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Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats
Explore the Uyuni salt flats on a 4WD tour that covers some of the city’s highlights, from a graveyard of rusting trains to an island filled with giant cactus and rock formations. This Uyuni tour includes lunch inside a hotel made entirely from salt, with stops to check out geometric salt patterns and take classic perspective photos above the massive salt flats.
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Ages 2-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 7h
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Live guide: English, Spanish

  • 4WD tour of the Uyuni salt flats covers key Bolivian landmarks
  • Great opportunities to take fun perspective photos
  • Tour a hotel made entirely from blocks of salt
  • Enjoy lunch on the flats, dining in a dramatic location

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • All activities
  • Wine tasting
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
What's not included
  • Entrance fees to the park (30bs per person)
  • Entry/Admission - Train Cemetery

Meet a driver for a morning departure and then set out across the Uyuni salt flats in a 4WD vehicle. The first stop of the day is the Uyuni train graveyard, where Bolivia’s first trains are rusting into a surreal landmark. Then see a salt miners’ workshop in Colchani. Continue onto the salt flat itself, passing salt mining operations and the “eyes of the salt” on your way to a fascinating salt hotel. Tour the rooms, see salt sculptures, and pause for an included lunch in the hotel. From there, head to Inca Wasy Island to see cactus, rock formations, and petrified coral, stopping to take plenty of classic Uyuni perspective photos. Then catch a stunning sunset before returning to Uyuni.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • we pick up from any hotel in Uyuni
  • Avenida Ferroviaria, 5, Uyuni, Bolivia MAIN STREET FERROVIARIA AVENUE
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 40568P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • CHECK IN IS AT 10:00 AM
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • It is important to understand that the Isla Inca Wasi is NOT available in the rainy season (January until March) unless specified by our company
  • One guide is divided between two cars ( 1 Guide for 12 people max )
  • All cars in the company are equiped with Radios to comunicate between eachother
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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What is the Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats cancellation policy?
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 40568P1

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  • You'll start at
    Avenida Ferroviaria
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Train Cemetery
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
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  • 2
    Salar de Uyuni
    Stop: 5 hours
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  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator
Red Planet Expedition - Day Trip
Uyuni, Bolivia
Joined in November 2010
  • Zt2001
    Beautiful and busy 3 days!
    I recommend this trip and Red Planet for sure! We had an incredible time and the guide, Rodrigo, was great. It is a jam-packed 3 days but so much fun and it is absolutely beautiful. While Francisco, our driver, didn't speak English, he was very friendly (fine with me to converse in Spanish)! On the second day, we were taken to locations without any other groups for the first half of the day. The accommodation was good, and the food was nice. If you get the bus from La Paz, there is plenty of time to buy snacks and water in Uyuni, and they lady in the office is happy to recommend where to go.
  • 559callum
    Awesome 3 days with great guides!
    Absolutely awesome trip with great operators! Our guide Rodrigo had perfect English and was very knowledgeable about the areas visited telling us a lot about them at each stop. I think this set this company apart as many of the people we met who had taken other tours had no, or little explanations from their guides. The truck was very comfortable and the driver Martiniano also told us a lot along the way and made sure we were comfortable and knew what was going on. Sleeping bags were provided (it was very cold) and the food was good! The company also timed the days so that we were at most of the attractions with little or no other people there. Very well thought out, planned and executed!
  • 417khushilg
    Uyuni = Amazing but don't use Red Planet
    Just to put things into context, we were a group spread out over 2 vehicles and most of us had met prior to this tour and other random locations and happened to be on the same tour this time. The first day of the tour was brilliant, we visited the salt flats amongst other things. However on day 2, it appeared that the other vehicle was swerving a little while driving. I was told that the people in the other van thought he was slurring his words and could smell alcohol on his breath. They also had several people who were fluent in Spanish so communication wasn't an issue. They mentioned all this to the tour guide and he said to give the driver a chance. Our vehicle was constantly waiting for the other vehicle as he kept disappearing and more than once we had to go back and find them. The people in the other van also mentioned that one of the bags fell off the top of the vehicle (again we didn't have this issue) but it did look like things weren't secure when we set off. Luckily they noticed the bag when it fell. Ultimately after a bit more driving, the other vehicle stopped the driver and told our tour guide that they didn't feel safe with him. The driver was not following our car and he seemed to be going his own way. They told the tour guide and he relented and called in a new driver. We waited 4 hours for a new vehicle to come and missed out on one of our sites on day 2 and seemed to be really rushed at the other sites due to the stop. Other points - Uyuni is very isolated so don't expect the best accommodation, amenities or food. I went in with low expectations so I haven't penalised them for this in my rating. However, the one thing I will say is that the accommodation has no locks and no heating (heating is not majorly necessary as they give you a lot of blankets). Also, don't leave anything behind as it is likely you will never see it again. I left my Kindle behind and the tour guide picked it up and took it back to Red Planet's office but they originally told me no one had found anything - it took them ages to reply to me on this point and then when someone from my group told me the tour guide had returned it to the office, due to the time it took them to reply, the window for me to get it back had gone. I asked them if they could send it with their driver to San Pedro de Atacama as I was staying 4 nights there and if they had acknowledged they had the Kindle early on then I could have got it back. They said they couldn't ship it to me anywhere (even if I paid for it). I give it 2 stars because it is still an amazing tour but I would highly recommend you go with someone else other than Red Planet.
  • U4384BYjonnyb
    8/10 3 day / 2 night Salt Flat Tour
    Safe. Organised. Experienced. Informative. Website easy to use. Just the guide lacking a little bit of passion & knowledge. We visited Bolivia almost exclusively for the Uyuni Salt Flats and put 3 days aside to complete them. We booked the tour the night before the tour started and arrived on the morning from La Paz. Oscar picked us up from the bus office. He was passionate, charismatic and full of knowledge. Unfortunately our guide, Luis did not share the same qualities. Luis was a decent enough guide, was polite, personable and patient with all of the photos he took of us. However his knowledge was clearly missing in certain areas. For example, I am a big nature nerd. We saw a Rhea (large flightless bird in the same family as the Ostrich) and he confidently explained that it was an Emu (native to Australia). There were a few other errors that tallied up which grew a seed of doubt in my mind about the validity of the facts he was giving us. When compared to overhearing the other guides explanations it became apparent that Luis' heart was not 100% committed to giving an excellent experience. An experience we felt we would have got from Oscar. I caveat this by adding Luis was easy to communicate with and open to minor changes of plan along with the other comments made above. The tour itself hit all of the best spots Uyuni has to offer. The truck driven around in gets quite hot and cramped with the number of hours in it (upto 6 a day) but absolutely necessary to navigate the Alitplano desert. Would recommend 100% and the price is reasonable for what you get. Main features; > Salt - incredibly vast. Completed by end of first day. Guides help you get best perspective photos. Cactus Island the surprise and very awesome. > Wildlife - see lots of llamas & vicunas from the drive. Flamingoes are excellent value in the lagoons. Worth bringing binos and a camera with zoom. > Weather - We had awesome sun every day and cloud at end of final day. Very cold and dry. Harsh on the lips and respiratory system. Altitude is obviously a big factor too. Take action against it. One of our group members lost a day to weakness and missed a lot of the activities. > Accommodation - Catered well considering the desolate conditions. Very cold at night. Take as many layers as you can muster. Expect there to be no Wifi all trip. > Food - Fed very well for the lunches and evenings. > Thermal pools - Excellent. Very cheap but do get busy with lots of tourists. Beautiful scenery. Saw a bunch of llamas crossing the lake for sunrise from the hot pools. Things to look out for: A few hidden costs that aren't explained very well. A few entry fees etc. totalling to approximately 200 BOBs per person. That doesn't include booze and snacks. So take plenty of BOBs (not USD).
  • N9653GGerins
    Great Tour and Guide!
    I booked with Perla de Bolivia, but when I arrived I found the tour was actually operated by Red Planet. And it was a fantastic tour. There were 6 people on the tour plus our driver/guide, Ivan. Ivan was an awesome guide, and answered any questions I had during the drive and was knowledge about the local history, traditions, flora and fauna. Ivan took some very creative pictures of our group on the salt flats that I wouldn't have thought to ask for. The two nights in June were cold and were spent at very basic hotels, so just be prepared with enough layers. The first night there is a hot shower available and the second night you have the option to go to the hot springs, which I highly recommend! When I went, there was a new moon which meant the stars and the milky way were shining bright, it was magical! Think of this tour as a road trip through Bolivia as you will spend a lot of time in the car, but the desert scenery was beautiful as you cross different volcanos, lagoons, and interesting landscapes. I definitely recommend Red Planet and Ivan!
  • megan96p
    My friend and I just did the 3 day tour and it was the highlight of our trip so far! The scenery is just stunning and some of the most impressive landscapes I have ever seen. Bolivia might just be my new favourite country after that! We did a shared group tour in one four-wheel drive and there were four others in our group. We were all roughly similar ages and got along brilliantly so it was a great few days together! Our guide and driver Ivan was excellent. We got along great with him, he was friendly, always took time to tell us information about each sight and pointed things out along the way, spoke great English and he drove very well and safely. The accommodation was also fine. We got sleeping bags and hot water bottles to make sure we were warm enough on the second night. The breakfasts were a bit disappointing and not substantial enough, but all other meals were great! We loved that our tour was planned so that on the first day we reached most places a bit after other companies, so they were leaving when we were arriving and we had lots of space to ourselves. But the best part was that on the second night we stayed right at the hot springs and were able to go in at night time after dinner and soak under the stars whereas most other people go in the morning when it's busy. I would 100% recommend Red Planet!
  • drewa596
    Please do not use Red Planet
    I’m not some stuck up traveler. That being said, this was the single worst tour experience of my life. Firstly, one of my friends desperately needed her rabies vaccine. The tour runner lied and said the clinic would be open past 6, but when we got there they said they were closed at 5. Secondly, the tour guide and drivers abandoned the entire tour group multiple times, sometimes for hours, for no explicable reason, in very cold conditions. Unsafe, not fun, not informative. Please for the love of god use another company. This one deserves nothing less than to go under
  • Scenic29406415229
    3 days Tour
    Me and my friend went on this tour and had the best time ever, from the icy salt desert to bathing in the hot springs under a clear night sky, everything was absolutely stunning. And our guide helped us take the coolest pictures and explained in perfect english the history of the salt desert.
  • Journey35781512276
    An absolute must do!
    This was an amazing experience. The group was fantastic and we had such a great time. Juan was our guide and had an amazing wealth of knowledge and sense of humour. Francisco, our driver, was also fantastic. Explained things to us in Spanish and was always down for a laugh. The food was good and the accommodation was better than expected. The sights were out of this world - one of my favourite places ever.
  • Luke B
    Luke B
    An unforgettable experience!
    A fantastic experience throughout the 3 days. Rodrigo our tour guide was extremely personable, humourous and informative. We had a good amount of time to visit each stop. The landscape we visitied was unworldly and epic. The accommodation was extremely accommodating and comfortable given the remoteness. I would strongly reccomend this to anyone thinking of of doing a tour from Uyuni.
  • lediama
    Good trip and beautiful scenery. Rod is very helpful. The only thing I complain is being sitting at the rear seat which window won’t be open all your trip. So I missed too many pictures. Food and accommodation is good. Driver and tour guide are working so hard. Our group people are so nice. It’s a wonderful trip. I am sure I will go back again with friends . Other than joining the group, I will customize my trip to stay more time in my favorite places like red lagoon and wave some other places that I don’t enjoy. Thanks again for all help.
  • Joha_and_Roger_23
    Tour in Uyuni Salt Flats, Lagoons, Volcanoes, deserts… amazing experience!
    Very nice people at the agency in Uyuni and extremely nice tour guide! Eddy our tour guide was very nice, funny and clear with all the information. They picked up in the morning from the bus we took from La Paz, they were there right when we got off the bus, Óscar took us to the agency and explained everything about the your to us. Then they storage our backpacks while we walked around Uyuni before and after we depart for the tour. Very nice and smooth experience.
  • Jessica D
    Jessica D
    Absolutely loved it, Rodrigo is the best guide!
    Absolutely loved this tour! We signed up for the salt flats and got to see so much more than that. Our guide Rodrigo was absolutely amazing, he was very informative, his timings were amazing so we would miss the big tourist crowds, and he made the whole trip really fun. Couldn’t ask for any more from a guide, he was part of the group like one of our friends! The first night of accommodation exceeded my expectations, and the highlight of the trip was star gazing in the hot springs on the second night; it was a magical moment. The company were great, we had nicer food than some of the other groups. And we were able to have a shower in the office after the tour and before our night bus. Would highly recommend 👍🏼
  • jonlF8518SQ
    We decided on this tour because, despite being the most expensive, it seemed to us that it fulfilled what we were looking for, it was not entirely true. Where it says tour of three days and two nights, it means, you don't get to stay for two days, let me explain. The tour begins at 11:00 a.m., let's say on a Monday, and they drop you off at the Chilean border, at best, at 09:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, that in my country does not reach two days. When you make the reservation they tell you that when you arrive at their offices in Uyuni before starting the tour, after a long trip as was our case, we would have the possibility of taking a shower and having tea, once there nobody gives you any option . Finally, say that we paid for one of the most expensive tours in the area, but it seems that it is not enough since we also had to pay in other places that we visited during the two days, including toilet paper in the lodges where you are located. The guide that we had was quite professional, explaining things with patience and knowledge.
  • 548shanim
    Came as a solo, left as a crew!
    I had a good feeling about the trip when Oscar took the time to give a detailed outline of the itinerary, getting us excited for the days ahead. Had an amazing few days with my Salt Life crew. It was lovely to get to know our driver and guide Luis, who was amazing. He explained everything well (in English), helped us take amazing photos and looked after us all well, making sure we were always comfortable and briefed for the trip. The accomodation exceeded our basic expectations, the first night in particular. We left feeling like we'd had a unique experience only hitting the crowds a few times during our trip. I would highly recommend!
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c m
London, UK2 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We spent days researching the best travel agency to go with aswe knew this was a once in a lifetime experience and we wanted it to be the best it could be. After doing A LOT of research we decided to go with red planet tours, we thought we were paying a premimum price for the best service but this was not so!

We basically paid the extra money (1200 bolivianos each, almost double what most companies charge) because we thought it would be good to have an English speaking guide, little did we know he would be in another truck so we did not actually get any information from him on the journey and when we did stop he did not even tell us anything about where we were.

Secondly we paid extra money for our transfer to Chile, this also did not materialise! Our guide on the day of the transfer told us we would have to pay him extra money if we wanted to have our transfer, money which we did not have! He was asking for 200 bolivianos per person and told us that was the price of the ticket but when we told him we did not have that much he started screaming in our faces and swearing at us. He threatened to take us back to Uyuni and continued screaming in our faces until he then came up with some lies about exchange rates between Bolivia and Chile and then reduced the price of the tickets!!!!!

When we got to the border he told us he had had a radio messege through from head office (something he had previously told us was impossible) saying that they had actually already purchased our tickets!

We waited at the border until a bus turned up and he loaded us on it saying this was our transport. When we arrived in Chile we were told by the bus company that we hadn't had tickets and that Gonzales our guide had told them thatwe would pay on arrival into Chile.

The company have no form of customer service and despite many people in our group complaining we never heard a word back from red planet.

Basically Gonzales is a massive lair and was completely useless as a guide anyway!

My advice is go with a cheap and cheerful company and you really dont need an english speaking guide anyway.
Written August 16, 2013
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Al M
USA11 contributions
Sep 2011 • Friends
It's easy to fall into the trap of the attractive business name and some of the reviews here, but do your research and you won't be ripped off by this company like we were. The prices are far higher than the competitors and the service is no better and in fact often worse. They take huge sums of money and don't provide safety either; their vehicles have problems, our vehicle wouldn't start after the first stop of the train graveyard and needed a spare part (imagine if we'd been 100's of km alone in the desert on day 2 when this happened! freezing and isolated - not a good scenario, people do die in these regions due to the harsh climate so this is NOT of minor significance). The food is terrible, canned tuna, corn, dry rice, and dry chicken if you're lucky, not value for 100's of dollars. The accomodation is not better than what competitors offer. The guide was ok, but you could sense some underlying dishonesty when he said he thought his fellow guide was 'very smart' for deceiving some tourists into thinking they'd seen all the lagoons and completing the tour in 2 instead of 3 days - you almost think he'd want to do the same. Make sure you write down the itinerary fully in the contract.

You need to distinguish between the tour sites and the tour company. Of course you will always leave with amazing memories and photos of the salt flats and lagoons but this has NOTHING to do with the tour company. There are plenty in town, and they are all happy to take last minute bookings, you won't miss out. AVOID THIS RIP-OFF TRAP!
Written September 11, 2011
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Eat Street Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica14 contributions
This tour company lacked in service in several areas. We were told that vegetarian food would be available for us throughout the three day tour, as requested. Our first meal of the day was only quinoa with three slices of tomato and cucumber. Our quinoa had several pebbles (rocks) in them and the non-vegetarian food, which was llama, had what looked like human hair in it. Our guide was visible and audibly angry when we asked what we could eat as a substitute for the llama meat. The answer was nothing at all. It was noticeable that all other tour groups that sat at tables around us were eating far superior meals.

Later on that same day we were scolded for taking pictures of the sunset when the guide was unable to find us basic accommodation for the night. After a couple of hours of seaching we finally found accommodation. At this hostel that we stayed at the dinner menu for us was one deep fried, yet undercooked egg. We went hungry to bed and the next morning the only thing that we were served was bread. We again looked at the meals of the other tour groups and their meals consisted of yoghurt, pancakes, fruit and all the fixings.

Lunch was suprisingly good and we got hopeful that things were getting better. Unfortunately, as everyone else in our group was served dinner we were totally left out. We asked our guide for dinner and he served one of us six slices of fried cheese. We asked for some more to eat, as we had not eaten in 7 hours, but they would not even give us fries as the others in our group were given. I begged for 10 minutes to please give me something to eat before the guide finally gave in. He insisted that I have a cup of tea for dinner and wait till the morning to eat again. The guide told me that if I wanted to eat that evening that I would have to give up tomorrows meal.

For the remainder of the tour the guide refused to talk to me. It was not much of a loss thou, considering that he did not participate as a tour guide throughout the entire trip, only as a driver.

We picked this company based on good recommendations and do not understand why our experience lacked in so many ways. Our guide is named Leonardo. My advice to anyone reading this is to pick another company. This truly is the first bad review i´ve ever written.
Written November 12, 2010
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Vancouver, Canada4 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
I recently did the three day/two night salt flat tour with Red Planet. I booked with them as I had heard they were the best from multiple sources. They have an excellent reputation which comes with an extra cost. I was happy to pay the extra cost with this in mind (they cost 1450 when most similar tours in town also with English speaking guides are 1100/1200bolivianos).

First day was awesome. We went to the
Salt flats and a few other stops. That night we stayed in a salt hotel which was great. The food was decent too. Day two was enjoyable, lots of driving with about 6 or 7 stops for photos at various lagoons etc.

However it was on night two that everything started to go downhill. There were six jeeps that set out the day we left. That night, 5 of the jeeps stayed in one place, with one jeep (my one) being put in different accommodation. We were told in advance accomodation on night two would be pretty basic, so we were expecting a dorm / no showers etc and that was fine. When we arrived there was no running water and no electricity, the dorm was pretty basic but that was okay and to be expected. The toilet was full to the brim of poo and was not usable. There was also no heating and it was freezing even in the common area. We were disappointed to have been separated from the rest of the group but decided to just make the most of it, and have some wine before dinner. My boyfriend then asked the woman who ran the accommodation if we could have two glasses (politely in Spanish). She shouted something he didn't understand back. I said she must have misunderstood, so went to ask her again, and again she shouted at me in Spanish that we could not have glasses. We were completely confused as to why she was so rude.

We then saw that our guide had left our accommodation and gone up the road
to where the other jeeps were staying. We
decided we would go up in the hope they might give us some glasses there. When we got there we realised this accommodation was much more than basic and was FAR superior than where we were staying. This seemed very unfair seeing as everyone on the trip pays the same.

This accommodation had a large kitchen / hang out area with HEATING, they had RUNNING WATER AND USABLE TOILETS and lots of other couples even had their own rooms. They also had very polite staff who were more than happy to give us two glasses. It was simply a completely different experience. Our issue wasn't that our accommodation was basic (as I said we were warned of this, though we did expect usable toilets and running water), the issue was that the other accommodation was significantly better than where we were put, despite all paying the same. There was another group from another company in our accommodation who had paid 1100/1200 for their trip , so we instantly regretted having paid the extra for red planet.

We spoke to our guide about this (as did the others in our group) but he kept saying it was the same (even though it blatantly wasn't as we had seen with our own eyes). Our guide was supposed to have dinner with us at our accommodation, stay on our dorm with us, and go to the hot pools with us. However after we told him our concerns he just disappeared for the whole night and we did not see him again that day. He seemed completely unwilling to take what we said on board.

The next morning at breakfast the lady running the accommodation did not give us any plates or cutlery to eat with. She made us feel ridiculous when we asked for this. Having paid $200 for this tour this was
not what I expected. She was incredibly rude and I am not sure why red planet would contract through someone who treats their customers this way.

Our guide then approached our table and told us that we shouldn't have complained last night, that there was no problem, and that everything was the same. He then said "I am sorry we have to spend the day together". We made sure to let him know that the issue was the accommodation , not how he was doing the tour. But the way he reacted so badly to us giving feedback made the rest of the tour a very negative and awkward experience. He was the representative from red planet, and all we wanted was for him to acknowledge
that what we got was not acceptable.

Our driver was amazing, and told us in Spanish he agreed that the accommodation was far inferior and not acceptable compared to what the others in the group got. I think he was sad he had to stay there too, and was hopeful it we have feedback to red planet things might change.

When we got back to Uyuni, we went straight to speak with the office staff at red planet. They were incredibly rude and laughed in our faces multiple times. They told me I was lying when I said the the other red planet groups accommodation had heating and running water, even though I saw this for myself. We felt that we had been given an 1100/1200 type of tour, and wanted compensation. After much rudeness, they offered us 50 bolivianoes. I felt this was insulting. I tried to explain that this was not about a $10 bed, as this was not what we paid for, we paid for an EXPERIENCE which we did not get in the way the other five jeeps did (if we just wanted a $10 bed we could have done this anywhere). After more laughing and being insulted by red planet staff, we realised we wouldnt be able to sort it out internally, so we felt it was best to leave the office and write a review about our experience so others can make an informed decision before they book.

I also asked the red planet staff member if they will still put future red planet customers in this accommodation and she told me that they will not be reviewing anything. So basically it was a waste time and they don't value customer feedback, or respect the money we invest in a trip like this.

So - what could have been an easily fixed problem turned into a massively negative
experience based on the reaction from our guide and the red planet office staff.
Hugely disappointing as I was so excited to go with red planet , and expected much more respect from this "reputable" company.

I would definitely recommend to go with a mid range option if you are booking a salt flat tour. Red planet are NOT worth the extra
cash and are not all they are hyped up to be. You will have a better trip and pay less with other companies.
Written October 23, 2017
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Laura W
Birmingham, UK65 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
WOW! Just wow! My boyfriend & I had the most awesome time on the 3 day/2 night Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) trip. It's so much more than just the salt flats! Red Planet were definitely the best company for us. Our guide Oscar was fabulous, he gave such amazing information, ran the whole tour really well and his enthusiasm was simply wonderful.

The tour itself follows the same pretty much as a lot of the other companies, with a couple of very welcome tweaks! You go up to the volcano crater on the evening of day 2 (which is out of this world) and then you sleep near the hot spring so you get to use them at night and see the most incredible stars. You see the other groups arriving the next morning to use them and it's packed. We had such a lovely evening with around 15-20 of us in there (plus my boyfriend & I shared a bottle of red which complimented the evening very well!).

You really do see the most amazing things on the tour, and for us we had just the right amount of time at each place. It's crammed full of the most out of this world views and experiences. Would highly recommend this tour to everyone!

So things we loved about going with Red Planet:
- Excellent guide Oscar, incredible knowledge & enthusiasm, speaks amazing English! He was amazing with the photos on the first day at the salt flats and took some brilliant ones of everyone in a variety of crazy positions and even made a video of the whole group. You should definitely ask if he is available when you book the tour!
- Lovely drivers, always professional and courteous. Always felt very safe in the car.
- Comfortable jeeps, 2 in the very back (best suited for us shorter people), 3 in the middle row (plenty of leg room for my 6ft4ins boyfriend) and then the guide in front. Reliable cars, no breakdowns on our trip.
- Luggage tied to roof under tarpaulin to keep the dust/rain off!
- Accommodation on the first night in a salt hotel was really comfy. Big double room with a bathroom. Was very warm and the bed was comfy. Accommodation on the second night was more basic which is explained to you prior to booking, but there were still beds each (I half expected roll mats on the floor!).
- Night hot springs sold it for us! It was a wonderful experience!!! Highly recommend it. It might be cold on the short walk there, but there's changing rooms next to the spring so you can dry off quickly afterwards.
- Good group size, we had 2 cars one with 5 and the guide, the other with 6, so a total group of 11. All were really lovely in our group, we felt really fortunate to have lucked out with our group!

A few things that weren't so great OR that we wish we had been told prior to going:

- Extra money - Although you are told to take money for the entrance fees to a couple of places $b180 (£18) and about hot shower extra $b10 (£1) at salt hotel there is some detail missing about some money you will need. This is particularly important for those people going to Chile afterwards who are trying to use up their Bolivianos. You need $b3 (30p) for the hot springs.Toilets each time cost between $b2-5 (20p-50p) so allow $b20-25 for this depending on how often you'll need them. You are expected to tip your driver so allow some for this, up to you how much. You need $b3-4 (30p-40p) to tip the owner of the salt factory. There are drinks & snacks available to buy at the hostels, roughly $b20 (£2) for a big beer, $b50 (£5) for a bottle of wine and $b15 (£1.50) for a packet of cookies. We didn't know about all the extras so only took the amount detailed in the guide.

- Food - This was VERY hit and miss. Lunches were a hit, really lovely on all 3 days. Breakfast on the last day was good with pancakes, but was horrible on the second day with stale bread and jam the main offering. Dinners on both nights were not good either, general consensus from the group. Red Planet need to up their game on this considering the price they charge. The food is why we've given a 4 rating, as opposed to 5.

- Luggage - If you aren't going to Chile and will be returning to Uyuni then they ask that if you are travelling in a pair or group that you only take 1 large rucksack/suitcase/duffel bag between 2 or 3 of you. This is to allow more room for all the luggage for those crossing the border to Chile. We didn't know this until we arrived and had to pack everything in to one in the office and leave one bag in storage. Not a huge deal, just worth bearing in mind. They have luggage storage available.

The only other thing to bear in mind is that Red Planet are the most expensive company. At $b1300 (£130) it's right at the top end of the scale of what's available. We chose to pay the extra due to the excellent reviews we had read about the great English speaking guides, the safety of the drivers & cars and the night time hot springs visit. We knew we could have booked with a cheaper agency in La Paz for around $b900 or arrived in Uyuni and booked a last minute one with another company for around $b700 (£70). However we have heard horror stories from friends who went with cheaper agencies and did not have as good as an experience as we did. Stories of drunk drivers, regular jeep breakdowns and uninformative guides. For us it was DEFINITELY worth spending the extra.

Make sure you email them directly & book in advance, we saw lots of people come in and try to go on the same day or the following day and they were fully booked.

Overall we absolutely LOVED our trip with Red Planet and would definitely recommend!

- Take high factor sunscreen & reapply A LOT! You are at really high altitudes, plus the white of the salt flats reflects the sun like snow does, so you will get burned without it!

- Lots of layers are needed as it gets really chilly at night on day 2 and at some of the higher sights where it's windy. Zip off trousers for the change in temperature are a good idea!

- Take a big bottle of water and then decant in to a smaller 2 litre bottle for during the day. They'll carry the big one on the roof for you.

- Torch for the hot springs is a must, but make sure you switch it off once you're down there so you don't ruin the atmosphere!

- Cameras/phone can be charged on both nights. But on day 2 the generator is switched off after a couple of hours so best to charge what you need on the first night! They have an extension lead out in the dining room at the salt hotel that you can use if the one in your room is being used by someone else.

Have an amazing trip! Enjoy! Laura :-)
Written November 19, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK32 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
I have no idea how such an awful company can be rated as number 1 for viewing the salt flats. I have been on several trips of this kind and can safely say this was by far the most disappointing! It was possibly made worse by the fact I had just done an outstanding trip with G-Adventures!!
First off, the guide meeting us from the bus station in Uyuni clearly got bored of waiting for people and ended up leaving 3 people behind (who were on our bus so were not late). We then had a 3 hour wait before we could actually get into the jeeps because the food wasn't ready...this basically set the tone for the rest of the trip.
The guides, especially Oscar, were incredibly rude (although our driver Juan was friendly and was clearly just following his instructions). At one point they were 20 minutes late to meet us so we went to find them, only to be told we had to wait another 15minutes in the cold because they hadn't finished their coffee!!
The trip was advertised as 4 days,but be aware they do NOT stick to the itinerary you book and it's really only a 2 day trip with the first day being in La Paz pre-night bus, which I'm not sure you can count as part of their trip and the forth day for us was 9 hours of driving in the jeep with none of the planned sights.
Also, be aware you have to pay for the toilets, even in places you stop for meals so always carry change.
It's a shame the tour operators have absolutely zero customer service because the places themselves are pretty amazing, but I'd definitely recommend trying another company to book with!
Written September 12, 2015
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Darwin16 contributions
Apr 2011
we booked our 3 day tour through red planet and were not disappointed. the tour stays 1 step behind all the other tours so there are never crowds of tourists around. the food was great, never went hungry. really good driver. our tour guide, oscar, was great...very informative and chilled out.
its worth paying the extra money for the service you get compared to other cheaper companies. one of the highlights of our south america trip!!
Written May 1, 2011
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Cusco, Peru5 contributions
Salt flats tour Red Planet Expedition

Our tour costs $144 pp AUD

Quite possibly one of the worst tours I have ever been on. I have never been more upset or frustrated with a company in all of my experiences.

The tour Guide Jorge gave little if no information on what was going on from start to finish. The driver Click also goes by Edward would often be on his phone while we were waiting to go, further wasting our time and yours if you ever choose this pathetic company.

First stop 15mins from town an old train cemetery. No information or history provided on why the trains were there. A massive disappointment and a waste of time.

Second stop the salt factory.

Picture a house with one room. Explanation of how salt prepared. “The 400kg of salt gets put here and moved around for an hour and table salt is produced” That was it.

You then walk around town and have lunch which took 2hours. So much wasted time here prevents you from getting the pictures you actually want.

Lunch spaghetti and bread.

Daka - no explanation given on why all the flags are there. Possibly the largest salt monument.

Third stop - salt flats

This is where you want to spend the majority of your time but it’s minimal at most. The tour guide takes pictures he wants so then your rushing around trying to get the ones you want.

Fourth stop - cactus island so you have to pay as it’s not included in the actual price wtf. We actually paid over $120 AUD for this and the cactus island is not included.

Cactus cost somehow not included in the price. Even to use the toilets you have to pay the admission and more to use them. Are you kidding me.

Fifth stop - Reflection on salt. This was brilliant in its entirety but there was no explanation and the wine tasting was one bottle of second rate wine.

Jorge the tour guide is a JOKE and really needs to think of another profession rather than scamming people.
Written June 20, 2019
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Tini M
Canton of Bern, Switzerland1 contribution
Sep 2015 • Solo
I just came back from a 3 days tour to the salar the uyuni and surroundings with Red Planet. I've chosen this company because of the good reviews and because I wanted to avoid the problem of drunk drivers. The price for this tour is higher when you book it with this company (supposingly because of security reasons) but you will still be exposed to the danger of drivers and guides who get drunk.

It already started the first day, when we were visiting one of the places in the salar de uyuni. We had already finished our visit and were waiting for the drivers in the cars. When they came back (after 15 minutes of waiting while it was freezing in the car), we suddendly realised that hey had been drinking because you could smell it and because of their behaviour (they talked more and sometimes they were just talking nonsense). We still had an hour or so to drive which wasn't really comfortable because we knew that our driver, as well as our guide (his name was Bismark) and the other drivers from our group, had been drinking.

The second day was even worse. First of all, they all got up with a hangover (you could see it in their faces) and we started our day trip with a delay of an hour or so because of them. And it was even getting worse during the day. Our guide was in the car with some other guys of our group (we had been splitted up in different groups/cars) and they told us that our guide, as well as the driver, got so drunk that they couldn't speak clearly anymore nore walk in a straight way and it was only 2pm!! Because of that, we spent the whole day without guide and the other group had even problems to arrive at one of the lagoons on time so that it was already dark when they had arrived there and couldn't see anything.

When we confronted them and told them not to drink alcohol at least until we arrive at our hotel, they said that they were only drinking water. But we could see and even smell that it wasn't a bottle of water what they were sharing behind our backs, mostly while we were visiting one of the places or when they sent us for a little walk. So they were apparently lying directly into our faces!!

Our guide also made awkward jokes about drugs and alcohol (like: if you get to the chilean border and you have still some drugs or alcohol with you, please share them with us) which wasn't even funny anymore because of what they were doing during our trip.

As our guide, Bismark, told me, the owner of this business is a good friend of his (a friend since childhood) so I don't think that they are going to punish them or even change something in their business. I just want to warn you, if you are going to make this trip with Red Planet, you may be exposed to the danger of drunk drivers which can actually risk your life.

Ps: during our trip, two of our group got sick and one mobile phone has been stolen. I'm not sure if this is a problem of the company but after all these lies and incidents it might be.
Written September 12, 2015
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Philip C
London, United Kingdom26 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Just back from an amazing 3D/2N tour of Uyuni with Red Planet Expeditions. I found it difficult to differentiate and choose an agency for the tour and decided to go with Red Planet based on the consistent good reviews on TripAdvisor. Even though they were the most expensive, I thought it was well worth the extra money in the end due to the following:

• English speaking – this is key if you are not confident in Spanish. By choosing an English tour, by default you will have more people in your group who speak English and who you can get along with easier from a language and communication point of view. Bear in mind that you are spending 3 days with this group, and I especially cherished all the conversations and the sharing of interesting travel experiences over the many lunches and dinners. We had a very diverse group, with people from UK, New Zealand, US, Canada, France, Brazil, Switzerland and Israel. And obviously, the explanations and instructions will be in English too!

• Group Size – we were in a convoy of 6 vehicles, made up of 3 guides and 6 drivers, with each guide being responsible for 2 cars. Each car holds a maximum of 8 people including the driver, but most of our cars only had 5 or 6, which made the trip a lot more comfortable, especially for those at the space-restricted back row. This also allowed the guide to hop in between different cars during the course of the tour

• Guide – we had Markus Wendt as our guide, who was awesome and speaks four languages including perfect English. He was extremely knowledgeable and was very passionate and enthusiastic throughout the 3 days. He helped us out with a lot of our funny perspective photos on the salt flats and even took a few group shots and group videos with his own camera

• Itinerary – although I believe the itinerary is basically the same for all the tours, we were always 20-30 minutes later than all the other tour groups. This meant that we were able to have the places to ourselves after all the masses have gone. This is very important especially on the first day when all the tours bunch up at the Train Cemetery, Colchani, Salt Hotel and Incahuasi. It also meant that we were able to catch the sunset on the Salar, which I don’t believe all the tours include

• Food – I can’t speak for food on the other tours, but it was much better than what I expected. Day 1 Lunch: Chicken leg with pasta and vegetables, followed by an amazing apple pie. Day 1 Dinner: Soup followed by a meat and sausage potato bake. Day 2 Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with ham and cheese buns and canned fruit salad. Day 2 Lunch: Fried chicken fillet with quinoa and vegetables. Day 2 Dinner: Soup followed by spaghetti with meat and sauce. Day 3 Breakfast: Pancakes, muesli and canned fruit salad. Day 3 Lunch: Tuna pasta with salad followed by canned peaches

• Accommodation – On Night 1, we stayed in private twin rooms with private bathrooms, though the showers were nowhere hot enough! Night 2 was more basic, it was 4 people to a room (so make friends quickly!) and one bathroom area for everyone in the group, consisting of 2 wash basins, 3 flushing toilets and 1 urinal. No showers but there were hot springs outside which some people used instead.

• Cars and drivers – You cover a lot of miles over 3 days over mostly rugged and salty terrain, which takes its toll on the vehicles. I found the Red Planet cars to be well maintained and in good condition, and the drivers to be excellent. There was a sense of camaraderie between the drivers and they took pride in taking care of the vehicles. The cars would always be magically cleaned of mud and dust overnight (both inside and out!)

• When things go wrong – This is the part that I was most impressed by. On the first day, we lost a guide due to an unexpected injury and one of the 6 cars broke down. Red Planet had the resources available to send out a new car to replace the broken one, although the guide was not replaced and the two remaining guides took in an extra car each, which was not really as issue for us. On Day 3, we had a couple who needed to cross the border into Chile but due to a snowstorm, the border was closed and a driver and guide ended up getting up at 4am to drive 2 hours north to another border so that they could continue their trip. We also had a tour member who fell ill from altitude sickness, but Red Planet had oxygen tanks available to assist. Finally, during blizzard conditions on the way back to Uyuni, we came across a car from another tour agency which flipped over off the side of the road! Fortunately, the occupants were all unhurt and we ended up taking them all back to Uyuni since we had extra space in our cars. I can’t help but think what would’ve happened to that group had we not seen them, or not had the space to take them all back to Uyuni…

So in conclusion, the Salar de Uyuni is a once in a lifetime experience and I felt the points detailed above fully justified the extra cost for Red Planet.

Some helpful tips:

• It’s COLD. Bring layers and dress appropriately! I cannot stress this enough
• Have a separate day pack for all the items you need during the day such as warm clothes, water, sunglasses, sunblock, camera etc. Your other belongings go up onto the roof of the car and you don’t have access to it until the end of the day
• Buy props in advance of the tour, such as toy dinosaurs, Coke bottles and Pringles cans, either from Uyuni before departure or from Colchani market just before you enter the Salar
• You only have the afternoon of Day 1 at the Salar, so take your pictures quickly!
• Make sure you acclimatise to the altitude by staying a night or two at either La Paz or Uyuni, as the tour reaches over 5,000m on Day 2
• The toilets are dire, bring plenty of toilet paper and hand gels, as well as coins. It’s actually better to just go behind a rock…
Written May 30, 2017
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