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La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

1. La Paz: Uyuni Salt Flats & San Pedro de Atacama 3-Day Tour

Day 1 09:00 p.m. Bus La Paz to Uyuni. Day 2 07:00 a.m. Arrival to Uyuni city. 10:30 a.m. Tour Uyuni Salt Flats Day 3 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve Day 4 Tour Uyuni Salt Flats + National Reserve 10:30 a.m. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. 2:00 p.m. Arrival time to San Pedro de Atacama. DAY 1 Go to the bus office at 8:30 p.m. for the check-in, then bus departures at 9:00 p.m. Inside the bus, enjoy the service of Dinner (Meat and Vegetarian Option), Breakfast, a Bottle of Water, a Hot Drink, Heating, Toilets, a Polar Blanket, Wi-Fi and First Aid Kit. DAY 2 Arrive in Uyuni City at 7:30 a.m. then go to our office 1 block near from bus station, Start your tour leaving Uyuni town at 10:30 a.m. from Perla de Bolivia's office. Visit: Train Graveyard, the small settlement of Colchani (salt miners´ workshops next to the salt flats), handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca fiber. Next, “Ojos de Agua Salada” (‘saltwater eyes’), a hotel-museum made completely of salt, Isla Incahuasi. Then, make sure you and your group pose for some fun perspective- and proportion-distorted photos, taken against the backdrop of the striking white surface of the salt flats. To end of the day, head to an open, spacious area for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset, spreading its dazzling colors all over the salt flats, and finally arrive at Ajencha town to have dinner and night stay in the hotel. DAY 3 Start off at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast. Visit: Galaxy Caves, Chiguana Desert, Ollagüe, the rocky road “El Pasito Tuntun”, the famous: Cañapa, Hedionda, and Chiarcota Lagoons in which flamingoes can be seen. Finally in the day, enter “Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve”, Desert of Siloli, Rock tree, and the immense Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a hotel in Huayllajara. DAY 4 Get off to an early start around 5:00 a.m. to visit: Sol de Mañana Geyser, Hot Springs, Dali Desert, Green Lagoon, White Lagoon on the foot of Licancabur volcano. Then head back to the Bolivia-Chile border (Hito Cajon), Guide will assist with your border crossing at 10:30 am, finally arrive at San Pedro de Atacama at 2:00 p.m. The drop-off point is at San Pedro de Atacama’s main square.

San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

2. San Pedro de Atacama: Hidden Lagoons of Baltinache

Meet your local host in the main street of San Pedro de Atacama to begin your experience. Heading towards the southeast of the desert taking the scenic route to the hidden lagoons of Baltinache. During the 1-hour drive, see all the rock and salt landscapes that make up the desert, and learn about why this area is believed to have been at the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago. At the entrance of the lagoons, make use of the locker room in case you want to change into your bathing suit. From there, walk to the beginning of the track where you can visit all 7 lagoons. Be stunned by the crystal clear waters of the lagoons and wonder how such a thing is possible in the middle of nowhere. If you wish to take a dip, you are permitted to swim in the first and last lagoons only, for conservation purposes. Due to the amount of salt that they have in the water, experience the sensation of floating like a cork. It is recommended that you start in the last lagoon so that you don't have to walk all the way there with salt on your body. After a few hours of free time, use the facilities again to shower. Then, enjoy the scenic ride back with the opportunity to catch the sun setting over the desert. Finally, arrive back in San Pedro de Atacama where your memorable tour concludes.

From Calama: 4-Day Atacama Desert Trip

3. From Calama: 4-Day Atacama Desert Trip

Dsicover the surreal panoramas of the Atacama Desert on a 4-day trip from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. Explore the desert and the unique attractions in the Andean Mountain range. Visit Moon Valley, Geysers del Tatio, Miscanti and Menique lagoons, Salt Mountain, and more. Atacama Desert is an area abundant in energy, thanks to its welcoming ancestral cultures and the oasis that is the source of life in the driest desert in the world. Its unique landscape and clear skies make it a perfect enclave for astronomic observation and rich gastronomy. Day 1 Transfer from Calama Airport to the hotel. See the lunar landscape of Moon Valley. Be amazed by the changing colors in Death Valley. Day 2 Visit the Altiplanic lagoons Meñique & Miscanti, surrounded by impressive volcanoes. Explore Mirador Piedras Rojas and Atacama Salt Flat. See the historical village of Toconao. Admire views overlooking the Salar de Atacama from Socaire. Day 3 Tour around the geothermal fields of Tatio Geyser and witness molten spurts of water shoot from the ground. Visit the Cejar Lagoon, an oasis of water in the middle of a salt desert. Day 4 Transfer from the hotel to Calama Airport.

Atacama: Private 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

4. Atacama: Private 3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Day 1: Your tour begins with pickup from your hotel in San Pedro at 6:30AM. From there you will cross the border, and as soon as you enter Bolivia a strange scenery will open up in front of you. Your tour continues to the Laguna Verde, at the foot of the Licancabur Volcano. From there, travel continues to the Valley of the Ladies of the Desert, followed by the Termas de Polques, where you can take a full-body bath before leaving for the Geysers of Sol de Mañana, a surprising sign of the activity volcanic area. Continuing through desert areas, you will visit the Laguna Colorada, the main nesting center for the three species of flamingos. Your adventure continues on the way to Ojo de Perdiz, where the Hotel Tayka del Desierto is waiting to receive you with private bathrooms, hot water, and heating. Day 2: On your second day, you will continue your trip to the Ramadita, Honda, Chiarkota, Hedionda and Cañapa Lagoons, where a large number of flamingos reside. Other birds, such as Andean Gulls and ducks, accompany the flamingos in these lagoons (which are flanked by picturesque volcanoes). Your trip then continues with a visit to the Mirador del Ollagüe, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. The next stage of your day's journey will take place in a 4x4 car. You will later overnight at the Salt Hotel of the Tayka de Sal Tahua, which has private bathrooms, hot water, and environmental heating. Day 3: After breakfast on the third day, you will continue through the salt flats and will direct your 4x4 towards Coquesa, to the north, from where your ascent to an appreciable height over the Thunupa will begin. From there the views of the monumental salt flat are impressive. You'll start a short walk to see the chullpar, a cave with ancient burials, in which a local guide will explain the history of the mummies. On the way to the hotel you will visit the Chantani Museum, with its sample of ceramics, whimsical stone forms that resemble animals, and their silent mummies that reflect the ancient burials that have taken place in these lands. Later, return by car to Incahuasi Island, which has an ascension path to its summit that turns into an extraordinary 360-degree viewpoint. Your trip continues for final photographs of the sunset, where you can taste national cocktails and exotic drinks to celebrate this event. Half an hour later you will arrive to Uyuni at approximately 6:30PM, where you will be dropped off at a location of your choosing.

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What people are saying about Antofagasta Region

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 30 reviews

The organization of the tour was excellent. Even before I left Austria, the responsible travel agency contacted me and asked if I needed any support. Locally in Chile and in the desert, they made an excellent effort to look after me. There is no better care! In the 4 days we really visited everything there is to see in the Atacama. More Atacama is not possible! Only the hotel room was a bit small, but that seems to be the standard in the desert. Highly Recommended!

Excellent experience. In my opinion, the experience is greatly enriched with a good guide, as was this case. Thanks Claudio Soto, our guide, for your good vibes and interesting information given during the visits.

Beautiful place, unique sensation when bathing in those lagoons, beautiful landscapes... the guides are very kind and friendly. Really enjoyed it. All perfect!!

The organization was great. The tour was really spectacular. Unfortunately, the accommodations were not that nice, but all in all really successful

Fantastic trip with great guides and people. Don't forget to take warm clothes :)