Uyuni – Salar de Uyuni – Tupiza, private tour
You will depart around ten on this wonderful tour through the Salar the Uyuni.
First you will visit the Train Cemetery, and then Colchani, where handicrafts made of salt can be seen, as well as the process of making domestic salt, and the Salt Museum.
Then you will enter the salt flats and you will see Ojos del Salar; here bubbling gases escape from underneath the salt flat, and Montones de Sal (salt piles). After that you will visit the Salt Hotel and Incahuasi, where you can go for a short walk to observe giant cacti and volcanic rocks.
You will spend the night in Tayka Hotel de Sal (Salt Hotel) in Tahua. (If in this hotel there wouldn´t be space, and you will stay overnight in Tayka Hotel de Piedra in San Pedro de Quemez, the description of the tour is as the description of the 4-days private tour with overnight stays in basic accommodations.)
On the second day of the tour you can walk up the Tunupa Volcano to one of the viewpoints from which you will have an excellent view over the salt flats.
After that you will visit the archaeological site of Chullpares, pre-Inca mummies, in Coquesa. Just outside the village you might spot lamas and maybe also flamingos.
You will cross the salt flats one more time and you will visit the caves Cueva del Diablo and Galaxy Cristal.
Than you will travel through the Salar de Chiguana to reach a viewpoint from where you will have a splendid view at the semi-active Ollagüe Volcano.
The journey continues driving through the Silolí Desert and you will get to see Cañapa Lagoon, Hedionda Lagoon and Chiarkota Lagoon. You will end the day in Ojo de Perdíz, where you will spend the night in Tayka Hotel del Desierto. (If there wouldn't be space in this hotel, you will stay overnight in Hotel Mallcu Cueva in Villa Mar, a hotel of comparable class. The route will be adjusted a bit, but you will visit the same places of interest.)
The departure on the third day will be early. On your way to visit Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) you will pass the Stone tree; a rock formation of over eight meters high.
After seeing Laguna Colorada your next stop will be at the geyser Sol de Mañana, and a bit later on you will have the opportunity to warm up when you take a bath in the natural thermal water of the hot springs (Polques).
The journey goes on through the Salvador Dalí Desert and you will arrive at Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) with the close by Licancabur Volcano, and next you will see Laguna Blanca (White Lagoon).
You will bend of north and travel through the Salar de Chalviri. You will pass Laguna Kolpa, where raw material is extracted for making soap.
The zone is dominated by the Uturuncu Volcano of more than 6,000 m high. You will spend your last night in the best overnight place there is in Quetena. You will be surrounded by an exceptionally spectacular landscape. If you can stand the cold (-18/-20°C), we recommend to go outside for a few minutes to appreciate the immense Milky Way above you. There is no light pollution here and the sky is truly breath taking.
On the 4th day you will find yourself in the Cordillera de Lípez. In continuation you will travel in the direction of San Pablo de Lípez. You will pass Laguna Morejón and the area with the same name, with volcanic eroded rock formations. You will head through the abandoned ghost town of San Antonio de Lípez, a village once famous for its wealth in gold. According to local legends the devil ruled here and forced the suffering villagers to flee... Then you will descend into the Valleys of Salo and Tupiza. You will visit the Sillar (saddle) where you can enjoy a dramatic landscape. Also you will see the Quebrada of Palala, a by erosion spectacular jagged rock formation. You will arrive in Tupiza later in the afternoon.
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