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Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia Economy Tour (Roundtrip from San Pedro 4D 3N)

Take a rugged, scenic, and spectacular 4-day journey across desert landscapes to experience the world’s largest salt flats!

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Journey across Spectacular Desert Landscapes to Experience the Salar de Uyuni in Boliva

On this 4-Day excursion to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, take a rugged, scenic, and spectacular journey across desert landscapes to experience the world’s largest salt flats!

Cross the Dali Desert, where the landscape bends and melts like the famous artist’s surreal dreamscapes. Encounter brilliantly colored lakes and lagoons stained by the mineral-rich landscape, where thousands of flamingos rest.

Watch the sunset behind high-altitude geysers, and sleep in a hostel made entirely of salt (far more abundant than wood!) End your experience at the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats, where the vast white expanse stretches to infinity and reflects nothing but blue sky.

Visiting the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is a truly outstanding off-the-beaten-path experience. Explore the world’s driest desert and some of its most breathtaking and bizarre landscapes and fall in love with Bolivia’s

Highlights

  • Experience the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia — the largest on Earth!
  • See the otherworldly Isla Incahuasi salt island, covered in cacti
  • Observe thousands of flamingos at Laguna Colorado
  • Watch sunset behind steaming, high-altitude geysers
  • Witness the “Dali Desert” filled with surreal, dream-like landscapes
  • Take a 4×4 past the bright green Laguna Verde along Licancabur Volcano
  • See the subterranean “Ojos del Sal” rivers that flow beneath the flats!
  • Sleep in a hostel made entirely of salt

Tour Information

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Start/End Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Group Limits: Up to 6 passengers per vehicle

Altitude: High, 13,000 – 15,000 feet (4,000 – 6,000 meters)

Itinerary

Day 1: Leave Chile and Take a 4×4 Adventure Past Outstanding Desert Landscapes
The trip begins with pick up at your hotel or hostel in Chile’s San Pedro de Atacama at 8:00 am. The group will drive in a minibus to the Chile-Bolivia border, where everyone will get out and exit Chile (in one office) and enter Bolivia (in another). Once you are on the Bolivian side, the group will get into a 4×4 Jeep and begin the adventure!

The first sights are Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca, which are located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. When conditions are right, Laguna Verde is a fascinating green color. Next up is the Dali Desert, which is full of surreal landscapes straight out of a Salvador Dali painting.

The group will then head to the Sol de Mañana Geysers and see steam exploding from the ground in 194ºF (90ºC) towers. The day ends at Laguna Colorado – a red lagoon that is home to thousands of flamingos from 3 different species!

Day 2: Explore Wind-Formed Rock Formations and Sleep in the Famous Salt Hostel
Today begins around 8:00 am with a visit to the Siloli Desert, home to bizarre rock formations created by wind erosion (like the famous Arbol de Piedra “tree of rock”).

Next up are a series of colored lagoons: Laguna Honda, Chiarcota, and Cañap. The day ends on the Chiguana salt flat, in the town of San Juan. Tonight’s lodging is in a hostel made of salt!

Day 3: Explore the World Famous Uyuni Salt Flats
Around 8:00am, the group will head to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats, the world’s largest salt flats. There, you will visit Isla Incahuasi – an island in the salt flats covered in cacti. As you head toward Uyuni, you will also see the Ojos de Sal (Salt Eyes), Salt Mounds, the village of Colchani, and the Train Cemetery.

Around 3:00 pm (15:00), the group will arrive in Uyuni. You will have 2 hours to explore the other-worldly Uyuni falt flats, and then begin the trip back to San Pedro. (From here on, it is just a transfer, not a tour). The group will drive until the town of Villa Mar, where you will stay in a hostel of the same name.

Day 4: Return to San Pedro de Atacama
At 5:00am, the group will depart for the border. It is a 4 hour drive between Villa Mar and the border. After crossing the border, the group will get into a minibus and drive back to San Pedro, arriving around 1:00 pm (13:00).

What’s Included

  • Transportation – in a 4×4 vehicle during most of the tour, in a minibus between the border and San Pedro
  • English/Spanish guide (choose your language preference at check-out)
  • Driver
  • All meals during the duration of your tour (we recommend bringing extra snacks – the meals are quite basic)
  • Nightly accommodation

What’s Not Included

  • Shower fees — in the world’s driest desert, water is incredibly scarce and valuable. Hostels charge small fees for shower use, though in rural areas, often showers do not work
  • National Park entrance fees (200 bolivianos total for the 3 days)
  • Water (we recommend bringing 2 liters of water per person per day)
  • Sleeping bag (available for rent for 50 bolivianos)
  • Breakfast on the first day, dinner on the last day
  • Sunglasses or sunscreen (highly recommended!)
  • Additional snacks and beverages
  • Flashlight

What to Bring

  • Passport to cross the border from/to Chile
  • “PDI Immigration” paper given to you upon your arrival to Chile
  • Passport photo for border crossing + other necessary Visa documents
  • 7 liters of water per person – this may sound like a lot, but remember you’re in the driest place on Earth, may suffer from altitude sickness, and you may not have many opportunities to buy water during the trip. Water (6 liters) can be easily found and purchased in San Pedro de Atacama before the start of your tour, crossing into Bolivia.
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Toilet paper – none will be provided in the bathrooms
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Warm clothing
  • Bolivian pesos (at least 350 Bolivian pesos for entrances to hot springs and national parks, plus some extra personal expenses)

Important Notes

Weather: Tour is subject to change due to weather-related issues. During January and February, the salt flats have their famous “mirror effect.” This is incredible, but prevents access to several sites including Isla Incahuasi.

There are blankets on the beds, but we recommend bringing an additional sleeping bag from June to September as the weather at night becomes extremely cold. Sleeping bags are available for rent (50 bolivianos/person).

Altitude: This is a high altitude trip. You will frequently travel above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) and as high as 6,000 meters (15,000 feet). Contact us at info@keteka.com for recommendations on how to best avoid altitude-related illness.

Visa Requirements: Please research visa requirements for entering Bolivia. You are responsible for the cost and compliance of your own visa. You can see the latest requirements and cost of the visa for your country here. Keteka is not responsible for failure to comply with visa requirements.

Booking Policy: Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at info@keteka.com.

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