San Pedro de Atacama - Salar de Uyuni - Uyuni, private tour
You will depart around 7.00 - 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.
After that the journey will continue, through the Silolí Desert where you will get to see the Árbol de Piedra (stone tree), a rock formation of over eight meters high, to Ojo de Perdiz, where you will spend the night in Tayka Hotel Del Desierto.
The next day you will pass 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.
You will travel through the Salar de Chiguana to visit the caves Cueva del Diablo and Galaxy Cristal.
Then you will cross the Salar de Uyuni to Tahua, where you will spend the night in Tayka Hotel De Sal (Salt Hotel). If in this hotel there wouldn´t be space you will stay overnight in Tayka Hotel de Piedra in San Pedro de Quemez. The route will be adjusted a bit (you will cross the Salar de Uyuni on the last day), but the places of interest you will visit will be the same.
On the third day you can 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.
After that you cross the impressive salt flats once more.
On the way you will visit cactus island Incahuasi, where you can go for a short walk over the island along the huge cacti and enjoy the fabulous views over the salt flats.
Later on 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.
At the Train Cemetery near Uyuni you can see antique English trains that where brought to Bolivia many years ago and that are no longer in use.
Arrival in Uyuni will be between 16.00 and 17.00 hrs.
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