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10 Day Salt Flats Of Bolivia & Chile Small Group Tour

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This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

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✓ Incredible sightseeing, including city tours of La Paz & colonial Sucre, visit the silver mining town of Potosi, experience breathtaking scenery of the Uyuni Salt Flats, geysers, mountains and lagoons of the Bolivian high plateau, and explore the stunning Atacama Desert region ✓ 4x4 Excursion to the Salt Flats ✓ 9 nights in quality 3, 4 & 5-star hotels throughout Bolivia & Chile ✓ Breakfast daily, 2 lunches ✓ Fully escorted by professional, English-speaking guide ✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary ✓ Dedicated, comfortable transportation throughout ✓ Economy Flight La Paz to Sucre

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Day 1 La Paz

Welcome to La Paz.  On arrival please make your own way to your hotel.  Alternatively, you can pre book a private arrival transfer where a representative will meet you on arrival and transfer you to the hotel. Further details can be found under the ‘Extra Services’.

At around 3,600 m, La Paz feels like the top of the world. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional.  

There are no activities planned for today so you are free to explore.

Day 2 La Paz

This morning enjoy a half day tour to experience the city.   Visit the Killi Killi viewpoint where you can take impressive pictures of the city. Then visit the historic centre of the city of La Paz including Plaza Murillo, Executive Palace, Legislative Palace, and the Metropolitan Cathedral.  We will then continue to the Valle de Luna, or Moon Valley, to see amazing geological formations.  Created by erosion, the valley resembles a lunar landscape. 

On return to the city centre, we will take a ride on the yellow line cable car for a beautiful panorama of the city of La Paz. One of the most picturesque means of urban air transport, the cable car will allow you to witness the secrets of the city from the air as well as admire the snow-capped mountain of Illimani.

Finally, visit the Mercado de las Brujas (Witches Market), a place full of traditions and objects to carry out ancestral Andean rituals.  Other stalls display colourful handi-crafts.  Later transfer back to your hotel.  

The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 La Paz Sucre

In the morning, you’ll be transferred to the airport to take your included flight to Sucre. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel. 

Sucre is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Bolivia and South America. Enjoy a guided walking tour through the enchanting streets of the city, where the neoclassical facades, magnificent colonial churches, and the warm hospitality of its people create a captivating atmosphere.

Known as the "Ciudad Blanca" or White City, Sucre preserves the colonial architecture of past centuries in its historic centre. Explore the most attractive places and important historical monuments, including the May 25th Square, the Cathedral, the renowned House of Freedom (where Bolivia's declaration of independence was signed on August 6th, 1825), the museum, The Recoleta (which served as a convent, barracks, prison,and museum), the Church of San Francisco, and much more.

Day 4 Sucre Potosi

This morning is free to further explore the city.

In the afternoon you will be transferred to Potosi by private transport (approx. 3 hours). Once the wealthiest city in the Americas thanks to its location at the base of silver ore-rich Cerro Rico (Rich Hill). The discovery and extraction of the silver led to a financial boom for the Spanish empire; however, the city’s riches quickly diminished and its citizens soon slipped into poverty once the silver dried up.

Day 5 Potosi Uyuni

Begin your morning with a guided walking tour through the significant streets of Potosi, exploring the local market, and venturing to a silver mine, where we hear from a former miner about its history and tragic legacy.

Note: To ensure a safer and enriching experience, we've collaborated with a local operator to provide a secure option for your mine visit. This tour involves a visit to the miner's market, a minerals distillery, and an external exploration of the mine. We believe this experience offers a great understanding of the socio, cultural, and economic importance of the mine to Potosi and the region while avoiding the risks associated with entering the mine. Please be aware that your group leader is strictly prohibited from recommending or assisting travellers in booking alternative mine tours.  

In the afternoon, leave Potosi behind and embark on a journey to the town of Uyuni (approx. 3-4 hours). Nestled on the edge of the high Altiplano, Uyuni serves as a gateway to the expansive Salt Flats. Notably, it is situated above the world's largest lithium reserve, boasting around 100 million tons. While this won't jumpstart a dead battery, the extracted lithium from Uyuni has the potential to fuel the planet's smartphones and electric cars for the next century. Upon arrival, take advantage of free time to relax before the thrilling Salar de Uyuni excursion scheduled for tomorrow. 

Day 6 Uyuni Salt Flats Uyuni

Today we take an exciting full day excursion to the incredible salt flats of Bolivia.  First stop will be the Train Cemetery. Later, we'll head to the town of Colchani, where the salt processing centre is located. You'll receive a comprehensive explanation of the drying, grinding, and packaging process. 

Afterward, we'll proceed to the salar, making our first stop at the Ojos de Salar, offering a glimpse of the internal activity of the salt flat. Following that, we'll visit Playa Blanca, home to the unique "Salt Hotel-Museum," the first of its kind.

Around noon, we'll explore "Incahuasi Island" situated in the heart of the Salt Flat. Here, you'll encounter extraordinary calcareous rocks, extensive populations of cacti, caves, tunnels, and a breathtaking 360- degree panoramic view of the Salt Flat. 

By late afternoon, we'll return to the hotel.  

Note: Transport today will be by 4x4 with 4 guests per vehicle to ensure a window seat.  Your tour leader will rotate between vehicles throughout the day.

Day 7 Uyuni Hito de Cajon San Pedro de Atacama

An early start today as we head to the Bolivia and Chile border.  Please remember to keep your passport handy. 

The journey will take most of the day but offers stunning scenery along the way as you pass by geysers, salt flats and snow-capped volcanoes on your way to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.  There will be opportunities to stop for photos and stretch your legs.  Lunch is included enroute.

As a small oasis town, San Pedro is surrounded by extraordinary scenery. Your night is free to explore the town and its many restaurants.

Day 8 San Pedro de Atacama

This morning is at leisure to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or explore the many shops and cafes of the township.

In the afternoon, indulge in a private tour to the Moon Valley, one of the key highlights of the salt mountain range. Explore the duna mayor, the amphitheatre, the tres marías, and the scenic viewpoint known as “Piedra del Coyote.” As the day concludes, savour the breathtaking sunset against the backdrop of the Andes Mountain range, accompanied by a delightful cocktail for your enjoyment. 

Day 9 San Pedro de Atacama

Today is free to explore the local area and its stunning scenery.  We recommend booking an optional tour to make the most of your time in this unique landscape.

Note: the below mentioned tours may be shared with other travellers. Due to timings, only 1 optional tour may be booked for this day.

Nestled within the Puritama canyon, approximately 28km from San Pedro, there are 8 pools where you can indulge in a blissful two-hour session of ultimate relaxation.  Pool temperatures are above 30°C (86°F)  and allow a maximum of 12 people in each pool at any one time.  Bathrooms and dressing rooms are located at the site.

Includes: Transportation, Entrance Fee, Spa Robe Duration: 5 hours approx. Difficulty: Low Altitude: 3,500 metres/11,500 feet

Nestled within the Domeyko Mountain Range, the Rainbow Valley is a stunning canvas painted by a series of geological events. Situated just 50 minutes northwest of San Pedro de Atacama, it offers a guided circuit through the Hierbas Buenas petroglyphs and the valley. This journey provides a comprehensive understanding of the scenic and historical richness that defines this captivating location.

Includes: Transportation, Hierbas Buenas & Rainbow Valley entrance fee + Snack Difficulty: Low Altitude: 3,000 metres/9,800 feet  Duration: 5 hours approx.

The inhabitants of Atacama were known for their roles as ranchers, farmers, and warriors dedicated to safeguarding their territories. Our exploration commences at Pukará de Quitor, where these people once organized themselves to confront and resist the looming European invasion. Despite facing defeats, their resilience endured for over two decades. Subsequently, we will explore Tulor Village, unearthed in 1958 by the Jesuit priest Gustavo Le Paige. This village stands as a testament to the traditional Atacameños culture and lifestyle.

Includes:Tulor & Pukara de Quitor entrance fees & Snack Difficulty: Low Altitude: 2,500 metres/8,200 feet  Duration: 5 hours approx.

Embarking on a journey south of San Pedro de Atacama, our route leads us to the Sico border crossing. Our initial pause takes place in a Tamarugo forest for a delightful breakfast. Continuing our expedition, we arrive at the captivating Red Stones, offering a trail that brings us closer to "Salar de Aguas Calientes III," situated at the base of Piedras Rojas. Amidst this stunning backdrop, we arrange for a scenic lunch. Our next highlight unfolds at the Altiplano Lagoons, where the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons reveal themselves against the backdrop of majestic volcanoes. As we explore, we encounter the Tropic of Capricorn, pausing for a snapshot and sharing insights about this southern hemisphere parallel. Venturing further south of San Pedro de Atacama, we encounter Chile's largest salt deposit, hosting significant minerals such as lithium. Delving into the heart of the salt flat, we encounter the Chaxa lagoon, showcasing up to three different flamingo species alongside other avian inhabitants. Adjacent to the salt flat, we explore Toconao town, gaining insights into the local culture of the region.  

Includes: Transportation, Miscanti, Miñiques & Chaxa entrance fees, box lunch Difficulty: Medium Altitude: 4.200 metres / 13,800 feet Duration: 10 Hours approx. Bring: Warm clothing (temperature may fall below 0°C / 32°F)

Situated just 1.5 hours' drive from San Pedro de Atacama, the Tatio showcases the highest boiling point, with over 80 active geysers dotting its landscape. Departing from the town in the early morning, we are treated to the spectacle of the largest geothermal field in the southern hemisphere and one of the world's most expansive. Outside the park, we pause at a wetland, observing the local fauna while enjoying our breakfast. Our journey then takes us to the Putana wetland, offering views of the active volcano of Putana. The final stop brings us to the Machuca wetland, where we can encounter flamingos before returning to San Pedro.

Includes: Tatio Geyser entrance fee & Breakfast Difficulty: Medium Altitude: 4,300 metres / 14,100 feet Duration: 7 hours approx. Bring: Warm clothing (temperature may fall below 0°C / 32°F)

Day 10 San Pedro de Atacama Calama

Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. If you want to spend more time in San Pedro, we’ll be more than happy to assist in booking additional nights.

At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to Calama airport to take your flight (flight is not included).  Please note that the airport is approximately 90 minutes drive from San Pedro de Atacama.  We recommend booking a flight after midday to partake in the included transfer.

We hope you have been inspired by the spectacular scenery of Bolivia & Chile.

What's Included

  • Incredible sightseeing, including city tours of La Paz & colonial Sucre, visit the silver mining town of Potosi, experience breathtaking scenery of the Uyuni Salt Flats, geysers, mountains and lagoons of the Bolivian high plateau, and explore the stunning Atacama Desert region
  • 4x4 Excursion to the Salt Flats
  • 9 nights in quality 3, 4 & 5-star hotels throughout Bolivia & Chile
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches
  • Fully escorted by professional, English-speaking guide
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated, comfortable transportation throughout
  • Economy Flight La Paz to Sucre

Sightseeing Highlights

  • La Paz - Tour the city including the historic centre, Plaza Murillo, Executive Palace, Legislative Palace, and the Metropolitan Cathedral
  • La Paz - Visit the Valle de Luna with it’s amazing geological formations
  • La Paz - take the cable car for a beautiful panoramic view of the city
  • La Paz - explore the unique witches market
  • Sucre - explore one of the most beautiful colonial cities in all of South America on a guided walking tour
  • Potosi - hear about the history of silver mining from a former miner
  • Potosi - explore the local market
  • Uyuni - tour the Train Cemetery and a salt processing centre
  • Uyuni - be awed by 360 degree views of the breathtaking salt flats
  • Uyuni - Explore Incahuasi Island and encounter extensive cactus groves
  • Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - witness the incredible landscape as you travel across the Bolivian plateau
  • San Pedro de Atacama - enjoy a private tour of the Moon Valley with a sunset cocktail
  • San Pedro de Atacama - take the opportunity to tailor your experience with a variety of optional tours

Payment Terms

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person. Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options. Instalment Schedule:

  • At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  • Pay a 1st installment of $354.00 per person within 28 days.
  • Pay a 2nd installment of $707.00 per person within 90 days.
  • You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Flight requests & booking information

This package is sold as land only, however you do have the option of adding international airfares to your booking. Simply click on’ book now’, and under upgrades ,  you will be asked “Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?” By selecting this option Inspiring Vacations will contact you to discuss adding flights to your chosen destination. We can assist with flying the airline of your choice to turn your booking into a flight inclusive package. We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Important Information

Fitness Requirements While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Travelling at altitude Several areas visited on this tour are located at approximately 3700-4000 metres (approx. 13000 feet) above sea level where it’s common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to altitude – regardless of age, gender and fitness. It's important that you discuss this itinerary and your travel plans with your doctor beforehand. Prescription medication to prevent altitude sickness is available. If left untreated, altitude sickness can lead to serious health complications or even be fatal. While on tour, safety is paramount and it’s important that you discuss any altitude sickness symptoms with your local guide, so that appropriate medical attention can be provided. Follow this link for more helpful information on altitude sickness.

Tipping A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement Single supplement is $484.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share Not available.

Travel Insurance Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Visa & Passport information It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html for up-to-date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size 4 - 20 Persons

Children Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Pre and Post-Tour Accommodation & Extra Services

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $123.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $123.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $431.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $413.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Arrival and departure airport transfers

  • Pre tour transfer - $66 per car, maximum of 2 travellers

Your transfer may be shared with other Inspiring Vacations customers.

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

Optional Tours

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Puritama Hot Springs (Day 9) - $150 per person
  • Rainbow Valley (Day 9) - $161 per person
  • Archeological Tour (Day 9) - $161 per person
  • Altiplano Lagoons & Atacama Salt Lakes & Toconano Village (Day 9) - $231 per person
  • Taito Geysers (Day 9) - $195 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

  • International airfares
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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Bolivian Salt Flats 2024

The most complete guide ever written with tips and advice to ensure you have the best possible experience at the bolivian salt flats..

Our guide to Bolivian Salt Flats in 2024 is extensive and based on almost 10 years of experience as well as hundreds of surveys from ex-travelers. Click any section below to read more information or scroll down to read the full complete guide of the Bolivian Salt Flats.

Bolivian Salt Flats of Uyuni – Quick Facts

Uyuni is around 8 hours South of La Paz

Access via overnight bus or small plane – options below

Salt Flat tours – 1 day and 3 day options – tips below

Known as the “world’s largest mirror”

Complete Guide to Uyuni Salt Flats Bolivia

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How To Get To Uyuni Salt Flats

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Salar de Uyuni - FAQs - Your Questions Answered!

Bolivia Salt Flats Guide - Summary

Salar de Uyuni is accessible from Bolivia (for those going south) from La Paz, and from Chile (for those going north) via San Pedro de Atacama Desert.

From La Paz, it is usually 8 hours on a bed (cama) bus overnight, allowing you to arrive early morning, which is the best time to arrive to Uyuni.

From San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, buses take around 11 hours, factoring in the border crossing from Chile to Bolivia and involve a combination of buses. Tours are usually more recommended for when going from San Pedro to Uyuni or vice/versa.

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Buses from La Paz to Uyuni

Bolivia Hop has been officially voted Bolivia’s best bus company in from 2016 to 2020 but as of December 2023, they still do not operate from La Paz to Uyuni. Bolivia Hop is the best way to get to and from La Paz, and then Todo Turismo is probably the best way to get from La Paz to Uyuni or from Uyuni back to La Paz. When booking with Todo Turismo, always try to get the Cama (bed) option. Do NOT go with other companies such as Transporte Omar or anybody else…safety records are suspect so we strongly recommend to travel with Todo Turismo to/from Uyuni, and Bolivia Hop to/from La Paz. Once in Uyuni, you can start your Salt Flats tour (1 day or a 3 day tour that ends in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile).

Quick Tip: The best way to book your Bolivian Salt Flats tour is by visiting Find Local Trips , a tour comparison website that allows you to choose tours from the top-rated operators throughout South America..

Buses from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni

There are NO direct buses from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni and it is strongly recommended to take a 3 day tour from San Pedro to Uyuni (or from Uyuni to San Pedro if you are traveling South) instead of trying to do this route via bus. This is because you will need to change buses, cross borders, and quite often this is a logistical nightmare.

If you insist on trying to travel from San Pedro to Uyuni by bus, or from Uyuni to San Pedro by bus. Cruz del Norte are usually the best bus company to go with.

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The Bolivian Salt Flats in Uyuni are a MUST see for any trip to South America. It is STRONGLY recommended to book your tour in advance where possible and to NOT book your tour in Uyuni (book in La Paz or online) as many companies scam tourists, so be very careful with your choice of tour operator.

There are 2 types of tours of Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats:

Full Day Tour of the Salt Flats, start and finish in Uyuni on same day

A one-day tour of Salar de Uyuni in 4×4 jeeps are common and the shortest tours possible. The one day tour is also the cheapest way to visit the Salt Flats. Tours start in Uyuni around 10am (allowing you to have breakfast after your overnight bus from La Paz to Uyuni) and finish around 5pm (allowing you to take an overnight bus back to La Paz on the SAME day or to another destination.

A visit to the train cemetery is followed by a stop in Colchani before arriving to the Salt Flats and getting the first glimpse of this vast environment. Salt hotels, salt mounds, isolated ‘islands’ covered in cacti, lunch, and plenty of time for taking photos before returning to Uyuni at 5 pm. This is approximately how most of these tours run but for a more detailed itinerary check FindLocalTrips here .

Prices are from $70 USD to $90 USD

Start and finish in Uyuni, or finish in San Pedro de Atacama. If coming from San Pedro de Atacama, this 3 day tour will finish in Uyuni

3 Day Tours of Salar de Uyuni in 4×4 jeeps are the most popular tour type. The first day is the same as the one day tour – usually spending the first night in one of the basic Salt Hotels on the Salar itself. These hotels are almost completely constructed out of bricks made from dried salt!

The second and third days are spent seeing the colored lakes, hot springs, flamingo flocks, hot geysers, crazy rock formations – such as Arbol de Piedra (Rock Tree) , and painted volcanoes. You will be sleeping in tents and truly immersing yourself in this rugged part of the world. The stars alone in this unpolluted place can take your breath away.

3 day tours ending in San Pedro de Atacama – It’s also possible to hop over the border at the end of the tour, connecting to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

No attractions are missed by leaving the tour at the Chilean border before it heads back to Uyuni.

3 days tours STARTING From San Pedro de Atacama – There is also the opportunity to do this Salt Flat tour starting in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile and ending in Uyuni on the last day or returning to San Pedro the following day. Tours from San Pedro can be somewhat more expensive than those from Uyuni. This is the best way to get to Bolivia from Chile and the itineraries are the same as above just in reverse order with the final day being the Salt Flats themselves.

The best and most popular way to visit the Salar de Uyuni is by taking a 4×4 tour across the salt flats.

Most Salt Flats tours are safe and reliable; however, the conditions are basic in this area and you should be aware of this. The Salar de Uyuni is one of the harshest environments for vehicles on the planet and occasional vehicle issues can happen, this to a certain extent is unavoidable. The drivers are used to breakdowns and are pretty adept at fixing their vehicles. They are always willing to help each other out and you are usually not stuck for long – so a bit of patience is often all you need. Food will be basic.

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As with all tours, pick your tour operator carefully. There have been occasional issues with tour drivers drinking alcohol while driving 4×4 jeeps laden with travelers and causing some nasty crashes. It is why we strongly recommend to go with one of the best tour operators available. FindLocalTrips is probably the best place to compare operators and from our experience, they only work with the safest and most reliable operators. More information can be found here

Some basic information:

  • If you are traveling South, you will usually take the La Paz to Uyuni trip
  • If traveling North, you will either come from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile or from Salta in Argentina
  • 3 day tours of the Salt Flats are the most popular and most complete options. 1 day tours are ideal for those short on time
  • On 3 day tours, you do NOT have to return to Uyuni if you do not wish…you can finish the 3day your in San Pedro (if going to Chile after Bolivia)
  • It IS possible to do the following if short on time:
  • Night bus from La Paz to Uyuni (9hrs)
  • Arrive Uyuni AM and take full day (1day) tour
  • On same day, take a night bus back to La Paz (9hrs)
  • For buses to/from La Paz, we strongly recommend using the Bolivia Hop bus
  • For buses to/from Uyuni, we strongly recommend using Todo Turismo

If you want detailed information on a full day (1 day) tour or the 3day tour, click on any of the tabs below to get a full and detailed itinerary and tips on what to bring etc.

The unique setting of endless salt flat at Salar de Uyuni make all kinds of crazy perspective photography possible. Here we have our top tips for great Salt Flats photos to add to your collection.

  • Bring as much small and interesting items as possible: toy animals and action figures, toy vehicles and regular props such as sunglasses, hiking boots, and water bottles can all be turned into something funny and useful
  • To set up for the shot the photographer needs to lie on their stomach and rest the camera on the ground to make positioning much easier; holding the camera in your hand makes it next to impossible
  • Advice from an old photographer: “Shoot, shoot, shoot!!” Take lots and lots of shots since it’s not so easy to see your camera screen in the glare and you might never be back here again
  • Making everyone jump in the air is a last resort shot that can always come out well!!!

Will I get problems with altitude sickness at the Salar de Uyuni?

IMPORTANT: IF TRAVELING FROM LA PAZ (also at high altitude) you should be fine in Uyuni, once you have spent 1 or 2 days in La Paz, or even Cusco (Machu Picchu) in Peru.

Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick at 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 some dizzy sensations that diminish over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people.

If you want to limit your chances of getting sick though, there are a few things you can do.

Drink lots of water and 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 extraneous 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 (Soroche) Altitude Sickness pills, 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 2500meter, without spending any time at a intermediate elevation and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance.

From where do the tours of the Salt Flats start? Can I start from La Paz?

All of the tours of 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 and depart La Paz every night and arrive into Uyuni the next day at approx. 7am. All the tours start at 10am-11am. It is strongly recommended to book your Uyuni tour online or in La Paz, NOT in Uyuni itself.

Do I need to stay one night in Uyuni before and after my tour?

You will arrive into Uyuni early in the morning and it is possible to start a tour the day you arrive. Most of the tours will start 10am-11am in the morning. You will return to Uyuni by 5:30 – 6:00 pm and will have time to eat and head back on the overnight bus to La Paz or take a bus onto Potosi / Sucre. It is advised that you book these buses in advance of taking your trip of the Salt Flats so no it is not necessary to stay in Uyuni.

Are there ATMs?

Bring money with you. Sometimes the ATMs do not work in Uyuni so it is best to take out any money you need in advance.

Will I have internet connection on a tour?

No, there is no internet connection on the tours. It is a very remote location.

We all agree that the Salt Flats in Uyuni, Bolivia are a MUST for any trip to South America. Uyuni is accessible mainly via La Paz, although other entrances are via San Pedro de Atacama and Patosi or Salta in Argentina. It is strongly recommend to book Salt Flat Tours in advance and only book with reputable companies (those with good reviews online or who allow you to book and pay online). Use Bolivia Hop to get to/from La Paz, use Todo Turismo to get to/from Uyuni, and use Find Local Trips to compare tour operators and book directly with them.

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The Bolivian Salt Flats have become Bolivia’s most popular attraction and a must-see for anyone traveling through South America. Their otherworldly nature and surreal beauty attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year. Read below to find everything you need to choose the perfect Salar de Uyuni tour!

Quick tips:

  • If you have a bit more time, choose a 3 or 4 Day Tour to get to enjoy everything Salar de Uyuni has to offer!
  • Unfortunately, there have been cases of tour operators scamming tourists who try to book a tour when they arrive to the salt flats. If possible, book in advance through a trusted operator.
  • Findlocaltrips.com is a highly recommended website that finds and compares local tour operators. Check them out to find the best Salar de Uyuni tours.

Salar de Uyuni tour options

With the natural beauty of Salar de Uyuni and all its breathtaking surroundings, it’s no wonder the Bolivia Salt Flat is one of the world’s most popular tours. Luckily, theres an option for all travelers, whether short on time or traveling at a slower pace. Let’s take a look in more detail.

One-day tours are a great way for those who don’t have much time to see the salt flats. Due to the time restriction, you won’t get a chance to visit the incredible surrounding attractions. However, you will be far from disappointed when you leave as these tours still give you plenty of time to soak in the magic of Salar de Uyuni and capture jaw-dropping photos that you didn’t even know were possible.

One-day tours can only be taken from Uyuni. Buses arrive here very early in the morning to allow enough time for those on board to do take the tour the day they arrive. These tours start at around 10am and finish at around 5pm, allowing enough time for those on the tour to catch an overnight bus to their next destination.

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The historical and intriguing train graveyard is the first stop on the one-day tours. This is followed by Colchani, the salt production site, where you will be taught the process of producing salt and visit one of the iconic salt hotels. A trip to Isla Incahuasi follows, where you’ll be able to discover giant cacti up to 10m high, incredible rock formations made of petrified coral and a enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the tremendous salt flats.

Lunch is also served here as groups get their props at the ready for crazy, perspective photos set on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. The tour ends in magnificent fashion as you observe the sun magically set over the flats.

1 Day Tour include:

  • The train graveyard
  • A Salt hotel
  • Isla Incahuasi

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3/4 Day Tour

The most popular and recommended way to discover Salar de Uyuni is by taking a 3 or 4 day tour in a 4×4 jeep. Three day tours depart from either Uyuni or San Pedro de Atacama and finish in Uyuni. The three day tour starting in San Pedro de Atacama and ending in Uyuni is ideal for those looking to continue traveling north after their visit to Salar de Uyuni. Alternatively, you can do the 4 day tour which starts and finishes in San Pedro de Atacama. This tour visits the same places as the 3 day tours but requires an extra night in order to make the relatively long journey back to Chile.

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Day one is the same as the one day tour – departing from Uyuni at the same time and visiting the same places. Following a long day of exploring, you will spend the first night in one of the iconic salt hotels or salt hostels. These remarkable designs are made up almost entirely of salt blocks, from the bed and toilet to the walls and ceilings. Get yourself an early night sleep here as days two and three begin at the crack of dawn, with breakfast at 7am and 5am respectively. Across the next two days you will see everything that Salar de Uyuni has to offer. Of course, you will also be given plenty of time to capture an abundance of photos of one of the picturesque places on Earth The second night is spent in very basic accommodation beside the Polques hot springs, where you will find yourself blown away by the magical stars of the Salar.

The itinerary for those who start their tour in San Pedro de Atacama is reversed as they visit the desert, lagoons, hot springs etc. at the beginning of the tour and the salt flat at the end. The third night of the 4 day tour is spent in a basic hostel in Villa Mar village. You will wake up at 4.30 am to continue your journey, finally arriving back to San Pedro de Atacama at around 2pm.

3/4 Day Tour include:

  • The lagoons Polques hot springs
  • Arbol de Piedra
  • Valle de Rocas
  • Sol de Mañana geyser
  • Dali Desert
  • San Cristobal de Lipez
  • A salt hotel
  • Chiguana desert

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Salar de Uyuni – How to Visit The Bolivia Salt Flats

Written By: The Planet D

Updated On: June 21, 2023

The Salar de Uyuni is the biggest salt flat in the world and the most famous tourist draw in Bolivia, South America . In fact, for many travelers, the Bolivian Salt Flats is the sole reason they visit Bolivia. We do recommend that you visit more of Bolivia than just the salt flats, but if you want some epic pictures and an unforgettable experience you will want to put the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats on your bucket list.

Ever since the Bolivia Salt Flats played host to the world-famous Dakar Rally in 2014, it has gained even more attention amongst travelers. “You will love it!” These were the words we had heard from other travelers every time we mentioned our plan to travel to the Bolivia Salt Flats. As you might imagine our expectations were sky-high and we couldn’t wait to see the white endless scenery.

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What is the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia?

The Salar de Uyuni is one of the most spectacular adventure-travel destinations on Earth. Think 10 billion tons of salt sprawling across an endless desert. The Salar de Uyuni is a 10,582 square kilometer expanse of cracked white salt, left behind when an ancient salt lake named Coipasa dried up thousands of years ago.

Located in the Bolivian Altiplano, it is the world’s largest salt flat and is located at a high altitude of 3,656 meters (10,000 feet) above sea level.

Salar de Uyuni is made primarily of salt. It is a vast expanse of dried-up prehistoric lakes, and the salt flat itself is the result of the evaporation of water from these ancient lakes. Underneath the salt crust lies a thick layer of brine, which is a concentrated solution of salt and water.

The salt crust on the surface is composed mainly of sodium chloride (table salt) along with other minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and lithium. These minerals give the salt flat its unique colors and patterns. In fact, Salar de Uyuni is not just a salt flat but also contains significant lithium reserves, making it a valuable resource.

During the dry season, the salt crust hardens and forms a vast white landscape, creating a surreal and otherworldly appearance. However, in the rainy season, the flat transforms into a massive reflective surface, resembling a giant mirror due to a thin layer of water that covers the salt crust. This phenomenon creates stunning optical illusions and unique photo opportunities for visitors.

Uyuni Salt Flats Day Tours

The beauty is that the tours are flexible. There are options for 1 day, 3 days, or 4 days, depending on what your schedule is and how much time you want to spend in the area itself. We recommend the 3 or 4-day option as it covers the most.

Most Salar de Uyuni, including ours, meant spending four days locked in a jeep with three other travelers and a cook while our amiable Bolivian driver took us through an increasingly unbelievable array of natural wonders. This is the best way to see the Uyuni salt flats in my opinion.

We have included a map below to give you an idea of where in Bolivia the slat flats are in relation to the rest of the country.

Where do Bolivia Salt Flats Tours Start From?

The beauty of the Salt Flats being so popular is that tours to the area start from a number of different places. For the most part, the length of your salt flats tour will determine where you start.

Start and End in Uyuni

Most tours of Salar de Uyuni leave from the town of Uyuni itself, a dry desert settlement located near the salt flats. It’s by far the cheapest place to pick up a tour, with trips on offer for as low as B$600 (about $80 USD). This is most likely the place you will start out if you are doing a 1 Day tour of the salt flats . We do recommend being cautious and doing your research as we found that quite a few of the tour agencies in Uyuni tout unreliable cars and dangerous drivers.

If you are planning a 3 or 4-day tour then there are a lot more options to choose from when it comes to a starting point and an ending point.

Start in Tupiza End in Uyulni

A more pleasant (if slightly pricier) experience can be had by taking the back road to the Salar, leaving from the south-Bolivian city of Tupiza. Home to a handful of tour agencies and a pleasant main plaza, Tupiza is a relaxing place to spend a couple of days while researching agency options. Tours from here usually last 4 days and at the end, you can return to Tupiza from Salar de Uyuni if you like.

Start in Uyuni End in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile

This is the most popular option, especially if you are looking at a multi-day tour. Alternatively, if you have money to burn, you could begin your tour from San Pedro de Atacama , a beautiful (if absurdly touristy) village in nearby Chile.

Located on Chile’s border with Bolivia, San Pedro de Atacama is surrounded by spectacular scenery of its own to explore–but it’s not for the faint of wallet. This is one of the reasons we recommend booking the tour that starts in Uyuni and ends in Chile at San Pedro de Atacama.

Altitude Sickness

If you do decide to start in San Pedro remember that you will be at a high altitude, so there is a risk of altitude sickness if you don’t take care to acclimate. Drink plenty of water and don’t over-exert.

At this high of elevation, there is a real threat of getting sick. Keep an eye out for altitude sickness symptoms which include headache, nausea, and vomiting when severe. We recommend visiting a travel clinic before visiting Salar de Uyuni. Your doctor may prescribe Diamox. Locals also recommend coca tea made from coca leaves.

La Paz or Sucre

If you are looking just for a quick day tour of the salt flats then you can easily jump on one in either La Paz or Sucre, if you are in those cities and you have a limited amount of time.

How Many Days in the Bolivia Salt Flats Do You Need?

We recommend the 3 or 4-day tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats. Although you can do a 1-day tour of the salt flats themselves you really do miss out on the other attractions that are covered in the 3 and 4-day tour. The longer tours are more popular for this reason.

Of course, it will all depend on your budget and travel itinerary which length of trip you choose. Just be aware that on the 1-day tour you miss out on the hot springs, the volcano, and the flamingoes and you don’t get the chance to see this amazing sight at sunset. Being a photographer this is a must!

The 3-day tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats is the perfect amount of time to balance being at altitude and seeing it all.

How to Choose Your Bolivia Salt Flats Tour

There are many tour agencies and many drivers offering tourists an Uyuni experience-but not all of them are reliable. Drunken drivers and sham agencies abound, so be sure to research your options carefully and meet your driver before putting down money. If things seem shady, don’t be afraid to back out.

Some tour operators are all too good at pressuring tourists to ignore their better instincts. The agency I chose was named Natural Adventure , an operator based out of the small Bolivian city of Tupiza.

I had a very good experience with them; though my driver didn’t speak much English, he made up for it with friendliness, verve, and expressive hand gestures.

The truth is that all the tours will cover the same things. It is pretty standard. They will try and upsell you and convince you that they have faster cars or better accommodation just to get more money out of you. If you ask the right questions you will definitely up your chances of getting a great tour.

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Questions to Ask Before Booking a Tour to the Uyuni Salt Flats

  • How Many People will be in my car? Obviously the smaller amount of people the better. But most tours try and get 6 people plus a driver in a vehicle.
  • What type of accommodations are offered? Will you be staying in a salt hotel, sharing a room, or all in one big room?
  • Does my driver speak English? Most drivers are also your guide and cook and don’t speak much english. It helps if you know some spanish or you are good at acting things out.
  • Is the entrance to the National park included? The usual answer to this is no, but some do offer it. If it is not then be prepared to fork over an extra of 150 Bob ($22 USD). If you plan on visiting “Fish Island” within Uyuni salt lake that will cost you extra as well.
  • Where does the tour end? Will you be coming back to Uyuni or doest t finish in another destination like San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. The coice is usually yours.

How Much Does it Cost to Visit the Bolivia Salt Flats?

As we said above, all of the tours are the same and follow the same route. Do not be fooled by people trying to upsell you to a better tour. The car and the accommodation may change but the tours themselves are identical. That being said the price varies widely, so you are going to have to negotiate the best price.

You should not pay more than 850-1350 Bob for a 3-day tour ($125 – $195 USD) . This price is all-inclusive of food, transportation, accommodation, and a Spanish-speaking guide. If you want an English-speaking guide prepare to pay double. What it does not include is the $20 fee to get into the National Park, so make sure you have cash for that. If you are planning on going to San Pedro de Atacama then you will also need 50 Bob for the border crossing. It is always good to have some cash on you.

It is important to note that the prices above are if you book your tour on arrival or in Bolivia itself. If you book your tour online before you travel the cost can be almost double.

What are the Accommodation Options on the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats Tours?

While tours themselves are markets as basic, I would say that we were pleasantly surprised. We have stayed in some basic places over the years but were fairly impressed when you consider the cost of the tour.

You will spend the first night of the tour in a salt hotel, which we loved. Now when I say a salt hotel, I mean everything is made of salt. The hotel exterior is made of salt blocks, the chairs, ground, and bed are also made of salt. We were happy to have private rooms on the first night to really enjoy it. There was also a shower which cost 10BS and had enough water for 2 people. Take advantage of it as there are no other showers on the tour.

The other nights we slept in dorm-type rooms, but you can pay an extra 150Bs for a private room, which we did. The buildings are clean and well taken care of so you never felt like you were on an ultra-budget tour.

There is no WIFI out here so you will be disconnected which we found a welcome reprieve from constantly checking phones each day.

The way the meals are set up is that breakfast and dinner are served at the accommodation and the lunch is always on the road. The food itself was not fine dining but it was tasty and there was always enough.

Where to Stay Near Salar de Uyuni

While there aren’t many accommodation options directly on the salt flats themselves, the nearby town of Uyuni offers various choices for visitors. Here are some suggestions on where to stay:

Uyuni town: This is the most convenient place to stay as it offers a range of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses catering to different budgets. You’ll find options ranging from basic accommodations to more luxurious hotels. Staying in Uyuni allows you to easily access Salar de Uyuni and other nearby attractions.

Colchani: Situated on the edge of Salar de Uyuni, Colchani is a small village known for its salt processing industry. It offers a few accommodations that provide a unique experience closer to the salt flats. Keep in mind that the options may be limited compared to Uyuni town.

Salt hotels: Some unique accommodations are built entirely from salt blocks, providing a distinctive experience for visitors. These hotels are typically located on the outskirts of Uyuni and offer a blend of comfort and the chance to immerse yourself in the salt flat surroundings.

Palacio de Sal is a luxury hotel and spa that was the first salt hotel. Located near the entrance of Salar de Uyuni near Colchani, this is a popular place to stay.

Salt flats camping : For an adventurous experience, you may consider camping on the salt flats. There are tour operators that offer overnight camping trips, providing tents, sleeping bags, and meals. This option allows you to witness the stunning sunsets and starry nights of the salt flats.

How to Dress for a Salar de Uyuni Tour

Travel through Bolivia’s southwest corner means splitting your time between extreme warmth, under the startlingly hot midday sun, and extreme cold, when the chilly high altitude nights creep in.

It’s a good idea to dress in layers–that way, you can layer up as the sun drops, then shed clothing again when it rises. During parts of the Uyuni tour, temperatures can drop as low as -15 degrees celsius, so it’s vital to make sure that you have some warm clothes packed. Read our  layering tips for packing. 

How to Get to Salar de Uyuni

From la paz to uyuni.

The buses from the de facto capital of La Paz to Uyuni are increasingly geared to tourist comfort, as the Salar de Uyuni becomes a more and more ubiquitous stop among backpackers in South America. The bus from La Paz takes 8 hours and gets you into Uyuni at about 6 am.

This is plenty of time as most tours do not start until 10 am. It is an overnight bus, so you will save on a night’s accommodation if you sleep. It will cost you about $25 USD for the overnight bus and you can check out tickets with https://www.ticketsbolivia.com/

It is recommended to stay a night in Uyuni to acclimate to the altitude.

If you have some extra cash or are limited on time then you can also fly to Uyuni from La Paz. It costs about $100 USD and is often included with private tours from La Paz.

From Sucre to Uyuni

If you are coming from the capital of Bolivia, Sucre, you can catch a direct bus to the Uyuni Salt Flats. The bus ride usually takes about 8 hours. It leaves from the bus terminal on Avenida Ostria Gutierrez in Sucre at 9:30 am and 8:00 pm. It will cost you approximately 11 USD. Make sure to check the times and cost on  TicketsBolivia .

If you want, you can book an organized 1-day tour from La Paz to Uyuni salt flat . At the end of the tour, you will return to La Paz.

When is the Best Time to Visit the Bolivian Salt Flats?

There is no bad time to visit the Bolivia Salt Flats. It really depends on the experience you are looking for.

Rainy season: If you want to see reflections of the salt lake, the rainy season is a good time to visit. The salt flats flood and transform into a massive mirror that reflects the sky and creates an other-worldly experience. During this time of the year there is little to no wind and usually clear skies. Perfect for a photographer. The rainy season in Bolivia is from December to April. Just be aware that during the rainy season a lot of the surrounding attractions are closed.

Dry Season: We visited during the dry season and it was spectacular as well. It is warmer during this time from May to November. Since we visited during the dry season, our SUV produced a giant cloud of dust when we crossed the stunning moon-like landscape of Bolivia’s Andean Plateau making for surreal images.

What you will See on a Bolvian Salt Flats Tour

Isla del pescado.

Have you ever seen an island that is NOT surrounded by water? Welcome to Isla del Pescado, the Fish Island! The Salar de Uyuni has a few islands and we enjoyed an awesome view from the top of this one. From up there, we got an impression of the true dimension of the salty landscape.

Steam Locomotives – Train Graveyard

We arrived in Uyuni and jumped out of the SUV and climbed up the giant wrecked old steam locomotives. At that point, we did not know that the adult’s playground was just behind the corner, Uyuni’s train cemetery. The trains are leftover from a time when they carried minerals from the Salar de Uyuni to the Pacific Ocean.

Bolivia’s Andean Plateau

In the Andean Plateau, at an altitude of about 4,000 meters, not only the air is breathtaking. This is what real adventures look like. This is where the SUV feels at home.

The chain of volcanoes and mountains along the horizon gave us the feeling of being far away from any civilization. And for a second we thought we reached the “end of the world”.

The tracks might look like remains from centuries past but they are still in use and connect Bolivia with Chile. The moon-like landscape surrounded us as we drove on the red and brown sand when unexpectedly, behind a hill, a beautiful lagoon appeared.

Lunar Landscape

The Andean Plateau and its mysterious rock formations have been formed over millions of years through wind and sand. And sometimes nature is very creative and forms rocks like the Arbol de Piedra, the Stone Tree.

Our guide told us before that we would get to see a lagoon more beautiful than the one we had seen before. But we did not want to believe him as we could not imagine that it would be possible.

Hundreds, probably thousands of flamingos were wading through the shallow water in search of food. It was such a contradiction to see an oasis of life in the middle of the barren scenery.

Laguna Colorada

The silence was around us when we approached the Laguna Colorada, the Red Lagoon. Everything around us felt unreal. Do you know how it feels when you see something and cannot believe it is real? It was hard to believe that this lagoon, with its shades of yellow, black, white, red, brown, and the blue sky above it, was not a canvas.

Now and then we saw these little pink spots again, flamingos that enjoyed the delicious alga which makes the water appear red. It was almost sad to see that the last lagoon we visited, the beautiful Green Lagoon with the picturesque volcano in the background was void of flamingos.

As we learned this green type of algae was poisonous. Too bad, the water looked so inviting with those beautiful reflections on the surface.

Sulfur Geysers

Visiting a steaming geyser is a highlight of the Uyuni Salt Flats tour; I was so distracted taking pictures, I almost fell in! It was a very special place our driver took us to watch the sunrise in the early morning.

We were surrounded by geysers and holes in the ground filled with boiling mud. The cold air of the morning intensified the steam and the area looked like a mystic place. After leaving the salt flat we thought it could not get any better. But we were so wrong!

Photos of Salar de Uyuni

The Uyuni Salt Flats is THE photo spot to play with proportions and perspectives when taking photos. It’s a place where people sit on potato chips cans, toy dinosaurs come to life chasing travelers, and jumping over an SUV is a breeze.

On short photo stops, it can be hard to decide whether to take pictures of the scenery or simply take the scenery in. For those inclined to snap, it’s important to pace your photographic zeal. The landscape is so marvelous, it’s simply impossible to catch it all. In other words, it’s a road trip like no other, and absolutely worth doing.

Common Questions About Doing a Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Do you need an English Speaking Guide?

The answer here is it depends. If you speak fairly fluent Spanish then you can definitely forego an English guide. If you do not speak Spanish at all then we recommend paying the extra money (it can be up to 500 Bs per person) and getting an English guide.

We like to understand our guide as they can provide a lot of background information on the area and there is the added advantage that if you pay extra for the English guide you will have only English speaking people in your car. When you are together for 3 or 4 days this was important to us.

That being said, if you want to save some money and you are on a tight budget, the Spanish-speaking guide is fine. You will be able to make out most of what he is saying anyways. It is important to note that if you opt for the English-speaking guide that there is usually one guide for every 2 or 3 cars from that tour company.

What altitude are you at in the Salar de Uyuni?

You are at altitude when you are in Uyuni, Bolivia. The town itself sits at more than 3500m or 12,000 feet and that is just where you start. During the tour, you will reach altitudes of up to 4800m or 15,000 feet at the Laguna Colorada, in the Eduardo Avaroa National Park. So be prepared.

We recommend spending at least one day in Uyuni before your tour to acclimatize to the altitude. Dring plenty of liquids and don’t exert too much effort physically. You will be out of breath a little on the first day but should get used to the lack of oxygen quickly.

Will it get cold?

The short answer is yes. Even though the weather during the day can be pleasant, you have to remember that you are at altitude so the nights can get quite cold. If you are someone who gets cold easily you might want to bring your own sleeping bag or ask to rent one from the tour operator.

Will I have phone or internet during the tour?

The fact is you will be in the middle of nowhere so there will be little to no internet or phone signal during the entire trip. It is a good time to relax and disconnect from the world and enjoy the nature that is all around you. If you are in desperate need of internet or a phone there is a place on the second day that offers paid internet access.

Cash or Credit Card? Which is Best?

Cash is king when you are on your trip to the salt flats in Bolivia. There are some ATMs in Uyuni but we suggest having local currency on hand before you arrive just in case. Make sure that you have local currency as that is required especially if you want to visit the following:

  • National Park Entrance Fee: 150 Bs ($22 USD) per person
  • Fish Island: 30 Bs ($5 USD)
  • Hot Springs: 6 Bs ($1 USD)

What should I pack?

Packing for the salt flats is really dependent on where you are going to finish your tour. If you are carrying on to The Atacama Desert in Chile you will bring your full backpack. We do suggest putting the everyday items in a day pack so they are easily accessible as your pack will be on the top of the 4X4 each day.

If you are starting and ending in Uyuni then it is possible to leave some items in the hotel so you don’t have to bring everything. That being said, the shifts in temperature can be quite drastic so you want o to be prepared. Here is a list of things you should pack for your tour of the Salt Flats in Bolivia:

  • Sunscreen  with high SPF,  sunglasses ,  hat and  lip balm  are a must.
  • Layers of warm clothes. Temperature fluctates drastically between day and night.
  • Hiking boots (Older ones if you are visiting during the wet season)
  • Travel towel for the first night shower and the hot springs.
  • Gold Bond: To keep yourself fresh.
  • Camera and extra batteries fully charged.
  • Water bottle and water. Even if it is provided it is good to have extra.
  • Cash in local currency.
  • Swimsuit if you pan on going in the hot springs.
  • Flip flops or running shoes for at the hotel.

How Do you Describe the Salt Flats in Bolivia?

Salty, white, endless… these three words best describe the Salar de Uyuni. The sun burned from the sky and the reflections from the salt were so strong that it was impossible to open the eyes without sunglasses while looking over the massive salt desert. After a while, the awe can be a bit overwhelming. It’s as if nature is trying to beat you into submission with so many amazing things.

Most Salar de Uyuni tours can feel very start and stop, with the driver rendezvousing with other tourist jeeps at designated points for all-too-rapid photo opportunities. It’s a surreal sight, as the southwest roads of Bolivia appear entirely deserted but for the jeeps gathering in small groups to disgorge their tourist cargo.

Final Thoughts

We drove across Bolivia’s scenic southwest corner, a staggeringly beautiful region bursting with mountains, lagoons, and inactive volcanoes. Equipped with many big containers of drinking water and thick sleeping bags our driver put the SUV into first gear and an amazing adventure through barren surroundings began.

It’s an experience that involves gorgeous vistas, extreme cold, and days without showering.

At the end of our 3-day trip, we were exhausted. Exhausted because of all the incredible things we had seen.

It started with an endless white salt flat, continued with moon-like sandy and dry landscapes of volcanoes and mountains, and ended with the most colorful lagoons we had ever seen. Every one of us needed some time to digest the past days.

There are many amazing places on our blue planet but the Salar de Uyuni and everything around it truly belongs to one of its most beautiful places! The Salar de Uyuni remains one of the world’s most fantastic locations–and since it’s in Bolivia, one of the most affordable, too.

Bolivia’s frontier feel means the trip sometimes seems akin to stepping out of the charted territory, onto a succession of different planets.

Sticking Around Bolivia

But while the Salar is undoubtedly a highlight, the rough remainder of Bolivia should not be ignored.  From the grungy mining city of Potosi to the gothic streets of La Paz to the verdant j ungle reaches of the Amazon, Bolivia is filled with breathtaking and bizarre sights. Once you’ve seen the Salar (or even before), consider sticking around to take a few extra destinations in. 

If you’re looking to venture along the edge of the world or race across some of nature’s most striking vistas, there is no better destination. So strap in, buckle up, and don’t forget to bring shades. There’s a white desert waiting, made of salt and blinding sunlight.

Have you been to the Bolivia Salt Flats? What do you think? Is Bolivia’s Andean Plateau one of the most beautiful places in the world?

This article was originally written by Liane and Lars of bobaroundtheworld.com who have since stopped blogging, but we have kept it on ThePlanetD as it is a destination that is worth visiting.

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11 thoughts on “Salar de Uyuni – How to Visit The Bolivia Salt Flats”

Chile is a very nice place to visit.

This is relay amazing picture. i am from country of world hugest peak Mt Everest 8848 m and light of Asia. Nepal is on of the best destination for hiking and sightseeing, so traveler get lots of opportunity to take unlimited amazing capture during the adventure and the tour. where the incredible scenery attract to the traveler as well as photographer to explore them on unique feature. which may motive to the traveler.

What a great photo and article, this is really awesome!! thanks for sharing with us and keep posting such a great pics

Me from Everest Country Nepal, As a traveler all pics are so amazing and thanks for sharing such a great pics and articles. We have the big mountains like Everest 8848m. but we don’t have such awesome places.You are a really wonderful photographer.

wow, this are the most beautiful pictures, I rally love it, thanks for sharing

Incredible adventure. Hope that you have enjoyed a lot on this trip.

Appreciate for your great effort to share your travel experience.

Great Adventure. There is a quietness and bareness of these lands that makes you feel like you are at the end of the world. The flamingos in the salt/soda lakes are similar to what we have in Kenya and Tanzania lakes nakuru, bogoria and lake manyara. Awesome.

Wow, what an incredible place! I’ve seen tonnes of photos of the flats but never of the surrounding regions/sites/wonders. Great insight into somewhere I’d absolutely love to visit! Thank you.

Wow, incredible journey. It seems like you have enjoyed your trip. Awesome photographs. Your blog is very informative to all those travelers who pursue adventure. Appreciate it for sharing your travel experience.

Incredible pictures! you shared awesome place to visit and great detail.. Really want to go there, Thank you so much for sharing a nice experiences.. keep posting!

Awesome photos guys. What company did you go with and did you like going with them?

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+/- 8 Days, From Atacama Desert to Uyuni Salt Flats

This is a 100% travel itinerary dedicated to San Pedro de Atacama , in Chile , and Uyuni Salt Flats , in Bolivia . It will take you to know the city of San Pedro de Atacama, where it will be possible to know the magnificent Atacama Desert and the famous Lagunas Altiplanas . Also, you will cross the border to Bolivia to experience the adventure of the famous and surprising Salar de Uyuni

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Arrival at san pedro de atacama.

Arrival at San Pedro de Atacama

Welcome to Calama, Chile! Upon arrival in the city, we will make shared transportation to your hotel . Please note the transport details on your voucher. The City of San pedro do Atacama is located in northern Chile and is well known for being the highest and driest desert area on the entire planet. Its area is 2,440 meters above sea level. When someone tells you that the landscapes that are found in Atacama are different from everything already seen, believe it. The rest of the day will be free so that you can enjoy the city on your way.

Atacama Salt Flats, Lagunas Altiplanas and Piedras Rojas with Lunch

Atacama Salt Flats, Lagunas Altiplanas and Piedras Rojas with Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel. At a scheduled time, our guide will meet us at the hotel to start our first tour of San Pedro de Atacama. The first stop is at Salar de Atacama the largest in Chile and the third-largest in the world. We are going on our excursion towards the Lagoons of Miñiques and Miscanti (Lagunas Altiplanas) , which are within the Los Flamingos National Park . The Park has this curious name due to the large number of birds that inhabit the place. When we arrive, we will see the incredible blue that these lagoons are! They are like this, bluish, due to the melting of the volcanoes, which left us this unforgettable view. During the day, we will make a stop for lunch, which is already included. The return to the hotel will be made in the late afternoon, the rest of the day free! Important: San Pedro de Atacama is a privileged place to observe the sky and the different constellations, planets, stars, and their ancestral meanings that were given by the original indigenous cultures that lived in the desert. For this, you can include the Astronomical Tour. Remember that the observation tour will depend a lot on the weather conditions during your stay. + Breakfast + Lunch

Moon and Death Valley in the Atacama Desert

Moon and Death Valley in the Atacama Desert

Today, you will have time to visit the Moon Valley and Death Valley in the afternoon, two magical places where you can also enjoy a spectacular sunset over the dunes and the mighty volcanoes in the background. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel. + Breakfast

Tour Laguna Verde and Geysers Sol de Manana: We are going to Bolivia!

Tour Laguna Verde and Geysers Sol de Manana: We are going to Bolivia!

Today we will start the day very early before the sun rises, because we are going to Bolivia! . We will start our long-awaited Jeep Tour towards the Salar de Uyuni! You will share this adventure in a jeep with a capacity for up to 6 travelers. The driver of the Jeep is a native who speaks Spanish and will be your guide during the tour. We will arrive in an area of intense volcanic activity called Geysers Sol de Manana and see the great spectacle of water and hot steam towers that spring up from the ground and reach heights of up to 50 meters! And this spectacle of nature is much better enjoyed before sunrise. We will continue our tour passing by thermal waters which, if you want, will be well worth taking a nice relaxing bath. We will visit the Dali Desert and finally, we will arrive at the most awaited attraction of the day: the Laguna Verde that is located in front of the Licancabur Volcano. Together, they form one of the most impressive landscapes of our travel itinerary. Finally, we will arrive at Huyllajara, where we will spend the night. Important: At the beginning of the tour there will be a short break at the Bolivian immigration office, where you will receive your entry stamp. + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Laguna Colorada and other incredible Lagoons

Laguna Colorada and other incredible Lagoons

We will also get up very early that day to have an invigorating breakfast and continue our second day of Jeep Tour to Avaroa National Park. This park is hidden by the Andes Mountains. During the trip, we will be able to observe the Ollague Volcano, Laguna Canap, and several other smaller lagoons, all of them inhabited by flamingos and other beautiful birds typical of the region . During the day, we will stop for lunch, which is already included in the itinerary. This stop will be in the middle of the Siloli Desert , considered one of the aridest in the world and characterized by its intriguing rock formations. In the afternoon we will arrive at Laguna Colorada , which has this name due to the reddish and bright color of its waters originating from sediments and the pigmentation of algae. You will be amazed by this beauty of nature! At the end of the day, we will continue to San Juan, where we will spend the night. Important: If you want to take the private Jeep Tour and stay at the superior hotels, just make an additional payment. For more information, consult an Explora specialist! We will be able to answer all your doubts. + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Jeep tour to Uyuni Salt Flats: A place of extreme beauty

Jeep tour to Uyuni Salt Flats: A place of extreme beauty

Today is the day of Jeep Tour through the Salar de Uyuni, the very famous salt desert of Bolivia !. Right after our breakfast, we will start the day with the incredible Jeep adventure through the Salar. We will make our first stop at the Train Cemetery and then continue on to the largest salt desert on the planet! During our trip around the site, we will make several stops, including one to have lunch. Then we will cross the Salar until we reach Incahuasi Island , we will have time to take panoramic pictures and at the end of the tour, we will go to our salt lodge where we will spend the night. You will see, this is going to be an incredible experience and totally different from everything else in the world! + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Return to San Pedro de Atacama

Return to San Pedro de Atacama

We will also get up very early that day to have an invigorating breakfast and proceed with our return Jeep Tour to the city of San Pedro, in chile . We will arrive at the immigration post in the morning, where we will say goodbye to our Jeep driver to board the Chilean transport towards San Pedro de Atacama . The rest of the afternoon will be free . Important: At the Chilean immigration office, the forms to be filled out will be delivered and after the immigration control there will be baggage control and a passport stamp for departure and entry, respectively. Hint: San Pedro de Atacama is a privileged place to observe the sky and the different constellations, planets, stars, and ancestral meanings that were given by the original indigenous cultures. This activity can be contracted in advance with your agent. + Breakfast

Last day of our adventure

Last day of our adventure

Breakfast at the hotel. At the agreed time, your driver will pick you up for the transfer to the airport . This is the end of our services. If you want, you can extend your adventure . Contact an agent Explora and customize your itinerary. + Breakfast

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1. shared transfer from calama airport to accommodation in san pedro de atacama ▼ ▲, 2. accommodation in san pedro de atacama ▼ ▲.

Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama

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  • Ckoi Atacama
  • Altiplanico Atacama
  • Cumbres (San Pedro)
  • Terrantai Lodge
  • NOI Casa Atacama
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1. Regular excursion to Piedras Rojas + Highland Lagoons (entry fees and local guide) ▼ ▲

Regular excursion to Piedras Rojas + Highland Lagoons (entry fees and local guide)

Salar do Atacama, Lagunas Altiplanas and Piedras Rojas with Lunch We will start the tour with a visit to the pre-Hispanic village of Socaire, characterized by its cultivated terraces. Then we go to the Altiplano, where we will visit the Miscanti Lagoon and the Miñiques Lagoon, habitat of aquatic birds and mammals such as color foxes and vicuñas. We will continue to Salar de Talar (also known as Salar de Aguas Calientes) and the viewpoint of Piedras Rojas , from where we will see these reddish volcanic stones that will surprise you with their shape and the exceptional natural environment where they are. The tour continues on the Atacama Salt Flat , the largest in Chile and the third largest in the world. We will take a break for lunch and return to San Pedro do Atacama. Lagunas Altiplanas , a protected place and one of the most visited by our travelers. A view that will conquer you for its two powerful volcanoes and its fascinating lagoons painted with a deep blue, we will be part of a true work of art sculpted by nature. On this very special day we will also discover the enigmatic Laguna Tuyacto and the exotic viewpoint of Piedras Rojas . Main stops: Lagunas Altiplanas, Piedras Rojas and Laguna Tuyacto and Salar do Atacama. Includes: Park Entrance Transportation Local Guide Lunch Climate: Cold, wind and sun Total altitude of the day: 2,500 to 4,150 msnm. Difficulty level: Easy. Age restriction: Minimum 7 years. Small groups

1. Regular excursion to the Valley of the Moon (and the Death Valley) (entry fees and local guide included) ▼ ▲

Regular excursion to the Valley of the Moon (and the Death Valley) (entry fees and local guide included)

The most requested tour in San Pedro de Atacama, the fantastic and impressive Valley of the Moon. We will visit the Tres Marías and the Amphitheater.

1. Shared transfer from hotel in San Pedro - Hito Cajones ▼ ▲

Shared transfer from hotel in San Pedro - Hito Cajones

Departure from your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama towards the migratory post of Hito Cajones towards Bolivia.

2. Regular tour in Jeep Geysers Sol de Mañana and Laguna Verde ▼ ▲

Regular tour in Jeep Geysers Sol de Mañana and Laguna Verde

Tour to the Sol de Mañana Geysers in the first part of the day, when they are at the height of their activity. There will be a stop at the thermal baths (which must be paid on the spot, they are 5 Bolivian pesos and not included), take your bathing suit in your backpack and relax a little! The next tour will be Laguna Verde, one of the highlights of the entire tour. Breakfast and snacks included.

3. Accommodation in Laguna Colorada ▼ ▲

Accommodation in Laguna Colorada

  • Refúgio Básico
  • Luna Salada
  • Cristal Samana
  • Tayka Deserto

1. Jeep Tour Siloli Desert, Dali Desert, Laguna Colorada - Full Board ▼ ▲

Jeep Tour Siloli Desert, Dali Desert, Laguna Colorada - Full Board

On this day we will cross amazing places, such as the Siloli and Dali Desert. During the route we will make several stops to contemplate the incredible landscapes of the place. In the middle of the desert, lunch will be offered during the tour. We stop at Laguna Colorada and other smaller lagoons in which we can see massive groups of flamingos, after the tour, we will proceed to the second refuge of our expedition. Entries and meals are included.

2. Accommodation in Uyuni ▼ ▲

Accommodation in Uyuni

1. Jeep tour Salar de Uyuni and Incahuasi Island with full board and tickets ▼ ▲

Jeep tour Salar de Uyuni and Incahuasi Island with full board and tickets

We will leave in a Jeep, with a capacity for 6 people, towards the Salar de Uyuni. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant built in Sal and also on Incahuasi Island. We crossed the desert making several stops to enjoy this spectacular place. In the evening, when arriving at Refúgio de Sal, dinner will be served and soon they will have the rest of the night to rest. We suggest you to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, bathing suit, portable cell phone charger and water bottle.

2. Accomodation in Villamar + Dinner ▼ ▲

Accomodation in Villamar + Dinner

1. Day 4 group tour Salar-Lipez: transfer from basic lodge in Villamar - Hito Cajones Border ▼ ▲

Day 4 group tour Salar-Lipez: transfer from basic lodge in Villamar -  Hito Cajones Border

In the morning, we will return by jeep to the Chilean border where there will be a moving of vehicles, or regular transport will leave you in the center of the city of San Pedro. Or transfer to the hotel is not even, therefore, as short distances and in some cases it is possible to walk. It is necessary to make a payment of a tax, not included, of immigration, being approximately U$ 5.00 at the border.

2. Shared Transport from Bolivia border to San Pedro de Atacama ▼ ▲

Shared Transport from  Bolivia border to San Pedro de Atacama

When arriving at the Chilean border there will be a vehicle exchange, regular transportation will drop you off in the center of San Pedro, transfer to the hotel is not included, but distances are short and in some cases it is possible to reach on foot. It is necessary to pay an immigration fee, not included, of approximately US $ 3.00 at the border.

3. Accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama ▼ ▲

1. shared transfer from accommodation in san pedro de atacama to airport in calama ▼ ▲.

Shared transfer from accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama to airport  in Calama

At a predetermined time, you will be departed from your hotel to the airport of Calama, which is approximately one hour away from San Pedro do Atacama.

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  • Extra cost for accomodation in single room on request.
  • Prices for accommodation in superior (4 stars) or luxury (5 stars) on request.
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La Paz, Salar de Uyuni and Atacama

La Paz, Salar de Uyuni and Atacama

Get ready for a trip in which you will pass through two magical countries in Latin America. In this itinerary, you will get to know Bolivia and its capital La Paz, recognized for being the highest capital in the world and not far from there the famous Titicaca Lake and the mystical Isla del Sol (Sun Island). You will also cross the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats in a jeep. , the salt desert of Bolivia and come across volcanoes, lagoons and vegetation of many colors! Finally, you will arrive in the Chilean city of San Pedro do Atacama, which stands out for its arid and intriguing desert and the amazing Valle de La Luna.

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Santiago, Atacama Desert and Uyuni

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Argentina, Bolivia and Chile

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Peru, Bolivia and Chile

This travel itinerary is an extended version of our classic tour of Peru, Bolivia and Chile. This trip, in addition to visiting Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca, La Paz, Salar de Uyuni and Atacama Desert, also passes through the capitals Lima and Santiago de Chile and reaches the beautiful Valparaíso on the Chilean Coast.

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The Best Bolivia Salt Flats Tours: 15 Adventures in Uyuni & Altiplano

Planning on booking a Bolivia salt flat tour? Discover the best guided expeditions of the Uyuni Salt Flats and beyond. 

You may already know how insanely photogenic the Bolivia salt flats are. If you don’t, get ready for some of the most spectacular scenery you’ll find anywhere in South America. 

10 billion tons of salt are stretched across 10,582 square kilometres of land, providing a perfect canvas for capturing the colours, shapes and wildlife that make up this high desert setting. 

However you end up here, visiting the Uyuni salt flats is a must, but you can learn so much more on a guided tour.

Expert local guides can show you secret islands, towering candelabra cacti, surreal deserts, and colourful lagoons teeming with flamingos – and explain the history and culture of Uyuni and the Altiplano along the way.

Ready to learn the best Bolivia salt flat tours? Let’s get started.

Best Tours of the Bolivia Salt Flats

Cordillera traveller – private day tour.

Julianna Barnaby, Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Cordillera Traveller offers several options, but I chose the 3-day tour with the company, which is known as one of the best salt flat tour companies in Bolivia .

They do a great job explaining the history of some ancient cities like Chirp and the Inca Empire along the drive from the Uyuni Salt Flats to the Altiplano.

You’ll see many of the greatest hits along the way, like Playa Blanca Salt Hotel, the active Ollague Volcano, and the oh-so-colourful Altiplano Lakes. If you go in the winter bring very warm clothes (or a sleeping bag), the hostel gets way too cold. Note: The guides are mostly wonderful, but I had a rocky start to my trip as they messed up my tour booking and I ended up being sent out for a day with a crazy driver, no guide and no lunch. The remaining three days were excellent though.

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From Uyuni: Red Lagoon & Uyuni Salt Flats 3-Day Guided Tour

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Get your camera ready for this 3-day adventure with Perla de Bolivia. On this Salar de Uyuni tour, you’ll have a full day in the Bolivia Salt Flats before getting some incredible views of the flamingos at Cañapa and Charcota Lagoons. Charcota is an underrated gem, so the tour guides are smart to include it. What I particularly like about this Bolivian salt flats tour is that it’s long enough to fit in a lot of other unique sights, like one of the most arid deserts in the world at Siloli and the Sol de Mañana Geyser. Keep your eyes open at Siloli Desert. The Stone Tree is a super cool rock formation that resembles a large tree thanks to erosion over millennia.

Top Tip: None of the entrance fees are included in the price of the tour.  Book Your Red Lagoon & Uyuni Salt Flats Tour Here

5-Hour Uyuni Salt Flat Tour Stargazing and Sunset/Sunrise In Group

Uyuni Salt Flats Stars

Embark on a stargazing tour in Uyuni that starts at 3 pm, where you’ll meet at a designated location before taking a tour of the Bolivia salt flats. 

Your guide will help arrange the perfect location to see the sunset before you begin stargazing in the Uyuni Salt Flat sky. Dress warm, and bring your camera, you’ll have some of the best mirror-effect photos of the stars over the rain-covered salt flats between January and April.

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2-Day Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flats, Including Tunupa Volcano

Sunset Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia-3

Joker Expedition hosts this private 2-day tour of Uyuni, which has the added perk of a trip to the Tunupa Volcano. 

After you’re picked up at your hotel at 10 am, you’ll explore Uyuni and Colchani before having plenty of time to photograph Salar de Uyuni. At night, you’ll sleep at one of the famous “salt hotels”, before exploring the village of Coquesa and ascending the famous Tunupa Volcano.

Top Tip: You’ll need to be in relatively sound physical shape (and OK with high altitude), as the hike up Tunupa Volcano is a bit intense and the summit is 5,321 m high. Book Your Uyuni & Tunupa Volcano Tour Here

From Sucre: Uyuni Salt Flat Tour 2 Days 1 Night

Train Cemetery, Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

If you want to experience Salar de Uyuni’s best attractions like the Dakar Monument, Fish Island, and Train Cemetery, on the cheap, this tour is one of the top Uyuni tours. You’ll get picked at your hotel in Sucre at 8 pm and embark on an overnight ride, landing at the Uyuni bus terminal. Your guide will show you arts and crafts in Colchani, the famous cacti at Incahuasi Island, and the museum at the former Playa Blanca Salt Hotel. 

Top Tip: This is one of the most affordable tours at only $125 per person, but it’s only available in Spanish and doesn’t return to Sucre.  Book Your 2 Day 1 Night Tour Here

From La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flat Tour & Overnight Round Trip Bus

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Looking for a Bolivia salt flats tour from La Paz? Try this bus tour , where you’ll enjoy overnight transportation to and from the flats that drop you off the next morning in Uyuni. 

You’ll hit a lot of the usual favourites, like the Train Cemetery and Fish Island, with lots of time to snap those fun perspective photos along the way.  

Meals are provided for much of the trip, with dinner and breakfast on the bus and lunch served in the salt flats. Your ride departs at 9 pm (both ways), so you’ll be sleeping on the bus – bring comfy clothes and a neck pillow.

Top Tip: This tour is best if you’re in a rush to see Uyuni Salt Flats and aren’t interested (or don’t have time) in seeing the Altiplano. Book Your Bus Tour Tour Here

3-Days Tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat and Coloured Lagoons with Sunset and Mirror Effect

Drone Sunset, Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

You won’t have many better chances to photograph the flamingos, colourful lakes, and epic sunsets in Uyuni & the Altiplano than on this 3-day tour of Salar de Uyuni and beyond. 

Photo opportunities abound; you’ll get to practise your best selfies, perspective shots, and panoramic shots of the desert before heading to the famous red lake, Laguna Colorada. 

Adventure through Dalí Desert and Laguna Verde before returning to Uyuni or heading to San Pedro de Atacama where you can explore the Atacama Desert .

Book Your Uyuni & Colourful Lagoons Tour Here

Uyuni Salt Flat 1 Day Tour + Sunset in the Salt Water Region with Mirror Effect

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Only have one day in Uyuni? No problem. Take this whirlwind tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats, where you’ll pack in the Train Cemetery, the museum at Colchani, flags of the Dakar Rally, and cacti-studded Fish Island with an expert guide in a 4WD vehicle.

You’ll have plenty of time to take photos before watching the sunset on this salt flats Bolivia tour.

Book Your 1-Day Salt Flat Tour Here

Stargazing Night Tour in Uyuni Salt Flats from Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia

Don’t forget about the dark desert skies when deciding how to visit Salar de Uyuni. Stargazing is a thing here, so spending a night in the Uyuni Salt Flats is always a great time.

You’ll have access to an English-speaking guide who can help you locate stars, planets, and faraway galaxies in the quiet Uyuni sky. 

This tour begins at 8 pm and lasts for around 3 hours, so be sure to pack some warm clothes for the cool salt flat nights.

Book Your Stargazing Night Tour Here

3-Day Tour to Salt Flats and Lagoons

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One of the most popular 3-day salt flat tours in Bolivia, this guided adventure takes you around Uyuni and the Altiplano with stops at Cactus Island, Dakar Monument, and Laguna Colorada. Expect shopping in Colchani, sunsets in the salt flats, and an overnight stay in Candelaria. Your guide will lead up to 12 people on a tour, and the pickup time is 11 am on the first day. Bring your camera, hiking shoes, and lots of water for this high-altitude adventure through Southern Bolivia.

Top Tip: Nights get very cold. Bring warm clothes for sunsets, stargazing, and your hotel room. Book Your 3-Day Salt Flats and Lagoons Tour Here

Uyuni Salt Flat 2 Days/1 Night + Sunset at Salt Water region with Mirror Effect

Bolivia Salt Flats Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Planning the perfect 2-day tour of the Bolivia salt flats? Try this popular option on Viator. Designed for smaller groups, you’ll have 5 or less people in your tour – making it an excellent choice for visitors who want a more personalised visit to the salt flats. You can arrange pickup from several locations in Uyuni at 9:30 am. Set off to see the mirror-effect in Uyuni, Cave of the Galaxies, and Incahuasi Island – home of the towering candelabra-shaped cacti. This tour includes one overnight stay and a friendly guide who will help you navigate the salt flats, volcanoes, and islands of Uyuni. 

Book Your 2 Day Salt Flat in Bolivia Tour Here

From La Paz: 4-Day Trip to San Pedro de Atacama w/ Salt Flats

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Have a little more time for your Salar de Uyuni tours? This 4-day option is perfect. Start in La Paz, spend a full day in Uyuni, and then pass through the Altiplano on your way to San Pedro de Atacama. 

This is a long 4-day tour with a lot of time on the bus. Bring cash for toilets, entrance fees, and refreshments along the journey.

Top Tip: You’ll be sharing a hotel room with your tour group in Huayllajara, so this is only a good option if you don’t need a private room. Book Your Full Day Tour Here

From La Paz: 3-Day Biking Death Road & Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

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This Uyuni 3-day tour from La Paz starts at the entrance of Death Road in La Paz, where you’ll have a chance to bike down one of the scariest (and most scenic) roads in the world. Once you’ve had the thrill of a lifetime, you’ll take an overnight bus to Uyuni, where you’ll have a laid back afternoon in the salt flats.

Highlights include visiting the Train Cemetery, shopping for souvenirs in Colchani, and seeing the salt flat attractions like Ojos de Agua Salada (one of the famous “salt hotels”). 

Top Tip: Bring cash. You’ll need it for park entrance fees, toilets, and any refreshments and personal items you may want on the 3-day Uyuni tour.  Book Your Death Road & Uyuni Tour Here

From La Paz to Atacama: Uyuni Salt Flats 4-Day Tour

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Want to combine 2 of the most iconic deserts in South America into one nonstop adventure tour? I thought so.

Try this 4-day Bolivia salt flats tour from La Paz, where you make your way through the Uyuni Salt Flats, see several Altiplano Lakes, and enjoy a sunrise at Sol de Mañana. All this before you see the driest desert in the world, The Atacama. Your bus tour will take you from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama over four days, with accommodations, meals, and snacks included.

Top Tip: Bring cash for a $30 entrance fee, tips, and any alcohol.  Book Your 4-Day La Paz to Atacama Tour Here

From Uyuni: 2-Day Uyuni Salt Flats & Red Lagoon

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For adventurous travellers who want a more private experience, this 2-day Uyuni Salt Flats tour sets you up in your own 4WD vehicle with a professional driver who picks you up and drops you off at your hotel. 

You’ll see the Uyuni Salt Flats up close before spending some time both days in the Altiplano visiting the colourful lagoons, hot springs at the Polques, and time in the Dali and Siloli deserts. 

Some amenities you’ll have access to include an oxygen bottle, water, meals, snacks. You’ll also stay one night at the Hotel Tayka del Desierto (which has heat and a shower).

Top Tip: This is a brand new tour, so you’ll be the first to review it – but it’s run by Joker Expedition, which offers some of the best Bolivian Salt Flat tours.   Book Your 2-Day Private Tour Here

Practical Tips for Exploring the Bolivia Salt Flats Tours 

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  • 3 days is the perfect amount of time for a Bolivia salt flats tour. But if you’re pressed for time, a 1-2 day tour will show you many of the highlights.
  • If you stay overnight at a hostel, pack a sleeping bag and very warm clothes. The last night on my last trip to the salt flats was the coldest night’s sleep I’ve ever experienced.
  • Night tours are a cool way to see the stars and watch the sun reflect off the water in the winter months.
  • Check the language of your tour. Most are available in English, but some are available in Spanish only.

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Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats 4WD Tour

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Tour the Uyuni Salt flats in 4WD with English-speaking guides staying in salt hotels.

Uyuni is a stunning wilderness area – called Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia – and our four wheel drive jeep tour showcases the highlights.

We pass by beautiful volcanoes, coloured lakes and dramatic deserts, and visit the Stone Tree, Dali’s desert and more.

Amazingly, wildlife survives in this harsh but beautiful environment, with flamingos, llamas and viscachas living here.

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The trip here starts and finishes in Uyuni, but we can arrange for the tour to start and/or finish in Chile’s San Pedro de Atacama if that suits you better.

Starting in Uyuni, we head out into the vast southern desert and enjoy the starkly beautiful landscapes of this dramatic desert wilderness.

The network of salt hotels we use are newly built, of a high standard (3/4 star) and in keeping with the local environment.

The hotels were built in partnership with four local communities, each actively involved in their construction and running, and benefit directly from the income.

Trip Highlights

Outstanding scenery as you cross the Salar de Uyuni vast salt flats on this 4WD tour.

Visit the salt mounds, and see the process for the mining of salt.

Enjoy the vast southern Bolivian desert landscapes and Daliesque weathered rock shapes.

Search for Bolivian desert wildlife, such as viscachas and flamingos.

At night marvel at the star-filled clear desert sky.

Experience the local traditional culture and see how people survive in this remote, harsh environment.

I had a fantastic time in the Salar. The place is extraordinary and beyond anything I imagine even from the photos I saw before getting there.

F. Maxwell, Uyuni tour

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Full Itinerary

Day 1: uyuni to salt factory, incahuasi island, pucara chillima, tahua village, tahua salt hotel (l,d).

We will pick you up at your hotel at 10.00.

Today we have an unforgettable journey through 12,000 km² of fantastic landscapes of salt.

Prepare your camera! The dazzling white mantle of the Uyuni Salt Flat resembles an immense ice-field.

In the winter (dry season, from May to October), when the surface hardens, geometrical formations start appearing formed by salt particles conglomerating into polygons.

In summer (rainy season, November to February), the saline desert transforms into a gigantic mirror that melts into the purest sky in America.

We drive onto the salt flat at the village of Colchani, centre of the salt factories. We visit one of these and learn about the families that are dependent on salt mining for their livelihoods.

We then visit the part of the salt plains where mounds of salt are collected, and from here we will head towards Incahuasi Island. You can set off to climb to the summit where you get a fabulous view, 360 degrees.

We have a box lunch on the island and then head toward the dominant and magic Volcano Thunupa whose slopes house the Chantani Museum. The museum is home to ceramics and silent mummies. We drive some way up the volcano and visit the Coquesa Mummies museum.

We will spend the night in the Tayka Salt Hotel*.

*Please note, on Wednesday departures we will stay at Hotel Luna Salada.

Day 2: Ojo de Perdiz, lagoons and coloured deserts, Hotel Takya of the Desert (B,L,D)

We leave the salt flat and head to Charagua, a pretty place of corals and goat farmers.

It may take us one hour, via a bumpy road, to arrive at the Burnt Town of San Pedro de Quemes, where we will leave the car to go and wander through its small streets and view the buildings which have inspired the hotel Tayka of Stone.

We take lunch in the Hotel of Stone. There is an optional Shepherding of Llamas trip, spending an hour or so helping a shepherd or shepherdess with the llamas, a vital part of life in the Salar.

In the afternoon we drive towards the lagoons – Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas, replete with flamingoes happy to be photographed!

Other birds, such as Andean gulls and ducks, accompany the flamingoes in these lagoons, which are flanked by snow-capped volcanoes.

Next we enter the deserts of sand. These fantastic deserts are owners of the whole palette of terracottas. Red, oranges, ochers, coffees and beige – every bend in the road there are more colours,  fighting for your attention.

In front of the most impressive of these palettes of colours is the Hotel Tayka of the Desert, with private bathrooms, hot water and environmental heating waiting for us.

Day 3: Ojo de Perdiz, Green and Red Lagoons and return to Uyuni or on to San Pedro de Atacama, tour ends (B,L)

An early start today at 05.30, towards the Eduardo Avaroa and Flora and Andean Fauna Reserve and then the famous Stone Tree – perfect for a picture.

Next we travel to the Red Lagoon to observe the great population of flamingoes, then we’ll see the Morning Sun Geysers to catch them at their most active moment. This will be the highest point on our route, we will be at nearly 5,000m/16,404ft.

Here, noisy fumaroles and splooshing mud puddles make the earth seem to boil in reddish, grizzly, scarlet mud.

The desert and salt flat of Chalviri is another superb scene. It combines the dazzling white, the ochres of the desert, the blue of the water, and, in one of its corners, we can to take a dip in the hot springs of Polques.

Today is a day full of highlights, as next in line is Ladies of the Desert, a master piece created by the the wind and the Andean peaks around, with crazily shaped rocks in fantastic colours, all moulded by the winds.

Nearby is the Green Lagoon, at the foot of Volcano Licancabur, another pearl of the reserve.

From the Green Lagoon we return to the Red Lagoon, have lunch, and then watch as the shifting sun helps to change its colour from a woody red to a blood red colour.

We return via Villa Mar to Uyuni, and the tour with a drop off at the bus station.

(We can arrange drop-offs at San Pedra de Atacama, too – extra cost).

Overnight tourist bus departure at 20.00 and arrives at La Paz at approx. 07.00.

Prices From $905 / £736 per person

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What's Included?

All meals except first breakfast and last dinner, 4wd vehicle, English speaking driver/ guide, accommodation in 3 star community run hotels full board & ensuite bathrooms

What's Not Included?

Flights, tips, personal items, drinks at hotels, Uyuni hotels, transport to Uyuni, Llama shepherding USD 17pp, entry fees USD 45pp (can be included)

Accommodation

Community owned and run hotels.

The hotels we use are built of local materials, salt or stone, and are designed to be as ecologial as possible in this fragile environment. All rooms have a private bathroom with solar hot water and heating.

This is one of the poorest parts of Bolivia where there is a problem of depopulation as local Aymara communities really struggle to survive. The hotels are on land rented from the communities and will be passed entirely into community hands in 15 years.

It is possible to offer this trip with more basic, simple guesthouse accommodation at a lower cost. The rooms will be more basic but will count with an ensuite or private bathroom and heating. Hot water may not work 24 hours a day. Please ask for more details.

You will be accompanied by an English speaking driver guide.

There is also the option to reduce the cost by travelling with a Spanish speaking driver only. They will give brief explanations in Spanish at each site, but are not a qualified guides and may only have a word or two of English.

Vegetarians and many other dietary requirements are catered for without problems. Please let us know in advance of any requirements you have.

Meals are provided at hotels – breakfasts usually involve hot drinks, coffee, juice, toast, eggs and fruits. Lunch will either be sandwiches and snacks (if on the road) or a soup with a main meal of rice/pasta.

Dinner usually consists of a soup to start and then a main of rice, pasta, mashed potato etc. Note that Uyuni remains a very remote area and sometimes choice is limited.

Each hotel has a restaurant offering buffet style meals with as much local produce as possible.

Activity Level

This trip is open to people with a penchant for exploring, with a positive attitude and outlook.

The days are not strenuous, in walking terms, but we are out and about seeing things on a daily basis. Dust can be a problem and quite extremes of temperature, warm in the day and cold at night the moment the sun goes down.

You don’t need a specific fitness level as such, but to be adaptable, enjoy being outdoors and viewing sites etc.

We recommend several days at altitude before setting off, to help acclimatise to the high altitude.

Practical Information

An introduction to bolivia.

Land-locked Bolivia is a country of dramatic landscapes and fascinating native cultures and traditions.

The Altiplano or “High Plain”, averaging 3,800m, is its most populous region. The vast, luminous plateau is flanked to east and west by parallel Andean ranges.

La Paz, the world’s highest capital, lies in a deep canyon at the edge of the Altiplano, and at the foot of Illimani (6,400m). It is a striking city for its dramatic setting and its strong Indian character.

Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake. It was sacred to the Incas; according to legend, their founding emperor-gods rose from these waters to give birth to their empire. Just south of the lake stands the sacred pre-Inca site of Tiahuanaco.

Geography of Bolivia

On the south-western Altiplano are the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest in the world. Here, the shimmering white salt pan and deep blue sky combine to create a truly magical spectacle.

The stunning Cordillera Real is a mountain range dominated by huge snow peaks, including Illimani and Illampu (6,380m). The Real divides the northern Altiplano from the tropical forests to the east. The Cordillera Real’s eastern slopes are characterized by the deep, sub-tropical Yungas gorges.

Further south, the tropical Chapare is the agricultural heart of Bolivia. East of this band of high forests and plantations lies Bolivia’s Oriente, a vast swathe of Amazonian jungle and savanna accounting for 2/3 of the country and featuring some of the last untouched wilderness on earth.

In the north-eastern Department of Beni, some 50% of the country’s mammals and birds reside. Below, and in no special order, we outline some of the top places to go and things to do.

Weather in Bolivia

Bolivia lies within the tropics, between latitudes 10º and 22º south. The climate, as varied as its geography, is affected by latitude and, especially, by altitude.

The best time to travel is the winter (dry season) between May and Oct when, typically, weather systems over the Andes are stable, and overall you can expect bright sunny days and cold clear nights. Most of the rain falls from Dec to March. Climate can be divided into these distinct zones:

The Andes and the Altiplano

There is relatively little precipitation on the Altiplano, especially in the dry season – most rainfall is from Dec to March. However, there is periodical, localised rain on high peaks and valleys all year round.

The further south and west you go on the Altiplano, the drier are the conditions; around Uyuni, semi-arid conditions prevail. The Andean sun’s rays are very strong.

Temperature-wise, the Andes and Altiplano experience significant fluctuations over a single day. At 4,000m, the pre-dawn temperature can drop to -15ºC, while noon temperatures at the same location can reach 20ºC.

Southerly cold winds mean the southern Altiplano is not only drier, but also noticeably colder and windier than the north (pre-dawn temperatures at Uyuni in July regularly drop to -20ºC).

On treks in the Cordillera Real in the dry season, expect a range of conditions within a single day: cold/freezing nights at camps above 4,000m (where pre-dawn temperatures sometimes reach -15ºC); warm, spring-like mornings and afternoons; and cold evenings. Conditions are generally dry, but note that mountain weather is fickle and localised, and precipitation is not unusual in the dry season.

Expect temperatures to swing between sun and shade, sheltered and exposed ground and with altitude gain and loss. A quick-setting sun means temperatures drop fast.

The city of La Paz (3,630m) is relatively sheltered. Average high/low temperatures range from 1-17ºC in June and July (coldest months) to 6-19ºC in Nov and Dec (warmest months). In June and July, it rarely rains more than 1 or 2 days per month, while in January there are on average 15 wet days.

The tropical lowlands & yunga (Amazon)

Year-round, weather conditions in the Amazon basin are hot and humid and always with the chance of rain.

There is a  ‘cooler’, drier winter season between May and October. During this ‘dry season’, the average daytime high temperature is between 25-31°C and the average nighttime low is between 16-22°C.

In the dry season, heavy downpours typically occur every few days.

Note that around 80% of annual average rainfall – approx 2,000 mm in Bolivia’s northern lowlands – occurs in the wet season, Nov-April.

On rare occasions, between May and September, cold fronts from Argentina – surazos – can sweep into southwest Amazonia and push temperatures down to 9°C. (Surazos usually last between 1 and 3 days).

The Yungas shares the same dry/wet months but varies from quite wet to very wet depending on whether it is the ‘dry’ or rainy season. Average temperature is 24°C.

Good kit is vital for every trip.

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Bolivia has an incredibly local and varied set of weather systems, which means you need to be prepared for almost every eventuality.

When planning for these changeable climatic conditions you will encounter across Bolivia, layering is the most practical and versatile clothing system.

The sun is very strong throughout the country, so good sun cream, a hat and sunglasses are vital.

It can also get very cold at night time especially in the mountains and in cities like La Paz. Jumpers, fleeces and warms hats – which you can buy there – are also essential.

It can rain at any time, so always have a poncho/waterproof jacket handy.

Give plenty of thought to kit selection, and try to keep weight down.

Below is a more detailed guide.

Detailed kit list

  • Medium weight parka or a down jacket.
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. The jacket needs to be water proof and roomy. Side-zip pants are recommended.
  • 2-3 long-sleeve shirts – no cotton
  • 2-3 short-sleeve T-shirts – no cotton
  • 2 pair of hiking trousers- cotton or synthetic material (no jeans)
  • 1 fleece or sweat trousers (for cold evenings)
  • 2 pair hiking shorts
  • Long thermals – synthetic or wool – light to medium weight top & bottoms.
  • 2-3 mid-weight (wool or synthetic) socks.
  • 2-3 liner socks if needed
  • Athletic-type socks, several pairs, city use
  • Hiking boots that are waterproof and well broken-in.
  • Running/tennis shoes or sandals are very comfortable when you are in cities
  • 1 lightweight wool sweater or windproof fleece
  • 1 wool or synthetic warm hat.
  • 1 light sun hat with a wide brim.
  • 1 pair of medium-weight wool or synthetic gloves
  • Broad-brimmed sunhat, essential.
  • Sunglasses with UV filter.
  • Scarf for cold.
  • Bandanna – to protect neck from strong sun.
  • Daypack (at least 30 litres). Comfortable and with waterproof lining or cover.
  • Water bottle (2 litres approx.) & purification tablets.
  • Personal first-aid kit to include: painkillers, plasters (band-aids), moleskin, anti-biotic cream, general antibiotics (ask your GP), after-bite (tiger balm), anti-diarrhoea tablets, throat lozenges, re-hydration salts & personal medication.
  • Insect repellent (just in case)
  • Towel & wash-kit.
  • Wet Wipes/antiseptic hand-wash cream.
  • Sunscreen (factor 30+) and lip salve.
  • Head-lamp (plus spare bulb and batteries).
  • Travel alarm clock.
  • Plastic bags – ‘Zip-loc’ & tough bin liners.
  • Camera and film / memory cards (take at least twice the amount you think you will need!).
  • Book, e-book, mp3 player/ipod or other to help pass the time.
  • Binoculars.
  • Spanish/English phrasebook.
  • Extra snacks i.e. cereal bars or favourite chocolate bars.

Miscellaneous others

  • Money belt.
  • U.S. dollars cash, mixed-denomination notes, undamaged and unmarked.
  • ATM cash/credit card.
  • Any inoculation certificates.
  • Personal & medical insurance certificates.
  • Presents e.g. Postcards from home.
  • Comfortable clothes for travel, smart clothes for night life.

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We also offer ATOL (Civil Aviation Authority) protected holidays to give our customers peace of mind when booking and travelling.

When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package from Andean Trails Ltd you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 6275.

You can read more about ATOL, who is covered and what protections you have if not ATOL-covered, on our ATOL page.

What is ATOL?

The CAA’s ATOL scheme offers protection to your money and your holiday if you book with us. Not everybody is covered (see ‘Who is covered?’ for more), as you must purchase an ‘air package holiday’ with Andean Trails to be protected.

And  ‘air package holiday’ is defined as including a flight and some ground services (hotel, transfer, trek etc). This is also known as an ‘ATOL-protected holiday’.

Who is covered?

To be covered by ATOL, you must book a flight and some ground services with us and be from the UK. If you are from the UK and only book ground services and no flights, you are not covered by ATOL (see below for more on how non-ATOL clients are covered).

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We can only access this money once your tour has been completed, meaning that if anything happens to Andean Trails Limited while you are on holiday, then your money is secure and you can either complete the trip or be able to make it home.

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Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest

The gateway to the Bolivian Amazon lies at the lively town of Rurrenabaque .

Motorised canoes will take you  into the rich and verdant realms of the Madidi National Park, a hub of ecotourism in the Bolivian Amazon basin. 

On a network of paths and waterways you can immerse yourself in the hot and humid tropical paradise that is the rainforest.

Wildlife such as howler monkeys and pink river dolphins, as well as a colourful indigenous culture, are a magnet for those who like to experience not only the Andean climates of Bolivia but to venture further into the depths of this fascinating country.  

Condoriri and the Cordillera Real, Bolivia

The Cordillera Real of Bolivia is a range of awe-inspiring snowy peaks just south of La Paz.

The towering peaks of this mountain range, dominated by Illimani (6,400m/20,997ft), Illampu (6,368m/20,892ft) and Ancohuma (6,427m/21,086ft), form a magnificent barrier which separates the Altiplano from Bolivia’s extensive rainforest.

The range is criss-crossed by ancient pilgrimage and trading routes and gives avid trekkers plenty of options to escape civilisation into the incredibly dramatic high Bolivian altitudes.

In the  Condoriri Range you still won’t meet many fellow hikers but will find yourself in the company of majestic peaks,  high altitude passes with stunning views, grazing herds of llamas and alpacas and soaring condors.

La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is a capital like no other, set in high Andean climates and surrounded by the magnificent Andean Cordillera Real mountains.

Here you can sit at a cafe and watch the local ladies in their bowler hats and colourful traditional costumes. Immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of its indigenous population.

Take a cable car ride on the Teleferico  to El Alto, the enormous satellite city spread across the Bolivian Altiplano high above La Paz.

Marvel at the views and its bustling streets.  

Visit the craft markets, full of colourful weavings and woolly jumpers, there are souvenirs to suit every taste.

Don’t forget to explore and haggle at the intriguing Witches’ market, home to all sorts of potions.

La Paz really is full of life.   

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca is home to the lively lake side town of Copacabana.

Stay for a few days to explore the lake shore and the islands. Copacabana is likely to be your entry point if coming overland from Puno in Peru and heading for La Paz.

Pass the 12 stations of the Cross as you hike up to the nearby hill for views over the lake to the Islands of the Sun and the Moon with a beautiful mountain backdrop, the high ice-covered peaks of the Cordillera Real shimmering in the distance.

Take a one day or overnight trip by boat to the islands,  Isla del Sol and Isla de la Luna, where you can learn something of traditional island life as you wander along the ancient networks of paths.

Sajama, Bolivia’s highest peak

Sajama National park offers fabulous off the beaten track trekking and some easy Andean peaks amid amazing natural beauty.

A few hours from La Paz by four wheel drive brings you to Sajama National Park.

In this beautiful remote high mountain area you have the opportunity to explore a little visited part of southern Bolivia, right on the border with Chile, in the shadow of Bolivia’s highest peak – Nevado Sajama ( 6,542m/21,463ft) .

Snow-capped volcanoes fringe the vast altiplano and lagoons lie only a walk away in the mountains.

Geysers and hot springs await and you can be sure to see a variety of typical Andean wildlife, such as llama, vicuna, alpaca, Andean flamingos and viscachas.

Torotoro National Park, Bolivia

Torotoro National Park is a jewel for those seeking to escape the crowds – offering caves, canyons and fossilised dinosaur footprints.

The stunning Torotoro National Park is still an off the beaten track destination in Bolivia and well worth a visit.

Its highlights include some of the best preserved dinosaur footprints in South America, as well as stunning geological formations from an era long gone.

There are day walks across volcanic landscapes and you’ll pass by remote Andean villages, giving an insight into true Andean culture.

Uyuni and the Salt lakes, Bolivia

The dazzling, white  Salt Flats of Uyuni stretch as far as the eye can see. The salt flat is dotted with small islands where only cacti grow. 

The sheer expanse of the flats (nearly 11,000 sq km) will leave your mind boggled, and that’s before you’ve even ventured further into the surrounding high desert of the Bolivian  Altiplano .

It is there that you will find desert landscapes that transport you into another world.

The desert is home to beautiful lagoons of many hues, home to flocks of elegant  flamingos.

In the world of little water there are  hot springs to soak in, weird other worldly stone formations and spouting geysers.

All of this set against a backdrop of snow covered volcanoes and vast open skies.  

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The tour was excellent including our guide Marisol Maydana She made me feel safe , gave good information daily on what we saw , always looked after us well like a good friend. I enjoyed the bus rides as got to see the countryside side of Boliva accommodation was comfortable. All the places we went were good. I would suggest in future maybe include dates for the LaPaz Carnival. I was lucky and although didn’t know about LaPaz carnival I was in LaPaz 5 days before carnival started so got to enjoy it , I think future customers would also. Thank you. My first trip with Tour Radar was a success. Kathryn Fink
Well organized, a lot of opportunities for extra trips or activities, excellent tour leader helpful and enthusiastic with full knowledge of the subject. Average to good accomodation, but still excellent value for money. Well planned 3 days Salar de Uyuni trip. I would recommend to GA to add more days to the program of the tour for visiting other interesting places of this beautiful country
This was an absolutely fabulous tour for someone on a budget. I was a woman traveling alone and felt perfectly safe too. I really enjoyed all the tours and had no problems except one small miscommunication. We went I On a hike to a volcano and I was told it was 3 miles, but it ended up being 10 miles. I had broken my ankle about 6 months before so there were a few problems- but I made it and it was a wonderful hike. Overall completely enjoyed the experience. I would definitely recommend to others.

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San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni 4 day Tour

4 days tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat with departure and return to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

uyuni salt flats by 4x4

Departing and returning to San Pedro de Atacama, the Uyuni Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama in 4 days is a classic among travelers. We work with the best drivers and accommodations available for you to enjoy this expedition. During the tour you will travel through a very diverse Andean landscape, visiting the main attractions of the Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Fauna Reserve, passing through the Salvador Dali desert, the Polque hot springs, the geyser field, the spectacular altiplano lagoons and the great Uyuni Salt Flats, where you will see a magical sunrise.

Please note that during the tour you will travel long distances in 4x4 and visit very isolated areas with an extreme climate and in some areas at an altitude of over 4500 meters, so if you are looking for more comfort we advise you to book the private option in hotels.

🔊 The tour starts and returns to San Pedro de Atacama, if you prefer to end the tour in Uyuni or start it from Uyuni, we also offer those options.

Are you ready for these 4 days? 🤩 Here are all the details:

  • Transfer San Pedro de Atacama - Border crossing Hito Cajón
  • Transportation in a 7-seater 4x4 vehicle during the tour
  • 3 nights lodging (according to option chosen)
  • Sleeping bag
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Water and soft drinks during meals
  • On private tour: Spanish speaking guide (English speaking guide available as an extra)

Not included

  • On group tour: guide non included
  • Entrance fee to Eduardo Abaroa National Park (150 BOB)
  • Entrance fee to Hot Springs (6 BOB)
  • Incahuasi Island Park entrance fee (30 BOB)
  • Bolivian Exit Border Fee (15 BOB)
  • Other border taxes required according to nationality

Important information

It is very important to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the tour, as the tour passes through high-altitude areas.

🚨 This tour includes two border crossings to access Bolivia and return to Chile. Access regulations may change, and we ask travelers to make sure they meet the requirements for access to the country both in terms of health and immigration (visas). You can see all the information about the nationalities that need to apply for a visa and the necessary documentation to carry out the procedure by clicking here .

🕗 During the rainy season (January-March) the ending time may be considerably delayed, so we recommend not to take any transportation or flight to another place for that same day. The itinerary may vary in adverse weather conditions or due to force majeure to ensure the safety of travelers. In case it is not possible to access the Incahuasi Island, the visit will be substituted by a sunset view of the salt flat.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you have booked the tour with hostel accommodation, in a shared or private room, and you cancel at least 72 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of a no-show, the booking will be considered a no-show and no refunds will be given.

If you have booked the private tour with hotel accommodation and you cancel at least 30 days before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of a no-show, the booking will be considered as a no-show and no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

Day 1 san pedro de atacama - green and red lagoons - villa mar.

Lodging (according to selected option)

Shared room in Villa Mar Hostel

Private room in Hostal Villa Mar

Private room in Hotel Tayka Ojito de Perdiz ⭐⭐⭐

San Pedro de Atacama

The Uyuni Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama in 4 days will start at 7:00 A.M. with pick-up from your accommodation. You will board the minibus that will take you to the Bolivian border. You will get your passport stamped and while the drivers prepare the 4x4 car and load your luggage, you can have breakfast. All set, the adventure begins!

vans ready with backpacks

White Lagoon and Green Lagoon

You will enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Fauna Reserve, where you will spend most of the day. Your first stops will be White Lagoon and Green Lagoon, located at the foot of the Licancabur volcano. You will continue to the Salvador Dali Desert, a large high plateau surrounded by imposing mountains, and an incredible high Andean landscape.

green lagoon besides the licancabur volcano

Polque Hot Springs - Geysers

The road continues to the Polque hot springs , where you will change into small changing rooms and enjoy a bath in natural thermal water that contrasts with the cold weather. The challenge is to get out of these hot springs!

After lunch with a view of the landscape surrounding the hot springs, the Sol de la Mañana Geyser field awaits you, full of fumaroles and small geysers that make it a unique landscape where you can feel the power of nature.

sol de la mañana geyser

Finally, you will arrive at the Red Lagoon , one of the most spectacular of the altiplano and undoubtedly the most photographed of the itinerary. You will take a short walk along the edge to explore this place, where 3 different species of flamingos nest. You will then head to Villa Mar, where you will have dinner and spend the night in the type of room chosen during your reservation.

views of the red lagoon

DAY 2 Villa Mar - Valley of the Rocks - Salt Hotel in Colcha K

Private room in Hotel de Sal Tambo Loma

Private room in Palacio de Sal Hotel (or similar) ⭐⭐⭐

Valley of the Rocks and Lost Italy

After breakfast, you will visit Lost Italy , natural geological formations reminiscent of the desert landscapes of cowboy movies. Next to this area is the Valley of Rocks , a plain full of rocks of volcanic origin that with erosion have created shapes known as the World Cup or the Camel, where you will spend some time taking fun pictures.

different types of rocks on the stone city

Vinto Lagoon and Black Lagoon

You will continue the route between different lagoons until you reach the Vinto Lagoon . If the weather permits you will hike along its shore, otherwise you will continue straight to the Black Lagoon (or Hidden Lagoon). In this area, you will have an hour free to walk along the road to the lagoon itself and walk through the valley full of llamas that leads to the lagoon itself. When you return to the car the driver will be waiting for you with the table set. You will have lunch with the group and continue your adventure.

flamingos in the vinto lagoon

Anaconda Canyon and Sora Wetlands

The Anaconda canyon offers panoramic views of the meandering river at the bottom of the canyon itself. From natural viewpoints, you will appreciate the immensity of this place. In the final stretch of the day, you will make one more stop at the Sora wetland , a place of choice for many birds and especially camelids, full of the endemic flora of the altiplano.

We especially like this place because it contrasts with the other slightly more arid areas and lets you see the diversity of the Bolivian altiplano.

views of the anaconda canyon

Return to the accommodation

On the way back to your accommodation you will stop at a small village that has a shop where you can have a few local beers (yes, craft beers from the Bolivian Altiplano). Also, technology permitting, you will be able to connect to their Wi-Fi. Finally, at sunset, you will head to the best salt hotel in the area, where you will dine with views of the altiplano and rest in private rooms built entirely of salt.

Tambo Loma Salt Hotel

HOWLANDERS' COMFORT BONUS💙

The Uyuni Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama in 4 days by Howlanders includes a comfort bonus for the second night. This day you will stay in one of the best salt hotels in the area: The Tambo Loma Hotel, and you will have a private room with private bathroom, even if you book the tour in a shared room.

If you want to enjoy the comfort of the private room both nights, you will have to book the tour with the option PRIVATE ROOM.

💬 If you are looking for superior comfort, the tour has a third option of premium accommodation in Tayka hotels for you. This option is also offered in private service and includes one night's accommodation at Hotel Tayka Ojito de Perdiz and one night at Hotel Palacio de Sal, Luna Salada or Cristal Sañana (depending on availability).

room with towels in the shape of a swan in tambo loma salt hotel

DAY 3 Salt Hotel in Colcha K - Uyuni Slat Flats - Villa Mar

Shared room at Hostal Villa Mar

Private room at Hotel Maycu Cueva ⭐⭐⭐

Uyuni Salt Flats

It is an early start today! Wrap up warm because, at 5:00 in the morning, you will set off for the Uyuni Salt Flats . When you arrive, you will be waiting with the whole group to experience one of the most magical sunrises in the world. Take out your camera and capture that special moment.

magic sunrise at the uyuni salt flats

Incahuasi Island 🌵

You will continue to Incahuasi Island , a place that houses a unique ecosystem full of giant cacti and, thanks to its elevation, becomes one of the best places to enjoy the views and take more pictures of the Uyuni Salt Flats. You will have breakfast at the foot of the island to recharge, we assure you that it will be one of the best breakfasts with the best views you have ever experienced. It is time to head to the next stop: a photo session in the Uyuni Salt Flats.

big cactus on the incahuasi island

Uyuni Salt Flats - Colchani

You have already seen a good part of the Uyuni Salt Flats and now it is time to take some pictures. In the rainy season (January - March) you will head to the flooded part of the salt flats to see the surreal mirror effect. In the dry season, you will be in the center of the salt flat to take some amazing pictures, you will be amazed by the driver's photo skills!

funny photo of 5 people on top of a bottle of wine in the uyuni salt flat

Dakar Monument - Island of the Flags

The last stops in the salt flat will be to visit the Dakar sculpture and the famous Island of the Flags . Finally, you will leave behind a long morning in the salt flat and head to Colchani, where you will visit the local handicraft shops, where all travelers take the opportunity to take home a souvenir of this adventure.

Island of the Flags

Lunch in Uyuni town - Train Cemetery - Villa Mar

After two days of having lunch in the "portable restaurant" thanks to the skill of the driver, today is the day to enjoy a restaurant. So you will take advantage of the proximity to Uyuni town to have a leisurely lunch.

Then you will head to the outskirts of Uyuni town, to the train cemetery , a landscape formed by the remains of what was once a symbol of Bolivian development. After the visit, you will head back to Villa Mar, to return to the accommodation where you have already spent the first night.

ancient train of the train cementery in bolivia

DAY 4 Villa Mar - Hito Cajón Border - San Pedro de Atacama

Return to San Pedro de Atacama

At 5:00 A.M. you will have breakfast in the dining room of the accommodation and then head for the border between Chile and Bolivia, a journey of approximately 4 hours. When you arrive, you will complete the corresponding formalities and board the private minibus that will be waiting to take you to San Pedro de Atacama, where you will arrive around 1:00 P.M. and the Uyuni Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama tour in 4 days will end.

welcome to san pedro de atacama sign

What to bring to San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni 4 day Tour

  • Cash (approximately 300 Bolivianos)
  • Warm clothes (yes, the weather is very cold)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen and lipstick
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toilet paper
  • 2 liters of water per person

Where does the tour San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni 4 day Tour start

The tour starts in San Pedro de Atacama. If you arrive in San Pedro de Atacama from Santiago de Chile, the best option is to fly directly to Calama. At Howlanders you can also book a private transfer between Calama airport and San Pedro de Atacama . 

If you are arriving from Peru you will most likely be arriving from Cuzco or Arequipa. In this case we recommend you to take a bus that crosses the Arica-Tacna border and then takes you to San Pedro de Atacama, although it is a somewhat complex combination, since it is necessary to combine several buses.

Finally, you can also get to San Pedro directly from Salta (Argentina) by a direct bus that takes approximately 11 hours.

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Join us on an unforgettable tour to Moscow, the capital of Russia. Imagine visiting Red Square, St. Basil’s the Kremlin and more. Moscow is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and one of Russia’s most historical. All of our tours to Moscow are fully customizable and can be adjusted to fit any budget. Our most popular tours are listed below. Please click on the tour details to learn more or contact us for more information about our Moscow tours using the form at the side of the page. You can also schedule a call with one of our Russian travel specialists to learn more.

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Classic Moscow

This is our most popular Moscow tour that includes all the most prominent sights. You will become acquainted with ancient Russia in the Kremlin, admire Russian art in the Tretyakov Gallery, listen to street musicians as you stroll along the Old Arbat street, and learn about Soviet times on the Moscow Metro tour.

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St. Basiils Cathedral, Moscow, Photo by vierro from Pexels

A Week in Moscow

This tour is a perfect choice for those who wish to get to know Moscow in depth. One of the highlights of this package is the KGB history tour which gives an interesting perspective on the Cold War. You will also have time for exploring the city on your own or doing extra sightseeing.

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Weekend in Moscow

This tour is a great way to get acquainted with the capital of Russia if you are short of time. You will see all the main attractions of the city, the most important of which is the Kremlin - the heart of Russia. The tour starts on Friday and can be combined with a business trip.

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Group Tour Moscow Break by Intourist

Russia's capital has so much to offer, from the Kremlin and the Metro to the Old Arbat street and the Tretyakov Gallery. Besides these sites, you will also visit a fascinating country estate which today is quite off the beaten path, Gorky Estate, where the Soviet leader Lenin spent the last months of his life.

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Kolomenskoye Tour with transport

The history of Kolomenskoye stretches back for centuries. In 1380, Dmitri Donskoi’s army passed through Kolomenskoye on their way to the Kulikovo battlefield, and it was...

Tours by car

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Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals & Armory Tour

The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city’s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury...

Walking tours

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Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals, Armory, Diamond Fund Tour

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Old Arbat walking tour

You will be told of the street’s interesting history and view the street’s artisan culture. You will also have the opportunity to view and purchase souvenirs from the...

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Tour to Sergiev Posad with transport

Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra)...

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Tour to Kuskovo with transport

The Kuskovo Estate often called the Moscow Versailles due to its perfectly preserved French park, is an example of an 18th century, luxurious Moscow summer residence. Its history...

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Tour to Tsaritsyno with transport

The Tsaritsyno Estate is located in the southern part of Moscow. The estate was constructed for Catherine the Great by the Russian architects Bazhenov and Kazakov in a romantic...

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Moscow Metro and Old Arbat Tour

The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union’s achievements for both the Russians...

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Vodka Museum Tour with transport (excursion and vodka tasting)

Vodka is an important component of Russian life, an element of national identity and everyday culture. We invite you to visit the Vodka Museum and feel the atmosphere of long-gone...

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Mikhail Bulgakov Apartment Museum

This apartment museum located close to Patriarch Ponds became the prototype of the "bad apartment" described in the novel "The Master and Margarita." Currently the museum's...

Spasskaya Tower,Moscow Kremlin, Russia, image from Shutterstock

Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals & Diamond Fund Tour

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Ilya Repin (1887)

The State Museum of Lev Tolstoy Tour

Take this opportunity to learn more about the Russian writer Lev Tolstoy. During the visit to the museum you will see part of a vast collection of exhibits connected to Tolstoy...

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Novodevichy Convent Tour with transport

Tour of the Novodevichy Monastery. Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince VasiliIoanovich, the original convent was enclosed by fortified walls and contained 12 towers. The structure...

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City Tour with Visit to St. Basils & Red Sq. with transport

Panoramic City Tour. This Moscow tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city’s major highlights. Our professional guide will...

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City Tour of Moscow

Head to the heart of Moscow with a professional guide on a 4-hour private walk through the city center. See Tverskaya and Old Arbat streets, Theatre Square with the world-famous...

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Kremlin, Red Square and Cathedrals Tour

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KGB Tour with transport

This is a very interesting and insightful tour. You will visit places connected with Stalin’s terror - a time of great repression and fear. You will be shown monuments to...

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Soviet and Post-Soviet Moscow Tour

The tour begins with a drive or walk down Tverskaya Street – a Soviet masterpiece. In the years of Soviet power, Tverskaya began to undergo a transformation: it was widened...

Girl with Peaches by Alexander Serov

Tretyakov State Gallery Tour

This world-famous gallery contains masterpieces of Russian art beginning in the 10th century up until today. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and...

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Jewish Heritage of Moscow Tour

This tour offers a detailed look into the history and present-day life of the Jewish community of Moscow. On the tour, you will visit sites connected with the cultural and religious...

Vodka, photo by Detonart at Pixabay

Vodka Museum Tour with transport (excursion only)

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Lena, our guide in Moscow was excellent. She was very knowledgable and could answer any question we had for her. We liked that she could pick up on our interests and take us places we might not have thought of to go. When we realized that one of the places we had chosen to see would probably not be that interesting to us, she was able to arrange entry to the Diamond Fund and the Armoury for us. Riding the Metro with Lena was a real adventure and a lot of fun. In Saint Petersburg we found Anna well versed in the history of the Tsars and in the Hermitage collection. Arkady in Veliky Novgorod was a very good guide and answered all of our questions with ease. Novgorod was perhaps a long way to go for a day trip, but we did enjoy it. Vasily was a great driver to have and kept us safe with good humour and skill. We enjoyed ourselves so much, my daughter says she is already planning to return. We would both have no hesistation to recommend ExpresstoRussia to anyone we know.

Just wanted to let you know that My grandson Bruno and I couldn´t have been more pleased with our week in Moscow (6/15 - 6/21). We were absolutely enchanted with the whole experience, including getting lost a couple of times in the Metro during our free time. Although both our guides (both Eleanas) were excellent, I would particularly commend the first one (she took us to the Tatiakov, the KGB tour, and to that beautiful cemetery where so many great Russian artists, authors, composers, musicians, militarists, and politicians are buried). Her knowledge is encyclopedic; and her understanding of today´s Russia as a product of its past was, for us, truly enlightening. I will be taking another tour in Russia, with my wife, within the next two or three years. I will be in touch with you when the time comes. Meanwhile, I will refer you to other potential visitors to Russia as I meet them.

Tours to Moscow

Our Moscow tours are land only meaning that you arrange your own air travel to Russia and our expert staff meets you at the airport and handles everything else from there. Our online Airline Ticket booking system offers some of the most competitive rates to Russia available on the web so if you need tickets, please visit our Russian air ticket center . Rest assured that you will be taken great care of on one of our Moscow tours. Express to Russia has a fully staffed office in Moscow that will help to make your visit fun, informative and unforgettable. Please remember that of all these tours are private and can be adjusted to your taste. You can add, replace or skip some sights; you can add more days to the package or cut the tour short. Our specialists will be glad to help you create the tour of your dreams!

Novodevichy Convent, Moscow

Moscow, a City Like No Other

Moscow is Russia’s largest city with a population of between 12 and 13 million. It is also Europe’s largest city and when you visit Moscow, you can feel it. The layout and architecture of the city is eclectic, ranging from crooked, ancient streets and alleyways to wide, bustling boulevards, from medieval churches to Stalin skyscrapers and to modern, glass buildings towering over everything and of course in the center of it all is the Kremlin and the magnificent Red Square. Moscow is also home to a fantastic, efficient and very beautiful metro system – each station having its own special design. In fact, Express to Russia’s Moscow metro tours and excursions are some of our most popular attractions that we offer. On our Moscow tours, you will see this and more.

Moscow Kremlin in the times of Ivan III

Moscow Tours centering on Russian History

Moscow has a long and interesting history and has been the capital of Russia in many of its different iterations – capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow , the Russian Empire and of course the Soviet Union (who could ever forget the Soviet Union?). Moscow, was founded in the 12th century by Prince Yuri Dolgaruki (Yuri of the long arms – he really did have long arms!). From that time on, it was home to the Russian Tsars until Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1703. The city has survived invasions and sieges from the Mongols, the Tartars, the Poles, Lithuanians and Napoleon but has always persevered. Our Moscow tours will enlighten you on this great history and give you insights into Muscovites and their unique culture. Our Moscow tours show you what the city is like today but also brings to life the past. Moscow never seems to sleep and is bursting with energy. A Moscow tour with Express to Russia is truly the best way of getting to know Russia’s largest and most vibrant city.

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

What is the best time to visit moscow.

Any time of year is fine depending on what you plan to do. Summertime is pleasantly warm, ideal for exploring the city and its vibrant atmosphere, but Moscow will be much busier and accommodation is more expensive. Winter can be quite cold but beautiful nonetheless, and this is unproblematic if you intend to spend most of your trip in museums and galleries. There are also various festivals and events organised throughout the year. For more information about the best time to visit, read our guide

How many days are enough in Moscow?

If you plan your itinerary strategically and aren’t averse to a packed schedule, you can cover Moscow’s main sights over a long weekend. Most popular attractions are in the city centre, and the Moscow Metro allows you to cover much ground in a small amount of time. Ensure that your accommodation is fairly central and book tickets in advance, so that you can make the most of your days. For an informative and well-organised day out, check out our Moscow day tours with options to suit all interests.

Do they speak English in Moscow?

As Russia’s capital city, tourists are well accommodated in Moscow. There should be English-speaking staff in restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and attractions in tourist hotspots, and there are also English-speaking tourist police. Transport services have English translations on their maps and English announcements via intercom; alternatively, order taxis from the Yandex Taxi app (Russian Uber), though it’s unlikely that your taxi driver will speak English. If you get stuck and cannot communicate, it’s fine to use Google Translate.

Is it safe to travel to Moscow?

It is no less safe to travel to Moscow than to any European city if you exercise common sense and look after your belongings. As with every city some regions can be more unsavoury than others, but no tourist attractions are located there. The traffic in Moscow is notorious, so exercise caution when crossing roads. Do not take unlicensed taxis; book in advance or take public transport, which is widespread and perfectly safe. If you encounter any problems, look for the special tourist police who can help you. For more information, read our guide about staying safe in Russia .

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