2-Days Salt Flats private roundtrip from Uyuni in Dry Season

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Heading to South America? But short on time or only able to visit one single highlight? This should be it: A visit to the Uyuni salt flats then we definitely recommend you add it to the bucket list!

Highlights

  • Discover the Uyuni salt flats on a guided tour from Uyuni
  • Visit the train cemetery, the salt mounds, and the water eyes
  • Enjoy a private lunch in the middle of the salt flat
  • Marvel at the giant cacti found on Incahuasi Island
  • Enjoy freshly baked breads, steaming hot coffee, and exotic fruits

Description

Day 1: Visit to Uyuni, intermediary city on the railway between Antofagasta, Chile and Pulacayo, Bolivia. Continue to the Train Graveyard: These abandoned locomotives transport us to a glorious past. Today the Train Museum is an opportunity for those seeking photography. Continue until you reach Colchani and its salt factory. If you want to know what to do in Colchani, you should know that all the salt you can imagine is produced here. Its less than 600 inhabitants work and live humbly from salt extraction. If you manage to talk to the locals, they will be happy to explain the process to you. The salt mounds that you can see are small pyramids of salt; The residents of Colchani make these mounds to dry the salt and then transport it to the town to be processed. In the immense whiteness of the Salar, the polygonal figures that extend across the entire surface draw attention. They measure between 1 and 2 meters in diameter and are formed naturally by the aeolian force of the wind and the physical characteristics of salt molecules. These are small holes formed by fine, needle-sharp crystals. There the water below seems to boil, however it is nothing more than a reaction produced by the brackish liquid below and needs to be oxygenated. Visit the staircase to heaven, the monument of flags and the countless salt figures carved by the residents. You will enjoy the impressive landscape from the top of Incahuasi Island located in the middle of the salt flat. From this point you can enjoy an incredible 360º view of the Salar. Visit the Tahua museum, wetlands, flora and fauna of the Tunupa Volcano and Chantani and go to the Tayka de Sal hotel in front of the Tunupa volcano. At night you will enjoy a stargazing tour in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni. Day 2: After breakfast, visit another of the 33 islands of the Salar de Uyuni and head towards the Cave of the Galaxies, this incredible cave will transport you to another galaxy. Composed of limestone rock, it took shape during the eruption of the Tunupa volcano. A true wonder of nature. Continue exploring the salt flat until you reach San Juan del Rosario to observe the history and life of the Lords of Lípez. Today it is possible to find evidence of their culture, daily life, and customs, gathered in a small museum where pieces stand out. It is worth knowing that the Necropolis is located very close to the museum. In the afternoon, we will continue towards the lagoons of Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas, where we will be able to spot the three different species of flamingos. Live the expeditions close to the lagoons, surrounded by volcanoes with their eternal snowtops mixed with landscapes full of green and other magic colors. On the way back to Uyuni, we will stop at San Cristóbal, a village which has been moved from its original location to the actual one (even the church!) for the needs of one the biggest mines in the world. Say bye bye to the llamas and vicuñas before returning to Uyuni.

Includes

Overnight stay in the best hotels in the region, as described in program. These hotels have heating and warm water, although not 24 hours a day. At night the gas heating is switched off. Meals Transport in a well equipped 4X4 Spanish speaking driver-guide. Also included: natural herbs and medication against altitude sickness and high pressure, oxygen and extinguisher. Bilingual guides

Important Information

  • Optional: Bus tickets to Sucre, Potosi or La Paz Hotel reservations in Uyuni Optional: Private transport in a 4WD to or from Sucre, Potosi and La Paz in Bolivia. And to Calama from San Pedro de Atacama Warm clothes. Gloves. Woolen socks. Hat that covers your ears and protects you from the sun. Rain or waterproof boots (important item! to walk “on” the water). Lip moisturizer. Sun glasses. Sun block 30+. Flashlight. Raincoat (From December to March). Extra water. Passport and visa.

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