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La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

1. 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.

2-Day Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flats including Tunupa Volcano

2. 2-Day Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flats including Tunupa Volcano

You will start at approximately 10.00 a.m. and visit the train cemetery before heading to the Great Salt Lake. Along the way, you'll meet the people of Colchani, where you will see an artisan salt processing plant. Then you'll enter Salar de Uyuni and head to Incahuasi Island (known as Fish Island) where you can observe the famous giant cacti. Next, you'll encounter the town of Coqueza located at the foot of Tunupa Volcano the banks of the Salar. You'll spend the night at a salt hotel with private rooms. If time permits, you can head to the banks of the salt flat to witness a breathtaking sunset. After dinner, enjoy an evening walk near the hotel to stargaze. Watch the sunrise from near the hotel followed by an optional breakfast in salar or at the hotel. Then you'll continue the trip to Chandani's art museum, followed by a visit to Coquesa. Here you'll climb to the top of Tunupa Volcano for panoramic views of the salt flats. Next, it's a visit to the cave of mummies before a slow descent to the base of the volcano. Then you'll begin the drive back to Uyuni, enjoying breakfast along the way as well as a dazzling sunset.

From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

3. From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

Following pick-up from your La Paz hotel in the morning, transfer to El Alto Airport to catch the 45-minute flight to Uyuni. Get amazing views of La Paz before landing at Uyuni Airport, where an English-speaking guide and private driver will meet your off your flight. Enjoy a delicious American-style buffet breakfast in one of the area's most popular cafés. Go to the amazing train cemetery to see where old trains are laid to rest. Then, learn how salt is processed at the small town of Colchani and enter the Uyuni Salt Flats to be amazed by the salt fields.  Head to Incahuasi Island to see giant cacti and rock formations before a delicious local lunch. Learn about the region from your guide. Continue to the foot of Tunupa Volcano to get stunning views of the Andes landscape and look for native animals such as llamas and vicuñas. Return to the salt flats for a sunset toast, and then drive back to the airport for your return flight to La Paz. Get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

Uyuni: Sunset Salt Flats Tour with Wine Tasting

4. Uyuni: Sunset Salt Flats Tour with Wine Tasting

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and heads out towards the unique and sprawling landscapes of the salt flats. Upon arrival, feel transported to an otherworldly location and soak up the incredible views of this magical location. Explore the salt flats and visit areas flooded with water to capture incredible photos in the reflections. Then, relax with a glass of Bolivian wine or a traditional cocktail as you admire the sunset across the horizon and the changing colors of the sky and the salt flats themselves. When night falls, gaze up at the starlit sky and marvel at the wonders of nature before your eyes. See the beauty of the Milky Way, watch out for shooting stars, and stay warm with a hot drink. At the end of a truly enchanting experience, relax and reminisce about the trip during the journey back to your hotel.

Uyuni: Starlight and Sunrise Salt Flats Tour

5. Uyuni: Starlight and Sunrise Salt Flats Tour

Your tour will begin early at 3:00AM as you are picked up from your hotel. From there, you will travel in private to the Uyuni Salt Flats. As you arrive, enjoy the clarity of nature that is present in this region, from where you can observe the milky way and other constellations as your guide explains to you everything you observe above. Next, return to the white plain of salt to observe this natural wonder that can only be seen on this part of the planet. Your guide will lead you to a part of the salt flats which is flooded with water, where you will be able to see the famous stunning reflections which are strongest at sunrise.  To complete this unforgettable experience, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast which will be prepared for you by your guide. This will enable to you to receive the first rays of the sun as you enjoy a delicious local breakfast. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be taken back to Uyuni to be dropped off at an area of your choosing.

La Paz to Uyuni: Sleeper Bus Ticket and Hotel Pick-Up

6. La Paz to Uyuni: Sleeper Bus Ticket and Hotel Pick-Up

Your tour starts at 8:30 pm in your centrally located hotel or hostel in La Paz, Bolivia where your guide will be waiting to greet you. Take a short drive with your guide to the La Paz bus terminal. Once you board your bus, dinner will be waiting for you so you can kick off your journey in absolute comfort.  Set off from the La Paz terminal at 10:00 pm. Admire the spectacular views of the Andean countryside on your route, including the volcanic hills, and even do a bit of animal spotting. Whilst onboard, feel free to make use of the bathroom facilities as you please. Rest comfortably on your trip to Uyuni with warm blankets, air conditioning, heating, an on-board bathroom, Wi-Fi and full bed seats. You should arrive in Uyuni at approximately 07:30 am. You can then enjoy a private transfer to your accommodation in the city and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Salar de Uyuni Private Day Trip

7. Salar de Uyuni Private Day Trip

Explore the magnificent Salar de Uyuni salt flat by private car on a day trip, with lunch. Admire the dramatic landscapes of the Andes mountains with a local guide. Depart in the morning and visit a train cemetery before making your way to the salt flat in the Bolivian Altiplano. Visit an artisanal salt processing plant in Colchani, and see how the salt is extracted. Marvel at the giant cacti on Incahuasi Island.  Then, continue towards the town of Tahua at the foot of Volcan Tunupa on the shores of the Salar de Uyuni. Watch a stunning sunset over the salt flat to end your experience.

From La Paz: Uyuni and Andean Lagoons Tour with Transport

8. From La Paz: Uyuni and Andean Lagoons Tour with Transport

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, Breakfast, a Bottle of Water, and a toilet. Day 2 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. 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. DAY 5 Arrive at La Paz city at 6:30 a.m. The finish point of the tour: Bus Station La Paz 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.

Uyuni Salt Flats: Private Night Tour from Uyuni

9. Uyuni Salt Flats: Private Night Tour from Uyuni

This tour starts at 8 PM. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Uyuni or Colchani. In a private car and with a professional guide, go to the world's greatest salt flats to take an evening stroll and observe the sky in its glory with the stars and the Milky Way in one of the cleanest places on earth. Enjoy an intimate encounter with nature in a very special atmosphere and take extraordinary pictures of the sky and stars. See how the starts of the night are reflected on the salt flat. To warm yourself up in the cold nights of the Salar de Uyuni, enjoy hot drinks and snacks. Your professional guide will also point out all the different constellations of the stars to you. At the end of this tour, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

Uyuni: Full-Day Salt Flats Tour

10. Uyuni: Full-Day Salt Flats Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Uyuni, head straight to the largest salt desert in the world. Marvel at the seemingly endless expanse of lily-white salt, spreading off in every perceivable direction. Traveling across the salt flats, you’ll head to the train cemetery, which houses decrepit, abandoned trains, and a train museum.  Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a visit to the village of Colchani, where you can view local, artisanal products and souvenirs while learning about the means of extracting useable salt from the flats. Onwards, you’ll head to Incahuasi Island, which is surrounded on all sides by the salt flats, where you can enjoy a picturesque, 360-degree view. Leaving the island, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous local lunch in the middle of the Uyuni salt flats, accompanied by local drinks. As the sun sets, marvel at the technicolor display over the mirror-like surface of water that accumulates upon the salt flats. As night falls, you’ll sip hot beverages and gaze upon the twinkling stars, with incomparable views of the milky way, shooting stars, and the constellations that form the basis for Andean Cosmovision.

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4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Very smooth trip from booking to finish, except the tour is advertised as flights to and fro in a day, but later learned that doesn’t exist anymore since Covid, so José(the owner?) offered me a private land transport back to La Paz. La Paz crew comes to your hotel at the expected time to pick you up, help checking in at the airport and takes you to the gate. Once you arrive at Uyuni, your guide and a driver awaits you and takes you around for the whole day. Especially my guide(though unfortunately I don’t remember his name anymore) was fantastic throughout. He was very attentive and accommodating around my schedule(I had to leave earlier than expected due to a scheduled flight) and took care of me so well. I suddenly had an altitude sickness in the middle of the day and he stopped in the middle of a road to make me coca tea, and sourced medication for me to take. He was also very creative in photos and videos so has been directing me to various different poses all day. Loved the day.

We had a wonderful time on this 5 day experience. The first and last day are really just the overnight bus to/from Uyuni. The bus was super comfortable, more so than airplane seats, and they give you a blanket. The three day tour was really fun and interactive. Everything is taken care of from meals to lodging (and even wine!). Our guide Israel was the best! Our kids wanted to stay longer. The accommodations are very basic and cold at night with no heat, but the blankets kept us all super warm at night. Highly recommend booking with Joker Expeditions and Jose. Super GE was t service!

Everything went well! Joker expedition is so well organized! I cant really beleive that I had that kind of unforgettable experience for that amount of money I paid! Our guide Hector was a superman n jack of all trades! Thanks a lot and i highly recommend this trip! Thanks a lot…

Beautiful experience. The excursion days are 3, the first and the fifth are round trip from La Paz. The Salar de Uyuni is spectacular and the lagoons of the Andean plateau are incredible. Marcos, our guide, was great.

Perfect itinerary for a one day excursion to the Salar, ensuring you see all the big ticket items. Israel was a fantastic tour guide (and photographer)!