What's included

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, including La Paz street food
    3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, including La Paz street food
  • 3 nights' accommodation, including a unique salt flats retreat
    3 nights' accommodation, including a unique salt flats retreat
  • All activities, from hiking to city tours, included. Local Flash Pack guide
    All activities, from hiking to city tours, included. Local Flash Pack guide
  • Max 8
    Max 8
  • Flight from Cuzco to La Paz, domestic flights to/from Uyuni<br />
    Flight from Cuzco to La Paz, domestic flights to/from Uyuni
  • private 4x4 jeep & airport pickup any time on day 1
    private 4x4 jeep & airport pickup any time on day 1

Cruise across the surreal and evocative landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats on a thrilling safari of 4×4 jeeps. See rusting steam trains, mummy caves and giant cacti in this otherworldly terrain, and stop for a sunset picnic by the shimmering salt shores. Stay at a unique plateau lodge made entirely from salt blocks, and wallow in a hot tub overlooking the flats. Star-gaze in clear, unpolluted skies and feast on traditional Andean cuisine. Meander through the colourful open-air markets of La Paz and savour its hearty street food, before partying the night away in the world’s highest capital. Take a cable car across the Andean slopes and look in awe at the Valley of the Moon, with its carpet of jagged monoliths

 

Still reeling from the buzz of our Peruvian getaway? Push your thirst for adventure further, with our three-day escape to Bolivia. For all badass travellers who can’t say no to an extra challenge, Bolivia beckons with a beacon of delights. This optional extra after our two-week Peru adventure takes you on a whirlwind escapade through sky-high cities and salty plains. Mooch around the colourful streets of La Paz, the highest capital city in the world, stopping along the way for delicious Andean street food. Glide through the mountain foothills on the city’s iconic cable car service, before submersing yourself in bustling open-air markets, lively plazas and cobbled alleyways – looking out for cholitas paceñas in their traditional dress along the way. Marvel at the jagged monoliths and strange geological formations of Valley of the Moon, near La Paz’s downtown district, and get to know the city’s vibrant clutch of art galleries and bars. City lights done, we’ll hop on over to the Uyuni Salt Flats and explore the world’s largest salt plain on an immersive jeep safari. Cruise across this vast and surreal landscape, and dig into a sundown picnic by its shimmering shores. We’ll be staying in a unique hotel that’s built entirely from salt blocks and sits on a plateau overlooking the plain. Savour hearty Andean cuisine here, and wallow in the hot tub (with floor-to-ceiling windows facing the flats) before star-gazing across the infinite night-time horizon. This is a Peruvian epilogue that positively bubbles with unique events, from eerie scenery to spectacular sunsets and beyond. Hardcore Flashpackers rejoice, as you come unlock bonus-level Bolivia…

 

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Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

 

  • Take a jeep safari across the vast and surreal landscape of the Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Stay in a unique hotel made from salt blocks, with a spa overlooking the plains
  • Stop for a sunset picnic on the shores of the salt flats and star-gaze in unpolluted skies
  • Explore the magical markets, museums and art galleries of La Paz
  • Take a cable car across the Andean foothills, for sweeping views of the city
  • Marvel at jagged monoliths and geological wonders in Valley of the Moon
  • Savour traditional Andean cuisine and local street food
  • The perfect add-on after your escape to neighbouring Peru

Itinerary

Day 1: Street food and a salt plain spa

Fly to La Paz and drink in the colourful street life of the highest capital on earth, with a guided tour. Ride a cable car, check out the view at Mirador de Killi Killi and fuel up on highland food at local markets. Admire the monoliths of the Valley of the Moon and then catch a plane to Uyuni. Check into your unique retreat on a plateau overlooking the Uyuni Salt Flats, and tuck into a traditional dinner before hitting the hot tub

 

Today, your Peruvian escape continues across the border to Bolivia. An early-morning hotel pickup will take you to Cuzco airport for a flight to La Paz – the highest (de facto) capital city in the world. Take a private airport transfer to the city centre, and embark on a guided tour through this colourful metropolis in the foothills of the Andes, a whopping 3600 metres above sea level. Enjoy a spot of museum-hopping before admiring the magnificent viewpoint from Mirador de Killi Killi, with the bright buildings of La Paz sprawling out before you. All this exploring is hungry work, so we’ll stop by the street markets and tuck into delicious local produce from the highlands (think pizza-dough llauchas filled with creamy cheese sauce, and fried tucumanas crammed with meat, potatoes and olives).  Afterwards, we’ll hop on the cable car for alternative window onto the beauty of La Paz, before arriving in the Valley of the Moon. This otherworldly landscape is formed by a carpet of sharp clay and sandstone monoliths, and it’s quite something to see it in the flesh.  We’ll then catch a flight from La Paz to Uyuni, where we’ll head to our incredible hotel perched on a plateau by the world’s largest salt plain. The retreat itself is made out of salt blocks. It comes with cosy fires, a spa with hot tub and treatments, and quite sensational views of Salar de Uyuni. Chill out and fuel up on hearty Bolivian cuisine before a salty adventure tomorrow…

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Grab a flavour of delicious local street food

The markets of La Paz are well worth exploring

This is the highest capital city in the world

It sprawls across the foothills of the Andean mountains

The colourful cityscape promises to wow

Marvel at the jagged monoliths in Valley of the Moon

Take a moment to soak it all in

Fly from Peru to Bolivia and then onto Uyuni

Check into your boutique hotel on a salt plains plateau

The retreat is made entirely from salt blocks

The interior design is rustic and beautiful

Oh hello, handsome hot tub...

Day 2: A spectacular salt flat safari

Take a day-long jeep safari around the Uyuni Salt Flats, the world’s largest salt plain. Stop at an intriguing steam train cemetery, watch how salt is processed at a local village and visit a “mummy cave” of ancient remains. See the giant cacti of Isla de Pescado and end the day with a sunset picnic on the shimmering salt flat shores. Then, see the stars come out over the vast night-time sky

 

Get set Flashpackers, for a full day exploring the incredible salt flats of Uyuni. Jump aboard a jeep safari to meander around this natural wonder, as we cruised across an unforgettable terrain of shimmering white salt plains that stretch as far as the eye can see. Bolivians once transported salt by steam train, and our first stop is at the train cemetery, where rusting engines and wagons litter the plains like gravestones. From here, we’ll head to Colchani village to discover modern-day salt processing, before driving to nearby Los Ojos de Agua (the “Eyes of Water”), to see where the salt is manually extracted from the land. We’ll also make our way to Puqara, located near the eerie “mummy cave” full of 700-year-old bodies (we like to put our fearless Flashpackers to the test…) and visit the giant cacti of  Isla de Pescado, a rocky outcrop in the middle of the elevated salt plains. Then it’s time for a picnic on the shores of the glittering salt flats, as we drink in a magnificent sunset over the plains. Our appetite for adventure suitably sated, we’ll cruise back to Uyuni for a dinner of traditional Andean cuisine – and panoramic views – at the hotel. With the evening chill setting in, we recommend you head outside and drink in a dazzling blanket of stars in the vast, salt plain skies. And don’t forget to spend a few hours wallowing in the hot tub, with a front-row seat to the dazzling landscape.

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Explore the world's largest salt flats

This evocative landscape is a bucket-list hit

Bask in the freedom of the wide open terrain

Stop for a salt plains picnic

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Savour the setting with your Flash Pack crew

Marvel at a glowing sunset

Head back to the hotel for a hearty Andean dinner

The cuisine here is local and seasonal

Head outside to see the night sky light up with stars

We recommend an evening visit to the hot tub, too

Day 3: Discover the delights of La Paz

Fly back to La Paz, and settle into your charming hotel in the centre of the city. Spend the rest of the day with free time in this sky-high city of wonders. Visit the Witches Market, look out for colourfully-dressed Bolivian cholitas, stroll through the art galleries of Calle Jaén and take the cable car up to Latin America’s largest open-air market at El Alto. Don’t miss the city’s eclectic bar scene for farewell cocktails with your Flash Pack crew

 

After breakfast, we’re leaving this world of surreal salty landscapes and heading back to the airport for a flight to La Paz. Take a private transfer to your elegant hotel in the centre of the city, and settle into your townhouse adorned with local Andean artwork. Then, the rest of the day is yours to do as you please in this sky-high city of delights. In a place where indigenous tradition meets dazzling innovation, there’s so much to do and see. Expect incense-filled churches and quaint cobbled streets alongside lively plazas and a buzzing food scene that specialises in Bolivian produce and liquor. Don’t miss the mesmerising Witches Market, where you can stock up on lotions and spiritual advice, and where ancient Aymaran beliefs are still practised. Look out for the Aymara Indian women of La Paz – known as cholitas paceñas – in their colourful skirts, shawls and bowler hats (arrive on the right day and you may even be able to catch a wrestling match between these formidable women). Weave your way through a maze of boutiques, museums and art galleries housed in the colourful 18th Century buildings of Calle Jaén, a relic from the city’s colonial history. Fancy a bit more retail therapy? Head to Feria 16 de Julio, Latin America’s largest open-air market at El Alto, to browse everything from hand-carved musical instruments to designer threads and lizard ointment. Come evening, toast your mini-adventure in one of the city’s many eclectic bars, including the uber-cool Diesel Nacional – filled with aeroplane sculptures and recycled car parts – and La Costilla de Adan, a two-storey bar museum decorated with antiques from local flea markets. Don’t forget, you can cruise the slopes between all of these stops on La Paz’s fast and reliable cable car network.

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Look out for the colourful Aymara Indian women

Browse local crafts and artwork in the vibrant streets

Cruise around the city slopes via cable car

Settle into your elegant city-centre hotel

It's a lovely place to hang out in

Explore La Paz's eclectic bar scene

Toast your last night in this awesome city

Important notes

Fly from: Cuzco International Airport (Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport)

Fly out of: El Alto International Airport, La Paz

Bolivia is a crazy, stunning, chaotic country where transport can be a little slow. Your domestic flights times will vary however we will always book you on the best flights available.

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

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