Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour

Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour

Travel from the gleaming salt floor of Uyuni to the Siloli Desert’s (technically part of the Atacama) rock formations and Eduardo Abaroa National Park, stopping along the way at lagoons each beautiful in its own way, visit the hotsprings and geysers, a hotel made entirely of salt, and a volcanic peak now become an “island”.

  • Duration1 Day
  • CategoryCultural
  • DeparturesDaily Departures at 10:00am
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Photo Gallery: Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour

Fish Island in the Uyuni Salar Salt Flats near Potosi, Boliv
Man leaping in the Uyuni Salar Salt Flats near Potosi, Boliv
Man sitting at salt table in Uyuni Salar Salt Flats near Pot
Salt Hotel in Uyuni Salar Salt Flats near Potosi, Bolivia.
Optical illusion in the Uyuni Salar Salt Flats near Potosi,
Evening falling over the Uyuni Salar Salt Flats near Potosi,
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Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour
1 Day Program

Day
1

Uyuni / Colchani / Fish Island / Uyuni

We’ll pick you up at your hostel in Uyuni at 10:00am and set off for the Uyuni Salt Flats in our 4x4 Jeep.

In the Bolivian Altiplano (high plateau) one finds the Uyuni Salt Flats at 11,995ft above sea level. Uyuni is the world\'s largest salt flat, with an estimated 10 billion tons of salt as well as 50-70% of the world’s lithium reserves concentrated in the lake of brine 7 to 66 feet deep under the salt crust.

We’ll stop first at the traditional one-street town of Colchani, with only 600 full-time inhabitants. This is the only site for salt extraction, through a cooperative owned by the salt workers. Here we’ll learn about their rustic methods and also admire their salt-based handicrafts.

Lack of conventional construction materials led to buildings like our next stop, the Salt Hotel in the center of Uyuni, made entirely of salt. Although it is no longer operational, it now functions as a sort of museum.

Afterwards we will continue our trip, heading towards Fish Island. In Uyuni, “islands” refer to the peaks of ancient volcanoes submerged when this area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin. They are characterized by unusual and fragile coral-like structures, deposits including fossils and algae, colonies of the rabbit-like viscacha, and giant 39ft cacti.

At 6:00pm, we’ll return to the town of Uyuni.

What's included on this day?

  • 4x4 Transport
  • Driver/ Professional Guide
  • 01 Lunch
  • Guided Visit to all Sites Mentioned

What's not included on this day?

  • Discretionary Spending
  • Admission: Fish Island (US$10)
  • Drinks & Snacks

Additional information of this tour

Tour Includes:

  • Transport by 4x4                                                                  
  • Driver/Professional Guide
  • Meals During Trip
    • 02 Breakfasts
    • 02 Lunches
    • 02 Dinners
  • 02 Nights’ Lodging

Not Included:

  • Discretionary Spending
  • Admission: Fish Island (US$10)
  • Admission: Red Lagoon (US$15)
  • Drinks & Snacks

Recommended for this tour:

  • Sunglasses (the ground is bright)
  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Warm Clothing (for the Late Afternoon/Evening)
  • Sleeping bag

Optional

  • Hotel Lodging: Uyuni
  • Bus Transport: La Paz  - Uyuni*
  • Bus Transport: Uyuni - La Paz or Potosí*
  • Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama

*Tourist Class or Public Bus Options Available

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