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  • GENERAL

    Q: Are the price quotes free?
    A: Yes, all our price quotes are free.

  • GENERAL

    Q: What are your prices and what is included?
    A: Lipiko Tours operates a policy of transparency with regard to its prices and services, everything that is included and not included in our services is indicated in each quote. We offer quality services and predictable pricing with the most current information possible to ensure a hassle-free trip.

  • GENERAL

    Q: Do you speak English?
    A: Yes we do, 75% of our team speak English fluently

  • GENERAL

    Q: What is Lipiko Tours?
    A: Lipiko Tours is an adventure travel agency formed in June 2007.

    Located in Bolivia with offices in the centre and south of the city of La Paz and in Rurrenabaque in the Bolivian amazon, Lipiko Tours is a local agency without intermediaries.

    Legally established in Bolivia, Lipiko Tours is licensed by the Ministry for Tourism, the Departmental Tourism Office, IaTa, it has its trade licence, insurance and fulfils all current Bolivian laws and tourism regulations in Peru, Chile, argentina, Brazil and Ecuador.

    Our team of ten tourism professionals and experts, offers a full range of tourist services, accompanied tours and customized trips for adventurers, families, friends and groups travelling together.

    With their experience, the Lipiko Tour’s team has developed a quality service tailored to your wishes to travel in Bolivia, Peru, Chile, argentina, Brazil and Ecuador.

    Lipiko Tours is recommended and mentioned in the following:
    - Footprint (UK)
    - Guardian (UK)
    - Le Petit Futé (France)
    - Le Guide du Routard (France)
    - O Viajante (Brazil)
    - Bolivia-guide (Bolivia)
    - GBT guia Boliviana Turistica (Bolivia)
    - Bolivian Touring (Bolivia)
    - Google (International)
    - Yahoo (International)
    - Bing (International)
    - Facebook (International)
    - Twitter (International)

  • GENERAL

    Q: Why should I travel with Lipiko Tours?
    A: Lipiko tours is an agency with European standards (the owners are Danish and French) based on professionalism, quality service, reactivity, flexibility and with the aim of finding the solutions best suited to your holiday.

  • GENERAL

    Q: Can you send me a brochure?
    A: Yes, simply go to the catalogue link and complete the form to choose the catalogue that you want. Our catalogues are electronic and you will receive it by email.

  • GENERAL

    Q: Do we need a certain level of fitness to join your tours?
    A: This depends on your itinerary. If your itinerary takes place at sea level and goes no higher than 2,000 m.s.l, no physical preparation is necessary. For those who travel in Bolivia (altiplano, Royal Cordillera), Peru (altiplano), in northern Chile and northern argentina and in areas higher than 3,000 m.s.l, we recommend that you take precautions and consult your doctor. For those who are taking a sporting trip in altitude and high altitude, we recommend at least one month before your departure that you do some training to get in shape to avoid "Soroche" (altitude sickness) and shortness of breath. Of course, we are here to provide advice and allow you to gauge the effort that will be required, but you can better judge your physical condition (especially for altitude trekking – Royal Cordillera, White Cordillera…) either through your doctor or a Sport Clinic.

  • GENERAL

    Q: What kind of equipment do we need?
    A: Each trip, region and activity needs its own equipment, most of the time you will need: a pair of hiking boots, a backpack or suitcase, and small day pack, sun block, hat and sunglasses.

    To learn more about the equipment you might need, check out: http://www.travel-bolivia.co.uk/travel/equipement-bolivie.php

    For treks we provide the group equipment (sleeping bags, tents T3 for 2 people, mess tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs, etc…).

    For mountaineering we provide group equipment (ropes, pitons, hooks, snow picks)

  • GENERAL

    Q: Someone from your team will come and meet me at the airport when I arrive?
    A: Yes, if you tell us your arrival time and your programme includes this service, a member of our team will be waiting for you with a sign and will take you to your hotel on the day of your arrival.

  • GENERAL

    Q: How can I contact you?
    A: Lipiko Tours is a modern business and has the latest means of communication with the aim of having worldwide contact with all our clients.

    You can contact us in the following ways:
    By telephone in France: 97 71 95 5 07
    By telephone in BoliviA:  00591 2 214 51 29      
    By SMS in BoliviA: 00591 791 03 555      
    By email: contact@lipiko.com
    By Skype: lipikobolivie
    By MSN Messenger: lipiko_tours@hotmail.com
    On Facebook page LIPIKO tours

  • GENERAL

    Q: How much money should I bring?
    A: In each quote you will find an estimate of how much money you will need for entrance fee during your trip. Personal expenses depend on the length of your trip, the countries visited and other factors.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: What are your services and what do they include?
    a: In each quote you will find the information about what is included in your particular service and what is not. This will usually be transportation and transfers, accommodation, part of the food, guide services and their fee, the support of our office and logistics team in case of problems 24/24h. If you have chosen a "Liberty" tour the only things normally included will be accommodation and transport.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: What type of tours do you offer?
    A: Lipiko Tours offers many forms and types of tours with different themes. Specialising in both customised and group tours, our team of professionals can offer you the trip of a lifetime.

    - Customised tailor-made tours
    - Group tours
    - Thematic tours
    - Hiking and extreme trekking both in high altitude (mountain) or in the jungle
    - adventure trips
    - 4x4 tours
    - Quad tours
    - Mountain climbing

    Please feel free to request a free quote.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: In which countries do you operate?
    A: Lipiko Tours operates in Bolivia, Peru, Chile, argentina, Brazil and Ecuador.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: Do you need a minimum number of travellers in order to take into account my request?
    A: No, whether you are alone or in a group, all applications are treated with the aim of meeting your expectations.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: How can I make a reservation for a group tour?
    A: Bookings for our group tours are quite simple:

    1. Visit our website for group departures at www.group-departure.com
    2. Choose the circuit that suits you, a PDF version of the file can be downloaded
    3. Choose your preferred date
    4. Complete the form and pay the deposit
    5. Within 15 days after registering, you will receive your voucher for the tour and your plane ticket by email
    6. a member of our team will contact you within 24 hours to discuss certain details with you.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: are the departures of the group tours guaranteed?
    A: The departures of the group tours, which can be found on our website www.group-departure.com are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 people but we can of course offer you solutions for 2 people.


    If 1 month before the departure date the group tour does not have enough people to guarantee its departure, Lipiko Tours will offer you alternatives.

    If the proposed alternatives do not suit you, Lipiko Tours will fully reimburse the cost of the tour. The reimbursement of any plane tickets will be done so under the terms of the airlines.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: How many people make up the group tours?
    A: The group tours have a minimum of 4 people, a maximum of 18 people and an average of 12.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: How do I book a customised or tailor made tour?
    A: The process for booking private or tailor-made tours is as follows:

    1. Visit our website www.travel-bolivia.co.uk and complete the tour form which corresponds to the type of tour you wish to undertake or simply use the contact form to send in your request and receive a quote.
    2. Our team will send you a prompt reply with a quote and a detailed customised program based on your request.
    3. If you like the proposed tour, you can confirm by sending us an email and we will get back to you with the information on how to subscribe. any tour we send you will be a so called first draft and can of course be modified to maybe better suit you.
    4. Within 15 days of your confirmation and payment, you will receive your vouchers for your tour and plane tickets by email.
    5. a member of our team will contact you within 24 hours to discuss certain details with you.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: Can I choose what type of accommodation I wish?
    A: Yes, If you have a customized or tailor-made tour, you can choose the accommodation of your choice between budget hotel till 5*.

    For group tour the hotels are 3* hostals/hotels predetermined with basic accommodation in the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: Can I travel from the city of my choice?
    A: Whether you are in Paris, New York, Moscow, Tokyo or Tahiti, our logistics team can organise a private or customised tour from the starting point of your choice, or an arrival for a group tour.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: Can I choose other dates than those set in your programs?
    A: Yes, this is called a customised or tailor-made tour.

    - Upon request, whether you are travelling alone or in a group of 2 or 50 people, we can send you a quote for a tour
    - Choose one of the trips offered on our website or catalogue on your preferred date;
    - Choose a personalised itinerary with respect to length of trip, day of departure and places visited.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: What kind of hotels do you offer in your services?
    A: Our classic hotel reservations in towns are made with 3 star accommodation or hostels in the same category with private bathroom; these are cheap accommodations, good quality, clean and safe, with the aim of meeting all budgets and to avoid any unwanted surprises.

    These 3 star hotels correspond to a 2 star in Europe. Of course you can tailor your tours to choose whatever hotel you wish.

    accommodation in the countryside may be in shelters or homestays with basic comforts. In treks and hiking accommodations may be in shelters but is normally in T3 tents for 2 people.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: Are the hotels clean?
    A: Yes, the hotels we choose are clean and comply with the level of service our clients expect.

    We admit that some small towns and villages do not have a hotel infrastructure as such, and accommodation may be in a small inns or homestays with basic comforts. When this is the case there will be a note in your program.

  • Tours, bookings, services and accommodation

    Q: Do the rooms come with PRIVaTE or SHareD BaTHROOM?
    A: Our classic hotel bookings are made with a private bathroom. There is no private bathroom in a shelter or homestay.

  • PAYMENT AND INSURANCE

    Q: can I pay online?
    A: Yes, Lipiko Tours is a modern business and you can pay online with a credit card or using our Paypal account.

    We accept the following credit cards:

    - Visa
    - aMERIcan EXPRESS
    - MaSTER CaRD
    - DisCOVER

  • PAYMENT AND INSURANCE

    Q: Do you offer easy payment plans?
    A: Yes! Upon reservation you can ask for our easy payment plan if you are paying by banktransfer or by credit card. This has no extra charge and you will be given several options.

  • PAYMENT AND INSURANCE

    Q: What other methods of payment are possible?
    A: You can pay by:
    - Credit card at our offices
    - Internet bank transfer to our account in Europe (France)
    - Internet bank transfer to our account in Bolivia or Peru
    - Western Union cash transfer in U$D or Bolivianos

  • PAYMENT AND INSURANCE

    Q: What insurance do I need to travel?
    A: We recommed that you always have travel insurance. What type of insurance will depend on your trip and the activities planned.

    If you do not have travel insurance, Lipiko Tours recommends aMERIcan EXPRESS inSURaNCE its insurance partner.

    If you have a Gold Master Card, Visa Premier, american Express Gold category or above, remember that travel insurance is included in the services on your card if you pay your trip with your card¹:

    - See insurance and support for GOLD MASTER CARD
    - See insurance and support for VISA PREMIER
    - See insurance and support for AMERICAN EXPRESS

    ( ¹ )Gold Master Card, Visa Premier, american Express Gold

  • CLIMaTE

    Q: What is the weather like in Bolivia?
    A: The climate and weather in Bolivia vary as greatly as the country's many regions, although when speaking of weather, Bolivians typically refer only to two seasons (the rainy season and dry season) as usually there is no gradual entry into either winter or summer. Changes in temperatures and weather are typically as brusque as the changes in topography from one region to the next. Temperatures depend primarily on elevation.

    Tropical Lowlands: To the East (from Pando, down through Beni and Santa Cruz to parts of northern Tarija) the climate is usually very hot, humid and often rainy between late September and May. December and January are the hottest months of the year. Summer days are humid and sticky. Nights are warm and musky, often filled with a moist fruity aroma as winds carry the scent of the tropical jungle into the cities.

    Northwest Valleys: The country’s northwest valley region (called the Yungas, or the jungles, North of La Paz going toward Pando) is surprisingly hot and humid, considering the altitude. It is the cloudiest, rainiest and most humid region of Bolivia. In this region the Bolivian climate and local weather are similar to that of the eastern lowlands of Santa Cruz with even more precipitation per year. Temperatures drop as the elevation increases. at altitudes higher than 2000 meters above sea level it sometimes snows and at 4600 meters the mountains are permanently capped by snow. above 5500 meters the climate is similar to that of polar regions and there are some glaciers present.

    Central Valleys: The central valleys - Cochabamba, parts of Chuquisaca and western Tarija - are temperate to cool. Temperatures are pleasant during the day, but it can get quite cold at night. This region, although high (averaging 1200-1500 meters above sea level) is also rather humid. Bolivia’s valleys are very fertile and covered in dense forest. The rainy season is long and sustained.

    altiplano and higher: On the shores of Lake Titicaca, and higher (Potosí), temperatures can reach a balmy 27°C/80°F at midday, but normally by early afternoon a sweater is necessary and the nights are cold. Because of the altitude, the sun feels especially strong here and sunscreen should be worn throughout the entire day. On the altiplano the winds are cold and harsh and moisturizer or sunscreen (and chapstick) are important to prevent both sunburn and windburn. Temeratures in and around the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez can drop to -20°C/-4°F.

    Travellers arriving from the Northern Hemisphere must remember that the seasons are reversed in Bolivia. Keep in mind that in the Southern Hemisphere seasons (and climate) are reversed, or the “opposite” of those in the North, with the hottest months (our summer) being November to February and the coldest months (our winter) being May to July.

  • CLIMaTE

    Q: What is the weather like in Peru?
    A: The climate of Peru is very diverse, with a large variety of climates and microclimates, including 28 of the 32 world climates. Such a diversity is chiefly conditioned by the presence of the andes mountains and the cold Humboldt Current. In general, the climate on the coast is subtropical with very little rainfall. The andes mountains observe a cool-to-cold climate with rainy summers and very dry winters. The eastern lowlands present an Equatorial climate with hot weather and rain distributed all year long.

    The costa has moderate temperatures, low precipitations, and high humidity, except for its warmer, wetter northern reaches.

    In the sierra, rain is frequent during summer, and temperature and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the andes.

    The selva is characterized by heavy rainfall and high temperatures, except for its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.

    Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical amazon jungle to the east; the arid coastal desert to the west; and the andean mountains and highlands in the middle of the country. In the andes, which have altitudes over 3500m, average daily temperatures fall below 10°C/50°F and overnight temperatures can dip well below freezing.

    From June to august is the dry season in the mountains and altiplano (andean plateau); the wettest months are from December to March. It rains all the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from June to September. However, even during the wettest months from December to May, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. along the arid coastal strip, the hot months are from December through March. Some parts of the coastal strip see rain rarely, if at all. From april to November, Lima and other areas by the Pacific Ocean are enclosed in garúa (coastal fog, mist or drizzle) as warmer air masses off the desert drift over the ocean where the cold Humboldt Current hits.

    The El Niño effect, which occurs on average every seven years, is when large-scale changes in ocean currents and rising sea-surface water temperatures bring heavy rains and floods to coastal areas, plunging tropical areas into drought and disrupting weather patterns worldwide. The name El Niño (literally ‘the Child’) refers to the fact that this phenomenon usually appears around Christmas. The El Niño in the winter of 1997–98 was particularly traumatic for Peru. El Niño is usually followed the next year by La Niña, when ocean currents that cool abnormally create even more havoc and destruction.

  • CLIMaTE

    Q: What is the weather like in Argentina?
    A: The generally temperate climate ranges from subtropical in the north to subpolar in the far south. The north is characterized by very hot, humid summers with mild drier winters, and is subject to periodic droughts. Central argentina has hot summers with thunderstorms (western argentina produces some of the world's largest hail), and cool winters. The southern regions have warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall, especially in mountainous zones. Higher elevations at all latitudes experience cooler conditions. The hottest and coldest temperature extremes recorded in South america have occurred in argentina. Major wind currents include the cool Pampero Winds blowing on the flat plains of Patagonia and the Pampas; following the cold front, warm currents blow from the north in middle and late winter, creating mild conditions. The Zonda, a hot dry wind, affects west-central argentina. Squeezed of all moisture during the 6,000 m (19,685 ft) descent from the andes, Zonda winds can blow for hours with gusts up to 120 km/h (75 mph), fueling wildfires and causing damage; when the Zonda blows (June–November), snowstorms and blizzard (viento blanco) conditions usually affect higher elevations. The Sudestada ("southeasterlies") could be considered similar to the Nor'easter, though snowfall is rare but not unprecedented. Both are associated with a deep winter low pressure system. The sudestada usually moderates cold temperatures but brings very heavy rains, rough seas and coastal flooding. It is most common in late autumn and winter along the central coast and in the Río de la Plata estuary. The southern regions, particularly the far south, experience long periods of daylight from November to February (up to nineteen hours) and extended nights from May to august.

  • CLIMaTE

    Q: What is the weather like in Chile?
    A: The climate of Chile comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large geographic scale, extending across 38 degrees in latitude, making generalisations difficult. according to the Köppen system, Chile within its borders hosts at least seven major climatic subtypes, ranging from desert in the north, to alpine tundra and glaciers in the east and south east, humid subtropical in Easter Island, Oceanic in the south and Mediterranean climate in central Chile. There are four seasons in most of the country: summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), winter (June to august), and spring (September to November).

  • CLIMaTE

    Q: What the weather like in Brazil?
    A:The climate of Brazil comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical. according to the Köppen system, Brazil hosts five major climatic subtypes: equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, temperate, and subtropical. The different climatic conditions produce environments ranging from equatorial rainforests in the north and semiarid deserts in the northeast, to temperate coniferous forests in the south and tropical savannas in central Brazil. Many regions have starkly different microclimates. an equatorial climate characterizes much of northern Brazil. There is no real dry season, but there are some variations in the period of the year when most rain falls. Temperatures average 25°C/77°F, with more significant temperature variation between night and day than between seasons. Over central Brazil rainfall is more seasonal, characteristic of a savanna climate.This region is as extensive as the amazon basin but has a very different climate as it lies farther south at a higher altitude. In the interior northeast, seasonal rainfall is even more extreme. The semiarid climatic region generally receives less than 800 millimetres (31.5 in) of rain, most of which generally falls in a period of three to five months of the year and occasionally less than this, creating long periods of drought. Brazil's 1877–78 Grande Seca (Great Drought), the most severe ever recorded in Brazil, caused approximately half a million deaths. South of Bahia, near São Paulo, the distribution of rainfall changes, with rain falling throughout the year. The south enjoys temperate conditions, with cool winters and average annual temperatures not exceeding 18°C/64.4°F; winter frosts are quite common, with occasional snowfall in the higher areas.

  • CLIMaTE

    Q: What the weather like in Ecuador?
    A: There is great variety in the climate, largely determined by altitude. It is mild year-round in the mountain valleys; Humid Subtropical Climate incoastal and Rain Forests in lowlands. The Pacific coastal area has a tropical climate, with a severe rainy season. The climate in the andean highlands is temperate and relatively dry; and the amazon basin on the eastern side of the mountains shares the climate of other rain forest zones. Because of its location at the equator, Ecuador experiences little variation in daylight hours during the course of a year. Both sunrise and sunset occur each day at the two six o'clock hours.

  • HEALTH AND ALTITUDE

    Q: Do I need any particular vaccinations?
    A: It is recommended to be updated with the universal vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, hepatitis B). Traditional vaccines against yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis a are recommended. The vaccine against yellow fever is required for entry to most Latin american countries. Vaccination against typhoid is recommended for extended stays and hepatitis a for those who are not naturally immune. Vaccination against rabies is recommended for long stays (especially expatriates).

  • HEALTH AND ALTITUDE

    Q: Which altitude is reached during the tour?
    A: For accurate altitudes reached during your stay, you can ask a member of our team who will give you all the altitudes and elevations for your stay.

  • Mountain sickness (Soroche)
    altitude sickness - also known as acute mountain sickness (aMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or soroche - is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2400 metres (8,000 feet).It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover. It is hard to determine who will be affected by altitude sickness, as there are no specific factors that correlate with a susceptibility to altitude sickness. However, most people can ascend to 2,400 meters (8,000 ft) without difficulty. It is usually caused when arriving directly in high altitude i.e. flying into La Paz where the body has no time to adapt. The simplest solution is to descend to a lower altitude as quickly as possible. In Peru and Bolivia the coca leaf is a common and natural remedy. You can chew them or drink them as a tea - mate de coca. The best way to acclimatize is to follow a tour with progressive ascent. Do not overeat, choose foods low in fat; avoid liquor, no smoking, not taking calming or sleeping pills. For mild headaches, take only paracetamo. acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HaPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HaCE), which are potentially fatal.

  • HEALTH AND ALTITUDE

    Q: What can I do to get used to the altitude?
    A: Most of our tours include an acclimatization usually on the altiplano around the Lake Titicaca and some of our tours have a gradual elevation route. Consult our experts; they can help you with this issue with specific routes. The best technique to acclimate to the altitude is to prepare well before travelling.
    • Keep hydrated (water, tea, all fluids are good, except alcohol)
    • Eat light
    • avoid alcohol for 72 hours after arrival in altitude
    • Stay calm when you arriving directly in altitude like La Paz. avoid strenuous physical activity the first day, eat light before sleeping and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

    You can prepare yourself to the altitude by taking the COCa CH9, Homeopathic product used by mountaineers to avoid "Soroche" or altitude sickness.

  • HIKE

    Q: Which support staff is provided for your treks and hikes?
    A: all our treks and hikes are led by specialized guides with a minimum of 3 years experience, assistant guides according to group size, a cook and a mule or more depending on group size.

  • HIKE

    Q: Should I acclimatize before hiking?
    A: all our altitude treks over 10 days are planned with acclimatization. In the case of our small treks from 1 to 5 days that are not planned with an acclimatization, we strongly recommend a minimum of 3 days of acclimatization.

  • HIKE

    Q: What kind of equipment do we need?
    a: For all our treks and hikes we provide collective camping material:

    • T3 tent for 2 people
    • Mess tent
    • Cooking tent
    • Tables and chairs
    • Cooking material
    • Plates, cups and cutlery for the meals
    • Mattresses

    Personal equipment not included:
    • Hiking boots
    • Jackets
    • Head lamps
    • Walking sticks
    • Hats
    • etc…

  • HIKE

    Q: Should I carry my personal equipment during the trek or is there porterage?
    A: For all our treks - unless otherwise stated - we provide porterage. This will most likely be mules accompanied by their mule drivers or in some cases porters. Personal belongings should not exceed 10 kg per person during treks and hikes. For treks over 10 days fresh food will be supplied at some point during the tour and here you can also have a bag with dry clean clothes delivered.

  • HIKE

    Q: Can I rent equipment or should I bring my own?
    A: If you are trekking more than 3 days we suggest you bring your own equipment. For treks under 3 days there is no need to travel with all your epuipment and you can rent it here. It is possible to rent everything form head lamps to trekking boots - consult with one of our specialists or visit our equipment rental page: www.lipiko.com/tourisme/services-bolivie.php

  • HIKE

    Q: What is the best time of year for treks and hikes?
    A: It is possible to trek between March and November but the best months are april, May and June and September and October.

  • HIKE

    Q: How many hours do we hike per day?
    A: Trekking times vary between 4 and 7 hours per day depending on the itinerary and the difficulty of the hike. This information is indicated in your day to day program.

  • HIKE

    Q: In which altitude do we hike?
    A: The altitudes vary on the region and the difficulties of the treks. This information is indicated in your day to day program.

  • Mountaineering

    Q: I don't have experience can I do some mountain climbing?
    A: Yes! along with our mountain guides - IFMGA - Lipiko Tours has created special tours which include basic mountain climbing training in order to help people without experience climb their first 5000m/16.400ft or 6000m/19.690ft!!

  • Mountaineering

    Q: Which support staff is provided for your mountain climbing tours?
    A: all our climbs are undertaken with professional guides certified by the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides associations) with diplomas from the ENSa in Chamonix. There is one certified guide per 3 people. In most cases mules will help you until the base camps from where porters will help to the high camps. For security reasons a cook will always be joining the group no matter the size.

  • Mountaineering

    Q: Should I acclimatize before climbing?
    A: Yes that is obligatory.

  • Mountaineering

Q: What kind of equipment do we need?
A: For all our mountain climbing tours we provide collective camping material and mountain climbing gear:

Collective camping material which is included:
• T3 tent for 2 people
• Mess tent
• Cooking tent
• Tables and chairs
• Cooking material
• Plates, cups and cutlery for the meals
• Mattresses

Collective mountain climbing gear which is included:
• Ropes
• Snow pick
• Hooks
• Pitons

Personal camping, personal and mountain climbing gear which is not included:

Personal material which is not included:
• Hiking boots
• Jackets
• Head lamps
• Walking sticks
• Hats
• etc…

Personal mountain climbing gear which is not included:
• Climbing boots
• Crampons
• Gaiters
• Trousers
• Jacket
• Gloves
• Ice pick
• Helmet
• Head lamp
• Harness
• Jumars
• etc…

  • Mountaineering

    Q: Should I carry my personal equipment during the trek or is there porterage?
    a: For all our climbs - unless otherwise stated - we provide porterage. This will most likely be mules until the base camps and from here porters. Personal belongings should not exceed 15 kg per person during climbs.

  • Mountaineering

    Q: Can I rent equipment or should I bring my own?
    A: If you are climbing more than 3 days we suggest you bring your own equipment. For climbs under 3 days there is no need to travel with all your epuipment and you can rent it here. It is possible to rent everything form crampons to head lamps - consult with one of our specialists or visit our equipment rental page: www.bolivie-voyages.com/tourisme/services-bolivie.php

  • Mountaineering

    Q: What is the best time for mountain climbing?
    a: In Bolivia it is possible to climb all year depending on the region but consult with one of our specialist to know the current climate. The best time for climbing is between March and November.

  • 4WD TRIPS

    Q: Do I need any special experience to drive a 4x4 on my own (car rental without driver)?
    A: Yes! The roads in certain South american countries leave much to be desired; no road signs and markings, sand and dirt roads, unexpected detours, etc.... If you don't have any experience we recommend you hire a guide/driver with whom you can take your first South american 4WD lessons.

  • 4WD TRIPS

    Q: What is the price for renting a 4x4?
    a: The prices for renting a 4WD depend on several factors; type of vehicle, with or without driver, material, etc...., but the price for a classical 4WD rental is between 110€ and 200€ per day, without gasoline, toll fees, insurance, accommodation and food.

  • 4WD TRIPS

    Q: What kind of 4x4's do you rent?
    A: With Lipiko Tours you can rent 4WD vehicles from between 2007-2012 from Toyota Rav4 to Pardo, all either with or without driver. For more information consult our team at

  • 4WD TRIPS

    Q: Can I follow my own itinerary including bordercrossings?
    A: If you have predetermined your itinerary and you have made the request with your travel consultant it is possible to cross several borders. Check with our team of specialist for more information at

  • 4WD TRIPS

    Q: How can I book a car without driver?
    A: In order to reserve and rent a car without driver please fill in the format at www.bolivie-voyages.com/tourisme/demande-devis-4X4.php or contact us at

  • 4WD TRIPS

    Q: How can I book a car with driver?
    A: In order to reserve and rent a car without driver please fill in the format at www.bolivie-voyages.com/tourisme/demande-devis-4X4.php or contact us at

  • AMAZON

    Q: Do I need any particular vaccinations in order to travel to the amazon?
    A: It is recommended to be updated with the universal vaccines (diphtheria, tetanus, polio, pertussis, hepatitis B) and traditional vaccines against yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis a. The yellow fever vaccination is essential when travelling to the tropical forest (the amazon jungle) and you have to do it at least 10 days before arrival in a specialised centre. The vaccine against yellow fever is required for entry to most Latin american countries. Vaccination against typhoid is recommended for extended stays and hepatitis a for those who are not naturally immune. Vaccination against rabies is recommended for long stays (especially expatriates).

  • AMAZON

    Q: What kind of accommodation is provided in the amazon?
    A: Rest assured that in the amazon you don't sleep outside unless you specifically ask for it - remember though that it is not recommended! In the Pampa the accommodation will be either small lodges, cabins (cabaña), or homestay. In the Selva (jungle) the accommocation will either be small lodges, cabins (cabaña) or during the treks jungle hammock or tent.

  • AMAZON

    Q: How can I protect myself from mosquito bites?
    A: There are several possibilities but it all depends on the season or where exactly you will be visiting the amazon because there are not necessarily mosquitos everywhere.
    If you are visiting areas where you will encounter Mosquitos we advise:
    • apply anti-mosquito creams (not sprays as the effect evaporates with perspiration)
    • use a vitamin B complex before going to the amazon and during your stay
    • wear long sleeved t-shirst and trekking trousers

    For certain jungle treks we recommed you use special anti-mosquito suits - close to rivrs and other water sources.

  • AMAZON

    Q: What is the difference between the Pampa and the jungle?
    A: Jungle refers to a certain type of forest found in equatorial and tropical regions and which has a large bio-diversity. The term junlge is used for a dense forest with lush vegetation. The Pampas are fertile lowlands with the soil beeing appropriate for agriculture. These plains contain unique wildlife because of the dirrerent terrains around it.

  • AMAZON

    Q: Where can I see most animals?
    A: You can see plenty animals both in the jungle and in the pampa. Of course we cannot guarantee you will see certain number and species of animals.

  • AMAZON

    Q: Where can I see pink dolphins?
    A: Rose or Pink dolphine (Inia Boliviensis) are not a myth or a legend and do exist in Bolivia even though the country has no sea. You can see these pink dolphins in the pampa around Santa Rosa but they are not there all year around. On the otherhand you can see them all year and in abundance in the area of Trinidad - consult with our travel specialist for more information on the Flotel tours or the Dolphin route.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: What is the difference between group tours and private tours ?
    A: Group tours are departures combining several people brought together by Lipiko Tours who travel on the same itinerary with accommodation predetermind by Lipiko Tours. Group tours with Lipiko Tours of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez are made up of a maximum of 6 people per 4x4 with daily departures. These tours can be 1, 2, 3 or 4 days - check for departures of 5 or more days directly with your travel consultant.

    Contrary to group tours private tours are made up of the number of people that you have decided. Meaning family members, a group of friends, a couple or one person whishing to travel alone. The advantage of a private tour is that you can create your itinerary with the help of our specialists. Only in a private tour can you choose the type of accommodation you wish and other options which are not possible in group tours.


  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: What is included and what is not included in your group tours of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
    A: Below you will find what is included or not in our group tours of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez.

    Included in the price:
    •Transfers and transport as specified in the day to day program
    •Spanish speaking driver/guide or Spanish speaking driver and English speaking guide depending on chosen option and availability
    •accommodation in basic shelter; dorms, shared bathroom, no shower and no heating
    •Meals specified in the day to day program
    •Replacement of the car in case of breakdown
    •assistance 24h/24h for all tours bought through Lipiko Tours
    •assistance 24h/24h for all transport bought through Lipiko Tours (plane, bus, car rental, train, boat)

    Not included in the price:
    •Entrace fees to parks, cultural sites and museums (approx. 250bs per person)
    •Obligatory personal insurance
    •Meals not mentioned
    •Tips
    •National and International airport taxes (please note that in the quotes for plane tickets the airlines taxes are included but not the national or international airport taxes)
    •Personal equipment (a sleeping bag is indispensable)
    •Drinks
    •all things not mentioned in "Included in the price:)

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Can we start from La Paz by bus?
    A: Yes that is possible.
    •For greater safety and a comfortable journey Lipiko Tours works in partnership only with the companies Todo Turismo, touristic bus, with departure at 21h00, superior category; 45° reclining seats, blanket for the night, toilet, heating, evening snack, TV) and Panasur touristic bus with departure at 19h00, classic category; non reclining seats, blanket for the night, toilet, heating, TV).
    •Bus Terminal taxes are not inlcuded; 2bs per person which are payable directly at the terminal.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Can we start from La Paz by train?
    A: Yes that is possible.
    The trip La Paz – Oruro is undertaken in a normal public bus and Oruro – Uyuni by train with the railway company FCa
    The departure times Oruro - Uyuni are:
    Tuesday and Friday “Expreso del Sur” departure from Oruro at 15h30 and arrival in Uyuni at 22h20
    Wednesday and Sunday “Wara Wara” departure from Oruro at 19h30 and arrival in Uyuni at 02h20 +1

    You need to be at the station one (1) hour before departure for check-in
    all our reservations are in the "Ejecutivo" class depending on availability

     

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

  • Q: Can we start from La Paz by plane?
    A: Yes that is possible.
    Direct flights La Paz - Uyuni with Amaszonas everyday at 08h15 (arrival at 09h15) and 12h55 (arrival at 13h55). Please contact us for information on departure times with TaM (La Paz - Sucre - Uyuni)
    • airport taxes are not included and you should allow for 30bs.
    • You need to be at the airport one (1) hour before departure for check-in.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: At what time do we arrive in Uyuni?
    A: If you are travelling by train from Oruro you arrive at 22h20 with Expreso del Sur and at 02h20 with the Wara Wara. For these late arrivals transfer from the train station to your hotel is not included. If you are travelling by bus from La Paz you arrive approx. between 06h00 and 07h00 in the morning. Our team will be waiting to bring you to our office in Uyuni where you can leave your luggage before having breakfast.

    If for any reason there is no one waiting for you at your arrival you can call from the offices of the bus company at 724 11 117 or 269 33 546 and ask for CELina or go directly to the office: Lipiko Tours - avenida Ferroviaria nº3 – Uyuni

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: At what time do the tours start?
    A: The tours for the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez start between 09h00 and 10h00 and our team in Uyuni will inform about the exact departure for your tour. If you arrive by bus you have between 2 and 3 hours to have breakfast before your tour starts. We recommed the Minute Man Pizza for a good breakfast: Ferroviaria 60, Uyuni, Bolivia +591 2 (693 3186).

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Are the departures for the tours guaranteed?
    A: all our departures for tours of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez are guaranteed from 2 people.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: What will I visit during the tours?
    A: If you have chosen:
    • a 1 day tour you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi.

    • a 2 day tour you will visit Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi, the Tunupa volcano and will climb it all the way to the viewpoint.

    • a 3 day tour you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi, San Juan, the Cuevas Galaxias, Salar de Chiguana, the Jewel Route, the coloured lakes, and the deserts and volcanoes of the South Lipez (Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde etc.), the stone tree, the polques thermal baths and the stone town.

    • a 4 day tour you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi, the Tunupa volcano and will climb it all the way to the viewpoint, San Juan, the Cuevas Galaxias, Salar de Chiguana, the Jewel Route, the coloured lakes, and the deserts and volcanoes of the South Lipez (Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde etc.), the stone tree, the polques thermal baths and the stone town.
  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: How often do your tours depart?
    A: We have daily departures for tours between 1 and 4 days.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: How many participants per tour?
    A: The maximum number of participants per 4WD vehicle is 6.
  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: What kind of 4x4 do you use?
    A: Lipiko tours uses Toyota or Lexus 4WD with both manual and automatic gear box depending on the season and road conditions. These vehicles are maintained regularly after each tour in order to avoid any type of mechanical misadventure. You will receive a formulary before departure in order for you to check and note the condition of the tires, the oil and water levels as well as the cleanliness of the car.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q:What kind of accommodation is provided during the group tours of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez? ?
    A: The accommodation during the group tours of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez will be in basic shelters (dorm, shared bathroom and no heating). For tours of 2 or 4 days you have the option of sleeping 1 night in a superior hotel.
    • as indicated above the accommodation is basic (shelters) with very basic comfort; dorms, no heating, shared bathroom and toilet, no hot water, basic bed with mattress, blanket and pillow.  Nevertheless you can ask on site for a hot shower which costs between 5 and 10bs depending on the shelter (attention: not available in all shelters or at all times).
    • It is always a good idea to bring a sleeping bag for the visit to the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez. Of course because of the cold but also because of hygiene in the shelters. You can rent sleeping bags with Lipiko Tours for 2.50 € per night; sleeping bag -15º with polar liner.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez


    Q: What is the weather like in the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
    A: The climate on the altiplano and in the South Lipez can change rapidly.
    • It can get very hot during the day; bring a hat or a cap, sun screen lotion and sun glasses
    • During the night and in the early morning it can get very cold; down to -20°C/-4°F in winter! Please remember to bring warm hat, gloves and thermal underwear.
  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: What are the probabilities of bad weather?
    A: It is possible to have bad weather even though it is rare between april and December. any bad weather occurring during your tour with Lipiko Tours which results in itinerary changes or a premature stop of your tour is beyond the control of Lipiko Tours and no compensation can be claimed.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Are entrance fees for parks, sites and museums included in the group tours for the Uyuni Salt Flats and South Lipez?
    A: The entrance fees to parks (Eduardo avaroa National Reserve), the payable sights (Cuevas Galaxia, Incahuasi, Coquesa (2 and 4 day tours) and others) are not included in the program and you should allow for approximately 200bs per person during a 3 or 4 day tour.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: What do we need for mountain climbing and hiking in the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
    A: For people who will be climbing the Tunupa volcano to the viewpoint at 4900m/16.080ft (2 and 4 day tours) we remind you that it is necessary to be in good physical condition and we recommend you use trekking shoes/boots. all mountain climbs in the Lipez such as Licancahur, Uturuncu, Ollagüe, Zapalera and others are undertaken with local guides which have several years of experience. However specialised mountain guides are available; for more information please contact our team at

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Are food and beverages included in the group tours in the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
    A: Our tours include food (except breakfast the first day and dinner the last day of your tour), and we assure you decent meals; breakfast (bread, butter, jam, hot drinks, and egg), a hot or cold meal for lunch and a hot dinner (soup, hot main course, desert, coffee). • Our tours include water, 1 litre per person per day. all other drinks such as soft drinks or alcoholic drinks are at your own charge.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Is there a guide during the tour?
    A: Yes a guide/driver will accompany you during the tour.
    • Our driver/guides have numerous years of experience and are real guides and drivers. They can give you principal and basic information during your tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez and sights. However they are not professional guides specialised in geology, history or other matters. Specialised guides are available please contact our team at for more information.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Is there more support staff provided during the tour?
    A: Cooks will prepare all meals for group tours of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez with Lipiko Tours. These cooks do not travel with you but will be locals from the different shelters during your itinerary.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: What do I need in order to cross the border between Bolivia and Chile in San Pedro de Atacama ?
    A: For people taking a tour that ends in San Pedro de atacama immigration tax has to be paid either in Uyuni before departure or in apacheta (15bs). This immigration tax is necessary in order to cross the border between Bolivia and Chile and will be controlled at the frontier post in San Pedro de atacama.
    • Transfers between Bolivia and Chile and vice versa are undertaken at the frontier post at Hito Cajon and a change of vehicle is necessary. • We remind you that it is forbidden by the Chilean customs to import fresh products to Chile such as fresh fruit, fish and poultry. all fresh products will be retained by the customs officials and can hinder your trip. Please check your bags before crossing the border.

  • Group tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez

    Q: Which return options do you suggest for your tours?
    A: People that are returning to La Paz or continuing to Potosi must be aware that the tour ends in Uyuni the last day approximately between 18h00 and 18h30 and you only have little time before taking the bus to Potosi or to La Paz. Departure for La Paz at 20h00 and for Potosi at 19h30. • If you wish to return to another destination Lipiko Tours offers you multiple destinations such as Santa Cruz, Sucre, Villazon or Tupiza. In Chile you can continue to San Pedro de atacama, Calama or Santiago. In argentina towards Salta, Buenos aires or Foz de Iguaçu. In Peru towards Puno, Cuzco, Lima and arequipa. In Brazil to Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro. Please contact our team at .

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: What is included and what is not included in your private tours of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez?
    A: In general all our tours include transportation and transfers, accommodation, part of the food, the services of a guide and including their fee, the support of our office and logistics team in case of problems 24/24h. Services will vary according to several factors and at the end of each program you will find a list of what is included and what is not. To resume all private tours include what you decide!!
  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

  • Q: Can we start from La Paz by bus?
    A: Yes that is possible.
    •For greater safety and a comfortable journey Lipiko Tours works in partnership only with the companies Todo Turismo, touristic bus, with departure at 21h00, superior category; 45° reclining seats, blanket for the night, toilet, heating, evening snack, TV) and Panasur touristic bus with departure at 19h00, classic category; non reclining seats, blanket for the night, toilet, heating, TV).
    •Bus Terminal taxes are not inlcuded; 2bs per person which are payable directly at the terminal.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Can we start from La Paz by train?
    A: Yes that is possible.
    The trip La Paz – Oruro is undertaken in a normal public bus and Oruro – Uyuni by train with the railway company FCa
    The departure times Oruro - Uyuni are:
    Tuesday and Friday “Expreso del Sur” departure from Oruro at 15h30 and arrival in Uyuni at 22h20
    Wednesday and Sunday “Wara Wara” departure from Oruro at 19h30 and arrival in Uyuni at 02h20 +1

    You need to be at the station one (1) hour before departure for check-in
    all our reservations are in the "Ejecutivo" class depending on availability

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Can we start from La Paz by plane?
    A: Yes that is possible.
    Direct flights La Paz - Uyuni with Amaszonas everyday at 08h15 (arrival at 09h15) and 12h55 (arrival at 13h55). Please contact us for information on departure times with TaM (La Paz - Sucre - Uyuni)
    • airport taxes are not included and you should allow for 30bs.
    • You need to be at the airport one (1) hour before departure for check-in.
  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Can we start from La PaZ BY 4WD?
    A: Yes that is possible. ask your travel consultant how you can start the tour in La Paz by 4WD.
  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Can I start the tour from another location than La Paz or Uyuni?
    A: Whether you are in Paris, New York, Moscow, Tokyo or Tahiti, our logistics team can organise a private or customised tour from the starting point of your choice.
  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: At what time do we arrive in Uyuni?
    A: If you are travelling by train from Oruro you arrive at 22h20 with Expreso del Sur and at 02h20 with the Wara Wara. For these late arrivals transfer from the train station to your hotel is not included. If you are travelling by bus from La Paz you arrive approx. between 06h00 and 07h00 in the morning. Our team will be waiting to bring you to our office in Uyuni where you can leave your luggage before having breakfast.

    If for any reason there is no one waiting for you at your arrival you can call from the offices of the bus company at 724 11 117 or 269 33 546 and ask for CELina or go directly to the office: Lipiko Tours - avenida Ferroviaria nº3 – Uyuni

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: At what time does the private tour start?
    A: For private tours you decide what time you wish to start the tour. That being said keep in mind that on the Salar de Uyuni and in the South Lipez we don't drive at night.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Are the departures for the private tours guaranteed?
    A: Yes.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

Q: What will I visit during the tours?
A: If you have chosen:
• a 1 day tour you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi.

• a 2 day tour you will visit Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi, the Tunupa volcano and will climb it all the way to the viewpoint.

• a 3 day tour you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi, San Juan, the Cuevas Galaxias, Salar de Chiguana, the Jewel Route, the coloured lakes, and the deserts and volcanoes of the South Lipez (Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde etc.), the stone tree, the polques thermal baths and the stone town.

• a 4 day tour you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the train cemetery, the salt exploitation in Colchani, the "island" Incahuasi, the Tunupa volcano and will climb it all the way to the viewpoint, San Juan, the Cuevas Galaxias, Salar de Chiguana, the Jewel Route, the coloured lakes, and the deserts and volcanoes of the South Lipez (Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde etc.), the stone tree, the polques thermal baths and the stone town.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: How many people are there in one car?
    A: The maximum number of people in one car during private tours is 5 people or 4 people + 1 guide per car, not including the driver.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: What kind of 4x4's do you use?
    A: Lipiko tours uses Toyota or Lexus 4WD with both manual and automatic gear box depending on the season and road conditions. These vehicles are maintained regularly after each tour in order to avoid any type of mechanical misadventure. You will receive a formulary before departure in order for you to check and note the condition of the tires, the oil and water levels as well as the cleanliness of the car.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: What kind of accommodation is provided during the private tours of the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
    A: You can choose what type of accommodation you wish during your tour. The options are either basic shelters (dorm, shared bathroom and no heating) or superior hotel (private room, private bathroom, heating). If you choose to sleep in shelter you will need a sleeping bag. You can rent sleeping bags with Lipiko Tours for 2.50 € per night; sleeping bag -15º with polar liner.
  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

Q: What is the weather like in the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
A: The climate on the altiplano and in the South Lipez can change rapidly.
• It can get very hot during the day; bring a hat or a cap, sun screen lotion and sun glasses
• During the night and in the early morning it can get very cold; down to -20°C/-4°F in winter! Please remember to bring warm hat, gloves and thermal underwear.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: What are the probabilities of bad weather?
    A: It is possible to have bad weather even though it is rare between april and December. any bad weather occurring during your tour with Lipiko Tours which results in itinerary changes or a premature stop of your tour is beyond the control of Lipiko Tours and no compensation can be claimed.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Are entrance fees for parks, sites and museums included in the group tours for the Uyuni Salt Flats and South Lipez?
    A: The entrance fees to parks (Eduardo avaroa National Reserve), the payable sights (Cuevas Galaxia, Incahuasi, Coquesa (2 and 4 day tours) and others) are not included in the program and you should allow for approximately 200bs per person during a 3 or 4 day tour.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: What do we need for mountain climbing and hiking in the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
    A: For people who will be climbing the Tunupa volcano to the viewpoint at 4900m/16.080ft (2 and 4 day tours) we remind you that it is necessary to be in good physical condition and we recommend you use trekking shoes/boots. all mountain climbs in the Lipez such as Licancahur, Uturuncu, Ollagüe, Zapalera and others are undertaken with local guides which have several years of experience. However specialised mountain guides are available; for more information please contact our team at

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Are food and beverages included in the group tours in the Uyuni Salt Flats and the South Lipez?
    A: Our tours include food (except breakfast the first day and dinner the last day of your tour), and we assure you decent meals; breakfast (bread, butter, jam, hot drinks, and egg), a hot or cold meal for lunch and a hot dinner (soup, hot main course, desert, coffee). • Our tours include water, 1 litre per person per day. all other drinks such as soft drinks or alcoholic drinks are at your own charge.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Is there a guide during the tour?
    A: Yes a guide/driver will accompany you during the tour.
    • Our driver/guides have numerous years of experience and are real guides and drivers. They can give you principal and basic information during your tour of the Salar de Uyuni and the South Lipez and sights. However they are not professional guides specialised in geology, history or other matters. Specialised guides are available please contact our team at for more information.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: Is there more support staff provided during the tour?
    A: Cooks will prepare all meals for group tours of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez with Lipiko Tours. These cooks do not travel with you but will be locals from the different shelters during your itinerary.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q: What do I need in order to cross the border between Bolivia and Chile in San Pedro de Atacama ?
    A: For people taking a tour that ends in San Pedro de atacama immigration tax has to be paid either in Uyuni before departure or in apacheta (15bs). This immigration tax is necessary in order to cross the border between Bolivia and Chile and will be controlled at the frontier post in San Pedro de atacama.
    • Transfers between Bolivia and Chile and vice versa are undertaken at the frontier post at Hito Cajon and a change of vehicle is necessary. • We remind you that it is forbidden by the Chilean customs to import fresh products to Chile such as fresh fruit, fish and poultry. all fresh products will be retained by the customs officials and can hinder your trip. Please check your bags before crossing the border.

  • Private tour of the Salar de Uyuni and South Lipez

    Q:Which return options do you suggest for your tours?
    A: People that are returning to La Paz or continuing to Potosi must be aware that the tour ends in Uyuni the last day approximately between 18h00 and 18h30 and you only have little time before taking the bus to Potosi or to La Paz. Departure for La Paz at 20h00 and for Potosi at 19h30. • If you wish to return to another destination Lipiko Tours offers you multiple destinations such as Santa Cruz, Sucre, Villazon or Tupiza. In Chile you can continue to San Pedro de atacama, Calama or Santiago. In argentina towards Salta, Buenos aires or Foz de Iguaçu. In Peru towards Puno, Cuzco, Lima and arequipa. In Brazil to Sao Paolo or Rio de Janeiro. Please contact our team at .