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“Wonderful 3 Days”

Red Planet Expedition - Day Trip
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Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats
Ranked #3 of 36 Tours in Uyuni
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Providence, Rhode Island
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“Wonderful 3 Days”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

My fiance and I spent a long time researching the Salar de Uyuni tour agency options, and finally booked with Red Planet (which has the best overall score) with some anxiety- we specifically asked Not to have Gonzalez as our guide. We were soon made very happy with our choice. Our guide Oscar was extremely energetic, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and speaks excellent English. Our driver Ronald spoke little English but was also unfailingly friendly, helpful, and conversational to the extent allowed by our Spanish- and very importantly, he was a 100% sober and safe driver.

Our tour stopped at many impressive attractions, including the train graveyard, salt mining sites, Isla Incahuasi, several gorgeous flamingo-filled lagoons, volcanoes, rock formations, thermal cauldrons, and hot springs (along the way we saw many llamas and vicunas, as well as an andean fox). At every stop, we were given an in-depth explanation, time to ask questions, and plenty of time to walk around/explore/take pictures. On the salt desert, Oscar spent 1-2 hours helping us take the famed perspective pictures. One thing we really appreciated about the itinerary of the tour is that our group often visited sites well before or after the other agncies' tour groups, so the sites weren't swarmed with people. One highlight was our nighttime visit to the hot springs, which are right next to the second night's salt hostel, so you can soak under the stars before bed. Only our group and one other was there at the time, but the next morning as we were leaving we saw about five or six groups crowded into the springs- it did not look very relaxing.

The food was always surprisingly good; we have been travelling S. America for ten months and have learned not to expect much from tour food, but all our meals on this tour had protein, grains, fruits, veggies, beverage choices, sweets, and best of all, flavor. Accommodation was also better than expected; we bundled up like Eskimos to go to bed, only to end up stripping down from heat; both hostels provide three very thick blankets per bed, and Red Planet provides sleeping bags, plus a hot water bottle on the second night (included in the tour price).

Overall this tour constituted three of the best days of our entire trip and we would absolutely recommend it to anyone. Red Planet may charge a bit more than other agencies, but it is worth every penny. Tour agency aside, the Salar is simply unmissable; sometimes it feels like another planet.. However you end up getting there, be sure to go!

Visited August 2013
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“best tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

the tour is factasnic our guide Oscar J is the best guide and driver. thank you RED PLANET, for amazing trip, We had so much fun and recerved great service .Absolutely loved the springs and hot woter bottles on night two , tancks again

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Uma P
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Hong Kong
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“Awesome time with Red Planet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

First let me tell everyone that the infamous Gonzalez is no longer working for Red Planet so don't worry about the previous reviews.
Our guide Oscar was knowledgable, passionate and enthusiastic. He made the trip for us.
Also, the food was very good considering where we were.
Highlights - salt flats, cactus island and beers in the hot spring under the stars on the second night. The accommodation for the 2nd night was actually better than expected (a newish hostel).

Visited August 2013
2 Thank HaiBin_Doh
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Trondheim, Norway
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5 reviews
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

We did the 3D/2N tour and had a great time. Fantastic views and our guide gave good information on the area and Bolivian history in clear English. After the tour my friend and I needed a sleeping bag for a night and they lent it to us free of charge. As we didn't have too much time at the sites, we also wanted to revisit a couple and the staff was helpful and gave us tips on how to get out there. I was very pleased with Red Planet and would recommend it to anyone planning to see the salt flats

Visited May 2013
Thank Erik L
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Winterthur, Switzerland
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“Average, but unfortunately the best”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

We had the 3d/2n tour, it was very nice with some different amazing landscapes. We were a group of 11 people in two cars. First the good things, our guide was nice and his English was good. The food was as well good, nothing to complain. We had plenty of time for pictures. BUT: The guys runs the first accommodation there were just rude, force us to pay 10 Soles for the hot water before we took a shower. The second accommodation is weak, there is no flowing water. We saw one of the drivers drinking a beer at 10a.m. and he was driving the rest of the day. Our car wasn't i a good condition, they had always to put some water in and on the second day we had to drive almost 1h in the darkness with no lights! Everything was 30 mintues to late, if they say breakfast at 7a.m., it's not before 7:30a.m.
On the website is written, they will you drop off in "Tupiza", but they dont! You have to pay 1'200 Soles extra and you have to be at least a group of 4.
It's a shame to say, but there are the best. When we heard the stories about other tour operators we were glad to booked with Red Planet.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Emanuel K
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