La Paz - Potosi â€“ Uyuni â€“ Laguna Colorada. We travel by comfortable overnight bus through the beautiful landscapes of the Atliplano to the mining town of Potosi. The UNESCO-listed city of Potosi is home to one of the worldâ€™s longest continually operated silver mines and our base for the next few days. Descend down a working mine and witness archaic mining methods that are still practiced today with an optional excursion.
We continue to the worldâ€™s largest salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, where first on the agenda is a trip to the train cemetery. The remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives litter the grounds and make for particularly good artistic photographs. Witness the methods used to extract salt from the salar with a trip to Colchani, the main salt iodisation plant in the area. Located in the centre of the salar, Incahuasi Island, with its fish-like shape and colossal cacti is a highlight of our trip. The areaâ€™s unusual landscape of mountains, active volcanoes, colossal cacti and geysers is like nowhere on earth. Piercing blue skies contrast with blinding white salt as you drive across the flat lakebed. Departing, we spend the night in San Juan before passing through the multicoloured volcanic rock formations of the Siloli Desert on our way to Laguna Colorada, or the Red Lagoon. This fascinating landscape is a rich red colour due to algae and plankton that thrive on the minerals found in the waters. The lagoon is also inhabited by numerous flamingos.
Overnight: Overnight Bus (1), Potosi (1), Uyuni (1), San Juan (1), Laguna Colorada (1) | Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2