La Paz - (Uyuni Salt Flats) - Potosi (total of 4 days) - Code: SLPBPOTTBENRSPPH3

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  • La Paz - (Uyuni Salt Flats) - Potosi   (Arrival by bus and train "Expreso del Sur" - Departure with evening bus)

  • Day 1: La Paz – Oruro – Uyuni
    Train Tuesday and Friday "Expreso del Sur”; departure for Uyuni (from Oruro) at 15h30
    At 08h00 you are transferred from your hotel (La Paz centre) to the bus terminal in La Paz. The bus station is famous because it was built by Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower in Paris, France) and used to be the railway station of La Paz. At 09h00 we start our journey to Oruro which was named Real Villa de San Felipe de Austria (Royal City of Don Felipe of Austria) in honour of King Philip III of Spain and was an important mining centre first for silver and then for tin. Oruro is now famous for its annual carnival which takes place in February and attracts thousands of people each year. We arrive in Oruro around 12h30 and our team will pick you up and take you to the train station. We recommend you have lunch at the restaurant Las Retamas which is located in Calle Murguia No. 930 and Washington. You should be back at the train station no later than ½ an hour before departure. The train “Expresso del Sur” leaves at 15h30 on Tuesdays and Fridays and arrives in Uyuni at 22h20. At the train station in Uyuni our team will be waiting to bring you to your hotel.

    Day 2: Uyuni - Colchani - Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) - San Pedro de Quemez
    We start our journey from Uyuni around 10h30 in the morning and our first stop will be the locomotive cemetery which is a vestige of more prosperous times. From here we continue to Colchani which is a small village situated on the edge of the Salar and who’s inhabitants live from salt exploitation. In Colchani we discover how the salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique, which also serves as a museum, where we can see large salt carvings and other objects (pottery, jewellery, tools, etc.). After this impressive visit with the craftsmen on the top of the world we enter the famous Salar de Uyuni; the biggest salt desert in the world with acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2. One of the particularities of the Uyuni Salt Flats is that it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnes of Lithium which represents 40% of world production. During the rainy season it is more likely than not that there is no acccess to the Incahuasi Island (for security reasons the government now closes the access to certain parts of the Salar de Uyuni during the rainy season) therefore we return to Uyuni from where we continue to San Pedro de Quemez where we get installed and the evening is free. B/L/D

    Day 3: San Pedro de Quemez – Salar de Chiguana – Ollagüe Volcano – Siloli Desert – Ruta de las Joyas Alto Andinas (Lagunes Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda et Ramaditas) – Ojo de Perdiz
    We continue our tour of south Bolivia and from Puerto Chuvica we pass the Uyuni – Ollague railway, which is the property of the FCA (Empresa Ferroviaria Andina), before crossing the Salar de Chiguana. We observe the still active volcano Ollague and even from far we can see its fumarole. We follow the famous Jewel Route which is composed of the Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda and Ramadita. We arrive at Ojo del Perdiz in the Siloli Desert where we spend the night. B/L/D

    Day 4: Ojo de Perdiz – Stone Tree - Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada – Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques Thermal Spring – Dali Desert – Laguna Verde – Salar Challviri – Ciudad de Piedra - Alota – San Cristóbal – Uyuni – Potosi
    Today we visit the Stone Tree (please refrain from climbing on the rock) planted in the middle of the Siloli desert and later we enter the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa where we arrive at the Laguna Colorada. This Alto Andina Laguna gets its name because of the red colour which is caused by microscopic shellfish which is the principal nutriment of the rose flamingos that live in this area. Due to climate changes (lack of rain) and the high evaporation of the Altiplanic basin the water level of the regions Lagunas is reduced rapidly which year after year also reduces the population of the flamingos. Our tour continues in southern direction to the Laguna Verde – one of the most southern points in Bolivia. We leave the Laguna Colorada in order to go even deeper into the Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa. We visit the boiling geysers of Sol de Mañana which is an impressive geothermal field with pits of boiling mud and strong smells of sulphur. Our tour continues in the direction of the thermal bath of Polques, a natural source of hot water where we have the possibility to go for a swim. We continue through the South Lipez and we observe the “Damas del Desierto” which are enormous rocks planted in this barren landscape and carved by the wind and weather over the years. We also cross the Dali Desert, which was named in reverence to the Catalan artist because of the resemblance of the landscape with the unreal yet natural colours to the masters’ work. We continue to the Laguna Verde and Blanca at the foot of the Licancahur where we stop to take a few pictures. The Laguna Verde gets its green colour from the high concentration of lead, arsenic sulphur and calcium – please refrain from bathing From the Laguna Verde we start our drive back north. We pass by the small village Villamar which seems lost in the middle of the gigantic Lipez desert before passing by the biggest mining project in Bolivian history at San Cristobal. We arrive around 18h00 in Uyuni just in time for a quick dinner before getting the bus to Potosi. Once arrived in Potosi you are transferred to your hotel. B/L End of our services.

  • General Information:

    Highlights: Uyuni tour and south Lipez 3 days, Train cemetery, Colchani, Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) , Incahuasi island, Jewel Route, Laguna Colorada, Stone Tree, Polques thermal springs, Laguna Verde, Siloli Desert, Stone Town

    Support Team: Spanish speaking driver/guide or Spanish speaking driver and English speaking guide depending on chosen option

    Guaranteed departure: from 2 people

    Group size: 2 to 6 people

    Transportation: Arrival by bus and train "Expreso del Sur" (Tuesday and Friday) - Departure with evening bus

    Difficulty Level:
    Short hikes

    Comfort:
    4 nights in hotel with private bathroom

    Elevation:
    La Paz between 3600m/11.810ft and 4200m/13.780ft, Uyuni 3650m/11.980ft/11.980ft, South Lipez up to 4900m/16.080ft, Potosi 4070m/13.350ft/13.350ft

    Included in the price:
    - Transfers and transport as outlined in the program
    - Accommodation in hotel in Uyuni (1 night) and in hotel in Potosi (1 night)
    - Meals as indicated in day to day program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner)
    - The assistance of your driver/guide or driver and guide depending on chosen option and his expenses and fees

    Not included in the price:
    - Entrance fees to parks, sites and museums (allow for approx. 200-250bs (bolivianos – national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
    - Everything not mentioned in “Included in the price”
    - Obligatory personal travel insurance
    - Possible visa expenses
    - Personal equipment

    Expenses during the tour:
    - Tips, drinks and other personal expenses
    - Meals not mentioned
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