3 Day Salt Flats Tour

Trips to the Salar de Uyuni are an unforgettable experience but unfortunately the general standard of facilities and services are not very high in this remote area. We would like to make it clear that things are not as reliable, comfortable and professional as we would like on these tours so for this reason we do not promise more than what you will receive for your money. The accommodations & food will be basic. Due to the harshness of the terrain vehicle breakdowns are common. Still interested?  Good, you should be because if you can put up with a bit of hardship you should have a great time. Take some extra snacks, plenty of warm clothes and a sleeping bag (can be rented) and the accommodations won’t feel so bad. The drivers are used to breakdowns and are pretty adept at fixing their vehicles, they are always willing to help each other out and you are usually not stuck for long - so a bit of patience is often all you need. We believe if you are informed truthfully about the possible negative aspects of the tours you can prepare yourself better and will have a more positive experience.

The following is a typical tour but sometimes some things are omitted from a tour, sometimes additional things are included (such as train cemetery visits at the start or end of the trip) so this shouldn’t be seen as a rigid itinerary, although the most popular main sites are always included.. If there is something you really want included your group should stress this to your driver at the start of the tour so he can plan accordingly

DAY 1 – UYUNI – COLCHANI – INCAHUASI / ISLA PESCADO – VILLA CANDELARIA

We will leave Uyuni in the morning and first visit the train cemetery where you can see the old rusting trains from decades ago. After this we proceed to Colchani and witness how the salt is processed before we arrive to the Salt Flats themselves and see the “Ojos de Sal” where water bubbles up through the salt plains. We will see where the salt has been placed in mounds ready to be transported, the original salt hotel (no longer used for guests) and visit Inca Huasi (Fish Island) to see the giant cacti and have great views of the salt flats all around. There will be plenty of time for taking amazing photos before we head toward the Village of Villa Candelaria where we stay the night in the salt hotel “Samarikuna”.

DAY 2 –   VILLA CANDELARIA – PASO LEON – LAGUNAS – LAGUNA COLORADA

After  breakfast we leave to travel further south. We will pass through the Chiguana desert area where the scenery will include a number of extinct volcanoes plus the semi active Volcan Ollague. As the journey continues we will pass by high altitude lagoons that are home to 3 species of flamingo before arriving into the desert of Siloli and the “tree of rock” Our final destination for the day is “Laguna Colorado” an amazing red colored lake. Here we will find the night accommodations (basic dorm style). 4600m altitude.

DAY 3 – LAGUNA COLORADA – GEYSERS – LAGUNA VERDE – UYUNI

Today we have an early start at 5am to visit “Sol de Mañana” geysers and see the bubbling mud pools and steam jets. We will then continue to some hot springs where you will have a chance to relax in the warm water pools and we will also breakfast here. After our relaxing break we continues via the “Dali desert” to see “laguna Verde” where, if conditions are correct, we see the green mineral waters of this lake at the foot of Volcan Licancabur (from here we do the transfers to San Pedro de Atacama - there is an additional fee for this transfer and it is available on 3 day tour only, you arrive in San Pedro approx. midday.). We then start our return journey back to Uyuni where we arrive approx. 5/6pm

INCLUDED IN TOUR

  • Transportation in 4x4 vehicle 
  • Spanish Speaking Guide / Drvier
  • Meals during the tour (take extra snacks)
  • Accommodation (First night in double / triple rooms in a salt hotel (we need to confirm availability), second night in dorm style rooms)
  • Maximum 6 in group for 3 day tours.

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR

  • Transport to Uyuni
  • Entrance fees – 30Bs + 150 Bs + 20bs = 200BS total for the 3 days minimum (some itineraries visit some small attractions with small entrance fees)
  • Water - you recommend you purchase 2 liters per person , per day to take with you.
  • Breakfast on first day, dinner on last day
  • Sunglasses & Sun cream 
  • Additional snacks and beverages
  • Torch - recommended

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