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Cordillera Traveller - Private Day Tour

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Uyuni, Bolivia
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Pierce M wrote a review Apr 2020
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
My partner and I did a three day tour of the Salt Flats in February with Cordillera Travel, starting in San Pedro and finishing in Uyuni. From the moment we were picked up, we were impressed by the professionalism and efficiency of the company. Everything was on time and the drivers and guides were informed and communicative. With regards to the tour itself, we had a great time. Our guide, Walter, was amazing and really made the tour that little bit better by providing us with great insights and taking about 1 million photos for us! I would recommend anyone doing the tour to try to get Walter as your guide. The food was good and the accommodation got better as the tour progressed.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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JoanieTheRoadie wrote a review Feb 2020
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I was extremely dissatisfied with my experience with Cordilleria! I chose Cordilleria because it had been recommended to me by a local for the 3-day excursion. However, I decided to go with the 1 day due to time restrictions. In comparison to the other day tours this one was significantly more expensive which I was told was a premium paid for an English speaking guide and higher end vehicle. I am not sure how much better the quality of either of those assets were or if they mattered because we received almost NO information about the places we visited including the salars themselves. After the train cemetery we were told we were going to a salt museum but drove over an hour to what seemed to be the guide or drivers home. Then did a loop back to the home! It took over an hour to reach the “museum” where we were given a decent lunch. We were not told how long we had to eat or where we were to meet after or that where we were eating at the salt museum! It was totally disorganized! At the salars more problems arose. Again, when we were taken to the salt hotel we were not given a time or meeting place after we looked around. The car was locked and our guide and driver no where to be found (after I managed to find it amongst the many other vehicles around). I was thirsty and left my water bottle in the car since we were told to bring nothing with us. Finally the guide showed up and was irate that I was the only one “back”. I suggested it was because he had not told anyone where he or the car was and that we would be going anywhere else and at what time to meet. He gave me some attitude in response to suggesting we offer a meeting time and place next time and we then proceeded to drive in circles on the flats looking for the rest of our group. The whole time we were driving around admiring the salars the guide and driver played loud music none of us had asked for, as if it were they were hanging out with their buddies on a joy ride. They gave us minute info of the salars and usually only when prompted but one of the guests. I wondered why we needed both a driver and guide because one did not seem to add much value and took up a seat one of the tall men in our group could have used more comfortably than the ones in the back of the cramped van. During the rest of the trip the guide kept saying how it’s all the same, that we had over 2 hrs to wait before sunset - as if this we’re a burden to him and us. Then about 20 min before sunset we left because he said it wouldn’t be worth staying any longer because it was cloudy and we wouldn’t see anything anyway. On top of that I needed to use the restroom fairly badly and they refused to stop even though we had already left the salars early. I was very disappointed with my experience. The salars are spectacular and I would have loved to spend some time enjoying the majestic views, absorbing all the beauty and surreal serenity of it all without having a nagging guide in my ear and being confused where I was supposed to be and when. To make it worse we had paid almost twice as much as some other groups! And they seemed to have twice as fun!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nikki T wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom46 contributions11 helpful votes
Me and my boyfriend really enjoyed this tour. We don't usually do car tours but this one was well organised and Walter our tour guide was excellent - very knowledgeable, friendly and prompt. We opted for an English speaking guide and very glad we did. Walter took so many cool photos of us on the salt flats which was great too. The 4WD jeep was in good condition and I felt totally safe with Walter driving. We had plenty of stops along the way and were never driving for more than an hour without a break. The accommodation was basic but clean. Just remember to bring toilet roll and soap as no where provided it! The food was basic but not that bad. As a vegetarian I have low expectations! Breakfast one of the days was terrible (stale bread and jam) but the rest of the meals were ok. Just remember to bring lots of snacks as there's a long time between breakfast at 04:30am and lunch at 13:00 on the last day!! While Walter was great, the other staff we spoke to weren't at all helpful and verging on rude. It was hard getting any straight answers or confirmation from any of the back office staff. But that aside, glad we went with this tour agency. Everything ran like clockwork and the scenery was incredible.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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LingLing wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California1 contribution1 helpful vote
We had a high expectation on this tour after visiting Machu Picchu in Peru and Torres De Paine in Chile in the previous two weeks. And the tour didn't disappointed us in a penny bit. It turned out to be our once in a life time journey. And we were lucky to see it all: Sunset, Sunrise, Salt Flat reflection, dessert hot springs, flamingos and a lot of vicuñas. Our tour guide Dioni and driver Edy formed a perfect team to fulfill our dream. Dioni speaks very good English, his humor, knowledge and expertise in photography kept us warmly accompanied and greatly entertained; and Edy kept all logistics in place: car conditions, our meals, schedules. We are asian girls, and really afraid of cold night. And it turned out the night was quite warm with heavy blankets provided, no need to bring your own sleep bags. We love every meal, especially vegetable soup, it's very healthy and tasty. For dinner, they provide courses from soup, salad, entree meat and all the way to desert. Given the tough dessert environment, we felt we are very well taken care of. We did both sunset and sunrise tour, as it's quite different experience plus a backup plan for unpredictable weather. It had been raining for a few days before we were there, due to too much water, we couldn't across the Salt Flat as planned, and no Inkahuasi Island visit either, but we didn't feel anything missing at all. Abil - the travel assistant is very helpful, she answered me a lot of questions via what'sapp before the tour, and make everything so easy in the end.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Shweta S wrote a review Dec 2019
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We went on the 4 day trip to the Salt Flats from San Pedro (3 days of driving around, and spending the 4th day getting back to San Pedro) and had an incredible time! Massive shout out to our enthusiastic driver Juan who made our experience so enjoyable and comfortable. We spent three days driving around in his 4WD, which was clean, comfortable and had great music (and bluetooth)! Juan was a great driver, and even whilst off-roading, we always felt safe. Although he didn’t speak English (most drivers only speak Spanish), we were able to achieve basic communication and didn’t have any major issues. Our driver would explain the sites and scenery in Spanish, but luckily for us we had a few people in our car that could do some basic translation for us. Juan also went above and beyond to help us find the best photo opportunities, especially the classic photos at Salar de Uyuni itself! The sunrise on the day of the Salt Flats meant a chilly 4:30am departure, but it was fully worth it! The accommodation provided by Cordillera seemed like they were some of the better options out of all of the different ones. The accommodation was clean overall, despite being very basic. Food was also very basic overall but plentiful. After a lot of liaising with the kitchen staff and with the help of our guide, we were also able to get food that was suitable for our dietary requirements including Vegetarian and Coeliac (gluten free). This meant lots of soup, rice, eggs and potatoes. I would however recommend bringing extra snacks etc for the day. There were opportunities each day to buy bottled water, and water was also provided with meals. One of the only downsides of the trip was the long wait time at border crossings (2-3 hours!). An amazing 4 days overall! Thank you JUAN for an incredible experience!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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