479$

Uyuni Salt Flat [Express]

Duration: 3 Days
Transportation: Private 4×4
Group size: 2-12 max
Difficulty: 1 – Easy walking between Mountains
Departure Place: Uyuni
Destiny: Incahuasi Island – Colorada Lagoon
Altitude: 3675m – 3712m
Availability: Year Round (Dic- Apr Best season)

479$

Description

3 days private tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat, beginning and ending in San Pedro de Atacama. Includes transportation, accommodation in hostels and all meals.

3-day Private Hostel tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat, beginning and ending in San Pedro de Atacama. It includes transportation, basic accommodations, and meals.

How to book

  1. Select the departure date from the calendar.
  2. Select the number of people.
  3. Click on “Add to cart”.
  4. Pay online an advance deposit of the total price of the program.
  • Once paid, the booking is subject to confirmation according to the availability. If you want to check the availability before paying, write us an e-mail at reservas@southtreks.com.
  • You can reschedule or cancel the tour (with full refund) until 31 days before it starts.

Optional services

  • English speaking driver/guide: US$ 162 per group.

*Despite the 4×4 vehicle has space for 6 passengers plus the driver/guide, the last seat of the vehicle is narrow, so, in case you want comfort for all the travelers, our suggestion is to make the tour in two groups of 3 people each (two separated bookings).

 

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 4000 meters of altitude, even reaching 4850 meters of altitude one of the days of the tour).
  • Not allowed for pregnant women.

Start: Day 1 at 7:00 am at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.

End: Day 3 at 1:00 pm in San Pedro de Atacama’s downtown.

Day 1 ■Border Chile & Bolivia – Colorada Lagoon & Italia Perdida – Vinto Lagoon

We will pick you up at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama to go to the border between Chile and Bolivia in our shared transportation.

After the customs procedures, we will begin our tour in private transportation that will take us to see different tourist attractions of the Bolivian Altiplano, like the Blanca and Verde lagoons, and the Sol de Mañana Geysers.

In addition, we will visit the Colorada Lagoon and Italia Perdida. Here we will go over the rock mazes that the wind has formed during hundreds of years.

Then, we will pass by the Vinto Lagoon and the Anaconda Canyon viewpoint, from where we will have a panoramic view from the heights of a very peculiar landscape in the middle of the desert.

After this long day, we will arrive to San Juan del Rosario, where we will have our dinners and get rest to continue the next day.

 

Day 2 ■Sunrise – Incahuasi Island – Colchani – Villamar

We will leave very early in the morning, to enter the Uyuni Salt Flat and get installed to see the sunrise.

After the first lights of the morning and use the landscape to make pictures, we will continue our tour inside the salt flat to the Incahuasi Island, where we will be able to get out of the vehicle and make a walking by the marked track.

This will allow us to see the salt flat from the heights and have a better perspective of the big area that it covers.

Later, we will pass by the Salt Museum and the Dakar Monument, before visiting Colchani.

We will also visit the train cemetery before reaching Uyuni, where we will be able to get lunch. After that, we will continue to Villamar, where we will spend our second night.

 

Day 3 ■Colorada Lagoon – Polques Hot Springs – Mountain Range – Return

We will begin our day early in the morning to make small stops in the tourist attractions in this part of the route.

The first thing that we will see is the Colorada Lagoon. Then, we will visit the Sol de Mañana Geysers and the Polques Hot Springs.

Before getting to the border, we will pass by the Blanca and Verde lagoons, near the Licancabur Volcano and we will have the last views close to the mountain range, before crossing to Chilean territory.

After the border procedures, we will take the shared transportation to arrive to San Pedro de Atacama, where we will finish our tour.

*The visiting times of every one of the places in the two programs are reduced, because we will have less time than with the Uyuni Salt Flat (4 days), for example, to make the entire tour.

What days of the week the tour is available?
As it is a private service, it is possible begin the tour any day of the week, every month of the year.

How much time in advance should I book the tour?
Because of the hotel high demand in the area, we recommend you to book at least one or two months in advance.

Do I need to be vaccinated against yellow fever for the tour?
The vaccine against yellow fiebe is not required for the tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat. It is only required if you subsequently plan to visit the Bolivian jungle.

What kind of car is used to do the tour?
The tour is made on a 4×4 (Toyota Land Cruiser) in Bolivia.

How is the infrastructure of every program?
The program with hotels has a similar level of structure for every accommodation. The rooms are private, single, double or triple, according to the availability, all have heating and private bathroom with warm water. The hostels, on the other hand, have double private rooms, with twin beds or queen size bed, according to availability, no heating and private bathroom with hot water. There is no internet access.

What type of sockets have the accommodations?
The accommodations have sockets type C, compatible with the types E and F. Anyway, our recommendation is that you carry an adapter to avoid any inconvenience.

How many bags or suitcases can I bring?
Each passenger may carry at most 1 bag or suitcase of 18 kilos which will go above the 4×4.

Why is it necessary to bring a sleeping bag?
The beds in Refugio Huayllajara (accommodation of the first night) do not include sheets, only include blankets and bedspread. If you don´t have sleeping bag, you can rent one directly in San Pedro de Atacama, the day before the tour. The rent has a price of CLP$ 5.000 per person, for the 4-day tour.

How is the weather along the tour?
In summer (December to March), the temperature ranges from about 4 °C as a minimum, to 23 °C maximum.

In winter (June to September) the temperature ranges from about -20 °C as a minimum, to 16 °C maximum.

How much money should I bring to the tour?
We recommend to bring 300 bolivianos per person for expenses not included in the tour, as entrances to parks (186 bolivianos per person), access to toilets and buying of souvenirs.

How likely is suffer “puna” or altitude sickness during the tour?
Most of the tour is made above 13,123 ft. of altitude so it is quite likely to suffer from altitude sickness specially the first day of the tour. To avoid or reduce the general feeling of discomfort, we recommend acclimate to the altitude one or two days above 8,202 ft., drink lots of water before and during the tour, eat light meals (avoid meat) the previous days, and do not drink alcohol the night before the beginning of the tour.

What is it about the meals?
The meals are varied, and includes tea, coffee, bread, cookies and fruit for breakfast, and meat, pasta, rice, soup and vegetables for lunch and dinner. In case you need a vegetarian menu, you must ask for it writing at reservas@southtreks.com at the moment you make the online booking.

What about the tour in case it rains?
In case of rain, the order of the places visited and the accommodation places are subject to change, because some of the roads might be closed. Added to the previous information, water in the Uyuni Salt Flat is an important obstacle and the Incahuasi Island (located in the center of the salt flat) remains closed. This means the Incahuasi Island cannot be visited and we enter to the salt flat only for a certain distance, so the passengers are safe.

When is it possible to see the mirror effect on the Uyuni Salt Flat?
The mirror effect occurs when there is water on the salt flat. This happens only in rainy periods (January and February) and after them (March).

Why all the restrictions to make the tour?
The tour is made in the Altiplano area, at an altitude above 9,842.5 ft. Just with this, our body is submitted to an abnormal stress, which can cause discomfort and risk in people with the conditions mentioned in the restriction’s section. Moreover, the tour does not have health insurance and there are not health centers to treat this kind of situations in a proper manner on the route.

Is it possible to do the tour in another language?
Yes. The English-speaking guide service for the whole tour, has an additional cost of US$ 162 per group and it is subject to availability when booking.

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Highlights

Travel through the salt flat

passing by the Dakar Monument and the Salt Museum, until getting to the Incahuasi Island.

Great view of giant cactus

From the highest part of the island, we will have a very good perspective of the greatness of the salt flat.

Anaconda Canyon

Here, we will stop in the viewpoint and we will take some pictures of the particular shape that has the river in the bottom of the canyon.

Hot Springs & Geysers

We will also pass by the Sol de Mañana Geysers and the Polques Hot Springs.

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Included

Pickup at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Transportation: Shared transportation from Atacama to the Bolivian border, Now in Bolivia we go in Private Transport.

Spanish-speaking driver/guide.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Accommodations in hostels: Two nights of accommodation in hostel with double private room, private bathroom, hot shower and heating in common areas:
– 1st night in a salt hostel in San Juan del Rosario.
– 2nd night in a hostel in Villamar.

Not Included

Round trip shuttle between Calama airport and San Pedro de Atacama.
Border tax (Bs. 17 per person).
Towels, heating in the rooms and internet access.
Access to bathrooms along the way (approximately Bs. 6 each time).
Travel insurance with health-care coverage.
Water.

Entrance fees to parks (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
Water (1 liter per person for the first day. The rest of the days you can buy it on the road)

What to bring

  • 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).

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