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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 $2,430
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
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Apr 201925 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
22 Apr 201929 Apr 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
25 Apr 201902 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
29 Apr 201906 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
02 May 201909 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
06 May 201913 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
09 May 201916 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
13 May 201920 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
16 May 201923 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
20 May 201927 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
23 May 201930 May 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
27 May 201903 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
30 May 201906 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
03 Jun 201910 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
06 Jun 201913 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
10 Jun 201917 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
13 Jun 201920 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
17 Jun 201924 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
20 Jun 201927 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
24 Jun 201901 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
27 Jun 201904 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
01 Jul 201908 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
04 Jul 201911 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
08 Jul 201915 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
11 Jul 201918 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
15 Jul 201922 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
18 Jul 201925 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
22 Jul 201929 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
25 Jul 201901 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
29 Jul 201905 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
01 Aug 201908 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
05 Aug 201912 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
08 Aug 201915 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
12 Aug 201919 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
15 Aug 201922 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
19 Aug 201926 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
22 Aug 201929 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
26 Aug 201902 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
29 Aug 201905 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
02 Sep 201909 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
05 Sep 201912 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
09 Sep 201916 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
12 Sep 201919 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
16 Sep 201923 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
19 Sep 201926 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
23 Sep 201930 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
26 Sep 201903 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
30 Sep 201907 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
03 Oct 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
07 Oct 201914 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
10 Oct 201917 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
14 Oct 201921 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
17 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
21 Oct 201928 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
24 Oct 201931 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
28 Oct 201904 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
31 Oct 201907 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
04 Nov 201911 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
07 Nov 201914 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
11 Nov 201918 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
14 Nov 201921 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
18 Nov 201925 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
21 Nov 201928 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
25 Nov 201902 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
28 Nov 201905 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
02 Dec 201909 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
05 Dec 201912 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
09 Dec 201916 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
12 Dec 201919 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
16 Dec 201923 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
19 Dec 201926 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
23 Dec 201930 Dec 2019AvailableAUD $2,430
26 Dec 201902 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,430
30 Dec 201906 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $2,430
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.