Luxury Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama 3 Day Tour (One Way)
- Visit the the world’s largest salt flat (10,582 square kilometers (4,086 square miles))!
- See flamingos in the wild at high altitude lagoons
- Take epic photos on one of the most photogenic landscapes on earth!
- Relax in natural hot springs
- See some incredible naturally-occurring phenomena created by the salt flats and nearby volcanoes
- Get from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama, enjoying the trip along the way, instead of just sitting in a bus!
In going from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama, you will be entering Chile on this tour and required to comply with their visa requirements. You should check with your local Chilean consulate for what paperwork or fees are required. For many countries, you automatically receive a 90 visa upon entry, but Chile does charge a reciprocity fee for visitors from some countries, and some visitors will require a visa in order to enter Chile as a tourist.
- 3 days, beginning in Uyuni and ending in San Pedro de Atacama
- Begins at 10:00am in Uyuni
- Arrival in San Pedro around 15:00 (3:00pm) on third day
Itinerary of the Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama Tour
Tour begins with pickup at either your hotel in Uyuni (around 10:00 am)
What You’ll See on Day 1 of Private Salt Flats Tour:
- Train Cemetery
- Community of Colchani – great place to see and purchase artisan goods
- Ojos del Salar
- Montones de Sal (Salt Mountains)
- Salt Museum
- Isla Incahuasi – an oasis in the salt flats
- Volcan Tunupa and the community of Coquesa
Overnight in Tayka Salt Hotel
What You’ll See on Day 2 of Private Salt Flats Tour:
- Cavernas del Infierno (Hell’s Caves)
- The San Juan necropolis
- The Uyuni salt flats
- 4 High Altitude Lagoons
- Paso de Condor (Condor Pass)
- Desierto de Colores (The Colored Desert)
Overnight in Tayka Hotel del Desierto
What You’ll See on Day 3 of Private Salt Flats Tour:
- Arbol de Piedra (The Stone Tree)
- Laguna Colorada
- Hot springs – you can swim here!
- The Dali Rocks
- Laguna Verde
- Laguna Blanca
You will reach the Bolivian-Chilean border around midday, cross, and arrive in San Pedro around 14:30-15:00. There, you will be taken directly to your hotel.
The Route from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama
(Note that the tour generally follows the black lines, the blue route that goes through Ollague is only for when the Hito Cajon border is closed. This tour does not include drop-off in Calama.)
- 2 nights accommodation in luxury Tayka Hotels (including heating, private bathrooms & hot water)
- All transport required (4×4 vehicle, with oxygen tanks if needed for altitude sickness and satellite phone for emergencies)
- All meals
- Logistical support
- Guide (Spanish only or a guide that speaks English and Spanish, depending on which tour you book)
- Entry fees to the parks
What’s Not Included
- Bolivian Visa Fees
Important Notes About Going from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama
- Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The exact itinerary is subject to change with weather – the weather around the salt flats is mostly pretty consistent, but when it rains or snows, it can dramatically change what is available during the trip
- Please note that they generally do not have food in Uyuni that accommodates gluten-free diets
- The road conditions around the flats are quite bad, but the tour uses 4W trucks that can handle it; the trucks are not new but they are kept in good shape and consistently maintained
- We highly recommend you get travel insurance before this trip – between crossing an international border and the weather, there are lots of unpredictable factors that could affect the trip
- Average weather conditions throughout the year:
- Winter (May – August): chances of snow, with overnight temperatures reaching about -25° C (-13° F)
- Rest of the year (September – April): temperatures reaching about 5° C (41° F) at night
- Cancellation policy: We must pay the hotels to secure the reservation, so 80% of the payment is final; the booking can be cancelled for a 20% refund up to two weeks before the start of the tour.
What to Bring
- Your passport!
- Cash – make sure you check your visa requirements to enter Chile and have enough cash to pay this! You will also need some extra for souvenirs, snacks, etc. There are no ATMs available during the trip, so bring crisp, new US dollars or Chilean pesos to change at restaurants (they don’t accept old, damaged bills). It’s better to bring small bills.
- You should also bring a passport photo for the border crossing
- 5 liters of water per person
- Swimsuit (for the hot springs)
- Closed-toed shoes or boots
- Toilet paper
- Warm clothing
- Bolivian pesos
Since you will be in two different countries, it is important to note that safety standards will be different. In this case, you will be traveling into Chile, which is considered to be a safer country than Bolivia. In fact, it is considered to be the safest country in Latin America. However, this does not mean you should let your guard down entirely once you cross the border. For more information regarding safety in Bolivia and Chile, please refer to our safety directory.