This incredible expedition takes you to and through some of the world's most extreme —and beautiful—landscapes. Start in the dusty town of Uyuni, visit the famous train cemetery, and stay in a hotel made mostly from salt. Spot unique Andean wildlife in the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve and experience the wild Mars-like landscapes of the Salvador Dali Desert.

Highlights

  • See the world's largest salt flats with stops at unique cactus-covered islands 
  • Experience the surreal landscapes of the Salvador Dali Desert 
  • Learn about the unusual flora and fauna found in the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 The Great Uyuni Salt Flats Uyuni
Day 2 Eduardo Avaroa Andean Flora and Fauna Reserve Villa Mar
Day 3 Eduardo Avaroa Flora and Fauna Reserve & Thermal Waters La Paz

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: The Great Uyuni Salt Flats

Isla Incahuasi is famous for its enormous cacti and the stunning views of the salt flats
Isla Incahuasi is famous for its enormous cacti and the stunning views of the salt flats

Depart for your first foray onto the Uyuni Salt Flats. Get picked up from the airport, then begin your journey with a short visit to the famed train cemetery, full or rusting train cars which were once used to transport workers and goods to and from Uyuni. 

From here continue to the salt-harvesting village of Colchani to see the local salt production method. From here it's just a short distance to the Great Uyuni Salt Flats and a visit the fascinating Incahuasi Island, famous for the enormous cacti which grow all over it. Enjoy an amazing sunset in the middle of the endless expanse of glittering salt, then return to Colchani to spend the night in a hotel built of salt bricks. 

Day 2: Eduardo Avaroa Andean Flora and Fauna Reserve

The journey south from Uyuni to the reserve is one of vast lunar landscapes
The journey south from Uyuni to the reserve is one of vast lunar landscapes

After breakfast, continue your highland safari through the lunar landscapes of the southern Altiplano. Head south to experience a completely different landscape of volcanoes, highland deserts, and colorful lagoons. Keep an eye out for unique Andean wildlife such as flamingos, vicuñas, viscachas, and possibly the elusive Andean fox. 

Pause for lunch beside one of the region's many colorful lagoons before continuing on through Siloli Desert to the infamous Stone Tree, a formation which has been formed by years of wind erosion. After visiting the Red Lagoon, continue to your comfortable hotel to enjoy a hot shower and well-deserved dinner. 

Day 3: Eduardo Avaroa Flora and Fauna Reserve & Thermal Waters

Stones in the Salvador Dali Desert
Stones in the Salvador Dali Desert

Enjoy breakfast and a quick dip in the thermal waters. From here, journey through the lunar landscapes of the southern altiplano as your turn back north and travel through the Dali Desert, passing by the Green Lagoon and enjoying the moonscape-like scenery. 

If there's time left over when you return to La Paz, go for a short hike to stretch your legs after the drive. Reach Uyuni in the mid-afternoon and transfer to your evening flight back to La Paz. Safe travels! 

Map

Map of Uyuni Salt Flats - 3 Days
Map of Uyuni Salt Flats - 3 Days