Uyuni Salt Flat - Fauna, volcanoes and craters

Uyuni Salt Flat - Fauna, volcanoes and craters

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Description

Imagine a white sea, so vast it disappears over the horizon. That is exactly what the Uyuni Salt flat is, wonder of Bolivia and the world.

This enormous area of 12 thousand square kilometers, located at 3700 m.a.s.l. to the southeast of Bolivia, was formed by the evaporation of ancient seas that washed the American continent. Formed by approximately 11 layers of salt, 2 to 10 meters thick each one, there is an estimated of 64 billion tons of salt in the Salt Flat. In addition, the Salt Flat has one of the largest lithium reserves of the world.

To get to the Salt Flat, one should head for the town of Uyuni, located in the middle of the department of Potosí, and then for the village of Colchani, whose inhabitants live on the exploitation of salt.

Ten kilometers to the east of Colchani is located the Salt Hotel, where everything is made of salt: chairs, beds, tables, walls and so on. Another attraction of the Salt Flat is La Isla del Pescado (Fish Island), a mound of earth that emerges from the white sea and contains an authentic ecosystem with own fauna and flora, among them is a cactus that grows more than 8 meters tall. A unique view could be enjoyed in the Salt Flat, which could only be compared to that of polar regions, blending blue and white with mirages in the horizon.

Go Bolivia offers you various possibilities to visit the Uyuni Salt Flat.

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Itinerary 1


  • Day 1:

    Departure from La Paz to Uyuni according to the schedule of the selected transport. We cross a wide extension of the high plateau located between the two mountain ranges: Cordillera Occidental and Cordillera Oriental. We can see both the high plateau fauna and flora, unique to the place: llamas, vicuñas, rheas, wild cats and Andean foxes, as well as Andean grass (ichu), yareta and thola, respectively. Hotel accommodation.

  • Day 2:
    La Paz - Uyuni

    Salimos de La Paz con destino a Uyuni según el horario del transporte elegido: Cruzamos una buena parte del altiplano, ubicado entre las dos cordilleras, Occidental y Oriental. Tenemos ocasión de observar tanto la fauna como la flora altiplánicas, ambas endémicas: llamas, vicuñas, avestruces, gatos monteses y zorro andino; así como césped andino (ichu), yareta y thola; respectivamente. Noche de hotel. (D, A, C)

  • Day 3:
    Uyuni - Quetena Chico

    Salida a las 09:00 am visita San Cristóbal, Alota, Cañón de la Cascada, Valle de Rocas, Villa Mar, Quetena Chico. Noche de hospedaje básico. (D, A, C)

  • Day 4:
    Quetena Chico - Laguna Blanca

    Salida a las 9:00 am, tendremos un maravilloso paisaje hasta llegar a Laguna Blanca. Noche de acomodacion básica. (D, A, C)

  • Day 5:
    Laguna Blanca - Huayllajara

    Visitando laguna Blanca, Laguna Verde, Desierto de Salvador Dali, aguas Termales, Geysers sol de mañana, laguan colorada, Hospedaje. Noche de acomodación básica Huayllajara. (D, A, C)

  • Day 6:
    Huayllajara - Puerto Chuvica

    Salida al as 08:00am. Visitando laguna colorada, árbol de piedra, lagunas altiplánicas, valle de las rocas (jardín de los animales), volcán Ollague, Salar de Chiguana, San Juan, Puerto Chuvica. Noche en el Hotel de Sal. (D, A, C)

  • Day 7:
    Puerto chuvica - Uyuni

    Salida a las 08:00 am (se puede observar la salida del sol en el Salar), visita Isla Incahuasi, Galaxias, Isla pescado. Despues de diusfrutar del salar de Uyuni con sus 12000 mts cuadrados y su inigualable belleza, nos dirigimos a Uyuni. Noche de hotel. (D, A, C)

  • Day 8:
    Uyuni - La Paz

    Este día regresamos a La Paz. Noche de hotel. (D, A, C)

  • Day 9:
    Transfer Out

    Traslado del hotel al aeropuerto


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Recommendations

Para participar en estos recorridos se debe estar en buena condición física, sobre todo para el montañismo de altura. Sin embargo, es una ruta ideal para los que se están iniciando en el montañismo, pues no ofrece mayores complicaciones.

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