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Uyuni Salt Flats

Visit the Salar and its best features with round trip to San Pedro de Atacama

4 days
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$245
4.5 (6 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

12:30 PM in the city center of San Pedro de Atacama

Included

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

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)
  • Hygiene products
  • Sleeping bag (3000 chilenean pesos)
It is important to know that the indicated price is per person and for the entire tour. Also keep in mind that payment is made at the destination. We recommend you 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 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


You can cancel free of charge 31 days before the tour starts. After this date, you'll be charged the 20% of the booking up to 15 days before the start of the tour and the 50% of the total up to 7 days before the start of the tour. You'll be charged the full price if you cancel during the 6 days before the tour starts or in case of no show.
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The Uyuni Salt Flats tour is one of the greatest attractions of Bolivia. We will depart from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, and for 4 days we will travel through a very diverse Andean landscape, passing through the Salvador Dalí desert, the Polque hot springs, the field of geysers, the spectacular high plateau lagoons, the Eduardo Avaroa natural park and ending in the great Salar de Uyuni, where we will also have opportunity to experience one of the most magical sunrises that exist. The views of the white salt desert will leave you speechless.

Tour itinerary

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

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The guide will pick you up at your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama at 6:30 in the morning. Once all your fellow travellers are picked up you will board the minibus that will take you to the Bolivian border. You will then get your passports stamped and enter the seven-seater 4x4 to start your adventure.
The first stop of your tour will be the White and Green Lagoons. These are the first of the unique lakes you will visit and that are spread throughout the salt flats. Afterwards, you will head to the Salvador Dalí Desert, a big high plateau surrounded by impressive mountains. The name is well chosen, since we face a panorama that reminds us of some of the famous artist paintings.
You will continue your tour along the path to the thermal baths of Polque, where we will have the opportunity to enjoy a bath in natural thermal water while the temperature outside is a little low, it is a very relaxing experience.
The next stop is the field of geysers named Sun of the Morning. It is full of fumaroles and small geysers that create a unique landscape where we can feel the strength of nature.
Finally, we will arrive at Laguna Colorada (the Red Lagoon), one of the most spectacular lagoons in the whole Plateau, next to which 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

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You will have breakfast at 8 o’clock in the morning and then you will visit The Valley of Rocks. This place is well known for the large number of peculiar natural formations. You'll continue your route between the different lagoons until you reach the Vinto and the Kanal lagoons, where you will take a short break before you continue your journey to the Inca and Sora canyons.
On the way to your accommodation you will be able to observe the unique Andean landscape and especially the diverse wildlife, where you will see flocks of llamas, vicu√Īas, alpacas, 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 Island - Train Cemetery - Salt Mines - Colchani

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After waking up at 5 o'clock you will have breakfast.Then you will begin making your way to the Salar, where you will get to see one of the most magical dawns in the world.
With the surge of daylight you will be able to see the vastness of the desert and experience a truly unique moment. After this memorable view you will make your first stop on the island Incahuasi, a small mountain populated with giant cacti. You will continue on the path to see ‚Äúthe eyes of the salar‚ÄĚ, small holes up to two meters deep filled with water that alter the landscape.
In the salt mines you will learn how the extraction and refinement process of the salt from the area is done. The processed local salt is also used to make different figures which are sold in the town of Colchani. It is not only a small town, but also the next stop on your journey where the ‚Äúsalt museum‚ÄĚ is located.
You will go to the town of Colchani and the Train Cemetery before resuming your trip to Uyuni town. Here you will stop for two hours to eat and rest before starting your way back to San Pedro. Your last stop of the day will be at the Villa Mar, where you will also have dinner and spend the night.

todayDAY 4 Villa Mar - Bolivia/Chile Border - San Pedro de Atacama

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It will be an early morning as you will wake up at 5 o’clock to start making your way back to San Pedro. The first journey lasts four hours until you reach the Bolivian border again. Here you will have your last opportunity to say goodbye to the incredible landscapes you have visited so far.
You will get your passport stamped at the border. On the Chilean side, a mini bus will be waiting for you to take you on the last stretch of your trip. You will then safely arrive in San Pedro town around 12:30 pm.

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)
  • 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)
  • Medication against altitude sickness (if you deem them necessary)

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

4.5
Overall rating
Transportation
4.5
Accommodation
4.0
Advice
4.6
Guide
4.6
Quality-price ratio
4.6
Riitta · 11 de noviembre de 2019
Everyting worked out so well. Trip was amazing. We were taken into places which made us to hold our breath. Our guide/driver was very reliable. Food service was super, selection of food was wide. Hotels were cozy. On our opinion you should inform the max altitudes and the altitudes of accommodations. Tour operator are highly recommened.

Lucie · 17 de octubre de 2019

Maxime Brunet · 6 de octubre de 2019
Very nice tour! Way better tour that we expected, especially for the good price! Driver only spome spanish but it was written in the tour description and he was very very nice !

FERNANDA DE ABREU NERY · 28 de septiembre de 2019
We had such a great time in Uyuni ! 4 days , 3 nights and a lot of fun .....

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 to 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 hotel located in Villamar, with views to the salar and the third night you go back to sleep in Villamartin. The accommodations don't have a heating system on the bedrooms and the nights are quite cold, 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 pesos chilenos).

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