Start your trip with a La Paz airport pick-up on Day 1 and discover the city from a local’s perspective on Day 2. Take a bus to Copacabana on Day 3 to visit Lake Titicaca and the sacred Isla del Sol. Hike an Inca staircase and trek to the Pilkokaina Temple before returning to La Paz on Day 4, where you will catch a night bus to Uyuni. Arrive in Uyuni on Day 5 and embark into the Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert to see stunning landscapes with multi-coloured lakes, geysers and thermal hot springs on Days 6-7. Take a night bus back to La Paz, where your trip ends with an airport drop-off on Day 8.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: La Paz Airport Pick-Up
You will be picked up at the La Paz airport upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to relax, get settled in, and explore. Overnight in La Paz.
Day 2: La Paz Local City Tour (B)
Go on a city tour in La Paz and visit the city’s most interesting sites, including the fascinating witch market and unique neighbourhoods. You will be accompanied by a local guide who will show you how to hop on a local bus, talk to locals, and eat at local markets and the best street stands. Wander into neighbourhoods rarely visited by tourists so you can see the real way of life in La Paz. Overnight in La Paz.
Day 3: Bus to Copacabana & Boat to Isla del Sol (L)
Pick up at your accommodation in La Paz at approximately 7:00 a.m. for a shared bus transfer to the lakeside town of Copacabana. Arrive around noon just in time for a delicious traditional lunch and a short visit of the church and main plaza, and then take a boat to Isla del Sol (Sun Island) where you will hike to the top of the island on a traditional Inca stairway, the "Escalinatas de Yumandi". Pass by the fountain of eternal youth natural spring and drink fresh water from the mountain. As you reach the top of the island, you will be rewarded with spectacular views from either side with the snow-capped Bolivian Andes in the distance. Have dinner (not included) and get a good night’s rest on this peaceful island in the middle of Lake Titicaca.
Day 4: Boat to Copacabana, Bus to La Paz & Night Bus to Uyuni (B/L)
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, go on a 2-hour guided walk to reach Pilkokaina Temple. Take a boat ride back to the Copacabana town for lunch, and then take a bus transfer back to La Paz bus terminal, where you will catch your overnight bus to Uyuni.
Day 5: Uyuni - Train Graveyard - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island) - Candelaria (L/D)
Make your own way to the meeting point of the tour. Start off at 11 am with a visit to Uyuni's 'train graveyard' to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then we will visit the small village of Colchani to visit a salt factory where they process the salt mined from Uyuni, have lunch, and enjoy some free time to explore the local museum or shop for souvenirs. Next we will continue to the great salt flats of Uyuni. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, and visit a hotel made completely of salt. Next we will visit Incahuasi (Fish Island) where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Enjoy the stunning sunset over the salt flat before spending the night at the village of Candelaria in a salt hotel.
Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the Fish Island tour will be replaced with a possible stargazing / During the monsoon season, between January and April, the Salt Hotel will be in Colchani Village.
Day 6: Sora Canyon - Andean Lagoons - Desert of Siloli - Red Lagoon - Geysers - Polques (B/L/D)
Start off at 7:00 am for breakfast at the hotel and then head toward the villages of Julaca and San Agustin where we will take a short walk to the Sora Canyon to observe incredible views and flocks of llamas. Our next stop is at the Volcan Ollague viewpoint, where we will have lunch before heading to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by 3 species of Andean flamingos. Visit the Desert of Siloli at 4550m (the highest and driest in the world) and take a photo next to the 'Rock tree', a lava rock formation. Before arriving to our final destination today, we will stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos and admire this intense red-colored lake, and then at the Sol de Mañana geysers. In the evening we will enjoy the open air hot springs and take a bath in naturally 35 Cº water before spending the night in nearby Polques.
Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.
Day 7: Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - Uyuni & Night Bus to La Paz (B/L)
Get off to an early start around 7:30 to the Dali Pampas, where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then to the Green Lagoon (toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border). Then head back to Uyuni, passing by beautiful scenery along the way, and eat a picnic lunch along the roadside. In the evening you will take an overnight bus back to La Paz.
NOTE: This 3-day tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or force majeure events which are beyond our control. During the rainy season from January to April, there are some modifications made to the itinerary. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as close as possible / During the rainy season, between January and April, the departure will be at 6:00 am.
ALTITUDE: This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 5,000 meters above sea level, and most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 3,000 meters before the trip and bringing along medication for headaches and tablets for altitude sickness in case you feel unwell. And remember, the real key is to drink lots of water!
ACCOMMODATION / FACILITIES ON TOUR: The reality of visiting a remote area and immersing yourself in nature is that you will be far from modern facilities and the services will sometimes be slow and quite basic. Due to the harsh terrain, vehicle breakdowns are not uncommon, but the drivers are very used to fixing them and wait times are rarely excessive. The accommodations will be very basic, with cots and shared rooms, and the electricity and running water in the National Park are not as dependable as they are back at home. Toilet facilities may have a small local cost and the shower is only available the first day. Make sure to bring snacks, some water, toilet paper, and plenty of warm clothes. That said, with some patience, preparation, and an appetite for adventure, this trip will certainly be a positive and unforgettable experience.
DRIVER AND GUIDE: Please note that there is one guide per group. When exploring, your guide will be with the entire group. However, if groups are split into multiple vehicles you may be in a vehicle without the guide during transport.
Day 8: La Paz Airport Drop-Off
Today your adventure comes to an end with a La Paz airport drop-off. We wish you happiness and health for your journey onward.