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UYUNI SALT FLATS & ATACAMA

Desert & Altiplano, Chile - Bolivia

Itineraries

The journey immerses travelers in the sheer power and beauty of geography, as it shapes and conditions life in every form. Travesía Atacama-Uyuni is a journey meant for deep immersion in discoveries from two destinations and everywhere in between. 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 itinerary is exclusively designed for those travelers who check in at Explora Atacama during the morning of their arrival day. We strongly recommend extending the journey by 1 night in Atacama for proper acclimatization and to avoid altitude sickness

ESSENTIALS OF ATACAMA & UYUNI

Private Travel Uyuni salt flat

Atacama is where it all begins. The body starts to settle into the new environment of exploration, passing through the San Pedro oasis, roaring sand dunes and salt esplanades, freshly hued lagoons, and the curious bofedales crowned by silent mountains. Soon enough, we cross the border into Bolivia, finally digging deep into the grand, awe-inspiring Andes.

After days of discoveries and revelations, we reach the Uyuni salt flat and revel in the unequalled landscape of the largest salt flat in the world.

Private Travel Uyuni salt flat

DAY 1 AND 2 - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1.1

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 hotel, where your arrival sparks an immersion in the essence of the remote. After your welcome, we introduce you to the region with a talk either just before lunch, or after your first exploration, depending on the time you arrive. In the end of the day, you and a guide discuss and decide 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 4,000 m.a.s.l/ 13,123 f.a.s.l. 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1.1

DAY 3 - CROSSING THE BORDER

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 SOL DE MAÑANA

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 is also where we savour lunch as we gaze at the colours of the Altiplano vividly mingling.

Then we continue until we reach our Ramaditas Mountain home, where we watch the sunset 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 SOL DE MAÑANA

DAY 4 - FROM RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGOON

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. On the way, we get to walk through ancient mines and valleys.

The Turquiri lagoon, with its great diversity of birds and rock formations, is the perfect setting for a restoring lunch. It is then time to explore the region in greater depth: 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.

We believe that Ramaditas and its surroundings deserve an additional day of stay to explore even further. If you ultimately decide to extend your stay, you will have various options to choose from for your second day.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGOON

DAY 5 - FROM CHITUCA TO UYUNI

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

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.

We will continue our journey and suddenly, 10,000 km2 of salt will appear in front of us: the Uyuni Salt Flats. Located at 3,665 meters above sea level, it is the largest and highest-altitude salt flat on the planet. We will have lunch on the salt flats, from where the next exploration begins: a land journey to Fish Island or a walk on the same island. Finally, we will reach our Uyuni lodge at the foothills of the Tunupa Volcano.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

DAY 6 AND 7 - 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.

** 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.

EXTEND YOUR NIGHTS IN ATACAMA

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

We highly recommend travelers to extend their Journey by one night in Atacama for proper acclimatization.

Furthermore, San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings deserve an additional night to delve deeper, although time will never be enought to fully unfold the essence of Atacama. Extending your stay is also an option for those who prefer to enjoy the moment without rushing, or to indulge in an afternoon of relaxation by our pools or reading in our lounges.

Add one more night at Explora Atacama to your 6-night itinerary and immerse yourself even further in this remote destination. You will never regret it.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

Essentials of Atacama & Uyuni

Private Travel Uyuni salt flat

Atacama is where it all begins. The body starts to settle into the new environment of exploration, passing through the San Pedro oasis, roaring sand dunes and salt esplanades, freshly hued lagoons, and the curious bofedales crowned by silent mountains. Soon enough, we cross the border into Bolivia, finally digging deep into the grand, awe-inspiring Andes.

After days of discoveries and revelations, we reach the Uyuni salt flat and revel in the unequalled landscape of the largest salt flat in the world.

Private Travel Uyuni salt flat

Day 1 - San Pedro de Atacama

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1.1

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 hotel, where your arrival sparks an immersion in the essence of the remote. After your welcome, we introduce you to the region with a talk either just before lunch, or after your first exploration, depending on the time you arrive. In the end of the day, you and a guide discuss and decide 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 4,000 m.a.s.l/ 13,123 f.a.s.l. 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1.1

DAY 2 AND DAY 3 - ATACAMA DESERT

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

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 clear, dive into the fresh desert night sky in an astronomy session in the observatory at our hotel.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

DAY 4 - CROSSING THE BORDER

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 SOL DE MAÑANA

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 is 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 SOL DE MAÑANA

DAY 5 - FROM RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGOON

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. On the way, we get to walk through ancient mines and valleys.

The Turquiri lagoon, with its great diversity of birds and rock formations, is the perfect setting for a restoring lunch. It is then time to explore the region in greater depth: 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.

We believe that Ramaditas and its surroundings deserve an additional day of stay to explore even further. If you ultimately decide to extend your stay, you will have various options to choose from for your second day.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGOON

DAY 6 - FROM CHITUCA TO UYUNI

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

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.

We will continue our journey and suddenly, 10,000 km2 of salt will appear in front of us: the Uyuni Salt Flats. Located at 3,665 meters above sea level, it is the largest and highest-altitude salt flat on the planet. We will have lunch on the salt flats, from where the next exploration begins: a land journey to Fish Island or a walk on the same island. Finally, we will reach our Uyuni lodge at the foothills of the Tunupa Volcano.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

DAY 7 AND DAY 8 - UYUNI

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY8 UYUNI SALT FLAT

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.

** 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY8 UYUNI SALT FLAT

EVEN DEEPER

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY9 UYUNI SALT FLAT

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 7-night itinerary and go even deeper into the remote. You will never regret it.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY9 UYUNI SALT FLAT

Our 7 OR 8 night itineraries include

3 or 4 nights in our Atacama lodge*
1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Ramaditas
1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Chituca
2 nights in our lodge in Uyuni

All Atacama explorations can be arranged daily according to the travelers' interests along with their guide.
Several pre-established explorations and stops are included in the journeys between Atacama and each Mountain Home.
In Uyuni, you can select exploration options in different modalities to do according to your interests.

We remind you that we offer a transportation service from Uyuni to Calama for an additional cost. To check availability and obtain more information, please consult with your tour operator or sales representative.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE REMOTENESS

The 10-night itinerary is ideal for those willing to immerse for longer in the rarities of the remote. Crossing through the Altiplano between Chile and Bolivia, discover a region infused with history and breath-taking landscapes.

You choose your starting point, either San Pedro de Atacama or Uyuni. When making your decision, keep in mind the altitude in the Atacama is best for easing the process of your adaptation to the local geographical conditions.*

The possibilities when discovering the Altiplano are endless. To explore the region as deeply as possible, we advise adding one more night to your stay. An extra full day exploring San Pedro de Atacama’s wondrous landscapes. You’ll never regret it.


This itinerary describes the Journey that starts from San Pedro de Atacama. Nevertheless, you can choose to depart from Uyuni. If you prefer to begin your Journey in Uyuni, you must ensure that your acclimatization process is already complete (having spent at least two nights above 2,500 meters above sea level).

Day 1 - San Pedro de Atacama

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

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 4,000 m.a.s.l/ 13,123 f.a.s.l. 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

Days 2 and 3 – Atacama Desert

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY2 GEYSER

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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY2 GEYSER

Day 4 – Crossing the Border

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 GUANCADOS AT THE LAGOON

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 the mountain home at Ramaditas, 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 GUANCADOS AT THE LAGOON

Day 5 - Ramaditas

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA 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 the refuge and spend the evening at the heart of the Altiplano, connecting with nature and with ourselves.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA RAMADITAS

Day 6 - From Ramaditas to Chituca

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGUNA COLORADA

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 lifestyle of local families.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGUNA COLORADA

Day 7 - Chituca

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA RAMADITAS

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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA RAMADITAS

Day 8 - From Chituca to Uyuni

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 CATHEDRALS

After a fulfilling breakfast, we set off to one of the explorations of your choice. Explore the 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 CATHEDRALS

Days 9 and 10 - Uyuni

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY8 UYUNI SALT FLAT

Take in the astounding view over the Uyuni salt flat from the comfort of our lodge, operated in partnership with local families. 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY8 UYUNI SALT FLAT

Day 11 - Uyuni

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY7 UYUNI SALT FLAT

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.

** 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.

ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY7 UYUNI SALT FLAT

Extra Night in Atacama: Extension to 11 Nights

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.

Our 10 or 11 night itineraries include

lodge atacama desert

3 or 4 nights in our Atacama lodge*
1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Ramaditas
1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Chituca
3 nights in our lodge in Uyuni

All Atacama explorations can be arranged daily according to the travelers' interests along with their guide.
Several pre-established explorations and stops are included in the journeys between Atacama and each Mountain Home.
In Uyuni, you can select exploration options in different modalities to do according to your interests.

We remind you that we offer a transportation service from Uyuni to Calama for an additional cost. To check availability and obtain more information, please consult with your tour operator or sales representative.


lodge atacama desert
  • This itinerary is exclusively designed for those travelers who check in at Explora Atacama during the morning of their arrival day. We strongly recommend extending the journey by 1 night in Atacama for proper acclimatization and to avoid altitude sickness

    ESSENTIALS OF ATACAMA & UYUNI

    Private Travel Uyuni salt flat

    Atacama is where it all begins. The body starts to settle into the new environment of exploration, passing through the San Pedro oasis, roaring sand dunes and salt esplanades, freshly hued lagoons, and the curious bofedales crowned by silent mountains. Soon enough, we cross the border into Bolivia, finally digging deep into the grand, awe-inspiring Andes.

    After days of discoveries and revelations, we reach the Uyuni salt flat and revel in the unequalled landscape of the largest salt flat in the world.

    DAY 1 AND 2 - SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1.1

    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 hotel, where your arrival sparks an immersion in the essence of the remote. After your welcome, we introduce you to the region with a talk either just before lunch, or after your first exploration, depending on the time you arrive. In the end of the day, you and a guide discuss and decide 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 4,000 m.a.s.l/ 13,123 f.a.s.l. 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.

    DAY 3 - CROSSING THE BORDER

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 SOL DE MAÑANA

    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 is also where we savour lunch as we gaze at the colours of the Altiplano vividly mingling.

    Then we continue until we reach our Ramaditas Mountain home, where we watch the sunset 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.

    DAY 4 - FROM RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGOON

    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. On the way, we get to walk through ancient mines and valleys.

    The Turquiri lagoon, with its great diversity of birds and rock formations, is the perfect setting for a restoring lunch. It is then time to explore the region in greater depth: 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.

    We believe that Ramaditas and its surroundings deserve an additional day of stay to explore even further. If you ultimately decide to extend your stay, you will have various options to choose from for your second day.

    DAY 5 - FROM CHITUCA TO UYUNI

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

    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.

    We will continue our journey and suddenly, 10,000 km2 of salt will appear in front of us: the Uyuni Salt Flats. Located at 3,665 meters above sea level, it is the largest and highest-altitude salt flat on the planet. We will have lunch on the salt flats, from where the next exploration begins: a land journey to Fish Island or a walk on the same island. Finally, we will reach our Uyuni lodge at the foothills of the Tunupa Volcano.

    DAY 6 AND 7 - 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.

    ** 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.

    EXTEND YOUR NIGHTS IN ATACAMA

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

    We highly recommend travelers to extend their Journey by one night in Atacama for proper acclimatization.

    Furthermore, San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings deserve an additional night to delve deeper, although time will never be enought to fully unfold the essence of Atacama. Extending your stay is also an option for those who prefer to enjoy the moment without rushing, or to indulge in an afternoon of relaxation by our pools or reading in our lounges.

    Add one more night at Explora Atacama to your 6-night itinerary and immerse yourself even further in this remote destination. You will never regret it.

  • Essentials of Atacama & Uyuni

    Private Travel Uyuni salt flat

    Atacama is where it all begins. The body starts to settle into the new environment of exploration, passing through the San Pedro oasis, roaring sand dunes and salt esplanades, freshly hued lagoons, and the curious bofedales crowned by silent mountains. Soon enough, we cross the border into Bolivia, finally digging deep into the grand, awe-inspiring Andes.

    After days of discoveries and revelations, we reach the Uyuni salt flat and revel in the unequalled landscape of the largest salt flat in the world.

    Day 1 - San Pedro de Atacama

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1.1

    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 hotel, where your arrival sparks an immersion in the essence of the remote. After your welcome, we introduce you to the region with a talk either just before lunch, or after your first exploration, depending on the time you arrive. In the end of the day, you and a guide discuss and decide 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 4,000 m.a.s.l/ 13,123 f.a.s.l. 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.

    DAY 2 AND DAY 3 - ATACAMA DESERT

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

    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 clear, dive into the fresh desert night sky in an astronomy session in the observatory at our hotel.

    DAY 4 - CROSSING THE BORDER

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 SOL DE MAÑANA

    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 is 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.

    DAY 5 - FROM RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGOON

    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. On the way, we get to walk through ancient mines and valleys.

    The Turquiri lagoon, with its great diversity of birds and rock formations, is the perfect setting for a restoring lunch. It is then time to explore the region in greater depth: 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.

    We believe that Ramaditas and its surroundings deserve an additional day of stay to explore even further. If you ultimately decide to extend your stay, you will have various options to choose from for your second day.

    DAY 6 - FROM CHITUCA TO UYUNI

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 RAMADITAS TO CHITUCA

    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.

    We will continue our journey and suddenly, 10,000 km2 of salt will appear in front of us: the Uyuni Salt Flats. Located at 3,665 meters above sea level, it is the largest and highest-altitude salt flat on the planet. We will have lunch on the salt flats, from where the next exploration begins: a land journey to Fish Island or a walk on the same island. Finally, we will reach our Uyuni lodge at the foothills of the Tunupa Volcano.

    DAY 7 AND DAY 8 - UYUNI

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY8 UYUNI SALT FLAT

    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.

    ** 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.

    EVEN DEEPER

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY9 UYUNI SALT FLAT

    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 7-night itinerary and go even deeper into the remote. You will never regret it.

    Our 7 OR 8 night itineraries include

    3 or 4 nights in our Atacama lodge*
    1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Ramaditas
    1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Chituca
    2 nights in our lodge in Uyuni

    All Atacama explorations can be arranged daily according to the travelers' interests along with their guide.
    Several pre-established explorations and stops are included in the journeys between Atacama and each Mountain Home.
    In Uyuni, you can select exploration options in different modalities to do according to your interests.

    We remind you that we offer a transportation service from Uyuni to Calama for an additional cost. To check availability and obtain more information, please consult with your tour operator or sales representative.

  • IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE REMOTENESS

    The 10-night itinerary is ideal for those willing to immerse for longer in the rarities of the remote. Crossing through the Altiplano between Chile and Bolivia, discover a region infused with history and breath-taking landscapes.

    You choose your starting point, either San Pedro de Atacama or Uyuni. When making your decision, keep in mind the altitude in the Atacama is best for easing the process of your adaptation to the local geographical conditions.*

    The possibilities when discovering the Altiplano are endless. To explore the region as deeply as possible, we advise adding one more night to your stay. An extra full day exploring San Pedro de Atacama’s wondrous landscapes. You’ll never regret it.


    This itinerary describes the Journey that starts from San Pedro de Atacama. Nevertheless, you can choose to depart from Uyuni. If you prefer to begin your Journey in Uyuni, you must ensure that your acclimatization process is already complete (having spent at least two nights above 2,500 meters above sea level).

    Day 1 - San Pedro de Atacama

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY1

    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 4,000 m.a.s.l/ 13,123 f.a.s.l. 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.

    Days 2 and 3 – Atacama Desert

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY2 GEYSER

    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.

    Day 4 – Crossing the Border

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 GUANCADOS AT THE LAGOON

    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 the mountain home at Ramaditas, 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.

    Day 5 - Ramaditas

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA 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 the refuge and spend the evening at the heart of the Altiplano, connecting with nature and with ourselves.

    Day 6 - From Ramaditas to Chituca

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY4 LAGUNA COLORADA

    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 lifestyle of local families.

    Day 7 - Chituca

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA RAMADITAS

    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 - From Chituca to Uyuni

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY5 CATHEDRALS

    After a fulfilling breakfast, we set off to one of the explorations of your choice. Explore the 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.

    Days 9 and 10 - Uyuni

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY8 UYUNI SALT FLAT

    Take in the astounding view over the Uyuni salt flat from the comfort of our lodge, operated in partnership with local families. 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 - Uyuni

    ATACAMA UYUNI TRAVESIA DAY7 UYUNI SALT FLAT

    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.

    ** 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.

    Extra Night in Atacama: Extension to 11 Nights

    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.

    Our 10 or 11 night itineraries include

    lodge atacama desert

    3 or 4 nights in our Atacama lodge*
    1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Ramaditas
    1 night in our Mountain Lodge in Chituca
    3 nights in our lodge in Uyuni

    All Atacama explorations can be arranged daily according to the travelers' interests along with their guide.
    Several pre-established explorations and stops are included in the journeys between Atacama and each Mountain Home.
    In Uyuni, you can select exploration options in different modalities to do according to your interests.

    We remind you that we offer a transportation service from Uyuni to Calama for an additional cost. To check availability and obtain more information, please consult with your tour operator or sales representative.