Climbing: Uturuncu (6008m) & Salar de Uyuni (6 days, from La Paz)
With 10,582 square kilometeres and 3,656 metres above sea level, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. This vast, flat land of pure white salt combines with multi-coloured lagoons, volcanic mountains, tree-like rocks and towering islands of coral to create one of the most unique and bizarre landscapes in the world.
Some of the sights within the Salar include: The Train Cemetry of Uyuni; Incahuasi Island in the Salar; Ojos de Salar; and the Eduardo Avaroa National Park, which contains a number of lagoons of bright red, yellow, green and white water, coloured by virture of their mineral content. Also in the national park are geyser, the Lincacabur volcano and the breeding grounds of 3 of the worlds 6 species of flamingo.
The Uturuncu is a not completely extincted volcano, which is shown by the activity of fumaroles. With its 6.008 metres, it is the highest peak of southern Bolivia and the department of Potosí. Because of its remote location in the Cordillera de Lipez, just few people ascend its peak. But it is probably the most easy to climb mountains of more than 6000 metres in the world.
We take the night bus from La Paz to Uyuni.
Arrival in Uyuni in the morning. After breakfast we start our trip in our private 4WD. First we will pass the train cemetery and the cooking salt production village of Colchani until we get to the worlds biggest salt flat – the Salar de Uyuni.
In the middle of the Salar we will visit the Incahuasi Island, where we can marval at century old cacti of 12 metres height.
Overnight stay in a basic accommodation in San Juan, a village in the south of the Salar.
Today our trip will leads us through the impressive desert landscape of the Eduardo Avaroa National Park with stunning lagoons where we will see lots of flamingos. At the end of the day we will reach the Laguna Colorada, a fascinating red and blue coloured lagoon.
Overnight stay in a basic accommodation at the Laguna Colorada.
Before sunrise we will leave towards the geyseres of „Sol de Manana“. Farther on we will visit the thermal springs of “Aguas Termales”, where we can heat up from the badly cold morning hours. Later we will pass the desert of „Salvador Dali“ to get to the Laguna Verde the southern most point of our trip. Overnight stay in a basic accommodation in Quetana Chico.
Again today we have to get up really early, because we want to climb the 6008m high Uturuncu volcano. By 4WD we can get quite close to its peak, so there will be just about 600 meters of altitude left for our ascent to its top. There are no climbing experiences needed, but altitude could be a major problem. From its top we can overlook and enjoy a fascinating view of the South Lipez region.
Back at the car, we have to drive back to Uyuni where we will arrive at the later afternoon.
After dinner, we take the night bus back from Uyuni to La Paz.
In the morning arrival to La Paz.
Included in the package
- Public transport from La Paz to Uyuni and return
- Private 4WD during the 2nd to the 5th day
- 2x nights in the night bus, 3x overnight stays in basic accommodations with dormitories
- Entrance fees
- Full board from the 2nd to the 5th day
- Guide (Spanish speaking)
- Optional: Guide English/German speaking (On request)
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