3-Day Salar de Uyuni and Bolivian Desert Adventure from Uyuni
Embark on an expedition in a 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser to explore the Uyuni Salt Flat, area deserts, local villages, multi-colored lakes with flamingos, geysers, and more on this 3-day, guided adventure from Uyuni, Bolivia and back. Guide, private transportation, accommodation and most meals included.
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Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- 2x Breakfast
- 2x Dinner
- 2x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 2 nights
- 1N Salt Hotel, basic dorm-style rooms w/ shared bathroom (hot shower included first night), seasonal
- Transportation in 4WD with rooftop luggage rack (Group size is up to 6 people per car.)
- Local driver & English-speaking guide
- Pickup from airport, bus stations or Uyuni hotels (must be advised in advance)
- 1 Night shared family lodging (dorm of 6 beds with shared bathroom without light)
- Sleeping bag (if requested in advance)
- Entry/Admission - Train Cemetery
What's excluded :
- 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
- Open-Air Hot Springs (6 BS*)
- Entry/Admission - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna
- Entry/Admission - Salvador Dali Desert
Day 1: Uyuni - Train Graveyard - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island) - Pia Pia Island - Candelaria(L/D)
Stop At: Train Cemetery, Uyuni Bolivia
Start off 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. Then, you’ll head to Pia Pia island, to see the beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Finish off at the village of Candelaria, and enjoy the unique experience of spending the night in a hotel made almost entirely of salt.
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.If you’d prefer a private room for both nights, there is an additional cost of 250 BS (approx 36 USD) per person. This is subject to availability so please inquire in advance.
Duration: 14 hours
Accommodation included: Salt hostel, or hotel in Culpina during rainy season
Day 2: Chiguana Desert - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon (B/L/D)
Stop At: Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna, Bolivia
Start off at 7:00 am for breakfast at the hotel and then head towards the Chiguana Desert, located on the south side of the Uyuni salt flats. It is surrounded by volcanoes. 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 before spending the night in a family lodging.
The shared family lodging has electricity at certain times (only for 3 hours, 18:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs)
Duration: 1 day
Accommodation included: Overnight in a shared family lodging
Day 3: Sol de Mañana Geyser - Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - San Pedro de Atacama (B)
Stop At: Salvador Dali Desert, Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve Bolivia
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 breakfast. Continue with a visit 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 vehicles. 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.
During spring and summer, the departure time will be earlier.
Duration: 14 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :Avenida Bolívar, Av Bolívar, Uyuni, Bolivia
Traveler pickup is offered
We cab arrange pick-up from Uyuni airport (only the day the tour starts), Uyuni bus stations or Uyuni hostels . This must be booked in advance. Transfers from airport to accommodation have an extra cost 5 USD). Contact us at least 2 weeks before your departure date so we can arrange pickup. Airports
- Uyuni Joya Andina Airport, Uyuni Bolivia
Departure Time :10:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- 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.
- 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.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- During Jan - April (rainy season), the salt hostel is unavailable. Instead, you willl be staying in a hotel in Culpina or other location
- Most travelers can participate
- Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.
- Accommodation: 1 Night accommodation in Salt Hotel, basic dorm-style rooms w/ shared bathroom (hot shower included in the first night) 1 Night shared family lodging (dorm of 6 beds with shared bathroom without light) If you’d prefer a private room for both nights, there is an additional cost of 250 BS (approx 36 USD) per person. This is subject to availability so please inquire in advance.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.