I am going to be in South America for a month visiting Peru, Argentina and Brazil in August. Given this will likely be my only trip to South America, I am looking at adding a few days and flying into La Paz so I can see the Salar de Uyuni, then meeting up with my friends in Lima after that.
I have found a G Adventures tour for 11 days and costing $1249 which includes Potosi, Sucre and the salt flats. This will add up when I add in food, excursions etc.
1. My interest really lies in the salt flats. Is there a 3-4 days tour from La Paz that could incorporate these, so I don't need to spend as much as the G Adventures tour would cost?
2. Are Potosi and Sucre really interesting such that it makes the longer 11 day tour worthwhile?
3. As I will be traveling on my own in Bolivia until I meet friends in Lima, should I stick with a tour from La Paz, or is safety on buses and trains ok down to Uyuni and joining a tour there? Are the tours operating out of Uyuni safe for a woman traveling alone - is there a company you would recommend?
Many thanks for any help.