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Argentina & Bolivia: Salt Flats And Desert

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  • Discover Northern Argentina
  • Explore the Atacama Desert in Chile
  • Visit Uyuni Salt Flats in Boliva
  • Be amazed by the colors of Nature
Salta, one of the best-preserved colonial cities (known locally as “La Linda” meaning the beautiful) is the perfect base for this adventure trip in the northwest of Argentina. From sleepy colonial towns and traditional villages to picturesque desert gorges, stunning salt flats and exclusive wineries, Salta and Jujuy offer the perfect balance of nature and Andean culture.

Travel the stunning cloud safari and discover the local culture of the traditional Andean towns. Continuing at San Pedro De Atacama, a laid -back oasis town on the edge of the driest place on earth and continuing with the immense sea of salt in the South of Bolivia. This is an adventure trip where you will explore the most amazing, unqiue landscapes in remote locations, sometimes in place of comfort travel!

If you are an adventure-seeker we can guarantee that you will enjoy one of the most spectacular landscapes of South America and this tour will stick with you for many years to come.
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5.0 - Excellent Based on 3 reviews
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Lukito Arif On
5 - Excellent
“The easy communication before and even during the trip was our highlight traveling with you. Great sample itineraries and suggestions from you and Patricio which made organising easier because of the flexibility.

We liked the 4-day 4WD tour in Bolivia. It was adventurous, very different from the cities that we have come from and our driver, Rodolfo Cayo, was amazing, he took care of us and made sure we were well supplied with coca leaves to battle our altitude sickness.”
Guides gave lots of information, in Spanish and English and full of humor!
Theo Van Der Linden On
5 - Excellent
“We searched on internet and learned about Say Hueque. We decided to travel with you because the comments over the 6day trip Attacama-Uyuni were really good.

I would say our highlight were the good guides who gave lots of information. We only stayed in e one hotel, the Don Tomas hotel in San Pedro.

We had short excursions and one large: the three day 4wd to Uyuni. The El Tunio exursions was great. Early to get up but worth it. The 4wd tour was awesome with highlights and depths (the overnight stay in the refugee: 'basic' accommodation was an understatement). Although an experience, it took many hours to recover from it.

I forgot the name of the guide to the El Tunio geysers - he was awesome (I believe he is an San Pedro artist). He gave lots of information, in Spanish and English and full of humor!”
Thank you
Michelle Y Rich Perro From USA On
5 - Excellent
“Hi Vera and Yuna,

We are back in the US and have reflected on our fabulous trip. Thank you and Sayhueque for a wonderful tour. We loved the program, the guide (Ava) and the hotels! We appreciate all your work, help and guidance in making this a special 60th birthday journey.”
2 Star Hotel at Antiguo Convento Hotel
Welcome to Salta!

A favourite city of travellers, Salta offers outstanding museums, colonial architecture, lively cafés in the main plaza (great people watching spot) and the vibrant and authentic peñas, places where locals grab a table to watch their favourite folklore singers and after a wine (or two) everyone joins for dancing.

The perfect base to explore the Argentinean north.

Upon arrival you will be driven to your hotel, shared service, having the rest of the afternoon to explore the town. Since city stress has not arrived here, bear in mind that during siesta time most of the shops are closed.
3 Star Hotel at Antiguo Convento Hotel
At the time indicated to you by our local operator, you will leave on a tour to the Humahuaca Gorge (shared service), which has been declared a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site in 2003.
This is one of the unforgettable routes that the north of Argentina offers, a mixture of natural landscapes and cultural artefacts.

First, we will visit the most characteristic and picturesque part of the area: Purmamarca (The Seven Colors Mountain), a small town in between multicoloured mountains where the warmth of the people will make our trip simply unforgettable. We will continue our route passing by Maimara (the Painter’s Palette), arriving in the afternoon to Humahuaca, where we will be able to observe the Independence monument and travel through the town, eventually stopping to eat a lunch of typical local dishes.

Leaving Humahuaca behind, we will visit small towns of spectacular beauty and historic importance: Uquia, Tilcara and San Salvador de Jujuy. You will return to Salta with the sensation of having completed a journey to the past, complete with culture, history and natural beauty.
3 Star Hotel at Antiguo Convento Hotel
After some intense days, today you will have the opportunity to relax at your own pace. You can explore by foot the Colonial Area (some of the highlights are the Cathedral, the Franciscan church and the San Bernardo convent), visit the world-famous museum (MAAM) where they exhibit a few mummies they rescued from the high Andes or just sit in one the many live cafés in the main square.

We highly recommend visiting a Peña and mixing with the locals eating empanadas and dancing Folklore.
2 Star Hotel at Hotel Tambillo
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the bus terminal (private service) to take the public bus to San Pedro de Atacama. During this journey, you will cross the Andes thorough the “Paso de Jama” (one of the highest international passes in the world) to San Pedro de Atacama. The trip takes about 12 hours during which you enjoy stunning Altiplano scenery.

*It is important to point out that today you are leaving Argentina and crossing the international border. Please, keep your passport handy.

Upon arrival at the bus station, you will make your way to your hotel on your own.

San Pedro de Atacama is a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses, cosy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries.
2 Star Hotel at Hotel Tambillo
After such active days, and the long bus drive of yesterday, today you will have a relaxed morning.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up (shared service) for your excursion to the impressive Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).

The trip will take you to unique forms of salt and clay, as you will see in the “Three Marias” area. There you will be visiting the geological shapes located in one of the world’s driest and most hostile zones, the Atacama Desert.

You will appreciate the great molding power of the natural forces of our planet, be amazed with the delicate work of nature over thousands of years, contemplate and photograph incomparable sculptures. Enjoy an exciting experience in the Salt caves, surprising shapes in the middle of the salt mountain range. The highlight of your adventure will be waiting for the Atacama sunset, opening your senses to the wonderful landscapes and colors of the mountains, with the Licancabur Volcano as the age-old witness of a new evening in the desert.

You can combine the tour with an optional mountain bike excursion.

After the excursion, you will be dropped off in downtown Atacama, and from there you can make your way back to your hotel on your own
2 Star Hotel at Hotel Tambillo
Very early in the morning (about 4am) you will be picked up from your hotel (shared service) to go for more than 100 kilometers from San Pedro of Atacama into the Andes mountain range. There you will participate in one of the most astonishing phenomenon produced by nature, see contrasting colors produced by the steam columns in the highest geothermal field in the world.

Take the most impressing photographs walking across the tracks over the field. Here you will have the unique opportunity to swim in the Tatio spring waters, rich in minerals.

While enjoying the views and the complete magnificence of the area you will enjoy a complete breakfast.

On the return you’ll go along the imposing Andes mountain range, and participate in the adventure of observing native plants and animals in their natural habitat, as well as visiting a local village. All this with an incomparable volcanic background in one of the most pristine places in the world.

Arrive back at San Pedro for lunch time.

After the excursion, you will be dropped off in downtown Atacama, and from there you can make your way back to your hotel on your own.
Refuge
Today you will start the 3 day adventure in the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and the Atacama Desert (Chile). It is a fantastic and different experience from anything you might have seen before.

You will be going into the Bolivian salt flats, with the contrasting blue sky against the background of the mountains, volcanoes and geysers.

In the early morning you will be picked up from your hotel (shared service) and head to the Bolivian border, passing by Chile and Bolivia immigration offices. Once on the Bolivian side, at 14,435 feet above sea level, you will change to a 4WD Jeep with a maximum capacity of 6 people.

During the first day the group is in the Bolivian high plain visiting places like Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca, located at the feet of Licancabur Volcano, continuing to Dali Desert where you can admire a surrealistic landscape, thermal water pools, Sol de Mañana geysers –intermittent springs coming up at a 194º F – and fumaroles, cracks with emerging volcanic lava. The journey ends up at Laguna Colorada, the main nesting center for more than 30,000 flamingos of 3 different species.

These places are located at an average height of 4.500 meters 14,764 feet above sea level and it is possible to gaze endemic flora and fauna such as flamingos, vicuñas and other animals. The night will be spent in a basic refuge, in shared rooms for 6 people. Please note, that since you will be visiting a remote and not developed area, the accommodation is basic.
Refuge
During the second day of the journey you will visit Siloli Desert where there are a set of rocks formations as a result of wind erosion. Later, we will continue to high plain lagoons also known as colored lagoons, Laguna Honda, Chiarcota and Cañapa. Then, we continue to Chiguana salt flat and San Juan town. The second night is spent at the Salt Hotel, shared rooms.
Refuge
Departing in the morning you will take a general tour around the Uyuni salt flat. Continuing towards the eyes of the salt flats, you will arrive at Colchani town, located in the limits of Uyuni salt flat From here you will head to the tranquil Bolivian Uyuni city, where you will arrive in the late afternoon.
what’s included
  • Transfers mentioned in the itinerary
  • 6 nights of accomodattion
  • 2-nights accommodation in mountain huts during your 4×4 adventure
  • Daily breakfast included
  • Day 7 & 8 Full Board included
  • Excursions mentioned on the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish).
  • One way bus Salta / San Pedro de Atacama
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  • National Park Entrance fees
  • Travel / Medical Insurance
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A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Bookmundi recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

Other Practical InformationPassport, Visa and Vaccinations It is the responsibility of the Client to be in possession of a valid passport, visa permits, inoculations and preventive medicines as may be required for the duration of the tour. Information about these matters or related items is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Say Hueque. Please note, the landscapes that you will see during this adventure trip are absolutely amazing, but due to the remote location and limited infrastructure, the quality of service is minimal during the 4WD 3 days tour from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Salt Flats. Food is included but it is basic food. Accommodation is basic. Nights in shelters with shared rooms and without private bathroom. Sometimes without hot water and sometimes, even without water. Weather during the night can be 20º Celsius below zero. It is important that you bring a sleeping bag to spend the night, especially during the months of June, July, August and September- though they can be rented on arrival.
Cancellation40% Deposit payable upfront. Remaining balance payable 60 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 60 days of departure.
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