salar de uyuni

Uyuni is the highest and the largest salt desert in the world. It is located southwest of Potosi at an average altitude of 4000m. The Salt fields of Uyuni and Coipasa are unique, with unusual fauna for this region, and such as pink and white flamingos, geese, ducks, coots, etc. Our tours (combination of 4 WD transport and daily hikes) will take us to one of the most impressive landscapes in South America.
The best months for visiting this amazing area are from April to December (winter) when the dryness of the weather allows traveling without dangers. In the rainy season (January to March), we can find muddy bays which can block the vehicles. The icy winds, the low temperatures (-10º C to -15º C) and the fact that drinking water does not exist in this area, make this beautiful place a dangerous one if you venture to cross it without an experienced guide.


  • With accommodations in small simple lodges/hotels. These simple lodges/hotels offer twin bed rooms for two people with private facilities/shower (hot water is not always available).
  • With accommodations in the comfortable Tayka Hotels. These hotels offer ample comfortable rooms for two people. Rooms have private facilities and shower with hot water. These hotels also have ample, comfortable social areas with a restaurant.

Day 1: Arrival in La Paz:

Arrival in the city of La Paz. Our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to the centrally located hotel in La Paz. Free time for resting, and get used to the high altitude.

Day 2: La Paz.

Today we will make a ½-day tour to visit the city and its main attractions: First, we go to the Killi Killi viewpoint from where we get a great view of the city of La Paz. Then we drive to the Jaen street where we will be visiting 4 museums (Casa Murillo, Gold House, Coca Leaves, and Folklore Music Instruments), then we go down to the Murillo square with the cathedral and the Government House. Our tour will continue to visit the interesting and bizarre witches Indian Market, the busy Sagarnaga Street, San Francisco Square and finally we go for a walk in the area known as the "Moon Valley", an interesting geological formation not far from La Paz. Free afternoon. Hotel accommodations. (B).

Day 3: La Paz – Titicaca Lake Sun Island – La Paz

In the morning, we drive to the town of Copacabana from where, and using a local boat, we navigate to the Sun Island to visit their famous pre-Inca and Inca ruins. On the island of the Sun, believed to be the place of origin of the Inca culture, we will do an interesting 10km trek which will permit us to visit small Indian villages, visit pre-Inca and Inca ruins (Pilcokaina, Sun Temple, Chinkana, etc.), and enjoy the wonderful landscape. In the afternoon boat back to Copacabana, and transport to La Paz. Hotel. B, L.

Day 4: La Paz – Uyuni – Tahua (or Coquesa) Salt Hotel:

In the morning, we transfer you to the airport in La Paz for your flight to Uyuni. Up on arrival in Uyuni with our private transport we take you for an enjoyable trip in the world famous, and impressive, Salar de Uyuni. Our driver will take us towards the town of Coquesa from where we start a 4 hours hike up to the viewpoint (4900m) of Tunupa volcano of 5400m. The ascent is easy but it requires very good physical conditions due to the high altitude. Amaze yourself with the wonderful view of the incredible Salar de Uyuni. In our descend we will visit the Mummies of Coquesa and then we go for a drive on the amazing salt flat desert until we reach the Incahuasi Island where we make a 1 hour hike to the summit of the hill where our guide will explain about the importance of this sacred place for the Incas culture. In the afternoon, we continue to the town of Tahua located on the border of the Salt Field. Lodging. (B, LB, D).

Day 5: Tahua – Fish Island – Agencha (San Pedro de Quemez).

In the morning, we continue our drive crossing the Salar de Uyuni until we reach the base of the hill known as the Fish Island (Isla Pescado). Here we will make a 3 hours hike to the summit of this interesting spot where we find giant cactus, viscachas (rabbit alike Andean rodents - Lagidium viscacia), and other interesting Andean birds, and flora. Later on, we drive towards the south border of the salt desert where we will be visiting the Galaxy cave, an interesting geological formation. Here also we find some pre-Inca mummies. Then we make our final push driving towards the small village of San Pedro de Quemez where we overnight in a local hotel at 4000m. B, LB, D.

Day 6: San Pedro de Quemez – Arbol de Piedra – Laguna Colorada (Ojos de Perdiz):

In the morning, starting from Agencha (San Pedro de Quemez) we make a 4 hours hike towards Pueblo Refugio, a historical small village in this area. Afterwards we continue our drive towards the place known as Ojos de Perdiz, very near to the border with Chile and located at the boundary of the Siloli desert. On the way, we will stop to observe the active Ollague Volcano, and then we continue south towards the area where we find several lagoons of different colors and shapes and where we can observe the Bolivian flamingoes, hundreds of them wandering on the lagoons. The landscape is spectacular. We can also observe vicuñas, alpacas and other birds of the Andes including mountain gulls. With litle luck, perhaps we will be able to observe the flight of the Condor. Stay overnight in a small hotel at Laguna Colorada (or hotel Tayka del Desierto). (B, LB, D).

Day 7: Ojos de Perdiz – Laguna Colorada – Laguna Verde y Blanca:

After breakfast, we start our early morning drive towards the famous Arbol de Piedra, a geological formation well known in this area. From here we continue to the Laguna Colorada and then to the Geysers area known as "Sol de Mañana". Then crossing the Dali desert with its strange rock formations, we continue our drive until we reach the base of the impressive Licancahur Volcano (5960m) just on the border with Chile. Here is located the beautiful Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). Later on, we go to Laguna Blanca where we overnight in one of the basic lodges (no private facilities/shared rooms). (B, LB, D).

Day 8: Climb Licancahur Volcano (5960m) – Quetena.

This day at about 3 a.m., we will start a 7-8 hours technically easy/moderate, but physically demanding climb to the summit of Licancahur volcano. From the summit, and weather permitting, we will enjoy fantastic views of the Atacama area in Chile, and of the Bolivian mountain area. Later on, we descend to the base of the volcano and transport to the village of Quetena. Stay overnight in a basic lodge (3800m). (B, LB, D).

Day 9: Quetena – Climb Uturunco Volcano (6020m) - Mallku:

At 4 a.m., we start our day with a light breakfast and then we drive towards the base of the 6020 meters high Uturunco volcano, an easy climb with no glaciers, but in any way a high altitude mountain activity. Enjoy great views of the surrounding areas. Descend and then we continue afterwards to the town of Mallku. Overnight in a small lodge. B, L, D.

Day 10: Mallku – Uyuni:

A 5-hours trip will take us back to the city of Uyuni. On the way, we will stop at the geological formation known as the Stone Town, and continuing our drive, we pass through the villages of Alota, San Cristobal and finally arrive to Uyuni. Hotel. (B, L).

Day 11: Uyuni – La Paz:

Today after a relaxing morning, we transfer you to the airport in Uyuni from where you will take your flight back to the City of La Paz. Free afternoon, and in the evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner in a nice local restaurant. B, D.

Day 12: La Paz out.

Transfer to the airport and flight back home. B.

Included: All transportation, professional English-speaking guide, comfortable three stars hotel accommodations in La Paz and Uyuni, Simple small hotels & lodges in other sites (First class and Tayka hotels for our upper class tour), noted meals, complete camping equipment, cook, and entrance fees.

Not included: International and domestic flights, airport taxes, food services in hotels and in cities, extras, tips, personal travel insurance.

Grading: easy – moderate – hard

Note: This tour is possible to combine with extensions to the cities of Potosi and Sucre (three extra days).


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