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A Pinch of Uyuni- Extension

A Pinch of Uyuni- Extension

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Description

Bolivia is a landlocked nation complete with towering mountain peaks, high altitude plains, colonial cities and lush farming lands. With nearly 65 percent of the population belonging to the Aymara, Quechua and other indigenous groups, it is the most ‘Indian’ nation in South America.

Trip Name
A Pinch of Uyuni- Extension
Last Updated
2018-09-25
Days
3
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • If you've ever dreamt of walking on water (well, at least on a lake), this is your chance. Cross the epic white expanse of Bolivia's salt lakes in a 4WD with a local guide
  • You know those trippy photos of tiny travellers standing on spoons and skateboards? They were probably taken on the Salar de Uyuni. So get snap-happy and start bending some perspectives. Remember, there is no spoon...
  • Where does a train go when it dies? To a graveyard of course! Pay your respects to the rusty, abandoned trains at Uyuni's eerie Train Cemetery
  • Step inside a surrealist painting as you explore the rocky Isla Wasi. Rising out of the salt pans and covered with giant cacti, this is not your run-of-the-mill island. It is WAY cooler

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. Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Day 1 - La Paz
Touch down in lovely, but dizzying, La Paz. Dizzying because it sits at a spectacular 3,660 metres above sea level. Perched on the edge of a canyon and backed by the looming Mount Illimani, La Paz makes sipping a cup of Bolivian tea a jaw-dropping experience. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 6 pm in the hotel our local representative. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.
Day 2 - La Paz -Uyuni
This morning you will take an unescorted flight from La Paz to Uyuni. The flight time will be advised at your evening meeting on Day 1. In Uyuni you will be met by another local representative who will accompany you for the duration of the Salt Flats tour. The remote town of Uyuni sits on the edge of the high altiplano, which extends towards the border with Argentina and Chile. The town 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. Depending on when you arrive into Uyuni, you'll visit a Train Cemetery either today or tomorrow. Uyuni's salt 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 and visit the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how the locals farm and process salt from the Salar. This evening we’ll watch the sun set over the Salar, before heading back to our hotel in Uyuni Town.
Day 3 - Uyuni- La Paz
This morning you'll take an included 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 the last day please ensure it's no earlier than 2pm. Alternatively if you wish to fly out earlier 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. At Geckos, we're always looking for ways to improve our trips, and your feedback can really help. It tells us what we're doing right and what improvements could be made to help future travellers choose and enjoy Geckos. At the end of your adventure, it would be great if you could take a few minutes to complete our on-line feedback form. Just go to https://bookings.geckosadventures.com/bookings/en_AU/feedback/.  We’d love to hear what you have to say!
Day 4 - Uyuni- La Paz
This morning we will visit Galaxy Cave before taking an afternoon flight back to La Paz. Your trip ends on arrival at La Paz airport. If you are booking a departure flight for today, please ensure it's after 8pm. For trips starting on Wednesday and ending on Saturday departure flights must be out after 11pm on the final day. If you require extra accommodation in La Paz and or a transfer from the airport to the hotel, we can arrange this for you. Please speak to your travel agent regarding this.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

Transport

4WD vehicle,Mini-van,On foot,Plane

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