THE BEST WAY TO SUCRE, BOLIVIA
From LAX, American, Copa and LATAM offer connecting service (change of planes) to Sucre, about 100 miles from Potosí. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,146, including all taxes and fees.
U.S. citizens are required to pay $135 for a tourist visa.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Hotel Luna Salada, Uyuni; 011-591-2 -2713565, http://www.lunasaladahotel.com. Unique, entirely made of salt blocks mined from the salt plain. Double room with private bath $110. On-site restaurant and airport shuttle available.
WHAT TO DO
Explora; (866) 750-6699 (toll-free U.S), http://www.explora.com. The Uyuni excursion starts in Potosi, Bolivia, with four nights' accommodations in Bolivia and three nights at Explora's Hotel de Larache in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Reverse itinerary also available. From $5,080 a person, double occupancy, including meals, open bar throughout, park fees and hotel excursions.
Aracari; (312) 239-8726 (U.S.), http://www.aracari.com/destinations/bolivia.html. Lima, Peru-based outfitter can arrange custom tours including a three-night stay in San Pedro in Chile, then three nights traveling to Uyuni. Includes meals and park fees. From $3,395 per person, double occupancy.
Ruta Verde; 011-591-3-3396470; http://www.rutaverdebolivia.com. Dutch tour company with two three-day custom tours between San Pedro and Uyuni. In a vehicle equipped with a satellite phone, oxygen and the best accommodations en route, $790 per person, double occupancy. With no satellite or oxygen and accommodations in basic hostels with no heat or hot water, $401 per person, double occupancy. Not included in either tour are meals, alcohol, park entrance fees or an English-speaking guide ($85 per day).
TO LEARN MORE
Bolivian Embassy, http://www.bolivia-usa.org.