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Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert

Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert
Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert
Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert
Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert
Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert
Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert
Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert

Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert

Duration

3 Days / 2 Nights

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Trip Overview

Located at 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. Thousands of years ago, the area now occupied by the salt flat was home to a giant prehistoric lake. As it slowly dried up, the lake left behind two smaller lakes and the vast salt flats that we know today.  

It’s no exaggeration to say that Salar de Uyuni is one of the most spectacular natural attraction in the world. The flats are like a giant mirror, covering an expanse of more than 10,000 square kilometers (3,900 sq mi). From a distance it looks like a vast sheet of ice, but as you reach the flats you’ll see the strange hexagonal formations that cover the surface, formed by salt crystallization from the evaporating water.  

As well as the otherworldly landscapes, visitors to Uyuni will see buildings made from blocks of salt, a train cemetery, strange cacti-covered “islands” and some of the clearest night skies imaginable, stretching from one horizon to the other. 

DAY BY DAY SCHEDULE

After you’ve had your breakfast, will pick you up from your hotel in La Paz and take you to the airport for your flight at Uyuni. We’ll pick you up from the airport in Uyuni and then depart for the salt flat. Our first stop will be the Train Cemetery, where rusty old trains sit in the desert, a strange and incongruous sight indeed. We’ll also visit the village of Colchani, where you can see the salt extracting process and local handicrafts made of, you guessed it, sa...

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  • Meals Included: Picnic Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we’ll head out to the north side of Salar de Uyuni. Here we can have a look at the Coquesa mummies, human archeological remains found in a small cave near the Tunupa Volcano. From here we have a fine vantage point for looking across the immensity of the salt flats. We’ll then explore the circular and dripping-wet Chiquini Cave, which is full of stalactites and stalagmites. We will have a picnic lunch or visit a nearby restaurant, and more time to explore the flats and take photos. 

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

On Day 3 we’ll have breakfast and then your driver will take you from Uyuni to Ollague and onto San Pedro De Atacama.  

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation: Hotels Superior Room with private bath  
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: La Paz, Uyuni, 
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner 
  • Shared land transportation from and to hotel 
  • Meals mentioned in the program 
  • Professional Guided tour ENG 
  • Visits mentioned in the program 
  • 4WD Private Transportation 
  • Excursions to the Salar de Uyuni 
  • Uyuni entrance fee 
  • First aid kit, if you are taking any medications, please bring your prescription with you 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Minimum medical and emergency evacuation insurance 
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance 
  • Gratuities 
  • Internal flights from La Paz to Uyuni 

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