Bolivia's salt flats were part of a pre-historic salt lake. Where the sky and ground merge like heaven on earth, Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat. This magical corner of the world is complete with vibrant coloured lagoons, bubbling geysers and extraordinary rock formations.

 

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Stay a night in a unique Salt Hotel

Explore the train cemetery and Joyas Andinas lagoons.

Travel to Eduardo Avaroa Reserve to witness the spectacular Red and Green lagoons and marvel at the Sol de Mañana geyser.

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Uyuni Salt Flat & Coloured Lagoons

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Day 1

UYUNI - salt flat - COLCHANI

Today you'll be picked up from Uyuni airport and head to quaint village of Colchani, where you’ll able to observe the salt being extracted by hand and browse unique handicrafts made from salt. From Colchani you’ll start your journey into the heart of the salar, a vast expanse of white, glistening salt that stretches across 10,582 square kilometres. See the extraordinary ‘eyes of salt’, openings where subterranean rivers flow beneath the salt flats, before enjoying a delicious picnic lunch.

You'll then cross the salt flats to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, before a visit to Incahuasi Island. The island is located in the heart of the salt flat and it is the biggest of a group of islands that represent an isolated ecosystem. Its hilly and rocky terrain is covered with giant cacti, which are hundreds of years old and can reach over 10 metres high providing an impressive sighting.
 
You'll continue by visiting the north side of salt flat, where you'll take a look at the Coquesa Mummies, human archaeological remains in a little cave close to Tunupa Volcano, from where you can observe the immensity of the salt flats.

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With salt pans, lagoons, clear skies, giant cacti and colourful flamingos dotting the landscape, the salar is a photographer’s dream. On your way back to the hotel you’lll enjoy the stunning sunset that provides great opportunities to capture the most incredible photos.  
 
At the end of the day, disconnect and relax in one of the most extraordinary places on earth.  Enjoy the remoteness at a unique hotel built of salt blocks.  Colourful Andean furniture and art add charm, while sweeping panoramic views of the salar will take your breath away. (L)(D)

Day 2

COLCHANI - OJO DE PERDIZ

After breakfast you'll depart to the Train Cemetery, where you'll see the first train engines from the XIX century in Bolivia. You then continue with a visit to the villages of Sud Lopez, the south region outside the Salt Flat and then to San Cristobal village, which is known as a mine centre village.

Afterwards you'll visit the Rock Valley, a group of big red rocks which form an interesting landscape, followed by lunch. On the way to Ojo de Perdiz you’ll stop at the Ollangue Volcano lookout to witness the intense fumarolic activity and admire the breathtaking landscape. Continue to “Joyas Andinas” Andean Jewells, a group of small lagoons where you can appreciate the biodiversity of the region, before arriving at your rustic lodge in the middle of the desert.
 
The Tayka del Desierto hotel not only offers awe-inspiring views, it is also strategically located to visit one of the most beautiful places in South America: the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, where you will find the magnificent Coloured Lagoons, the Sol de Mañana Geyser and the Stone Tree, among other attractions. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

OJO DE PERDIZ - san pedro de ATACAMA

After breakfast you have an early departure from your hotel for today's sightseeing. You’ll  be taken to the entrance of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, where you’ll observe some remarkable rock formations that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The stand out is the Arbol de Piedra, it’s unique appearance resembles a tree and is the result of weathering and erosion over millions of years.
 
You’ll continue your journey to the awe-inspiring Laguna Colorada, Red Lagoon. The lagoon is only one meter deep and its colour shifts between deep blue and dark red. Dotted across the lagoon are borax islands, whose white colour contrasts with the reddish colour of its waters. James Flamingos abound in the area. It is also possible to find Andean and Chilean flamingos, but in lesser quantities. The landscape is simple surreal and jaw-dropping.
 
You'll continue on to the geyser " Sol de Mañana", Morning Sun, its name due to the level of increasing activity in the early morning. The landscape is lined with geysers, bubbling mud pots and the distinct smell of sulphur. The hot steam emitted by the geysers can reach heights of up to 15 meters, a truly magnificent display.  
You'll also visit the hot springs of Polques formed due to the volcanic activity in the region and the last visit of the day will be to the beautiful  Green Lagoon, whose unique colour is due to the active microorganisms in the water. You will enjoy lunch en route.
 
You'll be transferred to Hito Cajon on the border between Bolivia and Chile. From Hito Cajon you'll join a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. (B)(L)

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