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. Then we continue towards the Salar de Uyuni itself where we visit The Island Incahuasi, an interesting hilly outcrop in the middle of the salt desert. On this hill, grow giant cactus reaching altitudes of 7 meters and more. Lunch and after a short rest, we do an overland cross of the Salar de Uyuni in our way to visit the Galaxy Cave, an interesting geological formation. Nearby is located the Devils Cave where we will find some well-preserved old mummies. Our final visit will be to the Train Cemetery, located 3 km outside Uyuni and connected to it by the old train tracks. The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892, and the mining companies mostly used the trains for the mining operations. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed and trains abandoned on the place where now we know as the train cemetery. Transport back to Uyuni.

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

Not included: extras, beverages, personal travel insurance. 

 
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