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Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Discover the best tour to the Uyuni Salt Flats in 3 days

3 days
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Uyuni Salt Flats Tour tour information

location_onUyuni
timer 3 days
chat Spanish *
* The driver knows the area and speaks very basic English. For a more detailed explanation of the visited places, a professional bilingual guide is also available as an extra.

Starts

10:30 a.m. at your accommodation in Uyuni

Ends

option A: 1:00 p.m. in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile / option B: 5:30 p.m. in Uyuni

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The Uyuni Salt Flats Tour is the best option to discover the biggest attraction in Bolivia. During the first day, you will visit the train cemetery and the Salar de Uyuni, spending the night in a salt hostel. On the following days, you will access the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, visit the altiplanic lagoons, the Siloli desert, and the geyser field 'Sol de la ma√Īana'.

In total you will travel 900km in a 7-seater 4x4, accompanied by our driver. Who will help you discover the area, ensure quality and safety during the tour.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Uyuni - Train Cemetery - Refinery - Incahuasi Island - Salt Hostel

access_time10 : 30 AM
Departure from Uyuni to the Train Cemetery They'll pick you up around 10:30 a.m. at your accommodation in Uyuni. Our first stop will be a few minutes after leaving in the Cemetery of Trains, where the old locomotives are abandoned, creating a very peculiar landscape.
Train Cementery in Salar de Uyuni 3 days
Colchani and the Salt Museum Then we will go to the Colchani village, where you will get to visit the salt museum and the salt refinery where we will get an insight into the extraction and refinement process and the local handicrafts shops.
Local handicrafts shops in Colchani
access_time12 : 00 PM
Arrival to the Uyuni Salt Flat The group will then enter the salt desert at noon, visiting the salt heaps, the ‚Äúojos del salar‚ÄĚ (small holes where you can see the underground water) and the fascinating Playa Blanca museum built solely with salt blocks of the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Playa Blanca salt museum Uyuni
access_time1 : 00 PM
Incahuasi island ūüĆĶ The next stop will be Incahuasi Island, a place that hosts a unique environment full of giant cacti and thanks to its elevation, becomes one of the best vantage points to enjoy the fascinating landscape. Be sure to take photographs from a different perspective of the Uyuni Salt flats. Later we will take a short walk to lunch in the white plains before continuing the exciting adventure.
Traveler in Incahuasi Island Howlanders
strong>Atardecer en el Salar de Uyuni - Hostal de Sal We will arrive at our accommodation, the Salt Hostel, at roughly 7:00 p.m.. On the way to the hostel, you will have the chance to enjoy the beauty of the salt flats sunset. Once there, we will eat dinner together and spend the night in double or triple rooms with shared bathroom (chosen according to your preferences and availability), or in a private room and bathroom (available as an extra of the tour).
Uyuni Salt Flats sunset

todayDAY 2 San Juan - Eduardo Avaroa Park - Siloli Desert - Laguna Colorada

access_time7 : 00 AM
Altiplanic Lagoons We will begin the day with an early breakfast in order to leave in the direction of the famous Laguna Colorada, one of the largest and most scenic lagoons in the salt flats. We will pass first through the Chiguana salt flats and stop at the Ollague volcano viewpoint for some more panorama views. Afterwards, we will visit the Ca√Īapa, Hedionda, Hona and Ramadita lagoons, known as the altiplanic or colored lagoons.
Altiplanic Lagoon in Salar de Uyuni 3 days
access_time9 : 00 AM
Entrance to the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve We will reach the Eduardo Avaroa national park passing through the Siloli Desert, located more than 16,404 feet (5000 meters) above sea level, which offers absolutely incredible volcanic landscapes of different colors and its famous stone tree. We will stop along the way to eat.
Eduardo Avaroa National Park stone tree Uyuni Salt Flats Howlanders
access_time6 : 00 PM
Laguna Colorada

Finally, we will reach the Laguna Colorada, inhabited by three different species of flamingos. There, we will have some free time and trek around the lagoon for twenty minutes to see all the different animals that inhabit this haven of life.

To finish the day, we will arrive to our refuge near the lagoon and have more free time to walk around the area until nightfall. Dinner will then be served and we will sleep in dorms (six beds) or in a private room (available as an extra of the tour). Please, consider that the accommodation on the second day is humble.
Guanaco in Laguna Colorada

todayDAY 3 Sol de la Ma√Īana - Hot Springs - Salvador Dal√≠ desert - Laguna Verde - Uyuni

access_time4 : 30 AM
Geysers field ‚ÄúSol de Ma√Īana‚ÄĚ We will get up very early to start the journey to the ‚ÄúSol de la Ma√Īana‚ÄĚ geyser field, since the activity is higher during the first hours of the day and only then will you be able to see the many active geysers, fumaroles and even a small crater with volcanic lava.
Tourist in Geyser Sol de la Ma√Īana with volcanic lava
access_time7 : 00 AM
Thermal waters: Termas de Polques The trip continues to the hot springs where we can swim in a pool of natural thermal water. The Polques hot springs can only be visited with the Uyuni Salt flats tour.
Travelers in Termas de Polques Uyuni Salt Flats
access_time9 : 30 AM
Green and White lagoons After the swim we will go to the Salvador Dalí desert and visit the Green and White Lagoons. The incredible views, with the volcano Licancabur in the background, make the perfect setting to explore the area.
Green and white lagoons Salar de Uyuni
End of the Uyuni Salt Flats tour At this point the group have two options:
  • Take another vehicle that will lead us to the center of San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) arriving at 1:00 p.m.
  • Start the road back to Uyuni that crosses the Black Lagoon, the valley of rocks and the San Cristobal village church. We will arrive to Uyuni town around 5:00 p.m. After that you will put an end to this incredible experience of the Uyuni Salt Flats tour.
Signal Uyuni or san Pedro de Atacama road

Tour details

Included

  • Expert driver
  • Accommodation
  • Food with vegetarian option

Not included

  • Access to Incahuasi (30 Bs)
  • Access to Eduardo Avaroa National Park (150 Bs)
  • Acces to hotsprings (6 Bs)
  • Hygiene products
  • Sleeping bag (rent for $8 USD)*
*It is important to know that the indicated price is per person and for the entire tour, as well as the fact that payment is made at the destination. Also, it is recommended to indicate this when booking to ensure availability.

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In order to be able to access the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve it will be essential to submit : -Bolivian travelers or residents in Bolivia: sworn health declaration -Foreign travelers not residing in Bolivia: negative PCR. If you have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card, you must present it upon arrival. You might bring with you 2 photocopies of each document on paper. One copy must be handed in at the office in Uyuni and the other one must be carried with you during your trip. Due to the rainy season (January to March), the end of the tour may be delayed considerably until the end of March, so we recommend not taking any transfer or flights on the last day of the tour. The actual itinerary can change depending on weather conditions or due to other concerns to guarantee the travelers' safety. The visit to Incahuasi is not permitted, so the sunset tour at the salt flats will take place instead.

SAFE ADVENTURE ‚Äď Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

What to bring to Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

When preparing your luggage, remember that the rainy season in the Salt Flats is between December and March. Winter, between May and August, is especially cold, so we recommend you to bring:
  • Passport
  • Warm clothing
  • Raincoat (between December and March)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for $8.00 USD)
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes (if possible hiking boots)
  • Swimwear (for hot springs)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Personal hygiene articles and medication
  • Flashlight
  • Cash for possible additional expenses
  • Camera (the Uyuni Sal Flats are an opportunity for photography lovers)
  • Medication against altitude sickness (if you deem them necessary)

Where does the tour Uyuni Salt Flats Tour start

If you are planning to arrive from La Paz you can fly directly to Uyuni. This route is operated by the airlines Amaszonas and Boa. If you plan to travel to Uyuni by land you should take a bus. We recommend taking the night bus which departs from La Paz at 8 p.m. with the company TransOmar. This providers offers more comfortable seats and even has a bed option that will allow you to sleep on the way. The bus will be arriving in Uyuni at 6:00 a.m. (approximate cost $21.00 USD one way). Upon arrival you will have time for breakfast before starting the tour. *If you arrive in Uyuni on the same day as the tour starts, we offer you a free transfer from the bus station or airport to Uyuni. If you arrive in Uyuni before the day the tour starts, your pickup point will be your accommodation in Uyuni.

Uyuni Salt Flats Tour tour reviews with Howlanders

4.5
Overall rating
Transportation
4.5
Advice
4.6
Guide
4.7
Accommodation
3.8
Quality-price ratio
4.7
moto
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This is a perfect tour.Everything was nice and that is a lucky to meet these very nice people.Driver.guide are all woked very hard.They know every beautiful place in Uyuni and try they best to take us to every fantastic place with perfect timing.

Michelle and Paul
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This trip far exceeded our expectations. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about a range of topics including geology, zoology, ecology and history. The landscape and scenery is so different you get to see lakes, volcanoes, geysers and of course the salt flats. The food was simple but very delicious. The car is small and a little cramped but it doesn’t deter from this amazing experience. Getting the guide was a definite plus and should be considered for all trips. The extra money is worth it! The driver was excellent and knew the roads and the car really well. The accommodation is basic but warm. Hot water isn’t really a thing but the hostel itself was warm and cozy.

Dennis Triplett
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Our guide Saul was awesome!!

Jeff
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An truly fantastic experience, seeing some of the most dramatic landscapes and wildlife. Far better than i had imagined and something i will never forget. Our guide/driver/chef was outstanding with over ten years doing these tours (Sahul/Saul?). Highly recommended.

Questions & Answers

Does the tour depart every day?
Yes, the Uyuni Salt Flats tour deaprts every day at 10:30 a.m. the tour starts, with the exception of not available dates in our website calendar (December 30 and 31 + January 1).

How are the vehicles in which you travel during the tour?
Tours to Uyuni Salt Flats are done with 4x4 cars of 7 seats, four seats for the travelers and one for the driver. Usually is a Toyota Land Cruiser.

How are the accommodations during the tour?
The accommodations are basic. On the first night the accommodation is in a salt hostel, in contrast with other tours in Uyuni, this salt hostel is smaller, with better common areas and more bathrooms, a much better option than the standard salt hostel (subject to availability). The second night, the accommodation is a refuge located next to the red lagoon. In either of the accommodations, there is no a heating system in the rooms and the nights are quite cold, that is why there is the option of renting a sleeping bag, you just have to leave a note in the booking and pay it in the destination. In general, for the whole zone, the accommodation offer in the area is limited. There are only shelters managed by the villagers. These accommodations are very humble without any luxury. If you need a comfortable accommodation and higher quality it is necessary to book a private tour with 3-star hotels (there is no intermediate quality).

Which are the differences between a shared room and a private one?
Shared rooms have from 3 to 6 beds and they are used for other travelers, the bathroom is shared with other rooms. The first night, you can have a hot shower for the cost of 10 pesos bolivianos and during the second night, there is no hot water available (but the next day, your first visit are the thermal waters). The private room has a private bathroom with hot water during both nights and it is not shared with other travelers, moreover you will have bed sheets and blankets, so you will not need a sleeping bag. However, keep in mind that both shared and private rooms are basic.

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