Potosi - (Uyuni Salt Flats) - San Pedro de Atacama Uyuni tour and South Lipez 4 days tour (total of 5 days) - Code: SPOTSPABNPMP4

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  • Potosi - (Uyuni Salt Flats) - San Pedro de Atacama (Arrival with midmorning bus - Departure border (Hito Cajon) by bus)

  • Day 1: Potosi - Uyuni
    Daily departures: Departure for Uyuni at 09h00
    After breakfast you are transferred to the bus terminal for the bus to Uyuni. This small town east of the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) was once a railway transit town and still has two train lines thanks to the Chuquicamata mine in Chile and tourism. From 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. Upon arrival in Uyuni the rest of the day/evening is free.

    Day 2: Uyuni - Colchani – Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) – Incahuasi – Coquesa
    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 we continue to the north of the Salar to Coquesa at the foot of the Tunupa where we spend the night. L/D

    Day 3: Coquesa – Tunupa – San Juan/Puerto Chuvica
    After breakfast we visit the archaeological centre of the Chullpares (graves) of Coquesa and its surroundings. We then continue to climb the Tunupa all the way to the viewpoint (you have the option to go by car) from where we have a panoramic view of the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) . On the way down we pass the “Bofedales” (altitude wetlands) in order to see the rose flamingos and from here we continue to Chuvica or San Juan. B/L/D

    Day 4: 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 5: Reserva Nacional de la Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa - Laguna Colorada – Geyser de Sol de Mañana – Polques thermal springs – Dali Desert – Laguna Verde – Licancabur (5971m/19.590ft) – San Pedro de Atacama
    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 Laguna Verde we continue further south to Hito Cajon which is the Bolivian border control in order to get to Chile. After the administrative formalities you continue to San Pedro de Atacama by bus. End of our services.

  • General Information:

    Highlights: Uyuni tour and South Lipez 4 days, Uyuni tour 1 day, Train cemetery, Colchani, Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) , Incahuasi island, Tunupa, Jewel Route, Laguna Colorada, Stone Tree, Polques Thermal Quellen, Laguna Verde, Siloli Desert, Stone Tree

    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 midmorning bus - Departure border (Hito Cajon) by bus

    Difficulty Level:
    Short hikes and high altitude trek to the Tunupa view point

    Comfort:
    1 night in hotel with private bathroom, 3 nights in shelter

    Elevation:
    Potosi 4070m/13.350ft/13.350ft, Uyuni 3650m/11.980ft/11.980ft, South Lipez up to 4900m/16.080ft, San Pedro de Atacama 2400m/7.874ft

    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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