AABSUFD04   Uyuni Salt Desert and Climbing Volcanoes of the  South Lipez Desert  12/11N

SALAR-750

Day 1: Arrival in La Paz:
Arrival at the city of La Paz. Our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to the centrally located hotel in La Paz. Free time for resting, and get used to the high altitude. 

Day 2: La Paz.
Today we will make a ½ day tour to visit the city and its main attractions: First we go to the Killi Killi view point from where we get a great view of the city of La Paz. Then we drive to the Jaen street where we will be visiting the 4 museums (Casa Murillo, Gold House, Coca Leaves, and Folklore Music Instruments), then we go down to the Murillo square with the cathedral and the Government House. Our tour will continue to visit the interesting and bizarre witches Indian Market, the busy Sagarnaga Street, San Francisco Square and finally we go for a walk on area known as the “Moon Valley”, an interesting geological formation not far from La Paz. Free afternoon. Hotel accommodations. (B). 

Day 3: La Paz – Titicaca Lake Sun Island – La Paz
In the morning we drive to the town of Copacabana from where, and using a local boat, we navigate to the Sun Island to visit their famous pre-Inca and Inca ruins. On the island of the Sun, believed as the place of origin of the Inca culture, we will do an interesting 10km trek which will permit us to visit small Indian villages, visit pre and Inca ruins (Pilcokaina, Sun Temple, Chinkana, etc.), and enjoy the wonderful landscape. In the afternoon boat back to Copacabana, and transport to La Paz. Hotel. B, L. 

Day 4: La Paz – Uyuni – Tahua (or Coquesa) Salt Hotel:
In the morning we transfer you to the airport in La Paz for your flight to Uyuni. Up on arrival in Uyuni with our private transport we take you for an enjoyable trip on the world famous, and impressive, Salar de Uyuni. Our driver will take us towards the town of Coquesa from where we start a 4 hours hike up to the view point (4900m) of Tunupa volcano of 5400m. The ascent is easy but it requires very good physical conditions due to the high altitude. Amaze with the wonderful view from the view point and the incredible Salar de Uyuni. In our descend we will visit the Mummies of Coquesa and then we go for a drive on the amazing salt flat desert until we reach the Incahuasi Island where we make a 1 hour hike to the summit of the hill where our guide will explain about the importance of this sacred place for the Incas culture. In the afternoon we continue to the town of Tahua on the border of the famous and amazing Uyuni Salt Field and where we will be lodging. (B, LB, D). 

Day 5: Tahua – Fish Island – Agencha (San Pedro de Quemez).
In the morning we continue our drive crossing the Salar de Uyuni until we reach the base of the hill known as the Fish Island (Isla Pescado) where we will make a 3 hours hike to the summit of this interesting spot where we find the giant cactus, viscachas (rabbit alike Andean rodents - Lagidium viscacia), and other interesting Andean birds, and flora. Later on we drive towards the south border of the salt desert where we will be visiting the Galaxy cave, an interesting geological formation. Here also we find some pre-Inca mummies. Then we make our final push driving towards the small village of San Pedro de Quemez where we overnight in a local hotel at 4000m. B, LB, D. 

Day 6: San Pedro de Quemez – Arbol de Piedra – Laguna Colorada (Ojos de Perdiz):
In the morning, and starting from Agencha (San Pedro de Quemez) we make a 4 hours hike towards Pueblo Refugio, a historical small village on this area. Afterwards we continue our drive towards the place known as Ojos de Perdiz, very near to the border with Chile and located at the border of the Siloli desert. On the way we will stop to observe the active Ollague Volcano, and then we continue south towards the area where we find several lagoons of different colors and shapes and where we can observe the Bolivian flamingoes, hundreds of them wandering on the lagoons. The landscape is spectacular. We can also observe vicunas and alpacas and other birds of the Andes including mountain gals and with luck we will be able to observe the flight of the Condor. Stay overnight in a refuge at Laguna Colorada (or hotel Tayka del Desierto). (B, LB, D). 

Day 7: Ojos de Perdiz – Laguna Colorada – Laguna Verde y Blanca:
After breakfast we start our early morning drive towards the famous Arbol de Piedra, geological formation well known in this area. From here we continue to the Laguna Colorada and then to the Geysers area known as “Sol de Mañana”. Then crossing the Dali desert with its strange rock formations, we continue our drive until we reach the base of the impressive Licancahur Volcano (5960m) just on the border with Chile. Here is located the beautiful Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). Later on we go to the Laguna Blanca where we will stay overnight in one of the basic lodges (no private facilities/shared rooms). (B, LB, D). 

Day 8: Climb Licancahur Volcano (5960m) – Quetena.
This day, and at about 3 a.m., we will start a 7-8 hours technically easy/moderate, but physically demanding climb to the summit of Licancahur volcano. From the summit, and weather permitting, we will enjoy a fantastic view of the Atacama area in Chile, and also of the Bolivian mountain area. Later on descend to the base of the volcano and transport to the village of Quetena. Stay overnight in a basic lodge (3800m). (B, LB, D). 

Day 9: Quetena – Climb Uturunco Volcano (6020m) - Mallku:
At 4 a.m. we start our day with a light Breakfast and then we drive towards the base of the 6020 meters high Uturunco volcano, an easy climb with no glaciers, but in any way a high altitude mountain activity. Enjoy great views of the surrounding areas. Descend and then we continue afterwards to the town of Mallku. Overnight in a small lodge. B, L, D. 

Day 10: Mallku – Uyuni:
A 5 hours trip will take us back to the city of Uyuni. On the way we will stop at the geological formation known as the Stone Town, and continuing our drive we pass through the villages of Alota, San Cristobal and finally arrive to Uyuni. Hotel. (B, L). 

Day 11: Uyuni – La Paz:
Today, and after a relaxing morning, we transfer you to the airport in Uyuni from where you will take your flight back to the City of La Paz. Free afternoon, and in the evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner in a nice local restaurant. B, D.

Day 12: La Paz out.
Transfer to the airport and flight back home. B. 

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