Uyuni Salt Flats 3 Days/2 Nights

Uyuni Salt Flats
train cemetery in uyuni
Panoramic view in uyuni
Uyuni Salt Flats
Fun pictures in Uyuni
Uyuni Salt Flats
train cemetery in uyuni
Panoramic view in uyuni
Uyuni Salt Flats
Fun pictures in Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flats 3 Days/2 Nights

  • This trip starts in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile & ends in Uyuni City, Bolivia

  • Hop into 4WD jeeps and travel to see the landscape's coloured lakes and geysers

  • All meals included, as well as basic shared accommodation

From the world’s driest desert in Chile to the renowned salt flats in Bolivia, enjoy an amazing journey with a mix of culture and adventure! Experience landscapes so strangely beautiful you’ll feel like you’re on another planet. Pass stunning mountain scenery, dotted with pink flamingos and colourful lakes, and take the most stunning photos to remember your trip. The Uyuni Salt Flat is the largest in the world – don’t miss this unique opportunity to see it for yourself!

AVAILABILITY

All year round

DURATION

3 days

START LOCATION

San Pedro de Atacama hotel and hostel pick-up

END LOCATION

Uyuni city

OPERATOR NAME

WORLD WHITE TRAVEL

Start Time

07:00

Physical Level

Low

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Day 1: San Pedro de Atacama - Bolivian High Plateau - Salvador Dali Desert - Laguna Colorada

Departure is at 7:00am in a mini bus, travelling from San Pedro de Atacama to Bolivia's frontier, stopping by the immigration offices of Chile and Bolivia. Once we arrive at the Bolivian border, we will continue the journey in a 4WD Jeep.

This first day, you will visit the Bolivian high plateau, stopping at the spectacular White and Green Lakes, both found at the bottom of the Licancabur Volcano. Then we continue the trip, visiting the Salvador Dali Desert, a breath-taking, barren valley resembling a Dali painting. You’ll also see the hot springs in Polques (where you can take a 20-minute bath), the morning sun geysers - which are water sources that erupt at a temperature of 90 degrees, and crevices, from where magma also comes out.

You’ll end this first day at the Laguna Colorada, a nesting centre of more than 30,000 flamingos of 3 different species. This centre sits at an altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level, and from this high plateau it is possible to observe the area’s flora and fauna, including flamingos, vicuñas, and other animals.

The first night will be spent in Huayllajara Hostel, a mountain shelter. It is important that you bring a sleeping bag.

Accommodation: Huayllajara Hostel (dorm of 6 beds, shared bathroom, basic services, no shower, no heating, beds have sheets, pillows and 3 blankets per bed).

Day 2: Laguna Colorada - Siloli Desert - High Plateau Lakes - San Juan Village - Puerto Chuvica

The second day’s departure is after breakfast. You’ll visit the Siloli Desert, where you can observe “The Tree of Stone”, a big rock of volcanic origin. After, you’ll see high plateau lakes, such as Honda, Chirarcota, Hedionda and Cañapa. Following this, you’ll visit the little Chiguana Salt Flat at San Juan Village, before arriving at the Salt Hotel - your accommodation for the second night.

Accommodation: Salt Hostel in the small village of Puerto Chuvica (quadruple rooms, hot shower).

Day 3: Puerto Chuvica - Uyuni Salt Flats - Incahuasi Island - Eyes of the Salt Flat - Colchani Village - Uyuni City

Wake up for the final day of your expedition! You’ll be leaving at 8:00 am. Today, you’ll visit the Uyuni Salar Flat (12,000km2), and Incahuasi Island, a formation of calcareous rocks found in the centre of the Salt Flat. You’ll then visit the Eyes of the Salt Flat, which are outlets for the rivers which flow below the Salar, as well as pass many salt formations. Today, you’ll see the old salt hotel Playa Blanca, the hauntingly beautiful Train Cemetery, the salt mines, and Colchani Village, a tiny place situated on the edge of the Tunupa Salt Flat.

Estimated arrival time back to Uyuni city is 1pm or 3pm.

Important: During the rainy season (from January to April), it is not possible to access Incahuasi Island, or cross the Salt Flats. We will spend the first night in a hostel (not salt made) in Uyuni. We extend the visit to the Valley of the Rocks, Turquiri Lagoon, Black Lagoon, Bodefal Alota and some villages like Villa Mar and San Cristobal.

Note: Minimum of 2 passengers for this tour. Tour is given in Spanish.
The operator has an age restriction policy for this tour. They will not accept children under 6 years old or adults over 64 years old, nor people with physical conditions/disabilities/pregnant women.

TOUR TICKETS (MAY VARY BY DATE)
Ticket Price(USD)
TOUR PRICE (All ages) 195.00 (USD)
TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1/ 06:45 - 07:00

Hotel and hostel pick-up


DAY 1/ 07:00

Depart from San Pedro to the Chilean and Bolivian border


DAY 1/ 11:30

Cross the border, stop at the White and Green Lagoons


DAY 1/ 12:00

Visit the Dali desert and the Chalviry hot springs


DAY 1/ 13:00

Lunch


DAY 1/ 14:00

Visit the Colorada Lagoon, spend the night in a mountain shelter


DAY 2/ 08:00 - 13:00

Breakfast, visit the Siloli desert, and the 4 Coloured Lagoons


DAY 2/ 13:00

Lunch


DAY 2/ 14:00

Visit the Laguna Añapa and the Chiguana Salt Flat, spend the night in Puerto Chuvica


DAY 3/ 08:00 - 13:00

Go to the Uyuni Salt Flat, visit Fish island, the old salt hotel Playa Blanca, the Train Cemetery, and the salt mines


DAY 3/ 13:00 or 15:00

Arrival in Uyuni city


INCLUDED

- Transportation in a jeep with rooftop luggage rack (max 6 pax per jeep)
- All meals throughout the tour: first day (lunch and dinner), second day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and third day (breakfast and lunch)
- Two nights’ accommodation
- Driver-guide (Spanish speaking)
- Sleeping bag (only on the first day as temperatures are between -5° to -10°)

NOT INCLUDED

- Entrance fee 30 Bs for Fish Island
- Entrance fee 150 Bs for the National Park
- Public toilets along the route

RECOMMENDED

- Sunglasses, sunscreen, torch, batteries, toilet paper
- Sleeping bag
- Warm clothes for the night, light layers for the morning
- Towel, bathing suit, and flip flops
- Some snacks
- Hat/beanie
- Extra water
- Money for the park entrance fees and toilets on the way

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This itinerary is subject to change without notice, due to seasonal changes and inclement weather conditions in Uyuni.

The operator has an age restriction policy for this tour. They will not accept children under 6 years old or adults over 64 years old, nor people with physical conditions/disabilities/pregnant women.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation or changes of this tour:

CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 5:00 pm (Santiago time) 2 days before the tour begins.

CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 5:00 pm (Santiago time) 2 days before the tour begins, a 25% administration fee will apply. After this time there is a 100% cancellation fee.

Please email bookings@findlocaltrips.com to cancel this tour or make any changes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
  1. I cannot find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I make my booking. What can I select?

    This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation

  2. What kind of weather can we find in Uyuni Salt Flats?

    From June to September, you will find the lowest temperatures. Generally, it is cold, dry, and windy, and can easily reach -15 °C at night. Daytime temperatures can be between 5 and 10°C, and even increase a little more. The temperatures from January to May increase until at a comfortable level, and particularly in the day it can easily reach 19°C. However, the humidity from rain can cause a drop in the temperature.

  3. How does the wet season affect the tours?

    Salt flat (Salar de Uyuni) tours leave year-round, including during the wet season(from January to April). In fact, many people try to visit during the wet season, in order to see the "mirror effect" of the water sitting atop of the salt flats and reflecting the sky, which is an incredible sight. This is caused when the water table below the salt flats has risen enough to cause the water to sit on top of the salt. It is fine to visit the area when there is a certain amount of water, but when it becomes too deep (after long, sustained periods of rainfall in consecutive days) some places can become inaccessible, such as Isla Incahuasi. These must then be omitted from the tours, but we can usually continue visiting other parts of the salt flats. Also, the area to the south (with the coloured lakes, geysers, hot springs etc) is usually not affected, so tours are not cancelled completely.

  4. Are there additional costs?

    Entrance fees for the attractions will not be covered. On a 3D/2N tour, the cost will be Bs180 in total (Bs150 for the Eduardo Avaroa National Park, and Bs30 for the Isla del Pescado). For the full day tour, the additional fees will be Bs30. Also, if you would like a hot shower on the first night, there will be an additional cost of approx. Bs15. Make sure you bring small change for bathrooms along the way.

  5. What should I bring to the tour?

    Bring a torch, because the lights go out when the generator runs dry. Take coins and small bills, as the bathrooms aren't free. Don’t forget sunglasses, a camera with spare batteries, extra water, sunscreen and a hat, a sleeping bag, extra snacks (especially fruit and protein), lip balm (the sun, wind, and dry air will crack them up), and your passport. Take warm clothes (layers are best) for nights, as temperatures can get very low. Bring a t-shirt for daytime use, a jumper for the evenings, a warm jacket, gloves, and woollen socks for the night-time. Also, remember comfortable walking shoes, flip-flops (for shared restroom facilities), a swimsuit, a towel, and a raincoat (for the rainy season, from December to March).

  6. Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?

    Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.

  7. Are there ATMs and an internet connection?

    Bring money with you, as sometimes the ATMs do not work in Uyuni – it’s best to have money prior to arrival. There is no internet connection on the tour, as the places that you’ll visit are in very remote locations.

  8. I have heard and read awful stories about the drivers being drunk, and terrible car accidents happening?

    We only work with the best tour operators in Uyuni, and they monitor their drivers closely to ensure that there are none of these issues. We know there are many rogue operators in Uyuni with bad reputations, and for this reason we only offer tours with selected operators that we feel we can trust.

  9. Do you sell any Uyuni Salt Flats tour over the Christmas / New Year period?

    We do not sell any Uyuni Salt Flats tours from December 23rd through to January 6th because of safety concerns. Specifically, this is due to the high number of drunk driving incidents that occur on Salt Flats tours during this time. We don't sell tours with any tour operator that we work with, and we think it is best to avoid the dangers and problems that occur at this time of year.

  10. Can I pay to upgrade my accommodation on the Salt Flats tours?

    No, you can't. Unfortunately, we do not offer the option to upgrade accommodation, because this would involve separating groups to different areas, and it is considered as a private tour by the tour operators.

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