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price reflects 2 person booking, price may vary based on number of persons in your group.
HIGHLIGHTS: sunset + stargazing water region and perspective, silhouette & mirror effect photography/video with guide
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: atipax boutique hotel, hotel casa de sal y HUALLAJARA LODGE (2nd night/basic)
duration: 3days / 2nights
availability: all year
group size: 4 persons max per 4×4 vehicle
guide/language: english speaking guide
departure: d1: 09 am HOTEL UYUNI or AIRPORT
drop off point: d3: 19 pm HOTEL UYUNI or AIRPORT
meals: vegetarian and vegan available
tour options/AddOns: DRONE SERVICE, STARZ PHOTOGRAPHY, SUNRISE PROGRAM or GOT SALT PACK
DAY 01_ SALT DESERT - ISLA INCAHUASI - SUNSET (water region)
09:00 am depart from Uyuni and visit: train graveyard (old rustic trains and locomotives from the late 1800´s), town of Colchani (local shops where you can purchase salt souvenirs), salt mounds, salt hotel Playa Blanca (1st salt hotel within the salt flats), DAKAR monument (flag location) and Isla Incahuasi (populated by large cacti and salt desert viewer). After the visit we return to the town of Colchani making stops along the way for pictures of the geological patterns formed on the surface of the salt desert and to take creative perspective pictures with dinosaur and props you bring.
18:00 pm SUNSET PROGRAM (water section/mirror effect)
20:00 pm approximate arrival to HOTEL (uyuni), here we will provide dinner and accommodations for the evening.
STARGAZING PROGRAM: 21:00 pm after dinner at salt hotel we enter the salt desert and drive approximately 20 kilometers South East looking for a good spot where we can observe the milky-way and clear sky. Once at the location you can take amazing pictures of the milky way, stars and you can do some light painting (note: tour program is 1-2 hours, climate plus lunar position must be taken into consideration and a professional DSLR camera with wide lens is recommended in order to take pictures of the milky-way and stars)
DAY 02_ ALTIPLANIC LAGOONS - LAGUNA COLORADA
08:00 am pick up from hotel and depart towards the south region of Bolivia visiting: San Cristobal town (colonial stone church/lunch), rock valley (rock formations), altiplanic lagoons populated with flamingos (laguna cañapa, laguna hedionda & laguna honda), desierto de SILOLI (4300-4750 masl/ 7 colored mountain), arbol de piedra (rock three formation) and Laguna Colorada viewer (red lagoon viewer).
18:00 pm approximate arrival to HUAYLLAJARA LODGE, here we will provide dinner and accommodations for the evening.
DAY 03_ COLORED LAGOONS - GEYSER - UYUNI
05:00 am after breakfast we depart towards desierto de DALI crossing the Bolivian high desert and visiting: arbol de piedra (rock three formation), Laguna Colorada viewer (red lagoon viewer), geysers "Sol de Mañana" (located at 4,950 masl, highest point of the tour), hot springs of Polques (lunch), desierto de DALI, Laguna Verde and Volcan Licancabur viewer. After the visit we depart back towards the city of Uyuni passing through the desert and highlands of Bolivia, as well as the small towns of VillaMar and Villa Alota.
20:00 pm approximate arrival to the city of Uyuni and transfer to UYUNI AIRPORT or HOTEL.
END OF SERVICE
GOING TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CHILE?
After lunch we travel SOUTH WEST towards HITO CAJONES (border between Bolivia and Chile) visiting Laguna Verde (green lagoon), Volcan Licancabur viewer and Laguna Blanca (white lagoon).
11:00 am private transportation HITO CAJONES to SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA (Chile)
13:00 am (chilean time) approximate arrival to San Pedro de Atacama.
END OF SERVICES
this program is perfect for those who want to continue to SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CHILE, instead of returning to the city of Uyuni you can hire a PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION for 250usd (1 to 4 persons) to pick you up from HITO CAJONES (border between Bolivia and Chile) and take you the rest of the way. You can choose this option on our BOOKING FORM. Our transportation is SAFE, SECURE and most important ON TIME. There is also a SHARED/GROUP transfer at 09am for 20usd per person, it is the only time you can do shared/group, if you take this option the visits to locations are limited and depending on road or weather condition skipped.
INCLUDED in the price:
- private 4x4 transportation
- driver (español)
- guide (english/photography)
- GOT SALT LUNCH salt desert (vegan or vegetarian available)
- breakfast d2d3, lunch d1d2d3 and dinner d1d2
- oxygen tank
- water boots (rainy season*)
- SALT HOTEL PALACIO DE SAL (or LUNA SALADA)
- TAYKA DESERT HOTEL (rooms with heating and private bathroom w/hot water)
NOT INCLUDED in the price:
x entrance fees (isla incahuasi 30bs or laguna colorada 150bs)
x additional water
x public toilet costs
COVID-19 PACKAGE all will be available for your use:
- medical mask (nose/mouth cover)
- hand sanitizer gel
- alcohol disinfectant spray
- infrared thermometer (temperature control)
- oximeter (blood oxygen sensor
- oxygen tank
- latex gloves
- COVID-19 rapid test kit*
this program is very complete just like our 3 DAY 100% PLATINUM VERSION but cheaper, this is because we provide simpler accomodations for both nights. This program also includes sunset and stargazing at the water region, as well as perspective, silhouette and mirror effect photography and video with our experienced guides.
What make it different than the PLATINUM VERSION is the accomodations, first night you will spend at ATIPAX BOUTIQUE HOTEL, JARDINES DE UYUNI or HOTEL CASA DE SAL, they are very comfortable and located within the city of Uyuni. Second night you will be staying at HUAYLLAJARA LODGE, located inside the national park 10 minutes from Laguna Colorada you will find this modest place, it is NOT as fancy or comfortable at TAYKA DEL DESIERTO HOTEL, but it is the best lodge compare to other lodges that is used by our competitors.
We always recommend taking the 3 day 100% PLATINUM PROGRAM, but if you are looking to save some cash and don’t mind basic accomodations, specially the second night than this program is for you, staying in Huayllajara does have its advantages. Read our BLOG on “pros & cons HUAYLLAJARA LODGE VS HOTELS”
About 70% of travelers taking this route visit CHILE, San Pedro de Atacama and Santiago to be exact, with this program you can get to San Pedro de Atacama with ease. San Pedro de Atacama is located exactly 45 minutes from the Chilean/Bolivian border, you probably will take more time (“like for ever”) to get done with the whole entering Chile routine, 1 to 2 hours to be exact. Read our BLOG on “CHILE BORDER CROSSING – WHY SO SERIOUS?”
If you take this options please keep in mind road and weather conditions, Hito Cajones Bolivian border is located at 4,500 masl, during the months of May to August is winter in Bolivia and this region gets covered with lots of snow, which will complicate your border crossing into CHile.
– sunglasses (polarized recommended)
– sunscreen 50+ spf recommended
– colorful clothing (stand out in your pics)
– warm clothing (it does get cold after 4pm)
– woolen beanie (wool head cap)
– woolen gloves
– woolen scarf
– thick socks
– ear covers
– thermals (top & bottom)
– swimsuit (hot springs 3rd day)
– towel (hot springs 3rd day)
– water boots (gum boots – gummistiefel)*
unlike other travel agencies who have BORING and DULL lunch in the town of Colchani or the salt hotel museum “Playa Blanca” we take you near the center of the salt desert and set up a very attractive open area lunch for you. Our set up includes table, chairs, outdoor umbrella and our tasty home made food served with cold drinks.
GOT SALT BOLIVIA as a company takes your safety and health as number priority, this is why we have taken the following steps to make sure your travel is pleasant and safe:
– all GOT SALT BOLIVIA personnel must have the covid-19 blood test done every month.
– all GOT SALT BOLIVIA personnel such as drivers and guide are to coordinate visits to each location at times when there is very few people, hence avoiding large group gatherings and potential contact with anyone outside your group.
– all vehicles will have a COVID-19 PACK for you to use, this pack includes:
– all vehicles have the required protective equipment such as:
– temperature checks are mandatory throughout the expedition for our personnel and guests, especially upon arriving to hotels or restaurants.
Weather around the Salt Flats Desert and the South West regions near the high deserts, lagoons and bordering Chile is mostly consistent, but when it rains or snows, it can dramatically change what you see and what is available during the trip, remember we do not have control over the climate or road conditions.
You can change money in Uyuni before the start of the program, however please keep in mind that common currency accepted in Uyuni is dollars, euros, chilean pesos or soles. Another important thing to remember is that the money you bring must be in impeccable state, we are talking perfect, meaning; no torns, no writing, no stamps, no damage folds, no missing pieces, the newer the bill the better.
Credit card payment are welcome at some restaurants and hotels, but during the route you will need bolivianos (bolivian cash), here is an example of some expenses you will have:
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you can have the mirror effect experience during rainy season January to March, however the best experience is AFTER rainy season from March to June, during this months the posibilities of having heavy rain, dark clouds and high winds are minimal, which is perfect to get that perfect mirror effect photography.