Bolivian Salt Flats & Andean Desert Short Break

Bolivia
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From 02/10/2020 to 04/01/2021

Departure dates & prices

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  • Oct Fri 02 2020 to Oct Wed 07 2020
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  • Oct Wed 07 2020 to Oct Mon 12 2020
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  • Oct Fri 09 2020 to Oct Wed 14 2020
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  • Oct Fri 23 2020 to Oct Wed 28 2020
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  • Oct Wed 28 2020 to Nov Mon 02 2020
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  • Oct Fri 30 2020 to Nov Wed 04 2020
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  • Nov Wed 04 2020 to Nov Mon 09 2020
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    $1,390*
  • Nov Fri 06 2020 to Nov Wed 11 2020
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  • Nov Fri 20 2020 to Nov Wed 25 2020
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  • Nov Wed 25 2020 to Nov Mon 30 2020
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  • Nov Fri 27 2020 to Dec Wed 02 2020
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  • Dec Wed 02 2020 to Dec Mon 07 2020
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  • Dec Fri 04 2020 to Dec Wed 09 2020
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  • Dec Fri 11 2020 to Dec Wed 16 2020
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  • Dec Wed 16 2020 to Dec Mon 21 2020
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  • Dec Wed 23 2020 to Dec Mon 28 2020
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  • Dec Fri 25 2020 to Dec Wed 30 2020
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  • Dec Wed 30 2020 to Jan Mon 04 2021
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What's included

If you've ever dreamt of walking on water (well, at least on a lake), this is your chance.
Cross the epic white expanse of Bolivia's salt lakes on a 4WD adventure across the rocky Atacama Desert.
Empty, haunting and spectacular, the laws of earthly physics bend on the surreal Salar de Uyuni saltpan.
Uyuni is full of unexpected sights – just one of these is families of abandoned geriatric locomotives left to rust slowly in the sun at the eerie Train Cemetery.
Ancient mummies don't just exist in Hollywood movies.
See some real ones in the Coquesa Caves, which happen to sit at the foot of a dormant volcano.
As you explore the rocky island of Isla Wasi, rising from the salt pans and covered with flowering cacti, you might feel like you've stepped inside a surrealist painting.
Breakfasts Included: 5.
Lunches Included: 3.
Dinners Included: 2.
Dormitory (2 nts),Hotel (3 nts).
4x4,Plane.
Age: min 5.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Uyuni - Full-day 4x4 tour of Salar de Uyuni including a visit to Isla Inca Wasi.
Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Altiplano tour including Laguna Colorada & Laguna Verde.
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - La Paz Touch down in lovely, but dizzying, La Paz. Dizzying because it sits at a spectacular 3,660 metres above sea level. Perched on the edge of a canyon and backed by the looming Mount Illimani, La Paz makes sipping a cup of Bolivian tea a jaw-dropping experience. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 6pm in the hotel with your Intrepid local representative. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. During this meeting, your Intrepid representative will let you know your flying time to Uyuni on Day 2 and will hand over to you the necessary e-tickets and vouchers you will need to complete this trip. They will also be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so ensure you bring these details with you. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception.
  • Day 2 - Salar de Uyuni Today take a flight from La Paz to Uyuni. The flight time will be advised at your evening meeting on Day 1. On arrival, you will be taken to our local representative’s office to meet the rest of fellow travellers for the day and that, depending on your arrival time, you may have some time to go for a small wonder in town. Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like you've reached the end of the road, which in many ways is true. This remote small town sits on the edge of the high altiplano, a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile. So it's hardly surprising that the town has a bit of a wild west feel about it. Uyuni is best known for its proximity to the Bolivian salt flats known locally as the Salar de Uyuni. The town was once a distribution hub for trains carrying minerals on their way to Pacific Ocean ports. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed and many trains were abandoned. Spanning over 12,000 square kilometres, and heaving with around ten billion tonnes of salt, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest saltpan, and there are plenty of opportunities for perspective-bending photographs with your group (using props really adds to it).  Stop by the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how locals farm and process salt from the Salar. After you'll visit Isla Wasi – a rocky, cactus and coral-like structure covered island erupting from the monotonous salt crust like a hallucination.
  • Day 3 - Andean Desert Drive through the spectacular landscape of the Atacama Desert, which is sprinkled with other-worldly volcanoes and lakes. During this drive you’ll reach an altitude of approximately 4900 metres above sea level, so it’s important to prepare yourself by reading the ‘Medical and health information’ section of the Essential Trip Information. Stop by Laguna Colorada, a rich red lake vividly coloured by algae and rich minerals. Perhaps one of the strangest sights in such an arid and inhospitable landscape is the abundant wildlife, with llamas, flamingos, vicuñas, and foxes frequently making appearances on the Altiplano.
  • Day 4 - Natural Hot Springs / Uyuni Town This morning we will visit the picturesque Laguna Verde (Green Lake) a mineral salt lake, located 4300 metres above sea level at the foot of Volcano Licancabur. Apart from incredible vistas and snow-capped volcanoes, the arid landscape of the Atacama Desert also hosts some stunning natural hot springs. We'll stop at one of the desert’s natural thermal baths. Soak in the soothing outdoor baths and watch steam rise from the water against the morning sun. Afterwards hop back into the 4WD and travel back to Uyuni, passing geysers and volcanic vents along the way (today will be a long day, approximately 12 hours before arriving back at Uyuni Town) Back in town, wander around the streets of this remote settlement and chill out before heading back to La Paz tomorrow.
  • Day 5 - Uyuni / La Paz Catch a morning flight (included) to La Paz and enjoy a free day to explore this incredible city's irregular-shaped streets and alleys at your leisure. Perhaps pay a visit to the intriguing Witches Market (Mercado de Hechiceria), stop in for an impromptu tour at the La Paz Chocolate Factory, or try some empanadas at the Mercado Camacho. Maybe head to the Mirador Killi Killi Lookout, located on top of a steep hill in the neighbourhood of Villa Pabon, and one of La Paz’s most impressive viewing points. Nearby is the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, which exhibits a wide collection of stunning works that takes you through Bolivian history. Toast the end of your high plains adventure with a glass of api and plate of chicarron.
  • Day 6 - La Paz Your Bolivian adventure comes to an end after breakfast. If you're not departing La Paz today, perhaps experience another side to this incredible city with a spot on our 'Food With Altitude' Urban Adventures tour. 
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