I am travelling to bolivia at the end of january as part of a south america trip & would like some recommendations for companies to do a tour of the uyuni salt flats with please
Estrella Del Sur is the name of the company we went with. (I think that's the name anyway!) Our guide was excellent and he was doing the job for over 20 years. There are a lot of breakdowns as the terrain is tough and it's generally not the fault of the company. It just happens. There were two jeeps in our group and one broke down. We had to wait hours for it to be fixed. It broke down in this huge vast empty space with nothing for god knows how many miles. I took the time to walk 500m away from the group and sat in this amazing place with just my MP3 player and my thoughts. Apparently it hadn't rained one single drop in over two years where we were. It's one of my best memories from South America.
Some drivers apparently like a drink (day & night) so ask about that too. The way I did it was from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to Uyuni Bolivia. Check my blogs if you want!
Salt Flats Day 1
Salt Flats Day 2
Salt Flats Day 3
Thanx for the info. I will be coming in from Peru & via La Paz so i´m not sure if the same company will operate from there? I am going in february which is apparently the wet season but if it´s not rained in 2years that looks hopefull!!
Most companies seem to have offices on both sides. It seems to be cheaper going from Bolivia and you do have the option to get off at the Chilean border and go to San Pedro de Atacama - if you don't do this you'll have a pretty rubbish long ride back to Uyuni!
Sounds good, thx for that. Did you do this? Which company did you use? Thx
We went with a company called Ripley - they were okay and reasonably priced, however the jeep was very slow and that meant we had less time to see things!
We heard nothing but good stuff about a company called Corderleria (I think, although the spelling might be wrong!).
We arrived in Uyuni late at night and the tour operators were all closed. The next morning we wandered out at 8am and were swamped by the tour operators trying to fill up their jeeps for a 10am departure. This helped us to get a few pounds off!
Excellent, thank you for your help. Happy 2010.