Uyuni salt flats with basic hostels

REFERENCE PROGRAM 3D/2N Uyuni – Uyuni (Uyuni salt flats)

Uyuni salt flats Tour 3D/2N Uyuni – Uyuni (with basic accommodation)

Day 1 (L, D)

We will leave Uyuni around 10.00 AM. First stop is the train cemetery where you can see the rusty old trains lined up. Next stop is at ´Colchani´ where we can observe the process of extracting the salt. From there we will ´enter´ the Uyuni salt flats and drive to ´Isla Pescado´ where we can see giant cactuses. The island is called Isla Pescado because it looks like a fish when you see it from a distance. It is the only sign of life for miles. We will have lunch here.

After lunch we will continue our trip to San Juan where we will spend the night in a hostel partially made of salt.

Day 2 (B, L, D)

At 07.30 (right after breakfast) we will visit salar de Chiguana and the Ollague volcano which is semi active. Afterwards we will see some small lakes with different colours where we can observe flamingos. Lunch time! Alter lunch we will drive through the Siloli desert where we will find the tree made out of stone. Next stop is the spectacular Laguna Colorada (red coloured lake) where we can spot 3 different species of flamingos. After visiting Laguna Colorada we will continue our journey to Huayllajara where we will spend the night in a VERY BASIC refuge. We cannot emphasize enough how basic this place is but there are no alternatives apart from the LOT more expensive Tayka Desert Hotel. It can get very cold at night (in the winter –20 degrees Celsius!).

Day 3 (B, L)

Today very early at 05.30 am we will visit the geysers of Sol de Mañana and we can take a bath in the hot springs of Polques (the temperature of the water is approx. 30 degrees Celsius). After this relaxing bath we will have breakfast and we will continue our trip to the desert of Salvador Dali where we can enjoy the view of surreal landscapes. From there on we will go on to Laguna Verde, although Laguna Verde is not that green early in the morning. We are really close to the Chilean border now. People travelling onwards to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) will take transport from here to San Pedro (around 10.00 AM but subject to change) by either public bus or private transport. The public bus will arrive in San Pedro around 11.00 / 11.30. The people returning to Uyuni will take the same way back with the addition of visiting the rock valley of San Cristobal with its picturesque colonial church. We will be back in Uyuni around 18.30.

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. 

IMPORTANT! Please take notice that due to climate and road conditions these routes may vary and can sometimes be changed, reason for which this the itinerary above is a reference itinerary. In case of too much water on the Uyuni salt flats it is not possible to reach Fish Island and to cross the Salar by car. You can still visit the shores of the Uyuni salt flats though. Sometimes with too much water on the Salar it is not possible either to sleep in the salt hostel.

Tour includes:

  • Overnight stay in basic hostels
  • Meals
  • Transport in a 4X4
  • Spanish speaking driver

Tours do not include:

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


  • Bus tickets to Sucre, Potosi or La Paz
  • Hotel reservations in Uyuni after the tour has finished
  • (Bilingual) guides
  • Private transport to or from either Calama in Chile, or Sucre, Potosi and 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.

Please in advance so we can check availability in the hotels.

Apart from the basic tour as described above, we also offer a more upmarket tour on the Salar de Uyuni, with better hotels and private transport.

We also offer the following salt flats tours:

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More info about the salar de Uyuni tour? Check out 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
  • ´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
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