Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure

3 Days /  2 Nights

Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure

3 Days / 2 Nights
Departures: January - December 2024

From $596 AUD
Trip Style
Group Travel

Nature & Adventure

Departure city: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
End city: Uyuni, Bolivia

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Tour Leaders / Guides
Someone local to show you around
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Group Travel
Meet like-minded people and new friends

Depart San Pedro de Atacama on an unforgettable 3-day expedition in a 4x4 Toyota land cruiser through the desert of southwest Bolivia and into the vast and blinding-white salt flats of Uyuni. Along the way, visit tiny villages, and multi-coloured lakes with flamingos, geysers, and thermal hot springs at 5,000 metres.

Trip

Highlights

  • Take wacky pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni
  • Drive through the Bolivian Altiplano’s moon-like deserts
  • Marvel at breathtaking red & green coloured lakes
  • See active volcanoes, geysers & steaming craters
Trip

Inclusions

accommodation style
2 Nights Accommodation
in basic dorm-style rooms with shared bathroom
Meals
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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Transport
Hotel pick-up in San Pedro de Atacama + All transport on tour in 4WD with rooftop luggage rack
Guide
English-speaking guide
  • International flights from/to your country
  • Airport transfers
  • Border tax (15 Bolivianos per person)
  • Entrance fees to parks (186 Bolivianos per person): National Reserve of Andean Fauna Eduardo Abaroa (150 Bolivianos), Termas de Polques (6 Bolivianos), Isla Incahuasi (30 Bolivianos)
  • Access to toilets on the way (6 Bolivianos)
  • Sleeping bag (available at an extra cost)
  • Visas
  • Other meals/drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'inclusions'
Trip

Itinerary

San Pedro de Atacama-Green Lagoon-Dali Desert-Sol de Mañana geysers - Red Lagoon

 

Depart San Pedro de Atacama at 6:30 am by minibus for an exciting 3-day excursion. Cross into Bolivia, passing by the Chile and Bolivia immigration offices. Once on the Bolivian side, at 4400 metres above sea level, we change vehicles to a 4WD Jeep with a maximum capacity of 6 people. We start off in the Bolivian high plains, visiting places like the Green Lagoon (toxic copper water) and Laguna Blanca, located at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m. Continue on to the Dali Desert, where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert. There you can admire surrealistic landscapes, thermal water pools, and the Sol de Mañana geysers –intermittent springs coming up at 100º C. Walk carefully next to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud at 150-200 Cº. The journey ends up at Laguna Colorada, an intense red-coloured lake that acts as the main nesting centre for thousands of flamingos of 3 different species.

 

Please Note: You need to arrive in the Atacama one day before the trek departs.

 

Meals: B, L, D

Siloli Desert-Chiguana Salt Flats

 

Have an early breakfast and depart around 8:00 am this morning. Pass by the Siloli Desert at 4,550 meters (the highest and driest in the world) where there are a set of rock formations as a result of wind erosion. Take a photo next to a huge lava rock formation in the shape of a tree. Continue on to high plain lagoons also known as coloured lagoons; Laguna Honda, Chiarcota and Cañapa. Then we make our way to Chiguana salt flat, on the south side of Uyuni salt flat and surrounded by volcanoes. The night is spent at the Salt Hotel (a hotel made of salt), in double or triple rooms.

 

Meals: B, L, D

Uyuni Salt Flats - Uyuni

 

Depart at 8:00 am and cruise along the vast white expanse of salt today. Visit Inca Wasy (Fish Island), located in the middle of the salt flat, with beautiful cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective and proportion-distorted photos on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. Pass by piles of salt at the small village of Colchani, a salt miners' workshop next to the salt flats. End your unforgettable trip in the town of Uyuni around 3:00 pm and say goodbye to your new friends. We hope to see you soon for your next adventure!

 

Meals: B, L

3 Day Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure Map

Additional Information

Please Note: You need to arrive at the Atacama one day before the trek departs.  In January and February, because of Altiplanic winter, we keep the right to change the route of the circuit If it's necessary.

 

Altitude:

This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 5,000 meters above sea level, and most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 3,000 meters before the trip and bringing along medication for headaches and tablets for altitude sickness in case you feel unwell. And remember, the real key is to drink lots of water!

 

Accommodation/facilities on tour:

The reality of visiting a remote area and immersing yourself in nature is that you will be far from modern facilities and the services will sometimes be slow and quite basic. Due to the harsh terrain, vehicle breakdowns are not uncommon, but the drivers are very used to fixing them and wait times are rarely excessive. The accommodations will be very basic, with cots and shared rooms, and the electricity and running water in the National Park are not as dependable as they are back at home. Toilet facilities may have a small local cost. Make sure to bring snacks, some water, toilet paper, and plenty of warm clothes. That said, with some patience, preparation, and an appetite for adventure, this trip will certainly be a positive and unforgettable experience.

 

Suggested packing list:

Sun hat, sunglasses (to protect your eyes from the bright glare of the salt panes), sunblock, coat, gloves, wool hat, trekking shoes, warm socks, swimsuit and towel for hot springs at Sol de Manana Geysers, extra bottles of water (we recommend bringing a 5 Liter bottled water so you can have enough water for the whole trip), snacks, personal medication. Flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (electricity available in most hotels), hand sanitiser, personal first aid kit, water bottle. You will be sleeping up to 4,300 meters above sea level and depending on the season, temperatures can drop well below zero (reaching less than -25 degrees Celsius in the winter months of June and July) and the wind chill can be harsh, so bring plenty of warm clothes like a scarf and wool hat for the chilly evenings.

Terms and conditions apply.  Subject to change and availability.  Prices are per person twin share and subject to currency fluctuation. (ba)