Few people are prepared to really live an adventure. In this 3 day trip to Uyuni Salt Flats you will live more than one, and that’s for sure! The journey to Uyuni is different than anything you might have seen before. Why? There are a couple reasons; shimmering salt flats stretching as far as the horizon goes, pink flamingos living in the highest lake on Earth, colossal volcanos, and multi-colored waters—did you get the bigger picture?
In the early morning we’ll pick you up from your hotel to start a 10 hour trip in which you’ll cross borders and have your first impressions of jaw-dropping Bolivian landscapes. We’ll pass through Chile and Bolivia immigration offices and, once on the Bolivian side and at 14,435 feet above sea level, you will change to a 4WD jeep with a maximum capacity of 6 people.
During the first day you’ll visit the National Park Eduardo Avaroa and see the Bolivian high plain, the Laguna Verde, and Laguna Blanca (Green and White Lagoons), all lying at the enormous feet of Licancabur Volcano. The next stop will be the nicknamed ‘Dali Desert’ (or Valley), a part of of the Siloli Desert. If you thought nature was already surrealistic in Bolivia, get prepared to blow away all of your expectations.
People named this valley after some of the great painter’s masterpieces which picture similar landscapes: unexpectedly-shaped rocky formations isolated in a 4700 m.o.s.l (15,584 feet) sandy plain. What you must definitely look out for in Dali Desert is the Árbol de Piedra (Tree Stone), a volcanic rock formation which is a forbidding example of nature’s artwork.
You’ll be amazed by the thermal water pools (or “foreigners soup” as locals call it), and the Sol de Mañana geysers, which are intermittent springs coming up at 194º F. The journey ends up at Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon, named after the red algae which grows beneath the waters), the main nesting center for more than 30,000 flamingos of 3 different species, as well as alpacas (kind of llamas) which graze nearby. These places are located at an average height of 4.500 meters (14,764 feet) above sea level and it is possible to spot endemic flora and fauna such as flamingos, vicuñas and other animals.
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Things to take into account: You’ll spend the night in a basic shelter, consisting of shared rooms for 6 people. Please note, since you will be visiting a remote and less-developed area, the accommodation is basic. It is important that you bring a sleeping bag to spend the night, especially during the months of June, July, August and September- though they can also be rented on arrival.
*This day you will be crossing the border between Chile and Bolivia. Please note that Bolivia requests: the certificate of yellow fever vaccine to enter the country, and a visa for citizens of some countries. Please, check if you need it before traveling. You can apply for a travel visa at your home country’s Consulate.