Salt Flats and Desert Safari
Journey through the Salar de Uyuni and the Bolivian desert, one of the most remote and awe-inspiring areas in South America.
Price: From £2100 per person
This 6-day tour takes you on an adventure across the rugged, lunar-like landscapes of south-west Bolivia. Covering an area the size of Switzerland, across unforgiving roads and beyond, the journey is taken in a large 4x4 jeep with optional walks and excursions.
The first part of the journey will traverse the bleach-white expanse of the vast Uyuni Salt Flats, with relief from the glare provided by a stop on a cactus-filled island. As you continue to travel you will witness spectacular rock and cave formations, desert landscapes where colours melt into one another like a radioactive Dali painting and flamingoes flying over volcanic lagoons where the minerals have coloured the waters blue, green and red. Dodge the steamy geysers and bathe away jeep stiffness in bubbling hot springs. Meet with herders and their flocks of llama, glimpse the wild vicuna - a smaller, prettier and shyer cousin to the llama - or even one of the rare rabbit-like viscachas, an Andean fox or a condor soaring in the distance.
The Uyuni Salt Flats is one of the most remote areas of Bolivia, and accommodation options are therefore scarce and very basic. HighLives has partnered with the best providers in the region to ensure your lodgings are the most comfortable on offer. While we can’t promise 5-star luxury, we can guarantee an anxiety-free trip, with all meals, lodging and transportation taken care of.
"No landscape has ever made me more aware of being on a planet, a lump of space rock"
Gemma Bowes, The Guardian Travel Editor
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- Day 1: La Paz
Arrive in La Paz
- Day 2: La Paz
Free day to relax, acclimatise and explore the city
- Day 3: La Paz - Uyuni - Cochani - Hotel Luna Salada (Salt Flats)
Begin a 4-day jeep journey into what is one of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, much of it lying well above 4,000m.
Journey through this harsh, barely habited region to visit Fish Island, Galaxy Cave and encounter llamas and their herders.
- Day 4: Colchani - Ojo de Perdiz (Tayka del Desierto Hotel)
The journey continues towards the Siloli desert and Laguna Colorado. En route you will pass by Volcano Ollague, and see many birds including 3 different types of Flamingos before arriving the Desert Hotel.
- Day 5: Ojo de Perdiz - San Pablo de Lipez (Hotel los Volcanes)
Witness the Morning Sun geysers at 5,000m above sea level. Visit the dramatic Green Lagoon at the foot of Licancabur Volcano as well as several other nearby lagoons, the desert and salt plains of Chalviri, and the Valley of the Ladies of the Desert.
Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama after visiting the Green Lagoon.
- Day 6: San Pablo de Lipez (Hotel Tayka los Volcanes) - Uyuni
Depart at 9.30 for a leisurely trip to Uyuni (5-6 hours), providing a chance to take some unique photographs along the way.
Visit to the San Cristobal mine.
Possible extension to Tupiza or Sucre.