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Bolivia is a landlocked nation complete with towering mountain peaks, high altitude plains, colonial cities and lush farming lands. With nearly 65 percent of the population belonging to the Aymara, Quechua and other indigenous groups, it is the most ‘Indian’ nation in South America.


Start
La Paz, Bolivia
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Country
Bolivia
Code
GSUY
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18 , Max 99
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • If you've ever dreamt of walking on water (well, at least on a lake), this is your chance. Cross the epic white expanse of Bolivia's salt lakes in a 4WD with a local guide

  • You know those trippy photos of tiny travellers standing on spoons and skateboards? They were probably taken on the Salar de Uyuni. So get snap-happy and start bending some perspectives. Remember, there is no spoon...

  • Where does a train go when it dies? To a graveyard of course! Pay your respects to the rusty, abandoned trains at Uyuni's eerie Train Cemetery

  • Step inside a surrealist painting as you explore the rocky Isla Wasi. Rising out of the salt pans and covered with giant cacti, this is not your run-of-the-mill island. It is WAY cooler

Is this trip right for you?

  • This Extension is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Geckos group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip. You may join likeminded travellers that have booked through other companies and they may be older than 29 years old.

  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

  • This trip travels to some remote places, as well as locations at high altitude (La Paz, for example). Due to the thinness of the air, some people can suffer from altitude sickness. Some aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard. If possible, arrive into Cuzco a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information about altitude sickness.

  • You'll be spending a lot of time in a 4WD crossing some bumpy surfaces. This is the best way to see the sights in and around Uyuni and is all part of the adventure.

  • In Bolivia (especially in Uyuni), sometimes things don't go to plan. For example, an attraction may be closed for the day with no notice or reason. Although this doesn't happen very often, please be prepared for the possibility.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Touch down in lovely, but dizzying, La Paz. Dizzying because it sits at a spectacular 3,660 metres above sea level. Perched on the edge of a canyon and backed by the looming Mount Illimani, La Paz makes sipping a cup of Bolivian tea a jaw-dropping experience. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 6 pm in the hotel our local representative. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Eva Palace or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today take a flight from La Paz to Uyuni. The flight time will be advised at your evening meeting on Day 1. The remote town of Uyuni sits on the edge of the high altiplano, which extends towards the border with Argentina and Chile. The town was once a distribution hub for trains carrying minerals on their way to Pacific Ocean ports. In the 1940s the mining industry collapsed and many trains were abandoned. Depending on when you arrive into Uyuni, you'll visit a Train Cemetery either today or tomorrow.

Uyuni's salt flats are a 12,000-square-kilometre expanse of perfectly flat salt. Spend a full day exploring the lake by 4WD. Make sure you snap some classic perspective-bending photographs with your group. Discover the cacti and coral-like structures on the rocky island of Isla inca wasi and visit the small town of Colchani, where you'll see how the locals farm and process salt from the Salar.

Note: If you are travelling between December and April (the wet season), please see the 'Important Notes' section of the trip notes.
Accommodation
  • Tonito Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning you'll take an included flight back to La Paz airport, where sadly your adventure comes to an end. If you are booking a departure flight from La Paz for the last day please ensure it's no earlier than 2pm. Alternatively if you wish to fly out earlier please check with us within 30 days from departure and we can advise you what time your flight from Uyuni is due to arrive in La Paz.
If you need additional accommodation in La Paz and/or a transfer into the city, we'd be happy to help. Just have a chat with your booking agent.

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Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

4WD vehicle, Mini-van, On foot, Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights)

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Important notes

EXTENSION TRIP
This Extension trip is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Geckos group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip. You may join likeminded travellers that have booked through other companies and they may be older than 29 years old.
This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

TRIP END POINT:
Important: This trip ends at the airport upon arrival from Uyuni on day 3.
If you are booking a departure flight from La Paz for the last day please ensure it's no earlier than 2pm. Alternatively if you wish to fly out earlier please check with us within 30 days from departure and we can advise you what time your flight from Uyuni is due to arrive in La Paz.
We recommend booking a transfer from La Paz airport to town on the final day and an additional night in La Paz. We would be happy book this for you, please speak with your travel agent.

WET SEASON - ITINERARY ALTERATION:
From December to April during the wet season it’s likely we will not be able to cross the Salt Lake due to flooding, therefore your itinerary will be altered slightly and alternative activities will be scheduled.
During this time there are countless photo opportunities. The water covering the slat lakes creates a mirror effect.The mirroring effect of the water results in the striking illusion of there being two skies, two sunsets and two sunrises.
You will still have a full day on the salt lake and it will be mainly spent driving around searching for best photos.

Essential Trip Information

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