3 days in Uyuni salt flat, 3 days in La Paz city, 2 days in Copacabana and 5 days in Isla del Sol. They make it a great tour of this country full of landscapes.
Highs & Lows
The island of the Sun and Salar de Uyuni incredible
At night in Bolivia it is very cold, bring a coat.
Crossing the border from La Quiaca (Argentina side) to Villazon (Bolivia side) can be done on foot, there is an immigration post, and buses that take you to the post. I crossed the border very early hundreds of people cross daily, I had breakfast in Villazon although, I am not used to having soup for breakfast in the morning it was a good experience, from there I combined a train to Uyuni to visit the salt flat, but you have to go very early so I did not get tickets. I made the way by bus, the Villazon station connects with buses to the whole country.
Border crossing passing through the Villazon immigration post, directly to the bus station to start the trip to Uyuni.
The road from Villazon to Uyuni was really adrenaline-pumping, we had sectors with rainy crossing so as not to miss a moment of thinking when I will arrive, I arrived at Uyuni the town very early in the morning, rest and the next day, the most desired adventure the salar arrived, I recommend resting.
The Salar de Uyuni is located in the southwest of Bolivia and its average height is just over 3,600 meters above sea level, which makes this great salt the highest in the world. So much so that during the tour of the Salar de Uyuni you can exceed 5,000 meters in height in must-see places such as the Laguna Colorada. In addition, it also holds the honor of being the largest, occupying more than 10,500 km².
You must bear in mind that you will exceed 3,600 meters in altitude, so it is possible that you will feel the effects of the puna. Among the basic recommendations, it is advisable to acclimatize before going on the tour, that is, spend a few days in a place of considerable altitude to allow time for your body to get used to the decrease in oxygen in the air.
Between January and February (warm seasons) is the rainy season in the area. But that is not necessarily bad. You have probably seen photographs of the Salar turned into a gigantic mirror. This phenomenon only occurs at this time. If you are interested in seeing it, we recommend you go in mid-January or late February, as you will be able to see the reflections with a lower risk of rain. At this time, on average, the maximum temperatures are 16 ° C and minimum temperatures of -3 ° C.
Leaving Uyuni after that beautiful experience, (bring sunscreen and lots of water) to find myself in the city of La Paz was great fun, finding a great market in the streets has nothing to envy to a shopping, souvenirs, food, accessories for the phone everything is here, the weather already feels different and the cable cars that connect the city are incredible. You can see La Paz in 360. Here you rest and just walked the streets, some sectors at night are dangerous but there are some interesting bars and you eat very comfortably in La Paz.
From the La Paz bus station take a bus to Copacabana, it is almost on the border with Peru, there in this town you can hire boats that take you to the island for 20 Bolivianos. (3 usd) These lanchs leave from 8 am and until 3 or 4 pm the last as the tide gets rough. This boat trip is about 2 hours and it's great. I arrived at Puerto Sol and there a few meters was the entrance of this festival that in 2019 was the 8th edition. There I made a local friend from La Paz in which with Alejandra we shared a tent, plenty of water, and carry the necessary luggage, (I took all my luggage and it was a bit stressful) the festival cost 250 bolivianos (40 usd) and lasted 4 days on the eve of Easter. There were hydration stations, a small restaurant and 2 stages, the Main one with Psy Trance and the second stage chill music. Also on the premises you could do activities such as meditation, acro yoga, reiki yoga and others. These days were fun, I danced I bathed in Lake Titicaca despite the cold, when the sun goes down it gets very cold. They were really fun days and connected with nature.
Q & A
What would you have changed?The only thing that would have changed is the adaptation to acclimatize more to the altitude, in Uyuni I was not very well so I decided to include more water, due to the height and the sudden changes in climate, very sunny day and very cold night. I recommend acclimatizing first.
Anything go wrong during the trip?The bus from Villazon to Uyuni was something adrenaline-fueled since the buses are old and in a part of gravel road with rising rain the engine was turned off and we turned off, until we took the clean and jerk and were able to go up and continue the journey.
Restaurant recommendations?Carrott Tree in La Paz. I recommend the markets and on the street the local preparation is tasty. Don't freak out if they serve them juice in a bag.
Tips you would give a friend?I recommend that you always bring water, coats, there you can buy llama fabrics that are warm and cover you from the cold, they even make woolen socks, Bolivian culture is interesting and the locals are not very social but they are friendly and the children They are always playing in the street and they greet you, use maps and negotiate many times the cost of bus tickets.
Packing tips?Fundamental backpack, hiking boots, accessories and portable oxygen. In Bolivia, many accessories are cheap and regional, such as llama postcards, llama keychains and everything with this typical animal, so it is very nice to buy souvenirs to give away later.
Transportation Tips?The buses connect very well with the whole country, but there are also flights to move in less time, at a very good price. Hostels are cheap and comfortable.
Any surprises?Upon reaching the town of Uyuni, the bus driver understood that we slept on the bus.
Booking details?Kultur Berlin Hostel Restaurant Bar Nightclub - Sucre. Loki La Paz - Booking - and 1 night in the center hotel more cheap. Sleep in a tent in Titicaca Lake. Uyuni tour - TripAdvisor - Tdo Guide excellent!