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1. Posted by grace88 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

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Hey,

Can anyone give me any advice on finding a reputable tour company to see the salt flats with?

We will be travelling down from La Paz, and so the logical starting point seems to be Uyuni, however, I have read many posts on the net that suggest going from Tupiza is a better option. Ultimately we are heading for Villazon, and then onto Salta.

If we go from Tupiza we seem to travelling unnecessarily. Also, is it necessary to book in advance or just try and find something when we arrive in Uyuni (if we decide to go from there).

Any help greatly appreciated

Many Thanks
Grace

2. Posted by thelma29 (Full Member 16 posts) 6y

start in uyuni and expect to pay about $70 for 3 days´ transport, food, and lodgings. travel agencies are comparable in services rendered i believe.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 6y

Missed this thread completely, so glad to see it pop up again now.

Actually, you can travel down to Tupiza and contact Tupiza Tours. I went with them on a 3 day / 4 night trip and everything was arranged perfectly.
They end in Uyuni during the morning of the 4th day, but they drive down again to Tupiza anyway, so you can choose to end in Tupiza and drive with them further. From there buses and occasional trains go down to the border with Argentina with onward connections by bus to Salta.

Have fun!
Michael

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Feb-2010, at 09:18 by Utrecht ]

4. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 6y

Agree with Michael on the info on Tupiza tours. Also if you start in Uyuni there may be an option to join a tour which ends in Tupiza although when we were there not enough people wanted to do this option so we started and ended in Uyuni.

We arrived in Uyuni at 4am and organised to join a tour leaving the same day at 9am with no problems...actually you will be accosted by the agents when you get off the bus to go on their tours, visit each office and have a look through what they are offering and if there is something specific you want included make sure you negotiate!

5. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 6y

Got to agree with the above. Tupiza Tours were first class. I don't know if we paid quite as much as that though and there were only 4 of us on the tour although there were other 4x4's doing it at the same time and we met up with these guys every night.

What you pay will depend on whether or not your guide speaks English and how many people are going so my tip would be to find someone who wants the same tour as you and team up with them so you can negotiate a better rate.

Great fun.

6. Posted by Lex87 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Quoting tricky

Got to agree with the above. Tupiza Tours were first class. I don't know if we paid quite as much as that though and there were only 4 of us on the tour although there were other 4x4's doing it at the same time and we met up with these guys every night.

What you pay will depend on whether or not your guide speaks English and how many people are going so my tip would be to find someone who wants the same tour as you and team up with them so you can negotiate a better rate.

Great fun.

My uncle did this a few years ago and he wouldn't stop talking about the 4x4'ing. Lots of fun, and well worth it.

I could ask him for more info but there's tons of sites up offering tours and it was some years ago that he went. ;)