Day 1 ■Verde & Blanca Lagoons – Colorada Lagoon & Stone Tree
Pick-up will be at your hotel and then we will set off for the border crossing between Chile and Bolivia, where we will go through customs and border procedures and then begin the tour that includes a visit to the Verde and Blanca Lagoons and the Polques Hot Springs.
Then, we will continue on to the Sol de Mañana Geysers, the Colorada Lagoon, and the “Stone Tree” before reaching our hotel.
Day 2 ■Altiplanic Lagoons & Chiarkota Lagoons – Chiguana Salt Flat
We will leave in the morning to begin the visit to a number of Altiplanic lagoons in the middle of the Andes Mountain Range.
We will see the Cachi, Honda, and Chiarkota Lagoons and we will also make stops at the Hedionda and Cañapa Lagoons so we can take pictures and stretch our legs after the time spent traveling in the vehicle.
Finally, we will stop at the Chiguana Salt Flat before going to our hotel to have dinner and then get some sleep.
Day 3 ■Incahuasi Island & Great Views – Salt Museum & Dakar Monument
We will start the day very early in the morning to enter the Uyuni Salt Flat and get set up in a superb spot to see the sunrise.
After giving a warm greeting to the sun, we will cross the endless white stretch of the salt flat until reaching Incahuasi Island. We will be able to explore the trails and climb up to the highest part of the island where we will have a 360° view of the salt flat.
Then we will visit the Salt Museum and the Dakar Monument, and we will leave the salt flat to visit the town of Colchani.
We will then continue on until reaching our hotel to get some sleep.
Day 4 ■Solely to Return Trip
Like the Uyuni Salt Flat (4 days) standard tour, this day is dedicated solely to the return trip from Uyuni, which is why we will leave very early from the hotel to get on the road to the border.
Here we will go through the corresponding procedures and then continue on to San Pedro de Atacama, where we will end the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We will visit the train cemetery, where we will be able to stop and take some pictures
Limestone formation in the middle of the salt flat
It has a beautiful tourist attraction, with the stone tree that they mention is hundreds of years old.
The Licancabur Volcano, which means in Kunza "Pueblo de Arriba", next to the extinct volcano of Jurique
Hotel pickup in San Pedro de Atacama.
All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
Accommodations in hotels:
Three nights of accommodations in 3-stars hotels in a double or queen private room, a private bathroom, hot shower, and solar panels heating:
○ 1st night in the Hotel Tayka del Desierto (Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva or Eco Hotel Los Flamencos, according to availability).
○ 2nd night in the Hotel Tayka de Piedra (or Hotel de Sal Tambo Loma, according to availability).
○ 3rd night in the Hotel Luna Salada (Hotel Palacio de Sal or Hotel Cristal Samaña, according to availability).
Round trip shuttle between Calama airport and San Pedro de Atacama.
Border tax (Bs. 17 per person).
Drinks at hotel meals.
Access to bathrooms along the way (approximately Bs. 6 each time).
Travel insurance with health coverage.
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).
What to bring
Comfortable and warm clothing.
Comfortable shoes (ideally for hiking).
Swimsuit and towel (for Polques Hot Springs).
Water (1 liter per person, for the first day. You can buy it on the road during the rest of the tour).
Passport or ID card. If your a foreigner 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).
Muy agradecido de haberme encontrado con William. Me dio una mano cuando la necesitaba.
Cálida y dedicada atención.
Un amigo en La Paz.
Saludos desde Argentina.
Si gustan de hacer Huayna Potosí, Uyuni o Copabana háganlo con South Treks!
Gerardo Nicolás D
I did Illimani with my guide Felix and it was a big adventure cause we were the only people on the mountain :)
Thank you William for organizing this great trip
michael kSolo travel
Super guide et organisation!!! Le camino de la muerte en toute sécurité. Equipement fourni, explication, histoire, photos et vidéos inclus :)
Juste l’almerzo à 17h30 😕
Laura FLa Seyne-sur-Mer, Francia
Mi experiencia al ir al Glaciar Italia fue ¡espectacular!!! E inolvidable. Yo recomiendo a las personas que quieran conocer este lugar que se animen a ir por que es un lugar mágico y sorprendente. Cargado de sorpresas y emociones.
Yolanda PMexico DF.
Fueron pacientes al esperarnos y podrían mejorar al enviarnos las fotos lo mas pronto posible, demoraron casi una semana
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