Atacama - Uyuni
In March, we set off on another adventure organized by Trilha a Pé. This time we will venture into the Atacama Desert - Chile, Bolivian highlands and the magnificent Salar de Uyuni.
We assembled some of the best spots in Chile and Bolivia in a single tour! You can register using our website! But you better hurry up: the number of participants is limited.
On this tour you will have the chance to visit the most interesting places around the city of San Pedro of Atacama (Chile) such as: Geysers del Tatio, Termas de Puritama, Valle de la Luna…You may also take a 4-day journey on a pickup truck across the Bolivian Altiplano (the Bolivian high plateau) where you can see volcanos, multi-colored lakes, geysers, small attractive villages and have a big ending at the stunning Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.
The landscape is absolutely fantastic in one of the most beautiful, yet inhospitable places on Earth! If you are looking for more adrenaline, we have optional tours: a trekking to the Lascar Volcano, mountain bike riding to the Quebrada del Diablo and many others.
SINGLE INSTALLMENT: You make a bank transfer US$ 950 (according to the Real rate of the date)
6X INSTALLMENT: First payment US$ 350 + 5 payments US$ 140 (according to the Real rate of the date)
*Payment can be done in check or bank deposit
PAG SEGURO: R$ 3.325,00. This price can be paid in up to 13 installments, according to Pag Seguro´s taxes and policy
All participants must buy their own airplane tickets. The prices above refer only to the land based tourism. However we can inform you about flying times, dates or options and help you choose air companies, use your mileage program or extend your trip for a few more days.
Once you select your payment option you should send an e-mail to email@example.com so we can have the prices converted into Reais (according to the dollar rate of the date) and send you any other bank information.
Carefully read all the details of the expedition´s description! Give special attention to what exactly is included in the price you are paying. Prices may change anytime, according to market variations.
In case of cancellation of the passenger´s decision, Trilha a Pé will follow the refund policy in accordance with EMBRATUR Legislative Deliberation #161 form August, 9th 1985. They are:
Cancellation up to 30 days before the trip: 70% refund of total price - participation taxes and reservation costs - non reimbursable expenses (tickets, hotel reservations…)
Cancellation between 29-21 days before the trip: 60% refund of total price - participation taxes and reservation costs - non reimbursable expenses (tickets, hotel reservations…)
Cancellation between 20-7 days before the trip: 40% refund of total price - participation taxes and reservation costs - non reimbursable expenses (tickets, hotel reservations…)
Cancellation less than 7 days before the trip: no devolution of any participation taxes or reservation costs
IMPORTANT! Once Trilha a Pé confirms reservations, the passenger will be charged 10% fee of the total price in case of cancellation.
DAY 1 (March, 08): Calama - San Pedro
Meeting at 2:10pm by Calama´s Airport arrivals lobby. During the 100 km bus transfer to San Pedro of Atacama we can already observe the monochromatic landscape of the plains and mountains of the Andes Range. This is the youngest mountain range in the world and it justifies the huge incidence of volcanos in the region. There are more than 200 all over the range. For the first time, we will see our inseparable trip companion: The Licancabur Volcano. The Licancabur will join us in numerous moments at San Pedro. This city is the crib of Atacama’s culture, a genuine oasis in the desert. Everything that refers to the Atacama is superlative! This is the highest desert of the world, located 2000 meters above the sea level – in some areas it may get up to 5000 meters. Even on a bright sunshine day, it is an extremely windy site and temperatures may vary from 0oC to 40oC on a single day.
San Pedro of Atacama lies on an altitude of 2400m and was conquered by the Incan in 1450. A century later, the small village was taken by the Spanish and turned into a stoppover point for the Jesuit. The original name of Atacama was Licanantay. The original native language was kunda, but it changed with time and slowly faded out after colonization. The city grew and spread surrounding the church of San Pedro. This church became a national historical heritage in 1745.
On day 1: afternoon and evening are free. It is a nice opportunity to take a city tour on your own, appreciate the lovely adobe houses, visit the Archeological Museum of Gustav Le Paige or even get to know San Pedro´s Church. Another good option is savoring a delicious chanar (local hazelnut) - chocolate ice cream in one of the charming coffee shops in San Pedro and try to relief the heat while you wait for a special sunset. The nightlife in San Pedro is hectic. All craft shops stay opened until late at night and they offer a large number of products: from ponchos to llama wool hats, sophisticated ceramic ornaments and hand-made jewelry using the local colored stones. The main street of the city is Caracoles and its popular bars and restaurants serve the classic pisco sour drink made with the typical herb called “rica-rica”.
Day 1: overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms)
DAY 2 (March, 09): Geysers del Tatio and Termas de Puritama – San Pedro
Sunrise is expected to occur at 4am on February 26th. We will board on a mobile van and leave towards the Geysers del Tatio. The cost of this tour is included in the total price and will be hosted by a local travel agency. The geysers are found over 4000m of altitude. Therefore, we recommend that you eat something light on your previous dinner. Even though it is really hard to resist the delicious Chilean wines, you should have no alcoholic drinks and avoid meat the night before. The local temperature will probably be around 0oC at our arrival time. Before we leave, it works better if you have only a cup of coffee or a cup of coca tea in order to avoid nausea on our next hour-and-a-half trip on a winding road upward more than 2000m. You will be able to see the vaporous water curtains of more than 80 geysers from far away. That is why this is one of the most impressive attractions on the north of San Pedro of Atacama. In order to watch the geysers´ highest level of activity we must be up there early in the morning. Actually, the cold morning breeze intensifies the steam and the clouds may get up to 6m high at 85oC. The thick smog is produced due to the contact between the water from an underground cold river and the hot volcanic rocks. By the end of this tour over the geothermal field, it is time to enjoy a nice breakfast and the company of Andean gulls that always trying to steal our food. Needless to say: it is not allowed to feed the animals! On our way back to the hostel, we make a stop at the Termas de Puritama. This is a tourist complex that gathers 8 natural pools and a few small waterfalls. The average temperature of the water there is 35oC. Tradition says Puritama´s water contains rich minerals of great medicinal value, so it is considered excellent for skin rejuvenation. We return to the hostel at about 1pm.
You have another free afternoon on day 2. You can rest or even choose to go on another short tour with a local agency suggested by Trilha a Pé.
Day 2: overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms)
DAY 3 (March, 10): Andean Altiplano
On day 3 we will be leaving San Pedro of Atacama using an exclusive bus transfer at 8am.Our destination is the border area between Chile and Bolivia at 4400m altitude. There we will do all the paper work: immigration and customs. Then can we go straight to the Bolivian Altiplano on pickup trucks for 6 passengers each. Along the journey we can contemplate the flora and observe some typical animals found in the region: vicuñas, llamas, guanacos, flamingos. Right in the beginning we cross the Verde Lagoon and the Blanca Lagoon at the Licancabur Vocano´s base. We follow the tour through the Daly Desert with its stunning landscape, a few unique places such as the natural pools of thermal water and the geysers from Sol de Mañana. These geysers are sources of running water that may achieve 90oC temperature and form high vaporous water curtains. The geysers emerge from cracks of volcanic lava. The end of day 3 is by the Colorada Lagoon and a reunion of more than 3000 flamingos of 3 different species.
Because of the altitude it is essential that each person bring their own individual sleeping bags specific for very low temperatures. The Atacama Desert is considered the best place on earth for you to observe the sky. So it is worth coming outside and contemplating the stars at night, in spite of the freezing weather.
We will have all 3 main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Altiplano
DAY 4 (March, 11): Andean Altiplano
We will departure from the hostel at 8am and travel across the Siloli Desert. The landscape is mainly formed by rocks derived from wind erosion. We will soon spot the Altiplano’s Lagoons also known as Lagunas Coloridas: Honda, Chiarcota, Cañapa and the small Chiguana Salar close to San Juan Village.
Day 4: overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms)
We will have all 3 main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Altiplan
DAY 5 (March, 12): Uyuni - Andean Altiplano
We leave the hostel at 8am to meet the famous Uyuni Salar. This is the largest salt flat in the world and covers a 1200m2 area. In the middle of the Salar we will visit the Incan islands: Isla Huasi and Isla Pescado, their calcic rock formations and the rests of corals and shells. From this point we move towards the Ojos del Salar, Montanhas de Sal and the villages of Colchani and Chico on the boundaries of the Salar – 20km away from Uyuni. We expect to arrive at Uyuni, Bolivia at 3pm. Then we make a 2-hour break before heading to Villa Mar.
Day 5: overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms)
We will have all 3 main meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Altiplano
DAY 6 (March, 13): Villa Mar – San Pedro - Bike "Quebrada del Diablo" (optional)
At 5am we set off from Villa Mar to the border between Bolivia and Chile. 9am is our estimated time of arrival at the Bolivian immigration office. We will get on a mini bus for a trip back to San Pedro. We may arrive there at 1pm.
we have na optional30km mountain bike tour up to the Quebrada del Diablo. This is a really difficult adventure only recommended for people who have excellent physical aerobic conditions. Trilha a Pé´s guides will handle this tour. The price is approximately US$ 50, including the bike.
Day 6: overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms)
We will have breakfast at the Altiplano
DAY 7 (March, 14): San Pedro – Lascar Volcano (optional)
On the 7th day we offer optional activities. You have a choice to climb 500m up to the volcanic crater of the Lascar. This adventure requires previous reservation, so you should register in advance (while still in Brazil) before we even embark on this journey. It will be done in collaboration with local touristic guides. We start the trekking to the Lascar Volcano at 5am. We arrive at Laguna at 8am for breakfast. All participants will get a trail kit with necessary equipment for the trekking. A car will take us to the base of the volcano at 4900m altitude. There we begin the hike. It is a steep ascent that usually takes a 4-hour walk. Our great challenge is to overcome the harsh effects of the altitude on our bodies. The crater is 5500m high and it makes the climbing even harder.
If you decide not to visit the volcano, you will have a free day. So you can choose a different tour among one of the tours of local agencies suggested by Trilha a Pé.
Price for the hike: approximately US$ 220
Day 7: overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms)
DAY 8 (March, 15): San Pedro – Calama – Rio de Janeiro
On this day we completed our services
However, passengers are free to arrange their own returning date and time.
Some optional tours are not included in the package’s total price. You can pay for those apart and take them on your free days or afternoons.
1. Laguna Cejar – Ojos de Salar – Laguna Tambenquiche
Tour + park entrance: US$35 (approximately)
Bathing suits are needed! This complex of natural pools is formed by 2 huge lagoons: Cejar and Piedra. They are famous for their intense turquoise water in contrast with the green underbrush. It is the third largest water complex on earth. The park is located in the center of Atacama Salar, 18km away from San Pedro, and covers 3000m2. The edges of the lagoons are shallow, but in the middle they may come to 200m deepness. These lagoons´ waters are highly salt and lithium concentrated. This combination allows us to float and contemplate the beauty of the Andes Range, the impressiveness of the Lascar Volcano and the omnipresence of the Licancabur. It is really worth going to Cejar lagoon even though swimming is not permitted there. After that, you may want to visit Ojos de Salar. In fact, this lagoon is formed by two shafts of clear waters that have the shape of two big eyes. In the end, you can appreciate a wonderful sunset at the Tambenquiche Lagoon.
2. Valle de la Luna – Sunset at Gran Duma
Tour + park entrance: US$ 35 (approximately)
A tour to the Valle de la Luna is your best option to watch the sunset. Gustav Le Paige named the valley as Valle de la Luna because of its similarity with the Moon. The terrain has great salt and mineral rocky formations that have been sculpted by the wind. This tour covers the Mirador, Cordillera de Sal, Três Marias, Valle de la Muerte and ends at Gran Duna with a fantastic sunset.
3. Mountain bike to the Quebrada del Diablo
Tour + bike rental: US$50 (approximately)
Mountain bike ride through the Quebrada del Diablo is another great choice! On this 30km round trip we explore the surroundings of San Pedro of Atacama and the canyons at Quebrada del Diablo. Trilha a Pé´s guides will handle this adventure and it requires the participants to be in a good shape.
4. Lascar Volcano
Tour + park entrance: US$230 (approximately)
The Lascar is an active volcano located 5592m high in the Atacama Desert (Chile). Its last eruption happen in April 18th, 2006 and there is a permanent smoke cloud over the crater. It can even be seen from San Pedro of Atacama a few kilometers away. It is worth the effort because you get to see a gigantic crater of 750m diameter and 300m deepness on this adventure. The tour is made both by local guides and Trilha a Pé´s guides.
INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE´S TOTAL PRICE
- Brazilian bilingual touristic guide during the whole tour.
- A touristic guide licensed by Ministério do Turismo trained and skilled for each described activity.
- Touristic guide with mountaineering, first-aid and rescue expertise.
- Brazilian bilingual guide for the bike ride in Quebrada del Diablo.
- Local Spanish speaking touristic guide (from a partner local agency) for the crossing of the Bolivian Altiplano on a pickup truck.
- Local Spanish speaking touristic guide (from a partner local agency) for the tour to Geysers del Tatio and Termas de Puritama (1-day trip).
- Activities planning and logistics.
- Photographs of the trip. They will be available for all participants on a CD-Rom or PenDrive right after we come back.
- Transfer on regular buses: Calama-San Pedro
- 4-days transfer on a pickup truck: San Pedro of Atacama-Uyuni-San Pedro of Atacama (crossing the Bolivian Altiplano)
- Tour to the Geysers del Tatio and Termas de Puritama
- Entrance ticket at Geysers del Tatio (US$10 each)
- 3x neat breakfast (crossing the Bolivian Altipla)
- 1x breakfast in the beginning of the tour to Geysers de Tatio and Termas de Puritama.
- 3x neat lunch (crossing the Bolivian Altiplano)
- 4x overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms) in San Pedro of Atacama
- 3x overnight stay in a hostel (collective rooms) crossing the Bolivian Altiplano
- Sport bag
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE´S TOTAL PRICE
- Airplane tickets and taxes. However, we can suggest air companies and flights options.
* How to buy your airplane ticket?
Trilha a Pé is a partner of Anima Tour travel agency. They make daily searches for best prices and flight options. Therefore, they offer their own services with no additional cost. You can choose your own air ticket and International Travel Insurance.
- Entrance at the National Park in the crossing of the Bolivian Altipla (US$35)
- Hiking to the Lascar Volcano crater (US$ 220 approximately)
- Sleeping bag
- 3x breakfast
- 4x dinner
- 4x lunch
- Hot bath at the Altiplano´s shelters (US$5 each bath)
- Transfer on regular buses: San Pedro-Calama
- Entrance ticket to the Termas de Puritama (US$30)
- Trekking kit (for the Lascar Volcano climbing and other tours)
- Non specified expenses
- Extra tours not described in the program
- Personal expenses (ex.: phone calls, beverages, non-specified meals, internet usage…)
- International Travel Insurance (mandatory)
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WHAT TO TAKE
- Passport or ID card with an updated photograph, and with validity of more than 6 months
- Airplane tickets
- International Travel Insurance (mandatory)
- International Vaccination Certificate against yellow fever (required in Bolivia)
- Local currency or American dollars (there is an exchange office at Santiago´s International Airport). The Chilean currency is called “Peso Chileno”, and the Bolivian currency is called “Boliviano”.
- Most commonly accepted credit cards: Visa, America Express, Diners Club and Mastercard.
Individual equipment required (for all participants):
- Sleeping bag (for -5oC)
- Sunscreen SPF +30
- Lip balm
- Cap or hat (especially if you are going on the hiking at the Lascar Volcano)
- Water and isotonic slots (camelback or canteen)
- 1 pair of comfortable sneakers or hiking boots
Suggested individual items and equipment:
- Medicine of personal/regular usage
- 1 pair of slippers
- Document and cash holder
- Safety lockers (to use on your tent or on a hostel locker)
- 1 pair of comfortable sneakers or hiking boots
- 1 pair of slippers
- 1 anorak
- 1 pair of convertible pants
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 1 thermal underwear top
- 1 thermal underwear bottom
- 1 fleece jacket for cold weather
- 1 fleece long sleeve shirt for cold weather
- 1 wool shirt
- 1 pair of gloves for cold weather
- 1 wool beanie
- 3 pairs of socks
- 2 cotton shirts
- 1 small towel
- Toiletry kit
- Bathing suits (to be worn at Termas de Puritama and Laguna Cejar)
Suggested trail kit (for participants who decide to go for the hiking at the Lascar Volcano):
- Cereal bars
- Energy gels
- Gatorade or other isotonic drinks
- Dehydrated fruit
- Nuts and raisins
- Candy bars
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Minimum age: 14 years old (if accompanied by a tutor)
Number of participants: 6-14
Level of difficulty (1-5): 3
Level of difficulty at the Lascar Volcano hike (1-5): 5
The altitude is definitely the greatest difficulty one may face on this tour. Peak levels reach 4700m along the journey. The extremely dry weather is another important factor. Not to mention we will be travelling throughout one of the biggest deserts on the planet. It is fundamental to stay permanently well-hydrated during the entire adventure. It is also important to remind that we will spend overnights at humble hostels and sleep in collective rooms on the crossing of the Bolivian Altiplano. The temperature may vary abruptly. It can be hot in the morning but freezing cold at night. To it is essential that you take the correct type of clothing. All meals offered (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are very neat and simple. We will spend 7 days in a remotely hostile environment. Our tour will have extra support from partners of touristic agencies both at the Altiplano and the Geysers del Tatio tours.
Lascar Volcano: on day 7th day, the 5500m hiking upon the Lascar Volcano is an optional adventure. The tour takes approximately 4 hours. Indeed it is an extremely hard walk, so it is strongly recommended that participants are used to difficult trekking and are in great shape if they decide to face such a challenge.
Mountain bike ride to the Quebrada del Diablo: this is another optional activity. On this ride we run across the surroundings of San Pedro of Atacama, enter the Quebrada del Diablo and visit its canyons. This adventure requires a good physical condition from the participants. We offer different options for those who are not well-conditioned or would rather do something else instead.
Beginning and meeting point of the tour: disembarking lobby at the Airport of Calama, Chile
Logistics´ meeting before the trip: