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San Pedro de Atacama - Salar de Uyuni - Tupiza, private tour

You will depart around 7.30 hrs. from San Pedro de Atacama to the border at Hito Cajón. After receiving a stamp in your passport you will change transport and start your tour by Jeep.

Today you will get to see Laguna Blanca (white lagoon) and Laguna Verde (green lagoon) and the nearby Volcano Licancabur. You will drive through the Salvador Dalí Desert to arrive at the natural thermal water of the hot springs (Polques).
Then you will pass Laguna Chalviri and see the geyser Sol de Mañana. Next stop will be at Laguna Colorada (red lagoon). You will spend the night in a basic accommodation close to this lagoon.

The next day you will start with a visit to Laguna Colorada. The journey continues driving through the Silolí Desert where you will get to see the Árbol de Piedra (stone tree), a rock formation of over eight meters high.
Then you will pass the so called Lagunas Altoandinas: Laguna Ramaditas, Laguna Honda, Laguna Chiarkota, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Cañapa.
You will arrive at a viewpoint from where you will have a good view of the semi-active Ollagüe Volcano.
Probably you will see some wildlife today as well. Then your drive continues through the salt flat of Chiguana to San Juan or Aguaquiza, where you will spend the night in a basic accommodation/dorm room.

On the third day after breakfast you will leave for the Salar de Uyuni. On the way you will visit the caves Cueva del Diablo and Galaxia Cristal. On the salt flats you will have lunch at cactus island Incahuasi and you can go for a short walk over the island along the huge cacti to enjoy the fabulous views over the salt flats.
Today you can also walk up the Tunupa Volcano to one of the viewpoints from which you will have an excellent view over the salt flats.
After that you will visit the archaeological site of Chullpares, pre-Inca mummies, in Coquesa. Just outside the village you might spot lamas and maybe also flamingos.
The stay overnight will be in Coquesa or in Jirira, in a basic accommodation.

The last day of the tour you will visit the Salt Hotel, see Ojos del Salar (eyes of the salt flat), here bubbling gases escape from underneath the salt flat, and Montones de Sal (salt piles) at the spot where salt is extracted.
In Colchani handicrafts made of salt can be seen, as well as the process of making domestic salt, and the Salt Museum.
Next you will visit the Train Cemetery near Uyuni where you can see antique English trains that where brought to Bolivia many years ago and that are no longer in use.
Then you will arrive in Uyuni, where you will have lunch.
From there you will drive over miners' roads to Atocha, to arrive to the Cordillera de Los Lipez and to descend later on into the Valleys of Salo and Tupiza.
You will arrive in Tupiza later in the afternoon.

  • Included:
    Transport in 4x4 vehicle;
    Spanish speaking driver/guide or English speaking guide, depending on your choice;
    Meals from lunch on the 1st day up to and including the lunch on the 4th day;
    3x stay overnight in basic accommodations/dorm rooms, shared bathroom;
    Shared transfer by bus from San Pedro de Atacama to the border Chile/Bolivia.
  • Not included:
    Entrance fees (to be paid on the spot in Bolivianos);
    All other costs that are not specifically mentioned.