San Pedro de Atacama Chile to Uyuni Bolivia, or Vice Versa - 4 Days
The route between Uyuni Bolivia and San Pedro de Atacama Chile is full of wild and scenic delights, but since it is a largely desolate area, it has simple infrastructure and a 4WD vehicle is needed to negotiate the terrain. The shared tours normally have 6 people in a van with a Spanish-speaking driver and they use hostels.
This tour has a maximum of 3 passengers per car and has an English-speaking guide and a car with oxygen and radio communications in case of problems.
DAY 1: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – VILLAMAR
We start off in quaint San Pedro de Atacama where we will make our way to the Bolivian border. Along the way we will stop to observe the Atacama Salt Flat and beautiful views of the desert landscape. Once on the other side we will visit Blanca and Verde Lagoons, both beautifully colored lakes located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. Afterwards we will continue to the Dali Desert and rocks named after the famous painter, as the scenery resembles one of his portraits. Later we will explore the Chalviri Salt Flat situated in the heart of Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. From there we will continue on to the Poloque hot springs where we will enjoy a nice relaxing break and a picnic lunch. Our final destination for the day will be Villamar where we will spend the night and have a delightful dinner. Overnight in Villamar. (L, D)
DAY 2: VILLAMAR – UYUNI – TAHUA
We will leave Villamar behind and head towards the picturesque Valle de Rocas known for its huge boulders and rocky environment. Afterwards we will drive to the town of San Cristobal where will explore our surroundings and visit the local church. From there will continue on to the city of Uyuni for a wonderful lunch and little break. Last but not least we will arrive to the town of Tahua where we will spend the night. Overnight in Tahua. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: TAHUA – INCAHUASI ISLAND – COLCHANI
After breakfast we will head towards Colchani, a small town considered to be the entrance of the impressive Uyuni Salt Flat. On the way we will stop at two indigenous villages, visiting each of the towns’ highlights before making ourway to the beautiful Incahuasi Island nestled in the middle of Uyuni. This stunning island is known for its amazing views and spectacular cacti which measure over 10m tall. From there we will continue on until reaching the town of Colchani. This is our final destination of the day and where we will have to the opportunity to visit a salt hotel as well as learn how locals incorporate this important element into their art and crafts. Additionally before settling into our hotel accommodations, we will have the chance to visit a colorful train cemetery. Overnight in Colchani. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: COLCHANI – UYUNI
To conclude this incredible adventure we will transfer to the Uyuni Airport for the departure flight. (B)
- Please consider the Altiplanic Winter: heavy rainfalls between January and March are possible in the Uyuni Salt Flat, therefore the program might suffer changes.
- The program can also be organized starting in Uyuni and finishing in San Pedro de Atacama.
- Max 3 passengers per vehicle
Rates per person in US$:
valid till April 30, 2020: $1811 with 1 person, $1683 with 2 people, $1635 with 3 people, Single supplement = $1158
from May 1- Dec. 31,2020: $1973 with 1 person, $1835 with 2 people, $1786 with 3 people, Single supplement = $1158
Hotels we use in this program (subject to change according to availability): Mallcu Jardin de las Cuevas, Tayka del Sal, Luna Salada or Palacio de Sal
- 3 overnights in simple accommodations with breakfast, 3 dinner, 3 lunch or lunch boxes.
- Private transfers and excursions with English speaking guide.
- 4x4 vehicles in Bolivia equipped with vehicle radio and oxygen.
- Entrance fees.
* Payment conditions: Pre-payment of 50% is required 45 days prior arrival
* Cancellation fees: Until 46 days prior arrival: no fee / 45-0 days prior arrival: 40% of total rate