Uyuni Salt Flats [Shared]

Duration

4 Days

Transport

Shared - Private

Altitude

3675m - 3712m

Departure Place

San Pedro de Atacama City

From: $436,00

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The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, located in Bolivia.

Covering over 10,000 square kilometers, this stunning natural wonder attracts many tourists from around the world.

Visiting the Salar de Uyuni is a truly unique experience that offers incredible photographic opportunities, as the vast expanse of white salt against the blue sky creates stunning visuals.

The reflective nature of the salt flat, especially during the rainy season, creates a mirror-like effect that is simply breathtaking.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Salar de Uyuni is also home to several islands, such as Isla Incahuasi, which is covered in giant cacti.

Visitors can also see traditional salt production methods and visit nearby towns to learn about the local culture.

Overall, a visit to the Salar de Uyuni is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows you to witness the beauty of nature in a truly unique and unforgettable way. It is a must-see destination for any traveler looking to explore the wonders of the world.

 

Uyuni Salt Flat: 4 days – Include Basic Accommodation and meals

Beginning and ending in San Pedro de Atacama. It includes transportation, basic accommodations, and meals.

Day 1: Start in San Pedro de Atacama and visit the border of Bolivia, Blanca Lagoon, Verde Lagoon, Salvador Dalí Desert, Polques Hot Springs, Sol de Mañana Geysers, and Colorada Lagoon.

Day 2: Visit Siloli Desert, Stone Tree, Chiarcota, Honda, Hedionda, and Cañapa Lagoons, Chiguana Salt Flat, and San Juan del Rosario.

Day 3: Watch the sunrise in the Uyuni Salt Flat, visit Incahuasi Island, Salt Museum, Colchani, train graveyard, and Uyuni town.

Day 4: Return trip to the border between Chile and Bolivia and back to San Pedro de Atacama.

Each day includes unique natural attractions and stunning landscapes, with opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Travelers will have the chance to see flamingos, geysers, salt flats, unique rock formations, and experience the culture of the local towns and villages.

Beginning: Day 1 at 06:30 am at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
End: Day 4 at 1:00 pm in the bus station or downtown San Pedro de Atacama.

Prices

  • Price per person in 2019:
    • High season, from January 1 to March 31: US$ 155.
    • Low season, from April 1 to December 31: US$ 145.

*The high season corresponds to tours that begin between January 1st and March 31st. Low season, meanwhile, is for tours that begin between April 1st and December 29th.


  • Flexible cancellation
  • Flexible rescheduling

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Itinerary of the Tour

🌞 Day 1 —

Start in San Pedro de Atacama - Hot Springs - Colorada Lagoon

We will pick you up at your hotel and travel in a minibus from San Pedro de Atacama to the border of Bolivia, passing by the border-control stations of Chile and Bolivia.

Once we reach the border, we will switch to a 4×4 vehicle for 6 people. On this first day, we will visit places in the Bolivian Altiplano such as the Blanca Lagoon and Verde Lagoon located near the Licancabur Volcano.

Next, we will visit the Salvador Dalí Desert, the Polques Hot Springs to take a nice dip, and the Sol de Mañana Geysers, intermittent sources of water that flow at a temperature of 90 °C (194 °F). We will end the day at the Colorada Lagoon, a major nesting site for more than 30,000 flamingos. We will stay overnight at the Refugio Huayllajara.

Day 2 ―

Siloli Desert & Stone Tree - Cañapa Lagoons

In the morning we will go to the Siloli Desert. Here, we will observe the “Stone Tree,” a volcanic rock that, as you can imagine, is in the shape of a tree.

Next, we will visit the Chiarcota, Honda, Hedionda, and Cañapa Lagoons, followed by the Chiguana Salt Flat and the town of San Juan del Rosario.

We will stay overnight at the Hostal de Sal San Juan del Rosario.

Day 3 ―

Incahuasi Island - Salt Museum - Train Graveyard

We will begin our last day of the tour very early in the morning with a view of the sunrise in the Uyuni Salt Flat.

After this we will go to the Incahuasi Island, a limestone formation located in the middle of the salt flat where we will be able to explore and get another perspective of the Salt Flat.

We will then continue on to the Salt Museum and the town of Colchani, which are outside of the salt flat. From here we will go to Uyuni, passing by the train graveyard, where we will make a short stop to take pictures.

In Uyuni, we will say goodbye to our driver/guide who accompanied us during the previous three days, and then we will have some free time to eat lunch and tour part of the city.

Then, we will meet up with the driver who will take us on the return trip, with a stop-over in Villamar to eat dinner and sleep.

Day 4 ―

Border Between Chile & Bolivia - San Pedro Atacama

We will get up very early to continue our return trip and get to the border between Chile and Bolivia. Once here, and after the corresponding procedures, we will switch vehicles to a minibus to go back to San Pedro de Atacama.

*The end time of this activity could be modified due to weather conditions or lengthy customs procedures, which is why we recommend purchasing your ticket to leave San Pedro de Atacama as lates as possible on the day we get back from Uyuni, or on the day after we return.

*The itinerary is subject to changes during September, changing the places visited and/or the accommodation places included, always maintaining the level and conditions of these.

Day 5 ―

Day 6 ―

Day 7+

— Included —

  • Hotel pickup in San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Drop off at bus station or downtown San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Shared transport (minibus in Chile and 4×4 for six people in Bolivia).
  • Local Spanish-speaking driver.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Basic accommodations:
    • 1st night at the Refugio Huayllajara in a shared room with maximum of six people, with a shared bathroom (no showers).
    • 2nd night at Hostal de Sal San Juan de Rosario in a shared double, triple, or quadruple room, subject to availability, with a shared bathroom (showers with hot water).
    • 3rd night at a refuge in Villamar in a shared double, triple or quadruple room, subject to availability, with a shared bathroom (showers with cold water. You may pay an aditional Bs. 10 if you would like ot have hot water).

— Not Included —

  • Drop off at the hotel.
  • Round trip shuttle between the Calama airport and San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Border tax (Bs. 17 per person).
  • Access to bathrooms along the way (approximately Bs. 6 each time).
  • Rain boots (needed the event of rain; rental for Bs. 20 per person).
  • Health insurance.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Water.
  • Entrance fees (Bs. 186 per person).
    • Entrance fee to the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna
    • National Reserve (Bs. 150 per person).
    • Entrance fee to the Polques Hot Springs (Bs. 6 per person).
    • Entrance fee to Incahuasi Island (Bs. 30 per person).

— Recommended —

  • Comfortable and warm clothing.
  • Comfortable shoes (ideally trekking shoes).
  • Swimsuit and towel (for Polques Hot Springs)
  • Sunglasses – Sunscreen – Toiletries – Toilet paper
  • Sleeping bag (see FAQ’s). Flashlight.
  • Water (1 liter per person for the first day. The rest of the days you can buy on the way).
  • Passport or ID card. If your a foreigner resident in Chile you should take both to show them in customs.
  • Bs. 350 for expenses not included on the tour (entrance fees, taxes, bathroom, water and souvenirs, among others).

— What to Bring —

  • Comfortable and warm clothing.
  • Comfortable shoes (ideally for hiking).
  • Swimsuit and towel (for Polques Hot Springs).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Flashlight.
  • Water (1 liter per person for the first day. You can buy it on the road durign the rest of the tour).
  • Sleeping bag (see FAQs).
  • Towel.
  • Passport or ID card. If you are a foreign resident in Chile, you should bring both to present them at customs.
  • Bs. 350 for expenses not included on the tour (entrance fees, taxes, bathroom, water and souvenirs, among others).

— Restrictions —

  • Minimum age required of 7 years old.
  • Not recommended for people suffering hypertension, heart failure, asthma or similar, for whom visiting places above 4000 meters of altitude may present a risk for their health (the tour is made mostly above 4,000 meters of altitude, even reaching 4,850 meters of altitude one of the days of the tour).
  • Passengers with more than 65 years of age must present a medical certificate that authorizes them to travel to an altitude above 4,000 m.
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

Highlights

Uyuni Salt Flat

Experience the breathtaking beauty of the world's largest salt flat and witness the stunning landscapes and unique natural formations.

Flamingo

Explore a major nesting site for flamingos and observe these beautiful birds in their natural habitat.

Hot Springs and Geysers

Relax in the natural hot springs of Polques and witness the Sol de Mañana Geysers, offering a unique geological spectacle.

Stone Tree

Marvel at the volcanic rock formation that resembles a tree, providing a unique and picturesque stop along the tour route.

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