- 1 person: US$ 1.380 per person.
- Group of 2 people: US$ 690 per person.
- Group of 3 people: US$ 490 per person.
- Group of 4 people: US$ 390 per person.
- Group of 5 people: US$ 360 per person.
- Group of 6 people: US$ 330 per person.*
*Despite the 4x4 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 passengers, our suggestion is to make the tour in two groups of 3 people each (two separated bookings).
How to book
- Select the departure date from the calendar.
- Select the number of people.
- Click on "Add to cart".
- Pay the full price of the tour online.
- Pickup at the hotel in Uyuni.
- Drop off at the bus station or downtown San Pedro de Atacama.
- Private transportation in Bolivia.
- Shared transportation from Atacama to the Bolivian border.
- Spanish-speaking driver.
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
- Accommodation in hostels:
- Two nights in hostel, in double private room, with private bathroom, hot shower and heating in common areas:
- 1st night in a salt hostel in Colcha K.
- 2nd night in a hostel in Huayllajara.
- Drop off at the hotel.
- Border tax (Bs. 17 per person).
- Towels, heating in the rooms and internet access.
- Entrance fees to parks (Bs. 186 per person):
- Entrance ticket to Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (Bs. 150 per person).
- Entrance ticket ticket 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 every access).
- Travel insurance with health-care coverage.
- English-speaking driver:
- 1 person: US$ 150.
- Group of 2 people: US$ 75 per person.
- Group of 3 people: US$ 50 per person.
- Group of 4 people: US$ 38 per person.
- Group of 5 people: US$ 30 per person.
- Group of 6 people: US$ 25 per person.
What to bring
- Comfortable and warm clothing.
- Comfortable shoes (ideally trekking shoes).
- Swimsuit and towel (for Polques Hot Springs).
- Toilet paper.
- Water (1 liter per person for the first day. The rest of the days you can buy it on the road).
- Passport or ID card.
- Between Bs. 350 and Bs. 500 for expenses not included on the tour (entrance fees, taxes, bathroom, water and souvenirs, among others).
- Due to most of this tour is made above 13,000 feet of altitude and in a narrow vehicle, the following people cannot take it:
- Children until the age of 6.
- Adults over the age of 65.
- People that weigh more than 100 kg
- Pregnant women.
- People with high blood pressure, heart failure, asthma or similar.
*If you have doubts about the proceedings to the enter to the country due to the pandemic, you can check the requirements in this website.
Start: Day 1 at 10:00 am at your hotel in Uyuni.
End: Day 3 at 1:00 pm at the bus station or downtown San Pedro de Atacama (this end time could be modified due to weather conditions or force majeure reasons, which is why we recommend you leaving San Pedro de Atacama the day after the end date of the tour).
Day 1: We will pick you up at your hotel to leave Uyuni taking the direction to the salt flat, even though, first we will visit the train cemetery outside the city. Just before entering to the Uyuni Salt Flat, we will pass by the town of Colchani, where we will have access to different craftwork, mainly made with salt. After that, we will travel through the salt flat in our vehicle, passing by the Dakar Monument and the Salt Museum, until getting to the Incahuasi Island. This rock formation has a lot of giant cactus and we can get to the top of it going over the marked track. From the highest part of the island, we will have a very good perspective of the greatness of the salt flat. After that, we will wait the sunset to see the phenomenon in a privileged place, before leaving the salt flat to Colcha K, where we will have dinner and rest our first night.
Day 2: We will leave early from San Juan del Rosario to continue the route through San Agustín and Villa Alota. This is because we will visit the tourist attractions of this part of the mountain range, beginning by the 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. Then, we will visit the Vinto Lagoon and Italia Perdida, a place full of rocks with different shapes and sizes in which we will be able to take varied pictures. After that, we will go to Huayllajara, where we will have our dinner and then we can get some rest of the itinerary of the day.
Day 3: We will leave early in the morning to visit the Colorada Lagoon. Here we will stop a moment to enjoy how quit is this landscape and be able to take some picture to have a good memory of this moment. We will also pass by the Sol de Mañana Geysers and the Polques Hot Springs. The route includes the visit to the Blanca and Verde lagoons. Then, we will continue to the border with Chile, to make the procedures and continue to San Pedro de Atacama, where we will end our tour.
During the months from January to April, it takes place the weather phenomenon known as Altiplano winter, rain season in the central Andes. Due to this, is is possible that the described itinerary is modified as follows:
- The first night is in a hostel in Uyuni.
- The Incahuasi Island is not visited because it is where there is the largest amount of water during the rainy season.
Force majeure changes
These are reference itineraries. 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, road conditions, demonstrations and accommodations 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 some of the situations already mentioned once the tour has already begun.
- If you cancel with a 15-day notice before the beginning of the tour, we will make a full refund of what you paid for the booking.
- If you cancel with less than a 15-day notice before the beginning of the tour, we will not make any refund of what you paid for the booking.
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 activity?
Due to high demand of the activity, we recommend to book at least a week in advance.
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.
What kind of vehicles are used in this activity?
The activity is made on a minibus in Chile and on a 4x4 (Toyota Land Cruiser) in Bolivia, with capacity of maximum 6 people each.
How is the infrastructure in every hostel?
Hostels have private double room, with private bathroom, hot shower and heating in common areas.
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 one bag or suitcase of 18 kilos which will go above the 4x4.
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. 500 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?
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 mark your preference during the booking process.
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).
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 with a driver in another language?
Yes, but only in English. The English-speaking driver service has an additional cost of US$ 150 per group. You can select it as an optional service during the booking process.