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- High season price per person: CLP$ 140.000.
- Low season price per person: CLP$ 130.000.
*The high season corresponds to the tours that begin from July 1st to 31st, September 16th to 20th, and from December 18th to April 30th. Non-specified dates correspond to the low season.
How to book
- Select the departure date from the calendar.
- Select the number of peple.
- Click on "Add to cart".
- Pay online a deposit of CLP$ 25.000 per person.
- The pending balance must be paid in cash (Chilean pesos) the previous day of the tour before 2:00 pm, in San Pedro de Atacama.
- You can reschedule or cancel the tour (with 100% refund), until 48 hours before it starts.
Hotel pick-up in San Pedro de Atacama.
Shared transportation (minibus in Chile and 4x4 for 6 people in Bolivia).
Spanish speaking driver-guide.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- 1st night at refugio Huayllajara, in shared room of maximum 6 people, with shared bathroom (without showers).
- 2nd night at Hostal de Sal San Juan de Rosario, in shared double, triple or quadruple room, subject to availability, with shared bathroom (showers with hot water).
- 3rd night at a refugio in Villamar, in shared double, triple or quadruple room, subject to availability) with shared bathroom (showers with cold water. For having hot water, it must be payed a Bs. 10 extra per person).
- Round trip shuttle between Calama's airport and San Pedro de Atacama.
- Border tax (Bs. 15 per person).
- Entrances to parks (Bs. 186 per person).
- Entrance to Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (Bs. 150 per person).
- Entrance to Polques Hot Springs (Bs. 6 per person).
- Entrance to Incahuasi Island (Bs. 30 per person).
- Access to toilets on the way (approximately Bs. 6 each acces).
- Wellies (needed in case of rain; rent for Bs. 20 per person).
- Health insurance.
What to bring
- Comfortable and warm clothing.
- Comfortable shoes (ideally trekking shoes).
- Swimsuit and towel (for Polques Hot Springs).
- Toilet paper.
- Water (1 litre per person, for the first day. The rest of the days you can buy it on the road).
- Sleeping bag (see FAQ's).
- Passport or travel document. If you are a foreigner resident in Chile you should take both to show them in customs.
- At least Bs. 250 for mandatory expenses of the tour (tax, entry tickets, bathrooms and water).
- 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 m of altitude, even reaching 4,850 m of altitude one of the days of the tour).
- Passengers with more than 70 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.
Beginning: Day 1 at 6:30 am at your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
End: Day 4 at 13:00 pm in San Pedro de Atacama's downtown.
Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel and leave in a minibus from San Pedro de Atacama to the border with Bolivia, passing by the border stations of Chile and Bolivia. Once in the border, we will change the vehicle to a 4x4 for 6 people. In this first day we will visit the places of the Bolivian High Plato, like the Blanca Lagoon and Verde Lagoon, located near the Licancabur Volcano. We will continue visiting the Salvador Dalí Desert, the Polques Hot Springs, with some time for bathe, and the Sol de Mañana Geysers, intermittent sources of water that flow at a temperature of 90°C. We will end the day in the Colorada Lagoon, nesting center of more than 30,000 flamingos. We will stay in the Refugio Huayllagara.
Day 2: In the morning, we will go to the Siloli Desert, place where we will watch the Stone Tree, a volcanic rock that, as you can imagine, has the shape of a tree. Then, we will visit the Chiarcota, Honda, Hedionda and Cañapa lagoons, following with the Chiguana Salt Flat and the town of San Juan del Rosario. We will stay in the salt hostel of San Juan del Rosario.
Day 3: Very early in the morning, we will begin our last day of tour with the view of the sunrise in the Uyuni Salt Flat. After this experience, we will go to the Incahuasi Island, a limestone formation located in the center of the salt flat that we will be able to traverse and have another perspective of the Salt Flat. We will continue to the Salt Museum and the town of Colchani, already outside the salt flat. From here, we will go to Uyuni, passing by the train cemetery, where we will make a small stop to take pictures. In Uyuni, we will say goodbye to our driver-guide, who accompanied us during the three previous days, and then we will have some free time to have lunch and go over the city. Then, we will gather with the chofer that will drive us in the return trip, with a detention in Villamar for dinner and rest.
Day 4: 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 change our vehicle to a minibus to go back to San Pedro de Atacama.
*The ending time of this activity might be modified due to weather conditions, reason why our reccomendation is you to buy your departure ticket to leave San Pedro de Atacama as late as possible, after the return time from Uyuni, or leave your trip for the next day after the end of the tour.
During the months from January to April, it takes place the weather phenomenon known as the Altiplanic winter, rain season in the central Andes. Due to this, is is possible that the described itinerary is modified as follows:
- The places visited in Day 2 are replaced for the following: Italia Perdida, Vinto Lagoon, Anaconda Canyon and Rocks Valley.
- The second night it is not in a hostel in San Juan del Rosario, but in a hostel in Uyuni.
- The Incahuasi Island is not visited because it is in the center of the salt flat, place where there is the largest concentration of water during the rain season.
Force majeure changes
This is a reference itinerary. The route to get to the salt flat, the places visited, the indicated order and the end time will always be subject to changes according to weather conditions, demonstration and accommodation availability. The confirmation of the itinerary is obtained in the briefing that the local supplier gives a day before the beginning of the activity, which does not mean that it will not be modified due to the happening of the situations already mentioned once the tour has already begun.
Frequently Asked Questions
What days of the year can I make this excursion?
The tour has confirmed departures all days of the week, the whole year.
How far in advance should I book the tour?
Due to high demand of the tour, we recommend to book at least a week in advance.
What kind of vehicles are used in this tour?
The tour is made on a minibus in Chile and on a 4x4 (Toyota Land Cruiser) in Bolivia in a group of 6 people each.
How is the infrastructure in every refugio?
All shelters have a similar level of infrastructure. They have shared mixed gender rooms, with 6 beds and have no heating. Bathrooms are shared and the first night there is no shower, the second has warm shower, and the third night has cold shower (warm shower by paying Bs. 10 per person). None of the shelters has internet.
It is necessary to have tourist visa to enter Bolivia?
It depends on the passenger’s nationality. Passengers from Chile and the rest of South America, and passengers from Western Europe do not need tourist visa, while the passengers from United States, Central America, Asia and Africa do need tourist visa, which price is US$ 100 or US$ 160 according to the country (you can check the price per country here). The visa is obtained directly in the border, where along with the payment of the visa in cash (bolivianos or US dollars in good condition), the passengers will have to present their passport and two wallet-size photographs. In case you are a foreign person resident in Chile, besides your passport, you should take your ID card, so you can prove your residence to the police authorities in customs.
Do I need to be vaccinated against yellow fever for the tour?
The vaccine against yellow fever is not required for the tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat. It is only required if you subsequently plan to visit the Bolivian jungle.
How many bags or suitcases can I bring?
Each passenger may carry at most one bag or suitcase of 18 kilos and one sleeping bag, which will go above the 4x4.
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.
Is it necessary to bring sleeping bag?
Our recommendation is that you bring your own sleeping bag with a comfort temperature of 0°C. If you do not have a sleeping bag, we can lend you one considering the next information:
- From November to April:
- You can ask for the sleeping bag directly in the Refugio Huayllajara (first night) without charge. It is not necessary in any other accommodation.
- From May to October:
- You must use it the first and the third night. You have to ask for the sleeping bag during the briefing at the office in San Pedro de Atacama, paying a deposit of CLP$ 10,000, which will be returned when you give back the sleeping bag when you are back in the city the fourth day.
- From November to April:
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 at least Bs. 250 per person for expenses not included in the tour, as entrances to parks, border tax, access to toilets and water.
Where can I exchange money to bolivianos?
In Toconao Street, in San Pedro de Atacama (intersection with Caracoles Street), you will be able to find some exchange offices where you can obtain bolivianos to take for the tour.
How likely is suffer "puna" or altitude sickness during the tour?
The most of the tour is made above 4,000 meters high, so it is quite likely to suffer "puna", especially the first day of the tour. We invite you to read our tips to avoid it in our article El mal de altura: Causas, Síntomas y Consejos.
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, the possibility to see the sunrise 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).
Is it possible to do the tour in private service?
Yes. To request rates, write to email@example.com, indicating departure date and number of people.
Is it possible to do the tour staying in hotels instead of refugios and hostels?
If you want to do the tour with superior accommodation plase check our tour Superior Uyuni Salt Flat Tour (4 days).
Is it possible to do the tour with a guide in another language?
Yes, but only in English. The English-speaking guide service has an additional cost of US$ 189 per group that must be paid after the booking, after asking for availability at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to mention that the service is available just for the 3 first days of the tour, because the last day the return is with a Spanish-speaking driver.
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