Altiplano, Uyuni Saltflats & Deserts Tour

8 Days - from AUD$3713 / per person in double share

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Countries visited : Bolivia, Chile, Peru

TOTAL DAYS : 8 Days

STARTS IN : Puno

ENDS IN : San Pedro

Highlights : Puno , Lake Titicaca , la estancia eco-Lodge stay , La Paz , Witches Market , Moon Valley , Laguna colorada , San Pedro de Atacama

TRANSPORT : Air-conditioned vehicle

Explore Lake Titicaca, “The highest navigable lake of the World at 3,810 m”, from Puno (Peru) to Copacabana (Bolivia), visit its colonial church and famous Dark Virgin. Boat to the Island of the Sun, the cradle of the Andean civilization. Visit the city of La Paz set in the foothills of the Andes Range.

Continue southwest crossing the highlands until Uyuni salt flats, with over 10,000km2 of salt. Then through Abaroa National Reserve with Verde colored lagoons, where over 30,000 flamingos from the 3 Andean species are nesting together at 4,278 m, finally descend to of San Pedro de Atacama (Chile).

Itinerary. Departs Every Day

Itinerary Overview:

Day 1. Puno / Copacabana / Island of the Sun
Day 2. Island of the Sun / La Paz
Day 3. am. City tour (half day)
Day 4. Flight La Paz / Uyuni – Full day Uyuni saltflats
Day 5. Colchani / Uyuni / Alota / Villamar
Day 6. Villamar / REA (Reserve Eduardo Abaroa) / San Pedro de Atacama
Day 7. Arqueological Tour – Half Day
Day 8. Depart San Pedro

Itinerary. Departs Every Day

 

Day 1. Puno / Copacabana / Island of the Sun
Pick up from your hotel for overland journey to Copacabana (approx. 3.5 hrs), a small town  perched on the shore of Lake Titicaca.  Visit the famous  Basilica and its “Virgen Morena” then continue by boat to Isla del Sol (Sun Island) where we will hike (approx. 1 hour) to the Lodge.  Overnight at Ecolodge La Estancia. (L,D)

 

Day 2. Island of the Sun / La Paz
This morning, do not miss the sunrise over Lake Titicaca.  Take a boat to visit the ruins of La Chincana (1 hour) and continue with a hike across the island to the ecolodge  (3 hrs) enjoying the magnificent views on route.  edge to Challapampa, then boat to Challa, visit a cultural museum. Hike back up to the Lodge. Afternoon at leisure to relax and take in the incredible scenery.  (B,L,D)

 

Day 3. am. City tour (half day)
A 4 hour morning tour in of La Paz, including the area of the street markets, rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft artefacts. The tour goes through the colonial part of the city, San Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square and the outdoor replica of the Tiahuanaco temple. Then to the modern part of town, dropping down a lot in elevation to finally visit the Valley of the Moon, enjoy all of its natural geological formations. (B) Note. Optional tours available.

 

Day 4. Flight La Paz / Uyuni – Full day Uyuni saltflats
Flight from La Paz to Uyuni (08.15 – 09.15 m), transfer to your hotel nearby in Colchani in the shores of the Uyuni saltflats. Visit the village and its surroundings to see locals producing salt, enter this natural wonder of the nature with over 10.000 km2 at 3.692 m of salt is something really special.

 

Trip through the saltflats crossing to Isla Incahuasi (2 hours), a special habitat of giant cactus and volcanic rocks. Then north to Coquesa to see old mummies at the foothills of the Tunupa volcano. Trip back to Colchani (2 hours). Enjoy a nice sunset and overnight in a unique salt hotel. (BLD)

 

Day 5. Colchani / Uyuni / Alota / Villamar 
Trip south crossing the town of Uyuni, leaving it to visit the cemetery of old trains and then enter the southern highlands crossing the San Cristobal mine, the village of Culpina K and enter the rich high Andean valley of Alota (4 hours), continue south with great stone formations done by the erosion, to finally reach Villamar (1 hour), overnight in hotel. (BLD)

 

Day 6. Villamar / REA (Reserve Eduardo Abaroa) / San Pedro de Atacama
Trip to REA visiting: Laguna Colorada (4,278m – 2 hours), geysers “Sol de Mañana”, Chalviri lagoon and its hot springs of Polques. Continue the high deserts of Pampas de Dali until “Laguna Verde” (3 hours), a beautiful green lagoon at the foothills of the Licancabur mountain, cross the border to Chile and descend to San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour).  (BL)

 

Day 7.  Arqueological Tour – Half Day (9am to 12:30pm):
In the morning a half day Archaeological tour of the San Pedro Region including the Museum Padre Le Paige and the Incan ruins of Tulor and the adobe homes of Quitor dating back some 3000 years. Free afternoon to explore the town

 

Day 8. Depart San Pedro 
Breakfast and transfer to the airport in Calama for your flight out. End of services.


PRICES

altiplano salt flats and desert explorer

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Puno Tourist On request AUD$3714 On request

Prices per person in AU$. Not valid during local public holidays and special events.
All prices are as a guide only, please check with us for the latest prices.

Included:

  • Transport, visits and entry fees to sites as per program
  • Domestic flight la paz to Uyuni.
  • Meals as per program
  • Bilingual guide assistance
  • Air-conditioned vehicles

 

Not included:

  • Tips to hotel staff, drivers, guides
  • Expenses of personal nature such as: phone calls, laundry
  • Meals not mentioned in program
  • Any visa or entry fee into Chile
  • Items not mentioned in the inclusions list
  • Domestic airport taxes

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