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Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia – Full Day Tour

Uyuni Salt Flat tour full day

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    Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia – Full Day Tour

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    Description

    Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia Full-Day Tour Overview

    10,000 km² of salt flat spread out across Bolivia’s remote southwest. Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni salt flat) is the largest salt flat in the world, an endless sheet of hexagonal tiles (created by the crystalline nature of the salt), dotted with pyramids of salt. Despite the desert dryness, freezing night temperatures, and fierce desert sun, this landscape is not devoid of life. Pink flamingos, ancient cacti, and rare hummingbirds all live in the  Uyuni salt flat.

    During the wet season, the salt desert is transformed into an enormous salt lake, albeit one that is only six to twenty inches deep, traversable by both boat and truck. During this time,  the shallow salt lake perfectly mirrors the sky, creating bizarre illusions of infinity. In the middle of this seemingly infinite salty lake is a hotel built entirely out of—naturally—salt;  we recommend a visit if your time permits.

    Also worth travelling to are the nearby Laguna Colorada (red lagoon) and Laguna Verde (green lagoon). Laguna  Colorada is a red-hued lake filled with thousands of pink flamingos, while Laguna Verde is a blue-green salt lake found at the foot of the volcano Licancabur. Its shifting aqua colour is caused by copper sediments and microorganisms living within the lake.

    Normally, the tour is conducted in 4×4 trucks (usually Toyota Landcruisers) with 6 or 7 people, with the driver often times cooking.  Most 3- and 4- day tours have the same itinerary for the first 2 1/2 days, a day on the salt plains, then heading south to the southwest corner of Bolivia, and then splitting off from there.  The specific sites that are seen can be dependent on the tour, but group input can define which sites are visited and how much time will be spent at each.

    Altitude: 3653 m.a.s.l.
    Location: Uyuni – Bolivia
    Duration: Full day

    Uyuni Salt Flat tour in Bolivia Full-Day Tour Itinerary

    Arrival to Uyuni and transfer to the hotel o restaurant for breakfast (Breakfast is paid for by the passenger); around 09:00 am Pick up to begin the tour. We start by visiting the indigenous community of Colchani, where we can see the rustic processing of iodized salt. From here we enter the vast white desert, passing typical sights of salt extraction such as salt mounds, the “eyes” of the salt flats (small pools where water has risen to the surface), and the first salt hotel, which is now a museum, before arriving at Incahuasi Island, famous for the giant cacti that grow on its volcanic rock.
    Picnic lunch on the salt flat (only during the dry season)
    We continue our tour in the village of Coquesa, where we visit their famous mummies (dating from 700 BC and still retaining parts of the skin, hair and nails). We then go up to the viewpoint from where we can see flamingos. Transfer to the airport or Uyuni town.

    Itinerary

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    We will visit the Train Cemetery, then continue to the indigenous community of Colchani to see the production of iodised salt in its rustic form. We enter the vast white deserts with typical scenes of salt extraction as mounds of salt, salt eyes and the first salt hotel, now a museum. We visit Sajchilla Island with millenary cactus, a site still unexplored where we will take a walk of about 20 minutes. We continue to Coquesa, located at the foot of Tunupa Volcano, and explore the surroundings where we can see the famous pink flamingos. Lunch. In the afternoon we return to Uyuni visiting Incahuasi Island, a typical place where we can find giant cactus in a habitat of volcanic rock.

    Included

    Includes:

    • 4×4 truck.
    • Entrances fees
    • 01 bottle of water.
    • 01 picnic lunch
    • First aid kit

    Duration: 7 1/2 hours
    Schedule: 09:30 – 17:00
    Frequency: Daily

    Rate per person

    Rates Per Person in US$

    Passengers 1 2 3 4 CHD
    Service With Guide 426 236 161 124 114
    Service Without Guide 353 186 129 107 97

    SWB: Single room;  DWB: Double room; TWB: Triple room; CHD: Child.

    *Child rate applies to under 8 years old, and sharing room with 2 adults.

    We accept all credit and debit cards

    Terms & Conditions

    Terms & Conditions

    Our Rates:

    • Rates in American Dollars (US$)
    • Rates subject to change without prior notice.
    • Rates for children apply under 8 years old.
    1. The check-in and checkout schedules are set by each hotel. Usually, the rooms are available for entry between 12:00 m. and 3:00 p.m. and departure must be before 12:00 p.m. Subsequent departures may mean additional charges. it is important to follow the recommendations of the attendant who accompanies them at the time of check-in at the hotel and/or ask at the hotel the respective schedules in case it´s not published in reception.
    2. The requirements of double rooms (double or twin), triple rooms, extra beds, cots are subject to confirmation.
    3. The triple rooms in some destinations and hotels are composed of 2 double beds, which means sharing these beds.
    4. The tourists are obliged to conduct themselves respecting the rights of the people, the environment, the cultural and natural heritage of the nation, as well as the multi-ethnic conditions of Peruvian.

    Insurance

    We recommend passengers to get trip cancellation, travel repatriation and international medical insurances to cover any inconveniences that may arise during the trip. We also urge them to check with their doctor to update vaccines and review medical concerns regarding international travel.

    Air Tickets

    Prices of air tickets are subject to change without previous notice until their final issuance. Flight schedules are subject to change by the airline companies up until the day of the flight. Additional restrictions, limitations, penalties and/or specific conditions may be placed by the airlines.

    Luggage & Liabilities

    PERU AGENCY recommends that all of the guests arrive to Peru with their own travel insurance, and that it covers for lost luggage.

    PERU AGENCY cannot be held responsible for:
    * Baggage lost or delayed during international or domestic flights.
    *Lost carry-on items, handbags, or personal articles.
    *Items forgotten by guests at hotels, vehicles or venues, or during tours.

    We recommend our guests not to include any valuable items in their checked baggage during land transfers.

    Protocols – Covid

    New Policies of Customer Service

    We reinvented ourselves to look after you!

    1. All transfers to and from the airport or station are still operated as a private service.
    2. In Bolivia we are keeping our policy of private service. Our guides are trained to seek adequate spaces when guiding the group.
    3. Our guides, support staff and drivers have been trained to maintain an adequate distance from other groups of tourists during visits to attractions.
    4. Guides, support staff and drivers will use masks at all times during any service provided to tourists.
    5. All our vehicles have alcohol gel on board and tourists are required to use it before getting in and out of the vehicle.
    6. All our vehicles carry an oxygen tank, in case of emergency.
    7. We request that our clients also use a mask during the excursions; help us to look after those who are looking after you.
    8. At the end of each service, vehicles and equipment will be thoroughly washed and disinfected.
    9. We have restructured our services, offering more outdoor experiences and minimizing wherever possible visits to enclosed spaces.
    10. We have agreed strict protocols of cleaning and disinfection of equipment, surfaces and staff with all our providers of accommodation and catering, such as hotels, lodges, and restaurants, among others. Staff will use gloves and masks, anyone handling food will also wear a hat.
    11. We look after you from start to finish; from the moment you contact us, providing you with current, reliable, trustworthy information about attractions to visit, accommodation, food, climate, appropriate health protocols in each destination, etc; during the booking process we offer secure payment options and very competitive rates, we believe that we offer the best value for money; and from the start of your trip, in an airport, station or wherever you begin your experience, until your departure, there is a travel specialist to look after you, your health, and in the event of an emergency can get in touch with your loved ones back home; it’s therefore important you provide us with a contact number in your country of origin.
    12. We are applying all of the above measures. If there is anything further you would like us to do, please feel free to ask when you reserve, we would be happy to accommodate any request you have.

    Price:$ 186.00

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