San Pedro de Atacama desert to Uyuni Salt Flats
Bolivia is a country rich in culture as well as in natural landscapes. From snowcapped peaks of the Andes to barren desert to lush Amazonian jungle, Bolivia is the perfect place for travelers who want to get off the beaten path and have an authentic experience.
Amongst so much natural beauty, Salar de Uyuni stands out as Bolivia’s most remarkable landscape. Stretching more than 4,000 square miles, the Bolivian Salt Flat is the world’s largest salt flat. Explore this remarkable natural wonder and see why it has been deemed ‘the place where Heaven meets Earth’.
Highlights of the San Pedro de Atacama desert to Uyuni Salt Flats Tour
Click through to “Tour Plan” to see the full itinerary for the San Pedro de Atacama desert to Uyuni Salt Flats.
Day 1 | San Pedro de Atacama:
Rise and shine: your Atacama Desert to Uyuni Salt Flats adventure begins with a morning pick up from San Pedro de Atacama. Notwithstanding, after crossing the border into Bolivia, you will enter the stunning and diverse Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. Meanwhile, enjoy impressive rock formations, vibrant lakes, and steaming hot springs and geysers.
Later, spend the night at the beautiful and rustic Los Flamencos Eco-hotel, conveniently located on Lake Hedionda. While here, you can witness three varieties of flamingos just from your hotel window!
Day 2 | Uyuni Salt Flats:
Surely the highlight of today will be entering Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. Therefore, you will have plenty of time to explore the cactus islands, salt pyramids, and underground rivers. Additionally, Salar de Uyuni will provide spectacular photographs.
Check into your nightly accommodation at the charming Tambo Coquesa where you can relax. The rest of the night will include sunset cocktails on the salt flats and world-renowned stargazing.
Day 3 | Uyuni:
Wake up early to get more spectacular views of the salt flats in the gentle daylight. Visit the first salt hotel in the area, witness the intricate art of salt processing, and journey into the Train Cemetery. Your Salt Flats adventure comes to a close as you arrive in the town of Uyuni in the evening!
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Day One: SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – HITO CAJON BORDER – LAGUNAS DE COLORES – FLAMINGOS
Your adventure begins with a morning pick up from your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Shortly thereafter, you will cross the border into Bolivia. The first stop of the tour is the diverse and beautiful Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. The Eduardo Avaroa Reserve has everything from the striking Sioli desert with its iconic ‘stone tree’, to the vibrant lakes of Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde teeming with wildlife, to steaming hot springs and explosive geysers.
Next, you will exit the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve. You will have some time to explore the saline lakes of Lake Honda and Lake Chiarcota, two of nine small salt lakes in the Andean Altiplano.
Finally, you will head to your nightly accommodation at the beautiful and rustic Los Flamencos Eco-hotel. Your hotel is conveniently located on Lake Hedionda, a salt lake brimming with wildlife. Stroll along the shore and witness three rare types of graceful flamingos enjoying the lake.
Enjoy a delicious and healthy dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Flamencos Eco-hotel.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
DAY TWO: LOS FLAMENCOS HOTEL – SALT FLATS – TAMBO COQUESA LODGE.
You will enjoy a tasty breakfast before continuing on to Lake Cañapa, another pleasant wildlife site for flamingos. On your way to Salar de Uyuni, you will have the opportunity to go to the Ollague volcano lookout. You can also visit San Juan del Rosario, home to an excellent collection of mummies in caves.
The highlight of the day is finally entering Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats. You will experience all Salar de Uyuni has to offer. From sheets of seemingly tiled, bright salt floors, to impeccable salt pyramids, to typical underground rivers called ‘ojos de sal’. Salar de Uyuni is like heaven on earth. In the dry season, the heavenly white ground collides with the deep blue sky to create a dreamlike view. In the wet season, the wet ground surface creates the world’s largest mirror, where the separation of ground and sky does not exist. No matter when you go, you will surely get breathtaking and clever photographs.
Afterward, you can explore Incahuasi Island, an iconic island brimming with massive cacti. A short hike to a lookout provides stunning, panoramic views of Salar de Uyuni.
Later you will check into your accommodation at the unique and charming Tambo Coquesa Lodge. Here you can refresh before heading back into the center of the salt flats for a stunning desert sunset, accompanied by a Bolivian welcome cocktail.
Enjoy a satisfying dinner back at the Tambo Coquesa Lodge. After some much-needed food and rest, your Salar de Uyuni night tour will begin after dusk.
An evening pick up from your hotel will bring you into the heart of Salar de Uyuni. Here you can enjoy an evening full of spectacular stargazing under the striking desert sky.
Hotel: Tambo Coquesa Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, welcome cocktail and dinner
DAY THREE: TAMBO COQUESA LODGE – SALAR DE UYUNI – UYUNI
Following an early rise, enjoy a healthy breakfast before heading out. The first stop of the day is another, less explored, a cactus island in the middle of the salt flats. Visit the first salt hotel in the area. Witness the iconic salt pyramids sprinkled on the salt flats and have the opportunity to take beautiful photographs. Later, observe the processing of salt and purchase artisanal salt-made crafts in the village of Colchani, a traditional Bolivian community.
The final stop on your San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour is the Train Cemetery, home to antique, abandoned locomotive trains against the calm desert landscape.
Your Bolivian Salt Flats adventure ends as you arrive in the town of Uyuni later in the evening!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch