- duration 3 days
- tour type Group Tour
- age requirement 18+ years old
- Take wacky pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni
- Drive through the Bolivian Altiplano’s moonlike deserts
- Marvel at breathtaking red & green coloured lakes
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-coloured lakes with flamingos and geysers.
Day 1: Uyuni-Villa de Candelaria, Bolivia (Day 1: Uyuni-Villa de Candelaria, Bolivia)
Day 2: Villa de Candelaria-Polques, Bolivia (Day 2: Villa de Candelaria-Polques, Bolivia)
Day 3: Polques, Bolivia-Atacama, Chile (Day 3: Polques, Bolivia-Atacama, Chile)
- 1 Night accommodation in Salt Hotel, basic dorm-style rooms w/ shared bathroom (hot shower included in the first night)
- 1 Night shared hostel accommodation
- 2 Breakfast(s)
- 3 Lunch(es)
- 2 Dinner(s)
- Pick-up available from Uyuni bus station or Uyuni accommodation (must be booked in advance, transfer from airport to accommodation have an extra cost 5 USD)
- Airport Pick-Up (only the day the tour starts) and Drop-Off
- 4WD transport on tour (max 7 people per car)
- Sightseeing & cultural experiences
- English-speaking guide and driver
- Drinks during meals
- Sleeping bag (if requested)
- Hot shower included the first night
- Entrance fees to Isla Incahuasi (30 BS)
- Entrance fee to Reserva Eduardo Avaroa (150 BS, you have to pay it the first day of the tour)
- Entrance fee to the Open Air Hot Springs (6 BS)
- Toiletries (towels, toilet paper, soap,etc)
- Other meals & drinks
- Hot shower (10 BS)
- Toilets along the way (20 BS)
- Tips for guide, driver and cook
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile (must be booked in advance)
- Optional gratuities
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A deposit of 90 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 89 days before departure. For any departures within 06 March 2020 full payment is required.Travel Insurance
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.Visa
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.Other Practical Information
This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice according to weather conditions, strikes, roadblocks, or force majeure events which are beyond our control. We will always do our best to follow the itinerary as close as possible.
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.
If you want a private room for the 2 nights you have to pay an extra cost of 250 BS/36 USD per person, and it's subject to availability, we reccomend you to pre-order.
Salt Hotel may not be available between February and April, due to the monsoon season and road conditions. Another hotel, not made of salt, will be provided.
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.
During the rainy season (from November to April), it is not possible to access Incahuasi Island. However, there is the possibility of visiting the island if on the day of your tour it does not rain. We also may sleep in a different location due to road access.
During the winter season (from May to August), it is not possible to access Eduardo Avaroa National Park (red lagoon, Dali dessert, green lagoon). However, there is the possibility of visiting black lagoon and rock valley, changes to the itinerary maybe made without prior notice depending on the weather conditions. You may also sleep in different locations depending on vehicle access.
REMEMBER: It can get very cold especially during the winter months of June and July so bring extra warm clothes along like a scarf and wool hat to keep warm. We also recommend bringing an extra 5 litres of water so you can have enough water for the whole trip.
During Winter Season:
If your tour is confirmed during the winter season. Please be aware that the itinerary as well as the route are prone to changes without notice.
For the 3 day tour with drop off in Atacama Tour: This transfer is usually operated by crossing into Atacama through the Hito Cajones border. If the snow is blocking the HITO CAJONES border then the transfer to San Pedro de Atacama would be made via an alternate route. This would be crossing another border called OLLAGUE, this transfer has an extra cost of 200 Bolivianos. This extra cost is to be paid by the traveller upon crossing the border.
In case of severe weather conditions in Bolivia, the Uyuni Salt Flats tour may only operate for two days instead of three due to route adjustments. We will try our best to respect the itinerary as closely as possible as long as safety can be assured.
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.
On day 1, we might sleep at another location.