Our four day trip into Salar de Uyuni is one of the big excursions we have planned whilst in South America and we have done our research. Reading stories on the internet we realise choosing the right company can make or break the trip. For four days we will be travelling in a Jeep with two other tourists, a driver and a cook. All belongings, water, food and petrol will be packed up on the roof whilst we enter deepest Bolivia, visiting colourful lagoons, towering volcanoes, smouldering geysers and deserts of blazing white salt. The terrain will be tough, as will the altitude, reaching over 5000m. We choose a company called La Torre, they seem to know their stuff, and for £120 each (plus £4 for sleeping back rental) it’s all inclusive – but not endless margaritas by the pool inclusive – we are told to expect the most basic accommodation and freezing nights.

Starting a salt flat tour in Tupiza has some advantages: you get to see a few more attractions, you save yourself an uncomfortable bus ride, but mainly you find yourself just slightly out of sync with the vast majority of tour groups coming in direct from Uyuni More >