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: UYUNI – COLCHANI
Upon arrival at the Uyuni Airport we will make our way towards Colchani, a small town considered to be the entrance of the impressive Uyuni Salt Flat. There we will have the opportunity to visit a salt hotel as well as learn how locals incorporate this important element into their arts and crafts. Additionally before settling into our hotel accommodations, we will have the chance to visit a colorful train cemetery. Overnight in Colchani. (L, D)
DAY 2: COLCHANI – INCAHUASI – TAHUA
After breakfast we will head to the town of Tahua. Along the way we will stop at two indigenous villages, visiting each of the settlements’ highlights before making our way 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 our final destination. Overnight in Tahua. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: TAHUA – UYUNI – VILLAMAR
Today, we will leave Tahua behind and drive to the city of Uyuni for a wonderful lunch and little relaxation. Afterwards we will make our way to the town of San Cristóbal where will explore our surroundings and visit the local church. From there we will head towards the picturesque Rocas Valley known for its huge boulders and rocky environment. Our final destination for the day will be the town of Villamar where we will spend the night and have a delightful dinner. Overnight in Villamar. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: VILLAMAR – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA
In the morning we will drive towards Poloque where we can enjoy a nice relaxing break and an early picnic lunch. Later we will explore the Chalviri Salt Flat situated in the heart of Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Afterwards we will continue to the Dali Desert and rocks named after the famous painter, as the scenery resembles one of his portraits. Before driving back into Chile we will visit Laguna Blanca and Verde, both beautifully colored lakes located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. While making our way to San Pedro de Atacama we will stop to observe the Atacama Salt Flat and beautiful views of the desert landscape. (B, L)
- 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 San Pedro de Atacama and finishing in Uyuni.
- Max 3 passengers per vehicle
Rates per person in US$, valid till April 30, 2018: $2654 with 1 person, $1560 with 2 people, $1520 with 3 people
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