two day VOLCAN TUNUPA TREK

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all programs include COVID-19 protocols & package (hand sanitizer / personal disinfectant bottle / wet towels / mouth & nose cover / oxygen tank
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two day VOLCAN TUNUPA TREK

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price may vary based on number of persons in your group.

HIGHLIGHTS: sunset + stargazing dry region, Coquesa town (flamingos and llamas) and Volcan Tunupa Trek from 3650 to 4700 meters above sea level
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: SALT HOTEL TAYKA (palacio de sal or luna salada also available as upgrade)
duration: 2 days / 1 night
availability: april to december
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: d2: 19 pm HOTEL UYUNI or AIRPORT
meals: vegetarian and vegan available
tour options/AddOns: DRONE SERVICE, STARZ PHOTOGRAPHY or GOT SALT PACK (click to see details)

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Tour Itinerary

DAY 01
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 drive towards the town of TAHUA located at the foot of Volcan Tunupa, 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
19:30 pm approximate arrival to SALT HOTEL TAYKA, 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 10 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
08:00 am after breakfast we make our ascension by car to Volcan Tunupa´s 1st viewer located in the small town of Coquesa at 3980 m.a.s.l., from this point we start a 2 hour hike to the second viewer located at 4700 m.a.s.l., ascending through the inclined slope of the volcano the terrain is soft and rocky, so hiking shoes are highly recommended. Upon arrival to the location known as Apacheta (second viewer of Volcan Tunupa), you will have time to take amazing pictures of the volcano and its crater, you will also have an amazing view of the salt desert and the small islands within. After a good rest we are ready to go back to our starting location, but before you will be visiting a small cave where we will find the mummies of Coquesa, these mummies or "Chullpas" as known by the locals, date back 1,200 years and are from the URUS culture, a culture that very little is known about, due to the location and time period, however studies relate this mummies to the AYMARAS and INCAS.
13:30 pm BOX LUNCH
15:00 pm after lunch you will have time to take pictures and to explore the surrounding area where you will find llamas feeding on the wetlands and flamingos (james, andean or chilean depending on the time of year) feeding on the water deposits rich with algae and plankton. After the visit we return to the city of Uyuni located 2 hours away making a last stop at Colchani town market.
19:00 pm approximate arrival to the City of Uyuni and transfer to UYUNI AIRPORT or HOTEL.
END OF SERVICE

What's Included

INCLUDED:
- private 4x4 transportation
- driver (español)
- guide (english/photography)
- GOT SALT LUNCH salt desert (vegan or vegetarian available)
- breakfast d2, lunch d1d2 and dinner d1
- oxygen tank
- water boots (rainy season*)
- SALT HOTEL TAYKA (rooms with heating and private bathroom w/hot water)

NOT INCLUDED in the price:
x entrance fees (isla incahuasi 30bs or volcan tunupa 30bs)
x snacks
x additional water
x souvenirs
x public toilet costs
x TIPS

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*

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about our “two day VOLCAN TUNUPA TREK PROGRAM”:

The colorful Tunupa Volcano is located north of the Salt desert with a height of 5,300 meters above sea level, here you will find small communities like TAHUA, COQUESA and JIRIRA which are located at the foot of the volcano at 3,650 meters above sea level. Trekking Volcan Tunupa is great way to start your acclimatization if you are planning on overtaking bigger treks around Chile, Bolivia or Peru, but if you are just looking for a good ascending trek under 4,700 meters above sea level than this tour is for you. There is a bit more to explore and more to learn about the Bolivian culture and heritage with this program, we highly recommend it.

what to bring

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)
water boots (gum boots – gummistiefel)*

got salt LUNCH

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.

covid-19 special information

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:

  • medical mask (nose/mouth cover)
  • hand sanitizer gel
  • personal alcohol disinfectant spray
  • infrared thermometer (temperature control)
  • oximeter (blood oxygen sensor)
  • oxygen tank
  • latex gloves
  • COVID-19 rapid test kit*

– all vehicles have the required protective equipment such as:

  • disinfectant alcohol bottle
  • plastic divider between driver and passenger (you can always take this down to have better view and communication with guide and driver)
  • before and after the start of the program all vehicles are cleaned and disinfected, all customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned during tour.

– temperature checks are mandatory throughout the expedition for our personnel and guests, especially upon arriving to hotels or restaurants.

hotels provided in this tour

  • 1st night: HOTEL TAYKA DE SAL
    located at the foot of Volcan Tunupa in the small town of TAHUA, is this cozy community hotel. The hotel is very well maintained and has a very rustic decor, all rooms have heating and private bath with hot water.
  • FAQ´S
    – is there a possibility that i don´t stay at TAYKA DEL DESIERTO? yes, because of its locations, snow on the road to the hotel and around the region can be a huge factor and we may NOT be able to access the hotel. In the event that this happens we will change accomodations to either HOTEL DE SAL TAMBO COQUESA, PALACIO DE SAL, LUNA SALADA, CRISTAL SAMAÑA or JARDINES DE UYUNI depending on availability, please see our terms and conditions.
    – double bookings? it’s a very rare case but in the event that it may happen GOT SALT BOLIVIA will work with the hotel to provide a FULL REFUND from the hotel and we will do our best to accommodate you in a hotel or lodge the best way possible.

weather on tour

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.

  • RAINY SEASON JANUARY TO MARCH
    – SALT DESERT: during this months the rain cuts off access to several parts of the itinerary, including (often) visits to Isla Incahuasi and Volcan Tunupa. When this happens, it cuts about 3 hours from the normal itinerary, the driver and guide will focus mainly on silhouette and mirror effect photography.
    – SOUTH WEST REGION: due to rain in the southeast region of Bolivia the road condition becomes very slippery and broken, due to this prepare yourself for long hours in the car, for example when climate and road conditions are good it takes about 1 hour from San Cristobal to Uyuni (1 kilometer), during rainy season it take almost 2 hours, please expect changes in the itinerary especially if you have a flight to catch.
  • WINTER MAY TO AUGUST
    – COLORED LAGOONS AND DESERTS: Bolivia has the most amazing landscape, colorful desert and lagoons which are located above 4,300 masl, during winter snow falls very heavily in this region covering with a thick white coat roads and trails, when this happens, sometimes (often) we may not be able to reach hotels, hostels or visit locations in the itinerary. In the event that this happens the driver and guide will do everything in their power to get you to your hotel or hostel and to keep visits to the locations, please expect changes in the itinerary especially if you have a flight to catch.

money on tour

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:

  • ENTRANCE FEES:
    isla incahuasi 30bs per person
    galaxias cave 30bs per person
    volcan tunupa 30bs per person
    REA (national park) 150bs per person
    hot springs 10bs per person
  • TOILET FEES:
    generally speaking all toilets throughout the tour charge 5bs, during the tour we have 3 toilet stops on route.
  • SNACKS/SHOPING:
    during the tour we will pass small towns where you can get snacks and additional water from the small shops, keep in mind that they take only bolivian money.

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FAQ´S

how far is the salt flat from uyuni?
the salt desert is located 25 km from the city of Uyuni traveling north, to enter the salt desert safely you will need to enter through town of Colchani. Colchani is a small town with no more than 500 habitants, here you will also find the popular salt hotels like PALACIO DE SAL or LUNA SALADA.
when can we see the mirror effect?

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. 

is the tour route modified during rainy season?
yes, it all depends on how much rain falls and weather conditions like wind and temperature. Some areas are flooded and the route is modified for safety reasons, for the main part Isla Incahuasi and Volcan Tunupa are compromised. If this is the case than other activities and locations will be visited.
are the 4x4 cars equipped with an oxygen tank?
yes, the vehicles include a single-use oxygen bottle. The satellite phone is not necessary anymore due to improvements in the telecommunications infrastructure and there is a reception during the most part of the journey.
are the 4x4 vehicles equipped with satellite phone?
satellite phones are no longer necessary due to improvements in the telecommunication infrastructure, you can have reception during the most part of the journey through ENTEL.