Salar de Uyuni, Salt Flats Adventure
Salar de Uyuni, southwest Bolivia, in the Andes, is the world’s largest salt flat. It was part of a giant prehistoric Lake Minchin, that dried out, leaving behind nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of stark white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. Its unearthly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island or Isla del Pescado. The Salar is virtually devoid of any wildlife or vegetation but its rich brine pools are major breeding ground for several species of flamingos.
This exclusive Bolivia tour begins in La Paz and then travels Sucre. Set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, it’s known for its well-preserved 16th-century buildings. Southwest, Potosi, once known for its silver mines, has grand churches with ornate colonial architecture, built during its boom years. Further, are the breathtaking Salar de Uyuni. During the rainy season from January to April, the world’s largest salt flat turns into the world’s largest mirror, reflecting heaven on Earth.
TRAVEL ON THIS 10 DAY BOLIVIA TOUR…
And, experience its Cerro Rico, a ‘Rich Hill’ full of silver.
Salar de Uyuni, Salt Flats Adventure La Paz, Sucre, Potosi, Uyuni Salt lake.
(10 Day – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
La Paz Meet and greet on arrival at La Paz airport, the highest airport in the world and take a private transfer to your hotel where you can relax and become accustomed to the altitude (over 12, 000 feet above sea level).
Overnight at La Paz hotel.
Day 2 – Easy day to acclimatise
La Paz Take a relaxed and easy day to acclimatise and explore the mysterious City of La Paz and its surroundings where every corner and street, is a hidden treasure. It is an adventure into the pre Hispanic times with all their traditions and magic on its streets. Explore the native, colonial and modern areas; the Indian Market, Open Air Museum of Tiwanaku, Witch Doctor's Market and breathtaking panoramas, all overlooked by the majestic Illimani mountain.
In the afternoon take a private tour to Valle de la Luna. Valley of the Moon is not actually a valley at all, but an eerie landscape of hills and rock eroded into fantastic shapes and deep gullies. Located in the posh Mallasa borough, you will find the highest golf club in the world.
Overnight at La Paz hotel (B)
Day 3 – Transfer
Sucre Private transfer to La Paz airport for your flight to Andes to Sucre. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of this beautiful city, known to Bolivians as the 'White City' and the 'City of Eternal Spring', due to its delightful climate. Sights include the impressive monastery of La Recoleta, along with the church of San Francisco and the Casa de la Libertad.
Overnight at Sucre Hotel (B)
Day 4 – City Highlights Tour
Sucre Today explore the delights of Sucre at your own leisure. Stroll through the narrow streets in the well-conserved colonial heart of the city, past majestic houses and numerous churches dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. There are numerous restaurants and great bars to choose from for a traditional evening meal and drink.
Overnight at Sucre Hotel (B)
Day 5 – Scenic Mountain Tour
Potosi Take a scenic two and a half hour transfer through the mountains to Potosi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was once one of the wealthiest cities in the world with an estimated 40,000 tons of pure silver being mined in the 16th Century by the Spanish from Cerro Rico, the mountain overlooking in the city. All these riches came at an enormous human cost with an estimated 8 million slave labourers dying either in the mountain or from illnesses related to working conditions. Rather a sobering thought as you tour the Casa de la Moneda (Royal Mint) and take a look inside one of the mines that still extracts silver. Return to Sucre.
Overnight: Hotel Coloso (B)
Day 6 – Scenic Journey
Uyuni Salt Lake Today, embark on a long but scenic journey to Uyuni, enjoying a packed lunch en route. Arrive near the famed Uyuni Salt Lake and check into your hotel which has been built entirely out of salt.
Overnight: Hotel Luna Salada (B, L)
Day 7 – Uyuni Desert Tour
Uyuni Salt Lake Set off on a private excursion into the remote Uyuni desert to visit the Frog’s Valley, where wind erosion has created amazing, unusual stone formations. Continue to the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve to see Laguna Colorado, flanked as it is, by mountain lakes, volcanoes and a variety of wildlife.
Overnight: Hotel Girasoles de Uyuni (B)
Day 8 – Uyuni Desert Tour
Isla Pescado Take a full day’s private excursion at the Uyuni Salt. Start with a visit to the salt processing plant at Colchani before your journey to see Isla Pescado, the fish-shaped, cacti-clad island that rises out from the blinding salt flats of the lake. Inka Wasi (the island’s historical name), is located at the centre of the Uyuni Salt Lake forming an isolated oasis-type ecosystem which looks stunningly picturesque against the backdrop of the salt lake. After lunch head to Uyuni airport for your flight to La Paz.
Overnight: Hotel Europa (B)
Day 9 – Depart
La Paz Private transfer to La Paz airport for your flight (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are no direct flights from Britain to Bolivia. The most direct routes go via Madrid, Miami, Buenos Aires or São Paulo, each of which is connected by daily flights from London; British Airways flies to each of these destinations, and there are numerous other options for both Miami and Madrid. Air Europa, has flights from London via Madrid to Buenos Aires and Lima, from where you can take a connecting flight.
When to go The most popular time of year to travel to Bolivia is between April and October. This is winter and the dry season, when days are usually sunny, and the skies crystal clear, making this the best time of year for trekking and climbing. It is also the best time for visiting the hot and humid lowlands, when temperatures are generally slightly more pleasant though rain remains a possibility all year round. November to March is summer and the rainy season though more pronounced in the lowlands.