January 18 – 20, 2020
After our trip in the Salar de Uyuni with a local bus, Mathilde and I wanted to see one last thing in Bolivia. We decided to skip the east and the North of Bolivia to focus on the south. And more deep in the South is a part called the South-Lipez. This remote part of Bolivia can only be accessible with its own vehicle or by taking a tour. There is no public transport at all, nor many people going there on their own. It is nearly only tours.
I am usually pretty much against tours in general. But this is a part of South America I really wanted to see. So I made an exception.
It is a big budget in a backpacker budget, but the truth is it is not that expensive. A 4 days tours, all included, cost us around 180€. Expensive, but not too much for most of the tourists that comes here.
Most tourists start their your in Uyuni for an3 days tours. If you do that, you will end up in the crowd of all the 4×4 of tours.
The tips is to start the tour from the small city of Tupiza, a bit more south of Uyuni, for a 4 days tours. There is much less people starting there, and also you arrive at the touristic places at a different time than the tours starting from Uyuni. So you avoid the crowd in general.
Three days are dedicated to the South Lipez and the final day is to see the Salar.
So here is the story of our 4 days tours across the South-Lipez of Bolivia
Day 1: Pampa
For the tours, we met other travelers in Tupiza to fill the car. We were 4 at the end: Mathilde, Clarisse, Benjamin and me – All french.
We were also with our driver/guide Hilario and our cook Louisa.
We start our first day travelling from Tupiza to the south. It was a day mostly driving, because there is a lot of distance to cover. We pass through the pampa accross empty places. Nobody lives there. Only llamas!
Day 2: Reserva Eduardo Avaroa
The second day was in the Eduardo Avaroa reserve. This reserve is located in the southernmost part of Bolivia, just next to Chile, and included many lagunas full of flamingos and Vicuñas.
The Laguna Colorada, which was supposed to be the highlight of the day, is a colorful pink lagoon. Unfortunately for us, we had a bad weather so it was hard to really enjoy the color. But still, the lagoon is beautiful!
For me, the highlight of the day was to visit the geysers Sol de Mañana. First time I was seeing geysers in my life, and it is quite impressive.
Day 3: Rock Formations
It was the last day in the southern part of Bolivia. We discovered some nice rock formations. Including the Copa del Mundo – The world cup. As we are world champions, we had to take a picture of it. With two stars please!
We also go to some hidden lagunas hidden inside canyons.
Beautiful ! As always 🙂 For the third night, we drove all the way to be back in the north near the Salar de Uyuni. We visit the train cemetery in town, one of the touristic attraction.
And to finish the tour, we slept in a “Salt hotel”. A hotel…. made of salt. It was a nice experience.
Day 4: Salar de Uyuni
This day was totally dedicated to the salar de Uyuni. But I will talk about it in another post.