Tupiza – Uyuni
4 Days / 3 Nights
Leaving from Tupiza in a 4×4 jeep, we will visit Quebrada de Palala which has spectacular red formations that resemble needles reaching 4200m high. 15 Km from that point is El Sillar or Valley of the Moon, where, due to earth degradation, the landscape presents shapes like a moon landscape showing peaks and craters.
Going up we arrive at Nazarenito, a small gold producing village and Chilcobija, the deepest antimony mine of the world. The landscape in this area is dry and you can usually see condors flying.
We spend the first night in San Antonio de Lípez ( 4660 m).
Leaving early, in approximately half an hour, we visit the old colonial and abandoned town of San Antonio del Nuevo Mundo, distinguished for gold exploitation. Continue to the Torreon, an area plenty of erosion showing volcanic rocks.
Small towns as Quetena Chico (4140 m) and Quetena Grande (4190 m) are on the way. The tour visits Kollpa Laguna, where you can take a bath in Río Amargo (hot springs) and we continue through the border of Salar de Chalviri up to Laguna Verde, it is located at the bottom of Volcan Licancabur (5868 m).
The tour continues across big deserts and gets to Dale Desert, a fantastic landscape and forests of erosion stones of ignimbrites and petrified lava.
By the north we go into a geothermic lad called “Sol de Mañana”, a 1 Km² area of craters of lava which are always in volcanic activity, burning and smoking at 5.000 m, where vapor is produced under a great pressure. Many geysers are a great attraction too.
50 Km. from there Laguna Colorada It presents a brilliant red color due to algae pigments, clorofitas and fine sediments placed at the bottom of the lagoon. There we can find many kinds of flamingos In the surroundings areas we can also find 40 kinds of other birds.
Leaving towards Desierto de Siloli, splashed with lava volcanic formations, where you can see the famous “stone tree” we continue towards the North where a series of small lagoons gradually appear. The most important are Laguna Hedionda, Chiarcota, Ramadita, Honda, Cañapa. Then we continue walking along the way of the small Salar de Chiguana. Most of these rest of salt pleistocenicos lagoons which are located in small depressions. There another fantastic attraction is Ollague Volcano.
We continue up to arriving to San Juan del Rosario.
Almost at the end of the tour, the last day, we cross the biggest salt plain of the world: Salar de Uyuni (10.500 Km²). Here Tunupa volcano overhangs impressively.
This salt bed is considered to be the biggest of the world. It is formed by 11 stratums, with a thickness that ranges from 2 to 20 m. It is the biggest reserve of energetic minerals in the world as lithium, magnesium, potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus, borax and others. It has 14 small islands, the main one is Incahuasi Island or Fish Island (1 Km²) formed by calcareous rocks, rests of corals and marine shells. You can see the amazing “Ojos de agua” (eater sheds)in the salt bed. They are spring sources Leaving the salt bed, we visit Colchani, the village where they run the process of salt.
Finally we arrive at Uyuni, the most important railway center in the last years, the “train cemetery” is located there.
The tour includes: Jeep 4×4 on the tour, full board on the tour, 3 nights lodging.
The tour does not include: Sleeping bag, water and snacks, admission ticket to Fish Island and park Avaroa.
Note: We also conduct tours of 5D/4N,
option a) Laguna Celeste,
option b) Climbing Uturuncu volcano,
option c) Climbing Licancabur volcano,
option d) Climbing Tunupa volcano.
Price per person: 224 USD (minimum 1 person – backpacker service).
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