Tupiza - Salar de Uyuni - San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), private tour
You will depart from Tupiza at 7.30 hrs. to visit the Quebrada de Palala, where you will see red rock formations that resemble medieval castles. After this you will head on to the Sillar where you will observe the change of vegetation from green dales into a wild-west landscape with dry altiplano grass. Then you will get to see the San Vicente region that is rich in minerals. Here is a small museum with some objects of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The museum is not always open but if possible you will visit it.
Then you will continue in the direction of the city of Uyuni. Half a km outside of town you will see the train cemetery. You will arrive in Uyuni around lunch time.
You will enter the salt flat where you will get to see the Ojos des Salar (eyes of the salt flats); here bubbling gases escape from underneath the salt flat, Montones de Sal (salt piles) at the place where salt is extracted and the Salt Museum, that lies in the centre of the salt flat.
Your stay overnight will be in a basic accommodation in Jirira, in Coquesa or in Puerto Chuvica.
The sequence of the places of interest you will see on the second day depends on the place where you stay the night.
On the 2nd day you will depart around 5 to see the sunrise over the salt flat. Today you will also visit Isla Incahuasi, cactus island. You can walk over the island along the huge cacti. There will be time to make photos and to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
Later on you can climb a viewpoint at the Tunupa Volcano from where you can see the salt flats from a bigger height.
Then you will visit Coquesa where you will see well conserved pre-Inca mummies.
In the afternoon the journey goes on to San Juan where you will spend the night in a basic hostal made of salt.
On the third day you will have the chance to make some pictures of the local people of San Juan and then you will travel through the Salar de Chigüana, passing the semi-active Ollagüe Volcano that marks the border between Chile and Bolivia. Further you will get to see five altiplano lagoons where you can see various Andes flamingos. You will have lunch at one of the lagoons. Then you will drive through the Silolí desert and pass the Árbol de Piedra, a tree-shaped rock formation, which has been eroded over the years by sand driven against its sides by the wind to form that distinctive shape. The drive continues to Laguna Colorada, the red lagoon, at an altitude of 4,300 m where you will arrive between 5 and 6.
You will stay overnight in Huallajara close to Laguna Colorada or in Las Cabañas, close to Laguna Verde, the green lake.
If your last night was in Huallajara you will get up very early on the last tour day. Todays' drive will take you through the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. You will see the Sol de Mañana geyser at the first day light. After that you will get to see the hot springs of Polques, the Dalí Desert, Laguna Blanca, Licancabur Volcano and Laguna Verde.
The tour ends at the border crossing Hito Cajón. You will be taken to the migration office where you will handle the border formalities before leaving Bolivia. Then you will have your transfer to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile.
The mentioned places for the stays overnight are for the tour with basic accommodations; if you choose a tour with stays overnight in 3* hotels the overnight places vary.
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