Highlights include a spectacular train ride across the highland altiplano*, the Uyuni Salt Flats - the largest salt flats in the World at over 12,000 square kilometers - and the Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve with its colored lagoons and three species of flamingos. *Private trips can be arranged with a short flight from La Paz direct to Uyuni.
Depart La Paz by bus southwest across the highlands to Oruro (3 ½ hours). Depart Oruro by train crossing the altiplano to Uyuni (6-7 hours). Lunch and dinner included today. Overnight Jardines de Uyuni Hotel in Uyuni.
After breakfast at the hotel you will visit the train cemetery located on the outskirts of town. Afterward you will begin the road trip to the Great Salt Flats. On the way you’ll stop at the village of Colchani where you will visit an artisanal salt processing plant and observe the salt extraction processes. Continue the trip to Incahuasi Island (also known as Fish Island) where you will see the amazing giant cactuses. Lunch. This afternoon you will visit the Coquesa Mummies and continue to San Juan. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included today. Overnight Magia de San Juan Hotel.
Today is a long day! Depart early this morning for the REA (National Reserve Eduardo Abaroa), visiting Laguna Colorada, declared a RAMSAR site due to the nesting of over 30,000 flamingos at 4,278 m. Then up to “Sol de Mañana" geysers, pass alongside Challviri Lagoon, with its hot spring on the shores of Polques. Cross through the high desert of Pampas de Dali, with amazing views, to Laguna Verde in the foothills of the Licancabur Volcano. After that, return north to Villamar. All meals included today.
Overnight Mallku Cueva Hotel.
After breakfast depart the hotel and visit the Cave Paintings and Fort of Tomás Lakjas. Continue to Uyuni, visiting the Rocks Valley on the way. En route to Uyuni you will pass through Alota and San Cristobal villages. Lunch and transfer out to the airport for your flight to La Paz. Breakfast and lunch included today.
|Price from||$1,305.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
Try to pick up at least a few basic greetings, directional questions, and common curiosities in the native language(s) before you leave for your trip.