From Salar de Uyuni Town, this short experience will take you through the amazing Uyuni salt flats, and the surrounding Lagoons to discover flamingoes, amazing rock formations, a haunting Train cemetery and a very unique desert like area in the high Andes plateau.
An early awake up followed by a hearty breakfast will prepare us for our drive towards the impressive Salar de Uyuni. First, our guide will explain you about the history of the small village of San Pedro de Quemez where we make a short hike to visit the ruins of this town burned during the war between Chile and Bolivia. Then our drive will take us toward the Galaxy cave, a dried sub aqueous cavern and formed in the previous stage to the freezing, corresponding to volcanic eruptions on waters of the Minchin lake (today Salar). From the ceiling of the cavern, it displays calcareous bodies with capricious forms of solidification of the magma in contact with water. Then we enter into the flat salt desert of Uyuni giving us a spectacular view of the Salt Desert surrounded by volcanos. We will drive towards the shores of Isla Pescado (Fish Island) a rocky hilly covered in trichocerus cacti. A large population of viscachas (Andean rodents) inhabits its rocky slopes, which also afford views of the flat region that are reminiscent of the Polar region, dominated by the colors blue and white. We can hike up to the top of one of the summits of the hill and enjoy a fantastic view of the spectacular flat, White Sea of hexagonal salt tiles. Then a short drive will take us towards Isla Incahuasi (Home of the Inca), another interesting hilly outcrop situated in the center of the Salar and with rock formations containing the remains of corals and seashells. The island is populated by species of cactus that grows up to 7m tall, at a rate of 1 centimeter per year, making them up to 700 years old. Here we make a hike up to the summit of the hill, from where, and weather permitting, we can have and extraordinary view of the surreal Salar de Uyuni. After lunch in the local small restaurant, we will continue our drive towards the small village of Colchani, which lies, beside the Salar de Uyuni and home of the Cooperative Rosario – the main plant for the iodization of salt. After visiting the artisanal salt factory we will then make our final drive towards your hotel in Uyuni (hotel accommodations are not included). End of our services. Breakfast, Lunch.
FIX DEPARTURE TOURS:
We offer this 2 days tour with fixed departure dates and shared services with a group of participants from different nationalities.
Participants Number: Our departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 14 participants.
Gross Rates per Person: US$199.-
- Included: Transport services, Spanish/English speaking guide, entrance fees, and small simple hotel accommodations in twin bed rooms for 2 people and with private facilities.
- Not Included: Extras, beverages, personal travel insurance.
- Departures: Year round (except in February & March) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (pick up from the airport or from your hotel in Uyuni – Departures are guaranteed with minimum 4 participants).
Recommended months to travel: April until December.