AABSUFD03-B  Hito Cajón - Laguna Verde – Laguna Colorada - Uyuni 3D/2N


Day 1: Hito Cajon – Laguna Colorada
In the morning our transport and guide will be waiting for you at Hito Cajon, the bordering post between Chile and Bolivia. From here we start our first day drive towards Laguna Colorada. Our first stop will be to admire the beautiful Licancahur volcano (5868m). Next to the volcano we find the Laguna Verde and the whole environment gives us a scenic landscape. Then we cross the Dali Valley, a desert covered by strange stone formations, continuing north to the place known as “Sol de Mañana” (Morning Sun) where at about 4800 metres lays a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots, hellish fumaroles, and a thick aroma of sulphur fumes. This is a site of intense volcanic activity where inside small craters we shall observe boiling lava, reminding us of the age in which the earth was formed. Our last drive will take us to Laguna Colorada, a lagoon lying at an altitude of 4350 metres, and which covers an area of 60 km2. The rich red colouration is derived from algae and plankton, which thrives in its minerals and the shoreline, is fringed with brilliant white deposits of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum. The lagoon is inhabited by numerous flamingos, three species of which breed there: The Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis), the James flamingo (Phoenicopterus James) which is the smallest of the three species, and the Andean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus), the largest of the three, and which has pink plumage, yell legs and a yellow and black bill. To see these pink posers strutting through icy mineral lagoons at 5000m will make you abandon timeworn associations between flamingos, coconut palms and hot steamy tropics. Accommodations in a small very simple lodge with twin bed rooms with private facilities (hot water is not always available). Lunch Box, Dinner.

Note 1: under request (and at extra cost) we can arrange for you a transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Hito Cajon (with private or pool services).  

Day 2: Laguna Colorada – Villa Candelaria
This day we drive north to cross the Siloli Desert with its beautiful surroundings and rock formations. Here we will find the well-known “Arbol de Piedra” an estrange formation in the middle of the desert. Later on we will pass the Lagoons known as Ramadita, Honda, Cañapa and Hedionda, all of them surrounded by an impressive landscape of volcanoes and multicolor hills. In all these lagoons we find flamingos and other interesting Andean birds, and with luck perhaps we can observe the flight of the Condor, the king of the Andes. Continuing our drive we will arrive to a point from where we can observe the activity of the high Ollague Volcan (5865m), which and for a long time, was one of the main sulfur mining resources of Bolivia. Soon we cross the Chiguana Salar then continuing north we arrive to Pueblo Quemado, a historical remain from the old confrontations between Bolivia and Chile. In 1879 the Chilean army invaded the territories of Bolivia of what now is known as the Municipality of San Pedro de Quemez. The old town was completely burned and so the survivors of this tragedy moved to another place where is actually known as San Pedro de Quemez. Overnight in Villa Candelaria in a small simple lodge with rooms (with private facilities –not always hot water is available) for 2 people. Breakfast, Lunch Box, Dinner. 

Day 3: Villa Candelaria – Uyuni
After breakfast we depart from Villa Candelaria (or from San Pedro de Quemez) towards the place known as Galaxy cave, a dried sub aqueous cavern and formed in the previous stage to the freezing, corresponding to volcanic eruptions on waters of the Minchin lake (today Salar). From the ceiling of the cavern it displays calcareous bodies with capricious forms of solidification of the magma in contact with water. Here we also find the Devil’s Cave, a site containing some mummified bodies. Our drive then will cross the Salar heading North West to our next stop at the base of Isla Pescado (Fish Island), a hilly outpost where a large population of viscachas (Andean rodents) inhabits. Fish Island is an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by cacti up to 10 metres. Then our drivers will take us to the base of another hilly outcrop known as Incahuasi Island, situated in the center of the Salar and with rock formations that contains the remains of corals and seashells. The island is populated by trichocerus cacti, species of cactus that grows up to 7m tall, at a rate of 1 centimeter per year, making them up to 700 years old. From the top of the hill we get and extraordinary view of the surreal Salar de Uyuni. At the base of the hill we will have lunch in a local restaurant run by the locals, and shortly after this we continue our drive to the town of Uyuni. In our way we make our last stop at the small community of Colchani which lies beside the Salar de Uyuni and it is home of the Cooperative Rosario – the main plant for the iodisation of salt. After this last visit we continue to the town of Uyuni, our final destination, where you will be transferred to your hotel (hotel accommodations are not included). Breakfast, Lunch.


Tour Highlights:

•    Uyuni Salt Desert

•    Volcanoes & Lagoons

•    Isla Incahuasi and Fish Island

•    Fauna (flamingos, birds, llamas & alpacas)

Gross Price per person: us$ 365. -

Included: transport services, Spanish/English speaking guide, entrance fees, and small simple hotel accommodations in twin bed rooms for 2 people and with private facilities.

 Departures: Year round (except in February & March) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (pick up from the airport or from your hotel in Uyuni – Departures are guaranteed with minimum four participants).





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