Today you will visit Quebrada de Palala, a spectacular jagged rock formation, formed over many years by intense erosion of the mountainside. After this you will head on to El Sillar where you will have a few minutes to get out and enjoy this dramatic landscape before we continue through Nazarenito, a small gold mining community. Then we will go to visit Ciudad del Encanto, where you will see impressive rock formations. After that, you will arrive to San Pablo de Lípez (4250m). Then you will go to San Antonio de Lípez and finally to Quetena, where you will spend your first night in a Basic Accommodation.
Early in the morning, we will continue our trip crossing two small lagoons, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Kollpa. After that, we will travel directly to the border with San Pedro de Atacama crossing the hot springs and Desierto de Dalí, but this time we will not stop there because we will take a shared transfer to San Pedro. We will arrive to San Pedro de Atacama around midday. During the afternoon, we will go to visit Laguna Cejar, Ojos de Sal and Laguna Tebinquinche.
Around 05:30, we will leave from our accommodation and drive to Geysers del Tatio, where you will see the sunrise and have the breakfast there. We will go back to our accommodation around midday. Around 16:00 we will drive for few minutes to arrive to Valle de la Luna, where you will be able to visit both viewpoints. After that, we will go to see the sunset from a viewpoint. Finally we will go back to San Pedro.
You will depart from San Pedro de Atacama around 6-7am and travel to the border. I takes just 1 hour, but you need to wait in the chilean migration office around 1-1.5 hours more. Around 09:30 you will arrive to Bolivia and we will start our tour. We will start visiting Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde. Then we will drive for around 40 minutes and visit Desierto de Dalí. Close to midday, we will arrive to Polques, the hot springs, where you can swim while we prepare the lunch. Around 13:00 we will drive for 30 minutes to arrive to Geysers Sol de Mañana, this is the highest point of all the circuit, 5000 m.a.s.l. approximately. After visiting this amazing place, we will go to Laguna colorada and stay there for around. 1hour. Around 15:30 we will drive for around 2-3 hours to our accommodation in Villamar.
After the breakfast, we will start visiting Valle de Rocas, where you will see many rocks formations like Copa del Mundo and El Camello. Then we will go to Italia Perdida, where you will have some time to walk around the rocks. After that, we will go to Laguna Catal or Laguna Negra. Next is Cañón de la Anaconda which is a canyon where the Anaconda river runs. Some towns like San Agustín and Julaca will be passed in order to arrive to Villa Candelaria to stay there. This night you will stay in a basic salt accommodation.
Today we will cross the immense Salar de Uyuni (3650 m.a.s.l.) early in the morning to see the Sunrise in the Uyuni Salt Flat. With 12,000 km2, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt plain in the world, stretching away in all directions as far as the eye can see. From here you can see volcano Tunupa impressively overhanging. The salt flats are made up of 11 separate layers with a thickness that ranges from 2 to 10m. The depth of salt is 120 meters and with that it is the biggest reserve of minerals such as lithium, magnesium, potassium, nitrogen, phosphorus and borax in the world. It has 14 small islands, the most important is the Incahuasi Island. Around the island, you can see Ojos de Agua, these are springs which act as pores for the salt flats. Leaving the salt bed, we will visit Colchani, the village where the salt is processed. Here there are various salt souvenirs and alpaca or llama wool clothes. Finally, we will go to see Cementerio de Trenes, where you will see a lot of ancient trains. Then we will go the central part of the city to finish the tour around 1-2pm.
Note: If you want to finish in Tupiza, it is possible, after we finish the tour in Uyuni, we will drive around 3 hours more to get to Tupiza.
A shared tour is the best option if you are traveling alone or if you want to meet other people during this amazing adventure. We will complete the group with other people, so you do not have to worry about that.
A private tour is the best option if you want to travel with more comfort and like to travel on your own without following standard times for stops and photographies.
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