Salt Lake and Avaroa Reserve (Private)
3 Days / 2 Nights
Lake: At 3600 m. above sea level and surrounded by the Bolivian
Altiplano (High Plateau), this shallow (inches deep) glimmering salt lake
covers more than 12,000 Km2 and is the largest in the world. Uyuni Salt
Lake is a paradise for photographers with its magnificent sunrises and
sunsets and surreal landscapes. One of the most important salt reserves
worldwide, its history chronicles human occupation by prehistoric cultures,
the Incas, Spanish, and the indigenous communities living there now, who
breed alpacas, llamas and fine vicunas.
This and many other salt flats nearby originated around 10,000 years ago. They are the last geological stage of a huge lake that once covered 20,000 Km2. The Uyuni Salt Lake is part of an ancient drainage of the Titicaca and Poopo lakes in southwest Bolivia. The surreal scenery and unforgettable wildlife form one of the natural wonders of Bolivia.
Eduardo Avaroa Wildlife Reserve: Eduardo Avaroa Wildlife Reserve was created in 1973 to protect the wildlife that lives in this region. High peaks, volcanoes, and deserts have created a favorable habitat for Andean rheas, Vicunas, three species of flamingos, pumas, and Andean foxes; as well as unique flora.
1: Uyuni - Colchani - Isla Incahuasi - Tahua
You will depart from Uyuni for Colchani to see how locals extract and process the salt. Also you will observe the "ojos de sal", where ice cold healing water bubbles through the salt. This water originates in an underground river from the Tunupa Volcano. The tour crosses the salt lake to Isla Incahuasi to have lunch in this rocky volcanic that host thousands of huge cacti and have an impressive unique 360 degree view of the salt lake. In the afternoon you will head north towards the Tunupa Volcano, arriving to Tahua to the Hotel Tayka de Sal, a nice hotel made from salt blocks with great views to the Tunupa Volcano, also good location for amazing sunsets that color the Uyuni´s Salt Lake. (L,D)
2: Tahua - Ojo de Perdiz
Do not miss the sunrise. After breakfast, the tour will cross another section of the Uyuni´s Salt Lake towards south to visit the Cueva Galaxias. Later drive to the Chinguana Salt Lake, see the Ollague Volcano, which is currently mildly active. You will stop at several lagoons, such as Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarcota, Honda and Ramaditas which offer views of 3 flamingo species: the James, Andean and Chilean. After crossing the Siloli Desert, you will arrive to Ojo de Perdiz to the Hotel Tayka del Desierto, another comfortable lodging equipped with including hot water and solar energy. (B,L,D)
3: Ojo de Perdiz - Árbol de Piedra - Laguna Colorada- Laguna Verde-Uyuni
Start with an early breakfast and then visit Arbol de Piedra, lots of flamingos in Laguna Colorada, other natural attractions of the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve, such as the impressive shooting geysers. We come to a natural hot springs with safe bathing temperatures, where you are welcome to soak for awhile. Then we stop at Salvador Dali desert, Laguna Verde at the base of the Licancabur Volcano, Laguna Blanca and have lunch. Later we make our return trip to Uyuni. (B, L)
Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama from Hito Cajones at 15:00 pm. (private
Departures: All year
Rate per person:
Option 1: Private tour with upgraded hotel
Private transfer to San Pedro de Atacama:
Prices include: private transport for the tour, accommodation in upgraded hotel Tayka and daily meals while on the tour.
Not included: La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz transportation, accommodation and meals in Uyuni, bilingual guide, entrance fee to Eduardo Avaroa Reserve ( 22.00 US$ or 150.00 Bs.) and Isla Incahuasi (US$ 10.00 or 70.00 Bs), personal expenses, alcoholic drinks, sodas, medical insurance and sleeping bag.
*For all options additional hotel accommodation either at Uyuni or at hotels made of salt:
** Bus train La Paz-Uyuni on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays.
** Overnight deluxe bus La Paz-Uyuni Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday.
- backpack small day pack
- long-sleeved shirts
- pairs of long cotton pants
- T- shirts sweater or fleece/polar Tec
- Down jacket or extra sweater
- wind breaker
- pair of hiking boots
- pair of sneakers
- pair of sandals or Tevas
- socks including thick wool socks
- casual clothes
- binoculars, best 8x or 10x
- camera film (ASA 100 and 200 are recommended)
- sun block
- sunglasses (essential on Salt Lake)
- pocket knife
- plastic bags (for dirty clothes)
- a photocopy of your passport
- water bottle