You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
On arrival into Uyuni you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Uyuni, founded in 1889 by Bolivian president Aniceto Arce, is still an important military base. It lies in south-western Bolivia, 3,670 metres above sea level and situated on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world. The Salar de Uyuni covers over 10,000 square kilometres of the Bolivian Altiplano and is fringed by the mountains of the Andes. Beneath it lies the world’s largest lithium reserve estimated to be about 100 million tons and accounting for around 70% of the world’s lithium reserves. The salt in the salt flats is over 120 metres deep. The area is remote, arid and cold, stark, yet stunning, boasting extraordinary beauty and a silence that is captivating.
Today’s tour starts with a visit to the cemetery of old trains on the outskirts of Uyuni. Uyuni was an important transportation hub and in the late 19th century, rail lines were built by British engineers and the trains carried minerals to the Pacific Ocean ports. After the collapse of the mining industry in the 1940’s, many trains were abandoned outside Uyuni with the resulting Train Cemetery. The salt winds have led to the corrosion of the metal.
We then set off across the Great Salt Flats to Colchani village, where we observe the methods of salt extraction and salt processing. The salts flats are a vast natural wonder that extend for over 10,000 square kilometres. We cross to the north to visit the mummies of Coquesa, the pre-Colombian Pucara de Ayque fort and the nearby chullpares on the foothills of Thunupa volcano. A picnic lunch is taken in the middle of the salt flats. The tour continues east back towards Colchani to our hotel for the night, a salt hotel, where dinner is included.