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Driving for hours on a perfectly flat salty plain is one of those experiences a traveller to Bolivia can enjoy. The flats are on an elevation of about 3,600 metres but during a tour you will visit areas up to 5,000 metres, so bringing a warm sweater, sleeping bag and mountain sickness pilss are recommended. Typical prices for these trips are around US$120 per person (3-4 days), including accommodation, full board, a guide/driver and a great experience. Add a few dollar for a tip or the option of staying in a cheaper salt hotel. If you like you can start this trip in Uyuni, but end in Tupiza or San Pedro, or the other way around of course, which makes a trip also a good option for moving on further along your route.
There are lots of tours from Uyuni but also from Tupiza in the south of Bolivia and even from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, which is the best way to see the salt flats as well as the extremely beautiful southwest of Bolivia, where lakes in the colours red, green, white and turquoise against a backdrop of high snow covered volcanoes make you feel as if you were out of this world. Few people live here and public transport is close to nonexistent, which makes a tour maybe the only feasible option unless you want to bike it!
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During most of these trips you sleep in sleeping bag accomodation with shared facilities. Rooms are rather dark and cold, but only add to the experience. There is also the opportunity of spending the night in a salt hotel near Uyuni.
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I travelled to Salar de Uyuni for 2 times. First time I did a 4 day tour from San Pedro de Atacama and the second time from Uyuni.
So, if you have any questions about travelling the Saltflat, ask me and I will try to help you out!
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