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Uyuni and Lipez
Itinerary
  - Uyuni
- Alota
- Quetena
- Laguna verde
- Laguna colorada
- San Juan
- Jirira
- Tunupa
- Salar
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni  : Salar Colchani
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni  : Isla del Pescado
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni  : Geysers
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni  : Locos
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni  : Salar on 4WD
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni  : San Juan
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni  : laguna colorada

 


SALAR AND VOLCANOES
Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni

Discovery 8 days April to November private Spanish or English speaking guide
 
Along the way…

This expedition in some of the most beautiful areas of the Altiplano is destined for the wide, open space and Andean altitude lovers. Real 4WD expedition combined with the ascents of magnificent volcano Uturuncu, with its summit at over 6000 meters of altitude and the most accessible of Bolivia, and of Tunupa, located on the shore of Salar de Uyuni, recognizable by its multicolored crater.
Take your cameras and good adventure!

 
SALAR AND VOLCANOES - Volcanoes and lagunas of Lipez Desert and of Salar de Uyuni


Program
 
Day 1 : UYUNI – SALAR DE UYUNI – JIRIRA

4WD expedition from Uyuni to Uyuni - Equipped Land Cruiser / Spanish-speaking driver
9 a.m. departure from the Hotel with our 4WD for the Salar de Uyuni (el. 3650 m.a.s.l.), the world’s largest salt desert. On the way, we visit the salt exploitation of Colchani and the Salt Hotels (closed since November 2001).
We then stop in the heart of the Salar on the Island of Incahuasi. This island is of volcanic origin and covered with stromatolites and giant cacti (Stomatolites are fossilized bacterial colonies, first traces of life on earth).
In the afternoon, we traverse the Salar until we reach its Northern extremity at the foot of volcano Tunupa. We stop in Coquesa, an other small village in the border of the Salar, famous for its Chipaya mummies, before returning to Jirira. Cold lunch. All included. Lodging at Doña Lupe and Don Carlos’ in the Aymara village of Jirira (basic comfort).

 
Day 2 :JIRIRA – PARTIAL ASCENT OF VOLCANO TUNUPA (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) – SALAR DE UYUNI - SAN JUAN

Guided ascent– no technical difficulty – good physical condition required.
Early morning departure for the ascent of the volcano dominating the Salar. Exceptional view from the mirador (el. 4700 m.a.s.l.) that we can reach in 3 to 4 hours. The summit (el. 5400 m.a.s.l.) can’t be attempted, the ascent becoming too dangerous after the mirador (rock bands obstructing the way).
Return to Jirira in the afternoon. In our 4WD, we cross the Salar de Uyuni from North to South, to the village of San Juan, where are located the spectacular mummies of the “Lords of Lipez” (1200 A.D.) and a little museum. Cold lunch. All included. Hotel.
Hiking time: 7h; Elevation gain: +850m / -850m

 
Day 3 : SAN JUAN – “ROAD OF THE JEWELS” - LAGUNA COLORADA

After leaving San Juan, we cross the Salar de Chiguana. From there, the dirt road climbs from 3600 m to about 4200 m of altitude.
We pass at the foot of volcanoes Tomasamil (el. 5900 m.a.s.l.) and Ollague (still active), on the Chilean border. We stop at the mirador of volcano Ollague, still active and sheltering one of the world’s highest sulfur mines. We then skirt the Chilean border going south following the “Road of the jewels”: lagunas Cañapa, Hedionda, Ch’arkota, Honda, sanctuary to three varieties of Flamingoes.br> The track continues on through the beautiful scenery of the Siloli Desert and its famous “Stone Tree” where we can sometimes spot viscachas, before arriving, in the afternoon, at Laguna Colorada. This laguna owes its intense red-brick color to the light sensitive phytoplancton present in its water. Cold lunch. All included. Night in shelter (basic comfort).

 
Day 4 : LAGUNA COLORADA – LAGUNA VERDE

We depart early in the morning for an excursion to the geysers Sol de Mañana (el. 4850 m.a.s.l.) a volcanic crater from which escape sulfuric fumes and heavy water.
We then stop for breakfast in Polques before skirting Laguna Salada and crossing the Dali Desert (named after the scenery reminiscent of one of his paintings).
We reach Laguna Verde, at the foot of volcanoes Juriques and Licancabur (el. 5960 m.a.s.l.) before noon, to witness a curious phenomenon: the wind picks up and the waters of Laguna Verde change to a spectacular emerald color. Afternoon open. Option to bathe in the Hot Springs or to hike around Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca.
Cold lunch. All included. Night in shelter (Basic comfort).

 
Day 5 : ASCENT OF VOLCANO LICANCABUR (el. 5960 m.a.s.l.) – QUETENA

Ascent with guide – no technical difficulty – good physical condition required.
Start at 4 a.m. for the tentative ascent of Licancabur. The 4WD drops us off at the foot of the volcano (el. 4550 m.a.s.l.).
From there we begin our ascent under the faint glow of our headlamps. The whole mountainside is nothing else but scree. From the summit we overlook entirely one of the Cordilleras of the Andes: exceptional view over Lipez and the Atacama Desert as well as over the lagunas Verde and Blanca (between 6 and 10 hours round trip). Upon return to the laguna Verde, we meet our vehicle and cross the Dali Desert (named after its scenery reminiscent of one of his paintings) before skirting Laguna Salada.
From there, we head for Quetena where we arrive at the end of the day. Cold lunch. All included. Lodging in a shelter (basic comfort). Ascent time: 8h; Elevation gain: +1410m / -1410m

 
Day 6 :QUETENA – ASCENT OF VOLCANO UTURUNCU (el. 6008 m.a.s.l.) – QUETENA

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 drivable 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 for the ascent to the summit of the most accessible 6000-meter peak in Bolivia. Plan 1 to 2 hours for the descent. Return to Quetena at the end of the day.
Cold lunch. All included. Lodging with local host (basic comfort).

 
Day 7 : QUETENA – TREK – VILLAMAR

From Quetena, we drive to a place called Tomaslaka. We leave our vehicle at the foot of impressive formations resembling organs.
They mark the end of a 20 km lava flow thousands of years old. On foot, we enter a completely silent canyon overhang by steep cliffs carved by erosion. Viscachas and wild partridges hidden under rocks are startled by our intrusion. Further on we discover some abandoned antique tombs, some of which still contain ceramics and bones.
After a few minutes walk, we find ourselves in a vast rocky valley, leading us into the heart of the immense and desolate Altiplano. We cross the bofedals, where llamas and vicuñas find the perfect grazing place in the middle of ducks and guallatas (wild geese of the altiplano).
After 5 hours of trekking on moderate terrain we complete the loop and return to our vehicle. From there we head to the village de Villamar.
Cold lunch. All included. Lodging with local host (basic comfort).

 
Day 8 :VILLAMAR – SAN CRISTOBAL - UYUNI

Ascent with guide – no technical difficulty – good physical condition required.
Morning departure for our return to Uyuni (5 to 6 hours on a dirt road). On the way, we visit the Valley of Stones , Rio Grande, an area where abound vicuñas and ñandus (Ostrich family), the model village of Culpina K and the village of San Cristobal.
Arrival in Uyuni in the late afternoon and visit the train cemetery on the outskirts of town. Cold lunch (included). Dinner open (bar-restaurant La Loco recommended). Hotel.

 
 
Prices

- 2 persons: US$ 740 per person
- 3 persons: US$ 545 per person
- 5 persons: US$ 380 per person
- 6 persons: US$ 485 per person (2 4WD vehicles starting with 6 passengers)
- 7 persons: US$ 440 per person
- 8 persons: US$ 400 per person
- 9 persons: US$ 375 per person
- 10 persons: US$ 355 per person
- 11 persons: US$ 415 per person (3 4WD vehicles starting with 11 passengers)
- 12 and + persons: US$ 385 per person

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Hotels

Above mentionned prices include:
VILLAMAR: Las Piedritas *
LAUNA VERDE Refuge
SAN JUAN: Magia de San Juan **
JIRIRA: Doña Lupe
Don Daniel: Don Daniel*
Single room additional cost US$ 20 pr person

4/5 star hotels additional cost US$ 130 per person (US$ 170 for single room):
SAN JUAN: Hotel de Piedra ****
JIRIRA: Hotel de Sal ****

 
Included

- Spanish speaking guide / driver
- Entrance to park and cultural places mentioned.
- Private transport
- Night with local host
- 2-star hotels in twin room including breakfast
- Meals mentioned
- Mountain guide (Uturuncu) and trekking guide (Tunupa)
- Cook for more than 4 people (less than 4 people, the driver will also cook)

 
Not included

- Individual equipment (mandatory sleeping bag)
- Mandatory travel insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Tips
- Open meals mentioned, (from $ 3 to $ 8 US per person / meal).

 
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