The amazing salt flat and color lagoon tour includes hostel with private toilet, English speaking guide is operated by our company Andes Salt Expeditions, with daily departures, company with good reputation for more than 25 years of experience, with 3 consecutive certifications of excellence 2015;2016,2017 by Tripadvisor ,the first night sleep in Salt hotel in double , matrimonial, quadruple room with private toilet.
Departures can be scheduled everyday depending on previous client confirmation.
Q) Does the tour have daily departures?
A) Yes. Departures can be scheduled in January,february,march months only depending on previous client confirmation.
Q) How much time in advance should I book the tour?
A) Due to high demand of the tour, we recommend to book at least a week in advance.
Q) Do I need to be vaccinated against yellow fever for the tour?
A) The vaccine against yellow fiber is not required for the tour to the Uyuni Salt and lagoons.
Q) What kind of car is used to do the tour?
A) The tour is made on a 4x4WD (Toyota Land Cruiser,Nisan patrol)
Q) How likely is suffer «sorocchi» or altitude sickness during the tour?
A) The most of the tour is made above 3665 meters to 4,000 meters high, so it is quite likely to suffer «sorocchi», especially the first day of the tour
Q) When is it possible to see the mirror effect on the Uyuni Salt Flat?
A) The mirror effect occurs when there is water on the salt flat. This happens only in rainy periods January, February and March.
Q) Is it possible to do the tour in private service?
A) Yes. To request rates, click on the superior package hotel and English guide service.
Q) Is it possible to do the tour with an English-speaking guide?
A) Yes. The English-speaking guide service for this tour is included in the price.
Salt flat desert expeditions and colorful lagoons are an unforgettable experience, operated by experienced chauffeur guides for more than 10 years each, with extensive knowledge of mechanics, hostels and services are not of high quality, but it is much better with 20 years ago, it is advisable to take this adventure spirit, the mid-range tour is onto the Lipez of Potosi Department -Bolivia, colored lagoons, volcanoes with more than 500 to 600 meters high, with pyroclastic with wonderful colors, inhospitable deserts. The tours are «mid-range expeditions» is done by 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers, Nisan patrol among 6 people, with a driver-mechanic-tour guide. Most of the tours of 3 or 4 days have the same itinerary with the difference that in the tour of 4 days it is made trek to the tunupa or licancabur volcano to choice of tourist, other difference in tour of 4 days is visited by 2 days to the Salt flat of Uyuni, the other 2 days you will see the colored lagoons, green lagoon despairs, volcanoes, flamingos of lipez, and then the exit of that point. The specific sites that are seen depend on the tour, but these sites can be defined by the group and can be defined how much time you want to spend at each point of interest.
The 2 Accommodation is included the first night in salt hostel based on double, triples, quadruples beds,3 days food, standard and the weather can be extremely cold in the night, May, June, July, August, August, 15 degrees below zero, but it is worth the Amazing landscapes.
Expeditions to salt flat and colored lagoons begin in the office of Andes Salt Expeditions located in Uyuni city. To reach Uyuni we have means of transportation buses, airlines like Amazonas, BOA, train, more information in the transport section.
The transfer services from the airport, bus terminal is included in our costs, for this you only need to notify us your arrival in Uyuni 1 day before via email or by calling the mobile 591 72414748 to coordinate your transfer to the hotel or our office, likewise We will transfer you to the airport, bus terminal at the end of the tour.
The capacity of the Toyota land cruiser is 6 tourists 1 driver guide, with the following distribution 1 passenger ahead with driver-guide, 3 passengers in the middle of the vehicle seat and 2 pax in the row of seats in the 3 Days of tour the passengers are rotating of seat.
we also organize tours in private for your comfort in the vehicle only for you, your friends or family, with more space, from 1 pax up to 5 pax, likewise with luxury hotels with the hotel line Tayca, hotel Salty moon, hotel Palacio de sal, hotel cristal samaña with heating, restaurant, wi fi, based on double, triple, quadruple beds, with private water, private bathroom, heating with the difference that the price would have to pay for 6 passengers with additional cost.
The 1st night of the tour will be in salt hostel, based on double beds, triples, Quadruple rooms, with shared bathroom, with shared hot water, we also offer 2 star hostels, with private bathroom, private hot water, based on double, double, triple, quadruple beds at an additional cost not very expensive.
The months of January, February, in Uyuni it is rainy weather because of this the salt flat is flooded with 20 centimeters of water because of this is complicated and dangerous the view to the incawasi island of 80 Km , For the foresight and safety the tourist p is not visited incawasi island in this rainy season, is also recommended between the months of May, June, July, August is winter time where the temperature drops to 15 degrees below zero in Laguna Colorada during At night and at dawn, on the day the temperature is 20 degrees above zero, so it is advisable to wear warm clothing, such as leggings, hats, scarves, thermal mountain shoes, jackets, gloves, sunglasses, sweaters.
The most important thing for the tour of 3 days, 4 days, is required to bring, winter clothes, sleeping bag with option to rent at the tour operator, mineral water 4 liters, sunglasses, snacks like chocolate, sweets , Biscuits to eat before lunch, dinner, camera, iPod, all this in a separate suitcase, the large suitcase that is not used in the 3 days of tour can deposit it in the office of Andes Salt Expeditions without any charge, the reason is That the way of the tour is very bad way of the desert, to avoid breaking the suspension of the Toyota land cruiser, but the passengers that finish the tour in san pedro of Chile we take everything with preference.
For the validity of the reservation and purchase of the tour is required to fill the reservation form, lines below this virtual platform, and when you finish click on the «shopping cart», the purchase of the service should appear in the mini cart in the Right side, then go to the box by clicking on the «checkout» link on the right side of this page. All this must be done with clarity and responsibility to avoid mistakes and confusion. Of course you can ask any questions via emails, we will respond with pleasure.
Day 1: Uyuni / Salt Desert / Mummies Museum / Galaxy cave / Devil’s cave / Salt hotel Itinerary
|From Andes Salt Expeditions office the tour leaves at 10:00 am. In a Toyota land cruiser 4×4 drive. We are going to visit the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of nineteenth and early 20th century steam locomotives and which is a good place to take artistic photographs. Arrival at COLCHANI, lies beside the Salar de Uyuni and is the home of the Cooperative Rosario – the main plant for the iodization of salt. It is the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar. Here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes. We will visit the salt refinery where you will witness the iodization of salt for national consumption, taken to the great salt flat of Uyuni (salar de uyuni) where you first will see the salt mining and the piles of salt (pyramids of salt) after this you go to see the eyes of the salt ( big holes in the salt flat where the water from underneath of this lake still comes out by high pressure) later you go straight to the ex-salt hotel Playa blanca made out salt (the only hotel allowed inside of the salt flats) where you take time for pictures taking a look of the rooms, salt sculptures and the lobby of the hotel and having Lunch in the same place llama meat optional veggie (omelette )after lunch lunch , the Toyota Land Cruiser goes to Incawasi Island ( Inca house Island) is located in the centre of the salar at 100 km from Uyuni . This is the main destination for most salt-desert tours. It is a remarkable and otherworldly place – a hilly outpost covered in trichocerus cacti and a flat, White Sea of hexagonal salt tiles. A large population of stranded viscachas (Andean rodents) inhabits its rocky slopes which also afford views of the salt flats that are reminiscent of the Polar region, dominated by the colours blue and white, but with images of hills turned to one side by 45°. Isla incawasi (Inca house) is an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by cacti up to 10 meter high. Photographers will find that Fish Island is one of the best sites in the world to indulge their passion, see how big is it the unusual formations in the salt flat that look like ,hexagons and pentagons on top and something that you definitely have to do here are the pictures with the huge perspective where people looks so tiny and funny with Funny photos and funny videos . Visit of Devil’s cave, galaxy cavern, It’s a sub aqueous cavern at the moment dries and formed in the previous stage to the freezing, corresponding to volcanic eruptions on waters of the Minchin lake (today Salar).Displays a conformation very different from terrestrial grottos, because instead of customary stalactites and stalagmites it projects from the ceilingcalcares bodies with capricious forms of solidification of the magma to the contact with water.|
After galaxy caves you go west direction to salt hotel with (electricity ,hot whower,dinner,breakfast) opcional private accommodation offering single,double ,triple quadruple room with hot showers with extra payment .Arriving in there you will enjoy some hot coffee or chocolate at the tee time and later a delicious dinner. Where pass the night rest.
Day 2: Salt hotel / Laguna Colorada
|We will have a breakfast. Departure at 7:30 am. headed towards where we can see the petrified volcanic lava then we go to the viewpoint of Ollagüe volcano to enjoy a volcano with little volcanic activity is between Chile and Bolivia, after we got the Chain of lagoons highland lakes where we can appreciate the different types of flamingos, as Cañapa lagoon, laguna Hedionda (lunch) lagoon Chiarcota and lagoon Honda We shall also pass through the Siloli Desert. The route passes through spectacular landscapes with multicoloured volcanic rock formations, and reaches a height of 5000 metres then go to enter the National Reserve Eduardo Abaroa where the Stone tree whose natural form is petrified volcanic lava eroded (volcanic Ignimbrite)by wind and rain so we reach the most important of the second day attractive laguna Colorada quite amount of flamingos, then headed we shall arrive at Laguna Colorada at about 04.00 p.m. Laguna Colorado lies 151 km to the south of San Juan at an altitude of 4278 metres and covers an area of 60 km2. The rich red colouration is derived from algae and plankton, which thrives in its minerals and the shoreline, is fringed with brilliant white deposits of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum. The lagoon is inhabited by numerous flamingos, three species of which breed there. The Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis) reaches a height of just over one metre and has a black-tipped white bill, dirty blue legs, red knees and salmon-coloured plumage. The James flamingo (Phoenicopterus James) is the smallest of the three species. The Andean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus) is the largest of the three and has pink plumage, yell legs and a yellow and black bill. To see these pink posers strutting through icy mineral lagoons at 5000m will make you abandon timeworn associations between flamingos, coconut palms and hot steamy tropics, then headed to the town of Huayllajara where we have dormitories, optional private accommodation offering single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms with hot showers with extra payment you will enjoy some hot coffee or chocolate at the tee time and later a delicious dinner and rest.|
Day 3: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde - San Pedro of Atacama Chile/Uyuni
|We shall depart from Laguna Colorada to Laguna verde at 05:00 AM Wake Up, we Continue Visiting the Geysers volcanic zone ‘Sol de Mañana’ (Morning Sun). Here, at 4850 metres, lies a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots, hellish fumaroles and a thick aroma of sulphur fumes. This is a site of intense volcanic activity. Inside a small crater we shall observe boiling lava, reminding us of the age in which the earth was formed., Hot Springs (Breakfast), Cross Salvador Dali Desert, Green Lake The green colour of this lake arises from high concentrations of lead, sulphur and calcium carbonate., Licancabur Volcano 5960 metres, you Have two Option:|
1st OPTION CONTINUES ENDING IN SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CHILE AT 13:00 PM.
2nd OPTION BACK TO UYUNI, VISITING THE VILLAMAR COMUNITY (LUNCH TIME), We headed to the town of San Cristobal where we can observe a church of colonial times and then go through the barrel of Villa alota continue the Valley of Rocks to observe volcanic lava petrified then we went to the canyon of Catal to observe pretty much llamas and birds , continuing headed to the lagoon Villa Mar and Italy lost natural formation of giant rocks where we can see some flamingos and other birds, and end Uyuni at 17:00pm.