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DAKAR 2018 BOLIVIA CAMPING TOUR SUMMARY

This is an incredible opportunity for diehard fans of the Dakar Rally!

Witness the race in Bolivia firsthand, as you camp out in Tupiza, Bolivia, one of the most extreme segments of the off-road circuit. In this itinerary, you will:

  • Visit the amazing Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest and highest salt desert in the world.
  • Camp out in a priviledged zone, near the racing path in Tupiza.
  • See the race as close as possible, and hear the engine roar of trucks, cars, motorcycles and ATVs as they race by.

 

DAKAR 2018 BOLIVIA CAMPING TOUR ITINERARY

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018: Uyuni Salt Flats – Tupiza

Morning:
Meeting point at 09:00 hrs at Hotel Las Tholas where breakfast will be served. Depart at 10:00 hrs on route to the amazing Uyuni Salt Flats, the world’s largest salt desert, with an expanse of more tan 12,000 square km (7,455 sq mi). On your way, you will visit the cemetery of trains where you can take playful and even artistic pictures on board the remains of 19th and 20th century steam locomotives. Next, visit the town of Colchani (20 min. from Uyuni) where you’ll learn the artisanal salt extraction process from local artisans, and purchase salt from Uyuni.

Afternoon & Evening:
Afterwards, make your way into the Salar where you will stop to see stacks of extracted salt. Next, you will visit the Dakar marker (Playa Blanca) surrounded by flags from all over the world. Enjoy a unique picnic experience, as lunch is served in the middle of the salt flat. After lunch, continue onto Incahuasi Island, on the Salar, an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem where giant cacti thrive (up to 10m. or 32ft. high).

NOTE: Incahuasi Island will not be visited if it is raining, as there is no passthrough.

At approximately 15:00 hrs, you will depart to Tupiza (duration: 2.5-3 hrs.) where you will set up camp. Your campsite will be at the base of the sand dunes that are part of the Dakar’s trajectory, so you have easy access to the race the following morning. Your driver and guide will set up your thermal tent with thick foam pads (max. 2 people per tent). At approximately, 21:00 hrs., enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner and afterwards, learn to take amazing night photos using long exposure tricks to capture unbelievable images.

Note: Portable bathroom is provided.

Overnight at Tupiza: Tent
(B, L, D)

FRIDAY, JANUARY12, 2018:  Tupiza – Uyuni

Morning:
Wake up early (between 05:00 – 06:00 hrs) and enjoy an American breakfast before going to the path of the rally to see the Dakar vehicles race by. At around 11:00 hrs, a light sandwich lunch will be served. After the last racer has driven by, you will be transferred back to the same meeting point in Uyuni.

(B, L)

LEGEND
B Breakfast
S Snack
L Lunch
D Dinner
BL Boxed Lunch

NEW YEAR’S UYUNI CAMPING TOUR PRICES

PRICE PER PERSON (with English-speaking Guide)* US$ 450
PRICE PER PERSON (with Spanish-speaking Guide)* US$ 300
Single Supplement US$ 40
Sleeping Bag Rental US$ 20

*Based on double occupancy in a tent.

INCLUDED IN DAKAR 2018 BOLIVIA CAMPING TOUR

Included in Price: Not included in Price:
Meals according to itinerary. International & domestic flights.
All guided excursions in English (subject to availability) in shared service. Airport taxes for international & domestic flights.
All entrance tickets. Visas required to enter Bolivia.
Transportation in 4×4 vehicles. Hotel accommodations.
Camping equipment (thermal tents). Sleeping Bags (available for rental at US$15 for two days)
Foam and thermic sleeping pads. Dinner on the second day.
GPS equipment. Alcoholic drinks, additional beverages.
Oxygen. Tips.
 Photography service. Transfers to/from meeting point & from/to your hotel/airport/bus station/train station.
Photography equipment.

NOTES:

  • We recommend you travel to Uyuni by bus on the same day of the tour or make plans to arrive a few days before as the Uyuni airport is restricted during the Dakar.
  • For safety reasons, this itinerary is subject to last-minute modifications or cancellations due to extreme weather or torrential rain, and it is non-refundable.
  • In addition, we are not responsible for changes to the race route which might affect this itinerary.

RECOMMENDATIONS: For the Highlands (Uyuni – Tupiza)

  • Upon arrival in Uyuni, we recommend you rest for at least 3 hours.
  • In addition, do not eat much, as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day due to the altitude.
  • Also, you can drink coca tea (except those who suffer from high blood pressure and heart problems).
  • Wear comfortable footwear and clothes.
  • Bring warm clothes as the Salar gets cold at night.
  • Drink water, wear sunglasses, sunscreen and sun cap.
  • Bring moisturizing cream and a small backpack for excursions.
  • Do not forget a camera or videocamera to capture the Dakar race.
  • We recommend bringing abundant contact lens solution or an additional pair of glasses.

 

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