A four-day exploration of the great expanses of Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats, driving across a flat white landscape and visiting the area’s main attractions, including the steam train graveyard, the village of Colchani, the Tunupa volcano viewing point, “Fish Island”, and the remarkable mineral tinted lakes where flocks of flamingoes can be observed.
Day 1: La Paz - Uyuni
We will pick you up from your hotel in La Paz and transfer you to the airport for a morning flight to Uyuni (flight not included in price of tour).
Upon arrival in Uyuni, we will begin our journey to the salt flats (3650 meters). We will visit the train cemetery, where locomotives and wagons that were once used to transport minerals during Bolivia’s industrial era are gathered. From there, we will continue our trip as far as the village of Colchani, where it is possible to observe how local people extract salt. Here handcrafts are made from salt and the first hotel made from blocks of salt was built.
Once again, we will continue our journey, this time as far as Inca Wasi Island (61 kilometers), which is entirely surrounded by an immense expanse of salt. Here large numbers of giant cacti grow, some of which are more than 10 meters tall.
After this interesting excursion, we will continue to Coquesa, where we will spend the night.
Day 2: Tunupa Volcano
Today we will visit the viewing point of the famous Tunupa volcano (3900 meters / 10.4 kilometers), where we will be able to enjoy wonderful views of the salt flats. We will walk as far as the volcanic crater at 4700 meters. This walk will take around 4 hours (the two-way walk is approximately 9 kilometers). After descending to around 3900 meters, we will board our vehicle and drive for around 90 minutes on our return to the hotel.
In the afternoon, we will travel to Isla Pescado [“Fish Island”] (35 kilometers), the name of which is inspired by its fish-like silhouette.
Continuing our excursion, we will visit Lake Hedionda [“stinking lake”] (3690 meters / 240 kilometers), which is rich in sulfur and famous for its large population of beautiful and colorful flamingos. After this wonderful experience, we will spend the night at a comfortable hotel.
Today we will visit Laguna Honda [“deep lake”] which despite its name is only around 40 centimeters deep. We will also visit Laguna Colorada, with its islets of white borax contrasting with the reddish waters of the lake. Here, we will also have the chance to observe beautiful flocks of flamingos.
After this fascinating excursion, we will continue our journey as far as Colchani (190 kilometers / 3 hours), where we will spend the night in comfortable accommodation.
Day 4: Return to La Paz
Today we will pick you up from your hotel for a morning or afternoon flight to La Paz. Upon arrival in La Paz you will be transferred to your hotel.
Private transport: Hotel in La Paz – airport – Hotel in La Paz
4×4 transport for the Salar de Uyuni tour
Flights to and from La Paz
What to bring on the trip
The Salar de Uyuni route can be cold and windy, and solar radiation is high. Daytime temperatures are usually pleasant, with abundant sunshine. We recommend you pack the following items:
- Thick, warm clothing
- Wool socks
- A wool hat that covers the ears and offers sun protection
- Sleeping bag
- SPF 30+ sun cream
- Dark sunglasses with UV filter
- Between December and April a rain jacket is recommended