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ATACAMA (Chile) & UYUNI (Bolivia)

Enjoying the Day in the Atacama Desert

Explore the Impressive Moon Valley

The Beautiful Uyuni Salt Flats

FROM 845 USD 6 Days/ 5 Nights
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Travel to Chile
Bolivia Tours
San Pedro de Atacama
Atacama Desert
Moon Valley Tour
Geysers Tour
Uyuni Tour, Bolivia Adventure trip

ATACAMA (Chile) & UYUNI (Bolivia)

Travel to Atacama & Uyuni - 6 days

Stay for 3 days in San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), a laid-back town on the edge of the driest desert on earth, and from there, travel to the incredible Moon Valley. Visit the geothermal field of Geysers del Tatio, explore the secluded town of Machuca, and learn the mountainous culture of its inhabitants. Cross borders into Bolivia and enjoy a 3-day exploration of the Uyuni Salt Flats to discover the Bolivian high plains, its multicolored lagoons, and the widest salt desert in the world. Adventure travelers: this tour is definitely your cup of tea!

 

Day 1 – San Pedro de Atacama - Travel to Chile

 

Once you reach Calama Airport you’ll take a transfer to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, the small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to begin exploring one of Chile’s most spectacular environments.

 

 

Enjoy the evening eating a pastel de choclo (a corn cake) at one of the classic restaurants on Caracoles Street (the main road), or maybe buy some artesanías (handcrafted souvenirs) at the market. Be bold in this secluded corner of the globe, and mingle with locals in the unpaved roads.

 

 

 

 

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San Pedro de Atacama is also one of the best places to stargaze in the whole world. With this altitude you’ll see the clearest skies of your life. Make sure not to waste the opportunity and get out there to chase some starlight!

 

 

Atacama Tours are the best oportunity to stargaze in the world.

 

 

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Day 2 – Atacama Tours: Moon Valley Tour

 

¡Buen día Atacama! It’s your first morning in this magical place. We know that yesterday you had a long trip, so take your time to enjoy the morning and rest, because in the afternoon we’ll get active again.

 

Today we’ll take you on a 4-hour adventure in the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), an out-of-this-world landscape. Driving straight into the heart of the desert, we’ll start noticing mysterious forms of salt and clay as we get closer to the “Three Marias” area. These statues are the female guardians of this cosmic desert, so don’t forget to bow and make a wish to the desert gods.  The Atacama Desert is one of the world’s driest and most hostile zones.

 

After this first encounter, take the winding and hidden path of the Salt Caves, and discover the peculiar salt gemstones that have been formed over centuries from the lack of humidity and the altitude of this zone. The highlight of your adventure will appear at the sunset when all the colors of this incredible landscape change their palette. The Licancabur Volcano will turn pink while the valley awaits the rise of its lunar mother.

 

 

After the excursion, you will be dropped off in downtown Atacama, and from there you can make your way back to your hotel at your own pace. You can also combine this tour with an optional mountain bike excursion. Just ask your Say Hueque travel advisor and we’ll guide you through.

 

 

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Day 3 – Atacama Tours: Tatio Geysers & Machuca

 

This morning, you will travel to where the crevices of the Earth exhale their millenary breath. At about 4 a.m., we’ll pick you up to take you 100 km (60 miles) away from San Pedro de Atacama into the Andes range on an 8-hour trip to see the geothermal field of Geysers del Tatio (the highest in the world). Here, you’ll see 40 geysers and 70 hot springs fighting the super low temperatures of the early morning hours (their waters can reach up to 85°C /185 °F). Take some impressive photos, swim in the Tatio spring’s rich mineral waters, and enjoy a complete breakfast with this magnificent backdrop.

 

 

Upon returning, we’ll visit the quaint Machuca village (at 13000 feet over sea level), a little atacameño (from Atacama) town with barely 20 adobe houses and a traditional church that locals visit daily to ask the Virgin to give them water and to preserve roads so travelers can reach their town and buy their enthralling handcrafts. Though they used to survive working as llama shepherds, nowadays they count on foreign visitors to improve their quality of life.

 

 

For travelers, this is the perfect opportunity to get closer to the traditional mountain culture of the region, and to try one of the best sopaipilla (a kind of fried tortilla) in Chile. After visiting Machuca, we’ll drop you off in downtown Atacama. You can choose to return to your hotel, or just enjoy your afternoon wandering around town.

 

 

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Day 4 – 4WD Adventure to Uyuni - Bolivia Trips

 

Few people are prepared to really live an adventure. During this 3-day trip to Uyuni Salt Flats you will live more than one, guaranteed! The journey to Uyuni is different than anything you might have seen before. Why? There are a few reasons; shimmering salt flats stretching as far as the eye can see, pink flamingos living in the highest lake on Earth, colossal volcanos, and multi-colored waters—see what we mean?

 

 

In the early morning we’ll pick you up from your hotel to start a 10-hour trip in which you’ll cross borders and have your first glimpses of the jaw-dropping Bolivian landscapes. We’ll pass through Chile and Bolivia immigration offices and, once on the Bolivian side and at 14,435 feet above sea level, you will change transportation to a 4WD jeep with a maximum capacity of 6 people.

 

 

During the first day, you’ll visit the National Park Eduardo Avaroa and see the Bolivian high plain, the Laguna Verde, and Laguna Blanca (Green and White Lagoons), all lying at the base of the enormous Licancabur Volcano. The next stop will be the aptly named ‘Dali Desert’ (or Valley), a part of the Siloli Desert. If you thought nature was already surrealistic in Bolivia, get prepared to blow away all of your expectations.  

 

 

Locals named this valley after some of the great painter’s masterpieces which picture similar landscapes: unexpectedly-shaped rocky formations isolated in a 15,600 feet sandy plain. What you must look out for in Dali Desert is the Árbol de Piedra (Tree Stone), a volcanic rock formation which is an impressionable example of nature’s artwork.

 

 

You’ll be amazed by the thermal water pools (or “foreigners soup” as locals jokingly call it), and the Sol de Mañana geysers, which are intermittent explosions of underground water coming up at 194º F. The journey ends at Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon, named after the red algae which grows beneath the waters), the main nesting center for more than 30,000 flamingos of 3 different species, as well as alpacas which graze nearby. These places are located at an average height of  14,764 feet above sea level, and it is probable that you will spot native flora and fauna including flamingos, vicuñas and other animals.

 

 

 

 

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Things to take into account: You’ll spend the night in a basic shelter, consisting of shared rooms for 6 people each. Please note, since you will be visiting a remote and lesser-developed area, the accommodation is simple. It is important that you bring a sleeping bag to spend the night, especially during the months of June, July, August and September- though they can also be rented upon arrival.

 

 

*This day you will be crossing the border between Chile and Bolivia. Please note that Bolivia requests: the certificate of yellow fever vaccine to enter the country, and a visa for citizens of some countries.  Please, check if you need these requirements before traveling. You can apply for a travel visa at your home country’s Consulate.

 

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Day 5 – 4WD Adventure to Salt Hotel - Uyuni Tours

 

Welcome to the second day of your adventure! You will have an 8-hour excursion to visit the Siloli Desert, surrounded by the Great Uyuni Salt Flats and some colorful lagoons. Keep on exploring the rock formations carved by wind erosion and hit the next circuit of colored high plain lagoons, Laguna Honda and Cañapa, with their brackish and gleaming waters. Take a moment to admire the particular vegetation of the coastline; its teal-colored waters where the great Caquena, Tapaquillcha y Cañapa volcanoes reflect their images. You’ll be able to see flamingos here, but remember that they are very sensitive animals, so please don’t feed them, and try to take pictures from afar.

 

 

Afterwards, we will continue to Chiguana salt flat, which is crossed by a railway that is still in use, and continue to the town of San Juan, a one-street village where little more than its adobe church and graveyard can be found. Sitting nearby is your special accommodation for the night, the Salt Hotel, and this is not just a symbolic name. In this hotel, most of the facilities are made of salt; salt tables, salt chairs, and salt couches. Enjoy a hot shower and a mineral-filled, restful sleep.

 

 

Uyuni tours take you to the amazing Highplains full of pink flamingos

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Day 6 – 4WD Adventure to Uyuni

 

Today we’ll take on the highlight of the trip: the Great Uyuni Salt Flats. We’ll depart bright and early in the morning to start our 6 hour outing. First, we’ll take a general tour around the widest (6575 miles) and highest (11975 feet above sea level) gleaming salt flats in the world. Come to grips with this open and endless space.

 

Challenge your eyes: sky and earth will seem to merge on the horizon during rainy season (November-March) when the endless brackish desert floods. But don’t worry, the salt always glistens brilliantly during the dry season too—no matter the time of year, you’re sure to see a natural spectacle that’s hard to forget.

 

 

The expedition will continue towards Isla Incahuasi, the island amid salt flats, which is the perfect place to catch a spectacular sunrise. Then, it’s time to test out your modeling skills for the famous perspective photos every traveler comes to get. It’s always a funny and creative moment for everyone, and a good souvenir to take back home.

 

 

We’ll continue on our way towards the eyes of the salt flats (two perfectly round pools) before heading to the town of Colchani, located at the limits of the Uyuni Salt Flats,  where you can buy local handcrafts. The day will finish in a mystical place; a train cemetery. Covered in piles of abandoned train bodywork, this will be the best scenery for the final pictures of this adventurous journey. From here, you will head to the tranquil Bolivian Uyuni City, where you will arrive in the late afternoon.

 

 

If you’re not ready to throw in the towel just yet, take some trip-extension ideas from our comprehensive travel itineraries and keep on exploring other incredible destinations in South America.

 

 

 

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Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Atacama), 1-night accommodation in mountain huts during you 4×4 adventure (Bolivia), 1-night accommodation in Salt Hotel (Bolivia)

 Daily breakfast

 Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

During the 4×4 adventure, you will be accompanied by a Spanish-speaking driver.

Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 4), lunch and dinner (day 5)

Not Included

International or domestic flights or buses.

 National Park Entrance fees

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

Visa for Bolivia: citizens from the United States and Australia need to obtain a visa prior to the trip. We recommend that you ask your consulate about restrictions.

 

 

 

 

 

Accommodation & Prices

ATACAMA (Chile) & UYUNI (Bolivia)


INN/ B&B

USD 845

COMFORT

USD 925

SUPERIOR

USD 1120

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2020 (Not valid in Christmas, New Year and Carnival).

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.

*Please note that this tour is also available in Luxury Category. Ask your Travel Advisor for the details and quotation on this category.



Flights needed for this itinerary

No flights needed for this trip. Trip starts in San Pedro de Atacama and finishes in Uyuni.

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

3-night accommodation in a hotel (Atacama), 1-night accommodation in mountain huts during you 4×4 adventure (Bolivia), 1-night accommodation in Salt Hotel (Bolivia)

 Daily breakfast

 Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

During the 4×4 adventure, you will be accompanied by a Spanish-speaking driver.

Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 4), lunch and dinner (day 5)

Not Included

International or domestic flights or buses.

 National Park Entrance fees

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads

Visa for Bolivia: citizens from the United States and Australia need to obtain a visa prior to the trip. We recommend that you ask your consulate about restrictions.

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Reviews

ATACAMA (Chile) & UYUNI (Bolivia)

Leo Jo Estercam

Leo Jo Estercam

(4 / 5)

Only Say Hueque could fulfill our needs

We contacted different travel agencies and only Say Hueque could fulfill our needs. Once the complete plan was elaborated, we went over to the booking of the airplane and then finally adapted the plan to it. The rest was simple and easy.

Hotel Del Virrey in Salta and Los Colorados in Purmamarca were excellent; all the others were ok but those two excelled.
All hotels were perfectly located.

Regading our favourite excursions, the Iguazu falls are top of the list followed by the 3-day tour Calchaqui Valley in Salta. ‘El Turco’ in Salta and Agostina in Buenos Aires are guides that need special mention.

It would have been better to have private service (iso shared) for the 2-day Saltflats in Salta and the San Ignacio where the guide didn’t speak English at all.


29.11.18

Jake and Sarah Goodridge

Jake and Sarah Goodridge

(4 / 5)

Overall things went very smoothly

We found a tour out to the salt flats in Bolivia and then reverse searched the tour and came across your website. We chose Say Hueque because you had good reviews online and we were struggling to put the trip together on our own.

The highlight of choosing Say Hueque to plan our trip was the ease of having our transfers setup for us.

Regarding the hotels we stayed in, Hotel Clasico was nice. Hotel in El Calafete was a little basic. Hotel in El Chalten was nice. Hotel Manavai on Easter Island was just ok, the rooms are dark and musty.

Our favourite excursion was Big Ice Trek, it was amazing!

We shall mention Joci at Lago Grey Hotel, was an amazing guide.

Overall things went very smoothly, but when we had an issue with an excursion and never received a answer/response from your 24 hour emergency hotline that was a little disappointing.


02.04.18

Lukito Arif

Lukito Arif

(5 / 5)

4WD tour in Bolivia. It was adventurous & very different...

Hi Patricia,

We found Say Hueque through TripAdvisor and decided to work with you because of the good reviews.

The easy communication before and even during the trip was our highlight traveling with you. Great sample itineraries and suggestions from you and Patricio which made organising easier because of the flexibility.

Our favorite hotel was Mirado del Lago in el Calafate. It was clean, comfortable. Food was exceptional.

We liked the 4-day 4WD tour in Bolivia. It was adventurous, very different from the cities that we have come from and our driver, Rodolfo Cayo, was amazing, he took care of us and made sure we were well supplied with coca leaves to battle our altitude sickness.

Best regards


27.10.17

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ATACAMA (Chile) & UYUNI (Bolivia)
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Leo Jo Estercam

Only Say Hueque could fulfill our needs

Jake and Sarah Goodridge

Overall things went very smoothly

Lukito Arif

4WD tour in Bolivia. It was adventurous & very different...

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