Amazing salt flat, fish island,Tunupa volcano red lagoon ,hot springs,San Pedro Chile
Itinerary to Salt Flat of Uyuni - Fish Island - Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde - S. Pedro (Chile) & Uyuni
DURATION: 4 days / 3 nights
Day 1 :: Uyuni / Salt Desert / Fish Island / Salt Hotel
Departure from Uyuni city at 09:00 am to Salt Flat of Uyuni by 4x4WD. We are going to visit the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of 19 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 processing plants to observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar,here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes where you will witness the iodisation of salt for national consumption.
Fish Island( isla incawasi) 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 is an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by cacti up to 9- 10 metres high. Photographers will find that Fish Island is one of the best sites in the world to indulge their passion. Lunch.
The night will be spent in luna salada ,Palacio de Sal,Cristal Samaña, salt hotel(salt Hotels include heating) with option for single ,double twin or matrimonial rooms.
Day 2 :: Salt Hotel / Tunupa Volcano / Galaxy cave / Devil's cave / San pedro Quemes
Following breakfast we shall depart to, tunupa vulcano, is here,a majestic drive across the salt flat takes us to base the incredible tunupa sits proudly watching the salt flat. First stop is to view the mummies ,a short hike from where the jeep drop us off, for an even more amazing view of the salt .Here is a great viewpoint of the creator of salt ,the extinct tunupa volcano,lunch in coquesa town,the base of volcano, there you can take photograph of llamas, flamingos. Then we cross venturing into salt desert expedition part of our adventure ,on the way visit Devil's cave, galaxy cavern, It's a sub aqueous cavern at the moment dries and formed in the previous stage to the freezing, corresponding to volcanic eruptions on waters of the Minchin lake (today Salar).Displays a conformation very different from terrestrial grottos, because instead of customary stalactites and stalagmites it projects from the ceilingcalcares bodies with capricious forms of solidification of the magma to the contact with water.Arriving to small town San Pedro de Quemes to stay the second night at piedra hotel( Tayca hotels with heating) single ,double twin or matrimonial rooms are available..
Day 3 :: San Pedro Quemes Hotel / Lagoons / Siloli Desert
After breakfast departure to siloli desert,on the way we will see the stone army, ,Chiguana military post we will enter to Vulcan Ollague , visiting other lagoons , such as Lagunas Cañapa,(Lunch) Hedionda,Chiarcota, Honda and Ramaditas. We shall also pass through the Siloli Desert. The route passes through spectacular landscapes with multi-coloured volcanic rock formations, and reaches a height of 5000 metres.
The night will be spent in ojo de perdiz desert Hotel (Tayca hotels included heating) with option for single, double twin or matrimonial rooms.
Day 4 :: San Pedro Quemes / Red,Green lagoons / Sol de Mañana geysers / Hot springs
Following breakfast we shall depart to siloli desert ,here will see the arbol de piedra (rock three Stone formation),amazing erosion and surreal scenery . The route passes through spectacular landscapes with multi-coloured volcanic rock formations, and reaches a height of 5000 metres. Laguna Colorada lies 151 km to the south of San Juan at an altitude of 4278 metres and covers an area of 60 km2. The rich red colouration is derived from algae and plankton, which thrives in its minerals and the shoreline, is fringed with brilliant white deposits of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum. The lagoon is inhabited by 40000 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.
After lunch depart from Laguna Colorada to Laguna verde.On the way we shall visit the volcanic zone ‘Sol de Mañana’ (Morning Sun). Here, at 4850 metres, 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 Thermal water pools(35-38°C.) where we can bathe, and cross a pass at 5000 metres. 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 metres. Its summit is said to have once sheltered an Inca crypt.
Return trip whit to 2 options:
A) Laguna Verde whit transfer out to san Pedro de Atacama (Chile)(private transfer out to san pedro)
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; 4 Lunch’s, 3 Breakfasts and 3Dinners
- Lodging Night during the trip with tayca hotels ,or Hotel Luna Salada Hotel ,Palacio de sal Hotel,Cristal Samaña Hotel with option for single,double twin or matrimonial rooms included heating.
- Englis or French language guide.
- Transfer out to san pedro of Chile.(in Private)
Value not includes:
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.