Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.
Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.

You have seen all the photos and now it's your turn to experience the magic!  Traveling the normal route, you will be in a caravan of 4x4 jeeps that are all going to the same place at the same time.  NOT with us!  We offer an off the beaten track tour where you will be the lone travelers at times.  We will see the main sights in reverse of the normal tours, so we may still see other tourists, but we will be making our own way at our own pace!  Amazing!

Did you know?

Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa)[1] is the world's largest salt flat at 10 582 square kilometers (4 086 sq mi). It is in the Daniel Campos Province in Potosí in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3 656 meters (11 995 ft) above sea level.[2]

The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average elevation variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50 % to 70 % of the world's known lithium reserves,[3] which is in the process of being extracted. The large area, clear skies, and exceptional flatness of the surface make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites.

The Salar serves as the major transport route across the Bolivian Altiplano and is a major breeding ground for several species of flamingos. Salar de Uyuni is also a climatological transitional zone since the towering tropical cumulus and cumulonimbus incus clouds that form in the eastern part of the salt flat during the summer cannot permeate beyond its drier western edges, near the Chilean border and the Atacama Desert.

(Source, Wikipedia)


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Salt Flats Trip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Attractions: Salt Flat, Train Cemetery, Salinas de Garci Mendoza, Isla Incahuasi, Colchani
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 07:00.

La Paz Center
You meet us at the departure location.
Included:
  • Private transportation from La Paz to Uyuni.

  • Full meals during the tour (1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner)

  • 1 night accommodation in rustic hostel

  • English Tour Guide

  • Tips

  • Snacks or drinks

  • National Park Entrance fees (120 BS-)


Good to know:

The climate of the Uyuni Salt Flats is cold, windy and with high solar radiation. During the day it is generally sunny and pleasant, but at night the temperature can go down and become too cold. So we must not forget to bring the following: gloves, warm clothes, wool socks, a hat to protect us from the sun, a hat, lip balm, sunscreen, glasses, raincoats (rainy seasons from December to March) and water to keep us hydrated.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Exploring the Salt Flats


Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.


The tour starts at 06:00 in the morning when we pick up the passengers from their hotel, and then in a 4x4 vehicle or minibus (depending on the size of the group) we will head to Salinas de Garci Mendoza to visit the Chullpares of Alcaya.

At 16:30 approximately, we are going to enter the Uyuni Salt Flat through the department of Oruro and the community of Jirira, appreciating the magical and extensive Salar until we reach the community of Coquesa, which is at the foot of the Tunupa volcano and then end the day contemplating the sunset (ideal for lovers of photography). Overnight will be in the same community (Coquesa).


Day 2 - Climbing the Volcano + The Train Cemetary


Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats. Shorter and off the beaten path.


Today we should start quite early in the morning, at 05:00 a.m. We move to the Salar to contemplate the sunrise and the flamingos around, after that we are going to return to the hotel for breakfast.

At 08:00 a.m. the ascent to the Tunupa volcano will be made. There, we are going to visit “ Los Chullpares de Coquesa” (mummies) and the viewpoint of the volcano. Later, we will move to the Devil's cave to take a walk and take pictures, continuing with the tour we will cross the Uyuni Salt Flat until we reach the Incahuasi Island (known as the island of the fish). Here, there are towering cacti and flora and fauna that can only be found on this island.

Finishing the day, we will visit “Playa Blanca” or the White Beach to take even more photos as well Colchani’s salt refineries where local people extract and work with the salt. Finally, we can explore the Train Cemetery of Uyuni. Climb around, or just take photos, of the cars that used to go loaded with silver to the Pacific Coast.


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