Uyuni Salt Flats (Day Tour) - English Speaking Guide

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Our standard tour plus 1 day of salt flats is with a maximum of 6 people per vehicle and a Spanish-speaking guide

Highlights

  • Extremely popular tour that leaves every day from Uyuni
  • unforgettable experience, know the majestic Salar de Uyuni
  • Know an island in the middle of the great and majestic Salar de Uyuni

Description

1 Train Cemetery We will begin the tour with a visit to the train cemetery about three kilometers from the city. The city once served as a distribution center for trains carrying minerals on their way to ports on the Pacific Ocean. The train lines were built by British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century and formed a sizable community in Uyuni. The engineers were invited by the British-sponsored Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway Companies, which is now Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia. In their lifes. The trains were mainly used by mining companies. 2 Flame and Salt Museum Just outside the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni is the picturesque salt processing town of Colchani. This small town of just over 600 people is home to the largest salt processing cooperative in Bolivia. Years ago, the inhabitants of Colchani used to exploit salt to exchange with other indigenous communities. Every year, bundles of llamas traveled incredible distances. This has since changed with the improvement of transport infrastructure and the salt is now sold by the cooperative in Bolivia and Brazil. The Salar de Uyuni contains approximately 10 billion tons of salt, with an impressive 25,000 tons excavated and processed in Colchani annually. During your stop in Colchani, you can see crafts made from salt and textile art made from llama and alpaca. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase authentic Bolivian souvenirs to take home. The tour also includes a visit to a traditional salt factory where a local will teach you the process of extracting and refining salt. The tour is highly recommended if you are interested in learning how salt ends up on your kitchen table. 3 Salar de Uyuni Continuing the tour, we will enter the iconic Salt Flats. We will stop to see the extraction of salt and salt eyes (water wells where underground water bubbles up). After marveling, we continued our way and arrived at the Sal Playa Blanca hotel, which was the first salt hotel in the region, but due to the negative environmental impact, it currently only functions as a museum. 4 Incahuasi Island After lunch, we will visit the cactus island or Incahuasi Island, the most visited island in the Salar. There are unusual and fragile coral-type structures and deposits that often consist of fossils and algae. The site is the top of the remains of an ancient volcano, which was submerged when the area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, approximately 40,000 years ago. From the top of the island, you would get a 360-degree view of the largest salt flats in the world: Salar De Uyuni. From here we will return to Uyuni.

Includes

4X4 Transport Bilingual guide (English and Spanish). Lunch

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