Gemma Bowes, The Guardian Travel Editor
The Uyuni salt flats is one of the most remote areas of Bolivia, and the acommodation options are mostly very scarce and basic. HighLives has partnered with the best providers in the region to ensure your lodgings are the most comfortable on offer. While we can’t promise 5-star luxury, we can guarantee an anxiety-free trip, with all meals, lodging and transportation taken care of.
To cover an area the size of Switzerland across unforgiving roads and beyond, the journey is taken in a large 4x4 jeep with optional walks and excursions.
On this adventure you will take in: the bleach-white expanse of vast salt flats with relief from the glare provided by a stop on a cactus-riddled island, spectacular rock and cave formations, desert landscapes where colours melt like a radioactive Dali painting, flamingoes flying over volcanic lagoons where the minerals have coloured the waters blues, greens and reds, dodge the steamy geysers and bathe away jeep stiffness in bubbling hot springs. Meet with herders and their flocks of llama, glimpse the wild vicuna- a smaller, prettier and shy cousin to the llama- or even a sighting of the rabbit-like viscachas, the Andean fox or a condor gliding in the distance.
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Arrive to La Paz
Day 2: La Paz
Day 3: La Paz - Uyuni - Colchani - Hotel Luna Salada
Day 4: Colchani – Ojo de Perdiz (Tayka del Desierto- Desert Hotel)
Day 5: Ojo de Perdiz – San Pablo de Lipez ( Hotel Tayka los Volcanes)
Day 6: San Pablo de Lipez ( Hotel Tayka los Volcanes) - Uyuni