The main journey of this tour is made in the comfort of the train, is one of the fastest tours to visit the wonder of the world Machu Picchu.
Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.
Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.
Morning and Afternoon: You will be picked up in the morning from either the Uyuni Airport or the Uyuni Bus Terminal by your chauffer. You will be taken to a restaurant in Uyuni where you will have a brief rest until the tour starts at 10:00 a.m. Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world with an area totaling more than 12,000 square km (7,455 sq mi). One of the many amazing sights in Uyuni is the train graveyard, a place full of abandoned locomotives from the 19th and 20th century. You will have time to explore, so don’t miss out on this great photo op! You will also visit the town of Colchani, where you’ll have a chance to witness an artisinal salt-processing plant. You will see how salt is collected, dried, and turned into the stuff you put on your table everyday. You can even buy some of this unique salt yourself! And don’t miss the ojos de sal, holes in the salt flat where water seeps out from underground springs, and the “salt mountains,” where salt is dried in the sun after its extraction.
On the road to Incahuasi Island, you will see Playa Blanca, an old hotel made out of salt. You can stop to look around and take photos with the many flags left by visitors from all over the world, or with the Dakar Monument left by the off-road racing organization, Dakar. Have fun, but please remember not to lick anything!
The next stop will be Incahuasi Island (also known as Isla Pescado), located in the middle of the salt flats, famous for its giant cactus which can grow to over 10 meters (32 ft.) in height! Lunch will be served on the salt flat for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also use the unique landscape of the salt plains to take fun photos, playing with proportion and perspective. Show them to your friends and they’ll be sure to get jealous!
NOTE: Incahuasi Island cannot be visited during the rainy season.
After lunch and a chance to watch the sunset, you will be driven to your hostel in San Juan.
Staying in San Juan: basic hostel. Meals: Lunch & Dinner.
Morning & Afternoon:After breakfast, we will head to Valle de las Rocas (Rock Valley), famous for its unique rock formations, and favored by rock-climbers from around the globe. You will also get an amazing view from Ollague (considered an active volcano although it hasn’t erupted in recent history), and will visit some of the famous lakes (Shiarkota, Ramaditas, Honda, Hedionda, Canapa) where you can see llamas, vicuñas, vizcachas, pink flamingos, as well as 80 other species of birds. We will continue on to Cañon del Sapo (Toad Canyon) and the iconic Stone Tree, located in Siloli Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world. Later we will head to Laguna Colorada (Red Lake), well-known for its coloration due to the sediment and algae present. You will get a chance to walk around and appreciate the snow-capped mountains, the many Andean birds, and James’ Flamingo, a species unique to the Andean Highlands. At the end of the day, you will be taken back to your hostel to rest.
You will stay in Huayllajara Hostel, located near Laguna Colorada All Meals Included.
Morning After breakfast, you will visit Sol De Mañana (Morning Sun), a seismically active area full of geysers, mud lakes, pools of boiling mud, and geothermal vents that shoot steam 50 m (164 ft.) into the air. You will also see Lake Chalviri, the Polkes Hot Springs, and the Salvador Dalí Desert, named after the famous painter due to the apparent similarity between the desert and his work. You will also visit Laguna Verde (Green Lake) with its stunning green color, Laguna Blanca (White Lake), and the Licancabur Volcano.
At the end of the day, you will be driven back to either the bus terminal or the airport in Uyuni to board your bus/ flight back to La Paz (transportation out of Uyuni is not included and is the responsibility of the customer).
“Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch
NUMBER OF PASSENGERS: 01 – 12
COST PER PERSON (in USD):
CHAUFFER + GUIDE, WITH A 4X4 FOR UP TO 6 PPL, PRIVATE ROOM AND SHARED BATH
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OPTIONAL (in USD; cost is per person)
|Sleeping Bag for 2 nights||8|
|Honeymoon Deal: 1 box of chocolates and one bottle of Colbert Wine||20|
|Transfer to Hito Cajon (Border with Chile)||0|
|Transfer to SIC Hito Cajon – San Pedro de Atacama*||12|
* These buses leave as they are filled and so we cannot guarantee a specific departure time.
The price includes stays in San Juan and Huayllajara, two hostels. Due to a shortage of water, there have been problems with cleanliness in the shared areas. We would recommend that you upgrade to a room with a private bathroom to avoid this problem. We also recommend that you bring/ rent a sleeping bag. Please keep in mind that these hostels are not very large and there is no internet in these places, so communication/ booking is a bit more difficult. Because of that, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to get a room with a private bathroom (although private sleeping areas are included in the price), and to come prepared with shower slippers, towels, and sleeping bags if possible.
(1) You are responsable for all of the fees and extra charges that your bank, or any intermediary bank, charges while abroad, or for payments or transfers made to businesses in other countries.
(2) Price includes accommodations based on single / double / triple occupancy.
It is recommended that you rest for at least 3 hours prior to any sort of physical activity, that you eat light (digestion is slower due to the altitude and restricted oxygen), and that you drink coca tea (except for those who suffer from high blood pressure or heart problems).
You should wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
Drink a lot of water, use sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat.
Make sure to use lotion & chapstick (the air will dry out your skin).
Bring a small backpack for day-use and a camera.
If you use contact lenses, it is recommended to bring extra contact solution or an extra pair of contacts.
CONDE TRAVEL reserves the right to make changes without prior notice regarding the tour price, as well as to the travel itinerary, without right to reimbursement, due to: market fluctuations, strikes, social disturbances, weather changes, natural disasters, late departure and/ or arrival of flights and/ or buses, or due to any other relevant reason. In addition, CONDE TRAVEL is not responsible, nor will it assume any cost for: loss of personal items and/ or luggage, accidents, death, inconvenience, flight and/ or bus delays, or damage to personal property. Nor will CONDE TRAVEL assume responsibility for any infringement of goods and services resulting from disease, acts of war, social disturbances, riots, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, over-booking and downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical failures or other types of failures in airplanes or any other means of transportation, the failure of any form of transportation to arrive and depart on time, or any other Acts of God.