Salta (Argentina), Atacama Desert (Chile) & Uyuni Salt Flats (Bolivia)
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An unforgettable adventure in the Argentine northwest, north of Chile and south Bolivia, visiting the city of Salta, San Antonio de Los Cobres, Salinas Grandes in Jujuy province and the village of Purmamarca in the Humahuaca Gorge. After crossing the Andes to San Pedro de Atacama through one of the highest international passes in the world, you will find yourself in San Pedro de Atacama, a traditional small town from where you will visit the Moon Valley and Geysers del Tatio, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. You will enjoy a spectacular journey of 3 days crossing the Bolivian Puna by 4WD vehicles, surrounded by colored lagoons, geysers, Andean towns and amazing landscapes. You will finally arrive to the shocking Uyuni Salt Flat, the biggest in the world. This trip starts in Salta and ends in Uyuni, from where you can continue your trip in Bolivia to Potosi, La Paz or Lake Titicaca; or return to Argentina by train.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Rates are per person based on twin share or double occupancy. The tour price is land-only. Flights are not included in the price. National Park entries are not included in the price but paid locally.
Day 1 - 4: Argentina ItinerarySalta, Argentina
Day 1 - Salta: Upon arrival in Salta, you will be taken to the hotel. During your first day in the city, we highly recommend walking around the beautiful colonial area.
Day 2 - Salta: Safari to the Clouds – Salt Flats - Purmamarca: Breakfast. Departing in the morning we will travel along the same route as the famous Train to the Clouds, zigzagging on lonely roads between the blue sky and the high desert plains. On our way, we will visit historic ruins, scattered houses, small villages and amazing landscapes. Our first destination is the small town of Campo Quijano and later the impressive Quebrada del Toro, where we will stop for a refreshing coffee break after some stunning viewpoints. From here, we will visit Santa Rosa de Tastil, a pre-Incan city of the XIII century for an easy hike through this ancient archeological site. After, we visit San Antonio de los Cobres, one of the smallest villages in the region- en route to the surreal landscape of the Great Salt Flats. The Great Salt Flats are perfect for amateur and professional photographers alike- where the natural light and reflections provide ample opportunities to test your creativity to the fullest. Finally, later in the afternoon we will arrive to our comfortable hotel in Purmamarca, located at the base of Jujuy´s famed 7-colored mountain. Overnight in Purmamarca.
Day 3 - Salta: Breakfast. Day at leisure to enjoy any of the available optional activities, like rafting the Juramento River, visit wineries in Cafayate or taking a day trip to the Humahuaca Gorge.
Day 4 - Salta to San Pedro de Atacama (bus departure on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays): Breakfast. Bus departure in the morning crossing the Andes thorough the "Paso de Jama" (one of the highest international passes in the world) to San Pedro de Atacama. The trip takes about 12 hours during which you will get nice views. Upon arrival, accommodation.
Day 5 - 6: Chile ItineraryAtacama, Chile
Day 5 - Moon Valley Tour, San Pedro de Atacama: Half-day excursion to Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) where for thousands of years the wind has carved strange, desolate shapes creating a dramatic lunar landscape of eroded hills, surrounding a crust-like valley floor. You can combine the tour with optional mountain biking.
Day 6 - Tatio Geysers Tour, San Pedro de Atacama: At about 4am, you will leave the hotel on a half-day excursion to the amazing Geysers del Tatio, located at an altitude of 4300m, making them the highest geyser field in the world. You will have breakfast while enjoying the unique spectacle of fumaroles during sunrise. Take extra clothes because temperature is below 0º. Before leaving, you can take a bath in the natural pools of spring water (so bring a bathing suit). Return in the afternoon.
Day 7 - 9: Salt Flat Tour ItineraryUyuni Salt Flat, Bolivia
Day 7 - 4WD Trip to Uyuni: Today, you will leave San pedro de Atacama on a 3-day trip to Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia across the Andes. You will visit the National Reserve "Eduardo Acaroa", Laguna Blanca, Laguna Verde, thermal waters, Geysers del Sol and Laguna Colorada. Overnight in the middle of the Bolivian Puna in a Mountain Hut in shared rooms. Meals included ~ Lunch & Dinner.
Day 8 - 4WD Trip to Uyuni: After breakfast you will leave from Laguna Colorada in the early morning to get to the Uyuni Salt Flat on an adventure through spectacular landscapes. Overnight in a Mountain Hut in shared rooms. Meals included ~ Lunch & Dinner.
Day 9 - 4WD Trip to Uyuni: After breakfast you will visit the Salar de Uyuni, the largest Salt Flat in the World. You will cross it in 4WD reaching Lomo del Pescado Island where you'll have lunch. Arrival in the small town of Uyuni in the evening. Meals included ~ Lunch.
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