Take a night bus on Day 1 from La Paz to Uyuni, then embark on a journey of a lifetime into the Uyuni Salt Flats on Day 2. Sleep overnight in the tiny town of Agua Quisa and go deeper into the desert on Day 3 to see rock formations and desert landscapes with red and green-colored lakes. On your last day in the desert visit a hot springs surrounded by geysers at 5,000m before continuing on to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.
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 to the town of Uyuni in the southwest corner of Bolivia.
Day 2: Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Trip (L/D)
Arrive at the Uyuni bus station in the morning and get picked up to be taken to the meeting point of the tour. Start off your 3-day tour at 10:30 am with a visit to Uyuni`s `train graveyard` to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners workshops next to the salt flats) where you can see handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca. Get the chance to continue by bike for half an hour (subject to weather conditions) onto the great salt flats of Uyuni at an altitude of 3650m. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, visit los Ojos de Agua Salada (‘salt water eyes’) and then a hotel made completely of salt which is currently a museum.
Lunch will be served on “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island) where you will have time to take a 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. Then, head to Pia Pia island for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Have dinner and spend the night at Mañica town.
Day 3: Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Trip (B/L/D)
Start off at 7:00 am for breakfast and then go visit the Chiguana desert on the south side of Uyuni salt flat, surrounded by volcanoes such as Ollague (5840m), which is still active and that you can see from the lookout. Continue along a rocky road - Pasito Tuntun - to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by 3 species of Andean flamingos. Marvel at three lagoons on the way; ‘Cañapa’ where you’ll see the first pink flamingos, ‘Hedionda’ where lunch will be served, and ‘Chiarcota’ where you’ll see a wider variety of birds and altiplanic fauna.
Then we enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve and visit the Desert of Siloli at 4550m (the highest and driest in the world) and take a photo next to the `Rock tree`, a lava rock formation. Before arriving to our final destination today, we will 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 4: Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Trip with transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (B)
Get off to an early start around 5:00 am to visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser, at 5,000m and walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. Continue to the open air hot springs and take a bath in 35 Cº water before enjoying a pancake breakfast. The next places to visit are the Dali Desert where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then the Green Lagoon (toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border).
Cross the border into Chile and change vehicle. Your local driver will meet you and take you all the way to San Pedro de Atacama, passing beautiful scenery along the way. Arrive in San Pedro de Atacama in the late morning.
Note: 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.
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Trip Name: Small Group: Uyuni Salt Flats Adventure / (La Paz - San Pedro de Atacama)
Duration: 4 Days
From Price: 461
Trip Code: 159018
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