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Traverse Uyuni's immense salt flats and gaze upon mummies in the Coquesa Caves

Embark on a tour of this arid, immense and complex salt plain area to uncover another side of Bolivia. Visit unique geological formations and spend time visiting the tiny town of Jiria, marvelling at the huge cacti atop Isla Pescado and exploring the Coquesa Caves (and the mummies within). Wander with llamas and enjoy the feeling of remoteness that comes with this otherworldly environment.

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La Paz, Bolivia
La Paz, Bolivia
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2 reviews
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt lake. Cross the perspective-bending white expanse in a 4WD with a local guide, making several fascinating stops along the way

  • Uyuni was once a distribution centre for trains carrying minerals to the Pacific. Walk among rusty, abandoned trains in the old Train Cemetery

  • Explore the village of Jiria at the foot of the dormant Tunupa volcano

  • As you explore the rocky island of Isla Wasi, rising from the salt pans and covered with flowering cacti, you might feel like you've stepped inside a surrealist painting

  • Look upon ancient mummies and ceramics in the Coquesa Caves. This is a great chance to explore a remote part of Bolivia

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip travels to some remote places, as well as locations at high altitude (La Paz is the highest city in the world). 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 La Paz a few days early to allow yourself time to acclimatise. Please see the ‘Fitness’ 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.


Welcome to La Paz, the highest city in the world! On arrival at the airport, take a complimentary transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel. Today is arrival day so there are no activities planned until an important welcome meeting at 6 pm with your leader and group. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.
  • Rosario Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
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. Head to the tiny village of Jiria at the foot of the Tunupa Volcano. Here you'll visit the Coquesa Caves, which are home to ancient ceramics and a mysterious family of mummies who have remained untouched for over 1,200 years. At the end of the day, drive to your accommodation on the salt plains.

Note: If you are travelling between December and April (the wet season), please see the 'Important Notes' section of the trip notes.
  • Jardines De Uyuni or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tanupa Volcano Visit
  • Colchani Visit
  • Coquesa Caves Visit
  • Train Cemetery Visit
  • Inkawasi Island visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning travel across the salt flats to the Galaxy caves. Stalactites and stalagmites form floor-to-ceiling columns in this bizarre natural formation. Afterwards, stop for lunch and visit the Pulacayo mine, before heading back to Uyuni. From here, take a flight back to La Paz airport, where this trip comes to an end.

Important: If you are booking a departure flight from La Paz for today please ensure it's no earlier than 1800/6pm.
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 would be happy to assist. Please speak with your booking agent.

Note: During the wet season, it won’t be possible to visit the Galaxy caves, although you will see the Pulacayo mine.

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Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


4WD vehicle, Plane


Comfortable hotel

Included Activities

  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Tanupa Volcano Visit
  • Colchani Visit
  • Coquesa Caves Visit
  • Train Cemetery Visit
  • Inkawasi Island visit


Our Uyuni Experience - Independent trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Uyuni Experience - Independent, November 2016

Eric Townend

Uyuni Experience - Independent, September 2016

Michael Hopkins

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Important notes

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 1800/6pm. 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.

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.
The night usually spent in the Salt Lake hotel will instead be spent in the hotel in Uyuni town.

Essential trip information

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