Take a rugged, scenic, and spectacular 4-day journey across desert landscapes to experience the world’s largest salt flats!
On this 4-Day excursion to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, take a rugged, scenic, and spectacular journey across desert landscapes to experience the world’s largest salt flats!
Cross the Dali Desert, where the landscape bends and melts like the famous artist’s surreal dreamscapes. Encounter brilliantly colored lakes and lagoons stained by the mineral-rich landscape, where thousands of flamingos rest.
Watch the sunset behind high-altitude geysers, and sleep in a hostel made entirely of salt (far more abundant than wood!) End your experience at the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats, where the vast white expanse stretches to infinity and reflects nothing but blue sky.
Visiting the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is a truly outstanding off-the-beaten-path experience. Explore the world’s driest desert and some of its most breathtaking and bizarre landscapes and fall in love with Bolivia’s
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Start/End Location: San Pedro de Atacama
Group Limits: Up to 6 passengers per vehicle
Altitude: High, 13,000 – 15,000 feet (4,000 – 6,000 meters)
Day 1: Leave Chile and Take a 4×4 Adventure Past Outstanding Desert Landscapes
The trip begins with pick up at your hotel or hostel in Chile’s San Pedro de Atacama at 8:00 am. The group will drive in a minibus to the Chile-Bolivia border, where everyone will get out and exit Chile (in one office) and enter Bolivia (in another). Once you are on the Bolivian side, the group will get into a 4×4 Jeep and begin the adventure!
The first sights are Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca, which are located at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. When conditions are right, Laguna Verde is a fascinating green color. Next up is the Dali Desert, which is full of surreal landscapes straight out of a Salvador Dali painting.
The group will then head to the Sol de Mañana Geysers and see steam exploding from the ground in 194ºF (90ºC) towers. The day ends at Laguna Colorado – a red lagoon that is home to thousands of flamingos from 3 different species!
Day 2: Explore Wind-Formed Rock Formations and Sleep in the Famous Salt Hostel
Today begins around 8:00 am with a visit to the Siloli Desert, home to bizarre rock formations created by wind erosion (like the famous Arbol de Piedra “tree of rock”).
Next up are a series of colored lagoons: Laguna Honda, Chiarcota, and Cañap. The day ends on the Chiguana salt flat, in the town of San Juan. Tonight’s lodging is in a hostel made of salt!
Day 3: Explore the World Famous Uyuni Salt Flats
Around 8:00am, the group will head to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats, the world’s largest salt flats. There, you will visit Isla Incahuasi – an island in the salt flats covered in cacti. As you head toward Uyuni, you will also see the Ojos de Sal (Salt Eyes), Salt Mounds, the village of Colchani, and the Train Cemetery.
Around 3:00 pm (15:00), the group will arrive in Uyuni. You will have 2 hours to explore the other-worldly Uyuni falt flats, and then begin the trip back to San Pedro. (From here on, it is just a transfer, not a tour). The group will drive until the town of Villa Mar, where you will stay in a hostel of the same name.
Day 4: Return to San Pedro de Atacama
At 5:00am, the group will depart for the border. It is a 4 hour drive between Villa Mar and the border. After crossing the border, the group will get into a minibus and drive back to San Pedro, arriving around 1:00 pm (13:00).
What to Bring
Weather: Tour is subject to change due to weather-related issues. During January and February, the salt flats have their famous “mirror effect.” This is incredible, but prevents access to several sites including Isla Incahuasi.
There are blankets on the beds, but we recommend bringing an additional sleeping bag from June to September as the weather at night becomes extremely cold. Sleeping bags are available for rent (50 bolivianos/person).
Altitude: This is a high altitude trip. You will frequently travel above 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) and as high as 6,000 meters (15,000 feet). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations on how to best avoid altitude-related illness.
Visa Requirements: Please research visa requirements for entering Bolivia. You are responsible for the cost and compliance of your own visa. You can see the latest requirements and cost of the visa for your country here. Keteka is not responsible for failure to comply with visa requirements.
Booking Policy: 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 email@example.com.
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