Perfectly maintained mountain bikes that undergo quality assurance every day
New and comfortable 4x4 Toyotas driving you through the Salt Flats
Bilingual guide during the 2 days
This is a unique 2 day tour combining two of Bolivia´s greatest adventures. The most dangerous road in the world by bike is the tour that you must not miss in La Paz city. Experience the natural wonder that is the Uyuni Salt Flats, and see the largest salt flat on Earth. Marvel at the giant cacti, strange rock formations, and the extraordinary landscapes. Observe first-hand the production of salt, and the salt mines. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore another part of the world!
All year round
La Paz Hotel/Hostel pick up
La Paz Todo Turismo Bus Station
PERLA DE BOLIVIA
ONLINE BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE
DAY 1: DEATH ROAD TOUR FULL DAY - TRANSFER TO UYUNI
The mountain biking to Coroico starts at 7:30 a.m when we pick you up from your hotel. We then go by transport to La Cumbre (1hr. From La Paz), which is the starting point at 4.700 m.a.s.l.
First, we start with a 22 km downhill on asphalt (tarmac) road. At the police checkpoint (after 45 min.) all tourists pay 25 Bs for the entrance to the national park. This first section is for you to develop confidence and get used to the bike. Don’t worry, the safety van is always behind the group and we have water stops, photos and bike checks.
We then hit “Death road” always in a compact group (safety first!!!). We will take some snack breaks for chocolate, fruit and more. Finally, the end of the tour is in Yolosa (a town 20min. from Coroico) arriving in Yolosa at 12:00 approx. At this point we arrive so dirty that we need a shower, so the next stop is in a hotel with showers, a swimming pool, and a buffet lunch as well. We can enjoy Coroico´s weather for a couple of hours. Coroico is a warm, tropical town at a much lower altitude than La Paz.
At approximately 2:00 p.m it´s time to go back to La Paz using the new road. We will arrive in La Paz approximately at 7:30p.m where you will be dropped off at Todo Turismo us station. The bus towards Uyini will depart at 9:00pm
DAY 2: UYUNI SALT FLATS FULL DAY - TRANSFER TO LA PAZ
On every ride we have English speaking guides, with years of experience who are first-aid and rope rescue trained and we ride with you so we can watch your riding and offer advice, tips where appropriate, plus be on-hand to immediately attend to medical or mechanical problems.
You will arrive on Uyuni at 7:30 am where the operator will pick you up and take you to their office for you to leave your bags in their office while you go out to have breakfast. Your tour will start at 10:30 am with a drive out to the salt flats. The first stop we make is the haunting "Train Graveyard’, which is found on the outskirts of Uyuni. Get to see the first locomotives of Bolivia, and learn about their history, connecting several major cities. Now, corroded over time from the strong salt winds that run through this desert area, this makes for a great photo setting.
The second stop on our trip will be the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners’ workshops next to the salt flats), where you can see handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca. These make excellent souvenirs to bring back home. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, wade through "Los Ojos de Agua Salada" (Salt Water Eyes), and visit a hotel made completely out of salt (currently a museum).
After a morning of exploration, we will wind down for lunch. This will be served on “Isla Incahuasi” (Fish Island), where you’ll also have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cacti, and rock formations made of petrified coral. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. By playing around with the perspective, you can be sure to take some funny, memorable shots! To end the day, we will head to an open, spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats.
You will arrive back to Uyuni by 6:30 pm and the operator will take you to the bus station where you will embark on the 8:00 pm bus towards La Paz arriving at approximately 6:30 am.
Important: Due to the rainy season (from January to April), it is not possible to access Incahuasi Island. However, there is the possibility of visiting the island, if on the day of your tour it does not rain.
Important: During the winter season (from June to August), it is not possible to access Eduardo Avaroa national park (red lagoon, Dali dessert, green lagoon). However, there is the possibility of visiting black lagoon and rock valley if on the third day of your tour it does not snow. We also may sleep in a different location due to road access.
Note 1: Please make sure to double check your ticket and select the one including the transports you wish to purchase.
Note 2: Tour given in English and spanish
DAY 1 - 07:30 - 08:00
Hotel/Hostel pick up
DAY 1 - 08:00 - 08:45
Bus ride to La Cumbre (start point)
DAY 1 - 08:45 - 09:30
Getting ready and bike try outs
DAY 1 - 09:30 - 10:15
Tarmac road, time to get used to the bikes
DAY 1 - 10:15 - 10:30
Load up all the bikes to hit the Death Road
DAY 1 - 10:30 - 13:00
Bike ride until San Juan Falls and snack time
DAY 1 - 13:00 - 14:30
Lunch time and showers
DAY 1 - 16:30 - 19:30
Road back to La Paz
DAY 1 - 21:00
Todo Turismo bus departure
DAY 2 - 7:30
Arrival in Uyuni
DAY 2 - 10:00 - 10:15
Meeting point at Perla de Bolivia Office
DAY 2 - 10:30
DAY 2 - 11:30 - 12:30
Visit the Train Graveyard, Colchani Village, the Pyramids of Salt, and the Eyes of the Salt
DAY 2 - 12:30 - 13:30
DAY 2 - 13:30 - 15:30
Visit Incahuasi, and see the giant cactus and rock formations
DAY 2 - 18:30
Arrive back to Uyuni (see the sunset before you leave)
DAY 2 - 20:00
Todo Turismo bus departure
DAY 3 - 6:30
Arrival in La Paz (bus station)
- English speaking guides, with years of experience who are first-aid and rope rescue trained
- Helmet and gloves
- Knee and elbow pads
- Full suspension bikes (Kona)
- A free T-shirt
- A DVD with the pictures and videos of the tour
Todo turismo bus: One way or round trip (depending on ticket)
Uyuni Salt Flats:
- Transportation in 4WD with a rooftop luggage rack
- Local driver & English speaking guide
- Cook and cooking equipment
- Meals: 1 lunch / snacks
- Entrance ticket (50 Bs)
- Other not specified
Uyuni Salt Flats:
- Entrance fees: Isla Incahuasi (30 Bs*)
- Toilets on the way (20 Bs)
- Tips for the guide, driver and cook (please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America, and would be greatly appreciated)
- Airport pickup
- Personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
*Please note that these costs are subject to change without prior notice
- A change of clothes
- Swimming togs
- Extra money
- Insect repellent
Uyuni Salt Flats:
- Sun hat / woolly hat
- Trekking shoes
- Warm socks
- Hand sanitizer
- Bottled water
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 5:00 pm 2 days before the tour begins. After this time, there is a 100% change fee.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 2 days before the tour begins, a 35% administration fee will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee. Please email email@example.com to cancel this tour or make any changes.
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How safe is Death Road?
With our professional equipment, your positive attitude, and our expert instruction, coaching, and supervision, you can safely enjoy some of South America's most dramatic and beautiful scenery as you hurtle down the road. On top of that, you should note that since March 2007, the majority of traffic has stopped driving down Death Road, and now takes a new route... Leaving Death Road for us to enjoy, without having to battle the trucks, buses and cars! Before the actual start of the tour, you will of course get the chance to practice using your mountain bike.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
What should I bring to the death road tour?
Please bring lots and lots of layers of clothing. Remember, it’s freezing at the top of most of our rides, and really warm at the bottom! Bring t-shirts, thermals, a fleece, a waterproof jacket, and glove liners to wear under or over the downhill cycling gloves provided. You’ll need to start the ride with long trousers, but on some days you can expect to change into shorts and a t-shirt towards the bottom. We don’t allow you to wear sandals during the ride, but anything from trainers to hiking boots will do. Make sure you’ve got a good pair of sporty UVA-UVB sunglasses, both for ray protection and to help keep the dust and grit out of your eyes. Goggles are included in the package, however. Bring your swimming togs if you wish to jump in the river at the bottom!
Do I need to bring extra money?
Yes. Please note that the Municipality of Coroico introduced a small charge for bikers riding the “World´s Most Dangerous Road”. It is 50 Bs now – 25 Bs at the start of the road, and 25 Bs at the end of the road. The money raised from this entrance fee will be used to fund much needed infrastructure projects such as: cleaning public toilets on the route, safety, emergency and rescue facilities, and road maintenance (since the road is not used by many vehicles now, without this fee it could be closed without maintenance).
Are the guides trained in first aid?
The guides are all trained in First Aid and Rescue. We have assessed all the risks, and have systems to minimize these risks. When things do go wrong, we have a professional team that will care for you.
How does the wet season affect the tour?
Salt flat (Salar de Uyuni) tours leave year-round, including during the wet season. In fact, many people try to visit during the wet season, in order to see the "mirror effect" of the water sitting atop of the salt flats and reflecting the sky, which is an incredible sight. This is caused when the water table below the salt flats has risen enough to cause the water to sit on top of the salt. It is fine to visit the area when there is a certain amount of water, but when it becomes too deep (after long, sustained periods of rainfall in consecutive days) some places can become inaccessible, such as Isla Incahuasi. These must then be omitted from the tours, but we can usually continue visiting other parts of the salt flats. Also, the area to the south (with the coloured lakes, geysers, hot springs etc) is usually not affected, so tours are not cancelled completely.
Are there additional costs?
For the full day tour, the additional fees will be Bs30. Also, if you would like a hot shower on the first night, there will be an additional cost of approx. Bs15. Make sure you bring small change for bathrooms along the way.
What should I bring to the tour?
Bring a torch, because the lights go out when the generator runs dry. Take coins and small bills, as the bathrooms aren't free. Don’t forget sunglasses, a camera with spare batteries, extra water, sunscreen and a hat, a sleeping bag, extra snacks (especially fruit and protein), lip balm (the sun, wind, and dry air will crack them up), and your passport. Take warm clothes (layers are best), flip-flops (for shared restroom facilities), and a raincoat (for the rainy season, from December to March).
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
Are there ATMs and an internet connection?
Bring money with you, as sometimes the ATMs do not work in Uyuni – it’s best to have money prior to arrival. There is no internet connection on the tour, as the places that you’ll visit are in very remote locations.
I have heard and read awful stories about the drivers being drunk, and terrible car accidents happening?
We only work with the best tour operators in Uyuni, and they monitor their drivers closely to ensure that there are none of these issues. We know there are many rogue operators in Uyuni with bad reputations, and for this reason we only offer tours with selected operators that we feel we can trust.
What kind of weather can we find in Uyuni Salt Flats?
From June to September, you will find the lowest temperatures. Generally, it is cold, dry and windy, and it can easily reach -15 °C or lower at night. During the day, temperatures can go up to 5 or 10°C, and even increase a little more. The temperatures from January to May increase even more during the day, reaching a more comfortable level of 19°C. However, the humidity from rains can decrease the temperature.
Do you sell any Uyuni Salt Flats tour over the Christmas / New Year period?
We do not sell any Uyuni Salt Flats tours from December 23rd through to January 5th because of safety concerns. Specifically, this is due to the high number of drunk driving incidents that occur on Salt Flats tours during this time. We don't sell tours with any tour operator that we work with, and we think it is best to avoid the dangers and problems that occur at this time of year
I do not want to take all of my belongings with me to the Salt Flats. Where can I leave my big bag or suitcase?
You can leave your belongings at the Perla de Bolivia's office, and pick them up on retur
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