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1. Posted by Lejla (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hola chicos. In Argentina at the moment and heading off to Boliva tomorrow to Tupiza. Can anybody recommend a good tour to the salt lakes (company and length of tour) ??? Gracias, very much appreciated...

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Lejla,

I highly recommend Oasis Tours. They are located in the main square in Uyuni. They charged about $60US if I recall correctly. And they will supply a sleepnig bag if you need one.

Their guides were really good and the food was excellent.

Enjoy the flats. They are truly one of the most amazing sights of my life.

:)

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

I did a tour with Tupiza tours from Tupiza. It's a 4 day tour and you can either end your trip in Uyuni or go back to Tupiza with them.
Excellent driver/guide/cook and plenty of time for stops along the way. You'll visit the numerous lakes (red, green etc.), the dali desert and it's just a great landscape in general to travel around.
They are really very good, it's probably around 110 dollars everything included, which is a good price.

4. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 9y

on tours such as this do you get a discount if you are booking for multiple people.
for instance 110 per person or maybe 210 for 2 people, 300 for 3 etc.

Is it worth asking when you book?

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Quoting tricky

on tours such as this do you get a discount if you are booking for multiple people.
for instance 110 per person or maybe 210 for 2 people, 300 for 3 etc.

Is it worth asking when you book?

Yep, that's true. it's probably around 150 if you are only with 2 people, but the 4wd is almost always full, which means 6 people (well, actually 8 including driver and cook). But 6 people actually is too much, we were with 5 people which was much better for the people in the backseats.

6. Posted by Lejla (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Hola, me again....also, would you recommend to do the trips for 4 days or actually cut it shorter...BTW, does the weather change in the salt lakes significantly...?? i have only seen pictures with good weather and blue sky !

7. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 9y

Hi Lejla!

I had the same feeling about the weather, it doesnt look that cold in the pics, does it?? Apparently it is very cold this time of the year. Im going in July and I have been told to prepare for chilly temperatures!

I guess it is a matter of dressing with layers, so if it gets a bit warmer during the day, you can take some off!!

x x Miromar x x

8. Posted by Lejla (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Well, i am traveling to Bolivia tonight and will probably know in the next couple of days. It just varies very much. Just spent 1 week in Salta and had freezing cold weather and then 3 days with 30 degrees. Fact is the nights are cold at this time of the year....Cheers.

9. Posted by Lejla (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Also, can anybody recommend hostels in Uyuni...with a little bit of fun...

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Leija,

It can get very cold up on the altiplano, especially at night when the temperatures plummet. Bring lots of layers. And don't forget your suncream - even if it's cold, you can get really bunrt because you are up so high.

The weather changed quite a bit when I was there back in February last year. Sometimes we had lovelybright sunshine and blue skies, then a few thunder and lightning storms which were spectacular, rain and wind on another day. But it all just looked amazing.

I would say definitely do the 4 day tour - you wont regret it.

As for hostels in Uyuni, have an open mind The standard is a bit grim. If you need one when you arrive, there is one directly across the street from Oasis Tours beside a little cafe. The rooms are clean and comfy, and you are right beside the tour company for departure the next morning. :)