1st day.- Departure from San Pedro de Atacama at 08:00 am by minibus to Bolivia border, passing by Chile and Bolivia immigration offices. Once on the Bolivian side, at 14,435 feet above sea level, we shift to a 4WD Jeep with a maximum capacity of 6 people.
During the first day the group is in the Bolivian high plain visiting places like Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca, located at the feets of Licancabur Volcano, continuing to Daly Desert where you can admire a surrealistic landscape, thermal water pools, Sol de Mañana geysers –intermittent springs coming up at a 194º F– and fumaroles, cracks with emerging volcanic lava. The journey ends up at Laguna Colorada, main nesting center for more than 30,000 flamingos of 3 different species.
These places are located at an average height of 14,764 feet above sea level and it is possible to gaze endemic flora and fauna such as flamingos, vicunas and some other animals. The night will be spent in rooms for 6 people. It is important that passengers to bring along a sleeping bag to spend the night, especially during the months of June, July, August and September.
2nd Day.- Departure is at about 8:00 am. During the second journey day the trip will include Siloli Desert where there are a set of rocks formations as a result of wind erosion. Later, we will continue to high plain lagoons also known as colored lagoons, Laguna Honda, Chiarcota and Cañapa; then, we continue to Chiguana salt flat, San Juan town. The second night is spent at the Salt Hotel, double or triple rooms.
3rd Day.- Departing at 8:00 am we take a general tour around the Uyuni salt flat (39,400 feet2) visiting Fishes Island, located in the middle of the salt flat with a formation of chalky rocks, coral and seashell traces. Later, continuing towards salt flat eyes, bunches of salt, Colchani town,located in the limits of Uyuni salt flat 20 km. (12.5 miles) away from Uyuni City. Arrival to Uyuni this place is estimated at 3:00 pm. After a 2-hour you beging the way back to San Pedro (these is only a transfer back, is not a tour any more) break we continue until Villa Mar town where we spend the night at a hostel of the same name. Dormitories for 4 beds.
4th Day.- Direct departure from Villa Mar at 5:00 am to Bolivia Border. It takes 4 hours to get there. Arrival to Immigration offices is scheduled at 9:00 am. We shift back to a minibus here and go back to San Pedro de Atacama arriving at 1:00 pm.
Transportation in 4×4 vehicle (usually max 6 persons) – transfer to Border from San Pedro is by bus where you change to 4×4.
Drivers acts as basic guide – Spanish-speaking
Meals during the tour (take extra snacks as food can be quite plain)
Accommodation in basic lodgings (often no showers or if available there is a extra charge)
Pre-tour briefing the day before of the tour
Hotel pick up in the morning of the tour
Transport to San Pedro de Atacama (to start your tour – return on day 4 returns you to San Pedro)
Entrance fees – 30Bs + 150 Bs = 180BS total for the 2 days minimum (some itineraries visit some small attractions with small entrance fees)
Water – you recommend you purchase 2 liters per person per day to take with you.
Sleeping bag – highly recomended as the high altitude means cold nights!
Breakfast on first day, dinner on last day
Sunglasses and sun cream
Additional snacks and beverages
Torch – recommended