Bolivian Salt Flats Adventure

Bolivian Salt Flats Adventure

From $ 1,215 AUD

Description

Experience the surreal beauty and overwhelmingly vast expanse of Salar de Uyuni on this journey to one of South America’s most striking natural landscapes. This is a place where things are put in perspective; where the enormity of the scene highlights the fragility of everything else, where harsh is beautiful, time is obscured and reality seems more like a dream.

Trip Name
Bolivian Salt Flats Adventure
Last Updated
2019-07-24
Days
3
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt lake. Cross the perspective-bending white expanse in a 4WD with a local guide, making several fascinating stops along the way
  • Uyuni was once a distribution centre for trains carrying minerals to the Pacific. Walk among rusty, abandoned trains in the old Train Cemetery
  • As you explore the rocky island of Isla Wasi, rising from the salt pans and covered with flowering cacti, you might feel like you've stepped inside a surrealist painting

Itinerary

WET SEASON ITINERARY ALTERNATION From December to March during the wet season it’s likely we will not be able to cross the Salt Lake due to flooding, therefore your itinerary will be altered slightly and alternative activities will be scheduled. During this time there are countless photo opportunities. The water covering the slat lakes creates a mirror effect.The mirroring effect of the water results in the striking illusion of there being two skies, two sunsets and two sunrises. You will still have a full day on the salt lake and it will be mainly spent driving around searching for best photos. The night usually spent in the Salt Lake hotel will instead be spent in the hotel in Uyuni town Flight from La Paz to Uyuni: This itinerary outlined in the Essential information is designed around having an early morning flight from La Paz to Uyuni on day 2 of the tour. On occasions due to avalability we may not be able to secure an early morning flight or alternatively the airline may cancel flights, which of course is out of our control. Should this occur on the date you are confirmed on, we will confirm an afternoon flight to Uyuni for you and the program will be moved one day forward. Day 2 - Upon arrival to Uyuni, transfer to hotel. No activities on this day. Day 3 - Full day program (usually on day 2) This day includes a sunset on the salt flats. We will do our very best to book a late enough flight back to La Paz so you can enjoy the sunset, however on occasion and expecially during the summer months when the sun sets later, it may not be possible.

Day 1 - La Paz
Kamisaki! Welcome to Bolivia. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 6 pm.Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Day 2 - Salar de Uyuni
This morning you will catch a flight to Uyuni.  The remote town of Uyuni sits on the edge of the high altiplano, which extends towards the border with Argentina and Chile. Your first stop will be at the Train Cemetery. Uyuni was once a distribution hub for trains carrying minerals on their way to Pacific Ocean ports. In the 1940s the mining industry collapsed and many trains were abandoned. Next, visit the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how the locals farm and process salt from the Salar. Finally it’s time for highlight of this trip: the Uyuni's salt flats. The flats are a 12,000-square-kilometre expanse of perfectly flat salt. Spend a full day exploring the lake by 4WD. Make sure you snap some classic perspective-bending photographs with your group. Discover the cacti and coral-like structures on the rocky island of Isla Inca Wasi. Weather depending, you will be at the flats well into the evening to watch the sun set over the Salar, before heading back to your hotel in Uyuni Town.
Day 3 - Uyuni/ La Paz
This morning you'll take a flight back to La Paz airport, where sadly your adventure comes to an end. If you are booking a departure flight from La Paz for this day please ensure it's no earlier than 2pm. Alternatively please check with us within 30 days from departure and we can advise you what time your flight from Uyuni is due to arrive in La Paz. If you need additional accommodation in La Paz and/or a transfer into the city, we'd be happy to help. Just have a chat with your booking agent.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
06-01-202008-01-2020AUD $ 1,215-
06-02-202008-02-2020AUD $ 1,215-
12-03-202014-03-2020AUD $ 1,215-
11-04-202013-04-2020AUD $ 1,215-
04-05-202006-05-2020AUD $ 1,215-
16-05-202018-05-2020AUD $ 1,215-
15-06-202017-06-2020AUD $ 1,215-
11-07-202013-07-2020AUD $ 1,215-
13-08-202015-08-2020AUD $ 1,215-
12-09-202014-09-2020AUD $ 1,215-
10-10-202012-10-2020AUD $ 1,215-
12-11-202014-11-2020AUD $ 1,215-
12-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 1,215-
09-01-202111-01-2021AUD $ 1,215-
11-02-202113-02-2021AUD $ 1,215-
11-03-202113-03-2021AUD $ 1,215-
12-04-202114-04-2021AUD $ 1,215-
13-05-202115-05-2021AUD $ 1,215-
12-06-202114-06-2021AUD $ 1,215-
12-07-202114-07-2021AUD $ 1,215-
12-08-202114-08-2021AUD $ 1,215-
04-09-202106-09-2021AUD $ 1,215-
13-09-202115-09-2021AUD $ 1,215-
11-10-202113-10-2021AUD $ 1,215-
11-11-202113-11-2021AUD $ 1,215-
11-12-202113-12-2021AUD $ 1,215-

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,plane

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