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Bolivia is a country more and more modern in terms availability to travel, communication, roads, and more. Its natural beauty and traditions make Bolivia an almost unexplored place to visit. This journey will take us to discover Bolivia on its splendor! Join us to visit the most beautiful attractions and landscapes of Bolivia, visiting its deserts, lakes, volcanoes and also its very famous salt flats! We encourage you to join us at the discovery of this country overflowing in culture, beautiful landscapes and amazing people!
In the morning, we will start our adventure towards the Uyuni salt flats. In a 4WD truck we will stop at the train cemetery to immediately head south on direction of Culpina, place where the constructions are made with 100% natural materials. We will stop at the town of San Cristobal to have lunch, visit the streets and if we are lucky, enter its colonial church with a beautiful architecture. Later on the day, we will reach El Bosque de Piedras (Stone Forest) and pass through the beautiful rock formations. At the end of the day we arrive to the refuge in Quetena, the place for our overnight.
We leave early from the refuge, heading to the Uturuncu volcano (Jaguar volcano), a Quechua term. We will take an old mining road, one of the highest carriage trails in the world that culminates at 5,700 meters of altitude (18,700 ft.). Depending on the level of snow in the area, our transportation may leave us at approximately 5,000 m (16,404 ft.) from where we begin our ascent to the summit. The hike will take us around 4 hours before we reach the summit at 6000 m or 19,685 ft. and be rewarded by the breathtaking views of the volcano and the valley under us. We will take the same path to descend and return to Quetena. Overnight at the refuge.
Note: The ascension to the Uturunku Volcano does not present technical difficulties, only a good physical condition is required.
We start this day getting near to the border of Chile, crossing part of the Dalí desert (named like the artist due to the ghostly landscape that reminds one of his paintings). We will arrive to La Laguna Verde (The Green Lagoon) and La Laguna Blanca (The White Lagoon), which are located at the foot of the Juriques (5704 m // 18,704) and Licancabur (5960 m // 19,553) volcanoes. Also, we will pass through the Polques hot springs and have the opportunity to take a bath at its hot waters, enjoy the natural surroundings and have time to relax. Then, the route will take us through the geysers of “Sol de Mañana” (4850 m // 15,912 ft.), characterized for the intense volcanic activity. We will continue our journey until we reach the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve and enter to the Colorada Lagoon, characterized by the different flashes of color reflected by the sun. It is here where we will find our little shelter in a place called Huayllajara. Overnight at the refuge.
Early in the morning, we will visit once again the Colorada Lagoon and witness a majestic scene with its spectacular colors populated by thousands of flamingos. We will depart north and cross beautiful landscapes of the Siloli desert and stop at the famous Arbol de piedra (Tree of stone). Continuing our route, we will cross La Ruta de las Joyas (Route of the Jewels), which is a set of four different color lagoons: Cañapa, Hedionda, Ch’arkota Honda and Ramaditas. All of these are sanctuaries to a very specific variety of flamingos. Also, we will pass at the foot of the Ollague volcano (5,865 m // 19,242 ft.), still active, and the one that houses one of the highest sulfur mines in the world. Finally, we will cross the small Chiguana Salt Flat, at the skirts of the Tomasamil volcano (5,900 m // 19,356 ft.), before arriving to the town of Aguaquiza. Overnight at the refuge.
On this day, we will enter the very heart of the beautiful Uyuni Salt Valley (3650 m or 111,975 ft.), where we will be able to appreciate the immensity of the considered the biggest salt flats of the world. The sensation that we will experience is unique; the horizon has no limits and the immensity is overwhelming. We will continue our journey to visit the Incahuasi Island, which is of volcanic origin and has a very peculiar view due to fossilized minerals and cacti. In the afternoon, we will arrive to Jirira’s refuge. Overnight at Jirira.
Early in the morning, we will start driving towards the skirts of the Tunupa volcano, approximately 2 hours away from Jirira. This volcano is considered an Andean god that dominates the salt flats and the Altiplano Boliviano (Bolivian plateau). We will start a hike for about 2 hours until we reach the viewpoint at 4700 m or 15,419 ft Those who wish to continue to follow the ascension to La Cumbre (5400 // 17,716 ft.) will face a challenge since the path is more demanding and takes around 2 hours to reach the summit. Nevertheless, the reward reaching the summit is a spectacular view of the multicolored crater of the volcano and on the other site, the immense Uyuni salt flats. We take the same path go back to Jirira and enjoy our last lunch, before heading back to Uyuni in the afternoon.
Note: The ascension to the Tunupa Volcano does not present technical difficulties, only a good physical condition is required.
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