uyuni salt flats by 4x4
two girls in Polque Hot Springs
two people on the green lagoon
person walking on the geysers
flamingos on the red lagoon
Hostal in Villa Mar
Hotel Tayka Ojito de Perdiz
two people walking on the ica and sora canyons
Laguna Escondida
double bed hotel de Sal
double bed and single bed hotel de sal
Tambo Loma hotel dining room tables
Palacio de Sal Hotel
Palacio de Sal hotel room
Cars in Uyuni Salt Flats
people on the mirror effect of the salar de uyuni
Mirror effect in Salar de Uyuni
Uyuni tour from san pedro de atacama
funny photos in Uyuni
Incahuasi Island
people on an ancient train of the train cemetery
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San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni 4 day Tour

4 days tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat with departure and return to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile)

(71 reviews)
San Pedro de Atacama
4 days
Spanish
Starts: From your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. From April to September, pick-up will be between 6:00 and 6:30 am.
Ends: To San Pedro de Atacama around 1:00 p.m.
Free cancellation!

Briefing

Departing and returning to San Pedro de Atacama, the Uyuni Salt Flats tour from San Pedro de Atacama in 4 days is a classic among travelers. We work with the best drivers and accommodations available for you to enjoy this expedition. During the tour you will travel through a very diverse Andean landscape, visiting the main attractions of the Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Fauna Reserve, passing through the Salvador Dali desert, the Polque hot springs, the geyser field, the spectacular altiplano lagoons and the great Uyuni Salt Flats, where you will see a magical sunrise.

Please note that during the tour you will travel long distances in 4x4 and visit very isolated areas with an extreme climate and in some areas at an altitude of over 4500 meters, so if you are looking for more comfort we advise you to book the private option in hotels.

🔊 The tour starts and returns to San Pedro de Atacama, if you prefer to end the tour in Uyuni or start it from Uyuni, we also offer those options.

Are you ready for these 4 days? 🤩 Here are all the details:

Tour details

Included

  • Transfer San Pedro de Atacama - Border crossing Hito Cajón
  • Transportation in a 7-seater 4x4 vehicle during the tour
  • 3 nights lodging (according to option chosen)
  • Sleeping bag
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Water and soft drinks during meals
  • On private tour: Spanish speaking guide (English speaking guide available as an extra)

Not included

  • On group tour: guide non included
  • Entrance fee to Eduardo Abaroa National Park (150 BOB)
  • Entrance fee to Hot Springs (6 BOB)
  • Incahuasi Island Park entrance fee (30 BOB)
  • Bolivian Exit Border Fee (15 BOB)
  • Other border taxes required according to nationality

Important information

It is very important to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the tour, as the tour passes through high-altitude areas.

🚨 This tour includes two border crossings to access Bolivia and return to Chile. Access regulations may change, and we ask travelers to make sure they meet the requirements for access to the country both in terms of health and immigration (visas). You can see all the information about the nationalities that need to apply for a visa and the necessary documentation to carry out the procedure by clicking here.

🕗 During the rainy season (January-March) the ending time may be considerably delayed, so we recommend not to take any transportation or flight to another place for that same day. The itinerary may vary in adverse weather conditions or due to force majeure to ensure the safety of travelers. In case it is not possible to access the Incahuasi Island, the visit will be substituted by a sunset view of the salt flat.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you have booked the tour with hostel accommodation, in a shared or private room, and you cancel at least 72 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of a no-show, the booking will be considered a no-show and no refunds will be given.

If you have booked the private tour with hotel accommodation and you cancel at least 30 days before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of a no-show, the booking will be considered as a no-show and no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 San Pedro de Atacama - Green and Red Lagoons - Villa Mar

Lodging (according to selected option)

  • Shared room in Villa Mar Hostel
  • Private room in Hostal Villa Mar
  • Private room in Hotel Mallku Cueva ⭐⭐⭐

San Pedro de Atacama

The Uyuni Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama in 4 days will start at 7:00 A.M. with pick-up from your accommodation. You will board the minibus that will take you to the Bolivian border. You will get your passport stamped and while the drivers prepare the 4x4 car and load your luggage, you can have breakfast. All set, the adventure begins!

vans ready with backpacks

White Lagoon and Green Lagoon

You will enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Fauna Reserve, where you will spend most of the day. Your first stops will be White Lagoon and Green Lagoon, located at the foot of the Licancabur volcano. You will continue to the Salvador Dali Desert, a large high plateau surrounded by imposing mountains, and an incredible high Andean landscape.

green lagoon besides the licancabur volcano

Polque Hot Springs - Geysers

The road continues to the Polque hot springs, where you will change into small changing rooms and enjoy a bath in natural thermal water that contrasts with the cold weather. The challenge is to get out of these hot springs!

After lunch with a view of the landscape surrounding the hot springs, the Sol de la Mañana Geyser field awaits you, full of fumaroles and small geysers that make it a unique landscape where you can feel the power of nature.

sol de la mañana geyser

Red Lagoon

Finally, you will arrive at the Red Lagoon, one of the most spectacular of the altiplano and undoubtedly the most photographed of the itinerary. You will take a short walk along the edge to explore this place, where 3 different species of flamingos nest. You will then head to Villa Mar, where you will have dinner and spend the night in the type of room chosen during your reservation.

views of the red lagoon

DAY 2 Villa Mar - Valley of the Rocks - Salt Hotel in Colcha K

Lodging (according to selected option)

  • Private room in Hotel de Sal Tambo Loma
  • Private room in Palacio de Sal Hotel (or similar) ⭐⭐⭐
08:00 A.M.

Valley of the Rocks and Lost Italy

After breakfast, you will visit Lost Italy, natural geological formations reminiscent of the desert landscapes of cowboy movies. Next to this area is the Valley of Rocks, a plain full of rocks of volcanic origin that with erosion have created shapes known as the World Cup or the Camel, where you will spend some time taking fun pictures.

different types of rocks on the stone city

Vinto Lagoon and Black Lagoon

You will continue the route between different lagoons until you reach the Vinto Lagoon. If the weather permits you will hike along its shore, otherwise you will continue straight to the Black Lagoon (or Hidden Lagoon). In this area, you will have an hour free to walk along the road to the lagoon itself and walk through the valley full of llamas that leads to the lagoon itself. When you return to the car the driver will be waiting for you with the table set. You will have lunch with the group and continue your adventure.

flamingos in the vinto lagoon

Anaconda Canyon and Sora Wetlands

The Anaconda canyon offers panoramic views of the meandering river at the bottom of the canyon itself. From natural viewpoints, you will appreciate the immensity of this place. In the final stretch of the day, you will make one more stop at the Sora wetland, a place of choice for many birds and especially camelids, full of the endemic flora of the altiplano.

We especially like this place because it contrasts with the other slightly more arid areas and lets you see the diversity of the Bolivian altiplano.

views of the anaconda canyon

Return to the accommodation

On the way back to your accommodation you will stop at a small village that has a shop where you can have a few local beers (yes, craft beers from the Bolivian Altiplano). Also, technology permitting, you will be able to connect to their Wi-Fi. Finally, at sunset, you will head to the best salt hotel in the area, where you will dine with views of the altiplano and rest in private rooms built entirely of salt.

Tambo Loma Salt Hotel

HOWLANDERS' COMFORT BONUS💙

The Uyuni Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama in 4 days by Howlanders includes a comfort bonus for the second night. This day you will stay in one of the best salt hotels in the area: The Tambo Loma Hotel, and you will have a private room with private bathroom, even if you book the tour in a shared room.

If you want to enjoy the comfort of the private room both nights, you will have to book the tour with the option PRIVATE ROOM.

💬 If you are looking for superior comfort, the tour has a third option of premium accommodation in hotels. This option is also offered in private service and includes first and third night's accommodation at Hotel Mallku Cueva and second night at Hotel Palacio de Sal, Luna Salada or Cristal Sañana (depending on availability).

room with towels in the shape of a swan in tambo loma salt hotel

DAY 3 Salt Hotel in Colcha K - Uyuni Slat Flats - Villa Mar

Lodging (according to selected option)

  • Shared room at Hostal Villa Mar
  • Private room in Hostal Villa Mar
  • Private room at Hotel Maycu Cueva ⭐⭐⭐
05:00 A.M.

Uyuni Salt Flats

It is an early start today! Wrap up warm because, at 5:00 in the morning, you will set off for the Uyuni Salt Flats. When you arrive, you will be waiting with the whole group to experience one of the most magical sunrises in the world. Take out your camera and capture that special moment.

magic sunrise at the uyuni salt flats

Incahuasi Island 🌵

You will continue to Incahuasi Island, a place that houses a unique ecosystem full of giant cacti and, thanks to its elevation, becomes one of the best places to enjoy the views and take more pictures of the Uyuni Salt Flats. You will have breakfast at the foot of the island to recharge, we assure you that it will be one of the best breakfasts with the best views you have ever experienced. It is time to head to the next stop: a photo session in the Uyuni Salt Flats.

big cactus on the incahuasi island

Uyuni Salt Flats - Colchani

You have already seen a good part of the Uyuni Salt Flats and now it is time to take some pictures. In the rainy season (January - March) you will head to the flooded part of the salt flats to see the surreal mirror effect. In the dry season, you will be in the center of the salt flat to take some amazing pictures, you will be amazed by the driver's photo skills!

funny photo of 5 people on top of a bottle of wine in the uyuni salt flat

Dakar Monument - Island of the Flags

The last stops in the salt flat will be to visit the Dakar sculpture and the famous Island of the Flags. Finally, you will leave behind a long morning in the salt flat and head to Colchani, where you will visit the local handicraft shops, where all travelers take the opportunity to take home a souvenir of this adventure.

Island of the Flags

Lunch in Uyuni town - Train Cemetery - Villa Mar

After two days of having lunch in the "portable restaurant" thanks to the skill of the driver, today is the day to enjoy a restaurant. So you will take advantage of the proximity to Uyuni town to have a leisurely lunch.

Then you will head to the outskirts of Uyuni town, to the train cemetery, a landscape formed by the remains of what was once a symbol of Bolivian development. After the visit, you will head back to Villa Mar, to return to the accommodation where you have already spent the first night.

ancient train of the train cementery in bolivia

DAY 4 Villa Mar - Hito Cajón Border - San Pedro de Atacama

05:00 A.M.

Return to San Pedro de Atacama

At 5:00 A.M. you will have breakfast in the dining room of the accommodation and then head for the border between Chile and Bolivia, a journey of approximately 4 hours. When you arrive, you will complete the corresponding formalities and board the private minibus that will be waiting to take you to San Pedro de Atacama, where you will arrive around 1:00 P.M. and the Uyuni Salt Flats from San Pedro de Atacama tour in 4 days will end.

welcome to san pedro de atacama sign

What to bring to San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni 4 day Tour

  • Cash (approximately 300 Bolivianos)
  • Passport
  • Warm clothes (yes, the weather is very cold)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen and lipstick
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Toilet paper
  • 2 liters of water per person

Where does the tour San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni 4 day Tour start

The tour starts 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. At Howlanders you can also book a private transfer between Calama airport and San Pedro de Atacama

If you are arriving from Peru you will most likely be arriving from Cuzco or Arequipa. In this case we recommend you to take a bus that crosses the Arica-Tacna border and then takes you to San Pedro de Atacama, although it is a somewhat complex combination, since it is necessary to combine several buses.

Finally, you can also get to San Pedro directly from Salta (Argentina) by a direct bus that takes approximately 11 hours.

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