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  • Take wacky pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni
  • Drive through the Bolivian Altiplano’s moon-like deserts
  • Marvel at breathtaking red & green colored lakes
  • See active volcanoes & relax in therapeutic hot springs
The Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Uyuni to Atacama) tour starts in Uyuni and ends in San Pedro de Atacama. The Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Uyuni to Atacama) is an Explorer tour that takes 3 days taking you from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama and through other destinations in South America.

Embark on an unforgettable expedition in a 4x4 Toyota land cruiser through the vast and blinding-white salt flats of Uyuni and into the desert of southwest Bolivia. Along the way, visit tiny villages, multi-colored lakes with flamingos, geysers, and thermal hot-springs at 4,000 - 5,000m.
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Embark on a journey of a lifetime into the Uyuni Salt Flats on Day 1. Sleep overnight in a salt hotel, take the opportunity to enjoy stargazing and then go deeper into the desert on Day 2 to see rock formations and desert landscapes with red and green-coloured lakes and native flamingos before soaking in natural hot springs in the evening. On your last day in the desert visit the Dali Pampas to see the landscapes that inspired this famous artist and see the Green Lagoon before crossing the Chilean border and ending your trip in Atacama.  
Make your own way to the meeting point of the tour. Start off at 11 am with a visit to Uyuni's 'train graveyard' to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then we will visit the small village of Colchani to visit a salt factory where they process the salt mined from Uyuni, have lunch, and enjoy some free time to explore the local museum or shop for souvenirs. Next we will continue to the great salt flats of Uyuni. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, and visit a hotel made completely of salt. Next we will visit Incahuasi (Fish Island) where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Enjoy the stunning sunset over the salt flat before spending the night at the village of Candelaria in a salt hotel.
Get off to an early start around 7:30 to the Dali Pampas, where Salvador Dali found his inspiration from boulders sprinkled in the middle of the desert, and then to the Green Lagoon (toxic copper water at the foot of the big Licancabur volcano at 6000m, a few kilometers from the Bolivia-Chile border). Cross the border into Chile and change vehicles. Your local driver will meet you and take you all the way to San Pedro de Atacama, passing beautiful scenery along the way. Arrive in San Pedro de Atacama around noon. 

Additional Information:

IMPORTANT INFO: During the rainy season from January to April, the Salt Flats fill up with water so it is not possible to cross them in the same way as during dry season. As a consequence, the itinerary is modified during that period. The main changes are usually as follows: 

Instead of stopping at the Inca Wasy (Fish Island), we stop at a place where the water reflects the sky and where it seems that the sky and the ground merge into one.  
ALTITUDE: This trip takes place at a very high altitude. The salt flats are around 3,500 meters above sea level and the geysers around 5.000. Most guests will be able to feel the effects. We recommend acclimating yourself to above 3,000 meters before the trip and bringing along medication for headaches and tablets for altitude sickness in case you feel unwell. And remember, the real key is to drink lots of water!

ACCOMMODATION / FACILITIES ON TOUR: The reality of visiting a remote area and immersing yourself in nature is that you will be far from modern facilities and the services will sometimes be slow and quite basic. Due to the harsh terrain, vehicle breakdowns are not uncommon, but the drivers are very used to fixing them and wait times are rarely excessive. The accommodations will be very basic, with cots and shared rooms, and the electricity and running water in the National Park are not as dependable as they are back at home. Toilet facilities may have a small local cost and showering is only available the first day. Make sure to bring snacks, some water, toilet paper, and plenty of warm clothes. That said, with some patience, preparation, and an appetite for adventure, this trip will certainly be a positive and unforgettable experience.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Sun hat, sunglasses (to protect your eyes from the bright glare off the salt panes), sunblock, coat, gloves, wool hat, trekking shoes, warm socks, swimsuit and towel for hot springs at Sol de Manana Geysers, extra bottles of water (we recommend bringing a 5 Liter bottled water so you can have enough water for the whole trip), snacks, personal medication. Flashlight/torch, camera, extra batteries and memory card, charger (electricity available in most hotels), hand sanitizer, personal first aid kit. You will be sleeping up to 4,300 meters above sea level and depending on the season, temperatures can drop well below zero (reaching less than -15 degrees Celsius in the winter months of June and July) and the wind chill can be harsh, so bring plenty of warm clothes like a scarf and wool hat for the chilly evenings.

DRIVER AND GUIDE: Please note that there is one guide per group. When exploring, your guide will be with the entire group. However, if groups are split into multiple vehicles you may be in a vehicle without the guide during transport.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Basic DormStyle Rooms w/ Shared Bathroom
Meals
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Snacks
4WD Transport w/ Rooftop Luggage Rack
  • (Max 7 People Per Car)
Others
  • Local Driver English Speaking Guide
  • Cooking Equipment
what’s excluded
  • Uyuni Bus Station Pick-Up
  • Entrance Fees:
  • - Isla Incahuasi (30 Bs*)
  • - Reserva Eduardo Avaroa (150 Bs*)
  • *Please note that these costs are subject to change without prior notice
  • Sleeping Bag
  • (Rental approx. $10 USD for the trip, payable locally)
  • Other Meals & Drinks
  • Hot Shower (10 Bs)
  • Toilets along the Way (20 Bs)
  • Tips for Guide & Driver
  • (Please keep in mind that tipping is common in Latin America and would be greatly appreciated)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
Tour details
Duration 3 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 10 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Uyuni, Bolivia/ San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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A deposit of 112 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 89 days before departure. For any departures within 21 June 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Uyuni to Atacama) tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Uyuni to Atacama) tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure 3D/2N (Uyuni to Atacama) tour. You can cancel the tour up to 90 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 89 days of departure.
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