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San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Tour (4 Days, 3 Nights) Roundtrip

Experience the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats and some of the area’s other attractions, like high altitude lagoons, museums, and hot springs in this 4 day, 3 night roundtrip from San Pedro to Uyuni.

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San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Tour (4 Days, 3 Nights) Roundtrip

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.

Description

Experience the incredible Uyuni Salt Flats and some of the area’s other attractions, like high altitude lagoons, museums, and hot springs. This 4 day, 3 night package includes everything you’ll need to enjoy your trip from San Pedro de Atacama to the Bolivian desert, including the guidance of a Bilingual Guide.

Important!

You will be entering Bolivia on this tour and required to comply with their visa requirements. You can see the latest requirements and cost of the visa for your country at this link.

Itinerary

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 jeep in Hito Cajón (on the border) to begin your salt flats adventure.

Places you’ll visit on Day 1:

  • White Lagoon (Laguna Blanca)
  • Green Lagoon (Laguna Verde)
  • The Dali Desert
  • Hot springs (not included in the booking – additional $500 CLP)
  • Morning Sun Geyser (Geiser Sol de Mañana)
  • Colorada Lagoon (Laguna Colorada)

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:

  • Stone Tree (Árbol de Piedra)
  • Silolí Desert (Desierto de Silolí)
  • High Altitude Lagoons (Lagunas altiplánicas): Honda, Hedionda, Cañapa y Chiarkota
  • Ollague Volcano (Volcán Ollague)
  • Chiguana Salt Flat (Salar de Chiguana)
  • San Juan
  • Hotel de Sal (which has electricity and water)

Día 3: Sunrise on the Uyuni Salt Flats – Refugio Villa del Mar 

Places you’ll visit on Day 3:

  • Incahuasi Island ($3.000 CLP entrance not included in tour price)
  • Salt Museum (Museo de Sal)
  • Train Cemetery (Cementario de Trenes)
  • The Ancient, Indigenous City of San Cristobal (Ciudad indígena de San Cristóbal)
  • Villa Alota
  • Rock Valley (Valle de Rocas)
  • Black Lagoon (Laguna Negra)

You will stay the night in Refugio Villa del Mar.

Day 4: Villa del Mar – San Pedro de Atacama

You will leave Villa del Mar around 05:00am and arrive back in San Pedro around midday!

What’s Included

  • Pickup at your hotel or hostel in San Pedro de Atacama
  • Guide (Spanish only or a guide that speaks English and Spanish, depending on which tour you book)
  • All meals (please note that they generally do not have food in Uyuni that accommodates gluten-free diets)
  • Basic Lodging
    • 1st night – shared rooms with shared bathrooms (with hot showers)
    • 2nd night – double rooms with shared bathrooms (with hot showers)
    • 3rd night – shared rooms with shared bathrooms (with hot showers)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Note that there are 6 passengers seats in each vehicle, which means if you hire a bilingual guide, there would be 5 remaining passenger seats in the vehicle

What’s Not Included

  • Entrances to hot springs and national parks (total of about $20.000 CLP or 200 Bolivian pesos)

What to Bring

  • Your passport!
  • Cash – at least $160 USD for the Bolivia reciprocity fee (if you are from the United States), plus some extra for souvenirs, snacks, etc. There are no ATMs available during the trip, so bring crisp, new US dollars or Chilean pesos to change at casas de cambio (which are in San Pedro and Uyuni) or at restaurants (they don’t accept old, damaged bills). It’s better to bring small bills.
  • 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 cannot buy water on the way.
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Closed-toed shoes or boots
  • Sunglasses
  • 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)

A Note on Money:

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:

  • Park entrance fee (required): 150 bolivianos
  • Hot springs entrance fee: 30 bolivianos
  • Showers in all refugios/hostels: 10 bolivianos each
  • Toilets: cost between 2-8 bolivianos per stop, most do not include toilet paper or soap
  • Re-entrance fee to Chile (required): 15 bolivianos or 1,500 CLP.

Uyuni is a very small town and is the last stop so do not to rely on changing money there because if you run out beforehand you will be very stuck. Additionally, you may need extra money for souvenirs or purchases on the road if you wish. You will be taken to a market just after the salt flats on the last day – it’s much better to buy souvenirs here than in Uyuni, as there is more variety and Uyuni does not have the same type of gifts.

In total, we recommend 350 Bolivianos per person, to allow for all the required fees plus some spending money.

What’s Different in the Private Tour

  • Private rooms with private bathrooms (instead of shared)
  • More control over the itinerary
  • Includes bilingual guide (note that this means there are only 5 spaces in the vehicle – please email us at info@keteka.com if your group has more than 5 people and you are interested in a private tour)

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  1. 5 out of 5

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    I am seasoned traveller, but I can honestly say this was one of the most breath taking, diverse, surprising and incredible travelling I’ve ever done. The landscapes, hot pools, nature is stunning. Everything was made simple for us- great chance to made some long lasting bonds with other travellers and even locals! Recommended for those wanting a different view of the world, group travellers and individuals.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    This trip to Uyuni was one of my favorite adventures during my time in South America! I would recommend this trip to travelers that are looking for a unique opportunity to spend four days off the grid exploring one of the most beautiful places in the world. I did this trip alone and it was very easy, all the accommodations were very well-planned.

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