Tour Uyuni Salt Flats: San Pedro to Uyuni One Way Economy Tour (3D 2N)
- The incredible Uyuni Salt Flats!
- Isla Incahuasi
- Laguna Colorado
- Eduardo Avaroa National Park
- High altitude geysers (Sol de la Mañana)
- Natural hot springs
- Dali Desert
- Laguna Verde
- Ojos del Sal
- Sleep in a hostel made of salt!
Day 1: Lagunas Verde & Blanca – Dali Desert – Sol de Mañana Geysers – Laguna Colorado
The trip begins with pick up at your hotel or hostel in San Pedro at 8:00am. 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: Siloli Desert – Colored Lagoons – Chiguana Salt Flats – Salt Hostel
Today begins around 8:00am 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: Uyuni Salt Flat – Isla Incahuasi – Ojos de Sal – Colchani – Train Cemetery – Uyuni
Around 8:00am, the group will head to the famous Uyuni 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. The trip ends in Uyuni, with drop off at your hostel, the airport, or the bus station. The group will arrive in Uyuni around 15:00 (3:00pm).
- Transportation in a 4×4 vehicle
- This includes pick up and drop off at your hostel in Uyuni, or the airport, or the bus station
- Spanish-speaking guide (if you booked a Spanish speaking guide)
- English-speaking guide (if you booked an English-speaking guide)
- Driver (sometimes the guide is also the driver, depending on group size/availability)
- Meals during the tour (we recommend bringing extra snacks – the meals are quite basic)
- Accommodation – the first night is in dorm-style rooms, the second night is in double or triple rooms
What’s Not Included
- Entrance fees 200 bolivianos total for the 3 days
Important Information About the Tour
- Group size is up to 6 passengers per car
- The local operator reserves the right to modify the itinerary to avoid weather-related problems
- It is extremely likely the itinerary will be altered during the months of January and February, as the rains flood the salt flats. This gives the salt flats their famous “mirror” effect, which is awesome, but it also unfortunately prevents access to several sights, including (often) Isla Incahuasi
- On this trip, you will frequently be above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) – at points, you will be at over 4,600 meters (15,000 feet). There is no low altitude version of the itinerary
- We highly recommend bringing a sleeping bag if you are traveling in June, July, August, or September – these are the coldest months of the year
- You likely will not need a sleeping bag for the tour outside of those months as the hostels have a lot of blankets on the beds, but if you would like to rent some, you can do so for 50 bolivianos per person
- 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 $160 USD 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. Keteka is not responsible for your visa compliance
- If you are looking for a different type of Uyuni salt flats tour, you can see a full list of Uyuni tours at this link
What to Bring
- Your passport!
- Also be sure to have the small white paper the Immigration gave you when you entered Chile
- You should also bring a passport photo for the border crossing
- 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.
- Closed-toed shoes or boots
- Toilet paper – none will be provided in the bathrooms
- Hand sanitiser
- Warm clothing
- Bolivian pesos (at least 350 Bolivian pesos for entrances to hot springs and national parks, plus some extra personal expenses)