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UYUNI SALT LAKE - SOUTHWEST OF BOLIVIA OHE 03

This overland leads us to cross the beautiful volcanic desert of South Lípez, place where the immensity reigns, and where not a long time ago there were numerous caravans of llamas loaded with salt or minerals crossing this lunar landscape.
The Uyuni Salt Flat – by itself is a unique and fascinating show. Experience the highest and largest Salt Lake in the world (10.000 Km2) surrounded by an impressive panorama. Drive across this salt flats to “Isla Pescado” an oasis, where you can find unique flora and fauna, which was completely isolated for thousands of years by a vast plain of salt.

 It is the entrance door to the desert. The adventure can begin then. There the sky is more beautiful than above any other place. You will frequently have the impression that you can touch it with the tips of your fingers... The landscapes seem to be sculpted or painted:  in the small sea of salt, the colorful lakes and the geysers, the nature has created a true master piece and it has used an extraordinary mineral color palette to complete it.

We’ll know a place called “The Valley of Dali’s Stones” for the astonishing resemblance to one of Dali’s paintings. But if it wasn’t the painter’s hand that has prepared this way the stones, would it be that Andean god who has had a good time throwing sandstone stones to the wind? Here the mountains are petrified warriors who have wanted to love and the fumaroles of the volcanoes are the groans of a princess regretting their eternal solitude.

 

PROGRAM

Day 01: La Paz – Uyuni (3.670m): Departure from La Paz toward Uyuni city, crossing the high plateau until the southern regions to arrive to Uyuni going through the mining city of Oruro. Uyuni by 4x4wd, duration of the trip of 8 hours. Arrival to Uyuni city, night in a hotel.

Day 02: Uyuni Salt Flat – Isla Pescado – San Juan (3900m): We start the journey to Uyuni Salt Flat – we visit the small “salt factory” Colchani theDry Port”, Hotel of Salt . We take a walk in the Isla Pescado, full of giant cactus, located at the middle of the Uyuni Salt Flat. Arrival to San Juan del Rosario town, where we can visit the Kausay Wasi chullpas, pre-hispanic tombs that still contain their mummies.  We spend the night in a local accommodation.

Day 03: San Juan – Siloli Desert - Colorada Lagoon (4.700 m. - 4272m.): After breakfast we will continue our adventure going to the Laguna Colorada, have a view of Ollague volcano, later stop close to the lagoons of Cañapa, Hedionda (Stinking), Chiarcota, Honda and Ramaditas  that are populated by flamingos, to half-day a break in the road to have the lunch and in the afternoon we will continue our journey crossing to the desert of Siloli where we will observe the Tree of Stone and the 7 Colors Mountain. We will arrive to the Laguna Colorada. Walk surroundings of the lagoon appreciating big quantities of flamingos, Night in a local accommodation.

Day 04: Laguna Colorada – Verde Lagoon – Alota town: Early in the morning (05:00 a.m). to be able to appreciate the Geisers better - fumaroles (volcanic area), but well-known as “Sol de Mañana”, to immediately flank the famous Dali’s stones Valley then we continue to the thermal waters - Polques, where we have breakfast, break, then continue to the Laguna “Blanca” and “Verde” located to the feet of the Licancabur Volcano. Laguna Verde one of the few lagoons not inhabited by pink flamingos. After our visit to the lagoons trip going by the Valley of Rocks Arrival at the Alota town to spend the night in a local accommodation.

Day 05:  Alota – San Cristobal – Uyuni: After breakfast, we start the trip to San Cristóbal, moved and entirely rebuilt town by an American company, since under the original location of San Cristóbal there is a silver mine acquired by this company. The colonial church was also moved and reconstructed and restored stone by stone according to the original construction.  We come back to Uyuni crossing Kulpinaka, Villamar towns. Arrival to Uyuni city approx. 6:30 pm. Night in a hotel.

Day 06:  Return to La Paz: Long day trip to La Paz city by 4wd, taking 8 hours. Crossing canyons, high plateau, and puna.  Arrival to your hotel and end of services. You can get tired but it is worthwhile!!!.

The Organized Service Includes

  • Private round trip transport 4x4.
  • Specialized Overland guide.
  • Local basic accommodations.
  • Three meals during the day. (L.D.B.)
  • Entrance tickets to the national park.
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Communications by handies and mobile phone during the excursion.
  • General Assistance.

Not included:

  • Personal equipment. (All the equipment we have for hire).
  • Water (2  liters required), Chocolate or high calorie sweets /snacks
  • Hotel and restaurant service in La Paz city And Uyuni city.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Any expense due to a rescue operation.
  • Tips.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the expedition or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone or mail.

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Season: March – December
Contact: info@highexpeditionsbolivia.com
Phone: 591-2-2461902
Movil.: 591-79530949 / 73030569