4-day Uyuni Salt Flats From La Paz To Atacama In Chile

La Paz, Bolivia

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Overview

The natural wonderland of southwest Bolivia has no comparison. Travel through magnificent desert landscapes with ease on a 3-night tour of Salar Uyuni, which begin in La Paz and concludes in San Pedro de Atacama. In a 4x4, you’ll take mind-boggling photographs on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, visit the train graveyard of Colchani, see rock formations that inspired the paintings of Salvador Dali and marvel at the vivid red lagoon within Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Transport, accommodation, and meals are included.
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

Bus from La Paz - Uyuni (no tour leader on bus)
Uyuni salt flats & desert tour with transfer to San Pedro de Atacama including:
1 night in a shared salt hostel dorm, 1 night at a shared family lodging
Transportation in 4WD vehicle with rooftop luggage rack during tour (group size is up to 6 people per car)
Local driver & English-speaking guide on tour
Cook and cooking equipment on tour
Sleeping bag (if requested)
Lunch (3)
Dinner (2)
Breakfast (2)
Entrance Fees: Isla Incahuasi (30Bs*), Reserva Eduardo Avaroa Protected Area (150Bs*) (*Please note that these costs are subject to change without prior notice.
Additional snacks & Water bottles
Toilets along the Way (20 Bs)
Hot Shower (10 Bs)
Gratuities for guide, driver and cook (optional, however keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated)
Transfer to La Paz Bus Station (please make your own way)
In/Out airport transfers
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
Bus station dropoff in Uyuni
Open-Air Hot Springs (6 BS*)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You will get picked up at your accommodation in La Paz and taken to the bus station.

Departure Time

10:00 AM
Itinerary
Salar de Uyuni
You will get picked up at your accommodation in La Paz and taken to the bus station. Take a night bus at 9:00 pm to the town of Uyuni in the southwest corner of Bolivia. Note: There will be no tour leader to accompany you on the bus.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in night bus (unguided)
Meals:
  Not Included
Salar de Uyuni
Arrive at the Uyuni bus station and we'll bring you he meeting point of the tour (within walking distance). Start off your 3D/2N tour at 10:30am with a visit to Uyuni's 'train graveyard' to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then we will visit the small village of Colchani to visit a salt factory where they process the salt mined from Uyuni, have lunch, and enjoy some free time to explore the local museum or shop for souvenirs. Next we will continue to the great salt flats of Uyuni. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, and visit a hotel made completely of salt. Next we will visit Incahuasi (Fish Island) where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Then, you’ll head to Pia Pia island, to see the beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Finish off at the village of Candelaria, and enjoy the unique experience of spending the night in a hotel made almost entirely of salt. Note: During the rainy season, between January and April, the Fish Island tour will be replaced with a possible stargazing / During the monsoon season, between January and April, the Salt Hotel will be unavailable so you will be staying in a hotel in Culpina or a similar location. If you want a private room for the 2 nights you have to pay an extra cost of 250 BS/36 USD per person, and it's subject to availability, we recommend you to pre-order.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in shared family lodging
Meals:
 Lunch  Dinner  
Salar de Uyuni
Start off at 7:00 am for breakfast at the hotel and then head toward the Chiguana Desert, located on the south side of the Uyuni salt flats. It is surrounded by volcanoes. Our next stop is at the Volcan Ollague viewpoint, where we will have lunch before heading to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by 3 species of Andean flamingos. Visit the Desert of Siloli at 4550m (the highest and driest in the world) and take a photo next to the `Rock tree`, a lava rock formation. Before arriving to our final destination today, we will stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos and admire this intense red-colored lake before spending the night in a shared family lodging. Please note the shared family lodging has electricity at certain times (roughly 18:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs)
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Basic Dorm-Style Rooms with Shared Bathroom
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  Dinner  
Salar de Uyuni
Get off to an early start around 5:00 am to visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser, at 5,000m and walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. Continue to the open-air hot springs and take a bath in 35 Cº water before enjoying breakfast. Continue with a visit to the Dali Pampas, where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then to the Green Lagoon (toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border). Cross the border into Chile and change vehicle. Your local driver will meet you and take you all the way to San Pedro de Atacama, passing beautiful scenery along the way. Arrive in San Pedro de Atacama around noon. During spring and summer, the departure time will be earlier. Note: This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or force majeure events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as close as possible.
Duration: 1 day 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or force majeure events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as close as possible.
  • During the rainy season from January to April, the salt flats fill up with water so it is not possible to cross them in the same way as during dry season. As a consequence, the itinerary is modified during that period. The main changes are usually as follows: Instead of stopping at the Incahuasi (Fish Island), we stop at a place where the water reflects the sky and where it seems that the sky and the ground merge into one. On day 2, we might sleep at another location. We visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser and hot springs at the end of day 3 instead of in the morning of day 4.
  • Altitude: This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 16, 500 feet (5,000 meters) above sea level, and most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) before the trip and bringing along medication for headaches and tablets for altitude sickness in case you feel unwell. And remember, the real key is to drink lots of water!
  • Accommodation / Facilities on Tour: The reality of visiting a remote area and immersing yourself in nature is that you will be far from modern facilities and the services will sometimes be slow and quite basic. Due to the harsh terrain, vehicle breakdowns are not uncommon, but the drivers are very used to fixing them and wait times are rarely excessive. The accommodations will be very basic, with cots and shared rooms, and the electricity and running water in the National Park are not as dependable as they are back at home. Toilet facilities will be available only on the first day and may have a small local cost. Make sure to bring snacks, some water, toilet paper, and plenty of warm clothes. That said, with some patience, preparation, and an appetite for adventure, this trip will certainly be a positive and unforgettable experience.
  • Suggested packing list: Sun hat, sunglasses (to protect your eyes from the bright glare off the salt plains), sunblock, coat, gloves, wool hat, trekking shoes, warm socks, swimsuit and towel for hot springs at Sol de Manana Geysers, extra bottles of water (we recommend bringing a 5 liter bottled water so you can have enough water for the whole trip), snacks, personal medication. Flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (electricity available in most hotels), hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit. You will be sleeping up to 14,190 feet (4,300 meters) above sea level and depending on the season, temperatures can drop well below freezing (reaching below 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 degrees Celsius), in the winter months of June and July) and the wind chill can be harsh, so bring plenty of warm clothes like a scarf and wool hat for the chilly evenings.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

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