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Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The trip from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile is a truly magical experience. Beyond San Pedro it is only a short journey to the most amazing salt desert landscape of all - the Salar de Uyuni, across the border in Bolivia. In this itinerary we wxplore the strange, enigmatic scenery of southern Bolivia, the endless expanse of the Salar De Uyuni (3.653 m / 12.000 ft.) with its surreal landscape and surprising diversity of wildlife.

Highlights:
Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve, Laguna Verde, Laguna Colorado, Laguna Blanca, Polques hot springs, geyser Sol de Mañana, flamingos, Salt Lake of Uyuni, Tunupa volcano, Chilguilla, ruins of Pukara, Chiquini, Canaña Island, cave of the Galaxies, San Pedro de Quemez, volcano Ollagüe, Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiakota, Honda and Cachi lagoon, desert of Siloli, Pampa de Dali, volcano Licancabut

Season:
This itinerary can be operated all year round, however, there may be heavy rains between January and April, which can significantly affect road conditions, forcing us to alter the itinerary if necessary.

Weather:
Weather conditions are much like in the altiplano, due to the high elevations it is cooler than in the Atacama. In the 'Bolivian winter' between January and April heavy rains can make roads impassable, fircing us to change itineraries without notice.

Difficulty:
Easy - There is nothing particularly demanding or difficult about this itinerary, except that some places are at high altitude making it generally harder to move around. Not recommended for people with respiratory conditions or heart disease.
Uyuni itinerary

Day 1: San Pedro de Atacama Laguna Colorada (Bolivia) Villamar

In the morning we leave San Pedro to drive towards the Bolivian border located 60 km from San Pedro. We will enter Eduardo Abaroa National Reserve to visit the Laguna Verde, a lagoon with wonderful emerald colors. En route to Laguna Colorada, we visit Laguna Blanca, Polques hot springs and geyser Sol de Mañana. Arrive at Laguna Colorada. Situated in the Occidental Mountain Range of the Andes, one finds at an average altitude of (4600 m. / 15.000 ft.), a series of lagoons of impressive beauty,populated by hundreds of flamingoes. Continue to the village of Villamar. Overnight (L, D)

Day 2: Uyuni Salt Flats

Today you will start your trip to the amazing Salt Lake of Uyuni, passing mountain areas with marked erosion and further to the north, San Augustín. Salar de Uyuni, with its 10,582 square km (4,085 square miles) is the world's largest salt flat. The most abundant minerals found in the salar are halite and gypsum. We will arrival at Tahua, a village situated in the foothills of the Tunupa Volcano. Enjoy the sunset, overnight in Tahua. (B, L, D)

Uyuni, Bolivia

Day 3: Chilguilla Ojo de Perdiz

Today we will travel south across Uyuni salt flats visiting the Pescado island with its huge cacti and incahuasi island, in the heart of the Salt Flats. the isles were shaped by volcanic rocks covered with estromatolitos or petrified coral. A short hike on the island to the summit will give you an amazing view of the white ocean that is surrounding you. In the afternoon we will visit Galaxy Cave were we can admire strange lava formations. Overnight in San Pedro de Quemez. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Eduardo Abaroa Reserve San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

Before crossing the border to Chile, we will visit the Chiguana Salt flats. an inmensely white ocean, where you might see the train pass from Calama to Uyuni (once a week, not very regular). after the border formalities at the Paso de ollague you will continue in Chilean vehicles and staff towards Calama. on the way you will stop at the Salt lakes of Carcote and ascotan and the villages of lasana and Chiu Chiu. arrival in Calama and drop off at hotel or airport (b, l). (B,L)

Please note:
Due to weather conditions (especially during January and February the "Bolivian Winter") the itinerary might be modified. High altitudes between 2.000 m / 8.000 ft. 5.000 m /16.000 ft.!

Rates valid to April 30, 2017- per person (private service)

Private Service: Jan 1 - Sept 30, 2016 Oct 1 - Apr 30, 2017
Single US$4362 US$4362
Double US$2408 US$2408
Includes:
3 overnights in simple accommodations with breakfast, 3 dinner, 3 lunch or lunch boxes, transfers and excursions with bilingual guide, entrance fees.
Not Included:
International or domestic air fares, meals not specified in the itinerary, personal expenses, tips or gratuities, travel insurance of any kind
Recommendations:
Both light and warm clothes; trekking shoes; sun hat, woolly hat, windbreak, lip balm, strong sun-block; sun glasses;

Please note: Due to weather conditions, especially during the highland winter (December to March), this program can be modified without previous notice. Accommodations in Bolivia are not of the same standards as in Chile. This is an adventure itinerary - don't expect luxury.

Rates may vary due to currency exchange rate fluctuations.

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