!
    But do triple check you have an English guide if requested actually driving your car - you will get so much more from the day.

  • Cleon P
    19-Jun-2017

    Great day trip which involves a 4WD transport to the Salt Flats. Tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. The lunch was nice too. We had plenty of time at the salt flats and never felt rushed throughout the tour. Highly recommended!

  • Leonard K
    27-Apr-2017

    With something like over 80 tour operators in town, Red Planet is among the best. Jaime, our guide, knew every nook and cranny of the salt flats, the desert and the surrounding area. He knew about where to go and why and was so VERY helpful with the trick photo shoots. A maestro to be sure.

    We visited at the end of April, which was the start of the dry season although we did get some mirror effect. Feb and Mar are supposed to be the best times of the year for that.

    The history of the entire region going back 40,000 years really cool also. Sadly, pictures just cant capture all of the 'look and feel' of being there. Fun, fun, fun and already talking about getting some friends together to go back.

  • sbj.toon
    14-Jan-2017

    Told via email to be at the Red Planet Uyuni office by 9.00am as the tour left at 10.00am but our voucher said 11.00am! Eventually left at 10.30am.

    Taxi ride from the airport for the three km was 10 bolivianos per person which was fine.

    Two 4x4 vehicles with eleven passengers who could speak or understand English, two Spanish speaking drivers and a single English speaking guide who, as fate would have it, ended up in the second vehicle.

    I am sure when we booked online that we were told EACH vehicle would have an English speaking guide.

    Casual walk-up customers we overheard in the waiting area at the office were told they would have an English speaking guide in their vehicle for trips they were wanting for other days.

    The full day's activities were explained before we left which were consistent with the advertising and off we set.

    Our trip was one of the first after the break over the Xmas and New Year period and a lot of rain had fallen. Consequently, the slat flats themselves were, on average, under a couple of centimetres of water when we eventually got there but I felt this added to the experience. It did, however, mean the vehicles could not travel as fast as they usually would and it our trip out to the island at the end was not possible as some of the group needed to be back at the airport for an earlier flight.

    As time was clearly a factor from the start, we could have left earlier, we did not have to spend so long stopping to take endless photos of pretty much the same thing and the supplied sit down lunch at Dakar could have been speed up to allow for all of the day's planned activities to take place.

    The operators and the guide would have known this before we set off and adjusted things accordingly.

    Overall, the trip was a once in a lifetime experience and I was glad we did it but the planning left a 'what if' doubt in the back of our minds.

    The tour operators need to be mindful that while the trip is something they do day after day, they may take everything for granted.

    For 99 of their customers, however, it is a one-off trip, a bucket list type activity and they will never repeat it again in their lifetime. As a result, everything needs to be as close to perfect as it can be because it is a long, long way to travel to get there no matter where you originate.

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