Travel through the peculiar Salar de Uyuni terrain on this 4-day tour. Fly from Bolivia's capital, La Paz, to Uyuni, where the real adventure begins. The area is comprised of the world's largest salt desert and other unique geological formations such as caves full of petrified algae and scenic volcanoes. Visit salt factories, and learn how table salt is produced, learn the archaeological history of the area from local guides, and see local flora and fauna, which include flocks of pink flamingos and 30-foot tall cacti. This region is sure to offer experiences unlike anywhere else.
View pink flamingos and a variety of other unique bird life
Visit the world's largest salt flat in Uyuni
Tour the archaeological museum where you can see ancient mummies
Fly from La Paz to Uyuni (approximately a one-hour flight) where your guide will pick you up. Uyuni Salt Lake is an unmistakable landscape, the largest salt flat in the world and can even be seen from space. Spend the day exploring the surreal empty white landscape and its surrounding area. Stop at the Train Cemetery before continuing to the small town of Colchani where you will visit the salt factories and witness the rustic way table salt is produced. After lunch, visit the base of Tunupa Volcano (4200m/13780ft above sea level) near the small town of Coquesa, where flocks of flamingos can often be found. End your day by visiting the Mummies of Coquesa and Chantani Museums.
This morning, you will visit Inca Huasi Island, which has many caves and gigantic cacti (up to 10 m/32 ft tall). This afternoon, visit the town of Aguaquiza. Here you will find the geologically unique sub-aquatic cave, Galaxias Cave, formed when the salt flat was still under water. The cave is full of stalactites, stalagmites, and petrified algae. Visit the archeological museum of Atulcha where you can see more mummies before heading to your hotel for the evening.
After an early breakfast, depart toward Chiguana Salar, where you will have an excellent view of Ollague Volcano. Today visit multiple small lagoons that vary in color due to geothermal activity. You can see pink flamingos and a variety of other bird species here as well. After lunch, explore the Siloli desert where you will find unique geological rock formations such as the 7-color mountain and Stone Tree.
Day 4: Green Lagoon | Uyuni | La Paz
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, travel to the "Sol de Manana" region where you will see geysers, active fumaroles, and thermal water emanations. Later in the day visit a thermal hot spring where you can enjoy a dip. This afternoon, visit Dali desert and stop at the White and Green Lagoons before making your way back to Uyuni. Fly back to La Paz and transfer to your hotel for the night.
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.