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Uyuni Salt Flats

Travel to the salt flats from San Pedro with professional drivers

3 days
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$200
4.6 (8 reviews)
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Uyuni Salt Flats tour information

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Starts

6:30 AM at your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama city center

Ends

3:00 PM in the city center of Uyuni

Included

  • Hotel pickup (San Pedro de Atacama city center)
  • Shared transportation (minibus from Chile to the border and 4√ó4 in Bolivia)
  • Guide/driver (Spanish)
  • Food (breakfast - lunch - dinner)
  • Accommodation in hostels

Not included

  • Border tax (15 Bolivian Pesos per person)
  • Entrance to the Eduardo Avaroa National Wildlife Reserve (150 Bolivian Pesos per person)
  • Entrance to Incahuasi Island (30 Bolivian Pesos per person)
  • Sleeping bag (rent for 3000 pesos chilenos)*
  • Hygiene products
It is important to know that the indicated price is per person and for the entire tour, as well as the fact that payment is made at the destination. Also, it is recommended to indicate this when booking to ensure availability.

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Due to the rainy season (January to March), the end of the tour may be delayed considerably until the end of March, so we recommend not taking any transfer or flight on the last day of the tour. The actual itinerary can change depending on weather conditions or due to other concerns to guarantee the travelers' safety. The visit to Incahuasi is not permitted, so the sunset tour at the salt flats will take place instead. This change in the itinerary is usually needed between March and December months.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
SAFE ADVENTURE ‚Äď Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy


Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 31 days in advance. If you cancel up to 15 days before, you will receive a refund of 80% and if you cancel up to 7 days before, you will be refunded 50%. After that time, or in case of no show, no refunds will be given.
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The Uyuni Salt Flats is one of the greatest attractions of Bolivia. The departure is from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.

During 3 days, you will discover all the charms of an area marked by an immensity of natural wonders: the Salvador Dalí desert, the Polque hot springs, the Geysers field, the spectacular high plateau lagoons, the Eduardo Avaroa natural park and, finally, the Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest salt desert in the world. Already here, and in the last day of the tour for the Salar de Uyuni, you will have occasion to contemplate one of the most magical dawns that exist and the white immensity of the desert of Salt, that captivates for always.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Chile/Bolivia border - Lagoons - Salvador Dalí Desert - Hot Springs - Geysers Fields - Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon)

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At 06:30 a.m. you will be picked up at your accommodation in San Pedro with the minibus that will take you to the Bolivian border. We stamp the passports and board the 7-seat 4x4 to start the adventure.

The first stop will be at the white and green lagoons and we will continue to the Salvador Dalí desert, a large plateau surrounded by imposing mountains that remind us of the paintings of the famous painter.

The road continues to the Polque hot springs, where we will enjoy a bath in natural thermal water while outside the temperature is very low, a very relaxing experience.

The next stop is the Geyser field Sol de la Ma√Īana, full of smoke and small geysers that make it a unique landscape where we can feel the force of nature.

Finally we will arrive at the Colorada lagoon, one of the most spectacular of the altiplano, where we will have dinner and spend the night in a hostel.

todayDAY 2 The Valley of Rocks - Lagoons - Canyons of Inca and Sora - Andean fauna

access_time8 : 00 AM

We will have breakfast at 08:00 a.m. and we will go to the Valley of the Rocks, where we will find peculiar natural formations. We continue our route between the different lakes until we reach the Vinto Lagoon and the Kanal Lagoon, where after a brief stop we will continue the route to the Inca and Sora Canyons.

On the way to your accommodation, you will be able to observe the unique Andean landscape and the diverse wildlife as well. You may have the opportunity to see flocks of llamas, alpacas, vicu√Īas and solitary foxes. In the evening, you will go to your hostel where you will have dinner and rest.

todayDAY 3 Uyuni Salt Flats - Incahuasi - Train Cemetery - Salt Mines - Colchani

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Today we get up early, at 5:00 a.m. we have breakfast and we start our way to the salt flats, which is very close and so we can see one of the most magical sunrises in the world.

With the clarity of the day, we will be able to see its immensity and we will make a first stop in the Incahuasi Island, a small mountain full of enormous cactus. We continue our way to the eyes of the salt flat, small water holes up to two meters deep that alter the landscape.

In the salt mines, we will learn how salt is extracted and refined in the area and even used to make different figures that are sold in the town of Colchani, a small town that besides being the door to the salt flat, you can also find the Playa Blanca salt museum that we will visit.

You will go to the town of Colchani and the Train Cemetery before resuming your trip to Uyuni town. The expected arrival time is around 3:00 p.m.

What to bring to Uyuni Salt Flats

When preparing your luggage, remember that the rainy season in the Salt Flats is between December and March. Winter, between May and August, is especially cold, so we recommend you bring:
  • Passport
  • Warm clothing
  • Raincoat (between December and March)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented for $8.00)
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes (if possible hiking boots)
  • Swimwear (for hot springs)
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Personal hygiene articles and medication
  • Flashlight
  • Cash for possible additional expenses
  • Camera (the Uyuni Sal Flats are an opportunity for photography lovers)

Where does the tour Uyuni Salt Flats start

The tour begins in San Pedro de Atacama. If you arrive in San Pedro de Atacama from Santiago de Chile the best option is to fly directly to Calama. Upon arrival, you can take a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, from where the tour begins. We recommend the company Transferpampa for being the most reliable. If you arrive from Peru you will most likely arrive from Cusco or Arequipa. In this case, we recommend you to travel in a bus that crosses the border Arica-Tacna and takes you later to San Pedro de Atacama, although it is a complex combination since it is necessary to combine several buses.

Uyuni Salt Flats tour reviews with Howlanders

4.6
Overall rating
Advice
4.6
Guide
4.7
Accommodation
4.4
Transportation
4.5
Quality-price ratio
4.6
Duncan Ayles · 20 de octubre de 2019
Overall very well organised tour, good communication, safe transportation and decent accommodation (especially second night in salt Hotel). Food was also OK and no hidden charges. The only downside was the itinerary on the last day, as early start (4 am) to see sunrise on the salt flats was a bit pointless imo, as we would prefer later start to be less tired on last day.

Mike · 25 de septiembre de 2019
One of the most wonderful tours I have had in my life! Despite the driver having limited English and we having even more limited Spanish, we coped remarkably well. Just remember to change your watch when you cross the border and it’s better to shower at night due to solar heating.

Mike Cody · 24 de septiembre de 2019
This was one of the great travel experiences of my life! The guides and coordinators were fantastic. Despite the guide speaking very little English and us not knowing too much Spanish, we understood just fine. Heaps of sensational scenery; vicunas; wild llamas; flamingos; cacti - and those magnificent salt flats!just amazing!!!!

Anne · 10 de mayo de 2019
This was an amazing that anyone thinking of going to the Salt Flats should do. It was already fantastic but was made so much better by our amazing driver Mario. Please ask for him-20 years experience and it showed!

Questions & Answers

Do I need a visa to cross the border?
Every nationality needs the ‚Äúsingle migratory card‚ÄĚ, a document you will receive with the stamp on your passport when you arrive in Chile. Regarding the access to Bolivia, some nationalities need to obtain a visa or pay a tax in the border. From Howlanders, we recommend you consulting it with the corresponding embassy.

Does the tour work every day of the week?
Yes, every day at 6:30 AM the tour begins, with the exception of not available dates in our website calendar.

How are the vehicles in which you travel during the tour?
Tours to Uyuni Salt Flats are done with 4x4 cars of 7 seats, six seats for the travelers and one for the driver. Usually is a Toyota Land Cruiser.

How are the accommodations during the tour?
The accommodations are hostels. The first night the accommodation is in a hostel in Villamartin and the second one in a salt hostel located in Villamar, with views to the salt flats. The accommodations don't have a heating system in the bedrooms and the nights are quite cold during winter, that is why there is the option of renting a sleeping bag, you just have to leave a note in the booking and pay it in the destination (3.000 Chilean pesos).

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