Explore the incredible, breathtaking Uyuni Salt Flats on this 3 day, 2 night private tour. With your own guide and vehicle, you can customize your itinerary to your group’s preferences. You’ll visit high altitude lagoons, relax in the natural hot springs, and, of course, experience the panoramic Uyuni Salt Flats.
Go on a Uyuni Salt Flats private tour with a local Bolivian guide. On this 3 day / 2 night tour you’ll get plenty of time to explore the world’s largest salt flats. Plus, having a private driver and guide will allow you to go at your own pace and have a flexible schedule – so you don’t feel rushed.
This tour includes private transportation, private accommodation, customizable itinerary, an English-speaking or Spanish-speaking guide, and can accommodate up to 6 people
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights beginning and ending in Uyuni
Pick-up Time: 10:30 AM
Drop-off Time: 5:00 PM
Day 1: Explore the Vastness of the Uyuni Salt Flats
Today, you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Uyuni at 10:30 AM (or at your preferred time) and head to the first stop, the Train Cemetery. This is a great place to be a big kid and climb on top and inside the old trains – just be careful when climbing up. You’ll then head to the small village of Colchani, where you’ll get the opportunity to learn about how salt is processed and visit the Salt Museum.
Time for the main attraction! From Colchani you will drive into the Salt Flats and spend the afternoon exploring this true natural marvel. No picture or video can really express the magnitude of actually being there. You’ll also have the chance to see the Salt Mountains, salt extraction facilities, and the ‘Eyes of the Salt Flat.’ You will also visit Isla Incahuasi, an island of coral and giant cacti in the middle of the desert.
The day ends in the town of San Juan, where you will stay in a hostel made completely of salt – Villa Candelaria Salt Hostel.
Places visited on Day 1:
– Uyuni Salt Flats
– Train Cemetery
– Incahuasi Island
– Hotel de Playa Blanca
– Salt Eyes (Ojos de Sal)
– Salt Mounds (Montoneras de Sal)
Day 2: Visit Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve
Welcome to your second day! In the morning, you’ll make your way to the small community of Mallku Villa Mar. This area is home to some of the most spectacular ancient rock paintings with drawings of humans and animals. Then off to the Valley of the Rocks, where massive stones have eroded due to the strong winds in the high deserts.
You’ll also visit the Black Lagoon – black in color (hence it’s name) and covered in black volcanic rocks on the bottom. This area is full of different birds, including Tawas (black ducks with yellow faces) and high-altitude Geese. Then, the beautiful Catal Canyon with winding frozen rivers and enjoy a simple picnic lunch. Then heading to a fresh water waterfall, you’ll enjoy an beautiful view of the valley which is home to many small Andean towns as well as llamas and alpacas farms.
Tonight’s lodging is in at a basic hostel in Huayllajara. Depending on the weather and where other tour groups are heading today, the exact order of the sights you’ll see will change.
Places visited on Day 2:
– Cave Paintings (Pinturas Rupestres)
– Valley of the Rocks
– Black Lagoon
– Catal Canyon
– Mysterious Lagoon (Laguna Misteriosa)
– Mirador de la Cascada de Agua Dulce
Day 3: Laguna Colorado, Dali Desert, & Natural Hot Springs
Today after an early morning breakfast, you’ll head to Laguna Colorado, a nesting ground for over 30,000 flamingos. In the morning, you’ll also visit the Geysers of the Morning Sun – incredible natural spouts of steam that shoot up from the ground at over 90°C (194°F).
From there, you will go to the Polques hot springs, where you can relax in the natural hot pools before continuing on to the Dali Desert. Surrounded by towering volcanoes, the scene is surreal – just like one of Salvador Dali’s paintings. From here you continue to White Lagoon (Laguna Blanca) and Green Lagoon (Laguna Verde), both located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano.
You’ll then begin the return journey to Uyuni (about 7 hours). You will stop for lunch around midday, but otherwise there are not many other stops on the way back. You will arrive back in Uyuni around 5:00 pm (17:00).
Places visited on Day 3:
– White Lagoon
– Green Lagoon
– The Dali Desert
– Hot springs
– Morning Sun Geyser
– Colorada Lagoon
This tour includes “basic accommodation”. These are hostels and small hotels that are extremely remote, in the northern desert in Bolivia. The small towns are very poor and lack the infrastructure that most travelers are accustomed to.
Villa Candelaria Salt Hostel
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.