Amazing salt flat & coloured lagoons more Tunupa volcano
Salar de Uyuni, is the largest salt flats in the world. Sitting 3665 meter high, Salar de Uyuni sits in the Potosí in southwest Bolivia.40,000 years ago the salt flats were a part of Minchin lagoon, a giant prehistoric lake. When this lake dried, it left behind two modern lakes, Poopó and Uru Uru lakes, Titica lake, and the two major salt deserts, Coipasa and the larger Uyuni.
Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 64.000.000 tons of salt . Salar de Uyuni is also a significant tourist destination in western Bolivia. Also, we visit coloured lagoons (red lagoon and green lagoon), volcanoes, mummies, deserts and small towns on the way.
DURATION: 4 days/ 3 nights
Day 1 :: Uyuni / Salt Desert / Tunupa Volcano
The tour starts at 10:00 in the morning when the tour leader waits for you in the travel company office then take you in a private transportation 4x4 WD Toyota Land cruiser to We are 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
COLCHANI, lies beside the Salar de Uyuni and is the home of the Cooperative Rosario – the main plant for the iodisation of salt. It is the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar which is different to that employed to the north in the Salar de Coipasa. 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, eyes of Salt Flats,lunch, Uyuni Salt Flats, tunupa volcano, basic lodging ,dinner..
Day 2 :: Tunupa Volcano(trek to volcano) / Fish Island / Salt Hotel
The tour starting 06:00 am,after breakfast, the Land Cruiser goes to Tunupa volcano view point 4200 meter higt,visit the archeological sites mummies cavern , trekking to Tunupa Volcano ,Itself climbing for super view, of salt flat,lunch, Incawasi island,
Incawasi Island is located in the centre of the salar at 100 km from Uyuni . This is the main destination for most salt-desert tours. It is a remarkable and otherworldly 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 afford views of the salt flats that are reminiscent of the Polar region, dominated by the colours blue and white, but with images of hills turned to one side by 45°. Fish Island or incawasi 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 their passion. Galaxy Cavern, Devils Cave and overnight in a Salt Hotel in Atulcha..
Day 3 :: Salt Hotel / Laguna colorada
At 08:00 am , After breakfast the Toyota Land Cruiser goes to L aguna Canapa, Laguna Hedionda, Laguna Chiarkota, Siloli Desert and Laguna Colorada, then overnight in a basic lodging. The route passes through spectacular landscapes with multicoloured volcanic rock formations, and reaches a height of 5000 meter high. On the way we shall have alunch at the Paso del Inca, and we shall arrive at Laguna Colorada at about 3:00 p.m. Laguna Colorada lies 210 km to the south of San Juan at an altitude of 4278 meters and covers an area of 60 km2. The rich red colouration is derived from algae and plankton, which thrive in its minerals, and the shoreline 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 metre and has a black-tipped white bill, dirty blue legs, red knees and salmon-coloured plumage. 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 plumage, yell legs and a yellow and black bill. To see these pink posers strutting through icy mineral lagoons at 5000m will make you abandon timeworn associations between flamingos, coconut palms and hot steamy tropics. At Laguna Colorada,then overnight in a basic lodging ,dinner..
Day 4 :: Laguna Colorada / Laguna Verde / Transfer out to San Pedro or back to Uyuni city
We shall depart from Laguna Colorada to Laguna verde.On the way we shall visit the volcanic zone ‘Sol de Mañana’ (Morning Sun). Here, at 4850 meters higt, 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. We shall also stop at hot springs, where we can bathe, and cross a pass at 5000 meters. Arrive at Laguna Verde . The green colour of this lake arises from high concentrations of lead, sulphur and calcium carbonate. Behind the lake rises the cone of the Licancabur Volcano, with an altitude of 5960 meters. Its summit is said to have once sheltered an Inca crypt. On arrival we shall have a lunch.Return trip whit to 2 options:
A) Laguna Verde(Hito Cajones Frontier) whit transfer out to san Pedro de Atacama (Chile) At aprox. 10:00 am.
B) By Laguna colorada ,those remaining will visit Villa Mar town , Rock Valley ,whit spot in san San Cristobal town arrival to Uyuni and end services. .
Do not forget to bring the Following items:
- Clothes: Thermal Shirt, rainproof, windproof jacke
- For extra energy:chocolate, snickers
- Warm clothes,gloves,wool socks,boots,towel,swimmin
- Don’t forget to bring a copy of your passport
- Sunglasses, lantern, camera iPod. Sun Block Cream
- Toyota land cruiser 4X4WD Transportation
- Meals; 3 Lunch’s, 2 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners
Value not includes:
- Transfer Out Tickets to san Pedro.
In January and February for raining season, for winter time ,the company keep the right to change route of the circuit if it is necessary .We understand that sometimes plans fall through. We do not charge a change or cancel fee. However, this property Andes Salt Expeditions imposes the following penalty to its customers that we are required to pass on: Cancellations or changes made 24 hours before your arrival date-time are subject to a total tour fare and Tax penalty. The property makes no refunds for no shows or early checkouts.