Machu Picchu and Salar de Uyuni Tour
| Machu Picchu
What’s better than seeing one of the most iconic tourist spots in the world? Seeing two of the on a Machu Picchu and Salar de Uyuni Tour.
South America is full of incredible man-made landmarks and natural phenomena. In fact, there is so much on offer on this dazzling continent that you would need a lifetime to see it all. Unfortunately, very few of us have the luxury of spending an entire lifetime traveling. Most of us just get a few weeks away from the office, so it is important to make sure we use this time wisely.
If you are planning on visiting South America and want to fill your itinerary with spectacular destinations, you might want to consider a joint trip to Machu Picchu in Peru and the salt flats of Uyuni in Bolivia. Not only will you get to tick two countries off your list, but you’ll get to witness first-hand two unique attractions. Of course, there are plenty of other things to see along the way, but no doubt these two spots will be your highlights.
It is highly likely that you have heard of, or even seen photos of, Machu Picchu, but nothing compares to seeing it in real life. The collection of hilltop ruins found deep in Peru’s Sacred Valley are often considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World – and with good reason. No matter how skeptical you may be about tourist hotspots, Machu Picchu is simply too good to miss.
There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu. If you are short on time, the train makes for a highly scenic option. Passengers board in Ollantaytambo, a small town around two hours from Cusco, and they alight in Aguas Calientes, which sits at the foot of the ruins. However, those with more time on their hands often prefer to walk along one of the trails that lead to the ruins. The Inca Trail is a popular option, but it needs to be booked well in advance and is pretty pricey. The Lares and Salkantay Trails are alternatives that can be done around four days and you will be surrounded by sublime nature the entire way.
On the day of your visit, you will either hike or take a bus up the steep hill on which the ruins are perched. Remember to take your passport with you, as the entrance gates will stamp it for you with a special Machu Picchu stamp!
The Salt Flats of Uyuni
Known in Spanish as the Salar de Uyuni, these bright white salt flats extend for over 4,000 square miles. Tours from the town of Uyuni take passengers in jeeps far enough across the salt flat to make all other landscapes disappear from view. Eventually you will see nothing but white in every direction. Be sure to take sunglasses because on a sunny day the never-ending white can be blinding.
Once the jeep stops you have the perfect opportunity to take perspective photos. Your driver will have brought some props, but you should bring your own too. Toy dinosaurs or wine bottles are all good choices. During your tour you will also be taken to a salt hotel for lunch and to various markets where you can pick up souvenirs.
When the sun sets, the drivers all head to a special spot that is usually covered with puddles of water. As the sun dips in the sky and paints the sky orange and pink, the colors are reflected in the mirrors creates by the pools of water. If you wanted some beautiful photos to show your friends back home, you’ll be able to take them here.
I know what you’re thinking: both of these tours sound incredible. Well, the great thing about these two spots is that they aren’t too far apart. Treat yourself and enjoy them both. For more information about a Machu Picchu and Salar de Uyuni Tour, please contact us or call 1-888-215-355.