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CLASSIC – San Pedro de Atacama to Salar de Uyuni

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people


English, Espanol, Francais, Italian, Portuguese


San Pedro de Atacama to Salar de Uyuni  Roundtrip


Standard Language: Español 
Upgrade for languages: English, Francais, Italian, Portuguese and German (extra $450 usd 4-days)
Please note: language guide is an extra person (language speaking guide) on board.  So staff will be: driver + guide.


Group size:  6 Max per each vehicle.
For better comfort we suggest 4 adult passengers per car. If your group is larger than 6 participants, no problem: we can add any amount of vehicles you need.

Upgrade for sunrises or sunsets:
We include either one sunrise or one sunset on the Uyuni salt flat. If you are interested in both, please consider an upgrade of $40 usd, which is the overtime services of our driver/guide.

Upgrade for Direct CJC Airport transfer:
We can provide transfer to Calama or Airport (CJC), directly from the frontier or from the airport to frontier.


Hotel selection:
1 night:
Hotel Mallku Cueva in Villamar or Tayka del Desierto in Ojo de Perdiz (hotel at 4500 meters)
2 night:
Cristal Samaña, Luna Salada or Palacio de Sal located at Colchani at the margins of the Uyuni salt flat OR by other route, the Tayka de Sal in Tahua and Tambo Coquesa hotel in Coquesa.
3 night:
Hotel Tayka del Desierto (or Mallku Cueva if reverse route is taken)

Hotels subject to availability. Upon reservation we can confirm. If you have preferences, please advise.
The circuit may be done as described below or it may slightly change according to the hotels booked, which are located in different areas of this region.
We suggest booking with ample anticipation to allow confirmation of the precise itinerary.

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  • Laguna Colorada
  • Andean highlands and lagoons
  • Salt Hotels
  • Uyuni Salt Flat
  • ... and many more! Please check the Itinerary.


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Day 1

Tour starts with pickup at your hotel at 08.00am (start schedule subject to slight changes due to frontier and weather conditions).

Transfer shuttle is either private or shared, if there are other passengers from our agency that have tours like you.
Each group will be assisted by their driver/guide and will take their own private vehicle at frontier.
It takes approximately 45 minutes to drive up the Andes eastward.
The Chilean and Bolivian customs are cleared in Hito Cajon mountain frontier pass for the crossing into Bolivia, by the foothill of the Licancabur and Juriques volcanoes at 4,300 meters.

Main places visited and found on the route:
- Entrance of Abaroa Natural Reserve (required payment of $150 bolivianos in cash each passenger. +o- $22 usd)
- Laguna Blanca
- Laguna Verde
- Desierto Dali
- Termas de Polques for picnic lunch (hotsprings, you can bathe here for 6 bolivianos which is roughly $1 usd)
- Geysers Sol de Mañana
- Laguna Colorada 

Arrival to Villamar.
Visit to the marshlands and check-in at MALLKU CUEVA HOTEL.

Dinners included at the hotels (water and beverages are not included in the dinner)

Day 2

Tour starts at 07:30 am - 08.00 am after breakfast.

Please note: for your enjoyment, schedule is flexible.
You are on vacation! Your driver/guide will debrief with you to confirm standard time of departure or any changes due to your preferences and/or weather and route factors. 

Early birds or relaxed travellers? 
We adapt to your style, within the possible limits to maintain our visit schedule on track with your tour.

Main places visited and found on the route:
- Valle de Rocas
- Laguna Negra
- Laguna Catal
- Cascada Agua Dulce
- Enter and crossing of the Salar de Uyuni
- Isla de incahuasi with picnic here (entrance fee)

- Museo de sal
- Minas de sal
- Colchani crafts village

Dinners included at the hotel (water and beverages are not included).
If possible by weather conditions, we admire the sunset on the salar or the sunrise on the morning after.

Day 3

Tour starts at 07:30 am - 08.00 am after breakfast.

At this point there are 2 options:

Option 1: 
Go to the Salar de Uyuni again, cross it and go southwest passing also by the salar de Chiguana and its railroad tracks in the middle of nowhere.

Then our visit takes us to:
- Mirador Volcan Ollague
- Ruta de Joyas: scenographic trail along the multi-colored lagunas altiplánicas
- Desierto Siloli: this vast area with soft ondulations of the desert is where the hotel is located, alone in this out the world landscape.

Option 2: 
Visit of Uyuni town and the cemetery of trains, an abandoned mining locomotives and equipment.

Please note: If you select this option we cannot go back to the salar de Uyuni.
We drive by a road that borders southbound and then west.
However, all other places are visited same as 1st option:
- Mirador Volcan Ollague
- Ruta de Joyas: scenographic trail along the multi-- colored lagunas altiplánicas
- Desierto Siloli: This vast area with soft ondulations of the desert is where the hotel is located, alone in this out the world landscape.

Second night in Hotel Tayka del Desierto in Ojo de Perdiz, at 4500 meters altitude. 
This is the highest and most remote hotel of the trip.
The dinner is included at the hotel. Please note: the water and beverages during dinner are not included. 

Day 4

We start at 8-8.30am as you prefer.

Today we have to go towards Chile and the other jewels of the South Lipez highland region.

Main places visited are: 
- Árbol de piedra: stone tree in the highland desert
- Camino del Inca Canyon
- Laguna Colorada: an explosion of red in a handpainted valley. And thousands of pink flamingos in the red lagoon... 
- Geyser sol de mañana:  we reach kind of a "andean hell".
It is the highest point of the trip, almost 5,000 meters.
This place may be dangerous if you do not watch your step and keep distance from the shooting geysers and the fuming boiling mud pits.
In Bolivia there are no barriers to these natural manifestations but we stop with an ample safety distance.
- Termas de polques: a hotspring pool where you can bathe. It is very rustic but equipped with changing cabins.The entrance is 6 bolivianos, roughly $1 usd. We also have a picnic in this area.

Other places visited:
- Laguna chalviri
- Laguna verde
- Laguna blanca

Arrival to Hito Cajon for meet with shuttle for transfer down to San Pedro Atacama 
Arrival in San Pedro approximately at 4.00pm (time subject to change, according to season, frontier conditions and weather).


  • Private transfer from San Pedro to border Hito Cajon 45km
  • Driver / Local Guide in Spanish
  • Transportation in Vehicle SUV 4x4 exclusive
  • All meals (except beverages during dinners)
  • Lodging included for 3 nights
  • Beverages during the dinner
  • Tickets Natural Park fee in Bolivia payable only cash (BOL$ 210 each aprox.)

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