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La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz Tour By Bus

Country: Bolivia
City: Uyuni
Duration: 2 Day(s) - 1 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) 1 day

This 1-day tour of the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) offers you the chance to visit one of the main attractions in Bolivia even if you don’t have much time. On and around the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) (the largest Salt Flats in the world with acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2) you get to visit the train cemetery, the salt exploitation village Colchani, the "Ojos del Salar" and the island Incahuasi with its giant cacti.

Day 1: La Paz – Uyuni

At 19h30 you are transferred from your hotel (La Paz center) to the bus station in La Paz. The bus station is famous for having been built by Gustave Eiffel (Eiffel Tower in Paris, France) and used to be the railway station of La Paz. At 21h00 we start our journey to Uyuni and our route takes us first to Oruro from where we descend through Challapata where the asphalt gives way to dirt tracks. If the first 350km/218mi seemed easy, some of Bolivia’s worst roads lie ahead of us; holes, mud, river crossings, cold and detours.

Finally, after this adventure, we arrive in Uyuni around 07h00 where you have time for breakfast before the tour starts.

Day 2: Uyuni – Colchani - Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) – Incahuasi - Uyuni – La Paz

We start our journey around 10h30 in the morning and our first stop will be the locomotive cemetery which is a vestige of more prosperous times. From here we continue to Colchani which is a small village situated on the edge of the Salar and whose inhabitants live from salt exploitation. In Colchani we discover how the salt is processed manually and we visit the small salt boutique, which also serves as a museum, where we can see large salt carvings and other objects (pottery, jewelry, tools, etc.).

After this impressive visit with the craftsmen on the top of the world we enter the famous Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats); the biggest salt desert in the world with an acreage of 10.582km²/4.086mi2. One of the particularities of the Uyuni Salt Flats is that it contains a reserve of 9 million tonnes of Lithium which represents 40% of world production.

We head to the Island Incahuasi which mistakenly is better known as the Fisherman’s Island. This geological formation is a remnant of petrified coral and is covered in giant cacti that can get up to 12m/39.37ft high. From the top of the island, we have a wonderful 360° view of the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) . We return to Uyuni where you have time for dinner before taking the bus to La Paz. L

Day 3: La Paz Arrival

We arrive in La Paz around 06h30 where a member of our team will be waiting to bring you to your hotel (La Paz center). End of our services

General Information

Highlights: Uyuni tour 1 day, Uyuni tour 1 day, Uyuni tour 1 day, Train Cemetery, Colchani, Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats), Incahuasi island

Service: Spanish speaking driver/guide or Spanish speaking driver and English speaking guide depending on the chosen option

Guaranteed departure: from 2 people

Group size: 2 to 6 people

Transportation: Arrival from La Paz and Departure for La Paz with touristic night bus

Difficulty Level: Short walks

Comfort: 2 nights in bus

Elevation: Tour starts in La Paz between 3600m/11.810ft and 4200m/13.780ft, Uyuni 3650m/11.980ft/11.980ft/11.980ft

Included in the price:

- Transfers and transport as indicated in the day to day program
- Meals as indicated in day to a day program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, and D=Dinner)
- The assistance of your driver/guide or driver and guide depending on the chosen option and his expenses and fees
- The assistance of our local teams; driver(s) and logistics department (24/7)

Not included in the price:

- Entrance fees to parks, sites, and museums (allow for approx. 60 bs (bolivianos – national currency) per person – this is an estimate and actual prices may vary)
- Everything not mentioned in “Included in the price”
- Obligatory personal travel insurance - Possible visa expenses
- Personal equipment

Expenses during the tour:

- Tips, drinks, and other personal expenses
- Meals not mentioned

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