Day 1 ■Train Cementery – Salt Flats – Salt Museum – Incahuasi Island – Top of the Island – Beauty Sunset
We will pick you up at your hotel to begin the tour outside Uyuni. We will visit the train cemetery, where we will be able to stop and take some pictures, so then we go to Colchani.
After seeing the craftwork made of salt, we will enter to the Uyuni Salt Flat. We will pass by the Dakar Monument and the Salt Museum.
After that, we will go to the Incahuasi Island, limestone formation in the middle of the salt flat. We will go over the marked track, surrounded of giant cactus, to access to the top of the island, from where we will have a panoramic view of the salt flat.
After that, we will view the sunset in the salt flat, before going to our hotel to have dinner and get rest.
Day 2 ■Rocks Valley – Negra Lagoon – Chiarkota Lagoons – Honda Lagoon
We will leave our hotel early in the morning to takethe route by the town of San Cristóbal.
After that, we will visit the Rocks Valley and the Negra Lagoon, so then we begin the visits to the Bolivian altiplanic lagoons.
We will pass by Cañapa, Hedionda and Chiarkota lagoons, making stops in every one of them to take pictures and be able to rest a little bit of the journey in the vehicle.
In addition, we will pass by the Honda Lagoon, before continue the road to our next accommodation.
Day 3 ■Stone Tree – Colorada Lagoon – Geysers – Hot Springs – Green Lagoon – Licancabur Volcano
This last fay of tour, we will visit the Stone Tree and the Colorada Lagoon, one of the most important tourist attractions in the Bolivian High Plato, after the Uyuni Salt Flat.
Following this stop, we will know the Sol de Mañana Geysers, the Polques Hot Springs and we will make the last stops in the Blanca and Verde lagoons, near the Licancabur Volcano.
After this, we will get to the border, so then we begin the direct return to the city of Uyuni, as well as the standard service.
What days of the week the tour is available?
As it is a private service, it is possible begin the tour any day of the week, every month of the year.
How much time in advance should I book the tour?
Because of the hotel high demand in the area, we recommend you to book at least one or two months in advance.
Do I need to be vaccinated against yellow fever for the tour?
The vaccine against yellow fiebe is not required for the tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat. It is only required if you subsequently plan to visit the Bolivian jungle.
What kind of car is used to do the tour?
The tour is made on a 4×4 (Toyota Land Cruiser) in Bolivia.
How is the infrastructure of every program?
The program with hotels has a similar level of structure for every accommodation. The rooms are private, single, double or triple, according to the availability, all have heating and private bathroom with warm water. The hostels, on the other hand, have double private rooms, with twin beds or queen size bed, according to availability, no heating and private bathroom with hot water. There is no internet access.
What type of sockets have the accommodations?
The accommodations have sockets type C, compatible with the types E and F. Anyway, our recommendation is that you carry an adapter to avoid any inconvenience.
How many bags or suitcases can I bring?
Each passenger may carry at most 1 bag or suitcase of 18 kilos which will go above the 4×4.
Why is it necessary to bring a sleeping bag?
The beds in Refugio Huayllajara (accommodation of the first night) do not include sheets, only include blankets and bedspread. If you don´t have sleeping bag, you can rent one directly in San Pedro de Atacama, the day before the tour. The rent has a price of CLP$ 5.000 per person, for the 4-day tour.
How is the weather along the tour?
In summer (December to March), the temperature ranges from about 4 °C as a minimum, to 23 °C maximum.
In winter (June to September) the temperature ranges from about -20 °C as a minimum, to 16 °C maximum.
How much money should I bring to the tour?
We recommend to bring 300 bolivianos per person for expenses not included in the tour, as entrances to parks (186 bolivianos per person), access to toilets and buying of souvenirs.
How likely is suffer “puna” or altitude sickness during the tour?
Most of the tour is made above 13,123 ft. of altitude so it is quite likely to suffer from altitude sickness specially the first day of the tour. To avoid or reduce the general feeling of discomfort, we recommend acclimate to the altitude one or two days above 8,202 ft., drink lots of water before and during the tour, eat light meals (avoid meat) the previous days, and do not drink alcohol the night before the beginning of the tour.
What is it about the meals?
The meals are varied, and includes tea, coffee, bread, cookies and fruit for breakfast, and meat, pasta, rice, soup and vegetables for lunch and dinner. In case you need a vegetarian menu, you must ask for it writing at firstname.lastname@example.org at the moment you make the online booking.
What about the tour in case it rains?
In case of rain, the order of the places visited and the accommodation places are subject to change, because some of the roads might be closed. Added to the previous information, water in the Uyuni Salt Flat is an important obstacle and the Incahuasi Island (located in the center of the salt flat) remains closed. This means the Incahuasi Island cannot be visited and we enter to the salt flat only for a certain distance, so the passengers are safe.
When is it possible to see the mirror effect on the Uyuni Salt Flat?
The mirror effect occurs when there is water on the salt flat. This happens only in rainy periods (January and February) and after them (March).
Why all the restrictions to make the tour?
The tour is made in the Altiplano area, at an altitude above 9,842.5 ft. Just with this, our body is submitted to an abnormal stress, which can cause discomfort and risk in people with the conditions mentioned in the restriction’s section. Moreover, the tour does not have health insurance and there are not health centers to treat this kind of situations in a proper manner on the route.
Is it possible to do the tour in another language?
Yes. The English-speaking guide service for the whole tour, has an additional cost of US$ 162 per group and it is subject to availability when booking.
We will visit the train cemetery, where we will be able to stop and take some pictures
Limestone formation in the middle of the salt flat
It has a beautiful tourist attraction, with the stone tree that they mention is hundreds of years old.
The Licancabur Volcano, which means in Kunza "Pueblo de Arriba", next to the extinct volcano of Jurique
Hotel pickup in Uyuni
Spanish speaking driver/guide
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation in hotels:
• Two nights in 3-stars hotels, in double or queen-size private room, with private bathroom, hot shower and solar panels heating:
• 1st night in Hotel Luna Salada (Hotel Cristal Samaña or Hotel Palacio de Sal, according to availability).
• 2nd night in Hotel Tayka del Desierto (Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva or Eco Hotel Los Flamencos, according to availability).
Drinks at hotel meals
Access to bathrooms along the way (approximately Bs. 6 each time)
Travel insurance with health-care coverage
Entrance fees to parks (Bs. 186 per person)
Entrance fee to the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (Bs. 150 per person)
Entrance fee to the Polques Hot Springs (Bs. 6 per person)
Entrance fee to Incahuasi Island (Bs. 30 per person)
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Muy agradecido de haberme encontrado con William. Me dio una mano cuando la necesitaba.
Cálida y dedicada atención.
Un amigo en La Paz.
Saludos desde Argentina.
Si gustan de hacer Huayna Potosí, Uyuni o Copabana háganlo con South Treks!
Gerardo Nicolás D
I did Illimani with my guide Felix and it was a big adventure cause we were the only people on the mountain :)
Thank you William for organizing this great trip
michael kSolo travel
Super guide et organisation!!! Le camino de la muerte en toute sécurité. Equipement fourni, explication, histoire, photos et vidéos inclus :)
Juste l’almerzo à 17h30 😕
Laura FLa Seyne-sur-Mer, Francia
Mi experiencia al ir al Glaciar Italia fue ¡espectacular!!! E inolvidable. Yo recomiendo a las personas que quieran conocer este lugar que se animen a ir por que es un lugar mágico y sorprendente. Cargado de sorpresas y emociones.
Yolanda PMexico DF.
Fueron pacientes al esperarnos y podrían mejorar al enviarnos las fotos lo mas pronto posible, demoraron casi una semana
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