Amazing salt flat, fish island, red lagoon ,hot springs,San Pedro Chile
Itinerary to Salt Flat of Uyuni - Fish Island - Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde - S. Pedro (Chile)
DURATION: 3 days / 2 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 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. We observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar , which is then formed into cakes. We will visit the salt refinery where you will witness the iodisation of salt for national consumption.
Fish Island is located in the centre of the salt 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 slat 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 9 to 10 metres high. Photographers will find that Fish Island is one of the best sites in the world to indulge their passion.Lunch.
It is estimated that the Salt contains large reserves of lithium, magnesium, sodium and boron. Fish Island- Isla Incahuasi,this forms an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem, populated by cacti between 8 and 10 metres high. Photographers will find Fish Island an excellent site.
The night will be spent in luna salada ,Palacio de Sal,Cristal Samaña, salt hotel(salt Hotels included heating) with option for single ,double twin or matrimonial rooms.
Day 2 :: Salt Hotel / Volcanoes / Lagoons / Siloli Desert
Following breakfast we shall depart to south venturing into the desert expedition part of our adventure ,we pass of san juan town ,Chiguana military post we will enter to ollague volcano , visiting other lagoons on the way, such as Lagunas Cañapa, 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. On the way we shall have a lunch at laguna hedionda, enter to siloli desert.
The night will be spent in ojo de perdiz desert Hotel (Tayaca hotels included heating) with option for single,double twin or matrimonial rooms.
Day 3 :: Ojo de Perdiz Hotel / Red,Green lagoons / Sol de Mañana geysers / Hot springs
Following breakfast we shall depart to Red lagoons ,here will see the arbol de piedra (rock three 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. On the way we shall have a lunch at laguna colorada. 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 40.000 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, yellow legs and a yellow and black bill.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 jacket, long pants, leggings
- For extra energy:chocolate, snickers
- Warm clothes,gloves,wool socks,boots,towel,swimming suit,
- 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 .
- English 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.