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.

Accommodations:

  • 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.

Starting from the town of Uyuni, we will take you along the impressive Salt Desert with our first visit to Colchani, a typical artisanal salt extracting village. We continue towards the Salar de Uyuni where we visit the Incahuasi Island, an interesting hilly outcrop in the middle of the salt desert. On the summit of this hill covered by giant cactus, we can find remains of the Inca culture. After lunch and a short rest, we drive across the Salar de Uyuni to visit the Galaxy Cave, an interesting geological formation. Here we will also visit the Devil´s cave where we find well-preserved antique mummies. We then head to our final visit, the Train Cemetery, located 3 km outside Uyuni and connected to the city by old train tracks. The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892. At that time, mining companies mostly used the trains for mining activities which ended in the 1940s. As a result many of the trains were abandoned at this place now known as the train cemetery. After our visit we will drive back to Uyuni.

Gross Rates per Person in US$:

Pax Number
Gross us$ pp
2
172
3
150
4
135
5
129
6
120
7/8
115
9/10
107
11/12
102
13/14
99
15/16
89
SS
0

Included: Private transportation (4X4 vehicles), Private English/Spanish speaking guide, lunch, and all entrance fees

Not included: Extra expenses, beverages, personal travel insurance

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