Tupiza to Uyuni salt flats

Tupiza to Uyuni Salt flats

Tupiza to Uyuni salt flats tour 4D/3N. This tour starts in Tupiza and ends on the 4th day in Uyuni.


This trip is a treat for the senses with great photography opportunities.


We leave Tupiza at 09:00 A.M. Our first stop is Quebrada de Palala (4200 meters above sea level), one of the most impressive red and pink rock formations around Tupiza. The tall thin rocks look like giant needles.

After riding for about 15 km we get to El Sillar (The Saddle)  a masterpiece of eroded rock formations, this place is also called Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) because the erosion has certainly caused the countryside to look like a lunar landscape. You can easily pretend you’ve left earth and have gone to the Moon.

We continue our trip to Nazarenito, a small gold mining village. Aftwerwards to Cerrillos, Polulos, Rio San Pablo, until we get to the feet of the hill San Pablo de Lípez.

Overnight stay at Hotel Sumaj Jallp’a (formerly known as Tayka Hotel Los Volcanes).


Very early today we head off towards San Antonio de Lípez also known as Pueblo Fantasma (Ghost town), an abandoned 16th Century silver mining town during the Spanish conquest.

On our way to Laguna Morejón we will pass by the villages of Quetena Chico (4140 meters above sea level) and Quetena Grande (4190 meters above sea level). We will also visit laguna Salada and laguna Kollpa, where it is posible to swim in the hot springs of Río Amargo.

We will continue our trip following the border of salar Chalviri enjoying the views of the surrounding volcanos until we get to the hot springs known as Aguas Termales de Polques.

Once we get to the Dalí desert we will be able to enjoy incredible views of rock formations that look like a petrified forest. This surreal scenery is rumored to have inspired the work of the famous Spanish painter Salvador Dali.

We will pass by Laguna Blanca until we reach the magnificent green-turquoise coloured lagoon: Laguna Verde at the feet of Licancabur volcano (5868 meters above sea level).

We head up North to Sol de Mañana. We are here at the highest point of the tour (5000 meters above the sea level). The cold is intense. We will be able to walk among the smoky and noisy geysers, boiling mud stewpot where red and grey mud is boiling like water.

After a drive of 50 km we reach the blood red coloured: Laguna Colorada (4200 meters above sea level). This lagoon is the main nesting centre of the three kinds of flamingos. The color of the water is produced by the presence of algae and plankton activated by the sunlight and the wind.

We will visit the Stone Tree (Arbol de Piedra) and the Siloli desert, and with some luck we will be able to spot vizcachas (wild desert rabbits)

Overnight stay at Hotel Tayka del Desierto (Ojo de Perdiz)


Today we continue towards Paso del Inca and we drive along small lagoons: Laguna Chiarkota, Laguna Hedionda, Corina, Laguna Chullunkani until we reach volcán Ollague and the Turquiri lagoon.

In the afternoon we will visit San Cristobal village and the train graveyard, with old rusted steel steam locomotives from 1890.

Overnight stay in Hotel Luna Salada (Hotel made out of salt).


After breakfast we hit the road again to drive towards Colchani, a small village at the border of the salt lake, where we will stop to visit the salt Factory,  the salt mounts and the Salt Museum.

Afterwards we will enter the impressive Uyuni salt flats (or Salar de Uyuni), which with its 10.582 square km (4.085 square miles) is the world’s largest salt flat. It is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt and it is the biggest lithium reserve on our planet.

The Uyuni salt flats has 14 small islands, the main one is Incahuasi island located in the middle of the salt flats. The island is made of fossilized coral and consists of 1000 year old cacti. We will follow the path to get to the top of the Incahuasi island. From this point we can enjoy of an amazing 360 º view of the Salar.

On the way back to Uyuni we will be able to see the Ojos de Sal (Eyes of salt), water bubbling up from subterranean rivers flowing under the Uyuni Salt Flat.

IMPORTANT! Due to the weather and road conditions the routes and hotel reservations can sometimes be changed without notice, reason why the itinerary is only for reference, and is not to be taken as an exact itinerary of what this tour implies. Rain, snow, ice and strong winds for example can cause that some parts of the route are temporarily impassable and may oblige us to make changes in the itinerary. But notice that if we have to make changes it is for your own safety. The surroundings of Uyuni are one of most isolated areas in the world.

Rainy season: the rainy season is roughly from January to April (subject to change). During this period parts of the Salar may be covered with water. It’s still possible to do the trip, to visit the Salar and the beautiful lagoons, the highlights of the trip for most people. However with water on the Salar you cannot cross it for hours like in the dry season and you generally cannot get to Isla Incahuasi / Fish Island. Also the Tayka Salt Hotel in Tahua (valid for the 4 day trip that starts and ends in San Pedro) can often not be reached during the rainy season therefore we will use another salt hotel like “Palacio de Sal” or “Luna Salada” instead. Other places that cannot be visited during the rainy season are Cueva de las Galaxias, Momias de Coquesa and Chantani, but notice that those places are considered to be minor attractions in the area. Some photographers specifically want to visit the Salar during the rainy season as when the Salar is covered with a little bit of water it becomes one big mirror which makes for beautiful pictures. With too much water however the mirror-effect is gone. Needless to say we cannot predict whether or not it will rain before or during your trip, it’s up to Mother Nature.

Notice that during the past year –probably due to seismic activity- the Laguna Verde has lost much of its green color and is more towards brown nowadays, especially in the morning.

Tour includes:

  • Overnight stay in the best hotels in the regions (comfortable Tayka hotels and similar category)
  • Meals
  • Transport in a 4×4
  • Spanish speaking driver

Tours do not include:

  • Entrance fees
  • Alcoholic drinks, personal snacks and tips.


  • Hotel reservations in Uyuni after the tour has finished
  • (Bilingual) guide
  • Private transport to Sucre, Potosi or La Paz in Bolivia.

What we recommend to take with you:

The route to the salt lake is cold, windy and with high solar radiation. Over day is generally sunny and the weather is pleasant. Our recommendations on what to bring with you are:

  • Warm clothes.
  • Gloves.
  • Wool socks.
  • Hat covering your ears and to protect you from the sun.
  • Boots.
  • Towel.
  • Swimming suit.
  • Lips moisturizer.
  • Sun block 30+.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Lantern.
  • Raincoat (From December to March)
  • Extra water.

Note: Don’t forget to bring a copy of your passport.

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More info about the Uyuni salt flats tour? Check the following travel blogs:


  • ´Nos han gustado mucho los dos tours. Los chóferes y guías muy bien en ambos casos. Los hoteles nos gustaron mucho y todo ha salido muy bien. El Salar y Lagunas espectacular. En general muy bien todo. Muchas gracias!'
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    Estefania Roig y Jordi Garcia Spain
  • ´Gijs, the trip to Uyuni was very good thanks. We were impressed with the overall package and would not hesitate to use your services again. Many Thanks.´
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    Simon Rodd UK
  • ´The tour was great...amazing scenery, great hotels and Cecilio and Beatrix were really good guides! Thanks again for organising it at such short notice.´
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    Shevanthi & Beth UK
  • ´Bolivia vonden we super! Het was heel afwisselend, van het koude zuidwesten naar de warme Rio Mamore. Uyuni was erg mooi. Ik hou er van om een beetje actief bezig te zijn, dus het was veel zitten en kijken. Maar dit wist ik natuurlijk van te voren en het prachtige uitzicht maakte alles goed.´
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    Diana Proost The Netherlands
  • ´Hi Gijs, The trip was really great, first class. Thanks for all.´
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    David Ensor Ireland
  • ´Nos han gustado mucho los dos tours. Los chóferes y guías muy bien en ambos casos. Los hoteles nos gustaron mucho y todo ha salido muy bien. El Salar y Lagunas espectacular. En general muy bien todo. Muchas gracias!´
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    Estefania Roig y Jordi Garcia Spain
  • ´It was absolutely fabolous! Excellent driver and guide! And transport to Chile! Loved all we saw! Thanks for organising the trip and for answering all my questions!´
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    Marianne Sundin Hestnes Norway
  • ´We had a wonderful trip for 3 days and the weather was nice apart from some snow and hail on the last day which made it kind of special. ´
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    Dr. David Lewis Canada
  • ´Hi Gijs, I just wanted to say that we had a wonderful trip. The organisation was perfect - thank you for sorting it all for us. Best regards, Mike´
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    Mike Adamson UK
  • ´Dear Gijs, I just wanted to thank you for an incredible experience in the Salar of Uyuni earlier this year. The nature and the people were unforgettable. Ottavio was a great enthusiastic guide. It could not have been better. All the best from Germany, Chris´
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    Christian Kell Germany
  • ´Dear Gijs, we would like to thank you for organising such a fantastic tour for us. We had an amazing time. Wilson was a great driver, very professional yet a lot of fun too. We had heard many stories of people having bad experiences so were a little wary about booking a tour. The food was great and the vehicle was very comfortable. If any of our friends head this way, we'll be passing on your ...'
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    Paul and John Australia
  • ´Dear Gijs, Thank you very much for following through with everything and making this part of our trip to South America go so smooothly. We have had several hassles with other bookings - people not turning up, or no name cards or wrong information etc. It is so refreshing to have everything go right. I shall have no hesitation in recommending you to any of our acquaintances. Regards, Carmen ...'
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    Carmen Well & family Australia
  • ´Gijs, de 3 daagse trip is prima bevallen. We waren heel blij met de omgekeerde volgorde. De eerste dag was best lang maar goed te doen. Onze chauffeur Freddy was helemaal goed. Vriendelijk en behulpzaam. En al kon hij bijna geen woord Engels hij deed erg z´n best on alles duidelijk te maken. Dat lukte ook vrij aardig. Wat we onderweg gezien hebben was top maar dat wis je natuurlijk al. Met ...'
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    Suzanne & Kees Jasperse The Netherlands
  • ´Wij zijn helaas weer terug vanuit Bolivia. Bij u hadden we de nachtbus met Todo Tourismo van La Paz naar Uyuni geboekt en de 3-daagse prive Salar tour met Tayka hotels.De nachtbus was goed. De medewerkers waren vriendelijk, duidelijk en behulpzaam. In Oruro werd ons de mogelijkheid geboden om gebruik te maken van het toilet in het kantoor van de maatschappij, deze was schoon en verzorgd ...'
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    Monica Vriendts & Dennis Herrewijnen The Netherlands
  • ´Hi Gijs, it is just a belated email to say thank you for sorting out the Uyuni tour. We had an amazing time, the landscape was incredible and so worth the journey. It was actually the highlight of our three weeks in South America even better than going to Machu Picchu. The tour was very well organised and the guide was excellent, even though he didn't speak a word of English and my Spanish is ...'
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    Tiani Fernando UK
  • ´Hoi Gijs, We zitten nu in La Paz en zijn net aangekomen met de nachtbus vanuit Uyuni. je bent natuurlijk benieuwd hoe we het gehad hebben en of jouw adviezen juist hebben uitgewerkt. Nou wij zijn wel wat gewend, zo zijn we al in Ecuador, Peru, Brasil, Colombia en Suriname geweest, maar dit overtrof werkelijk alles. We zijn tot de conclusie gekomen dat Bolivia een zeer matige marketing voert en ...'
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    Berto de Vos en Piet Zee The Netherlands
  • ´Hola Gijs y Maria Eugenia, Finalizamos nuestras vacaciones y queria enviarles un saludo de agradecimiento por lo bien organizado y el apoyo que tuvimos en el recorrido de San Pedro de Atacama a Uyuni. La dificultades causadas por la nieve fueron eficazmente salvadas por la buena actitud y profesionalidad del chofer. Les deseo lo mejor para ustedes y para su empresa. Muchas gracias, Anselm.´
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    Anselm Pages España
  • ´Bolivia vonden we super! Het was heel afwisselend, van het koude zuidwesten naar de warme Rio Mamore. Uyuni was erg mooi. Ik hou er van om een beetje actief bezig te zijn, dus het was veel zitten en kijken. Maar dit wist ik natuurlijk van te voren en het prachtige uitzicht maakte alles goed.Het flotel Reina de Enin op de rivier was nog veel leuker dan we dachten. We twijfelden of het niet ...'
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    Diana Proost The Netherlands
  • 'Hola M. Eugenia. Somos Nathalie Villar y mi marido Ramón Tallada, que hicimos con ustedes la excursión privada de 3 días por el Salar de Uyuni con vuestro guía Valerio. Le escribo para comentarle que quedamos muy contentos con la excursión, sus servicios y Valerio nos hizo pasar una estancia muy agradable, esforzándose en todo momento para que estuviésemos contentos. Muchas gracias, y ...'
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    Nathalie Villar Spain
  • 'Buenos días, Domingo regresamos de este maravilloso viaje por tierras bolivianas. Todo estuvo organizado a la perfección y los guías eran muy profesionales y conocían el lugar a la perfección. Le agradezco su colaboración y recomendaré Ruta Verde a todos mis amigos que deseen viajar a Bolivia. Atentamente, Juan Manuel Ribas'
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    Juan Manuel Ribas Spain
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