Bolivia & the Salt Flats

  • days: 10
  • from $6,590

International Flights Not Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Bolivia
  • Chile

Description

Bolivia is truly a country of magical landscapes and unique experiences. Starting in the colonial towns of Sucre and Potosi, you'll then cross the amazing salt plains of the Atacama Desert. Witness a diverse range of scenery, spot flamingos feeding on the salt lakes and take a dip in sulphur spring steam pools. 

Spectacular Sucre

It's easy to see why Sucre is known as the symbolic heart of Bolivia. A tour of this whitewashed, colonial city will take you to the Textile Museum of Asur, the House of Liberty, the Modern Art Museum and more.

Gateway to the Salt Lakes

After spending a day discovering Potosi, it's time to chart a course for Uyuni, gateway to the incredible Salt Lakes. Despite the cool temperatures year round, the atmosphere is always buzzing. 

Diverse Landscapes

From salt lakes to caves, and deserts to lagoons, the landscapes of Bolivia will never cease to amaze you. Admire Incahuasi Island, the Galaxy and Devil's Caves, the Chiguana Salt Flats and the Ollague Volcano. And don't forget the impressive lagoons and many flamingos that call the area home. 

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Sucre

Welcome to Bolivia and its symbolic heart of Sucre. You will be transferred to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2. Sucre

Today you'll discover the history and traditions of beautiful Sucre. Your tour takes you to the Textile Museum of Asur, the House of Liberty*, the Monastery of San Felipe Neri and the Anthropological and Modern Art Museum. [B]

*Please note: The House of Liberty is closed on Mondays.

Day 3. Sucre

This morning you'll travel to the indigenous village of Candelaria. Here you'll learn what life is like for the local people, visiting their homes and the local market where many handicrafts are sold. Enjoy lunch at a traditional hacienda before returning to Sucre. [B,L]

Day 4. Sucre - Potosi

You arrive in Potosi today. Known for its silver, it was once the wealthiest city in the Americas! Learn more about its past with a visit to the Casa de la Moneda*, the National Mint, before heading to an active colonial mine to see how the miners work. Afterwards enjoy a visit to the Convent of Santa Teresa. [B,L]

*Please note: Casa de la Moneda is closed on Mondays. 

Day 5. Potosi - Uyuni

Spend the morning admiring the colonial streets of Potosi before you chart a course for Uyuni, gateway to the incredible Salt Lakes. Upon arrival, you'll visit the train cemetery and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. [B]

Day 6. Uyuni - San Pedro de Quemez

Today’s adventure begins in Colchani, learning how salt is processed by the locals. Continuing on, you'll visit Incahuasi Island and the Galaxy and Devil's Caves. Arriving in San Pedro de Quemez, there's time to explore this small Andean town. [B,L,D]

Day 7. San Pedro de Quemez - Ojo de Perdiz

En route to Ojo de Perdiz, you'll see the Chiguana Salt Flats, a valley of petrified lava, the Ollague Volcano, and also stop off at many of the different saltwater lagoons, including Cañapa and Hedionda. Keep an eye out for the flamingos that call the area home! [B,L,D]

Day 8. Ojo de Perdiz - San Pedro de Atacama

Experience some truly diverse scenery this morning, visiting the Siloli Desert, the Laguna Colorada and the geysers of Sol de Manana. Visit the Chalviri Lagoon, where you have the opportunity to bathe in the hot springs, before continuing to the beautiful turquoise waters of Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde. [B,L]

Day 9. San Pedro de Atacama

Enjoy a day at leisure in the desert capital.  [B]

Day 10. San Pedro de Atacama - Calama

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. [B]

Inclusions

Travel

  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 2 nights in unique desert hotels
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

Bolivia 

  • Discover the history and traditions of beautiful Sucre on a city tour.
  • Learn what life is like for the locals in the indigenous village of Candelaria. You'll get to visit their homes and the local market where many handicrafts are sold.
  • Explore Potosi, once the wealthiest city in the Americas, visiting Casa de la Moneda (the National Mint) and the Convent of Santa Teresa.
  • Visit a miner's market and active colonial mine in Potosi, learning how the miners work.
  • See more than 100 old locomotives at the impressive Train Cemetery in Uyuni.
  • Explore the immense Salar de Uyuni, Laguna Colorado, Laguna Verde, the Siloli Desert and the geysers of Sol de Mañana.

Chile 

  • Marvel at the incredible landscapes of San Pedro de Atacama.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
01/01/20 31/12/20   $6,590 On Request  
Valid From: This tour does not include flights from Australia to South America. Please contact our office for the latest special fares to match your independent tour.
Other departure cities:
Tips: Tipping payable locally
Taxes:
Single supplement: On application

Prices are per person based on twin share. Single supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Please contact our office for details.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotel Su Merced, Sucre

This 18th century Spanish style house provide beautiful terrace views of Sucre. Decorated with colonial inspired furniture, ornamented mirrors and chandeliers, it is a lovely way to spend your time in Sucre.

Facilities: free wifi; safe deposit box; on-site coffee house

Hotel Cima Argentum, Potosi

Ideally located, Hotel Cima Argentum is just a short stroll from many of Potosi's attractions, including the Casa de la Moneda and Convento Santa Teresa. It offers comfortable rooms, ample facilities and on-site international restaurant.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Petite Porte Hotel, Uyuni

Built on an old house in Uyuni, the beautiful La Petite Porte Hotel still retains charm and features original stones in its walls and patio area. The reception desk also comes from an old library store and the wood throughout is sourced from Bolivia's Amazon Jungle. The owners have put a lot of effort in to create a relaxed ambiance and install a number of unique touches. All the little extra details combined with helpful service make for an extremely enjoyable stay.

Facilities: heating; free wifi; tea & coffee making facilities

Tayka Hotel de Piedra, San Pedro de Quemez

Hotel de Piedra (spanish for Hotel of the Rocks) is made of rugged volcanic rock, located on the Southern border of the Uyuni Salt Flats. This charming hotel offers wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. 

Facilities: heating; on-site restaurant

Tayka Hotel del Desierto, Ojo de Perdiz

In the heart of the Siloli Desert and in the middle of a beautiful landscape painted by nature, you will find the Tayka Hotel del Desierto (4,600m above sea level). It is located in Ojo de Perdiz, named after a natural spring which was found in its proximity and now supplies the water to the hotel. In harmony with the Andean landscape, this hotel opens its doors to welcome visitors and offers them the opportunity to get to know one of the most beautiful places in South America: The National Reserve Eduardo Avaroa - where beautiful coloured lagoons, geysers, and the 'Arbol de Piedra', can be found, along with many other places of astonishing beauty.

Hotel Altiplanico, San Pedro

Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, surrounded by the quiet presence of the Andes, Altiplanico San Pedro faces the impressive Licancabur Volcano, with a unique design inspired in the style of an Altiplano village. Enjoy the famous Atacama sunsets and relax from the sun in the shade of the private terraces or by having a dip in the pool after a day exploring the driest desert in the world! The fresh yet cosy rooms are decorated very simply to give the feeling that the hotel has risen from Atacama and is part of the earth.

Facilities: wifi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Weather

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Dry Season: May to August

Mild Wet Season: December to March

San Pedro de Atacama

Dry Season: Year round

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Currency

Currency

Boliviano

The official currency of Bolivia is the Boliviano ($b).

  • 1 Boliviano = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of $b200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of $b5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20 and 10 centavos

Chilean Peso

The official currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CH$).

  • Chilean Peso = 100 centavos
  • Notes are in denominations of CH$20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000
  • Coins are in denominations of CH$500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1, although the latter is no longer in circulation

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, a Reciprocity Fee is payable upon arrival in Chile for Australian passport holders. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A Chile Reciprocity Fee of $117pp US is payable upon arrival by cash or credit card.
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • Learn what life is like for the locals in the indigenous village of Candelaria, visiting their homes and the local market.
  • In Colchani, learn how salt is processed by the locals. Then continue on to Incahuasi Island and the Galaxy & Devil Caves.   
  • Experience diverse scenery, visiting the Siloli Desert, the Laguna Colorada and the geysers of Sol de Manana.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 1

Transportation

Private vehicles & 4WD Land Cruiser

Tips

Tipping payable locally

Tour Highlights

• Discover the history and traditions of beautiful Sucre • Visit the indigenous village of Candelaria • Visit the National Mint in Potosi, once the wealthiest city in the Americas! • Learn how salt is processed by the locals in Colchani • Stop off at many different saltwater lagoons and keep an eye out for the flamingos that call the area home • Be amazed by the turquoise waters of Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde

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