Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure
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- Visit the spectacular Uyuni salt flats!
- Stay in a hotel made entirely from salt
- Venture into incredible Bolivian deserts and see amazing rock formations
- Visit the Red Lagoon – an otherworldly blood-red lake!
- See flamingos and llamas in their natural habitat
- Soak your muscles in beautiful natural hot springs
Discover the enchanting Uyuni Salt Flats on this magical 5-day group adventure. Starting and ending in La Paz, this trip shows you the very best of Bolivia’s otherworldly landscapes, from the blinding white salt pans of Uyuni, to the twisting rock formations of Siloli desert and the blood red waters of Red Lagoon. Prepare for some serious exploration as you venture into these beautifully desolate areas, and round off your adventure with a relaxing dip in some natural hot springs!
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Day 1: La Paz – Uyuni
Meet at your accommodation in La Paz. Tonight, you’ll be picked up and taken to the bus station, where you’ll take an overnight bus to Uyuni. Sit back and enjoy the ride! Please note that you will not be accompanied by a guide on the overnight bus, you will be provided with all of the information and tickets you need to make the journey.
Day 2: Uyuni
Arrive in Uyuni and meet the rest of your group at the meeting point. We’ll then head to Uyuni’s ‘train graveyard’, home to the first locomotives that ever ran in Bolivia. Next up, a visit to a local salt factory in the village of Colchani, which processes the salt that is mined from Uyuni. This afternoon, we make our way to the salt flats themselves. Marvel at these incredible white flats, and visit a hotel made completely out of salt! We’ll then hike to the top of Incahuasi island to see giant cacti and interesting rock formations, before spending the night in a salt hotel in Candeleria. What a day! Please note during the monsoon/rainy season, locations and activities may be subject to change.
Day 3: Deserts and Lagoons
Wake up early and journey to Sora Canyon for awesome desert views. Keep your eyes peeled for llamas! After stopping off at another gorgeous viewpoint, we’ll arrive at the Andean lagoons, a stunning body of water dotted with flamingos. We’ll then swing by the highest desert in the world, Siloli, before gazing out over Red Lagoon – a blood red lake! Our final stop is the explosive Sol de Mañana Geysers. Unwind after a busy day with a dip in some open air hot springs.
Day 4: Back to Uyuni
Visit the Dali pampas (desert boulders that inspired Salvador Dali) and the Green Lagoon before arriving back in Uyuni. Head back to the bus station and board an overnight bus to La Paz. Please note that you will not be accompanied by a guide on the overnight back to La Paz.
Day 5: La Paz
Arrive in La Paz at 8am. Your incredible Uyuni adventure has come to an end!
Please note: In the rainy season between January and April the Salt Flats fill up with water. During this time, you may follow a slightly different route.
Itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 4 nights’ accommodation
- 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
- All activities listed in the itinerary
- All in-country transport
- Cook and cooking equipment
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers
- Entrance fees to Incahuasi and Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area
- Some meals, snacks and drinks
- Sleeping bag
4 nights of mixed dorm accommodation are included on this trip. 2 nights will be spent on overnight buses between La Paz and Uyuni. One night will be spent in a salt hotel in the village of Atulcha. One night will be spent in basic dorm-style accommodation in Polques.
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Bolivian culture by meeting local people and sampling local food.
Make your own way to your starting accommodation in La Paz on day 1 of the trip, we recommend arriving in the morning or early afternoon to give you time to explore La Paz and pick up some drinks and snacks for your evening journey. You will be picked up from here and taken to the bus station where you will catch an overnight bus to Uyuni. This bus journey is unguided.
Your trip ends on arrival in La Paz on day 5. The bus aims to arrive at around 8am, however this can be subject to delay. A return transfer from the bus station is not included but is easy to arrange.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18 years.
Travelling at Altitude
Please note that this trip takes place at very high altitudes, the Salt Flats are at 5000 metres above sea level. We therefore recommend that you acclimatise yourself to over 3000 metres above sea level to minimise any effects of altitude sickness that you may feel during the trip. This trip goes above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects in their health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level, you therefore need to ensure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Please check the relevant embassies for up to date visa information and advice.
Please note: Due to recent changes, the authorities in Bolivia now require all visitors to present a valid Yellow Fever 'Certificate of Vaccination' on arrival into Bolivia. You should keep your Yellow Fever Certificate with your travel documents when entering Bolivia. As we are not medically qualified we are unable to give you advice regarding vaccinations, we recommend that you make an appointment with your GP or local travel clinic before travelling to get up to date information and advice about receiving the vaccination and other health considerations.
Will The Altitude Affect Me?
The salt flats are around 5,000 metres above sea level and it is likely you will feel the effects of this altitude. We recommend spending a few days in La Paz before the tour begins to acclimatise to a higher altitude (La Paz is about 3000m above sea level). Bring some tablets to deal with any headaches you may get and remember to drink plenty of water!
What Should I Pack?
Sun glasses (to protect your eyes from the glare of the salt flats), sun cream, warm clothes for the evenings, swimming trunks and a towel for the hot springs, bottles of water.
Do I Need To Bring A Sleeping Bag?
A sleeping bag is not included. You can either bring your own, or hire one once you’re out there for approx. USD10.
What Sort Of Travel Insurance Do I Need?
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level so please make sure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.