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From Puno: 3day excursion to La Paz and the Uyuni salt flats – Puno Region, Peru

On this 3-day excursion to La Paz and the Uyuni Salt Flat from Puno we will discover two very popular places in Bolivia that will undoubtedly captivate you forever.

EXPERIENCE

Itinerary

Day 1: Puno – La Paz
We will pick you up at 6:00 am at your hotel in Puno to cross the border between Peru and Bolivia. On the way we will stop for lunch on your own and continue by road to La Paz.

Around 2:00 pm we will arrive in the Bolivian capital. Here we will visit its cable car, the most important in South America, which runs aerially through the city up to the urban center. In this area you will have free time for a brief tour of the colonial quarter of La Paz and along the avenues 16 de Julio and Mariscal Santa Cruz to the church of San Francisco and the Murillo square. Here you will find the Cathedral of Our Lady of La Paz and the Legislative and Government Palace.

Afterwards you will have time to have dinner on your own and at 8:00 p.m. we will take the bus to Uyuni.

Day 2: Uyuni Salt Flat – La Paz
We will arrive in Uyuni in the morning and walk to a local place so you can have breakfast on your own. We will then take a 4×4 vehicle that will take us to the emblematic Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world. On the way, we will stop at the Uyuni train cemetery, an authentic open-air museum where you will see the first locomotives that circulated in Bolivia.

We will get off the 4×4 in the town of Colchani, very close to the salt flat. Here we will see how salt extraction works and visit the Playa Blanca hotel, built entirely of salt blocks, a marvel of architecture! We will stop for a regional lunch consisting of starter, main course and infusion, and then we will go into the desert until we reach the Incahuasi island, located in the heart of the salt flat and where its huge cactus are the main protagonists.

You will have time both in Incahuasi and in the salt flat to take pictures before returning to the town of Uyuni. Here we will also give you free time to rest, shop and have dinner on your own, and at 8:00 pm we will transfer to the bus terminal to take the bus back to La Paz.

Day 3: La Paz – Puno
At 5:00 a.m. we will arrive in La Paz, where we will take a bus to Desaguadero to cross the border again. In this town you will have time to have breakfast on your own, and then we will leave. On the way we will visit the colonial temple of Santiago Apostle, one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the area, decorated inside by outstanding Cusquenian artists.

We will continue to Juli, a city that is known as the Rome of America due to the large number of temples. It was also a center of evangelization in colonial times.

After visiting these two towns, we will return to Puno and leave you around 2:00 pm.

Night bus
This tour does not include accommodation, but the round trip by bus between La Paz and Uyuni is done at night, so you will sleep on the bus.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Experience unforgettable landscapes
Immerse yourself in the desolate beauty of the world’s largest salt lake
See a hotel and museum made entirely of salt and buy salt crafts.

 

 

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