Join us in Uyuni Bolivia in order to admire the sweeping views of the world’s largest salt flats: Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) and explore the dramatic southwest full of striking landscapes of snow-caped volcanoes, colored lagoons, barren deserts and native wildlife. Along the way, explore Incahuasi Island with its giant cacti, Red Lagoon with its thousands of pink flamingos and the Green Lagoon at the base of Licancabur Volcano. Soak up the soothing powers of natural hot springs, walk among steaming geysers and admire the unique landscapes of the Siloli Desert, where the “Stone Tree” and other unique sights await.

SHORT ITINERARY (Dry Season)

Day 1 .- Drive and explore the salar and drive to San Juan/ San Pedro de Quemez
Day 2 .- Drive to Ollague View point, colored lagoons, and drive to Siloli Desert / Laguna Colorada
Day 3 .- Drive to the Geysers , the hot springs of Polques, Dali Desert and Colored Lagoons, drive back to Uyuni via San Cristobal

HIGHLIGHTS
– Salar de Uyuni
– Laguna Colorada
– Geysers “Sol de Mañana”
– Incahuasi Island
– Dali and Siloli Desert

ITINERARY DRY SEASON (MID APRIL TO DECEMBER)

DAY 1
SALAR DE UYUNI – ISLA INCAHUASI – QUEMEZ/ SAN JUAN
Starting in Uyuni this morning, we meet at a designated pick up point bus, train station, airport or hotel (transfer from the airport has an extra cost). Climb aboard our 4×4 for a short drive to the train cemetery just out of town. Next, drive to the village of Colchani (30 mins) where you will learn about salt mining and processing as well as stroll through its colorful market.

Enter Salar de Uyuni and stop by the famous multinational flag stand to find your country’s flag. Next, enjoy a delightful lunch in the middle of the world’s largest salt lake and make your way to Incahuasi Island to hike to the top of this rocky outcrop full of giant cacti from where the 360-degree views of the salt flats are unmatched. Later, you are free to take your time to play with your imagination and take advantage of the deep, perspective photo effect that the salt flats provide (bring props along).

After a full day of salt flats exploration, arrive at your accommodation in a small village on the rim of the salt flats in the evening and get comfy with hot tea and warm dinner.

ACCOMMODATION

BASIC: BASIC LODGE WITH PRIVATE ROOM AND SHARED BATHROOM IN LOCAL VILLAGE

STANDARD:SIMPLE LODGE WITH PRIVATE ROOM, BATHROOM AND HOT WATER IN LOCAL VILLAGE , SAN JUAN VILLAGE

PLUS: HOTEL TAYKA DE PIEDRA.

DAY ELEVATIONS
Salar de Uyuni 3665 mts (12.021 ft)
San Juan / San Pedro de Quemez 3680 mts (12.073 ft)
MEALS
L , D
DISTANCE
160 Km Uyuni to Quemez Tayka de Piedra Hotel
170 Km Uyuni to San Juan Lodge

DAY 2
BARREN DESERTS, COLORED LAGOONS, ANDEAN WILDLIFE
Leaving the salt flats behind today, we are bound south for the enigmatic Laguna Colorada*. On the way, make a stop and walk at Ollagüe Volcano viewpoint (semi active volcano on the Chile-Bolivia border), walk along Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota and Honda lagoons to photograph wild flamingos up close and traverse Siloli Desert across extensive, barren landscape where Arbol de Piedra* (stone tree) and other geological formations exist.
It will be a long day and long distance covered but with plenty of scenic stops, surreal landscapes and Andean wildlife all along. Arrive at your accommodation near Laguna Colorada* in the evening for warm dinner and a well-needed rest.

*For our Plus package, Arbol de Piedra and Laguna Colorada are visited on the following day because of the location of Tayka del Desierto Hotel.

ACCOMMODATION

BASIC: BASIC LODGE IN LOCAL VILLAGE (DORMITORY ROOMS, NO PRIVATE BATHROOM/NO SHOWER)

STANDARD: SIMPLE LODGE WITH PRIVATE ROOM & BATHROOM (NO HOT SHOWER)

PLUS: HOTEL TAYKA DEL DESIERTO (or LOS FLAMENCOS HOTEL if no availability at Tayka). PRIVATE ROOM, BATHROOM & HOT SHOWER

DAY ELEVATIONS
Lodge Laguna Colorada 4570 mts
Siloli Desert (Tayka del Desierto Hotel) 4790 mts
MEALS
B, L , D
DISTANCE
190 Km Quemez Tayka de Piedra to Siloli Desert
170 Km San Juan Lodge to Laguna Colorada Lodge

DAY 3
STEAMING GEYSERS, NATURAL HOT SPRINGS, LAGUNA VERDE – UYUNI
This expedition of a lifetime comes to an end today with a very early start that brings us to Sol de Mañana, (Rising Sun) – an otherworldly, steaming geyser field high up in a massive crater. Follow up with a pleasant soak in the natural hot springs of Polques before reaching the surreal Laguna Verde (green lagoon) at the foot of Volcán Licancabur** – Bolivia’s southwesternmost point.

Leaving Laguna Verde behind, set off on our scenic drive back to Uyuni not before we make a few stops for some fresh air and to enjoy more startling views of the region. Arrive in the town of Uyuni late afternoon where the tour ends.

**At Laguna Verde you may choose to be dropped off at the border post 20 mins away to board a previously arranged bus transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Please choose this option at the time of booking if desired.

DAY ELEVATIONS
Green Lagoon 4450 mts
Laguna Colorada 4570 mts
Dali Desert 4550 mts
MEALS
B, L ,
DISTANCE
450 km Siloli Desert to Green Lagoon to Uyuni
400 Km Laguna Colorada Lodge to Green Lagoon to to Uyuni

NOTE.- At rainy season the accessibility to the salt flat depends on the conditions, thus the first day of the tour is different however the other two days are exactly the same as the dry season itinerary.

ITINERARY RAINY SEASON (JANUARY TO MID APRIL) ONLY DAY 1

Day 1 .- Drive and explore the salar and drive to San Juan/ San Pedro de Quemez
Day 2 .- Drive to Ollague View point, colored lagoons, and drive to Siloli Desert / Laguna Colorada
Day 3 .- Drive to the Geysers , the hot springs of Polques, Dali Desert and Colored Lagoons, drive back to Uyuni via San Cristobal

DAY 1 SALAR DE UYUNI
Starting in Uyuni this morning, we meet at a designated pick up point (bus, train station, airport or hotel. Climb aboard our 4×4 for a short drive to the train graveyard just out of town. Next, drive to the village of Colchani (30 mins) where you will learn about salt mining and processing as well as stroll through its colorful market.

Next, enter the actual Salar de Uyuni as far as it is possible depending on the intensity of every rainy season. Typically, in January and April it is possible to drive as far as Playa Blanca (multinational flag stand approx. 10 Km from the edge of the Salar) but February through March this might not possible so we will drive around the edge of the salt flats to enjoy the mirror effect. This will be dependent on current conditions.

We will provide rain, rubber boots to walk on the flooded surface of the Salar to enjoy the sky reflection (reflection is dependant on the right conditions such as a sunny day with a few clouds and no wind). Await sunset which, if the conditions are right, will be a surreal experience before starting our drive back to the town of Uyuni (Basic & Standard) or the nearby Colchani (Plus) for dinner and a good night’s rest.

ACCOMMODATION

BASIC: BASIC HOSTEL WITH PRIVATE ROOM AND SHARED BATHROOM IN THE TOWN OF UYUNI

STANDARD: SIMPLE HOTEL WITH PRIVATE ROOM, BATHROOM AND HOT SHOWER IN THE TOWN OF UYUNI

PLUS: HOTEL PALACIO DE SAL, LUNA SALADA OR CRISTAL SAMANA (PREFERRED ORDER, BASED ON AVAILABILITY). PRIVATE ROOM, BATHROOM, HOT SHOWER

DAY ELEVATIONS
Salar de Uyuni 3665 mts (12.021 ft)
MEALS
L , D
DISTANCE
Driving 130 Km Round trip

INCLUDES
Bilingual Guide
Private Transport
Park Fees
Accomodation
Meals mencionated on the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED
Tips.
Drinks.
Insurance of any kind.
Any expense due to a rescue operation (rescuers fee, transportation, or medical cost).
*Transfers (Transfers to or from the airport has an extra cost)