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SALAR & SOUTH LIPEZ BY BIKE

This circuit is an adventure! Not only we will cross the world largest salt desert by bike, but we will also cross the South Lipez unique bolivian landscapes...
We will spend two days in the amazing white immensity of the Salar de Uyuni (3650 m). Then we will go to the South Lipez, region of high altitude (3600-4750 m) famous for colorful lakes, salt flats, rock formations and many volcanoes. Biking, we will discover many attractions in the area: the lagoons from the Route of the Jewels such as Laguna Colorada, Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde, the famous Stone Tree and increible Siloli Desert landscapes. We will dive into the hot springs of Polques and will discover the geysers Sol de Mañana. We will also climb the Uturuncu volcanoe, over 6,000 meters above sea level.
NOTE: This circuit is intended for trained cyclists, including long stages, high altitudes and positive slope - Security will be assured by the permanent presence of an addtional 4x4

IMPORTANT: PLEASE LIMIT THE WEIGHT OF YOUR PERSONAL EFFECTS TO 15 KG / PERSON

Map

Itinerary

  • Day 1: La Paz - Uyuni
  • Day 2: Uyuni - Incahuasi Island
  • Day 3: Incahuasi Island - Aguaquiza
  • Day 4: Aguaquiza - San Juan
  • Day 5: San Juan - Ollague
  • Day 6: Ollague - Siloli Desert
  • Day 7: Siloli Desert - Laguna Colorada
  • Day 8: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde
  • Day 9: Laguna Verde - Quetena
  • Day 10: Quetena - Villamar
  • Day 11: Villamar - Uyuni

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: La Paz - Uyuni

Departure from the hotel at 08:00 in private 4x4 for a long step. This is the altiplano and the deep Bolivia pass before our eyes.
We walk along the Uru-Uru and Poopo lake to get to Oruro (3 hours), famous for its carnival Aboriginal, South America's largest after the one in Rio de Janeiro.
An hour and a half later, we reach the trail to the village of Challapata.
Arrival in Uyuni in the late afternoon, a small town lost in the edge of the Salar (4 to 5 hours from Challapata on a swampy track). Lunch on the road (included). Dinner (bar-restaurant La Loco recommended).

Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***.
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), private transport

Day 2: Uyuni - Incahuasi Island

Departure from the hotel by bike to the Salar de Uyuni (3650 m.), the largest world salt desert. En route, visit of a salt exploitation in Colchani and the Salt Hotel (closed since 2001).

Then we stop in the heart of the Salar, on Incahuasi island of volcanic origin and covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (stromatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on Earth).

We assemble our camp behind Inca Huasi Island.

Cycling time: 5-7h
Cold lunch. All-in.
Night in Bivouac.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, equipment rental, spanish speaking driver guide

Day 3: Incahuasi Island - Aguaquiza

Departure from the island in the morning, heading south for the second step on the Salar until Aguaquiza.

We will go through Atulcha the village, home to a small archaeological museum, the museum of quinoa and a craft workshop queñua.

Night in Aguaquiza, 20 minutes away.

Cycling time: 5-6 hours
Lunch included. All-in.
Night at the Posada de la Ñusta.
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Aguaquiza - San Juan

Morning departure to San Juan via the "caves of the galaxy," underwater geological formation, which we will give the impression of miles we leagues under the sea (petrified coral). Adjacent to the caves of the Galaxy, we visit the "cave of the devil", pre-Inca cemetery.

Then we go down to San Juan and discover the spectacular mummies found the "Lipez Lords" (1200, D.C.) and a small archaeological museum.

Cycling time: 5-6 hours
All-in

Night at La Cabaña de Sal hostel* (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: San Juan - Ollague

Early departure towards the Ollague volcano (still active). We cross the Salar de Chiguana then stop at the viewpoint of the volcano Ollagüe. This active volcano (5865 masl.) has also the highest sulfur mines in the world.

Cycling time: 8h
Cold lunch. All-in.
Overnight camping.

Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport

Day 6: Ollague - Siloli Desert

We skirt the Chilean border to the south, following the "road of jewels": Cañapa lagoons, Hedionda, Honda and Ch'arkota, sanctuaries of 3 varieties of flamingos.
The trail continues through the beautiful landscapes of the desert Siloli, where our hotel is located.

Note: particularly difficult day with the altitude change. Possibility to make it by car.

Cold lunch. All-in.

Night at the Hotel del Desierto***.
(availability of double room with matrimonial bed not guaranteed)
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 7: Siloli Desert - Laguna Colorada

Heading south through the stunning scenery of Siloli desert and its famous "stone tree" where spot some viscachas. Then we discover the spectacular Laguna Colorada (4278 m.a.s.l.). This immense lake of pinkish water owes its name to the presence in its waters of light sensitive phytoplankton, which also attracts thousands of flamingo part of the year.

Cycling time: 5 hours
Cold lunch (included). Dinner included.
Night in a refuge.




Night in a basic accommodation.


Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 8: Laguna Colorada - Laguna Verde

Starting early in the morning for the Laguna Verde. On the way, we make a stop to the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 masl) a volcanic crater from effusions of sulfur fumes and heavy water.
Then we stop at the Polques Hot Springs. We reach the Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde at the end of the afternoon close by the volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5960 masl), to witness a curious phenomenon: the wind picks up and the Laguna Verde takes a spectacular emerald color.
Opportunity to travel by 4x4 to the refuge to Laguna Blanca (15km).

Note: very long day, with a climb up to almost 5000m above sea level.

Cycling time: 10-12h
Cold lunch. All-in.
Night in shelter (basic comfort).

Night at the Alta Montaña accomodation (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room

Day 9: Laguna Verde - Quetena

Early departure. First of all we reach Laguna Colorada by 4WD. Then head to the East towards Quetena by mountain bike between Soniquera volcanoes (5216 m. alt.) and Uturuncu (6008 m alt.).

Note: No recommended to ride by bike all day because it's a very long day.

Cold lunch. All-in.
Night in hostel (basic comfort).


Night at the Doña Braulia accommodation (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 10: Quetena - Villamar

Ascent with guide – no technical difficulty – good physical condition required
Departure in the morning from the village of Quetena towards the hillsides of the active volcano Uturuncu (“jaguar” in Quechua). We follow one of the highest tracks in the world, an old mining road, culminating at 5700 meters above sea level. Depending on the snow level, the vehicle can drop us off at about 5000 m.a.s.l. From there, we start our ascent by following the dirt track to its end. A last effort will take us to the summit.
It takes about 4 hours to reach the summit of the most accessible 6000-meter peak in Bolivia. Plan 1 to 2 hours for the descent.
Return to Villamar at the end of the day.
Cold lunch. All included. Lodging with local host (basic comfort).

Night at Las Piedritas hostel* (basic comfort).
Included : lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Day 11: Villamar - Uyuni

Morning departure to the return to Uyuni (5 to 6 hours of track). En route we visit the rock valley of the Rio Grande, vicunas area and ñandus (cousins of the ostrich), the village of Culpina K and the village of San Cristobal.

Arrival at Uyuni in the late afternoon, then we visit the locomotive cemetery at the entrance of the city.

Cold lunch (included). Free dinner (bar-restaurant La Loco recommended).

Night at the Tambo Aymara hotel***.
Included : lunch (no drinks), private transport, room & breakfast

Hotel Tambo Aymara   Uyuni

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Welcome to THE Ethno-Hotel of Uyuni with singles, twins and double rooms all with heating and private bathroom. The hotel has a restaurant, a charming Ethno-bar, a video library and a parking.

Hotel Posada de la Ñusta   Aguaquiza

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The hotel is situated in the Province of Aguaquiza in the North of Lipez, in the departement of Potosí.

Hotel La Cabaña de Sal   San Juan

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The Cabaña de Sal is a nice little hotel built with salt blocks coming from the salt flat lake. The rooms are comfortable with private bathroom and hot water. There is no heating in the rooms.

Option : Accommodation driver

Hotel del Desierto   Siloli Desert

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

The Tayka Desert Hotel is located in the heart of the Siloli desert. Volcanic rocks were used for the walls and the architectural design has been specially choosen to withstand the intensity of the winds of the region.

Lodging Don Roman   Laguna Colorada

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast

Accommodation, offering basic comfort, located in the town of Hullajara about 6 km from Laguna Colorada. It offers a beautiful view of the lake in the morning. There is no private rooms only shared.

Hotel Albergue de Alta Montaña   Laguna Verde

Level : 1*
Included : room

This small shelter, located at the edge of the Laguna Blanca, offers a perfect alternative to spend a night before crossing the border to Chile or climb the Licancabur volcano. The comfort is basic. There is no heating nor hot water. The shelter propose dormitories with shared bathrooms and toilets.

Option : Driver accommodation

Lodging Dona Braulia   Quetena

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

Las Piedritas   Villamar

Level : 1*
Included : room & breakfast, dinner (no drinks)

This small inn in the village of Villamar is undoubtedly the best place to stay a night or two, enjoy a really fair comfort, good food prepared by the owner all of this for a very affordable price. The rooms are equipped with private bathroom and hot water.

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