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Atacama Desert and Uyuni Salt Flat Adventure

13 days

from £2,495pp (excluding flights)

Visit two of the most impressive landscapes in South America, the Atacama desert in Chile and the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

  • Experience the other-worldly landscape of the Atacama Desert, the driest on earth
  • Travel across the vast Salar de Uyuni salt flats of Bolivia
  • Be one of the few to travel up high over the Andes by 4x4 jeep
  • See flocks of flamingos in the multi-coloured high-Altiplano lakes


Stay in the spectacular Atacama Desert and visit some of the iconic landscapes this area is famous for. The impressive geysers at El Tatio, Moon Valley and its wind and water eroded sand formations as well as the traditional communities of the Andes make up this fascinating area.

Travel over the high Altiplano of the Andes into Bolivia on one of the greatest journeys in South America. Travel beside the immense Licancabur volcano, pass geysers and clear blue, emerald and maroon coloured salt lakes dotted with flamingos. The windswept landscape of the Siloli Desert with its bizarre rock formations, reminiscent of a Salvador Dali painting, before reaching the Salar de Uyuni. The largest salt flats on earth, an eerie expanse of white salty desert stretching as far as the eye can see.

End the trip in the capital city of Santiago with its impressive mountainous back drop of the Andes. Spend time exploring the city, take a day trip out to one of the many world class wineries or visit the historic port of Valpariso.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Madrid

Day 2

Fly Madrid to Santiago

Fly Santiago to Calama


You will be staying at Hotel Altiplanico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Atacama Activities
The Atacama Desert can be explored on foot, on horseback, by bicycle or jeep from San Pedro. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time:

Enjoy a spectacular sunset in the eerie desertscape of The Moon Valley.

Take a trip to the impressive Atacama salt lake, the largest in Chile, home to migratory birds including flamingos.

Watch steam rising in the early morning from the El Tatio geysers.

Visit the striking Menique and Miscanti Lagoons.

Explore the emerald green waters of Laguna Verde, just over the border in Bolivia, and admire mighty Licancabur Volcano.

Visit San Pedro de Atacama’s excellent archaeological museum and adobe church.

Hike or mountain bike into the surrounding desert wilderness and stunning mountain scenery.

Trek and climb up some of the surrounding mountains: Lascar 5,591m, Licancabur 5,916m, Aguas Calientes 5,924m, Sairecabur 6,010m.

4x4 jeep excursions into the desert.

Hot air balloon over the Atacama Desert.

Astronomical tours in the evening.

Sitting at 2,400 metres above sea level, San Pedro de Atacama is a charming oasis town in the heart of the Atacama Desert.

The climate in San Pedro is pleasant throughout the year and the clarity of the nightsky is fantastic for stargazing. The tiny, dusty, oasis town with unpaved streets serves as a base from where to explore the absolutely outstanding, natural, geographic beauty of the area.


You will be staying at Hotel Altiplanico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

You will be staying at Hotel Altiplanico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

San Pedro de Atacama to Soniquera
Early this morning, transfer to the border crossing at Hito Cajon before heading into Bolivia. The journey is long and accommodation can be basic, however the spectacular scenery more than makes up, offering a thoroughly rewarding off-the-beaten-track travel experience.

There is the opportunity to stop at Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde at the foot of the incredible Licancabur Volcano. Visit the impressive Sol de Mañana fumaroles and the beautiful Laguna Colorada where three species of flamingo nest. Head into the Siloli desert, with its famous Stone Tree, reminiscent of a Salvador Dali masterpiece. Pass by the still active Ollague volcano before driving beside the flamingo filled Lagunas Canapa, Chiarcota and Hedionda.


You will be staying at Tayka Desert Hotel, Ojo de Perdiz, Full board

Day 6

Day 2 Soniquera to Uyuni Salt Flats
This morning head towards the Uyuni Salt Flats. Driving across the salt lake and seeing multi-coloured lagoons with vibrant pink flamingos and amazing salt encrusted features is an incredible experience. Stop off at Isla Incawasi, for a short hike across the island to take in the views. Travel further across the Salar to visit the ‘Ojos de Agua’, and the ‘Montones de Sal’ .


You will be staying at Tayka Salt Hotel, Full board

Day 7

Day 3 Uyuni Salt Flats
Full day to further experience the vast shimmering Salar de Uyuni. Head to the foot of Thunupa Volcano to find the renowned Coquesa mummies.

Visit Colchani to view local salt processing methods and visit the train graveyard on the outskirts of Uyuni. It is an interesting open air museum to the steam trains of days gone by and a good spot for photographers.


You will be staying at Tayka Salt Hotel, Full board

Day 8

Day 4 Uyuni Salt Flats to San Pedro de Atacama
Early this morning, depart the salt flats for a full day transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. En route to the border crossing at Hito Cajon there are opportunites to stop and admire the scenery of the high Altiplano. Cross the border and continue onto San Pedro de Atacama.


You will be staying at Hotel Altiplanico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Fly Calama to Santiago


You will be staying at Hotel Orly, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Day at Leisure with Optional Sightseeing
Time to yourself. You may like to consider some of the following excursion ideas:

- Explore the charming port city of Valparaiso with its original funiculars and winding, multi-coloured streets.

- Wine-tasting with a vineyard tour in the Maipo or Colchagua Valley.

- Visit Pablo Neruda’s house at Isla Negra, Chile’s Literature Nobel Prize winner.

- Go riding for the day in the Andean Foothills on little-used mule trails.

- Travel by car southwards out of the city through local towns and villages to the tranquil El Yeso Reservoir

Santiago de Chile enjoys a striking setting sandwiched between The Andes and the Pacific Ocean. It is a modern, cosmopolitan capital city with much to keep the discerning traveller occupied.

Cable car rides offer panoramic views, while art museums both classic and modern vie for your attention. As a modern city, it is easy to explore and any visitor will delight in wandering the bohemian district of Lastarria, home to high quality boutiques and restaurants.

Readily accessible from the city are horse riding, white water rafting or skiing excursions and the region's much celebrated vineyards.


You will be staying at Hotel Orly, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

You will be staying at Hotel Orly, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Fly Santiago to Madrid

Fly Madrid to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Tayka Desert Hotel, Ojo de Perdiz

Tayka Desert Hotel, Ojo de Perdiz

A small community run hotel in a very remote area of the Siloli Desert in southern Bolivia....

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Hotel Altiplanico

Hotel Altiplanico

Hotel Altiplanico is the ideal place for reflection and introspection sitting so close to the immensity of the Atacama Desert....

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Hotel Orly

Hotel Orly

Hotel Orly has 26 rooms, all tastefully decorated with country manor furnishings, pine floors and wooden windows....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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