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Bolivia Salt Flats Tour – 3 Day, 2 Night Uyuni Adventure

Explore the Uyuni Salt Flats, enjoy simple but comfortable lodging, and marvel that the stunning landscapes of the remote Bolivian countryside! Beginning and ending in Uyuni, this Bolivian Salt Flats tour will introduce you to all the best sights in this extreme region.

USD $182.00USD $312.00

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Experience the Uyuni Salt Flats Up-Close on this Rural Bolivian Excursion

The Uyuni Salar is the world’s largest salt flat. The stunning, barren landscape serves as a mirror to the sky, reflecting the clouds and spanning across the horizon. It’s like heaven on Earth. On this tour, experience the salt flats with a local guide, and marvel at region’s other natural wonders, such as the colorful Colorada and Verde Lagunas, refreshing hot springs, gushing geysers, and flocks of flamingos that live and thrive in the barren landscape.

Explore the area with a local English or Spanish-speaking guide, enjoy simple but comfortable lodging, and marvel that the stunning landscapes of the remote Bolivian countryside! Beginning and ending in Uyuni, this Bolivian Salt Flats tour will introduce you to all the best sights in this extreme region.

Highlights

  • Visit the the world’s largest salt flats with a local guide who specializes in knowledge of local culture and geology.
  • Get an amazing 360-degree view of the salt flats from Isla Incahuasi, an outlook point populated by giant cacti.
  • Tour the eerie Train Cemetery, where the massive steel structures have rusted bright orange.
  • Travel to Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde, two brightly-pigmented lakes, where you can watch flamingos wade in the shallow waters.
  • Trek in the Eduardo Avaroa National Park, world-reknowned for its rock formations, geysers (Sol de la Mañana), natural hot springs, and volcanoes.
  • Sleep in a hostel made of salt.

Itinerary

Day 1: Journey to the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats for a Bolivian Salt Flats tour
The tour begins with pick up at your hostel/hotel in Uyuni between 10:30-11:00 a.m. The first stop is at a Train Cemetery, where you will see the remnants of decades-old trains that were abandoned just outside Uyuni. After snapping a few eerie photos of the landscape, the group will head to Colchani and see how salt is processed.

You will then enter the Uyuni Salt Flats for the first time on the trip. In this area, you will also see the Salt Mounds, where piles of salt have been prepared for transport, plus the original Salt Hotel (which no longer accepts guests).

The last sight in this area is Isla Incahuasi, which is home to giant cacti and a fantastic 360-degree view of the salt flats! After ample time to explore and take photos, the group will head to the village of Atulcha and spend the night in a hostel made of salt.

Accommodation: Kachi Wasi or Samarikuna

Day 2: Visit high-altitude lagoons and see local wildlife
After a very early breakfast, the group will hop in the 4×4 and head south. The first destination is the Sora Canyon, where you should be able to see llamas in their natural habitat! Next is Chuguana, where you will be able to see inactive volcanos, plus Volcan Ollague, which is semi-active.

As you continue through the desert, you will pass high altitude lagoons that are home to 3 species of flamingo. At the Siloli desert, you will see the “tree of rock,” before continuing on to Laguna Colorada — a red lagoon full of flamingos! Here, the group will enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Park.

In the late afternoon, you will visit the Sol de Mañana (Morning Sun) geysers. The day ends in Polques, where you will have time to relax in natural hot springs under a fantastically starry sky.

Accommodation: A community-run hostel

Day 3: Witness powerful geysers and volcanoes before you return to Uyuni
Today’s activities start at 5:00 am with a visit to the Sol de Mañana geysers for some incredible sunrise views. If the group did not visit the hot springs on Day 2, you will have some time after breakfast to enjoy them.

The next stop is the Dali Desert,  characterized by barren landscapes that evoke the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dali. Take time to see the green waters of Laguna Verde and see Volcan Licancabur towering on the horizon. From here, the group begins the journey back to Uyuni, arriving in the city around 16:30-17:00 pm.

What’s Included

  • Transportation in a 4×4 vehicle
  • Bolivian Salt Flats tour
  • Uyuni hotel, airport, & bus station pick up/drop off
  • English or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Driver (sometimes the guide is also the driver, depending on group size/availability)
  • Meals during the tour (We recommend bringing extra snacks as the meals are quite basic)
  • Accommodation
    • If you book the private lodging option, you will have a private double or triple room both nights. This room will be at the same hostel as the shared rooms. The private rooms are not more comfortable than the shared rooms; they are just not shared.

What’s Not Included

  • Sleeping bags (can be rented the morning of the tour during check-in for ~$7.00 USD per person)
  • Entrance fees — (~$30.00 USD total per person for the 3 days)
  • Breakfast on first day, dinner on last day

Important Information About the Bolivian Salt Flats Tour

  • Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at info@keteka.com.
  • Group size is up to 6 passengers per car
  • The local operator reserves the right to modify the itinerary to avoid weather-related problems.
    • It is extremely likely the itinerary will be altered during the months of January and February, as the rains flood the salt flats. This gives the salt flats their famous “mirror” effect, but prevents access to several sights, including (often) Isla Incahuasi.
  • On this trip, you will frequently at or above 13,000 feet (4.000 meters) above sea-level. At points, you will be at over 15,000 feet (4,600 meters). There is no low altitude version of the itinerary.
  • If you are looking for a different type of Uyuni salt flats tour, you can see a full list of Uyuni tours at this link.
  • Please note that the second hostel doesn’t provide showers so you will only be able to take a hot shower on your first night.

What to Bring

  • 7 liters of water per person (This may sound like a lot, but remember you’re in the driest place on Earth, may suffer from altitude sickness, and you may not have many opportunities to buy water during the trip.)
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Toilet paper (None will be provided in the bathrooms.)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Warm clothing
  • Bolivian pesos (at least 350 Bolivian pesos for entrances to hot springs and national parks, plus some extra personal expenses)

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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