Tours from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama

Tours from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama

 US$ 890 per person

Tours from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama will take you on a multi-day off-road guided tour through an amazing High Andes landscape, overnight in local lodges, salt hotels and transfer to Atacama.

Tours from La Paz to San Pedro de Atacama Itinerary

Day 1: La Paz to Sajama

Pick up from the hotel.

Along the way to Sajama National Park we’ll be able to observe an amazing landscape.

Visit to Curahuara de Carangas Church, known as “Sixtine Chapel of the Altiplano” because of its famous colonial paints. Arrival to the Park and lunch. In the afternoon we’ll visit Huayña Kota Lagoon and later we’ll have a walk along the Keñua Woods. We then continue to Kasilla the natural thermal water pool where we can take a good medicinal bath.

Back in Sajama Village we will arrive at the Tomarapi lodge where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Sajama to Uyuni

Early in the morning visit to Junthuta, a geiser zone at the foothills of Pomarape Mountain.

We continue in private transportation to Uyuni town, an approx 8 hours drive. On route you will enjoy the high Andean tundra landscape in the mountains of the Andes. Box lunch. We will spend the night in Uyuni.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Salar de Uyuni Tour

Today we will have an unforgettable trip across 12 000 km2 of fantastic salt landscape.

Get your camera ready! The amazing white coat of the Uyuni salt flats (or Thunupa) looks like a huge glacier.

We will enter the Salar by Colchani, where we will stop to visit the salt factory and we will receive information about the salt based economy of this village.

After Colchani, we will enter the Uyuni salt flats and stop at the salt mounts. We will have lunch in Tahua.

In the afternoon we will get away from the hotel to Chantani where we will enjoy the impressive landscape.

We will spend the night in the Tayka Salt Hotel with private bathroom, hot water and heating (please note that hot water and heating is not available 24 hrs a day).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Incahuasi, Lagoons and Desert

Today we will cross the Uyuni salt flats from North to South and we will visit the Incahuasi Island which is one of the central tourist attractions. We will follow the little path to arrive at the top of the island from where we will be able to enjoy an amazing 360 degree view of the Uyuni Salt flats.

We will continue the expedition towards San Pedro de Quemes where we will have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will go towards the lagoons chain of Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda and Ramaditas, where we will see a good amount of three kinds of flamingos and other kinds of birds known as the Andean seagulls and wild ducks. These birds live on the lagoons surrounded by volcanoes with their eternal snow on the top and their green sides mixed with other colors created by the presence of borax and sulphur.

After the last lagoon, you will enter a huge desert area with no real roads. These fantastic deserts gather different colors from browns, reds, oranges, brass and beige which are successively shown at every curve of the trip. In this area the Tayka Desert Hotel is located where you will spend the night (altitude 4500 meters).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Colored Lagoons, Valley of the Ladies Desert (Ojo de Perdiz- San Pedro de Atacama) Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve

Today we will get up early to visit the “Arbol de Piedra” (Stone Tree) which is a stone shaped like a tree. Afterwards we will arrive at one of Eduardo Avaroa Reserve’s gems: the Red Colored Lagoon. This lagoon is the main nesting centre of the three kinds of flamingos. The color of the water is produced by the presence of algae and plankton activated by the sunlight and the wind.

We will reach the geysers of Sol de Mañana at the time of the day with more activity. At this point we will be at the highest altitude of the whole trip (5000 mts above sea level). 

The cold here is intense and we will walk among the smoky and noisy vapour hot springs and the mud boiling stewpot.

The desert and Salar of Chalviri offer beautiful and unforgettable landscapes mixing the white of the snow with the ochre of the desert, the blue of the water and the white of the borax. In Polques, we will take a swim in the hot springs and right after that we will enjoy a delicious open air breakfast.

Afterwards we will approach another amazing place: the desert “Valley of the Ladies”, which is a geologic wonderland created by the winds. The columns of stones sculpted by the wind show fantastic colors. After visiting this valley we will continue towards other gem of the reserve: the Green Lagoon, located at the feet of the Licancabur Volcano. We will arrive there by lunch time, which is the best time to see how its waters change colours from emerald green to deeper green.

From this point we will continue towards the Chilean border. After we cross it we will change vehicles and continue until your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile (approx. 2 hours ride).

Breakfast, Lunch

Important!

Due to weather and road conditions the routes and hotel reservations can sometimes be changed without notice. This is the reason why the itinerary is only for reference, and is not to be taken as an exact itinerary of what this tour implies. 

Rain, snow, ice and strong winds for example can cause some parts of the route to temporarily become impassable and may oblige us to make changes in the itinerary. But take notice that if we have to make changes it is for your own safety. 

The surroundings of Uyuni are one of most isolated areas in the world.

Rainy season:

The rainy season is roughly from January to April (subject to change). During this period parts of the Salar may be covered with water. This means that even though it will still be possible to do the trip and to visit the Salar with its beautiful lagoons, as well as the highlights of the trip, the water on the Salar may prevent us from being able to cross it for several hours like you would do during the dry season. 

You will therefore not be able to get to Isla Incahuasi / Fish Island. Also the Tayka Salt Hotel in Tahua can often not be reached during the rainy season and we will therefore either use the salt hotel like Luna Salada, Palacio de Sal instead. When the Salar is covered with a little bit of water it also becomes one big mirror which is a beautiful setting for pictures. Many photographers even specifically visit the Salar during this rainy season in order to capture beautiful pictures. With too much water however the mirror-effect is gone. Needless to say we cannot predict whether or not it will rain before or during your trip, it’s up to Mother Nature.

Included:

  • Overnight stay: 1st night Tomarapi lodge (Sajama), 2nd night hotel in Uyuni and comfortable Tayka hotels during the trip on salar de Uyuni.
  • All meals.
  • Private transport in a 4X4 (oxygen tube onboard during the trip on the Uyuni salt flats).
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to Sajama National Park and Uyuni (Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve).

Excluded

  • Alcoholic drinks, personal snacks and tips.

Optional:

  • Private transport to Calama in Chile.

What we recommend you to take with you:

The route is cold, windy and with high solar radiation. During the day it is generally sunny and the weather is pleasant. Our recommendations on what to bring with you are:

Warm clothes.

Gloves.

Woolen socks.

Hat that covers your ears and protects you from the sun.

Boots.

Towel.

Swimming suit.

Lip moisturizer.

Sun block 30+.

Sun glasses.

Flashlight.

Raincoat (From December to March).

Extra water.

Passport (and visa).

Questions & Answers

During what times of the year can you see the Mirror Effect?

The Mirror Effect occurs during the rainy season, so it can be seen during the months of January, February and March.

How is the weather? Is it very cold?

You need to keep in mind that this tour is in a high altitude and isolated area, so during winter the weather is very cold. These are the seasons during the year. - From October to March temperatures are warm, so days are around 20ºC (68ºF) and nights are less than 5ºC (41 ºF). - From April to September temperatures are cold, so days are around 10ºC (50ºF) and nights are around -5ºC( 23ºF) It is highly recommended to wear winter clothes during June, July and August months due to these months are coldest.

How can I get from Uyuni to La Paz?

The best way to get to Uyuni from La Paz is by plane or bus. We recommend the night bus of the company Transomar, which arrives in Uyuni at 6:00 a.m. 

What kind of transportation is used for the trips?

The shared tours are done in 4x4 cars with 7 seats, 4 seats for our travelers and one extra for the driver.

Is there a choice of having a vegetarian menu without gluten...?

Yes, you just need to leave a note while you are making your booking so the driver will cook a special menu for you. In case of strong allergies pay special attention and for vegetarian/vegan diets, we recommend to bring snacks or any other complement due to our food will not have a high level protein on it like tofu or tempeh.

Do I need to bring money on the tour?

Yes, due to the Incahuasi access, Eduardo Avaroa parc and hot springs are not included. Moreover, during the tour you may need to buy water or souvenir, so it is advisable to bring around 300 pesos bolivianos.

If I select the extra: English speaking guide , can the driver and the guide be the same person?

Yes, if you select the extra: English speaking guide, in some cases, your guide can also be the driver of the vehicle. Depending on the availability of the staff and the size of your group, selecting this extra, you will travel in the 4x4 vehicle accompanied by 1 guide + 1 driver or only one guide who will also be the driver. 

In which hotels is pick-up not included?

The hotels Hotel Palacio de Sal, Hotel Luna Salada, Hotel Cristal Samaña and Hotel Sumaj Rijcharij do not include pick up. We offer two options, free pick up when the tour passes through the area (after visiting the train cemetery and Colchani) or the extra that includes pick up and transfer to Uyuni to start from the beginning with the whole group.

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If you have questions and doubts about Uyuni Salt Flats Night Tour, take your time in telling us your inquiries and we’ll show you a lot more options.

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andeannwayss@gmail.com

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+51 965154772 (Fredy, the guy responsible of answering your emails and inquiries at headquarter)

How to book

  1. You can get it fully booked by paying an Initial Amount via PayPal and the Total Balance must be paid in USD or PEN cash at the end of tour, then this is how you’ll get your Tour Confirmation from us.
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