TODO TURISMO BUSES & PERLA DE BOLIVIA SALT FLATS BUNDLE

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Visit world-famous Salar de Uyuni with top operator Perla de Bolivia starting with a tourist bus from La Paz and including return bus after the tour. We are the number one official agency for Todo Turismo and Perla de Bolivia and decided to offer this bus & tour combo option to allow you to book both services all at once. You cannot find this combination for a cheaper price anywhere!. Book now to secure your places!


NOTE - Not available for tours starting 3rd,4th or 5th March due to Carnival

OVERVIEWOVERVIEW

Book one of the best salt flats tour options with Perla de Bolivia and the most popular tourist bus transport from La Paz to Uyuni and back with Todo Turismo together in this all in one bundle! 1000s of travellers every year choose these two companies for their tour to the beautiful Salar de Uyuni. Both operators are known for their safety, quality services and providing English-speaking guides / assistance. 
This is the cheapest available price on the internet to buy these options together!

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ITINERARYITINERARY

DAY 1 – Todo Turismo Tourist Bus La Paz to Uyuni
You meet at Todo Turismo office (in front of the main bus terminal, Uruguay Av.) at 8.30 PM for the 9 PM departure. During your overnight bus you will get a meal for dinner (veggie or gluten free options available) and a little snack for breakfast before arriving. A blanket and a small travel pillow are also provided. There will be an English-speaking assistant on the bus that will be there to help you throughout the journey.

DAY 2 – Perla de Bolivia Salt Flats Tour – Uyuni – Colchani – Incahuasi Island – Pia Pia Island  Sunset on salar – Ajencha
We will leave Uyuni in the morning around 10/10.30 am and first visit the train cemetery where you can see the old rusting trains from decades ago. After this we proceed to Colchani and witness how the salt is processed before we arrive to the salt flats themselves and see the “Ojos de Sal” where water bubbles up through the salt plains. We will see where the salt has been placed in mounds ready to be transported, the original salt hotel (no longer used for guests) and visit Inca Huasi (Fish Island) to see the giant cacti and have great views of the salt flats all around. There will be plenty of time for taking amazing photos before moving to another island, the Pia Pia island, to watch the sunset and take some stunning photos before making our way to the salt hotel in the village of Ajencha for dinner and stay the night

DAY 3 – Ajencha – Ollague View  Lagunas – Laguna Colorada
We awake at 7am and have breakfast before leaving to travel further south. We will first stop at a viewpoint of  the still active Ollague volcano before moving towards the lagoons.  We will be passing through remote rocky deserts areas with incredible scenery as we continue our drive through the route of the Three Lagoons - Cañapa, Hedionda and Chiarkhota, where you will be able to spot the first flamingos. During the drive you will see a number of extinct volcanoes and if your lucky spot a viscacha (native rodent that looks similar to a rabbit) . In late afternoon we will arrive into the desert of Siloli and the “tree of rock” before moving on to visit  “Laguna Colorada”, an amazing red colored lake home to three species of flamingos. Not far from here we will find the accommodation where we will say the night and but before the afternoon ends we will first visit the “Sol de Mañana” geysers and see the bubbling mud pools and steam jets. We will also visit some open air hot springs and have a chance to have a soak in the natural thermal waters.


DAY 4 – Laguna Colorada – Geysers – Laguna Verde – Uyuni – Todo Turismo Tourist Bus Uyuni to La Paz
Today after breakfast we will be driving through the area known as "Dali Desert" due to the surreal rock formations that reportedly inspired the great artist himself. As we get nearer to the border with Chile we arrive at “laguna Verde” where, if conditions are correct, we see the green mineral waters of this lake at the foot of Volcan Licancabur (from here we do the transfers to San Pedro de Atacama - there is an additional fee for this transfer and it is available on 3 day tour only, you arrive in San Pedro approx. midday). We then start our return journey back to Uyuni stopping on the way in a couple of towns such as San Cristobal where we will visit the local church and admire its well-preserved colonial paintings. We then start our return journey back to Uyuni where we arrive approximately 17.30/18.00.You have a little free time and will need to be at Todo Turismo office at 19.30 PM ready for the 20.00 PM departure. Once again the service includes a light meal, a snack, an English-speaking assistant, blanket and pillow.


DAY 5 – Arrival in La Paz
You will arrive in La Paz at around 7/7.30 AM (time can vary). Dropoff will be at Todo Turismo office. This is the end of this amazing adventure.

COLD WEATHER PERIODS & RAINY PERIODS

At certain times of the year weather conditions can effect what is possible on a tour itinerary and certain modifacations must be made.

During periods of lots of rain leaving the salar covered in water it is not possible to drive across in the same way and some areas are not accesible so must be omitted during a tour. Often this can mean that Inca Wasi (Fish Island) cannot be accessed. Also , the first nights sleeping location might be changed as water on the salar can mean crossing it takes too long. This might mean you do not sleep in a hotel made from salt. Additionally the Sol de Mañana geysers and hot springs might be visited at end of day 2 and not start of day 3. You will however get to stop to see incredible mirror effects were the sky is reflected in the water.

During cold weather periods that result in snowfall in the high altitude areas some parts can become impassable, in particular in the area of Eduardo Avaroa National Park that contains the Red Lagoon, Green Lagoon and Dali desert area. If these areas become impassable or unsafe then the itinarary will be changed. This can happen at short notice and also can mean that 3 day tours are cut short to be 2 day tours. The border crossing point for transfer to San Pedro de Atacama can also close during these times but there may be an alternative border transfer option (conditons permitting) further north near Ollague that can be offered but it will incur an additional cost due to increased distances travelled by the chilean transport.

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDEDINCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED

  • Todo Turismo tourist bus La Paz to Uyuni and Uyuni to La Paz (semicama or cama seats depending on your choice and availability)
  • English-speaking attendant on bus
  • Meal on bus
  • Transportation in 4x4 vehicle for Perla de Bolivia salt flats 
  • English-speaking guide 
  • Specialist Salt Flats Driver (sometimes the guide can also be driver depending on availability)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Meals during the tour (2B 3L 2D - take extra snacks as food can be quite plain)
  • 1 night accommodation in a salt hotel (double/triple/quadruple rooms, most of them with private bathroom, some with shared - depends on availability)
  • 1 night accommodation in basic hostel (shared dorm with shared bathroom)
 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transfers to/from the bus terminals / offices
  • Entrance fees - 30 Bs for the Incahuasi Island (if reachable), 150 Bs for the National Park and 6 Bs for the hot springs (subject to change)
  • Water - we recommend you purchase 2 liters per person per day to take with you
  • Sunglasses and sun cream 
  • Additional snacks and beverages
  • Torch - recommended
  • Tips

IMPORTANT INFORMATIONIMPORTANT INFORMATION
  • Trips to the Salar de Uyuni are an unforgettable experience but unfortunately the general standard of facilities and services are not very high in this remote area. We would like to make it clear that things are not as reliable and comfortable as we would like on these tours so for this reason we do not promise more than what you will receive for your money. The accommodations and food will be basic. Due to the harshness of the terrain vehicle breakdowns are common. Still interested? Good, you should be because if you can put up with a bit of hardship you should have a great time. Take some extra snacks, plenty of warm clothes and a sleeping bag (can be rented) and the accommodations won’t feel so bad. The drivers are used to breakdowns and are pretty adept at fixing their vehicles, they are always willing to help each other out and you are usually not stuck for long - so a bit of patience is often all you need. We believe if you are informed truthfully about the possible negative aspects of the tours you can prepare yourself better and will have a more positive experienceThe above described is a typical tour but sometimes some things are omitted from a tour (for example during rainy season), sometimes additional things are included (such as train cemetery visit at the start or end of the trip) so this shouldn’t be seen as a rigid itinerary, although the most popular main sites are always included. If there is something you really want included your group should stress this to your driver at the start of the tour so he can plan accordingly.
  • Bus Seating - Todo Turismo have two different types of buses: a bus that only has half-reclining/semicama seats and another one that is a double-decker with cama seats on the first level and semicama seats on the second. At the moment the double-decker is scheduled to leave only every other day, not daily. We give you the possibility to choose the cama service but we will only be able to confirm it if it is leaving on your date. In case the cama service is not available (might also be booked up), we can either just book the semicama for you and refund you the difference, or you can also decide to change dates/plans (please specify below).
  • Transfers to/from bus terminal - Transfers to and from the bus terminal in both La Paz and Uyuni are not included. To get to Todo Turismo office you can take a taxi (usually 15 mins from city centre in normal traffic) that should cost you around 20/30 Bs. Once in Uyuni you can simply make your way to Perla de Bolivia office, which is going to be at walking distance of a couple of blocks. We will provide detailed information about the office location (and contact details) when we confirm your booking. You will be dropped off back at Perla de Bolivia office at the end of the salt flats tour, and back at Todo Turismo office once you return to La Paz.
  • Accommodation - The accommodation for the first night of your salt flats tour will be in twin/double/triple rooms in a salt hotel, with private bathroom (in most rooms, otherwise it will be shared - depends on availability) and hot water shower, and 24 hours electricity. The second night will be in a basic refuge and whenever possible (usually is the case) the 6 people of your group will share the same room. There will be a shared toilet but no shower. We recommend you take a sleeping bag to use in addition to the provided blankets in the accommodations - this can be rented on the morning your tour departs.
  • Rainy season - Please note that during the rainy season (usually from January to May) the Incahuasi Island and the salt hotel might not be reachable if the salt flats are covered in water. We cannot know this in advance. In case the salt hotel is not reachable, you will spend the first night in a regular accommodation with shared bathroom (and not made of salt).
  • Luggage - There is a 20 kg for luggage on Todo Turismo buses. About the salt flats tour, bags are normally stored on top of the car, but the space will be limited and if there are people who will finish their tour in Chile in your group, for obvious reasons they will have the priority. This means that it might be not possible for you to take all your stuff on the tour, and in this case you will have to leave part of your luggage at Perla de Bolivia office and will collect it when you get back from the tour. We recommend you have your luggage ready for this evenience (in order to take things out easily etc.) should this be necessary.
  • Group size on salt flats tour - Up to 6 customers per car. It is possible that Perla de Bolivia will arrange two cars going together: in one car 6 people + 1 driver (not English-speaking), in the other car 5 people + 1 driver + 1 English-speaking guide. The cars will do the tour together and the guide will give an explanation to both groups every time the cars stop. This arrangement depends on how busy it is at the time and availability of guides (there are limited english good speaking guides in the area)
  • Health and safety - These tours visit very remote areas that have very limited facilities. If you are ill or there is an accident there are no medical facilities other than Uyuni town and even these are basic. If things go wrong you are faced with the reality of travel in a remote area of a developing country. The salt flats tours travel to altitude of around 5000 meters so the majority of people will feel some effects for altitude sickness. We recommend that you should be acclimatized to above 3000 meters before going on these tours and that you take headache tablets, "soroche" (local word for altitude sickness) tablets and any other medications that you may require.
  • Important - For safety reasons, we won't be accepting bookings for tours starting between December 23rd and January 6th. You can read a more detailed explanation of why we don't do salt flats tours over Christmas/New Year period HERE.

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