On arrival to La Paz El Alto International airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight in La Paz
A unique private city tour that will not only show you the usual parts of the city such as the historic government and financial districts but also take you to parts other tours do not and mingle with the locals, walk in the colorful markets, visit the fast growing city of El Alto above La Paz and travel on the Teleferico (the new cable car system).This is an extended version of the Off the Beaten Track Walking Tour that also takes in the Moon Valley and the Southern Zone of La Paz.
With your local guide, you will visit parts of the city on foot that would normally remain undiscovered by tourists, interact with the locals in a responsible manner and learn about the real life of the citizens of La Paz and El Alto. We visit the wealthier southern zone, including a visit to Moon Valley in Mallasa. Includes a local lunch in zona sur and incredible Cable Car ride on the world largest cable car system.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in La Paz
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Uyuni. On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to the office, where you will begin the tour.
We start the tour by going to visit the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of nineteenth and early 20th century steam locomotives and which is a good place to take artistic photographs.
Arrival at Colchani, which lies beside the Salar de Uyuni and is the home to the Cooperative Rosario, the main plant for the iodization of salt. It is the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar. Here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes. We will visit the salt refinery where you will witness the iodization of salt for national consumption. You will then be taken to the great salt flat of Uyuni (salar de uyuni) where you first will see the salt mining and the piles of salt (pyramids of salt). After this you will go to see the eyes of the salt (big holes in the salt flat where the water from underneath the lake still comes out by high pressure).
Later you go straight to the ex-salt hotel Playa blanca, which is made out salt (the only hotel allowed inside of the salt flats), where you can take time to take pictures of the rooms, salt sculptures and the lobby of the hotel.
Here we will have lunch. After lunch, we will go to Incawasi Island (Inca house Island), which is located in the center of the salar, 100 km from Uyuni. This is the main destination for most salt-desert tours. It is a remarkable place. A hilly outpost covered in trichocerus cacti and a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles. A large population of stranded viscachas (Andean rodents) inhabits its rocky slopes which also has views of the salt flats that are reminiscent of the Polar region, dominated by blue and white colors, but with images of hills turned to one side by 45°.
Isla incawasi (Inca house) is an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by cacti up to 10 meter high. Photographers will find that Fish Island is one of the best sites in the world to indulge in their passion.
After we will go to our hotel to rest for the evening.
Overnight in hotel
After breakfast, we will head towards a place where we can see the petrified volcanic lava and then we will go to the viewpoint of Ollagüe volcano to enjoy a volcano with little volcanic activity, which is between Chile and Bolivia
After we will see the Chain of lagoons highland lakes where we can appreciate the different types of flamingos, as Cañapa lagoon, laguna Hedionda (lunch) lagoon Chiarcota and lagoon Honda.
We will also pass through the Siloli Desert. The route passes through spectacular landscapes with multicolored volcanic rock formations and reaches a height of 5000 meters. Then we will enter the National Reserve Eduardo Abaroa. We will then reach the most important part of the second day, which is the attractive laguna Colorada.
Laguna Colorado lies 151 km to the south of San Juan at an altitude of 4278 meters and covers an area of 60 km2. The rich red coloration is derived from algae and plankton, which thrives in its minerals and the shoreline, and is fringed with brilliant white deposits of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum. The lagoon is inhabited by numerous flamingos, three species of which breed there. The Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis) reaches a height of just over one meter and has a black-tipped white bill, dirty blue legs, red knees and salmon-colored feathers. The James flamingo (Phoenicopterus James) is the smallest of the three species. The Andean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus) is the largest of the three and has pink feathers, yellow legs and a yellow and black bill. To see these pink posers strutting through icy mineral lagoons at 5000m will make you forget about associations between flamingos, coconut palms and hot steamy tropics,
After we will head to the town of Huayllajara where we will stay the night.
Overnight in hotel
We shall depart from Laguna Colorada to Laguna verde at 05:00AM. We will visit the Geysers volcanic zone ‘Sol de Mañana’ (Morning Sun). Here, at 4850 meters, lies a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots, hellish fumaroles and a thick aroma of Sulphur fumes. This is a site of intense volcanic activity. Inside a small crater we shall observe boiling lava, reminding us of the age in which the earth was formed.
After we will visit the Villamar Community and have lunch.
After lunch we will head to the town of San Cristobal where we will see a church from colonial times and then go through the barrel of Villa alota. Then we continue to the Valley of Rocks and on to the canyon of Catal to observe many llamas and birds. Continuing on, we head to the lagoon Villa Mar and Italy, where we can see some flamingos and other birds.
After the tour you will be transferred to Uyuni airport to take your flight back to La Paz and onwards to your next destination.
Based on 3 star hotels and 2 people sharing a room. We also offer 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation packages.
Group discounts available.
Contact us to customize this tour to Bolivia based on your travel preferences and dates.