5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure from La Paz

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5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure from La Paz

Depart La Paz for an unforgettable expedition in a 4x4 Toyota land cruiser through the vast and blinding-white salt flats of Uyuni and into the desert of southwest Bolivia. Along the way, visit tiny villages, multi-coloured lakes with flamingos, geysers, and thermal hot-springs at 4,000 - 5,000m.


Day 1: La Paz - Uyuni, Bolivia

Stop At: Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi Department
Duration: 5 Days
Departure Time: 21:00
Transfer to Uyuni (D)
Enjoy a free day at your leisure. In the evening, please make your own way to the bus station. From here, you'll catch your overnight bus from La Paz to Uyuni and enjoy a light dinner on the bus.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight bus to Uyuni

Day 2: Uyuni - Villa Candelaria, Bolivia

Stop At: Villa Candelaria, Villa Candelaria, Potosi Department
Uyuni - Colchani - Incahuasi Island - Pia Pia Island - Candelaria (L/D)
We'll start our journey at 10:00 AM and visit the unique Train Cemetery in the Uyuni Salt Flat at 10:30 AM. Then, we'll see the salt extraction process in Colchani, explore salt crafts, salt piles, and salt eyes. Afterward, we'll visit Incahuasi Island and check-in at the Hotel de Sal, made entirely of salt bricks. At 8:00 PM, we'll enjoy dinner together at the hotel.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Salt Hotel (shared bathroom)

Day 3: Villa Candelaria - Polques, Bolivia

Stop At: Aguas Termales de Polques, Next to Cerro Faldajara, Uyuni Bolivia
Chiguana Desert - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon Sol de Mañana Geyser (B/L/D)
We will start the day with a 7:30 AM breakfast before departing at 8:00 AM. We will visit Volcán Ollague which is an active volcano, as well as Lagunas con Flamencos (Cañapa Hedionda - Honda), which are saltwater lagoons that are home to thousands of flamingos. We will also visit Desierto de Siloli (Siloli Desert) which is a desert that is located in the Andes Mountains and is known for its unique rock formations. After lunch, we will visit Montañas de 7colores (7-Colored Mountains), El árbol de Piedra (The Stone Tree) and Laguna Colorada (Huayllajara) which is a red-colored lagoon that is home to thousands of flamingos. We will spend our second night at the Albergue Laguna Colorada (shared bathroom)
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: hostel Alergue Laguna colorada

Day 4: Polques - Uyuni - La Paz, Bolivia

Stop At: La Paz, La Paz, La Paz Department
Dali Desert - Green Lagoon – Uyuni - La Paz (B/L)
We will start the day early with a 5:00 AM departure. We will visit the Geiseres, which are geysers that spout hot water and steam and the Aguas Termales (Thermal Waters) where people can relax and enjoy the natural hot water. After breakfast, we will visit Rocas de Dalí (Dali's Rocks) which is a unique rock formation that was named after Salvador Dalí, as well as Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and Laguna Blanca (White Lagoon) which are both known for their vibrant and stunning colors. We will also visit Valle de Rocas (Valley of Rocks) and finish the tour visiting Culplina and San Cristobal. We will be back at Uyuni by 5:00 PM. Time at leisure to eat and visit the town. Make your own way to the bus station to take the overnight bus back to La Paz (departure time: 21:00hrs.). During your overnight trip you will enjoy a light dinner on the bus.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight bus to La Paz

Day 5: La Paz, Bolivia

Stop At: La Paz, La Paz, La Paz Department
Arrive back in La Paz
Your arrival at the La Paz bus station is approximately scheduled at 05:30hrs.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or force majeure events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as close as possible."
"During the rainy season from January to April, the Salt Flats fill up with water so it is not possible to cross them in the same way as during dry season. As a consequence, the itinerary is modified during that period. The main changes are usually as follows:"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Instead of stopping at the Inca Wasy (Fish Island), we stop at a place where the water reflects the sky and where it seems that the sky and the ground merge into one."
"On day 2, we might sleep at another location."
"We visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser and hot springs at the end of day 3 instead of in the morning of day 4."
"Altitude: This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 5,000 meters above sea level, and most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 3,000 meters before the trip and bringing along medication for headaches and tablets for altitude sickness in case you feel unwell. And remember, the real key is to drink lots of water!"
"Accommodation / Facilities on Tour: The reality of visiting a remote area and immersing yourself in nature is that you will be far from modern facilities and the services will sometimes be slow and quite basic. Due to the harsh terrain, vehicle breakdowns are not uncommon, but the drivers are very used to fixing them and wait times are rarely excessive. The accommodations will be very basic, with cots and shared rooms, and the electricity and running water in the National Park are not as dependable as they are back at home. Toilet facilities have a small local cost. Make sure to bring snacks, some water, toilet paper, and plenty of warm clothes. That said, with some patience, preparation, and an appetite for adventure, this trip will certainly be a positive and unforgettable experience."
"Suggested packing list: Sun hat, sunglasses (to protect your eyes from the bright glare off the salt panes), sunblock, coat, gloves, wool hat, trekking shoes, warm socks, swimsuit and towel for hot springs at Sol de Manana Geysers, extra bottles of water (we recommend bringing a 5 Liter bottled water so you can have enough water for the whole trip), snacks, personal medication. Flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (electricity available in most hotels), hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit. You will be sleeping up to 4,300 meters above sea level and depending on the season, temperatures can drop well below zero (reaching less than -15 degrees Celsius in the winter months of June and July) and the wind chill can be harsh, so bring plenty of warm clothes like a scarf and wool hat for the chilly evenings."
"Please bring only the necessary material & clothes during the tour"
"Most travelers can participate"
"Please inform us of any dietary restrictions."
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability"

Horário de Início: 09:00 PM
Duração: 5 Days
Ponto de partida: Terminal de Buses La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia

Cancelamentos e reembolsos: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


  • 2 Night Buses from/to La Paz (no tour leader on bus)
  • Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3 day Tour including:
  • 1 overnight trip in tourist bus from La Paz to Uyuni
  • 1 overnight trip in tourist bus from Uyuni to La Paz
  • 4WD transport on tour (max 7 people per car)
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • English-speaking guide for some experiences
  • 2x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights

Não Incluído

  • Entrance Fees: Isla Incahuasi (30 Bs*), Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area (150 Bs*) (*Please note that these costs are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Sleeping bags (recommended during Uyuni Expedition, approx. 50 Bs)
  • Hot Shower (30 Bs)
  • Toilets along the Way (10 Bs)
  • Gratuities
  • Private room during Uyuni Expedition (approx. 48 USD per person, subject to availability)
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Open-Air Hot Springs (6 BS)
  • Toiletries (towels, toilet paper, soap, etc)


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