This 4-day trip allows you to start and finish in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Enjoy spectacular views and capture awesome photos at this natural wonder
Spend a night in a hostel made out of salt!
Take the trip of a lifetime with us in a 4x4 Jeep, venturing through vast, spectacular landscapes. Go from Chile - with the driest desert on Earth - to Bolivia, and its world-famous salt flat. Spend a night in a salt hostel, and see geysers, volcanic rocks, high altitude lakes, hot springs, flamingos, and much more on this unforgettable trip, full of culture and adventure!
All year round
San Pedro de Atacama hotel and hostel pick-up
San Pedro de Atacama hotel and hostel drop-off
WORLD WHITE TRAVEL
Day 1: San Pedro de Atacama - Bolivian High Plateau - Salvador Dali Desert - Laguna Colorada
The adventure begins at 7:30am, when you’ll be picked up in a mini bus from San Pedro de Atacama. You’ll be driven to Bolivia's border, stopping by the immigration offices of Chile and Bolivia. Upon arrival at the Bolivian frontier, the journey will continue in a 4x4 Jeep (max. capacity of 6 people).
Today, you’ll see the Bolivian High Plateau, and make stops at the White Lake and the Green Lake, both located at the foot of Licancabur Volcano. Then, our journey continues with a visit to the Salvador Dali desert, an impressive, arid landscape which looks like a piece of Dali’s artwork.
After, there’s the opportunity to take a 20-minute bath in the hot springs in Polques. On this first day, you’ll also see the morning sun geysers, which are water springs that erupt at a temperature of 90 degrees, and crevices from where magma also erupted.
You will pass the night in Huayllajara Hostal, a mountain shelter. Make sure that you take 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
Following breakfast, we’ll set off to visit the Siloli Desert. Here you’ll see “The Tree of Stone”, a curiously-formed, large rock of volcanic origin. Next, you’ll visit the high plateau lakes, including Honda, Chirarcota, Hedionda and Cañapa. Before arriving to the salt hostel where you’ll spend the second night, you’ll get to see the little Chiguana Salt Flat at San Juan Village.
Accommodation: Salt Hostel in Puerto Chuvica (quadruple rooms, hot shower).
Day 3: Puerto Chuvica - Uyuni Salt Flats - Incahuasi Island - Eyes of the Salt Flat - Colchani Village - Villa Mar Village
On the third day of the trip, we’ll depart from the hotel at 8:00 am. You’ll visit the main highlight - the famous Salar de Uyuni (12000 km2) - the largest salt flat in the world. There’s plenty more to see, including a formation of calcareous rocks named Incahuasi Island, located in the centre of the Salar.
Other attractions include the old salt hotel Playa Blanca, the amazing Train Cemetery, and the salt mine. There’s also The Eyes of the Salt Flat, which are outlets for the rivers which flow below the Salar. We’ll pass the tiny village of Colchani, and the many salt formations.
We’ll arrive at around 3:00 pm at Uyuni city for a 2-hour rest, before continuing on with the return transfer. You’ll see the Valley of the Rocks, and San Cristobal's Church, before going towards a high plateau village called Villa Mar, where you’ll stay for the night.
Accommodation: Basic hostel in Villa Mar Village (dorm and hot shower included).
Day 4: Villa Mar Village - San Pedro de Atacama
On the final day, it’s off to a very early start, departing at 4:30am. You’ll go in a direct transfer to Bolivia’s frontier, a journey of around 4 hours. Then you’ll change car to do the return trip to San Pedro de Atacama, arriving at around 2:00 pm.
Important: During to 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 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.
DAY 1/ 07:00- 07:30
Hotel and hostel pick-up
DAY 1/ 07:30
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
DAY 1/ 14:00
Visit Colorada Lagoon, sleep in a mountain shelter
DAY 2/ 08:00 - 13:00
Breakfast, visit the Siloli desert, and the 4 Coloured Lagoons
DAY 2/ 13:00
DAY 2/ 14:00
Visit Laguna Añapa, the Chiguana Salt Flat, sleep in the village of Puerto Chuvica
DAY 3/ 08:00 - 13:30
See the Uyuni Salt Flat, Fish island, the old salt hotel Playa Blanca, the Train Cemetery, and the salt mines
DAY 3/ 15:00
Arrive in Uyuni city to rest
DAY 3/ 17:00
Visit the Valley of the Rocks and San Cristobal's Church, spend the night in Villa Mar village
DAY 4/ 04:30
Depart to the Bolivian border
DAY 4/ 08:30
Breakfast at the border, transfer to San Pedro
DAY 4/ 14:00
Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama
- Transportation in a jeep with rooftop luggage rack (max 6 pax per jeep)
- All meals along the tour: first day (lunch and dinner), second day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), third day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and fourth day (breakfast)
- Three nights’ accommodation
- Driver-guide (Spanish speaking)
- Entrance fee 30 Bs for Fish Island
- Entrance fee 150 Bs for the National Park
- Public toilets along the route
- Sleeping bag
- 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
- A hat/beanie
- Extra water
- Money for the park entrance fees and toilets on the way
-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 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.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 2 days prior to the tour before 5:00 pm (Santiago de Chile time) or earlier, a 25% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
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
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.
How does the wet season affect the tours?
Salt flat (Salar de Uyuni) tours leave year-round, including during the wet season. In fact, many people try to visit during the wet season (from January to April) , 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.
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.
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 (available for rent 10,000 CLP each) , 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).
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.
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.
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.
Do you sell any Uyuni Salt Flats tour over the Christmas / New Year period?
We do not sell any Uyuni Salt Flats tours on December 24th, December 25th, December 31st and January 1st, 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.
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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Can I hire a sleeping bag for the tour?
Yes, the operator provides one only the first day of the tour and you must inform the operator before the tour starts. The following nights, you need to pay an extra (5 000 pesos chilenos in total) at the beginning of the tour. The operator only receives pesos chilenos.