San Pedro de Atacama – Uyuni 4 Days (Roundtrip)
A wonderful journey between Chile and Bolivia through the Atacama Desert to discover the salar de Uyuni.
You will be accompanied to the discovery of this extraordinary wild landscape by reliable drivers and guides that will make your trip pleasant, relaxing and safe.
The salar de Uyuni, an immense magic mirror, unique in the world, where heaven and earth come together, where you can perceive the beauty and magic of our planet.
Pick up from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama chilean migration at customs, then we drive to Hito Cajon, the border between Chile and Bolivia. Migration to enter Bolivian territory. Breakfast. You are assigned your jeep 4×4 The road trip in Bolivia starts: Enter Abaroa Natural Reserve, Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde at the feet of Licancabur Volcano. Salvador Dali Desert Polques Hot Spring Geysers of Morning Sun, at 5000 meteres. Then arrival to the spectacular Red Lagoon (Laguna Colorada) where you can appreciate thousands of flamingos.
1st Night at a hostel of the Community Mallku in Villa Mar at a height of 3500 meters
(Breakfast and dinner at the hostel).
Breakfast. We start visiting cave paintings, Valley of the Rocks, where you can see formations like Los City Italy, World Cup, Camel, etc.
Then we visit the Black Lagoon rich in wildlife and Catal Lagoon (Laguna Misteriosa), the Canyon Catal and picnic Lunch Viewpoint Waterfall Agua Dulce, a valley inhabited by many highland communities. These communities are engaged in raising Andean animals such as llamas and alpacas. The day ends with the arrival at the community of Villa Candelaria to the salt Hostal.
Available double or triple accommodations.
At 5:00 hours we start the day to go to Incahuasi Island and observe the sunrise, in the center of the Uyuni Salt Flat. We visit the so called Museum of salt, which is the first and former salt hotel (Hotel Playa Blanca) Salt Flat Eyes (Ojos del Salar) and Salt Brick-digging sites, until we reach the Community of Colchani crafts village. Picnic Lunch. Last stop at Train Cemetery. And the tour ends in the town of Uyuni between 2pm - 3pm. approximately.
*The passengers who return to San Pedro will depart from ours agency in Bolivia at approximately 4:00 PM. We will start the transfer to Villa Mar where we will have dinner and spend the last night there.
We start the return to the Hito Cajon frontier, at 05:00 AM, breakfast at the shelter of Laguna Blanca and we arrive to Hito Cajón. Here we will carry out the immigration procedures and finally our last destination San Pedro de Atacama, arriving at approximately 12:00 PM.
Included in price:
- Hotel pickup in San Pedro de Atacama
- transportation in a 4x4 vehicle for 4/6 people
- Driver and Local Guide in spanish *
- Food included : 4 breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Beverages (During lunch and dinner)
- Accommodation included: 3 nights shared rooms
- * If you need an exclusive guide in English or any other language, please send us a request that we will verify the availability of the guide for your tour.
Not Included in price:
- Border tax (Bs. 15 per person).
- Entrance fees (Bs. 186 per person).
- Entrance fee to the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (Bs. 150 per person).
- Entrance fee to the Polques Hot Springs (Bs. 6 per person).
- Entrance fee to Incahuasi Island (Bs. 30 per person).
- Comfortable and warm clothing.
- Comfortable shoes.
- Toilet paper.
- Sleeping bag.
- Passport or ID card. If you are a foreign resident in Chile, you should bring both to present them at customs.
- At least Bs. 250 for mandatory expenses on the tour (tax, entrance fees, bathrooms, and water).
Changes due to force majeure
The itinerary could always be subject to change due to force majeure according to weather conditions, sudden volcanic eruptions or strong earthquake shocks or any unexpected event that cause to lower safety conditions for travelers.
Moreover, for cross-borders tours it is possible that the tours could undergo itinerary changes based on unexpected stop in border.
Please plan ahead your exit trips or transferts at the end of our services, with ample margin of flexibility, since there are many possible causes of delays and we are not responsible for your planning tight schedules connecting the end of our services. We are not responsible for loss of connecting flights, bus rides or transfers.
The driver/guide is bolivian from Uyuni. He does not speak english, but our drivers are tourism-oriented and will assist you in anything you need, and it is a norm for us/them to travel for days with spanish non-speaking visitors. We have acknowledged how, statistically, many visitors that do not speak spanish, do not opt for the guide, and they do not have difficulties during the tour, anyway. Why? I offer and sell this tour, because I have been for many years a mountain guide and also a guide on this same tour. In my experience, I have understood: 1. The Uyuni tour is a panoramic, "feeling" tour. The places visited are so vast and impressive, that usually visitors... want to be left alone, to wander around the lagoons, relax, and connect to the nature in peace and quiet. With the driver waiting, by the car. Even when the guide is present, perhaps it is more for talking in the car, during the travel, but no so much needed in the sites visited. 2. Logistics info: the situations in which you really need to be translated are limited. The procedures of customs and frontiers are done with a "hostess" that leads you thru this. 3. If you like a more "technical info" approach, we absolutely understand that. That is why we offer the extra french or english speaking guide. This has an extra of $250 usd to the tour. The private tour is all included. You may leave your wallet in San Pedro! Except for the drinks during the dinners in hotel, those are literally the only not included. For the rest, once you start the tour, you will not be asked to pay for anything.
there are 6 passengers total + driver. The car is a toyota landcruiser, with 3 rows of seats: 1 passenger goes in front next to driver 3 passengers in the 2nd row 2 passengers in the 3rd row (this is a tigher space, with reclinable seats to go in/out of car All passengers rotate their seat, in order for everyone to have the chance to seat in front and not always in the last row, which is the most uncomfortable.
Yes. Please note: whatever option you choose, this tour is an extreme environment tour, in wild and remote non-urbanized areas, dirt trails for most of the trip, usually in bad conditions, located at high altitude. You will be crossing mountain passes above 4300 meters, with a peak up to 4800 meters. And lets not forget it is Bolivia! :) A traditional rural country. Relatively under-developed. But thats the beauty of it. This, however means: the tour is tough, the private tour makes it the most comfortable, possible to be in these amazing territories. The rustic tour is a backpackers tour. The hostels used are basically mountain shelters with no comfort, shared rooms, no heating and shared baths. Sometimes, also the hot water may linger. The energy is produced with diesel generators. I suggest this tour, more for young people, that are more enthusiast about facing these hardships. The rustic tour, even if it is 4 days, it is actually a 3 days tour, since the last day you wake up at 5am to be at frontier by 9am and San Pedro by noon. While in the private tour, you can enjoy fully as a panoramic trip, also the 4th day. Without having to wake up at 5am and traveling without fret. Always subject to weather conditions and authorities variations of the schedule.
No. We can only offer an upgrade to private basic double room (but always shared bath), for extra $80 usd, in the same rustic hostels. Also in the rustic tour you need to bring your own water, pay for the park entries, bathroom and shower tips.