Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure

5 days from £399

Group travel Bolivia

Otherworldly exploration in Bolivia!

Otherworldly exploration in Bolivia!

Salar de Uyuni tours
Desert Adventure in Bolivia
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Flamingos in Bolivia

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Trip Summary

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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Trip Info

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 Atulcha. What a day!

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. 

 

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Whats Included

  • 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

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees to Incahuasi and Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area
  • Some meals, snacks and drinks
  • Sleeping bag

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Accommodation & Meals

4 nights of 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.

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Flights

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.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age to join this trip is 18.

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. 

Please check the relevant embassies for up to date visa information.

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.

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