UYUNI SALT FLATS & EDUARDO AVAROA RESERVE 4-DAY - Bolivia

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Location: Uyuni Salt Flats, Train Cemetery , Isla Incahuasi, Village of San Juan, Colored Lakes, Steaming Volcanoes and Geysers of Eduardo Avaroa Reserve
Starting / Ending Point:
  • Day 1 at 21:00 – Departure from Bus station in La Paz
  • Day 4 at 6:00 – Arrival at La Paz bus station

Uyuni Salt Flats & Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

Uyuni Salt Flats

Come with us on a challenging and interesting experience though some of the wildest and amazing parts of South America. Leave the modern world behind as you travel cross-country through some of the most remote and visually stunning landscapes in the world in a well equipped 4-wheel drive. Make sure you are well prepared with a positive attitude, appropriate clothing and a good humor as this will not be an easy journey, but you will be amazed by this beautiful natural wonderful, a site that cannot be missed when travelling in Bolivia!

After travelling by bus from La Paz to Uyuni on the first day you will wake up bright and early the next day ready to experience one of the most incredible creations of nature, The Uyuni Salt Flats.Our first stop is just kilometers outside the city where we will witness rusting trains growing out of the desert floor at the abandoned train cemetery. These trains once served the Bolivian salt industry but since then have become redundant and remain a striking reminder of Bolivia’s near past.

After stopping to take some pictures and explore we continue on through The Uyuni Salt Flats. These are the world's largest salt flats and are 10,582 square kilometers in size. The Uyuni Salt Flats are so vast that they disappear beyond the horizon. We travel though the world famous salt flats to Isla Incahuasi, a rocky outcrop of land formed from fragile coral like structures and deposits. These are actually the top of the remains of an ancient volcano. The Isla is dominated by giant cacti which grow to a length of about twelve meters and is host to a colony of Vischachas, a South American rodent not dissimilar to a chinchilla. Keep your cameras at the ready to snap a shot of these amazing animals in their natural habitat. Every November the salt flats become a breeding ground for three species of pink South American flamingoes and many other animals and the whole area is wildlife rich and if you are lucky you might spot an Andean condor, just one of the fascinating species who call this inhospitable land home.

Uyuni Salt Flats

After spending some time on the Island we continue our Uyuni trip to San Juan, a small local community, where you will enjoy traditional local Andean food such as Andean soups, potatoes and alpaca steaks and you will have some free time to explore the village. We will enjoy a good night rest in a nice family hotel.

The next day of our Uyuni tour begins with a hearty breakfast before we depart for the Solioli desert. This is the highest desert in the world with an altitude of 3,650 metres above sea level. It is also one of the driest deserts in the world and the strong arid winds produce strange rock formations such as “The Stone Tree.” We have time to stop and take some pictures before we head towards Laguna Colorada where we can view this fascinating lake which, due to natural sediments appears to be pink or red. We spend the night here in a small hotel.

On our final day we visit the  Eduardo Avaroa Reserve and the geysers and thermal waters that surround Lake Colorada. Prepare to have your breathe taken away as water is pushed out at a temperature of ninety degrees though holes in the earth’s crust. We visit two famous lakes which live up to their names – lakes Verde and Blanco. These lakes are both brightly coloured due to sediments, containing copper minerals and change colour depending on the wind and weather conditions. Afterwards we depart for Uyuni where you will have a chance to shower before our departure for La Paz.

ITINERARY:

Uyuni Salt Flats DAY 1
  • 20:00 – Check-in at bus station in La Paz prior to departure to Uyuni
  • 21:00 - Travel in bus from La Paz to Uyuni (10 hours)

DAY 2
  • 7:00 - Arrival in Uyuni, breakfast and preparation for departure
  • 10:00 - Departure for visits to train cemetery, salt harvesting community & trip through the salt flats to Incahuasi Island
  • 17:00 - Arrival in community of San Juan, dinner & free time

DAY 3
  • 7:00 - Breakfast
  • 8:00 - Departure for Canhapa & Hedionada Lakes, Solioli Desert, Stone Tree, Laguna Colorada
  • 17:00 - Arrival in Laguna Colorada (Reserve Eduardo Avaroa), dinner & free time

DAY 4
Uyuni Salt Flats
  • 5:00 - Breakfast
  • 5:30 - Departure for geysers & thermal waters, Lagunas Verde & Blanca, Valley of stones
  • 18:30 - Arrival in Uyuni and shower
  • 20:00 - Departure for La Paz (11 hours, next day arrival at 7am)


DURATION:
4 days

SEASON & STARTING DAYS OF TOUR
April to December, every day.

INCLUDED SERVICES
  • Public comfortable transportation to Uyuni and to La Paz
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner for second and third day and breakfast and lunch for fourth day.
  • Uyuni Salt Flats
  • All entrance fees
  • Shared jeep during the tour *
  • Two nights lodging in family run hostels with shared bathrooms.

NON-INCLUDED SERVICES:
  • Guide
  • Tips
  • Shower in hotels (2 USD)


PRICE:
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