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Atacama & Uyuni

Chile - Bolivia

Tips de Viaje

COMO LLEGAR

From Calama: Once in Santiago de Chile International Airport (SCL), you need to take a 2-hour connection flight to the northern city of Calama (CJC). We advise you to book an early flight in order to be able to relax at the hotel and participate in an easy exploration during the afternoon. We will be waiting for you at Calama airport and will drive you to Explora.

After crossing the Bolivian Altiplano, the travesía ends in Uyuni. In the morning of the last day, we will take you to the International Joya Andina Airport (UYU) where you will be able to board a plane to La Paz (LPB).

From Uyuni: To start this travesía in Bolivia, you will need to reach the Internacional Joya Andina Airport (UYU). We will pick you up there to begin the journey.

Once the Travesía is over, we will take you to Calama Airport (CJC) from Explora , where you will be able to take a flight to Santiago (SCL).

COMO LLEGAR

COMO LLEGAR

From Calama: Once in Santiago de Chile International Airport (SCL), you need to take a 2-hour connection flight to the northern city of Calama (CJC). We advise you to book an early flight in order to be able to relax at the hotel and participate in an easy exploration during the afternoon. We will be waiting for you at Calama airport and will drive you to Explora.

After crossing the Bolivian Altiplano, the travesía ends in Uyuni. In the morning of the last day, we will take you to the International Joya Andina Airport (UYU) where you will be able to board a plane to La Paz (LPB).

From Uyuni: To start this travesía in Bolivia, you will need to reach the Internacional Joya Andina Airport (UYU). We will pick you up there to begin the journey.

Once the Travesía is over, we will take you to Calama Airport (CJC) from Explora , where you will be able to take a flight to Santiago (SCL).

Requerido
para todas las exploraciones

Explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and riding gaiters for horseback rides and give them a bottle of water.

  • Baseball cap
  • Polar/ Wool/ Windstopper hat
  • 1st layer: Layer top and bottom
  • 2nd layer: Fleece
  • 3rd layer: Windbreaker Jacket
  • 4rd layer: DownJacket
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve T-shirts
  • Thin Fleece
  • Trekking pants and trekking shorts
  • Trekking socks (long)
  • Trekking boots
  • Liner or Wind stopper gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Buff or neck gaiter
  • Small back pack (25 lts)
  • Water Bottle
Opcional
para todas las exploraciones
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Camel Back
What to bring to Uyuni and highlands

Altitud

During the journey through the Altiplano, the altitudes fluctuate between 3,600 and 4,700 m.a.s.l. (11,811 and 15,419 f.a.s.l)

Uyuni is located at 4,700 m.a.s.l (15,400 f.a.s.l.) while the oasis of San Pedro is located at 2,500 m.a.s.l. (8,200 f.a.s.l.) Iquique is at sea level.

During the first day of the travesía, we will only take small walks that won’t require an important physical effort in order to gradually acclimate our bodies to the altitude before the rest of the journey.

CLIMATE

With more than 90% of sunny days, San Pedro de Atacama has a privileged weather all year-round. During the day, temperature goes from 8°C to 23°C in winter (June to September) and from 12°C to 28°C in summer (December to March).

Uyuni´s weather is as dry as San Pedro’s but, because it is at higher levels, it is usually colder. During the winter (June to September), daily temperatures fluctuate between 2°C and 18°C, and during the summer (September to December) between 5°C and 20°C. Temperatures at night can be as low as -20°C.

Between January and March, the area if affected by “the Altiplano Winter” whose heavy rains deeply damage the tracks. For this reason, the travesías are only available from April to December. In San Pedro, explora Atacama is open all-year round as the effect of the climatic phenomenon is much lighter.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

To be healthy enough to be able to face heights and fluctuating temperatures. Adventure and good spirit.

Some people are sleep deprived when in altitude. Only in that case, we advise you to bring some products that can help you sleep.

Altitud

Altitud

During the journey through the Altiplano, the altitudes fluctuate between 3,600 and 4,700 m.a.s.l. (11,811 and 15,419 f.a.s.l)

Uyuni is located at 4,700 m.a.s.l (15,400 f.a.s.l.) while the oasis of San Pedro is located at 2,500 m.a.s.l. (8,200 f.a.s.l.) Iquique is at sea level.

During the first day of the travesía, we will only take small walks that won’t require an important physical effort in order to gradually acclimate our bodies to the altitude before the rest of the journey.

Climate

CLIMATE

With more than 90% of sunny days, San Pedro de Atacama has a privileged weather all year-round. During the day, temperature goes from 8°C to 23°C in winter (June to September) and from 12°C to 28°C in summer (December to March).

Uyuni´s weather is as dry as San Pedro’s but, because it is at higher levels, it is usually colder. During the winter (June to September), daily temperatures fluctuate between 2°C and 18°C, and during the summer (September to December) between 5°C and 20°C. Temperatures at night can be as low as -20°C.

Between January and March, the area if affected by “the Altiplano Winter” whose heavy rains deeply damage the tracks. For this reason, the travesías are only available from April to December. In San Pedro, explora Atacama is open all-year round as the effect of the climatic phenomenon is much lighter.

Other requirements

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

To be healthy enough to be able to face heights and fluctuating temperatures. Adventure and good spirit.

Some people are sleep deprived when in altitude. Only in that case, we advise you to bring some products that can help you sleep.