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La Paz: 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus

1. 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: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour by Bus

2. 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.

2-Day Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flats including Tunupa Volcano

3. 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.

La Paz: 3-Day Salar de Uyuni Tour by Air

4. La Paz: 3-Day Salar de Uyuni Tour by Air

Day 1: You will be picked up from your hotel in La Paz at 6:00AM, at which point you will be transferred to the International Airport of El Alto from where you will fly to Uyuni. After a 45-minute flight, you will land at the International Airport of Uyuni, where you will meet your English-speaking professional guide and your driver. You will then enjoy a delicious American-style buffet breakfast in one of the most popular cafes in the area. Your trip will then begin with a visit to an outdoor museum of ancient and impressive field trains. You will enter the Salar by Colchani where you will be able to see the salt process and piles of salt, and visit a salt hotel before continuing downtown to visit the Incahuasi Island of volcanic rock and giant cacti. This is also an area that can be climbed to attain extraordinary viewpoints of the white salt plain. That evening, you will stay overnight at the Basic Salt Hostel in a private room with an en-suite. Day 2: On the second day your trip will continue in the direction of the south, where large numbers of flamingos can be found. Other birds, such as geese and Andean gulls, accompany the flamingos in these lagoons which are flanked by snow-capped volcanoes. You will then pass through the desert sand in order to reach your hotel. That night you will stay overnight at a basic hostel in a private room where you can watch the sun set over one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. Day 3: At dawn you will venture in search of the geysers Sol de Mañana. This will be the highest point of the route, sitting at about 5,000 meters above sea level. The cold here is intense, and you will see pools where the land seems to boil red. The desert and Salar de Chalviri is another scene of great landscape value that combines the white snow, ocher desert, the blue of the water, and the white of the borax. In one corner you can take a bath in Termas de Polques, and enjoy a hearty breakfast outdoors. After leaving this desert valley, you will visit the Laguna Verde, at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. You will arrive at this lagoon just in time to see how the water goes from emerald green to a duller shade of blueish-green. You will then return in the car, stopping for lunch at Laguna Colorada, the main nesting center of the three species of flamingos. You will be returned to Uyuni Airport to board the flight back to La Paz, where your tour will then conclude.

Uyuni: Starlight and Sunrise Salt Flats Tour

5. Uyuni: Starlight and Sunrise Salt Flats Tour

Your tour will begin early at 3:00AM as you are picked up from your hotel. From there, you will travel in private to the Uyuni Salt Flats. As you arrive, enjoy the clarity of nature that is present in this region, from where you can observe the milky way and other constellations as your guide explains to you everything you observe above. Next, return to the white plain of salt to observe this natural wonder that can only be seen on this part of the planet. Your guide will lead you to a part of the salt flats which is flooded with water, where you will be able to see the famous stunning reflections which are strongest at sunrise.  To complete this unforgettable experience, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast which will be prepared for you by your guide. This will enable to you to receive the first rays of the sun as you enjoy a delicious local breakfast. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be taken back to Uyuni to be dropped off at an area of your choosing.

Salar de Uyuni Private Day Trip

6. Salar de Uyuni Private Day Trip

Explore the magnificent Salar de Uyuni salt flat by private car on a day trip, with lunch. Admire the dramatic landscapes of the Andes mountains with a local guide. Depart in the morning and visit a train cemetery before making your way to the salt flat in the Bolivian Altiplano. Visit an artisanal salt processing plant in Colchani, and see how the salt is extracted. Marvel at the giant cacti on Incahuasi Island.  Then, continue towards the town of Tahua at the foot of Volcan Tunupa on the shores of the Salar de Uyuni. Watch a stunning sunset over the salt flat to end your experience.

Uyuni: Sunset Salt Flats Tour with Wine Tasting

7. Uyuni: Sunset Salt Flats Tour with Wine Tasting

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and heads out towards the unique and sprawling landscapes of the salt flats. Upon arrival, feel transported to an otherworldly location and soak up the incredible views of this magical location. Explore the salt flats and visit areas flooded with water to capture incredible photos in the reflections. Then, relax with a glass of Bolivian wine or a traditional cocktail as you admire the sunset across the horizon and the changing colors of the sky and the salt flats themselves. When night falls, gaze up at the starlit sky and marvel at the wonders of nature before your eyes. See the beauty of the Milky Way, watch out for shooting stars, and stay warm with a hot drink. At the end of a truly enchanting experience, relax and reminisce about the trip during the journey back to your hotel.

Salar de Uyuni and Lunch

8. Salar de Uyuni and Lunch

Leave the city of Uyuni to visit the Train Cemetery and the salt lake. Stop in the small town of Colchani and pass the plant where artisan salt is processed. Visit the waterholes and observe the extraction of the salt. View the Playa Blanca Hotel, one of the first hotels in the salar. Take a break and enjoy lunch in the middle of Salar de Uyuni, the worlds largest salt flat. Arrive at the foot of the dormant Tunupa volcano and use this opportunity to take photos. Observe the wildlife that surrounds the area, including flamingos. Watch the sunset at the Salar de Uyuni, with a glass of wine in your hand. 

Uyuni: Uyuni Salt Flats with Sunset and Wine Tasting

9. Uyuni: Uyuni Salt Flats with Sunset and Wine Tasting

Your experience begins with pickup from your Hotel in Uyuni in a private vehicle. From there, you will drive to the train cemetery, an open-field museum, before continuing the tour to Colchani, where you will observe the salt processors. You will also visit the salt mounds and water eyes, where you can take spectacular photographs. Before lunch, you will reach Incahuasi Island, a natural volcanic rock formation that houses many giant cacti. Following a short walk, you can find the top of the island from where you will receive a panoramic view of the Uyuni salt flats. During lunch you can enjoy typical regional food away from the accumulation of tourists, in a deserted area in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni. For sunset, your guide will take you to an area which is flooded with water where you will be able to observe the stunning reflections as they mirror the sunset. To top this experience off, your will accompany this special moment with wine tasting and Bolivian cocktails. Once the sun has set and you have enjoyed your cocktails, you will be transferred back to your Uyuni accommodation.

Uyuni: Full-Day Salt Flats Tour with Overnight Hotel Stay

10. Uyuni: Full-Day Salt Flats Tour with Overnight Hotel Stay

Begin your Uyuni adventure with private pickup from your hotel. Visit a train museum that houses historic trains from times of yore. Be transported by your guide to the Uyuni salt flats and admire the natural beauty of this stunning location. Take advantage of great photo opportunities and then make a visit to Cactus Island. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the middle of the salt desert and then make use of free time to wander this unique location, learning about the region from your expert guide.  Travel to a distinctive area of the salt flats to watch a breathtaking sunset. Make a toast and admire magnificent colors reflecting off the sand and water. At the end of this beautiful experience, relax in an execptioanl hotel made entirely out of salt blocks. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and indulge in the charms of this wonderful hotel. The next day after breakfast, be transported back to Uyuni.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Excellent activity and excellent operator with whom they connected me for the activity. He picked me up at the Hotel, took me to the Transport Terminal, when I arrived in Uyuni they were waiting for me, they received me in a beautiful Hotel where I could stay for a while while they picked me up to take me to the Salar and also have breakfast, then we spent the whole day in the salar with lunch included, on the way back they took me to the terminal again. It is a plan to do as soon as you arrive in La Paz, it is two days where you sleep on the bus. The buses are very comfortable. Excellent activity, accompaniment, guide, transportation. Everything. Many thanks and congratulations for such an excellent service.

Dream come true! the tour guide Peter, was excellent. the knowledge ,photos, drive and places visited were extraordinary!!! Highly recommended.