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Uyuni Salt Flats and Potosi

Our adventure begins in La Paz and journeys on to the Tiahuanaco archaeological site, which was the administrative and religious heart of pre-Incan civilisation that began in the year 237 BC and endured for over 1400 years. After a morning city tour of La Paz we travel by road across the northern highlands to Oruro and then by train to Uyuni. At Colchani we watch the locals producing salt and we cross the world's largest salt flat, the stunning Salar de Uyuni, to 'Isla Incahuasi' an island situated in the centre of the salt flat made of rock formations and home to a species of cactus aged at 700 years, we even overnight at a salt hotel! We continue north to see the mummies of Coquesa in the foothills of the Tunupa volcano and then onto Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world with an elevation of 4090 m. We take a city tour of the colonial city of Potosi followed by a tour of Cerro Rico or Mount of Riches, because of the incredibly large amount of silver that has been mined from it. Our adventure culminates in Sucre where we visit the House of the Liberty (Casa de la Libertad), where the Act of Independence of Bolivia was signed in 1825 and Bolivar Park to see examples of the aristocratic tradition of Sucre. We also visit the Museum of La Recoleta and the museum of Indian Textiles. Our trip concludes with a flight back to the thriving La Paz for one last night.

Inclusions

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
Expert bilingual guides
Train from Oruro to Uyuni
Flight from Sucre to La Paz valued at approx. US$100
Non private tourist class bus from La Paz to Oruro and Potosi to Sucre
Comfortable and central hotels
Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
Airport transfer (day 8 only)
Hightlights
Cross the world's largest salt flats, Salar de Uyuni
Immerse in the sights and sounds of the bustling city of La Paz
Explore the colonial city of Potosi, sitting at 4090m
Visit the Tiahuanaco archaeological site, the administrative and religious heart of pre-Incan civilisation
See the mummies of Coquesa in the foothills of the Tunupa volcano
Enjoy a fascinating tour of Cerro Rico
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
8
Price From
AUD $2,490
Start Location
La Paz, Bolivia
End Location
Bolivia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 15
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
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15 Jul 201922 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
18 Jul 201925 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
22 Jul 201929 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
25 Jul 201901 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
29 Jul 201905 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
01 Aug 201908 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
05 Aug 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
08 Aug 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
12 Aug 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
15 Aug 201922 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
19 Aug 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
22 Aug 201929 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
26 Aug 201902 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
29 Aug 201905 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
02 Sep 201909 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
05 Sep 201912 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
09 Sep 201916 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
12 Sep 201919 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
16 Sep 201923 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
19 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
23 Sep 201930 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
26 Sep 201903 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
30 Sep 201907 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
03 Oct 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
07 Oct 201914 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
10 Oct 201917 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
14 Oct 201921 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
17 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
21 Oct 201928 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
24 Oct 201931 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
28 Oct 201904 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
31 Oct 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
04 Nov 201911 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
07 Nov 201914 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
11 Nov 201918 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
14 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
18 Nov 201925 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
21 Nov 201928 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
25 Nov 201902 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
28 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
02 Dec 201909 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
05 Dec 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
09 Dec 201916 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
12 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
16 Dec 201923 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
19 Dec 201926 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
23 Dec 201930 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,490
26 Dec 201902 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,490
30 Dec 201906 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,490
02 Jan 202009 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
06 Jan 202013 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
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06 Feb 202013 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
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20 Feb 202027 Feb 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
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05 Mar 202012 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
09 Mar 202016 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
12 Mar 202019 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
16 Mar 202023 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
19 Mar 202026 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
23 Mar 202030 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
26 Mar 202002 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
30 Mar 202006 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
02 Apr 202009 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
06 Apr 202013 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
09 Apr 202016 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
13 Apr 202020 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
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20 Apr 202027 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
23 Apr 202030 Apr 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
27 Apr 202004 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
30 Apr 202007 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
04 May 202011 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
07 May 202014 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
11 May 202018 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
14 May 202021 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
18 May 202025 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
21 May 202028 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
25 May 202001 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
28 May 202004 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
01 Jun 202008 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
04 Jun 202011 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
08 Jun 202015 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
11 Jun 202018 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
15 Jun 202022 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
18 Jun 202025 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
22 Jun 202029 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
25 Jun 202002 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
29 Jun 202006 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
02 Jul 202009 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
06 Jul 202013 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
09 Jul 202016 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
13 Jul 202020 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
16 Jul 202023 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
20 Jul 202027 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
23 Jul 202030 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
27 Jul 202003 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
30 Jul 202006 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
03 Aug 202010 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
06 Aug 202013 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
10 Aug 202017 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
13 Aug 202020 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
17 Aug 202024 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
20 Aug 202027 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
24 Aug 202031 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
27 Aug 202003 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
31 Aug 202007 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
03 Sep 202010 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
07 Sep 202014 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
10 Sep 202017 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
14 Sep 202021 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
17 Sep 202024 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
21 Sep 202028 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
24 Sep 202001 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
28 Sep 202005 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
01 Oct 202008 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
05 Oct 202012 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
08 Oct 202015 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
12 Oct 202019 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
15 Oct 202022 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
19 Oct 202026 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
22 Oct 202029 Oct 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
26 Oct 202002 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
29 Oct 202005 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
02 Nov 202009 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
05 Nov 202012 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
09 Nov 202016 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
12 Nov 202019 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
16 Nov 202023 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
19 Nov 202026 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
23 Nov 202030 Nov 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
26 Nov 202003 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
30 Nov 202007 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
03 Dec 202010 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
07 Dec 202014 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
10 Dec 202017 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
14 Dec 202021 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
17 Dec 202024 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
21 Dec 202028 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
24 Dec 202031 Dec 2020AvailableAUD $2,570
28 Dec 202004 Jan 2021AvailableAUD $2,570
31 Dec 202007 Jan 2021AvailableAUD $2,570
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Our journey begins with a pick up from our central La Paz hotel at around 10 am (please ensure you advise your reservations consultant of your pre tour hotel details if you have not booked this with World Expeditions). The trip to Tiahuanaco is 72 km/45 miles and takes about an hour from La Paz. The drive takes us through the Bolivian Highlands and provides the opportunity to see the Aymara Indians way of life. It was one of the oldest American cultures, Carbon 14 dating gives us an average age of 1580 BC to 1150 AC. This area is considered the cradle of the American man and one of the most advanced cultures in development at that time.Their main constructions are: the Kalasasaya temple with the main stone work similar to the Gate of the Sun, the monoliths Ponce and Fraile; the Akapana pyramid and the Semi underground temple. We will visit two of the local museums to see the rich pottery and stone work.
Day 2
This morning, our journey takes us from the city of La Paz crossing the northern highlands towards southwest to Oruro (3 ½ hours in bus), a big mining centre, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we’ll take the train to Uyuni (6-7 hours), crossing a big portion of the highlands. The train on Tuesday & Friday departs at 15.00 and arrives at 22.00. On Wednesday & Sunday the train departs at 19.00 and arrives 02.00 + 1. Your local guide will join you to Oruro and help you board the train to Uyuni. Your next local guide will greet you in Uyuni and continue on with the group until Day 7 when you fly from Sucre; the first guide will then rejoin you at the airport in La Paz.
Day 3
We will have a morning trip to Colchani to see locals producing salt, we enter this natural wonder of the nature of salt, with over 10.582 km2, crossing to “Isla Incahuasi” (2 hours). This area has a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus. From here we continue north through the saltflats to the mummies of Coquesa in the foothills of the Tunupa volcano (1 hour). Finally we return east again to Colchani, to overnight in the first salt hotel in the shores of the saltflats (2 hours). This is the perfect location to enjoy a beautiful sunset!
Day 4
This morning enjoy a trip crossing branches of the Andes Range with great landscapes, old mines and Indian villages en route to the mining city of Potosi (4 hours). In the afternoon we will tour this lovely colonial city, seeing the famous Mint House, colonial churches and have a stroll through town. Potosi is one of the highest cities in the world at 4090 metres and it was the location of the Spanish colonial mint for centuries.
Day 5
Today you have the chance to visit a mine to see the remains of the silver production in the famous Silver Mountain. The mine is still a working mine and the visit involves going underground into small and cramped tunnels with very low ceilings. This might be an uncomfortable experience for some people and if you are claustrophobic we suggest to take a wander through the city instead. In the afternoon you’ll take a bus to Sucre, descending from the highlands to the lower valleys, crossing the Pilcomayo River, to finally reach the colonial city of Sucre (3 hours).
Day 6
Today you’ll visit the House of the Liberty (Casa de la Libertad), where the Act of Independence of Bolivia was signed in 1825, the Bolivar Park, to see examples of the aristocratic tradition of Sucre, with small replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc of Triumph of Paris. You will also visit the church and museum of La Recoleta, and the museum of Indian Textiles ASUR. The evening will be at your leisure.
Day 7
This morning a transfer will take us to the airport at Sucre for our flight to La Paz. This flight generally departs at around 11 am, arriving at around 1 pm, though schedules can differ. On arrival in La Paz, we will be transferred to our hotel and the rest of the day is free to enjoy the La Paz.
Day 8
After breakfast, you will have a transferred to the airport for your onward flight.