4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats from La Paz to Atacama

Multi-day & Extended Tours, La Paz to City center drop off in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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Depart from La Paz for an unforgettable, 4-day expedition through the vast Uyuni salt flats. On this journey through Bolivia's southwestern desert, you'll discover the haunting Galaxia Caves, stargaze through a telescope into some of the world's darkest skies, and watch the sun set over the salt flats that form the Salar de Uyuni. Along this epic, adventurous journey, you'll experience life in tiny villages on the edge of the blindingly white salt flats, as well as visit multi-colored lakes with flamingos, geysers, and thermal hot springs at 13,200-16,500 ft (4,000 - 5,000m).
ItineraryDay 1: La Paz Pickup - Night bus from La Paz to UyuniStop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi DepartmentYou 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.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Uyuni - Train Graveyard - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island) - Candelaria(L/D)Stop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi DepartmentArrive 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 11 am 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 hotel.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 in Colchani Village.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Sora Canyon - Andean Lagoons - Desert of Siloli - Red Lagoon - Sol de Mañana Geysers - Polques (B/L/D)Stop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi DepartmentStart 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.Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - San Pedro de Atacama (B)Stop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi DepartmentGet 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 Januart and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • Bus from La Paz - Uyuni (no tour leader on bus)
  • Uyuni salt flats & desert tour with transfer to San Pedro de Atacama including:
  • 1 night in a double room hostel and 1 night at a shared family lodging
  • Transportation in 4WD vehicle with rooftop luggage rack during tour (group size is up to 6 people per car)
  • Local driver & English-speaking guide on tour
  • Cook and cooking equipment on tour
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts / 2 lunches / 2 dinners / snacks

What’s not included

  • Entrance Fees: Isla Incahuasi (30Bs*), Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area (150Bs*) (*Please note that these costs are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Additional snacks & Water bottles
  • Toilets along the Way (20 Bs)
  • Hot Shower (10 Bs)
  • Gratuities for guide, driver and cook (optional, however keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated)
  • Transfer to La Paz Bus Station (please make your own way)
  • In/Out airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Bus station pickup in Uyuni
  • Sleeping bag
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni
  • Entry/Admission - Salar de Uyuni

Highlights

  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz Pickup - Night bus from La Paz to Uyuni Stop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi Department 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. Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: Uyuni - Train Graveyard - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island) - Candelaria(L/D) Stop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi Department 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 11 am 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 hotel. 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 in Colchani Village. Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 3: Sora Canyon - Andean Lagoons - Desert of Siloli - Red Lagoon - Sol de Mañana Geysers - Polques (B/L/D) Stop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi Department 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. Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am. Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 4: Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - San Pedro de Atacama (B) Stop At: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi Department 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 Januart and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am. Duration: 1 day No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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