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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.

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From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

2. From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats Luxury Tour

Following pick-up from your La Paz hotel in the morning, transfer to El Alto Airport to catch the 45-minute flight to Uyuni. Get amazing views of La Paz before landing at Uyuni Airport, where an English-speaking guide and private driver will meet your off your flight. Enjoy a delicious American-style buffet breakfast in one of the area's most popular cafés. Go to the amazing train cemetery to see where old trains are laid to rest. Then, learn how salt is processed at the small town of Colchani and enter the Uyuni Salt Flats to be amazed by the salt fields.  Head to Incahuasi Island to see giant cacti and rock formations before a delicious local lunch. Learn about the region from your guide. Continue to the foot of Tunupa Volcano to get stunning views of the Andes landscape and look for native animals such as llamas and vicuñas. Return to the salt flats for a sunset toast, and then drive back to the airport for your return flight to La Paz. Get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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Uyuni: Starlight and Sunrise Salt Flats Tour

3. 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.

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2-Day Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flats including Tunupa Volcano

4. 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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Salar de Uyuni Private Day Trip

5. 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.

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Uyuni: Sunset Salt Flats Tour with Wine Tasting

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

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Uyuni: Uyuni Salt Flats with Sunset and Wine Tasting

8. 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.

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Uyuni: 3-Day Private Uyuni Salt Lake w/ Tayka Hotel

9. Uyuni: 3-Day Private Uyuni Salt Lake w/ Tayka Hotel

Day 1: (L, D) Your adventure will begin by visiting an outdoor museum of the ancient and impressive field trains. Enter the Salar by Colchani, where you will see the salt processing and piles of salt, visit the salt hotel and then continue downtown to visit the Incahuasi Island composed of volcanic rock and giant cactus. Then, climb to the top for an extraordinary viewpoint of the white salt plains. Afterwards, travel north, a distance of several kilometers to the Thunupa Volcano, Pucara of Ayque (pre-Columbian ruins) with great views, the Coquesa mummies and the Mirador de Thunupa, where you will ascend by car to its crater for breathtaking views of the salar in all its glory. Overnight at Hotel Tayka de Sal, an ecological hotel with private bathroom, heating and excellent service located at the foot of the majestic Volcano Tunupa. Day 2 (B, L, D) In the morning, head to Fish Island and then continue to Mala Mala Bay at the opposite end of the salar to head to Galaxy Cave, an extraordinary place where you will be able to appreciate ancestral burials and petrified cactus. Arrive at Tayka Red Stone Hotel located in San Pedro de Quemes, where you will enjoy a unique dining experience with the flavors of regional food. To the south, you will find Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramadita, where large numbers of flamingos can be founded. Other birds, such as geese and Andean gulls accompany the flamingos in these lagoons flanked by snow-capped volcanoes that have a green skirt down below. Enter the desert sand, where the landscapes are painted in beautiful shades in order to reach the hotel. Day 3: (B, L) At dawn, you will go in search of known geysers Sol de Mañana and arrive at the first rays of light. This is the highest point of the route, about 5000 meters, and the cold is intense. See pools where the land seems to boil red, gray and scarlet mud and can be traversed. The desert and Salar de Chalviri will be another great landscape combining the white snow, ocher desert, the blue waters and the white of borax. Take a bath in Termas de Polques and enjoy a hearty outdoors breakfast. To leave this desert valley, you will visit Laguna Verde at the foot of Volcano Licancabur. You will arrive at this lagoon just in time to see how the water goes from emerald green to a duller color. On your return, stop for lunch at Laguna Colorada, a main nesting center of three species of flamingos, where the algae and plankton are activated by solar radiation and wind.

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Uyuni Salt Flats: Private Night Tour from Uyuni

10. Uyuni Salt Flats: Private Night Tour from Uyuni

This tour starts at 8 PM. You will be picked up from your accommodation in Uyuni or Colchani. In a private car and with a professional guide, go to the world's greatest salt flats to take an evening stroll and observe the sky in its glory with the stars and the Milky Way in one of the cleanest places on earth. Enjoy an intimate encounter with nature in a very special atmosphere and take extraordinary pictures of the sky and stars. See how the starts of the night are reflected on the salt flat. To warm yourself up in the cold nights of the Salar de Uyuni, enjoy hot drinks and snacks. Your professional guide will also point out all the different constellations of the stars to you. At the end of this tour, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Uyuni

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Highlight of my South America trip! I only had 2 days in La Paz and was not sure if it would be worth the effort to fly one day to Uyuni, but I am very glad that I decided to do it. This was one of the best days of my 4 week trip! The organization went smoothly, Guide Roger and drivers were extremely friendly and have read every wish from my eyes. We had a wonderful picnic in the middle of the salt desert and enjoyed the sunset in the evening with a musical interlude by Roger. I highly recommend the tour!

Great tour

I would have said it was excellent except the return flight on Amazonas from Uyuni to La Paz was delayed 4 hours for some unknown reason.