Atacama & Uyuni Salt Flats Adventure 7D/6N

Atacama & Uyuni Salt Flats Adventure 7D/6N

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Atacama & Uyuni Salt Flats Adventure 7D/6N

7 Days Starting in Calama and ending in San Pedro de Atacama

Visiting: San Pedro de Atacama, Uyuni, Villamar Mallcu

Tour operator:

Bamba Travel

Tour code:

42257

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Easy

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact Bamba Travel with any specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

Activities:

Hiking, Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Experience amazing sunsets, thermal waters and stunning deserts while travelling around Chile and Bolivia. Visit the Moon Valley, the Death Valley and the Atacama Salt Flats. Make your way to Chiguana salt flats, which is surrounded by volcanoes, and stop by a red-coloured lake, which acts as the main nesting centre for thousands of flamingos. Visit Inca Wasy, which is located in the middle of the expansive white Uyuni salt flats and take creative proportion-distorted pictures with your friends.

Highlights

  • Discover the otherworldly Moon Valley in the desert

  • Explore stunning volcanoes, lagoons & geysers 

  • Take creative pictures in the famous Salar de Uyuni

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  • Explore stunning volcanoes, lagoons & geysers

Itinerary

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Day 1: Calama - San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Departure Time: 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00, 00:00 hrs

Duration: 7 days

Calama Airport to San Pedro de Atacama

You will be picked up upon arrival to the El Loa Airport in Calama and transferred to San Pedro de Atacama. Get settled in to your accommodation and enjoy the rest of the day to walk around town on your own and fall into step with the laid back pace of life in the desert. Overnight in San Pedro Atacama.


Day 2: San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Moon Valley Day Trip (B)

Take an unforgettable afternoon trip to Moon Valley today to see capricious salt and clay formations in the “Three Marias” area where you will have the opportunity to visit strange and unique geological shapes naturally created in the desert in one of the world's driest and most hostile zones, the Atacama Desert. Here you will be able to observe and appreciate the powerful and delicate forces of nature that have carved and molded this landscape over thousands of years from the Mirador Cordillera de la Sal. Take amazing photographs and contemplate life as you explore this remote desert on a nature walk through Valle de la Muerte.

Enjoy an exciting excursion through salt caves where you will see new and different salt formations hidden in this mountain range. Visit Tres Marias and Gran Duna, some of the most spectacular places on Earth. Watch the awe-inspiring sunset in the Valle de la Luna over the desert sands with the Licancabur Volcano in the distance as the landscape turns brilliant shades of red, pink and blue. This trip is an experience that will surely be one of the most amazing highlights of your trip. Overnight in San Pedro Atacama.

We recommend bringing drinking water, sunblock, sun hat, hiking shoes and jacket to wear after sunset.


Day 3: San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Tatio Geysers, Machuca village & Salt Flat Lagoon (B)

Take another exciting excursion today to visit the Tatio Geysers Geothermal Field where you can have breakfast outside. Then, visit the thermal baths where you can take a relaxing swim in the warm water. Stop at Machuca village, a little town where you can buy typical handicrafts and taste regional delicacies. After taking a break at your accommodation, make your own way to the meeting point for your afternoon tour to the Cejar Lagoon, known as the dead sea of the Atacama Salt Flat for its high salt density. Go for a swim here in the cold water and float around before continuing your trip to the Tebinquiche Lagoon. Then, enjoy the sunset with a snack before returning to San Pedro Atacama in the evening. Overnight in San Pedro Atacama.


Day 4: San Pedro Atacama, Chile - Uyuni, Bolivia

Location: Uyuni

Leave San Pedro de Atacama for your Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert 3D/2N Trip (L/D)

Depart early this morning at 7:30am by minibus for an exciting 3-day adventure in the Uyuni Salt Flats and Bolivian desert. After completing immigration formalities on the Chilean and Bolivian borders you will cross into the vast Bolivian desert at 4,400 metres above sea level.  Here you will change vehicles to a 4WD Jeep with a maximum capacity of 6 people.

Your first visit in the Bolivia will be to the Green Lagoon, named for the green-coloured toxic copper water, and Laguna Blanca located at the base of the 6,000-metre high Licancabur Volcano. Then you will continue through the Dali Desert, with abstract landscapes dotted by giant boulders, where artist Salvador Dali found his inspiration. Admire the surreal landscapes and relax at the thermal waters of Sol de Manana Geysers, created by 100º C spring waters bubbling to the surface. Take a short walk next to the 150-200º C fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling mud. Your journey continues to the intense red-coloured Laguna Colorada inhabited by thousands of endemic flamingos. Tuck in for the night at a refugio and bundle up for the cold weather. (The coldest months are June to September when temperatures can plummet below zero.)


Day 5: Uyuni, Bolivia

Location: Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert  (B/L/D)

Enjoy an early breakfast with your group this morning around 8:00am and then embark on your trip to the Siloli Desert at 4,550 metres, the highest and driest desert in the world, where interesting rock formations can be found as a result of the high winds eroding the desert and rock surfaces. Take a photo next to the famous lava rock tree and then continue to the high plains coloured lagoons of Laguna Honda, Chiarcota and Cañapa. Spend the night at a hotel made of salt on the Chiguana Salt Flat on the southern edge of the Uyuni salt flat surrounded by volcanoes.


Day 6: Uyuni - Villa Mar, Bolivia

Location: Villamar Mallcu

Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Trip & Transfer back to San Pedro de Atacama (B/L)

Depart early at 8:00am and drive along the vast white expanse of Uyuni Salt Flats today to visit Inca Wasy (Fish Island), located in the middle of the salt flat, with beautiful cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Grab your friends and take fun and wacky disproportionate and perspective-distorted photos on the white surface of the salt flats. Pass by the small salt-miners village of Colchani where you can see miners hard at work extracting mounds of salt, en route to the town of Uyuni arriving around 3:00pm. Take a 2-hour break to rest and say goodbye to the rest of your group. Begin your return transfer to San Pedro Atacama this evening stopping at Villa Mar town to spend the night at a hostel.


Day 7: Villa Mar, Bolivia - San Pedro Atacama, Chile

Location: San Pedro de Atacama

Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama

Depart Villa Mar early at 5:00am for a 4-hour drive to the Bolivian Border. After completing immigration formalities, you will change to a minibus and continue back to San Pedro de Atacama arriving at about 1:00 pm. Say goodbye to your new friends as your once-in-a-lifetime adventure comes to an end. We hope to see you soon for your next adventure!


What's Included

  • Accommodation

    6 nights Accommodation

  • Transport

    Airport Transfer, Van, 4WD Transport

  • Meals

    4B / 3L / 2D

  • Activities

  • Guides

    English speaking guide during tours around San Pedro de Atacama and Spanish speaking guide on Uyuni

  • Extras

  • Experiences

What's Not Included

  • Entrance fees

  • Other meals and drinks

  • Airport drop-off

  • Sleeping bag (Rental approx. $10 USD for the trip payable locally)

  • Tips

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

  • Other meals and drinks

  • Airport drop-off

  • Sleeping bag (Rental approx. $10 USD for the trip payable locally)

  • Tips

  • Personal expenses

  • Travel insurance

  • Entrance fees

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there an age limit?

    No! Most of our bamba travellers fall between the ages of 18 - 35, but everyone is young at heart and welcome to come experience the world with us! If you are between the ages of 18 and 118, we invite you to travel with bamba and have the time of your life! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Most of our trips cater to the adventurous independent traveller. In fact, many of our travellers arrive on their own and quickly find that they easily meet like-minded people along the way at their hostels, on transportation, or during activities.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip, especially when travelling in developing countries. Bamba does not include travel insurance of any type.Your current medical insurance may cover part of your trip, so it is important for you to become familiar with your current coverage. We recommend purchasing additional travel insurance that provides coverage for medical emergencies, emergency evacuation and repatriation, lost or stolen items and unforeseen cancellations. If you plan to participate in activities such as white-water rafting, trekking, sand-buggy rides, etc please make sure they are included in your policy.

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of bamba travel charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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