Visit the world famous white desert on this Full Day Tour
Operating tours and showing off the Salar de Uyuni since 1998
Offers flexibility on meal requirements, such as allergies and vegan options
A spectacular white desert, recommended for those who have little time to see all the attractions that the region of Sud Lipez has to offer. Be amazed by the incredible landscapes, the outlandish rock formations, and the beautiful, fiery sunset. The Uyuni Salt Flats are a must-do on any travellers’ bucket list!
All year round
Camel Office (office with camel logo), Avenida Ferroviaria 8, next to Uyuni Train Station
Camel Office (office with camel logo), Avenida Ferroviaria 8, next to Uyuni Train Station
Minimum age: 5 years old – must have parents permission
We will depart from Uyuni at 10:30 am, driving through vast landscapes and beautiful scenery. Along the way, we will come across piles of salt or salt pyramids; this gathered mineral will be used in the production of salt. The first attraction we’ll stop at is the abandoned train cemetery. Here you can see the remains and shells of old locomotives that now sit, corroding in the desert plains. This eerie site used to be a major hub of activity, with the first locomotives. Get a chance to “climb aboard”, and take some pictures of these old relics.
Moving on, we will make a visit to Colchani. Here, at this salt production site, you will observe the manual process of salt, salt craft stores, salt extraction, the thickness of the salt, as well as the first Salt Hotel, built with salt blocks. At this carefully crafted attraction, you can see how everything in the hotel is made entirely out of salt - from the walls, to the beds, to the living room - the salt blocks provide heat for the cold evenings, and keep the strong winds out.
Our next stop is the Island of the Fish (Incahuasi), where we will get to walk around and check out the ancient and giant cacti. On this island, you will also be able to see interesting rock formations made out of petrified coral. A 30-minute climb to the top of this island will provide an awesome 360-degree view of the vast salt flats in their entirety, the perfect view for that panoramic shot! After lunch, we will end our tour, and start making our way back into town. You cannot miss the perfect ending to the day, which will be seeing the amazing sunset with its fiery colours, streaking across the sky.
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.
Note: Tour given in Spanish.
10:00 - 10:15
Meeting point at Bolivia Tour Makers Office
11:00 - 12:00
Visit the Train Cemetery, Colchani Village and the Salt Hotel Museum
12:00 - 13:00
Arrive to Incahuasi Island and see the giant cacti
Leave the Salt Flats (see the sunset on the way back!)
Arrive back to Uyuni
- Round-trip transportation
- Driver/guide (Spanish)
- Entry fee to Incahuasi Island ($4 USD)
- Bottled water
- Extra money
CHILDREN (UP TO 10 YRS OLD)
In order to obtain this discount, the child must be up to 10 years of age on the date they are due to take the tour.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: If you change the tour date before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) 3 days before the tour begins, there is 35% administration fee.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 3 days prior to the tour before 5:00 pm (La Paz time) or earlier, a 35% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
From where do the tours start - can I start from La Paz?
All of the tours of the Salar de Uyuni start in Uyuni. The tours will not include your transfer from La Paz; you will need to organise and pay for this separately. The buses to Uyuni are overnight, departing from La Paz every evening, and arriving into Uyuni the next day at about 7:00am. You are able to start a tour on the same morning, as tours start from 10:00am. We recommend the bus company Todo Turismo, as it is the most well-known among travellers.
Do I need to stay one night in Uyuni before and after my tour?
You will arrive into Uyuni early in the morning, so it is possible to start a tour the day you arrive. Most of the tours will start at 10:30am or 11:00am. You will return to Uyuni by 17:30pm to 18:00pm, giving you time to eat and head back on the overnight bus to La Paz, or even take a bus onto Potosi / Sucre. It is advised that you book these buses before doing your tour of the Salt Flats. By following this itinerary, it is not necessary to stay in Uyuni.
How does the wet season affect the tours?
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?
The entrance fees for the attractions will not be covered. On a 3D/2N tour, the cost will be Bs180 in total (Bs150 for the Eduardo Avaroa National Park, and Bs30 for the Isla del Pescado). 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 on December 24th, December 25th, December 31st and January 1st, 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.
Can I rent rain boots?
Yes, of course, you need to inform the guide at the beginning of your tour. The size of rain boots is subject availability.
How long does it take to get to the Camel Expeditions office from Uyuni Airport?
It takes approximately 15 - 20 minutes from the Airport to the Camel Expeditions office. You can take a taxi and it can cost between 10 Bs to 20 Bs approx.
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