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Salar de Uyuni Tours from San Pedro de Atacama Roundtrip (4D)

Experience the stunning natural wonders of Chile and Bolivia in only 4 days on these Salar de Uyuni Tours! You will make lifelong memories on this trip.

USD $220.00

Per Person


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Discover Desert Landscapes on these Salar de Uyuni Tours

These Salar de Uyuni Tours take you on an incredible journey from San Pedro de Atacama to the Salt Flats of Uyuni. Marvel at stunning desert landscapes, lagoons, geysers, and more on this 4 day/3 night trip. Uyuni is home to the largest salt flats in the world, which have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Highlights

  • Encounter fantastic natural scenery on the trip to Uyuni
  • Visit lagoons, geysers, and desert landscapes
  • Witness the majestic sunrise from Incahuasi Island on the Uyuni Salt Flats
  • Learn about Bolivian traditional culture

Tour Information

Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Start and end location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Availability: Year-round

Itinerary

Day 1 – Cross the Border into Bolivia and See Flamingos at Bolivian Highland Lagoons
On the first day of your Salar de Uyuni tours, you will depart in a minibus from your San Pedro de Atacama hotel at 7:30 am. From there, you will drive to the Bolivian border and go through the immigration controls of Chile and Bolivia. At the border, you will exchange the minibus for a 4W vehicle.

Today, you will get to see Laguna Blanca (White Lagoon) and Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). Those two are at the bottom of Licancabur Volcano, in the Bolivian highlands. After that, your journey continues to Salvador Dalí Desert, Polques Baths, and the Geysers del Sol de Mañana (Geysers of the Morning Sun). These waters erupt periodically from the ground at a temperature of 194°F (90°C). To finish up the day, you will see the home of more than 30,000 flamingos at Laguna Colorado (Red Lagoon). You will stay the night at Villa Mar (13,090 feet/3,990 meters).

Day 2 – Admire Rock Formations in the Rocas Valley and Spot Andean Wildlife
The day starts at 8:00 am as you visit the city of Rocas, see the volcanic lava of Rocas Valley, and marvel at the World Cup and Camel rock formations. Then, you will go to Laguna Catal, Laguna Vinto, Inca Canyon, and Sora Canyon. Along the way, you can see llamas, ñanduz, vizcachas, vicuñas, foxes, and other Andean wildlife. Villa Martin will be where you rest for the night.

Day 3 – Watch the Sunrise at the Uyuni Salt Flats and Visit Various Salt Flat Attractions
Today has an early start at 5:00 am for your Salar de Uyuni tours. You will go to the Uyuni Salt Flats at this time to appreciate a spectacular sunrise. Then, you will visit Incahuasi Island, a calcareous rock formation in the middle of the Salt Flats. Afterwards, you will see Ojos del Salar (Salt Flat Eyes), the Salt Mines, the Salt Museum, the Train Cemetery, and the village of Colchani. Ultimately, you will get to Uyuni at 14:00 pm. You’ll then have 2 hours of free time. Then, you will go to Villa Mar.

Day 4 – Return to San Pedro from Villa Mar
Your Salar de Uyuni tours come to an end today. You will leave Villa Mar at 5:00 am to take a 4-hour car ride to the border of Bolivia. There, you will hop off the 4W and hop on a minibus for the rest of the drive to San Pedro de Atacama, arriving there about 12:30 pm.

What’s Included

  • Pick up at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Shared transportation (minibus in Chile/4×4 in Bolivia)
  • Spanish-speaking guide/driver
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • 3 nights of accommodations in hostels:
    • 1st night in Villa Mar in a double, triple or quad room (depending on availability) with shared bathroom and hot water
    • 2nd night in Hotel de Sal in a double room with shared bathroom and hot water
    • 3rd night in Villa Mar in a double, triple or quad room (depending on availability) with shared bathroom (you need to pay 10 bolivianos/$1.45 USD for hot water)

What’s Not Included

  • Border tax (15 bolivianos per person–about $2 USD)
  • Entrance tickets to parks (180 bolivianos per person–about $26 USD)
  • Entrance tickets to the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (150 bolivianos per person–about $22 USD)
  • Entrance tickets to Incahuasi Island (30 bolivianos per person–about $4 USD)

What to Bring

  • Light wind-blocking clothes that cover arms and legs
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and swimsuit
  • Close-toed trekking shoes
  • Warm clothes for the winter months (gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Cameras and batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Your luggage or backpack should weigh a maximum of 33 pounds (15 kilograms) for the vehicle suspension
  • 2 liters of water for the first day (after then you can buy on the way)
  • Around 300 bolivianos per person for personal expenses (equivalent about $43 USD)
  • Valid passport and immigration card that you will receive at each immigration border (in case of visa, please consult your sales agent to prevent any delays with the immigration offices in Chile or Bolivia)

Important Notes

  • This tour is not recommended for children under 7 years old, people over 65 years old, or people with high altitude problems.
  • The itinerary is subject to changes in case of high plateau winter rains (from January to March) that might modify the order of the places to visit and/or the included accommodations. In any case, we will work on always maintaining the level and conditions of the lodges.

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