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