La Paz - (Uyuni Salt Flats) - Potosi (total of 5 days) - Code: SLPBPOTBNRLG3

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  •  La Paz - (Uyuni Salt Flats)  - Potosi    (Arrival with classic night bus -  Departure with midmorning bus)

  • Day 1: La Paz – Uyuni
    At 17h30 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 19h00 we start our journey to Uyuni and our route takes us first to Oruro from where we descend through Challapata where the asphalt gives way to dirt tracks. If the first 350km/218mi seemed easy, some of Bolivia’s worst roads lie ahead of us; holes, mud, river crossings, cold and detours. Finally after this adventure we arrive in Uyuni around 07h00 where you have time for breakfast before the tour starts.

    Day 2: Uyuni - Colchani - Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) - Incahuasi Insel - Cueva de las Galaxias - Puerto Chuvica
    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 (Uyuni Salt Flats) ; 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. We head to the Island Incahuasi which mistakenly is better known as the Fisherman’s Island. This geological formation is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered in giant cacti that can get up to 12m/39.37ft high. From the top of the island we have a wonderful 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) . After lunch our journey continues in the direction of Puerto Chuvica. We have the possibility to visit the “Cueva de las Galaxias” which is a strange phenomenon of fossil algae which reminds us that the ocean was present here all the way to Oruro. In the adjacent cave we can observe the Chullpares which are Inca funerary remains. We climb to the viewpoint from where we have an unobstructed view of the desert and if we take a closer look we can also observe the fossil coral that once were part of an impressive coral barrier. After this impressive visit we continue to the small village of Puerto Chuvica (or San Juan depending on availability) situated at the doors of the Lipez desert. We arrive at the shelter around 16h00 and the evening is free. L/D

    Day 3: Puerto Chuvica – Salar de Chiguana – Ollagüe Volcano – Siloli Desert – Ruta de las Joyas Alto Andinas (Lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Honda et Ramaditas) – Stone Tree - Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada
    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. Today we also visit the Stone Tree (please refrain from climbing on the rock) planted in the middle of the Siloli desert and at the end of the day 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. Mid-afternoon we leave to get installed in our shelter and the evening is free. B/L/D

    Day 4: Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada – Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques Thermal Spring – Dali Desert – Laguna Verde – Licancahur (5971m/19.590ft) – Villamar – Valle de Rocas – San Cristóbal – Uyuni
    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 in Uyuni around 18h00 the rest of the evening is free. B/L

    Day 5: Uyuni – Potosi
    After breakfast we head to the bus station in order to take the bus to Potosi. We cross the beautiful landscape of the Cordillera de los Frailes. It basically consists of two parts; the western region is a volcanic field which dates back to the late Miocene and the eastern part, the so-called Maragua Syncline, which is much older, is a mountain range of sedimentary rock of Cretaceous-Paleocene origin in a north-south thrust. We arrive in Potosi after approx. 3 ½ hours and the rest of the day is free. B 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 with classic night bus - Departure with midmorning bus

    Difficulty Level:
    Short hikes

    Comfort:
    1 night in bus, 2 nights in shelter and 1 night 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)
    - 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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