Experience the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats and some of the area’s other highlights, including high altitude lagoons, museums, and hot springs in this 3 day, 2 night tour from San Pedro to Uyuni.
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Experience the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats and some of the area’s other highlights, including high altitude lagoons, museums, and hot springs in this 3 day, 2 night tour from San Pedro to Uyuni (one way).
You will be entering Bolivia on this tour and required to comply with their visa requirements on top of any visa requirements you may have to meet for Chile. You can see the latest requirements and cost of the visa for your country at this link. Visas can cost upwards of $100USD and are not included in the price of this tour, so it is important to consider this in budgeting for your trip. The visa process can also vary in length so you may need to plan your trip including this tour further in advance than usual.
Day 1: San Pedro – Colorada Lagoon
Transport from your hotel/hostel between 07:00 and 07:30 to the border of Bolivia. Board a 4×4 Lexus in Hito Cajón (on the border) to begin your salt flats adventure.
Places you’ll visit on Day 1:
You’ll stay in a Refugio in Huayllajara (a modest hotel, with electricity only from 19:00 until 21:00).
Day 2: Colorada Lagoon – Hotel de Sal
Places you’ll visit on Day 2:
Day 3: Sunrise on the Uyuni Salt Flats – Uyuni City
You will begin by watching the sunrise over the Uyuni Salt Flats from Puerto Chuvica at 05:00am and continue the adventure from there.
Places you’ll visit on Day 3:
Isla Incahuasi (Does not include entrance price of $3.000 CLP/ 30 bs.)
Under ‘What’s Included’ above, we say “basic lodging” and we mean it. These are hostels and small hotels that are in basically the middle of nowhere in the desert in Bolivia, in towns that are very poor and lack the infrastructure that most travelers will be accustomed to. Please read the descriptions of what each night’s lodging includes, and if you would like a more comfortable/luxurious option, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if the operator can arrange something for you!
You can change money into Bolivian bolivianos in San Pedro de Atacama or in Uyuni on the trip. It is highly recommended that you change all the money you will need to use either in San Pedro or before you leave your country of departure. You cannot change money at the airport in Calama, and please note that in Santiago some ‘casas de cambio’ or money exchange places may not stock bolivianos.
In San Pedro, go to the street Toconao, south of Caracoles and you will find numerous casas de cambio which all have competitive exchange rates.
For your trip, here is a breakdown of expenses:
It is recommended that you bring winter clothing and comfortable trekking shoes. Due to the high altitude and desert climate at night, it can get rather cold and you will want to layer up. Accommodations do not have heat and mornings and nights could be brutal without proper clothing. As for trekking shoes, much of the ground is uneven, so it is best to have enclosed, stable footwear with good traction. While sneakers are sufficient, boots or more hiking-oriented shoes will help keep you from skidding on certain surfaces. Terrain is quite varied, so your ankles will be quite thankful for the extra protection.
Altitude: Please note that parts of this excursion takes you to about 4,000 meters (over 13,000 feet) above sea level, so it will be important to remain hydrated, both leading up to the tour and throughout the tour. Water is not very easy to come by once on the tour, so be sure to pack plenty. It is also recommended to avoid alcoholic drinks the night before this trip, as well as the nights during the tour.
Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and drowsiness. It is also more difficult to breathe at higher altitudes. None of these symptoms are very ideal when you want to be enjoying an awesome trip to Uyuni, so warnings about hydration and avoiding alcohol should be heeded closely.
If you commonly suffer from altitude sickness, we recommend taking this tour after spending a few days in Atacama in order to acclimate if that can be worked into your personal itinerary. This excursion is not recommended for people who suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease. Pregnant women and children younger than 4 years old should not take this tour.
It should be noted that considering you will be traveling in two different countries, safety standards will vary. Bolivia is considered to be less safe than Chile, meaning you should take extra precautions. Being on a tour with others may help to mitigate some potential risks, but overall you should still maintain a higher degree of caution. You are unlikely to be a victim of violent crime in either country, but certainly be aware of your belongings as pickpocketing is common. For more information on safety in Chile and Bolivia, please refer to our safety directory.
Another safety concern for some people traveling to Uyuni is the drivers on these tours, as there have been some horror stories about the drivers for tours to Uyuni that involved lack of safety equipment in cars and even drunk driving. We work closely with a tour operator we trust and have had our staff on their tours with no such issues.
Chile only gained control of the of the Atacama Desert following the War of the Pacific in the 19th century. The main conflict in this war was between Chile and Bolivia, but as an ally of Bolivia under a secret treaty, Peru got brought into the conflict. Before then, much of this area belonged to both Peru and Bolivia. Now, this region is an important part of Chile’s economy between the tourism to the area and the nearby copper mines. Aside from the main conflict of the War of the Pacific being between Chile and Bolivia, tensions the slight tensions remain higher with Bolivia than Peru because their connection to the sea was cut off when the borders were redrawn.
While they rarely become a problem in terms of crossing the border, disputes still occasionally flare up between Bolivia and Chile over regulations regarding the area. For example, the Bolivian gas conflict in the early 2000’s brought back some of the bitterness as many people were reluctant to export gas through Chilean territory. And Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, is against the treaties that handed Atacama over to Chile. He particularly dislikes how they were cut off from access to the ocean. However, his opposition is unlikely to result in Chile losing any land even if certain rules and regulations between the two countries face some changes.
This tour leaves from San Pedro de Atacama. However, the majority of this tour is spent seeing sights throughout Bolivia, not those of the Atacama Desert in Chile. The Atacama Desert is an absolute wonder to be seen though. If you are booking this tour you are likely already planning to spend several days exploring there as well. But if you haven’t considered such a plan, you really should think about doing so.
From stargazing to sandboarding to countless wondrous landscapes, you will not want to miss out on such an amazing opportunity to discover the driest non-polar desert in the world. To find out some more information about San Pedro de Atacama and to see our tour options to experience it, click here.
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