San Pedro (Chile) – Salar – Sajama
Travel from San Pedro de Atacama in this 7-day tour, which will give you the opportunity to visit charming destinations in the extreme south of the department of Potosí, in the province of Sud Lípez. You will be able to know the protected area better known as Eduardo Avaroa National Park where you will be amazed at the naturalness of the fauna and flora, passing through colourful lagoons. You will also discover the majestic and imposing Uyuni Salt Flats and the Sajama National Park, in an unforgettable adventure.
San Pedro de Atacama
Transport in vehicle 4x4
San Pedro de Atacama - Laguna Colorada
Pick up between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 am, from the border post of Hito Cajón (Bolivia), point of entry to the Lipez region. We continue towards the white lagoon, Laguna Verde, at the foot of the Juriquer and Licancabur volcanoes (5960 m above sea level), witness a curious phenomenon: the wind rises and the Green Lagoon takes an emerald green tone. We cross the Desert of Dalí (named for the landscape that recalls one of his paintings), and enjoy the end of the day in the medicinal bath in Polques. Huayllajara (lodging).
Laguna Colorada - San Juan
The tours crosses the Desert of Siloli where is the famous Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree). Then continues along the Lagoons Ramadita, Honda, Charcota, Hedionda where a sulfur smell of rotten eggs emanates of volcanic activity. We then see the sanctuary of the 3 varieties of flamingos: Lagoon Cañapa, Viewpoint of the Volcano Ollague (always active), Salar de Chiguana, San Juan (visit mummies the cemetery 10Bs per person) to conclude the day in Puerto Chuvica (accommodation).
San Juan - Salar de Uyuni - Jirira
We go to the 12 000lm-wide salt flats (3650 above sea level). We see salt extracted and processed in Colchani mines, for human consumption and to be used in creating crafts. Ojos de Agua, the first Salt Hotel one of the most unusual hotels in the world, Incahuasi or Fish Island, a cactus-covered hill up to 12m high with over a thousand years. In the afternoon, we cross the Salar until we reach its Northern extremity at the foot of volcano Tunupa. Lodging in the Aymara village of Jirira (basic comfort).
Jirira - Salar de Coipasa - Sabaya
In the morning we drive to the Salar de Coipasa, with an area of 2218 km, which makes it the fifth largest salt lake in the world. It is located in the west central part of the Andean highlands, at an altitude of 3657 meters. We are in the heart of the wild altiplano, in the middle of arid scenery, surrounded by volcanoes that punctuate the nearby Chilean border. We spend the night in Sabaya (basic comfort).
Sabaya - Chullpas de Lauca - Sajama
We head south through the country to Urus Chipaya, following sandy and treacherous dirt roads. After crossing Río Lauca, we can see some polychromatic chullpas, the most beautiful ones of Bolivia (chullpas were tombs of the Aymara lords; pre-Inca time). We reach Sajama National Park in the afternoon after a 5 to 6-hour journey. Lodging with local host (basic comfort).
Sajama - Gueisers - Tomarapi
Morning visit to the geysers of Walla Keris. This particularly active area offers a unique display of bubbling baths spread over hundreds of square meters at the foot of the volcano Sajama, revered by the local population (about a 2 hour walk). In the afternoon we keep on walking to Laguna Huaña Khota, where flamingoes sometimes come to mix with the ducks and wild geese. In Tomarapi the wildlife is abundant and varied: alpacas, vicuñas and ñandus (similar to an ostrich). Night in the new shelter «Albergue» (comfort of a 2-star hotel).
Tomarapi - Curahuara de Carangas - La Paz
In the morning, we get back on the dirt road and head for the abandoned village. Option to do a short hike in the rocky chaos, before returning to the international road. On the way, we stop in the village of Curahuara de Carangas, well known for its well-adorned colonial church (perfectly preserved frescoes). Further on, we discover the chullpas, carangas sepultures, empty today after their systematic pillaging. Ends at 19:00 pm in La Paz.