Uyuni is the start point of your 4WD excursion into Salar de Uyuni
and the Andean Desert
. This morning you'll stop by the Train Cemetery, three kilometres outside of Uyuni Town, connected to it by the old train tracks, and see where families of abandoned locomotives rust slowly in the sun.
Continuing on to the town of Colchani
, which produces salt the old-fashioned way, before heading into the salt flats. Endless skies meet endless white plains, and it's a pretty hypnotic sight – don't forget to snap loads of photos! Stop by an intriguing salt hotel and drive to an island of cacti that rises like a jagged reef in the desert. Known as Isla Inca Wasi
, or Fish Island, this fossil-strewn outcrop was once the top of an ancient volcano, and you’ll have the chance to go on an optional hike here.
Following a long day, you'll head south to a small village and your homestay-style accommodation. Settle in and enjoy dinner this evening.
- Accommodation: Dormitory
- Included Activities: Salt flats - Visit to 'Fish Island/Inca Wasi'
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation in the desert is very basic. Shower facilities, if any, can be unreliable and cold, as the pipes often freeze in the winter months. Toilet facilities are simple, and the multi-share accommodation is dormitory-style. Electricity is generated by solar panels and generators, so there won’t be enough power to charge electronic devices. The desert is at high altitude and can experience extremely cold weather, particularly at night, so it’s important to pack warm clothing and base layers. Please be aware that from December to March, there’s a risk of the salt lake being flooded. If this is the case, the itinerary will be adapted to accommodate this.