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Small Group - Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure / (La Paz to Atacama)

Get picked up in La Paz and take a night bus to Uyuni on Day 1, then embark on a journey of a lifetime into the Uyuni Salt Flats on Day 2. Sleep overnight in a salt hotel, take the opportunity to enjoy stargazing and then go deeper into the desert on Day 3 to see rock formations and desert landscapes with red and green-coloured lakes and native flamingos before soaking in natural hot springs in the evening. On your last day in the desert visit the Dali Pampas to see the landscapes that inspired this famous artist and see the Green Lagoon before making the trip to Atacama, where your trip will end

  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: LPBSPA/159018
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: La Paz, Bolivia
  • Finishes: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • La Paz
  • San Pedro de Atacama



Day 1

La Paz Pickup - Night bus from La Paz to Uyuni
You will get picked up at your accommodation in La Paz and taken to the bus station. Take a night bus at 9:00 pm to the town of Uyuni in the southwest corner of Bolivia.
Note: There will be no tour leader to accompany you on the bus


Day 2

Uyuni - Train Graveyard - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island) - Candelaria (L/D)
Arrive at the Uyuni bus station and make your own way to the meeting point of the tour (within walking distance). Start off your 3D/2N tour at 10am with a visit to Uyuni`s `train graveyard` to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then we will visit the small village of Colchani to visit a salt factory where they process the salt mined from Uyuni, have lunch, and enjoy some free time to explore the local museum or shop for souvenirs. Next we will continue to the great salt flats of Uyuni. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, and visit a hotel made completely of salt. Next we will visit 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. Enjoy the stunning sunset over the salt flat before spending the night at the village of Candelaria in a salt hostel.
Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the Fish Island tour will be replaced with a possible stargazing / During the monsoon season, between January and April, the Salt Hotel will be unavailable so you will be staying in a hotel in Culpina or a similar location.


Day 3

Sora Canyon - Andean Lagoons - Desert of Siloli - Red Lagoon - Sol de Mañana Geysers - Polques (B/L/D)
Start off at 7:00 am for breakfast at the hotel and then head toward the villages of Julaca and San Agustin where we will take a short walk to the Sora Canyon to observe incredible views and flocks of llamas. Our next stop is at the Volcan Ollague viewpoint, where we will have lunch before heading to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by 3 species of Andean flamingos. 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 and admire this intense red-colored lake, and then at the Sol de Mañana geysers. In the evening we will enjoy the open air hot springs and take a bath in naturally 35 Cº water before spending the night in nearby Polques.
During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.


Day 4

Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - San Pedro de Atacama (B)
Get off to an early start around 7:30 to the Dali Pampas, where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then to 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 around noon.
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.
During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.

    • La Paz Bus Station Drop-Off on Day 1
    • 1 Night Bus La Paz - Uyuni (Unguided)
    • 2 Nights Basic Dorm-Style Rooms with Shared Bathroom
    • Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Snacks
    • Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Tour Including:
    • 4WD Transportation with Rooftop Luggage Rack
    • No More Than 7 People Per Car
    • Local Driver & English Speaking Guide on tour
    • Cooking Equipment

      ACCOMMODATION / FACILITIES IN UYUNI: 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

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