3,650 Meters - 11.975 Feet
Uyuni Salt Flat
The world’s largest salt flat
Live a unique experience visiting the Salar de Uyuni with a size of 10,582 square kilometers, located 3,656 meters above sea level. The Uyuni salt flat is formed by an estimated amount of 10,000 million tons of salt. Between 50% and 70% of the world's lithium reserves are concentrated in the brine lake, located between 2, 3 and 5 meters below the salt crust, located in the department of Potosi in southern Bolivia.
3 Days / 2 Nights
It does not represent a physical challenge but we recommend a previous acclimatization.
From May to October and part of December is the most advisable but January and February is the time for reflections.
UYUNI – SALT FLAT – ISLA INKAHUASI – PALACIO DE SAL HOTEL
The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. from Uyuni. We will start visiting the train cemetery, where the first locomotives of Bolivia are located. Then we head to the town of Colchani, where we visit an old salt extraction factory, which belongs to the local community. In Colchani you can visit salt handicraft stores and see the manual processing of salt. Then we drive to the first salt hotel in Uyuni, built entirely of salt blocks extracted from the salt flat. Today, it serves as a museum. We then visit IInkahuasi Island, which is characterized by its unusual and fragile coral-like structures, deposits including fossils and algae, colonies of the rabbit-like vizcacha, and giant cacti. From the top of the island, the entire salt flat can be seen. After lunch, we take pinctures on the salt flat and enjoy the amazing sunset. Nigh staying at Hotel Palacio de Sal or similar.
PALACIO DE SAL HOTEL – LAGOONS – UYUNI
After breakfast at 08:00 we start to trip through salar de Chiguana desert, surrounded by many volcanoes. Then we head south, reaching several small lagoons where flamingos live. After this we visit ancient stone trees. We continue our trip and stop at a Red Lagoon to see pink flamingos. Afterwards the jeep will take us to the hotel to spend the second night. Hotel el Desierto Red Tayka.
RED LAGOON – GEYSERS – HOT SPRINGS – GREEN LAGOON – UYUNI
This day starts early, around 5:00 am. After a one hour drive we will arrive at the geysers to see the sunrise. You can also take a bath in the clear water of the hot springs, which are nearby. Afterwards, we continue our journey to the Salvador Daly desert and to the green lagoon located at the foot of the Lilcancabur volcano, near the border with Chile. We will return to Uyuni or cross to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.