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.


Start
La Paz, Bolivia
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Destination
Bolivia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
GGSB
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt lake. Cross the perspective-bending white expanse in a 4WD with a local guide, making several fascinating stops along the way

  • Uyuni was once a distribution centre for trains carrying minerals to the Pacific. Walk among rusty, abandoned trains in the old Train Cemetery

  • As you explore the rocky island of Isla Wasi, rising from the salt pans and covered with flowering cacti, you might feel like you've stepped inside a surrealist painting

Is this trip right for you?

  • While this is a 3 day trip, the main highlight of this trip are the salt flats visited on day 2. The rest of the time is spent travelling to and from. For a more in-depth experience, consider our Bolivian Salt Flats & The Andean Desert (GGAD) or the Bolivian Highlights (GGSV) trips.

  • Reality check. The south of Bolivia is just about the most challenging region to operate trips in South America. It’s remote, isolated and the travel industry and infrastructure are still in its infancy. Sometimes things don't go to plan. For example, an attraction may be closed for the day with no notice or reason. If the possibility of something going wrong or last-minute changes are not an option for you, this may not be the right trip for you.

  • You'll be spending a lot of time crossing some bumpy surfaces. This is the best way to see the sights in and around Uyuni and is all part of the adventure.

  • This trip travels to some remote places, as well as locations at high altitude (La Paz is the highest city in the world!). As such, some people can suffer from altitude sickness. If you are, drinking plenty of water and not pushing yourself too hard can help. Please inform your local representative if symptoms don't improve within 24 hours. If possible, arrive into La Paz a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip information (ETI) for more important information about altitude sickness.

Itinerary

Kamisaki! Welcome to Bolivia. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 6 pm.Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details to provide to your leader. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning you will catch a flight to Uyuni. 
The remote town of Uyuni sits on the edge of the high altiplano, which extends towards the border with Argentina and Chile. 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.
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.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Uyuni - Full-day 4x4 tour of Salar de Uyuni including a visit to Isla Inca Wasi
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
WET SEASON ITINERARY ALTERNATION
From December to March during the wet season the salt flats are likely to flood. The water covering the slat lakes creates a mirror effect and visually this is one of the most impressive times of the year to visit this area. However, depending on the water level, it may not be possible to drive all the way through to Isla Inca Wasi or to wait for the sunset in the area. If that’s the case, the visit to the salt flats will be limited to a morning visit and a lunch stop before returning to Uyuni town.
This morning you'll take a flight back to La Paz airport, where sadly your adventure comes to an end. 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.
If you need additional accommodation in La Paz and/or a transfer into the city, we'd be happy to help. Just have a chat with your booking agent.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Note: During the wet season, the salt flats may be flooded. Some areas may be inaccessible; in this case we will modify the itinerary as necessary to include as many highlights as possible. Please see important notes for more information.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Uyuni - Full-day 4x4 tour of Salar de Uyuni including a visit to Isla Inca Wasi

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Important notes

1. This trip ends at the airport upon arrival from Uyuni on day 3 and it does not include a transfer into town. Should you wish to book additional accommodation or a transfer please speak with your booking agent.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. As parts of your trip are at high altitude, altitude sickness may affect you. Please ensure you are familiar with the symptoms and seek advice from your doctor before travelling.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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