TOUR UYUNI SALT FLATS (Bolivia)
RUMBO EXPLORA have carefully selected the best private transport options, Tour to Uyuni salt flats, all year around. RUMBO EXPLORA offer you the possibility to make your transport reservation, due that not all transport companies have an automatic booking system. We will confirm your reservation within 24 hours.
01DAY TOUR UYUNI SALT FLATS (Bolivia)
|PRICE PER PERSON (SUPERIOR SERVICE)||INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS|
|US$00.00 (based on 02 persons)||Inclusions: Private tourist transportation, english-spanish speaking guide, entrance fees, stops en route
Note: Lunch will be taken from Uyuni village, because no restaurants at Isla Incahuasi
Exclusions: Extras, tips and others not mentioned in the program.
|US$00.00 (based on 03 persons)|
|US$00.00 (based on 04 persons)|
|US$00.00 (based on 05 persons)|
|On request 06 persons up|
|Departure Uyuni village to Train cemetery: 10:00am. Arrival and visit the site
Train cemety – Colchani village: 10:45am. Arrival and visit salt shops & local museum
Colchani – Isla Incahuasi: 11:30am + stops
|Distance Uyuni – Colchani: 22km
Distance Colchani – Isla Incahuasi: 74km
|Arrival at Isla Incahuasi: 13:00pm, then lunch
Free time to explore the surroundings
Return Isla Incahuasi – Uyuni village: 16:00pm, including stops en route
Arrival in Uyuni village: 17:30pm.
|First Aid Kit & Services: Oxygen on board during the journey, first aid kit|
01DAY TOUR UYUNI SALT FLATS (Bolivia)
DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY:
DAY 01: UYUNI SALT FLATS: Uyuni village, town located in the department of Potosí, southwest of Bolivia. Uyuni was founded in 1889 under the government of President Aniceto Arce, and in 1890 the railroad makes its income from Chile to Bolivia and reached to the station of Uyuni. Currently this town has a population of 18,500 inhabitants. Besides an airport, railway and bus station, hotels, restaurants and more. In the morning around 10:00am you will be driven to Train Cemetery: In 1899 was built the first railroad in Bolivia, which worked on the route from Uyuni to Antofagasta in 1899, as freight and passenger train, carrying minerals from Huanchaca mine. That was the beginning of the route that now joins Oruro and Villazon, passing by Tupiza and other towns during the Chaco War (1932-1935) the trains transported soldiers. The State administered them for years until they were capitalized by the government of Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. The age of the trains lasted a short time; locomotives that were stopped by lack of maintenance were transferred for storage to Uyuni and so it was born the train cemetery, which now is part of an industrial past. The railway expired definitely with the capitalization in 1993 and the systematic dismissal of nearly 1,000 workers. Then we continue to Colchani Village, a small town located on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, 22km away from Uyuni, with a population of few hundred Indians, which is the main entrance to Salt Mines, the biggest salt deposit in the world. Colchani is 3680 masl and with an area of 12,000 km ², which was formed by the evaporation of ancient seas, where the main activity is the extraction of salt in traditional way as the process of drying, grinding and bagging. The village has a railway station without using from the last period. Colchani is only 2 km away from Salt Lake where it was extracted the salt. A place entirely white, mysterious, quiet and beautiful scenery. This salt plain is made by about 11 layers of salt; its thickness varies between 2 and 10 meters. It is estimated that there is 10 billion tons of salt, so it would be one of the biggest reserves of lithium in the world. The salt plain is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes that reach up to 5,000 masl, with a landscape similar to that of the Polar Regions. Isla Incawasi, located in the desert of salt, the Incawasi Island is populated by numerous giant cactus with up to 10m height, from the top you can admire the wonderful landscape of the salt plain and it has an area of 12,000 km ². The island is completely deserted, like all the other islands of the salt plain. Erroneously the locals attributed this name of Isla del Pescado (Fish Island), because when its semi ellipsoidal is flooded, the shape and profile view from the west or east in the rainy season reflects, obtaining to have the shape of a fish. On the Fish Island no buildings and this contributes to the tranquility of the viscachas (chinchillas). Lunch on Incawasi Island. Finally a return trip to Uyuni village. Arrival in Uyuni village around 17:30pm. End of our services.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: Private transportation, english-spanish speaking guide, entrance fees, visit en route at Train cemetery, Colchani village (salt processing), mummies, Playa blanca museum in Uyuni salt flat, lunch and extra stops. Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local sales taxes. There are no hidden extras in our prices.
NOT INCLUDED: Extras, tips and others not mentioned in the program.
IMPORTANT: Our land transportation vehicles have comfortable seats + oxygen & first aid kit + panoramic windows + 2 types of insurances as Certificate of Statutory Accident Insurance Transit SOAT, besides has vehicle Insurance Policy to all risks in record exclusive for foreign. Rumbo Explora provide to visitors all possible choices. Beware with illegal local Tour Operators or middleman, who do not pay the real costs to suppliers (transport, local restaurants & guest houses, tour guides & drivers). Help us avoid the explotation.
|BY RUMBO EXPLORA||OTHER LOCAL OPERATORS|
|Technical specificatications: Our modern & new tourist transportation vehicles: Mercedes Benz & Renault (10 to 19 seats), Minibus (25 to 30 seats), Buses (40 seats)||Technical specificatications: Few tour operators work with good tourist transportation vehicles as: Mercedes Benz & Renault (10 to 19 seats), Minibus (25 to 30 seats), Buses (40 seats)|
|First Aid Kit & Services: Oxygen & first aid kit, telephone charger and maps, which led us to be one of the best tour operators in the southern Perú & Bolivia||First Aid Kit & Services: Few tour operators provide this service.|
|Insurance policy: Our tourist transportation vehicles have national permit circulation and 2 types of insurance (Certificate of Statutory Accident Insurance Transit SOAT, besides has vehicle Insurance Policy to all risks in record)||Insurance policy: Most of tour operators work with vehicles which have local permits only.|
|Tours guides: We put at your disposal the most qualified staff of tourist guides, with degree of the Institute (3 years) or University (5 years) and certified from the language center of the university and Peruvian-American Cultural Center (US Embassy) with a high level of English.||Tours guides: Some travel agencies are not paying their guides or drivers, hiring them without experience. We are sure that you will be forced to buy souvenirs during the journeys with higher prices, and the guides will try living of their commissions, which can be a bad experience for you. ¡Be aware!
You can see that in Rumbo Explora we have developed for you tailor-made itineraries with the best price as competitive as possible, providing an excellent service and paying our guides 10% above the legal wage agreed with the tour guides in Peru. Our staff are some of the best paid in Cusco & Machupicchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Arequipa & Colca canyon, Lima and Nazca & Paracas, which allows us to attract only the Best Tour Guides, Motor Boats and Land Transportation with national permit, to none other local company, that can only provide a cheaper price by providing a far inferior service and saving on staff costs, ¿How? Hiring tour guides in training without experience and not paying them, besides avoiding taxes to government.
Big Travel companies from Europe, North America, Australia and others work with the Peruvian Tour Operators located in Lima-Peru, who work as middlemen receiving from them good prices from the Tours & Packages, and paying to us 40 to 50% minor the normal price, besides 2 to 3 months delayed, being this the reason that Rumbo Explora have decided to offer tours & packages directly to travelers.
VISAS / PASSPORTS:
If you travel to Bolivia, visa is not necessary for U.S Citizens and most other nationalities. If you hold a passport from another country, we will send all information necessary otherwise check with your local consulate or embassy about requirements for travel to Bolivia. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a passport. Please carry proper identification on you and do not leave in your suitcase or hotel room. In most of places like airports, train-bus stations, frontier or at any other check points you must to show passport, because some countries have laws that require you to carry your passport with you at all times and anywhere. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Bolivian Embassy.