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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 9:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block near from bus station, 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 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 Uyuni by 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 pm bus from Uyuni to La Paz. Arrive at the Office Bus at 8:30 p.m. Day 3 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: the “Todo Turismo” office.

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

2. 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.

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

3. 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. 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 near from bus station, 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: Galaxy Caves, Chiguana Desert, Ollagüe, 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 hotel 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), 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.

La Paz: 3-Day Salar de Uyuni Tour by Air

4. La Paz: 3-Day Salar de Uyuni Tour by Air

Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in La Paz at 6:00AM, at which point you will be transferred to the International Airport of El Alto from where you will fly to Uyuni. After a 45-minute flight, you will land at the International Airport of Uyuni, where you will meet your English-speaking professional guide and your driver. You will then enjoy a delicious American-style buffet breakfast in one of the most popular cafes in the area. Your trip will then begin with a visit to an outdoor museum of ancient and impressive field trains. You will enter the Salar by Colchani where you will be able to see the salt process and piles of salt, and visit a salt hotel before continuing downtown to visit the Incahuasi Island of volcanic rock and giant cacti. This is also an area that can be climbed to attain extraordinary viewpoints of the white salt plain. That evening, you will stay overnight at the Basic Salt Hostel in a private room with an en-suite. Day 2: On the second day your trip will continue in the direction of the south, where large numbers of flamingos can be found. Other birds, such as geese and Andean gulls, accompany the flamingos in these lagoons which are flanked by snow-capped volcanoes. You will then pass through the desert sand in order to reach your hotel. That night you will stay overnight at a basic hostel in a private room where you can watch the sun set over one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Day 3: At dawn you will venture in search of the geysers Sol de Mañana. This will be the highest point of the route, sitting at about 5,000 meters above sea level. The cold here is intense, and you will see pools where the land seems to boil red. The desert and Salar de Chalviri is another scene of great landscape value that combines the white snow, ocher desert, the blue of the water, and the white of the borax. In one corner you can take a bath in Termas de Polques, and enjoy a hearty breakfast outdoors. After leaving this desert valley, you will visit the Laguna Verde, at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. You will arrive at this lagoon just in time to see how the water goes from emerald green to a duller shade of blueish-green. You will then return in the car, stopping for lunch at Laguna Colorada, the main nesting center of the three species of flamingos. You will be returned to Uyuni Airport to board the flight back to La Paz, where your tour will then conclude.

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

5. 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 near from bus station, 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! DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Galaxy Caves, 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 hotel 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, Alota settlement, and San Cristobal Village where a baroque church and colonial paintings can be seen. Take your bus to La Paz City at 8:30 p.m. - Bus Departure 9:00 p.m. Same bus "Todo Turismo" with services on board. DAY 5 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: “Todo Turismo” office.

La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

6. La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

Day 1: La Paz to Uyuni Your service begins with pickup from your hotel in La Paz (1 hour before the bus departure time), at which point you will take a night bus to Uyuni. The selected bus comes with reclining seats, a bathroom on board, English assistance, and a small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni to San Juan Following a 9-hour bus ride, you will be transferred to the offices where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast before beginning your tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the colorful lagoons. The first stopping point is the "train cemetery", where you will be able to see old and time-worn trains. You will then continue your tour to the "Salar de Uyuni" by Colchani, where you can observe the manual processing of edible salt. Following this, your tour continues to visit the salt mounds and the center of the Salar, where you will visit the Isla Incahuasi, a natural formation of volcanic rock and giant cacti. Your trip then continues to the opposite side of the Salar to go to San Juan, a town located on the banks of the Salar where you will spend the night in a comfortable room and enjoy a delicious local dinner. Day 3: San Juan to Laguna Colorada After enjoying a delicious breakfast, your guide will direct you to the south west where you will discover the Cañapa, Stink, Chiarkota, Honda, and Ramadita lagoons. At these locations you can observe large amounts of flamingos and other birds, such as Andean Geese and seagulls that accompany the flamingos in these lagoons which are flanked by picturesque snowy volcanoes. Your tour then continues to the "Laguna Colorada" where you will spend the night in a basic room with warm blankets and sleeping bags. Following an exquisite local dinner, you can observe the stars and the milky way which are clearly visible due to this place being considered one of the cleanest places on the planet. Day 4: Lagoons, Uyuni, La Paz On your fourth day you can get up early to go in search of the geysers known as "Morning Sun". This will allow you to get to see the first rays of sunlight in this picturesque area where volcanoes seem active and emit fumaroles and volcanic activity in small quantities. Continuing with your trip, you will travel over the highest point of the road at approximately 5,000 meters above sea level. Your trip then continues with a visit to Laguna Colorada before continuing to the "stone tree" and along the high plateau road to reach the hot springs of Polques. There you can take a hot bath and then cross the desert of Dali to reach the green lagoon located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Your tour then returns to Uyuni, where on the Camino you can observe Andean plants and animals of the area before you arrive to Uyuni at 5:00PM. Following a short break, you will be transferred to your bus for your return to La Paz. Day 5: La Paz Following your bus trip, you will return back to La Paz. There a transfer vehicle will be waiting for you to transfer you to a destination of your choosing.

La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & Isla Incahuasi 5-Day Bus Tour

7. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & Isla Incahuasi 5-Day Bus Tour

ITINERARY Day 1 09:00 p.m. Bus La Paz to Uyuni. Day 2 07:30 a.m. Arrival to Uyuni city. 10:30 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats. Day 3 07:00 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + Eduardo Avaroa Natural Reserve. Day 4 07:00 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + Eduardo Avaroa Natural Reserve. 06:30 p.m. Uyuni City 09:00 p.m. Bus Uyuni to La Paz. Day 5 06:30 a.m. Arrival to La Paz city. PROGRAM 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 near from bus station, 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! DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Galaxy Caves, 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 hotel 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, Alota settlement, and San Cristobal Village where a baroque church and colonial paintings can be seen. Take your bus to La Paz City at 8:30 p.m. - Bus Departure 9:00 p.m. Same bus "Todo Turismo" with services on board. DAY 5 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: “Todo Turismo” office.

From Uyuni: Salt Flats Highlights Jeep Tour with Lunch

8. 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.

From La Paz: 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flat and Incahuasi Island Tour

9. From La Paz: 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flat and Incahuasi Island Tour

Day ONE 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, a Bottle of Water, and a toilet. Day TWO Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. - Free Time- then go to our office near from the bus station, Departure from Uyuni City at 10:30 a.m. heading to the salt flats by 4x4 WD transport. During this tour visit: •Train cemetery These 19th-century locomotives remind old times. This beautiful spot is excellent for photographers. •Colchani The Rosario Cooperative, which is a salt iodization plant, is located on the edge of the salt flats. This is a good place to observe the methods of salt extraction and process. Also, see the Salt Artisanal Market (Llama clothes - salt handicrafts) and a small salt museum. •Uyuni salt flats With 3665 meters of altitude and an extension of 12,000 km2, The journey through the salt flats provides a dazzling and incomparable landscape. Also, visit the salt eyes, salt and take beautiful photos. •Museum - Salt Hotel This is an unusual construction, built entirely of salt blocks. •Dakar Monument + Flags of the World Island the Flags of the World (Where you can bring yours and put it there for free) and a Monument of Dakar racing for nice shots. •Incahuasi island Located in the center of the salt flats, is like an Oasis of an exclusive and isolated ecosystem, and inhabited by cactus from 1 to 4 meters high. Incahuasi Island is considered an excellent spot by photographers, as well as a place to rest, with the impressive landscape of the majestic Uyuni Salt Flats. Finally, enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine. Arrive back to Uyuni by 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 pm bus from Uyuni to La Paz. Arrive at the Office Bus at 8:30 p.m. Day THREE Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: Bus Station La Paz City. IMPORTANT INFORMATION *During the rainy season (from January to April), it is not possible to access Incahuasi Island. **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.

From La Paz to Atacama: Uyuni Salt Flats 4-Day Tour

10. From La Paz to Atacama: Uyuni Salt Flats 4-Day Tour

Spend a memorable 3 days on a visit to the Uyuni Salt Flats and colorful lagoons. Marvel at the flamingos and the sunsets. Relax in the hot springs at Termas de Polques. Day 1(Dinner) Be picked up from your hotel in La Paz, for the transfer to the bus terminal to travel by night bus to Uyuni. Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) At the Uyuni Salt Flats, see salt processing and visit the Hotel de Sal. Travel to Fish Island and then head to Galaxy Cave to see ancestral burials and petrified cactus. Spend the night in accommodation built from salt. Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Head south to the Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramadita lagoons to see the colors and tones nuanced by wind and time, as well as large numbers of flamingos. Take in one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet. Spend the night at a hostel. Day 4(Breakfast, Lunch) See the geysers at Sol de Mañana at dawn, and pools where the land seems to boil in an array of colors. Take a dip in Termas de Polques and enjoy breakfast outdoors. Return for lunch at Laguna Colorada, a nesting center for 3 species of flamingos. Be transferred to the Chilean border to be dropped off in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

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4.5 / 5

based on 63 reviews

wow, it was such an experience. The bus overnight is just great. Yes, the seats are adjustable and can sleep well. But the trip surpassed my expectations. I think I've also got lucky with the group. The drive and guide were fantastic. On every stop (and also on our way) the guide explained us many things. And he always had an answer or tried to. And he was super fun. It makes me laugh just thinking of it. I've also heard many bad stories about people doing this trip with other companies, but I haven't a single bad thing to say. I've absolutely loved it. If you are thinking of doing this, I advise you to (do, of course) search on the internet, what to take with you, what to expect from the trip, etc. It's a bit remote so, really make sure to have money with you and tell your family you will be off.

Very friendly guide, the tour itself was great! Incredibly beautiful nature. Some organizational difficulties due to lack of communication. The transfer from La Paz to Uyuni was not good, the bus smelled of petrol the whole trip which caused nausea and headaches, also the bus stopped many times because something was wrong. Otherwise the bus was very comfortable for sleeping. Overall, the tour was recommended.

Undertook the five day Uyuni tour. Visited a number of spectacular locations within the trip of over 1,100 kilometres. All accommodation was basic but very well maintained. Food was very satisfactory. Our guide Sol was very informative giving us details about each location. I considered the trip very worthwhile and excellent value for money

Truly amazing! We did not get to see the salt desert with water, but it still did not disappoint my expectations!

Amazing experience. Saul and driver Eduardo were top class.