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From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flat Tour & Overnight Roundtrip Bus

1. From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flat Tour & Overnight Roundtrip Bus

Day 1 Go to the “Todo Turismo” office at 8:30 p.m. for the check-in, then bus departures at 9:00 p.m. Inside the bus, enjoy the service of Dinner (Meat and Vegetarian Option), Breakfast, a Bottle of Water, a Hot Drink, Heating, Toilets, a Polar Blanket, Wi-Fi, and a First Aid Kit. Day 2 Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block away from bus station, Free time to buy snacks, water, and use toilets to refresh you. (we have a free time, because all companies and tourist points are available from 10:30 a.m.) Start your tour off at 10:30 am with a drive out to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The first stop is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats), there, also find handicrafts made of salt, and textile art manufactured of llama and alpaca wool. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Then Visit Uyuni Salt Flats: * Salt water eyes, *A hotel entirely made out of salt which is currently used as a museum, *Flags of the world (Where you can bring yours and put it there for free), and a Monument of Dakar racing. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Next, take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats, playing around with the scene, you can be sure to take some funny, and memorable shots! Finally, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, and enjoying it with a glass of wine. Arrive back to our office in Uyuni by 7:30 p.m. Then go to the Bus Office at 8:30 p.m. 9:00 pm bus from Uyuni to La Paz. Day 3 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: Bus Station La Paz City.

La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

2. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

Day 1 09:00 p.m. Bus La Paz to Uyuni Day 2 07:00 a.m. Arrival to Uyuni city Free Time 10:30 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats Day 3 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve Day 4 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve 10:30 a.m. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. 2:00 p.m. Arrival time to San Pedro de Atacama. DAY 1 Go to the bus office at 8:30 p.m. for the check-in, then bus departures at 9:00 p.m. Inside the bus, enjoy the service of Dinner (Meat and Vegetarian Option), Breakfast, a Bottle of Water, a Hot Drink, Heating, Toilets, a Polar Blanket, Wi-Fi and First Aid Kit. DAY 2 Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block away from bus station, Free time to buy snacks, water, and use toilets to refresh you. (we have a free time, because all companies and tourist points are available from 10:30 a.m.) Start your tour leaving Uyuni town at 10:30 a.m. from Perla de Bolivia's office. Visit: Train Graveyard, the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners´ workshops next to the salt flats), handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. Next, “Ojos de Agua Salada” (‘saltwater eyes’), a hotel-museum made completely of salt, Isla Incahuasi. Then, make sure you and your group pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats. To end of the day, head to an open, spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, and finally arrive at Ajencha town to have dinner and night stay in the hotel. DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Ollagüe Volcano lookout point, the rocky road “El Pasito Tuntun”, the famous: Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarcota Lagoons in which flamingoes can be seen. Finally in the day, enter “Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve”, Desert of Siloli, Rock tree, and the immense Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a hostel in Huayllajara. DAY 4 Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit: Sol de Mañana Geyser, Hot Springs, Dali Desert, Green Lagoon, White Lagoon on the foot of Licancabur volcano. Then head back to the Bolivia-Chile border (Hito Cajon), A Guide will assist with your border crossing at 10:30 am, finally arrive at San Pedro de Atacama at 2:00 p.m. The drop-off point is at San Pedro de Atacama’s main square.

From Uyuni: Red Lagoon & Uyuni Salt Flats 3-Day Guided Tour

3. From Uyuni: Red Lagoon & Uyuni Salt Flats 3-Day Guided Tour

Day 1: Start your tour off at 10:30 am with a drive out to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The first stop is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats), there, also find handicrafts made of salt, and textile art manufactured of llama and alpaca wool. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Then Visit Uyuni Salt Flats: * Salt water eyes, *A hotel made completely out of salt which is currently used as a museum, *Flags of the world (Where you can bring yours and put there for free) and a Monument of Dakar racing. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Next, take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats, playing around with the scene, you can be sure to take some funny, and memorable shots! Finally, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, enjoying it with a glass of wine. Arrive to Agencha town to have dinner and night stay in the hotel. Day 2: Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. First stop, Galaxy Caves and then go visit the Chiguana Desert on Uyuni salt flats South side, surrounded by volcanoes such as Ollagüe (5840m). Then, continue along the rocky road that´s called “El Pasito Tuntun”. Later, visit: Cañapa, Hedionda and Chiarcota Lagoons in which flamingoes can be seen. After Lunch, enter to “Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve”, visit the Desert of Siloli at 4550m (the highest and driest in the world), take a picture next to the ‘Rock tree’ (a lava rock formation). Before arriving at the final destination, stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat and admire this intense red-colored lake. Stay the night at a hotel in Huayllajara. Day 3: Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser (5,000m) and walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. then, have the opportunity to take a bath in an open-air Hot spring at 35 Cº water. The next places to appreciate are the Dali Desert where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then the Green, and white Lagoon (toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border). Then head back to Uyuni passing by beautiful scenery along the way and eating a picnic lunch along the roadside. On the way, pass by Rock Valley, Alota settlement, and San Cristobal Village where a baroque church and colonial paintings can be seen. Arrive to Uyuni town at 6:30 p.m.

From Uyuni: Salt Flats Highlights Jeep Tour with Lunch

4. From Uyuni: Salt Flats Highlights Jeep Tour with Lunch

Explore the famous Uyuni Salt Flats on a Jeep tour from Uyuni. Ride along the expansive salt flats, visit the abandoned trains at the train cemetery, and see a hotel made entirely of salt, and more en route. Enjoy a local lunch, too. After your hotel pickup, head out to the iconic train cemetery, where all trains ended up once the local railroad company went out of business. Walk in and out of abandoned carriages, see leftover railroads, and more. Then, go to the town of Colchani on the outskirts of the salt flats. This small town survives from the sale of salt souvenirs and hand woven textiles. Locals also extract salt and process it for consumption - a process you can observe. Afterwards, enter the salt flats and drive towards the first salt hotel ever built. It no longer serves as a hotel but you can still see it standing proud, with its crystalline white walls, tables, and chairs - all made out of salt. Then, head to the Incahuasi, or Fish Island, where giant cacti grow up to 12 meters tall. Enjoy lunch here before trying your hand at snapping those iconic distance and size perception pictures on the salt flats. Finally, head back to Uyuni.

Uyuni: Uyuni Salt Flats and San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

5. Uyuni: Uyuni Salt Flats and San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

Day 1 10:30 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats Day 2 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve Day 3 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve 10:30 a.m. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. 1:30 p.m. Arrival time to Spa. Explore the area around Uyuni on a 3-day tour. See handicrafts made of salt, stop at the Flags of the World, and visit the Chiguana Desert. Day 1 Meet your guide in Uyuni and begin your 3-day adventure. Head to the Train Graveyard, a cemetery full of abandoned trains. Stop at the small settlement of Colchani, which housed salt miners, and shop for handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. Next, visit a hotel and museum made entirely out of salt. Bring your country's flag and place it at the Flags of the World, and stop at the Monument to Dakar racing. For an added fee, visit Incahuasi Island, a former island in the middle of the salt flats. Then, pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats. Finally, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats, spreading its dazzling colors all over the Uyuni Salt Flats, and enjoying it with a glass of wine. First Night: Agencha Hostel – 2-beds, 3-beds, 4-beds room + Private toilets. Day 2 Begin with an early breakfast before heading to Chiguana Desert. Stand surrounded by volcanoes and marvel at the still-active Ollagüe Volcano. Then, continue along the rocky road El Pasito Tuntun to reach the beautiful lagoons of Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarcota. Keep an eye out for the brilliantly colored flamingoes standing in the lagoons. Stop to enjoy lunch before heading to Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve (entry not included). Visit Siloli Desert and see the Rock Tree lava rock formation. Continue to Huayllajara, stopping at the Red Lagoon overlook point to see flamingos relaxing in the intense red colors of the lake. Second Night: Huayllajara Hostel shared 6-beds rooms + shared toilets. Day 3 Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser (5,000m) and walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. then, have the opportunity to take a bath in an open air Hot Springs at a 35 Cº water. The next places to appreciate are the Dali Desert Marvel at the vivid colors of the Green and White Lagoons, created from the toxic copper water at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Then, head back to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Cross the Bolivian border with the help of your tour guide and finish your adventure at San Pedro de Atacama’s main square.

From La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni and Red Lagoon Tour with Bus Ride

6. From La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni and Red Lagoon Tour with Bus Ride

DAY 1 Go to the “Todo Turismo” office at 8:30 p.m. for the check-in, then bus departures at 9:00 p.m. Inside the bus, enjoy the service of Dinner (Meat and Vegetarian Option), Breakfast, Bottle of Water, a Hot Drink, Heating, Toilets, Polar Blanket, Wi-Fi and First Aid Kit. DAY 2 Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block away from bus station, Free time to buy snacks, water, and use toilets to refresh you. (we have a free time, because all companies and tourist points are available from 10:30 a.m.) Start your tour at 10:30 am with a drive to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The first stop is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners' workshops next to the salt flats), there, also find handicrafts made of salt, and textile art manufactured of llama and alpaca wool. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Then Visit Uyuni Salt Flats: * Salt water eyes, *A hotel made completely out of salt which is currently used as a museum, *Flags of the world (Where you can bring yours and put there for free) and a Monument of Dakar racing. Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Next, take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats, playing around with the scene, you can be sure to take some funny, and memorable shots! Stay the night at a hostel in Agencha. - Rainy season in Uyuni City. DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Chiguana Desert, Ollagüe look out point, the rocky road “El Pasito Tuntun”, the famous: Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarcota Lagoons in which flamingoes can be seen. Finally in the day, enter “Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve”, the Desert of Siloli, the Rock tree, and the immense Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a hostel in Huayllajara. DAY 4 Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit: Sol de Mañana Geyser, Hot Springs for a bath in the natural pool 35ºC, Dali Desert, Green Lagoon, White Lagoon on the foot of Licancabur volcano. Then head back to Uyuni passing by beautiful scenery along the way and eating a picnic lunch along the roadside. On the way, pass by Rock Valley and a short stop at San Cristobal Village. Arrive to the office in Uyuni city at 6:30 p.m. Take your bus to La Paz City at 8:30 p.m. Bus Departure 9:00 p.m. Same bus with services on board. DAY 5 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: Bus Station La Paz city.

Uyuni Salt Flats and Sunset - Full-Day | Guide in English |

7. Uyuni Salt Flats and Sunset - Full-Day | Guide in English |

Uyuni Salt Flats Tour 1 day, first we start with the pick up from the hotel in Uyuni, then we will go to the train cemetery to see the old locomotives. Then we head to the community of Colchani (the gateway to the Salar) where we will find rustic handicraft workshops and the rustic micro-processor of table salt. Continuing with the expedition to the majestic Salar de Uyuni we will make stops to see salt extractions, salt eyes and the salt hotel Playa Blanca which currently only functions as a museum. Later we will visit the most popular island of the Salar located in the middle of the Salar, the Incahuasi Island where we will hike and we will be able to appreciate large extensions of cactus, sea rock fossils and spectacular 360° views from the viewpoint. Finishing our tour, we head to the town of Uyuni.

Potosí: Cerro Rico Mine Guided Tour

8. Potosí: Cerro Rico Mine Guided Tour

Itinerary After getting picked up from downtown and before reaching the “Cerro Rico” (Rich Hill), make a little stop at the Mining Market, the most attractive in the area. Have some free time to buy some dynamite, alcohol, and coca leaves as presents for miners to be visited inside the mine. The mines visited are located at the base of the historical Rich Hill of Potosí. Inside, appreciate the system of miners’ work that has not suffered great changes after so much time of exploitation. Touring the different galleries and interior levels of the mines, visitors can meet some places where the miners built statues that represent to their gods as The Uncle of the Mine (the devil). Visitors also can see the mineral veins which are a group of rocks and chemical formations of minerals, chimneys, apart from having an experiential sharing time with the miners and observing the different work methods that they carry out every day.

From La Paz: 4-Day Trip to San Pedro de Atacama w/Salt Flats

9. From La Paz: 4-Day Trip to San Pedro de Atacama w/Salt Flats

Day One Start in La Paz City Go to the bus office at 8:30 p.m. for the check-in, then bus departures at 9:00 p.m. Inside the bus, enjoy the service of: Dinner, Breakfast, Bottle of Water, Hot Drink, Heating, Toilet, Polar Blanket, Wi-Fi and First Aid Kit. Day Two / Train Cemetery + Uyuni Salt Flats + Incahuasi island + Hotel in Ajencha. Arrive to Uyuni at 7:30 a.m. - Free time for you - you can walk around. Then meeting time in our office at 10:00 a.m. Departure from Uyuni City at 10:30 a.m. towards the salt flats in 4x4 WD cars. First, go around the Train Cemetery to observe the remnants of the eighteenth and early twentieth-century locomotives (The perfect spot to take artistic pictures). Then, arrive at Colchani village to appreciate the salt production and take a short walk through the artisanal market and the museum. Later, the immense Uyuni Salt Flats. Along the trip, visit: Salt eyes, Salt Hotel-Museum (Built entirely of salt blocks), Dakar Monument, Flags of the world, and finally, arrive at Incahuasi Island to appreciate the beautiful view and the giant cactus. At the end of the day, take your time in the sunset with a glass of wine, and get to the hotel for dinner time. Day Three / Chiguana + Ollague lookout point + Andean lagoons with flamingoes + Red lagoon After breakfast, go to visit the famous lagoons: Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota, with a lot of flamingoes. Later, an exquisite lunch, Siloli desert, Stone Tree. At the final of the day, arrive at Red Lagoon which is inhabited by numerous flamingos. Finally, head to the hotel in the community of “Huayllajara” to have dinner, and night rest. Day Four / Geysers Sol de Mañana + Hot Springs Pool + Lookout point Green lagoon - White lagoon - Lincancabur Volcano + Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama Early morning, after breakfast, go to "Sol de Mañana" geysers and enjoy a fantastic view along the way; this place has volcanic activity such as fumaroles and geysers (holes of bubbling mud, smoking, and a smell of sulfur). Also, visit the hot springs of Polques to take a bath and relax enjoying the most beautiful landscape. Then, the Salvador Dali Desert which offers spectacular views and multicolored rock formations of the volcanoes. Later, go up to the viewpoint of the Green Lagoon, White Lagoon, and Lincancabur Volcano. Finally, tour Guides will assist customers with their border crossing at 10:00 a.m. and people will arrive in San Pedro at 1:30 p.m. The drop-off is at San Pedro de Atacama’s main square. IMPORTANT INFO *During the rainy season (from January to April), it is not possible to access Incahuasi Island. We also may sleep in a different location due to road access. *The itineraries provided above work only as guidelines so you may know what to expect, however, these are subject to change with little or no notice since they may change according to weather conditions; force majeure events such as roadblocks, strikes; acts of God and things beyond our control.

Uyuni: Isla Incahuasi & Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Jeep Tour

10. Uyuni: Isla Incahuasi & Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Jeep Tour

Start your tour off at 10:30 am with a drive out to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The first stop is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Get to see the first locomotives in Bolivia, and learn about their history, that connected several major cities. Now, corroded over time from the strong salt winds that run through this desert area, this makes for a great photo setting. Then visit the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats), there, also find handicrafts made of salt, and textile art manufactured of llama and alpaca wool. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, wade through “Ojos de Agua Salada” (salt water eyes), also visit: a hotel made completely out of salt which is currently used as a museum, Flags of the world (Where you can bring yours and put there for free) and a Monument of Dakar racing. After a morning of exploration, Lunch will be served near “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), following, have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Next, take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats, playing around with the scene, you can be sure to take some funny, and memorable shots! Finally, head to a spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, enjoying it with a glass of wine. Finally, return to Uyuni Town at 07:15 p.m.

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4.6 / 5

based on 102 reviews

Perfect guide and driver, walk in the viewpoints with explanations, enough time to enjoy. Very good lunches and dinners. The two sleeping stops were also very good. We had 3 great days! I recommend!

Amazing, the salt flats were something we haven't done anywhere else. It was immense and picturesque, the guide made out trip with his knowledge and willingness to make it a trip to remember.

Excellent and friendly guide and drivers, awesome company, fantastic memories. Covered a lot of ground in just 2.5 days!

Wonderful landscapes. We were almost the only tourists. Ugo is an extraordinary guide! A bit expensive for a day.

Really enjoyed the trip. Great food, accommodation, sites. Tour guide really knew his stuff.