Uyuni - Salar de Uyuni - San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), private tour
You will depart at around ten on this wonderful tour through the Salar de Uyuni.
First you will visit the Train Cemetery, and then Colchani, where handicrafts made of salt can be seen, as well as the process of making domestic salt, and the Salt Museum.
Then you will enter the salt flats and you will see Ojos del Salar (eyes of the salt flats); here bubbling gases escape from underneath the salt flat, and Montones de Sal (salt piles).
You will also visit the Salt Hotel and Incahuasi (cactus island), where you can go for a short walk to observe giant cacti and volcanic rocks.
You will spend the night in Tayka Hotel de Sal (Salt Hotel) in Tahua. (If in this hotel there wouldn't be space, and you will spend the night in Tayka Hotel de Piedra in San Pedro de Quemez, the description of the tour is as the description of the 3-days basic tour in group from Uyuni to San Pedro.)
On the second day of the tour you can drive 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.
You will cross the salt flats one more time and you will visit the caves Cueva del Diablo and Galaxy Cristal.
Than you will travel through the Salar de Chiguana to reach a viewpoint from where you will have a splendid view at the semi-active Ollagüe Volcano.
The journey continues driving through the Silolí Desert and you will get to see Cañapa Lagoon, Hedionda Lagoon and Chiarkota Lagoon.
You will spend the night in Tayka Hotel del Desierto in Ojo de Perdiz. (If there wouldn't be space in this hotel, you will stay overnight in Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva in Villa Mar, a hotel of comparable class. The route will be adjusted a bit, but you will visit the same places of interest.)
* The departure on the third day will be very early. On your way to visit Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) you will pass the Stone tree, a rock formation of over eight meters high.
After seeing Laguna Colorada you will reach the geyser Sol de Mañana, and a bit later on, time permitting, you will have the opportunity to warm up when you take a bath in the natural thermal water of the hot springs (Polques).
The journey goes on through the Salvador Dalí Desert and you will arrive at Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) with the close by Licancabur Volcano.
After you will have passed Laguna Blanca (White Lagoon) you will reach the border soon. Here you will make the connection at 9.30 hrs. with your transport to San Pedro de Atacama (shared transfer is included) which takes about 1 hour. You will get a stamp in your passport, leaving Bolivia.
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