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Travesía Atacama to Uyuni

  • Atacama Desert
  • Altiplano
  • Salar de Uyuni
Travesía Atacama to Uyuni Travesía Atacama to Uyuni
£ 5261

A private journey crossing borders between the driest desert and the biggest salt flat on Earth.

From the deep silence of the terracotta mountains in the Atacama Desert to the endless white of the Uyuni Salt Flat: unravel two of the world’s most fascinating locations in the journey of a lifetime, traveling across one of the remotest regions on Earth.

Explora Travesía route Atacama to Uyuni

Explora Travesía route Atacama to Uyuni

Travesía Atacama-Uyuni is a journey meant for deep immersion in discoveries from two destinations and everywhere in between. Tour the Atacama desert, the Altiplano and the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia in a 4x4 vehicle, led by an expert explora guide and a local driver. On the way, stop at explora hotel, lodge and mountain homes to delve into the wonders of the Altiplano all through its extension, alternating hikes, drives, and rest, amidst the immensity of the region.

There are a number of activities throughout the journey for every kind of traveler, whether adventurous or contemplative. Your bilingual guide will assist your choice, and conduct you through every part of the voyage. You will dive into local nature, geography, history and legends, and keep this transforming knowledge with you for life.

This private programme lasts from 8 to 11 nights and takes place between April and December, setting off from either Uyuni or the Atacama desert.

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Day 1 Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama
Arrival in San Pedro de Atacama

We pick you up at the Calama airport and transfer you to the oasis of San Pedro de Atacama, located at 2,407 meters above sea level/ 7,897 feets above sea level. It is a 1-hour drive to the explora Atacama, where your arrival sparks an immersion in the essence of the remote.

After your welcome, we introduce you to the region with an opening talk. Next, you and a guide decide together where and what you will be exploring in the next few days.

We do recommend you start off by exploring the oasis, the La Sal and Domeyko mountain ranges, the Atacama salt flat and the unparalleled canyons, landscapes and ecosystems. After that, adventuring yourself over the Altiplano’s 4,000m is an experience you will not regret. But above all, experiencing the Puritama hot springs with your own senses is a must.

This is the perfect start for the transforming journey ahead of you. Warm up body and mind by unravelling the many charms that astonishingly bloom in the Atacama desert.

Stay: Three nights at Explora Atacama (2,407m) – All-inclusive

Day 2-3 Exploring the Atacama Desert
Exploring the Atacama Desert

Delve into the world’s driest desert and feel its inextricable aura in every landscape.

The plan you and your guide have idealised together begins to unfold at your own pace in this private programme. The activities range from light to difficulty levels, short to long durations, and multiple exploration methods: hiking, horseback, bike rides, drives and short walks, and even mountain climbing, for the adventurous-spirited.

And remember: any weather makes a perfect day for exploring. But if the skies happen to be clear, dive into the fresh desert night sky in an astronomy session in the observatory at our hotel.

Note: We believe San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings deserve an extra night of your stay for deeper exploration, although time will never seem enough to unravel the essence of the Atacama desert in its entirety.

Extending your stay is also an option for those who prefer to savour the moment in no hurry, and to enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our swimming pools or reading in the living room. Add one more night at explora Atacama to your 10-night itinerary and go even deeper into the remote. You will never regret it.

Day 4 Crossing the border
Crossing the border

Time to get back on the move. As sunlight cracks the deep blue sky, we depart from San Pedro de Atacama early in the morning and leave behind the oasis – but all we have lived and learned these first few days remains with us for life.

We begin the trip through the Andes and reach the border at Hito Cajón, 47 km/ 29 miles away from our starting point. We are now in Bolivia. Along with an explora guide, we switch vehicles and carry on our journey through the captivating entrails of the Altiplano.

The exploration continues as we go. We visit the Sol de la Mañana geysers and a myriad of salt flats, wetlands and lagoons. The Colorada lagoon is the perfect spot to sight flamingos in their natural habitat, and also where we savour lunch as we gaze at the colours of the Altiplano vividly mingling.

We then proceed until we reach Ramaditas Mountain home, where we watch the sun set into the horizon and finally rest for a new day. As we close our eyes, we can feel and listen to the vast silence, the lonely beauty of the territory we have just started to unearth.

Stay: Two nights at Ramaditas Mountain Home (4,075m) – All-inclusive

Vivid multi-coloured lagoons and the centenary silence of the Andean mountains mesh with the Ramaditas Mountain home, a combination of cosy common areas and 4 double or matrimonial rooms in the very heart of the Altiplano.

Staying at this mountain home includes a myriad of exploration possibilities, such as geysers, salt flats, lagoons, rocky formations, ancient commercial routes and extensive Andean valleys. Truly breath-taking.

Day 5 Ramaditas
Ramaditas

Fresh exploration possibilities come to life with every inch of the Altiplano illuminated by the new morning.

Ahead of you: a day full of discoveries. Choose from hikes, overlands, and mountain climbs to unfold the beauty and spirit within the shimmering lagoons, vast valleys, bewildering salt flats and majestic rocky formations – some of them so grand we call “cathedrals” – surrounding the mountain home.

When night starts to fall, we return to our haven and spend one more evening in the heart of the Altiplano, connecting with its nature and with our own.

Day 6 Ramaditas to Chituca
Ramaditas to Chituca

The wondrous landscapes are never-ending as we approach the Uyuni salt flat. In the morning, we set off to Chituca, where we will spend the next night –we get to walk through ancient mines and valleys on the way. The Turquiri lagoon, with its great diversity of birds and rock formations, is the perfect setting for a restoring lunch, followed by the time to explore the region in greater depth: you may choose between hiking or alternating drives and short walks.

After the exploration is done, we continue the drive towards Chituca, where we will learn about the culture and way of life of the locals.

Stay: Two nights at Chituca Mountain Home (3,732m) – All-inclusive

The panoramic view of the Altiplano and salt flat that once used to be admired by shepherds from their settlement is today’s view from our Chituca Mountain home.

There are many more past settlements and other cultural relics in the region for exploring, besides Andean landscapes, colourful quinoa fields, and local villages full of history waiting to be shared. Once it is time to rest, you may relax in the mountain home’s cosy living room, and appreciate the incredible view from our dining room as your relish the final meal of the day.

Day 7 Chituca
Chituca

Another new day in Chituca allures deeper exploration of this abundant region. You may delve into the wonders of the territory in a full-day exploration, or return for lunch at the mountain home.

Trail ancient routes, discover shepherds’ havens, sight the colours of quinoa plantations, decipher petroglyphs and pictoglyphs that depict Andean history, and even climb the mountains to presence the region’s active volcano.

At nightfall, the silence of the Altiplano fills the air as we wonder at the starry shimmering sky, which has served as a map for the people in the region for centuries and at which we will be able to have an exceptional look through a astronomy binocular.

Day 8 Chituca to Uyuni
Chituca to Uyuni

After a fulfilling breakfast, we set off to one of the explorations of your choice. Explore the mountain home’s surroundings, roaming the cactus forest and the ancient agricultural terraces nearby.

Or visit the village of San Pedro de Quemes, a former Spanish settlement with bewildering panoramic views of the Altiplano and the salt flat. We then continue our journey towards the Gruta de Las Galaxias, an astonishing cave with rare geological formations where you will discover and experience a fascinating part of Andean history. Resuming our trip, 10,000 km2/ 3,861 mi2 of pure white majestically emerge out of thin air before us – we arrive at the Uyuni salt flat. This is the salt flat with the greatest area and the highest altitude on Earth, located at 3,665 m.a.s.l./ 12,024 f.a.s.l.

We stop for lunch at the salt flat, where your next expedition sets off: an explorative hike at the Pescado Island or an overland journey to it. Once complete, we drive to the Uyuni lodge, settled on the slopes of the Tunupa volcano.

Stay: Three nights at Uyuni Lodge (3,681m) – All-inclusive

In the northern border of the Uyuni salt flat, settled on the slopes of the mighty Tunupa volcano, our lodge welcomes you with an outstanding view of the vastest salt flat on Earth.

The region allures exploration. Climb the polychromous slopes of the Tunupa, tour across the islands of the salt flat, and discover local villages, wetlands and archaeological sites all around us.

Day 9-10 Uyuni
Uyuni

Take in the astounding view over the Uyuni salt flat from the comfort of our haven. Your guide will help you decide the explorations you would like to go on. You can choose from hikes, overland trips, and bike rides.

Climbing the multi-hued slopes of the volcano up to 5,432 m.a.s.l/ 17,835 f.a.s.l., biking across a section of the salt flat, or cruising the slopes of the volcano and stopping by at villages along the way are a few of the possibilities. What you see here will remain imprinted in your heart, soul and fondest memory for the rest of your life.

Day 11 End of arrangements
End of arrangements

The last day of the Travesía. After a nourishing breakfast, we drive across the eastern area of the salt flat towards the Uyuni airport, recalling all we have lived for the past days as we gaze off into the rare beauty and enormity of this extraordinary place. A last glance. For now.

Note: Should your Travesía start from Uyuni, please consider beginning the crossing after spending at least 2 nights above 2,500 m.a.s.l/ 8,202 f.a.s.l., so as to give your body time to adapt to local conditions and prepare for the journey ahead.

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