Starting from Uyuni.
At 8 a.m., we will pick you up from your hotel in Uyuni and then we start our journey driving south towards the train cemetery where we make a short stop to see the remains of nineteenth and early 20th century steam locomotives at that time used for the mining industry of Uyuni and Potosi. Then our drive will take us towards the Galaxy cave, a dried sub aqueous cavern, formed before the ice age, 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 spectacular flat salt desert of Uyuni giving us an amazing view of the Salt Desert surrounded by volcanos. We will drive towards the shores of Isla Pescado (Fish Island) a rocky hill 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 blue and white colours. 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 with rock formations containing the remains of corals and seashells. On the island, we find 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, we get 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 is a home of the Cooperative Rosario – the main plant for the iodisation 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.
• Uyuni Salt Desert
• Isla Incahuasi and Fish Island
Price per Person: US$ 95.-
Included: transport services, Spanish/English speaking guide, entrance fees.
Departures: Year round (except in February & March) every day (pick up from the airport or from your hotel in Uyuni – Departures are guaranteed with minimum four participants).