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699ameyer wrote a review Jun 2018
Buchs Aargau, Switzerland3 contributions4 helpful votes
We were doing a 4day tour in the salar in may/june 2018. We were 5people which is a bit crowded,but still alright. The tour and the places that you go to are absolutely incredible! Our guide and driver Hernan was absolutely fantastic! Never got tired of pointing things out and explaining, and he drove very safely and carefully! He really wanted us to have the best tour possible! He also adaptes the tour to your wishes (as far as possible). We didn't have a cook with us,which is not necessary as all the hostels have cooks to prepare your food.
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Date of experience: May 2018
2 Helpful votes
Ulla V wrote a review May 2017
88 contributions33 helpful votes
We went on a day tour by jeep from Tupiza visiting Valle de los Machos, Canon del Inka, Puerta del Diablo, Toroyoj, La Torre and the old tunnel and then north to Palala and El Sillar. We had a fantastic day with little walk amongst this breathtaking scenery with almost nobody in sight the whole day. Wilfredo was our guide and driver who is very friendly and an excellent driver and explained everything we wanted to know. He also brought an optional lunch which was very tasty as a picnic under a tree. I can highly recommend Wilfredo as a guide for this tour that was very good value for money.
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Date of experience: May 2017
kakarotGringo wrote a review Feb 2017
43 contributions6 helpful votes
I did a 4 day tour of the Salar de Uyuni. You only go to the actual salt flat on the final day (which is sufficient). The rest is colourful lagoon, rock formations, a train cemetery, and ghost towns. I'm so glad I did the tour from Tupiza, not Uyuni. We saw different sights, and for most of the trip we were with 1 or 2 other cars. In Uyuni you'll be surrounded by others. I paid 1250 BOB, plus all the standard park entry fees. I think the itinerary and price is pretty uniform across all companies. In fact, despite booking through Chichenito Tours, the operator was actually Natural Adventures. This is pretty normal. All the tour agencies work together, to guarentee that you can depart on whatever day you want. That means you should take all reviews with a grain of salt. I went with 5 people. My guide didn't speak english. Luckily all other 4 passengers could translate for me when I didn't understand the guide. (You have to be pretty good at Spanish to understand explanations about history or geology.) The food was great. Don't try to do a tour while Dakar is nearby though. All tour agencies cease operations when Dakar is in Tupiza, and a few days later when it's in Uyuni.
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Date of experience: January 2017
saardev0s wrote a review Oct 2016
Leuven, Belgium6 contributions3 helpful votes
2 accidents, bad en irresponsible service, no compensation! For 2 days the agency of the hostel were stalking us to do the Uyuni tour. Finally we did the tour and we were really dissapointed. It's the responsability of the agency to check the car before leaving. Our car was clearly not checked. The car was supposed to be a 4wheeldrive but only the 2 wheels behind worked. This is the reason why we got stuck in a river for the first day for more than six hours. It got dark and finally help came. This night we had to sleep in a creepy town, without bathrooms or water. The next day we woke up really early to make up the time we lost. After 2 hours driving one of the weels at the back came off!!! When we stopped we saw that the wheel was 10m farther. Apparently it only had one of the six bolts left! Also this the agency should have checked. It was freezing, so we walked for 15 km to a town. We called the agency and they send a new car, but without any material. Again the agency's fault! The first driver didn't want to give his material to us (for exemple the coolbox, so we had to put al the food in plastic bags. All four of us got stomach problems, and the last day one of us got really sick with vomiting and liquid diarrhea.) The second night at first there wasn't any place for us left in the hostal because we were one day late, also the responsability of the agency. We were promised that the responsible of the agency (Mirabelle) would wait for us when we arrived in Uyuni to talk about a compensation, but she send a co-worker. The co-worker clearly had the task to minalize everything that happened to not give a compensation. When we wanted to talk with the responible on the phone, she told her co-worker she had to fix it herself. Clearly the responsable was cowardly! Finally we didn't get any compensation for loosing two days.
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Date of experience: October 2016
1 Helpful vote
portuguesetrotter wrote a review Feb 2016
Lausanne, Switzerland3 contributions2 helpful votes
Very nice tour with friendly guides and the price is worth it, although you also can do it by walk. If you go there by walk you can enter in the canyon, which is the highlight of Tupiza. There you can walk for hours in this "western landscapes"
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Date of experience: August 2015