Bolivian Salt Flats Safari

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Run by: HighLives Travel

Reference number: WAN-145

From: £2100.00

Overview

The Uyuni Salt Flats is one of the most remote areas of Bolivia, and the accommodation options are mostly very scarce and basic. HighLives has partnered with the best providers in the region to ensure your lodgings are the most comfortable on offer. While we can’t promise 5-star luxury, we can guarantee an anxiety-free trip, with all meals, lodging and transportation taken care of.

To cover an area the size of Switzerland across unforgiving roads and beyond, the journey is taken in a large 4x4 jeep with optional walks and excursions.

On this adventure you will take in the bleach-white expanse of vast salt flats, with relief from the glare provided by a stop on a cactus-riddled island; spectacular rock and cave formations; desert landscapes where colours melt like a radioactive Dali painting; flamingoes flying over volcanic lagoons where the minerals have coloured the waters blues, greens and reds. Dodge the steamy geysers and bathe away jeep stiffness in bubbling hot springs. Meet with herders and their flocks of llama; glimpse the wild vicuna- a smaller, prettier and shy cousin to the llama- or even a sighting of the rabbit-like viscachas, the Andean fox or a condor gliding in the distance.

"No landscape has ever made me more aware of being on a planet, a lump of space rock" - Gemma Bowes, The Guardian Travel Editor

Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz

Arrive in La Paz

Day 2: La Paz

Free day to relax and explore the city

Day 3: La Paz- Uyuni - Cochani - Hotel Luna Salada (Salt Flats)

The Uyuni Salt Plains: Begin a 4-day jeep journey into what is one of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, much of it lying well above 4,000m.Journey through this harsh, barely habited region to visit Fish Island, Galaxy Cave and encounter llamas and their herders.

Day 4: Colchani - Ojo de Perdiz (Tayka del Desierto Hotel)

The journey continues towards the Siloli desert and Coloured Lagoon. En route you will observe Volcano Ollague, various lakes, birds and 3 different types of Flamingos before arriving the Desert Hotel.

Day 5: Ojo de Perdiz - San Pablo de Lipez (Hotel los Volcanes)

Witness the Morning Sun geysers at 5,000m above sea level. Visit the dramatic Green Lagoon at the foot of Volcano Licancabur and other nearby lagoons, the desert and salt plains of Chalviri, and the Valley of the Ladies of the Desert. ALTERNATIVEOjo de Perdiz – Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama after visiting the Green Lagoon.

Day 6: San Pablo de Lipez (Hotel Tayka los Volcanes) - Uyuni

Depart at 9.30 for a leisure trip to Uyuni (5-6 hours), providing a chance to take some unique photographs.Visit to the San Cristobal mine.Possible extension to Tupiza or Sucre.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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