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Explore to Uyuni, Bolivia for 11 days / 10 nights (available between April and December).

Vacation overview

As you travel the valleys in between the mountains, you will journey to lakes, wetlands, geothermal plains and important historical and cultural sites. A diverse range of wildlife species inhabit this area, one of the most inhospitable on earth and exploring its distinctive natural scenery.



TRAVEL ITINERARY

Day 1:
arrival at San Pedro de Atacama our representative will be there to welcome you at the airport in Calama and take you to the Hotel de Larache in the San Pedro de Atacama oasis, at 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level.

Days 2, 3 and 4: Hotel de Larache

While staying at Hotel de Larache, each day you may choose from a variety of different explorations. These explorations will allow your body to adjust to the altitude and prepare you for the travel to the Bolivian Altiplano. You will also have the opportunity to experience the complex geography of Atacama, its wildlife and ancient culture. At the end of each exploration, the lodge is always there waiting for you: a place to enjoy and regain the energy you will need to keep on exploring.

Day 5: crossing to Bolivia.
You will depart from Hotel de Larache early in the morning. Crossing into Bolivia through the Hito Cajón pass in the extreme outheastern corner of that country, first passing by the volcanic mountain range where the Licancabur volcano is located. Hiking through the geothermal plains of Sol de Mañana at 4,700 meters (15,400 feet) above sea level and later discover a series of salt flats, wetlands and lakes. Especially interesting is the Colorada lagoon, an excellent location for watching flamingos (phoenicopterus chilensis). You will eat lunch while taking in views of this spectacular environment and later continue with the travel. In midafternoon reaches the Cañapa inn, your first campsite, at 4,300 meters (14,100 feet) above sea level.

Day 6: From Cañapa to Chituca
The morning will be spent hiking around the area, and later on continuing journey through the Bolivian Altiplano at altitudes that range between 4,300 and 3,600 meters (14,100 and 11,800 feet) above sea level. Passing by former mining camps and take a 2-hour trek around a lake, home to a number of native animal species. In mid-afternoon arriving at Chituca, second campsite, located at 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) above sea level.

Day 7: Arrival at Uyuni
After breakfast trekking around the area, taking in the old cultivated terraces and the cactus forests that surround the campsite. Continuing journey, visiting some geological formations. In no time will find ourselves at the Salar de Uyuni, which, with a surface area of over 10,000 sq.km (3,861 sq.miles) and located at 3,665 meters (12,025 feet) above sea level, is the largest and highest altitude salt flat in the world. One can go for different treks here. Continuing on the journey will arrive at Tahua, a small town on the shores of the salt flat, where the third campsite is located.

Day 8: Around the Tunupa volcano
Begin to trek early, in 3 to 4 hours reaching the foot of the Tunupa volcano, at an altitude of 5,432 meters (17,820 feet). At this point you can choose to visit any of the many interesting sites in the surrounding area, or climb the volcano, which takes a little more time. In the late afternoon, visiting the small towns bordering the salt flat: Tahua, Coquesa and Jirira. And later return to your campsite in Tahua to eat dinner and spend the night.

Day 9: Crossing to Chile
Setting out early, heading towards the Chilean border. On the way will pass through the town of Llica, you can stop to try some “salteñas”, a traditional Bolivian empanada (pasty or turnover). At lunch time on the banks of the Salar de Coipasa, at 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) above sea level. Later, arrive at Colchane, on the border with Chile. Normally, the border crossing procedure takes a little while. At nightfall, arrive at Aravilla, your campsite at 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level, where you can go trekking through a large wetland area.

Day 10: Descent to the Pacific
In the morning, trekking to the small town of Mauque, climbing to some high altitudes along the way. In Mauque will had a picnic lunch. After lunch, begin the descent from the Altiplano, starting from an altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) back to sea level at the Chilean port of Iquique on the Pacific Ocean. You may want to go swimming at the beach in Iquique. In the evening, dining in the city and spend the night at a local hotel.

Day 11: departure from Iquique
In the morning drop to the airport in Iquique. Your tours ends with an forgettable trip.