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US$ 870Price per person based on double occupancy & private service. All intermediate transfers and domestic airfares are included. A night in a salt hotel is included.
Duration:3 Days
Destination:La Paz - Uyuni - Tiwanaku

UYUNI SALT FLATS TOUR DESCRIPTION

This 3 day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour package is the perfect itinerary for those who are visiting another country in South America. It is an express tour to some of Bolivia’s most iconic and beautiful destinations.

  • Be mesmerized by the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest & most amazing Salt Desert in the world.
  • Stay a night at the first salt hotel in the world.
  • Explore the impressive Tiwanaku ruins, reminder of a once-powerful pre-Inca culture.
  • Discover the Andean landscape, cultural diversity and folkloric treasures of the city of La Paz.
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LA PAZ

The city of La Paz is the highest city in the world. It is located on the western side of Bolivia, nestled between the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level.

UYUNI SALT FLATS

The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt desert at nearly 12,000 square kilometers (7,456 sq mi). It is located in southwest Bolivia, and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters absl (11,995 ft). The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, and possesses an extraordinary flatness. For example, the average altitude varies within one meter over the entire area of the Salar.

In addition, the Uyuni Salt Flats serve as the major transport route across the Bolivian Altiplano. They are also a major breeding ground for several species of pink flamingos. Finally, and what’s interesting for travelers, is that the Salar is a perfect spot for pictures because of its natural flatness and beautiful landscape.

TIWANAKU

Tiwanaku (Spanish: Tiahuanaco or Tiahuanacu) is a Pre-Columbian archaeological site in western Bolivia. The city of Tiwanaku, capital of a powerful pre-Hispanic empire that dominated a large area of the southern Andes and beyond, reached its apogee between 500 and 900 AD. Its monumental remains testify to the cultural and political significance of this civilization, which is distinct from any of the other pre-Hispanic empires of the Americas.

UYUNI SALT FLATS TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

Morning transfer from the Airport:
International flight Lima or Cusco – La Paz (booked on your own). Private transport WITH TRANSFER PERSON from the airport to your hotel in La Paz.

City Tour La Paz and Moon Valley Half Day:
Pick up from the lobby of your hotel to visit the highlights of the city of La Paz. These include the Witch Doctor’s Market (where you can find herbs, folk remedies and fascinating ingredients used in Aymara rituals), and the typical handicrafts market of Sagarnaga Street.

The tour continues to the San Francisco Colonial Church (Museum not included) and Plaza Murillo where the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and the National Congress buildings are located. After this you will visit the charming, cobble-stoned street of Jaen, one of the last colonial streets of downtown La Paz, and home to a range of museums, shops, bars and restaurants. You will then be transferred to Plaza España to take the Yellow and Green Lines of the city’s sky lift towards the southern area of the city. Here you will enjoy panoramic views of the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida.

Finally, the tour ends with a fascinating visit to Moon Valley, an amazing display of rock erosion patterns like something from out of this world. You will also have the opportunity to visit and enjoy the small gallery of celebrated local potter, Mario Sarabia (duration: 4 hours). Return to your hotel.

Evening free.

Overnight in Rosario Hotel La Paz.

DAY 2

Meet at the lobby of your hotel and transfer to the airport, WITH DRIVER ONLY. Take flight La Paz – Uyuni (BoA OB-302 departing at 08:10 and arriving at 09:00 or Amaszonas Z8-302 departing at 07:30 and arriving at 08:15).

Full Day Uyuni Salt Flats:
Early morning pick-up WITH DRIVER from the Uyuni airport. Stop at TIKA restaurant at the Jardines de Uyuni hotel for a short break as all tours begin at 10:00am. Mid-morning departure on route to the amazing Uyuni Salt Flats, the world’s largest salt desert. Visit the train cemetery, and take playful and artistic pictures on board old 19th and 20th century steam locomotives. Next, visit the town of Colchani (20 min. from Uyuni) to learn the artisanal salt extraction process from local artisans. Once on the salt flats, see piles of extracted salt and the “ojos del salar” or mineralized water springs bursting from the ground.

Make your way to Incahuasi Island, located in the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flats, an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem where giant cacti thrive (up to 10m. or 32ft. high). Afterwards, enjoy a unique picnic experience, as lunch will be served in the middle of the salt desert. Use this time to take fun pictures, using the extraordinary flatness of the desert to play with proportion and perspective.

After lunch travel to Pucara Ayque at the base of the Tunupa volcano to explore the Pre-Columbian ruins and mummies found there. After witnessing an amazing sunset on the salt flat, return to Uyuni or Colchani where you will be transferred to your hotel in Colchani – Uyuni.

Please note that Incahuasi Island will not be visited during the rainy season.

Evening free.

Overnight at Palacio de Sal.
(B, L, D at your hotel)

DAY 3

Pick up from the lobby of your hotel and transport WITH DRIVER to the airport. Take the flight Uyuni – La Paz (BoA OB-303 departing at 09:40 and arriving at 10:30; or Amaszonas Z8-301 departing at 08:15 and arriving at 09:05; or Amaszonas Z8-303 departing at 08:40 and arriving at 09:30).

Half Day Tiwanaku Ruins and Transfer to La Paz:
Pick up from the airport and transfer to Tiwanaku where you will have lunch. Visit the Spiritual and Political Centre of the Tiwanaku Culture, which includes beautiful monumental stone buildings that survive in the protected archaeological zones. See the Kalasasaya Temple (Sun), the legendary Sun Gate, the Semi-subterranean temple (Earth), the Akapana Pyramid, the Puma Punku ceremonial center, as well as the museums where you will enjoy an impressive collection of objects and tools of ancient civilizations, in addition to monumental monoliths (duration: 3 – 4 hours).

After your tour, transfer back to the airport to take your international flight (booked on your own).

(B, L)

LEGEND
BBreakfast
SSnack
LLunch
DDinner
BLBoxed Lunch

 

3 DAY UYUNI SALT FLATS TOUR PRICES

PRICE PER PERSON*1 Person2 People4 People6 People8 People10 People12 People
3 StarsUS$ 1,345 US$ 870 US$ 735US$ 685 US$ 700US$ 650 US$ 635
3 Stars SuperiorUS$ 1,360 US$ 890US$ 750US$ 705US$ 720US$ 670US$ 655
4 Stars US$ 1,390US$ 905US$ 770US$ 720US$ 735US$ 685US$ 670
5 Stars US$ 1,460US$ 1,460US$ 805US$ 760US$ 770US$ 725US$ 710

* Includes domestic flights at the current lowest airfare available and subject to availability. Private Service Only. Price includes payment transaction fees.

INCLUDED

Included in Tour Price:Not included in Tour Price:
Hotel accommodations according to itinerary.International flights.
Meals according to itinerary.Visas required to enter Bolivia.
All entrance tickets.Airport Taxes for international flights.
All tour and intermediate transfers.Drinks.
All guided excursions in English in private service.Tips.
Embarkation fees (Lake Titicaca).
Domestic flights: La Paz – Uyuni – La Paz.
Airport taxes for domestic flights only.

 

NOTES:

FOR THE HIGHLANDS (La Paz, Tiwanaku, and Uyuni):

  • Upon arrival in La Paz, we recommend you rest for at least 3 hours; do not eat much, as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day due to the altitude.  Also, you can drink coca tea (except those who suffer from high blood pressure and heart problems).
  • Wear comfortable footwear and clothes.
  • Drink water, wear sunglasses, sunscreen and sun cap.
  • Bring moisturizing cream and a small backpack for excursions.
  • Do not forget a camera or videocamera to capture the amazing places you’ll visit.
  • We recommend bringing abundant contact lens solution or an additional pair of glasses.

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