Todo Turismo Buses & Red Planet Salt Flats Bundle
Regular Price: $284.00
Special Price $279.00
Book the most recommended salt flats tour option with Red Planet 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 beautiful salar de Uyuni. Safe,reliable quality service, English-speaking.
This is the cheapest available price on the internet to buy these options together!
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 – Red Planet Salt Flats Tour – Uyuni – Colchani – Incahuasi – Atulcha
The bus will arrive in Uyuni at around 6 AM. You will then have some free time to have breakfast in one of the many local cafes in Uyuni (not included). At 9 AM you will need to visit Red Planet office in order to do your check-in and finalize details before your salt flats tour. You will leave Uyuni in the morning around 10.30/11:00 am and first visit the train cemetery where you can see the old rusting trains from decades ago. After this we continue to Colchani and witness how the salt is processed. We have lunch in the village and then move onto the salt flats themselves. We will see where the salt has been laced in mounds ready to be transported, the original Playa Blanca salt hotel (no longer used for guests) and visit Inca Huasi 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 and the salt before we head toward the village of Atulcha where we will spend the night (the salt hotel is called Nuevo Amanecer). If time allows, you might also have the chance to see the sunset on the salt flats (this depends on season and cannot be guaranteed, but is usually possible).
DAY 3 – Atulcha – Lagunas – Laguna Colorada – Geysers – Hot springs – Polques
We awake early and have breakfast before leaving to travel further south. You will first have the chance to visit the Sora Canyon and see llamas in their natural environment before continuing through the Chuguana desert area where the scenery will include a number of extinct volcanoes plus the semiactive Ollague. As the journey continues we will pass by high altitude lagoons that are home to 3 species of flamingo before arriving into the desert of Siloli and the “tree of rock”. We then move onto the “Laguna Colorada”, an amazing red colored lake full of flamingos. Here is where we enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Park. In late afternoon we then go to visit the “Sol de Mañana” geysers and see the bubbling mud pools and steam jets. We will then continue to Polques where we find the hostel where we will spend the night. After dinner, you can decide to relax in the warm water pools of the local hot springs while enjoying the breathtaking starry sky.
DAY 4 – Polques – Dalí Desert – Laguna Verde – Uyuni – Todo Turismo Tourist Bus Uyuni to La Paz
Today we have an early start at 6.00 am and have breakfast. We then continue our trip via the “Dali desert” (only visible from afar) to see “Laguna Verde” where, if conditions are correct, we see the green mineral waters of this lake at the foot of Volcan Licancabur. We then start our return journey back to Uyuni where we arrive approximately 16.30/17.00. You have some free time and will need to be at Todo Turismo office at 7.30 PM ready for the 8 PM departure. Once again the service includes a 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.
Included / Not 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 Red Planet salt flats
- English-speaking guide
- Specialist Salt Flats Driver (sometimes the guide can also be driver depending on availability)
- 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)
- Oxygen tank
- Transfers to/from the bus terminals / offices
- Sleeping bags (can be rented the morning of the tour during the check-in for 50 Bs per person)
- 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
- 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 Red Planet 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 Red Planet 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 Red Planet 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. Usually Red Planet 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.
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Why don't you do salt flats tours over Christmas/New Year period?
- Can I pay to upgrade hotels on the salt flats tours?
- What time do salt flats tours start?
- How does rainy season affect the Salt Flats Tours?
- What altitudes do the salt flats tours visit?
- How many people will be in the vehicle?
- Will we stay in a salt hotel?
- I want to take perspective photos – will there be lots of time & items for me to use?
- My friend wants to transfer to San Pedro de Atacama but I want to return to Uyuni – can we both be on the same tour?