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SALAR DE UYUNI VIA SAJAMA – 4 DAY TOUR FROM LA PAZ

Excellent option if you wish to avoid the crowds and the convenience of starting in La Paz

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If you’re looking for the most convenient and authentic way to experience Bolivia’s natural wonders, this four day trip starting in La Paz fits the bill perfectly. Bubbling geysers, natural hot springs, snow-capped volcanoes, vast deserts and thousands of square kilometers of salt plains make traveling in this non-touristy region an otherworldly experience.

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CODE: LPU-4
DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
AVAILABILITY: Year-round (rainy months of January to April itinerary is modified). May to December is recommended
TYPE: 4WD expedition
GROUP SIZE: Max 5 persons per vehicle (6 without a guide)
MEETING POINT: La Paz (we pick up from all central ho(s)tels)
DROP OFF POINT: Uyuni hotel, airport, bus station, etc. between 5 - 6 PM
AVAILABLE OPTIONS: Basic, Standard , Plus (click here to view difference)

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NO. PAX W/ENGLISH or SPANISH SPEAKING GUIDE
1 US$ 1920 pp
2 US$ 1040 pp
3 US$ 746 pp
4 US$ 599 pp
5 US$ 510 pp
6 N/A (only available with a Spanish-speaking driver - no guide)
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ITINERARY

DAY 1
SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 1SAJAMA NATIONAL PARK

Today we depart La Paz bound for Sajama National Park which includes many of the natural wonders which make this countryside unique. Enjoy a crowds-free day exploring the park’s top attractions which include a bubbling geyser field, quirky stone formations, vast wetlands teeming with local fauna, natural hot springs, traditional villages and more. All around Bolivia’s highest peak (Mt. Sajama, 6.542m).

Accommodation:

BASIC: Basic dormitory-lodge. Shared room/toilet/bathroom. Lukewarm showers.
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STANDARD: Simple lodge with private accommodation and toilet/bathroom. Hot showers.
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PLUS: Ecolodge Tomarapi with private accommodation and toilet/bathroom. Hot showers.
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Meals included: Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 2
SECRET LAGOONS - WILDLIFE - DESERTS & SAND DUNES

DAY 2SECRET LAGOONS - WILDLIFE - DESERTS & SAND DUNES

This morning after breakfast we depart and drive southbound across vast deserts, moorlands and rivers shadowed by snow-capped volcanoes. The journey will take around 8 hours including stops for lunch and sightseeing with plenty of time to explore. Some of the scenic stops along the way will be at secluded lagoons filled with Andean flamingos and with good luck, other wildlife such as rhea (Andean ostrich), vicuña (wild relative of llamas), viscacha (Andean rabbit with squirrel tail) and more. Likelihood is very high since this region is still undiscovered and thus receives very few visitors.

Traveling further south, we will see sand dunes, vast deserts, archaeological pre-Inca remains, traditional villages and panoramic views of the Bolivian Altiplano (high plateau). Driving is on dirt tracks, a truly off the beaten path 4x4 expedition.

Accommodation:

BASIC: Basic dormitory guesthouse. Shared room/toilet/bathroom. Lukewarm showers.
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STANDARD: Simple guesthouse with private accommodation and toilet/bathroom. Warm showers.
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PLUS: Not available. Same accommodation arrangements as our Standard package.
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Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 3
COIPASA SALT FLATS - MUMMIES AND LOST CITIES

DAY 3COIPASA SALT FLATS - MUMMIES AND LOST CITIES

This morning, we leave our accommodation for Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats) stopping en route at Salar de Coipasa (Coipasa Salt Flats) and a lost pre-Inca citadel. Known as 'the great, unknown civilization of the Altiplano', it is particularly spectacular because of its mysterious tombs housing mummified corpses hundreds of years old.

Coipasa Salt Flats is not as well known or visited as Uyuni Salt Flats but this goes in our favor as we will have about 3.000 square kilometers of salt for ourselves when we traverse it during the day. By the end of the afternoon, we will arrive to the northern rim of Uyuni Salt Flats for a well deserved rest in the doorstep of this natural wonder.

*If you choose our Plus package, you might fit the Thunupa Volcano climb today instead of the following day because of hotel location.

Accommodation:

BASIC: Basic guesthouse. Shared room/toilet/bathroom. Lukewarm showers.
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STANDARD: Salt guesthouse with private accommodation and toilet/bathroom. Hot showers.
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PLUS: Hotel Palacio de Sal, Luna Salada or Cristal Samaña (Preferred order. Based on availability).
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Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 4
UYUNI SALT FLATS - INKAHUASI ISLAND - THUNUPA VOLCANO

DAY 4UYUNI SALT FLATS - INKAHUASI ISLAND - THUNUPA VOLCANO

Continuing our adventure, our grand finale today will see us exploring Salar de Uyuni and its top natural attractions. Drive to a mesmerizing viewpoint at the base of Thunupa Volcano and hike as much as you wish with the salt flats extending like a white sea below you*. Later in the day, enjoy a mild hike to Inkahuasi Island for 360 degree panoramic views of the salt flats.

Have fun playing with the perspective effect in the middle of nowhere (don’t forget your props such as a dinosaur or anything you can imagine).

By sunset, we will exit the salt flats via Playa Blanca former salt hotel with its famous multinational flag stand and Dakar memorial.

Our trip ends in the town of Uyuni around 6 PM. We can transfer you onto the airport or bus station to make your flight/bus to La Paz or elsewhere (ask us if you want us to arrange this for you). Alternatively, book an extra night of accommodation at a salt hotel like Palacio de Sal, Luna Salada or any hotel in Uyuni on your own should you wish to relax an extra night.

*Thunupa Volcano climb may be done the previous day if our Plus package was chosen because of hotel location.

Accommodation:No accommodation included

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Important note: The itinerary for this trip is subject to amendments due to weather or road conditions. The rainy season (January to April) is a great time to visit the salt flats because of the mirror effect, but the weather and road conditions can be unpredictable. Consequently, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary or to change inclusions whilst on tour.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Perfectly maintained 4WD Nissan Patrol or Toyota Land Cruiser touring vehicle
  • Professional driver (our drivers are highly trained and have as a minimum 5 years experience on these roads with some having more than 30 years)
  • English - Spanish speaking guide (unless no guide is requested)
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation as per your chosen package (Basic, Standard, Plus)
  • Bottled water

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • National parks and other sites’ admission fees (300 Bolivianos that you must carry on the trip)
  • Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks
  • Tips/gratuities (not mandatory, but strongly advised)
  • Anything not mentioned under What’s included

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