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ESSENTIAL UYUNI — 4 days/3 nights

Uyuni Salt Flats & Sud Lípez

 

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"La Ruta de los Colores"

+ 4 days Popular Salar & Lagoons

Private Tour To/From Uyuni
or San Pedro de Atacama

Off the beaten track there's no track at all!

Our destination: a blinding white expanse of nothingness...

Come join us on an exploration of a lifetime in Uyuni.

It looks like a vast snow-covered lake, but the white surface stretching to the horizon in every direction is salt, not snow. These flats, covering about 4,000 square miles (nearly 11,000 km²), were once part of a massive prehistoric lake, but today make up the world’s largest salt lake in the world. When dry it’s a barren landscape; during the wet season it becomes a spectacular giant mirror.

Essential Uyuni will enable you to explore the great Salar de Uyuni or Uyuni Salt Flats — an area of breathtaking natural beauty in southwestern Bolivia. Depending on the option chosen you will spend up to three nights at local hotels on the shores of the Salt Flats. All our services feature privately guided tours.

Choose among a variety of options for this Uyuni trip: you may want to concentrate on Uyuni Salt Flats (trip option #1), or explore the Salar & Lagoons of Sud Lípez including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde on a 3-day tour or on a 4-day tour (detailed here).

Customize any of these options to create your own and unique Uyuni travel experience.

All options are based on private/exclusive tour services and support a number of sustainable projects in Uyuni. Our lodgings are the best available in the area — i.e. simple but comfortable rooms with heating and ensuite bathroom with hot shower.

WHERE?

• UYUNI SALT FLATS or Salar de Uyuni - A succession of stunning landscapes and unusual shapes that captivate the visitor at first sight. Covering nearly 11,000 square kilometers, it is the largest salt plain in the world. With the mountains and the sky as its only frontiers, it allows us to observe mirages and optical illusions due to solar radiation and the crystallized ground. In its interior, virgin, uninhabited islands are home to immense cacti, unusual flowers and strange fauna.

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• LAGUNA COLORADA & LAGUNA VERDE at Eduardo Avaroa National Park - Bolivia is an amazing country where everything takes an unexpected twist, particularly in the Andes where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and even water has its own surprising colors! Red, green, yellow, or blue lagoons await you... These capricious lakes change colors according to the time of day. In the southern tip of Bolivia's highlands known as the Sud Lípez region, Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) is home to over 30,000 flamingos of three varieties. Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) sits at the foot of Licancabur volcano, on the Chilean border. The rocks, geysers, live volcanic pits, Dali's rocks... all make up a set of impressive, surrealistic landscapes.

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• Outstanding places for photographers at any time of year.

WHAT?

Off Road 4WD Expedition - Nature Viewing - High Altitude Walks - Community Projects - Photography

WHEN?

Year-Round Departures (depart virtually any day of the week).

May - October is dry season.

"La Ruta de los Colores"

+ 4 days Popular Salar & Lagoons

Private Tour To/From Uyuni
or San Pedro de Atacama

Day 1 - Depart from Uyuni. Head out across the blinding white expanse of Salar de Uyuni. See giant cacti and unusual fauna as you explore Isla Incahuasi - Isla Pescado and other "islands"... Also learn about the myths and legends associated with the Salar at Tunupa volcano (5,432m / 17,821ft), and walk to a pukara viewpoint for outstanding views over the Salar at dusk. Overnight at a local Andean Lodge. [LD]

Day 2 - View the sun rise over Salar de Uyuni. Then choose among a variety of activities for the day: Visit villages and look for pre-Columbian ruins bordering the salt flats... Walk up Tunupa Volcano for more stunning 360° panoramas... Then head south across the salt plains and 4WD along the southern shores looking for bizarre geological formations and ancient remains... Watch the sunset from Caltama viewpoint... Overnight at a local Andean Lodge. [BLD]

Day 3 - Today is an easy day as we travel along the route of the jewels—Laguna Hedionda, Chiar Khota, Ramaditas... and a number of other natural sites such as smoking volcano Ollagüe. We will reach the Siloli Desert in the afternoon. Overnight at a local Andean Lodge. [BLD]

Day 4 - Visit the Arbol de Piedra or "Rock-tree", geysers at Sol de Mañana, and Chalviri hot springs among other sites en route to Laguna Verde (Green Lake) at the foot of Licancabur volcano (5,916m/19,410ft). On our way we also visit Laguna Colorada (Red Lake) where three species of flamingos can be found. Return trip to Uyuni in the afternoon or transfer to San Pedro de Atacama at no extra charge. [BL]

Bolivia Short  Trip #4 - Essential Uyuni

Meals Included: Breakfast [B], Lunch [L], Dinner [D]

Depart any day! Custom dates and prices available.
Contact one of our travel consultants for details.

Solutions for families, small and large groups – feel free to request a custom quote.

We organize tailor-made tours at competitive prices throughout Bolivia for individuals, couples or groups, off the usual tourist routes and accompanied by accredited local guides, to get you in direct contact with stunning Bolivian landscapes, the people and local culture.

Choose the duration of your Bolivia trip, the places you want to visit, type of accommodation, schedules, ways to get around and even your budget. Everything exactly as you prefer!

Contact us so that we can prepare a detailed tailor-made itinerary for you, based on your travel dates and personal conveniences.

If you are a group of 10 or more travelers, you can take advantage of the favorable conditions that Fremen Tours Bolivia has planned for you.

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We also arrange bus and train tickets (from $35, included in our Budget Tour Packages), flights (from $145, included in our Private Expeditions), additional nights in hotels in Uyuni, San Pedro de Atacama, etc. Ask us for a quote.

Regular airlines offer daily flights from La Paz to Uyuni. There are also connecting flights to Uyuni from Sucre. Book your flights to&from Uyuni through Fremen Tours — count $145 OW depending on airlines and schedules (included in our Private Expeditions, not included in our Budget Tour Packages). Due to the limited capacity of the aircrafts, tickets sell very quickly and we strongly recommend to reserve your seat well in advance.

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