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La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour by Bus

1. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour by Bus

Day 1: La Paz, Uyuni Your trip begins with pickup from your hotel in La Paz, from where you will take a night bus to Uyuni at 8:30PM. Your bus will come complete with reclining seats, a bathroom on board, English assistance, and a small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni, Salt Flats, Uyuni, and La Paz Following a relaxed trip on your bus, you will arrive to Uyuni at 7:30AM where your private driver will wait for you to transfer you to the Uyuni headquarters. There you can enjoy a delicious American-style buffet in one of the most popular cafes in the area. Your adventure then begins as you visit the train cemetery, an open museum where you will be able to observe old trains. Next, continue to Colchani where you'll see the salt processors which mine salt from the region. You will then enter the Uyuni Salt Flats where the enchanting landscape of the salt fields and stunning colors are sure to amaze you. Next, head to Incahuasi Island to discover the giant cacti and rock formations. At the end of this small walk on Incahuasi Island, a delicious local lunch will be your reward. You will then be granted time to take photos and learn about the region from your expert guide. Next, return to the salt flats and enjoy a special toast with snacks and warm drinks while watching a wonderful sunset, which will be enhanced by the surrealistic colors and landscapes. Upon culminating this special experience, you will return to the city and drive to the Uyuni Bus Station to embark on your return by bus to the city of La Paz. Upon your arrival in La Paz the following day, your private driver will be waiting for you to move you to a place of your preference.

From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

2. From La Paz: Titicaca, Copacabana, and Isla del Sol Day-Trip

Depart from La Paz on a fully guided day-trip that sails on Titicaca Lake and visits Copacabana and Yumani as well as Isla del Sol. Enjoy a tasty lunch and discover the famous Inca Steps and the Inca Fountain. Leave La Paz at around 7 am and after approximately 3 hours you will arrive at Tiquina, the narrowest part of the Lake Titicaca. Cross to the other side by boat and continue the trip on a 30-minute bus ride to the town of Copacabana. Once there, have lunch and then head towards the shore to catch a boat to the Isla del Sol, where you will see the Inca steps and the Inca fountain, also known as the youth fountain.  This Inca fountain represents the 3 pillars of the Aymara Culture, Ama Sua, Ama Llulla, and Ama Quella, which mean, you shall not steal, shall not lie, and shall not be lazy. Afterward, visit the town of Yumani and then start heading back to the port to catch the boat back to Copacabana. Once in Copacabana, explore the church, main square, and the crafts market. By 6 PM you will catch the bus back to La Paz, where you should arrive back in the city by 10 PM.

La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

3. La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

Day 1: La Paz to Uyuni Your service begins with pickup from your hotel in La Paz (1 hour before the bus departure time), at which point you will take a night bus to Uyuni. The selected bus comes with reclining seats, a bathroom on board, English assistance, and a small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni to San Juan Following a 9-hour bus ride, you will be transferred to the offices where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast before beginning your tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the colorful lagoons. The first stopping point is the "train cemetery", where you will be able to see old and time-worn trains. You will then continue your tour to the "Salar de Uyuni" by Colchani, where you can observe the manual processing of edible salt. Following this, your tour continues to visit the salt mounds and the center of the Salar, where you will visit the Isla Incahuasi, a natural formation of volcanic rock and giant cacti. Your trip then continues to the opposite side of the Salar to go to San Juan, a town located on the banks of the Salar where you will spend the night in a comfortable room and enjoy a delicious local dinner. Day 3: San Juan to Laguna Colorada After enjoying a delicious breakfast, your guide will direct you to the south west where you will discover the Cañapa, Stink, Chiarkota, Honda, and Ramadita lagoons. At these locations you can observe large amounts of flamingos and other birds, such as Andean Geese and seagulls that accompany the flamingos in these lagoons which are flanked by picturesque snowy volcanoes. Your tour then continues to the "Laguna Colorada" where you will spend the night in a basic room with warm blankets and sleeping bags. Following an exquisite local dinner, you can observe the stars and the milky way which are clearly visible due to this place being considered one of the cleanest places on the planet. Day 4: Lagoons, Uyuni, La Paz On your fourth day you can get up early to go in search of the geysers known as "Morning Sun". This will allow you to get to see the first rays of sunlight in this picturesque area where volcanoes seem active and emit fumaroles and volcanic activity in small quantities. Continuing with your trip, you will travel over the highest point of the road at approximately 5,000 meters above sea level. Your trip then continues with a visit to Laguna Colorada before continuing to the "stone tree" and along the high plateau road to reach the hot springs of Polques. There you can take a hot bath and then cross the desert of Dali to reach the green lagoon located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Your tour then returns to Uyuni, where on the Camino you can observe Andean plants and animals of the area before you arrive to Uyuni at 5:00PM. Following a short break, you will be transferred to your bus for your return to La Paz. Day 5: La Paz Following your bus trip, you will return back to La Paz. There a transfer vehicle will be waiting for you to transfer you to a destination of your choosing.

La Paz: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

4. La Paz: Mountain Bike Down the World's Most Dangerous Road

The dramatic and scenic “World’s Most Dangerous Road”, locally known as “Death Road”, “Camino de la Muerte” is a must-do adventure activity in South America. Your highly-trained English-speaking guides and mechanics will give you all the assistance you need to get down safely, comfortably, and with amazing time. Your guides have been riding this road for over 20 years, and know how to get it done with utmost safety and security. Drive up from La Paz, Bolivia, and begin biking at wind-swept La Cumbre at 4700 meters altitude. At this height, you’ll get fantastic views of a number of snow-covered peaks. From here, descend rapidly down a twisting asphalt road among mountain peaks, grazing llamas, alpacas, and tiny villages. Stop for refreshments, photos, and rests along the way, all the better to give you time to take in the scenery: towering cliff faces, dramatic drops and even greener vegetation. This will give you time to prepare yourself for the next breath-taking section of the ride. Descend even further, and after a brief undulating section of the road, you’ll enter the jungle itself and the most challenging part of the ride. This infamous narrow dirt road is cut precariously into the side of the mountain and descends 2000 meters in altitude. Ride on through mist, low cloud, and dust. As the end gets near, it gets progressively hotter and dustier. By the time you arrive at the bottom in Yolosa, you’ll be hot, dirty, and exhilarated, having conquered Death Road with no fear. Just around the corner, you’ll visit La Senda Verde Animal Refuge to enjoy a buffet lunch and take in the magnificent scenery and the animals of the Yungas. While there, have the chance to see some of the region's native animals, including hundreds of monkeys, an Andean spectacled bear, capibara, birds, and so much more. Your visit helps the refuge maintain their incredible work rescuing animals from the black market. Many happy riders have said this was the best experience of their trip to Bolivia. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, your guides, bike, and coaching will get you down safely and feeling amazing for having done it. There’s truly no downhill ride like this in the world.

La Paz: Cable Car, Cemetery, Shaman, and El Alto Tour

5. La Paz: Cable Car, Cemetery, Shaman, and El Alto Tour

See La Paz from the sky and explore the alternative side of the city on this off-the-beaten-track tour. Start in the city center and ride the red cable car to El Alto, marveling at the spectacular panoramic views. Stop by the famous cemetery and take in the works of art at its open-air gallery. In El Alto, visit a local shaman and learn about Andean spirituality and healing herbs, as well as having your fortune read in coca leaves. Explore the vibrant neighborhood of El Alto, a district known for its fascinating combination of historical tradition and big-city lifestyles, with an expert local guide. Board another teleférico (cable car) and make your way back to the city center, admiring the incredible views along the way. 

La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour

6. La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour

Discover La Paz like a local on a 2.5 to 3-hour walking tour with an English-speaking guide. Learn more about the history, culture and traditions of the city and its people, such as why the women wear such amazing hats and why there are zebras on the streets! Hear why the shoe shiners wear masks, and why there has been so much political turmoil in the city over the years. Visit the Witches' Market to discover what potions you should buy, and get explanations about the beliefs of the people of the Andes. Go to Plaza Murillo to admire the Presidential Palace, National Congress of Bolivia, Cathedral of La Paz and other historic monuments.

3-Day Salt Flats and Colored Lagoons Tour from Uyuni

7. 3-Day Salt Flats and Colored Lagoons Tour from Uyuni

Spend a memorable 3 days on a visit to the Uyuni Salt Flats and colorful lagoons. Marvel at the flamingos and the sunsets. Relax in the hot springs at Termas de Polques. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 At the Uyuni Salt Flats, see salt processing and visit the Hotel de Sal. Travel to Fish Island and then head to Galaxy Cave to see ancestral burials and petrified cactus. Spend the night in a hostel dormitory. Day 2 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Head south to the Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramadita lagoons to see the colors and tones nuanced by wind and time, as well as large numbers of flamingos. Take in one of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet. Spend the night at a hostel. Day 3 (Breakfast, Lunch) See the geysers at Sol de Mañana at dawn, and pools where the land seems to boil in an array of colors. Take a dip in Termas de Polques and enjoy breakfast outdoors. Return for lunch at Laguna Colorada, a nesting center for 3 species of flamingos.

La Paz to Uyuni: Sleeper Bus Ticket and Hotel Pick-Up

8. La Paz to Uyuni: Sleeper Bus Ticket and Hotel Pick-Up

Your tour starts at 8:30 pm in your centrally located hotel or hostel in La Paz, Bolivia where your guide will be waiting to greet you. Take a short drive with your guide to the La Paz bus terminal. Once you board your bus, dinner will be waiting for you so you can kick off your journey in absolute comfort.  Set off from the La Paz terminal at 10:00 pm. Admire the spectacular views of the Andean countryside on your route, including the volcanic hills, and even do a bit of animal spotting. Whilst onboard, feel free to make use of the bathroom facilities as you please. Rest comfortably on your trip to Uyuni with warm blankets, air conditioning, heating, an on-board bathroom, Wi-Fi and full bed seats. You should arrive in Uyuni at approximately 07:30 am. You can then enjoy a private transfer to your accommodation in the city and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

From La Paz: Austria Peak One-Day Climbing Trip

9. From La Paz: Austria Peak One-Day Climbing Trip

Begin the experience with hotel pickup in La Paz and then head out to Condoriri, passing the city of Al Alto, which is the fastest growing in South America. Witness the abundance of brand new, half-finished construction projects before coming to views of the beautiful Cordillera Real. After reaching the village of Palcoco, take to the dirt roads which lead up the valley toward the Condoriri range. Upon arrival at the Laguna Chira Khota, turn left and follow a trail up to the summit of the Austria Peak at 17,388 feet. After reaching the summit and marveling at views over the other mountains, head back down the valley to the vehicle which will take you back to your hotel for drop-off. The day includes a 2 to 3-hour drive, a 6 to 8-hour trek, and a boxed lunch.

2-Day Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flats including Tunupa Volcano

10. 2-Day Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flats including Tunupa Volcano

You will start at approximately 10.00 a.m. and visit the train cemetery before heading to the Great Salt Lake. Along the way, you'll meet the people of Colchani, where you will see an artisan salt processing plant. Then you'll enter Salar de Uyuni and head to Incahuasi Island (known as Fish Island) where you can observe the famous giant cacti. Next, you'll encounter the town of Coqueza located at the foot of Tunupa Volcano the banks of the Salar. You'll spend the night at a salt hotel with private rooms. If time permits, you can head to the banks of the salt flat to witness a breathtaking sunset. After dinner, enjoy an evening walk near the hotel to stargaze. Watch the sunrise from near the hotel followed by an optional breakfast in salar or at the hotel. Then you'll continue the trip to Chandani's art museum, followed by a visit to Coquesa. Here you'll climb to the top of Tunupa Volcano for panoramic views of the salt flats. Next, it's a visit to the cave of mummies before a slow descent to the base of the volcano. Then you'll begin the drive back to Uyuni, enjoying breakfast along the way as well as a dazzling sunset.

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What people are saying about Bolivia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 236 reviews

You utilise the public bus but we had no qualms about this - it felt similar to previous private coaches we had used previously. It was comfortable and efficient. Juan (our English speaking tour guide) was AMAZING - thank you, Juan. He is from Lake Titicaca and so speaks very passionately and knowledgeably about the history of this breathtaking area. He was very kind and it was invaluable having him to guide us through the day (really, don’t think we could put a price on that - you could probably book the bus and boat for cheaper but with poor Spanish I think it would almost be impossible). Also make sure you download the app. They tried to contact us via this to confirm pick up (instead of email/WhatsApp/calling) and when we didn’t reply they cancelled our pick up. Luckily we were able to get through to them on the morning when our bus didn’t show up and they organised a second tour guide, but it did set us back an hour.

Could have been a disaster but it was great! All the streets were blocked and secondary roads had been dug up with a backhoe! Welcome to Bolivian peaceful protest (a bloqueo). Many tours never made it out of La Paz. Thanks to our knowledgeable, intrepid and highly skilled driver, we made it out to the expressway on dirt roads with no signs. The detour took about 3-4 hours. Then we made it to every sight promised! We had guide Juan, a gentle soul educated at university in tourism and a native Aymara local full of knowledge of the geology, customs, plant life and history. This tour made a huge impression on us, for the beautiful sights on this tour, for our guides who persisted in getting us to our destinations come hell or high water, and for witnessing Bolivian activism.

A must do on your first day in La Paz. Max, our tour guide was super knowledgeable, showing us all the top sights in the city. The price was super affordable and Max was an absolute blast, so I recommend requesting him :)

Driver was waiting for me, and was friendly and helpful. He even stopped briefly to show me a beautiful view over La Paz at night-time!

Amazing tour, really well organised. Tour of a lifetime, so many amazing sites. Would definitely recommend.