Bolivian Salt Flats Adventure

La Paz, Bolivia

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Overview

Travel from La Paz to the spectacular Salar de Uyuni.

Experience the surreal beauty and overwhelmingly vast expanse of Salar de Uyuni on this journey to one of South America’s most striking natural landscapes. This is a place where things are put in perspective; where the enormity of the scene highlights the fragility of everything else, where harsh is beautiful, time is obscured and reality seems more like a dream.

Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: 4x4, Plane
Accommodation: Hotel (2 nights)
Activities: Full-day 4x4 tour of Salar de Uyuni including a visit to Isla Inca Wasi
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Local guide
Breakfast (3)
Lunch (2)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Qantu Hotel, Av. Illampu No. 740, La Paz, Bolivia

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

El Alto International Airport, Huascar 204, El Alto, Bolivia
Itinerary
Salar de Uyuni
Next, visit the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how the locals farm and process salt from the Salar. Finally it’s time for highlight of this trip: the Uyuni's salt flats. The flats are a 12,000-square-kilometre expanse of perfectly flat salt. Spend a full day exploring the lake by 4WD. Make sure you snap some classic perspective-bending photographs with your group. Discover the cacti and coral-like structures on the rocky island of Isla Inca Wasi. Weather depending, you will be at the flats well into the evening to watch the sun set over the Salar, before heading back to your hotel in Uyuni Town.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Hotel
Meals:
  Not Included
Train Cemetery
Your first stop will be at the Train Cemetery. Uyuni was once a distribution hub for trains carrying minerals on their way to Pacific Ocean ports. In the 1940s the mining industry collapsed and many trains were abandoned. Your first stop will be at the Train Cemetery. Uyuni was once a distribution hub for trains carrying minerals on their way to Pacific Ocean ports. In the 1940s the mining industry collapsed and many trains were abandoned.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Salar de Uyuni
Next, visit the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how the locals farm and process salt from the Salar. Finally it’s time for highlight of this trip: the Uyuni's salt flats. The flats are a 12,000-square-kilometre expanse of perfectly flat salt. Spend a full day exploring the lake by 4WD. Make sure you snap some classic perspective-bending photographs with your group. Discover the cacti and coral-like structures on the rocky island of Isla Inca Wasi. Weather depending, you will be at the flats well into the evening to watch the sun set over the Salar, before heading back to your hotel in Uyuni Town.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Hotel
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
Salar de Uyuni
Next, visit the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how the locals farm and process salt from the Salar. Finally it’s time for highlight of this trip: the Uyuni's salt flats. The flats are a 12,000-square-kilometre expanse of perfectly flat salt. Spend a full day exploring the lake by 4WD. Make sure you snap some classic perspective-bending photographs with your group. Discover the cacti and coral-like structures on the rocky island of Isla Inca Wasi. Weather depending, you will be at the flats well into the evening to watch the sun set over the Salar, before heading back to your hotel in Uyuni Town.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This trip travels to some remote places, as well as locations at high altitude (La Paz is the highest city in the world!). Due to the thinness of the air, some people can suffer from altitude sickness. Some aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive into La Paz a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.
  • You'll be spending a lot of time in a 4WD crossing some bumpy surfaces. This is the best way to see the sights in and around Uyuni and is all part of the adventure.
  • In Bolivia (especially in Uyuni), sometimes things don't go to plan. For example, an attraction may be closed for the day with no notice or reason. Although this doesn't happen very often, please be prepared for the possibility.
  • Important: This trip ends at the airport upon arrival from Uyuni on day 3 and does not include a transfer into town. Should you wish to book additonal accommodation or a transfer please speak with your booking agent. If you are booking a departure flight from La Paz for this day please ensure it's no earlier than 2pm. Alternatively please check with us within 30 days from departure and we can advise you what time your flight from Uyuni is due to arrive in La Paz.
  • This trip requires passport details to purchase the internal flight. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary or departure date.
  • WET SEASON ITINERARY ALTERNATION From December to March during the wet season it’s likely we will not be able to cross the Salt Lake due to flooding, therefore your itinerary will be altered slightly and alternative activities will be scheduled. During this time there are countless photo opportunities. The water covering the slat lakes creates a mirror effect.The mirroring effect of the water results in the striking illusion of there being two skies, two sunsets and two sunrises. You will still have a full day on the salt lake and it will be mainly spent driving around searching for best photos. The night usually spent in the Salt Lake hotel will instead be spent in the hotel in Uyuni town Flight from La Paz to Uyuni: This itinerary outlined in the Essential information is designed around having an early morning flight from La Paz to Uyuni on day 2 of the tour. On occasions due to avalability we may not be able to secure an early morning flight or alternatively the airline may cancel flights, which of course is out of our control. Should this occur on the date you are confirmed on, we will confirm an afternoon flight to Uyuni for you and the program will be moved one day forward. Day 2 - Upon arrival to Uyuni, transfer to hotel. No activities on this day. Day 3 - Full day program (usually on day 2) This day includes a sunset on the salt flats. We will do our very best to book a late enough flight back to La Paz so you can enjoy the sunset, however on occasion and expecially during the summer months when the sun sets later, it may not be possible.
  • Nationals from the United States need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border. This visa has a validity of 30 days from first day of entry. In order to apply for this visa, you will need to provide the following documentation: A. Original passport valid for a minimum of 6 months. B. One passport photo (color, 4cm x 4cm) C. Evidence of a hotel reservation in Spanish (Intrepid can provide this upon request) D. A copy of the voucher and trip notes that you receive after purchasing this trip. E. Proof of economic solvency (credit card, cash, or a curren for yellow fever This Visa cat bank statement) F. International Vaccination Certificaten be obtained in Peru (Lima or Cusco) and is usually processed within the day, providing all paper work as mentioned above is in order and payment has been made. We only recommend this option if you simply don't have enough time to get the visa prior to leaving the U.S. For more information please visit their website. Australian, Belgians, British, Canadians, Dutch, Germans, New Zealanders and South Africans do not currently require a visa for Bolivia. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa or entry requirements with the Bolivian consulate in your home country.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
  • Max Group Size: 12 Min Group Size: 1
  • Local Intrepid Guide
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase flights. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary
  • BOLIVIAN VISA FOR U.S & SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS Nationals from the United States and South Africa need a visa to enter Bolivia and you we highly recommend you obtain this visa in advance from your nearest Bolivian consulate or Embassy. Not obtaining the visa in advance is likely to cause long delays at the border. Please see the visa information on these Essential Trip information (ETI) for more information.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

If you cancel at least 56 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 25 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 30 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel between 31 and 55 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.Learn more about cancellations.
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