Bolivian Salt Flats. Uyuni Travel Tips and Useful Information

Atacama – Uyuni

Travel tips

R: Required / O: Optional / (*) Most of the suggested equipment can be found in our lodge stores

explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets, bikes and riding gaiters and give them a water bottle.

WHAT TO BRINGTRAVESIA UYUNI
HeadBASEBALL CAPR
HAT TO PROTECT FROM THE COLDR
Hiking clothing1st layer: LAYER TOP AND BOTTOMR
2nd layer: FLEECER
3rd layer: GORE-TEX JACKETR
4th layer: DOWN JACKETR
T-SHIRTSR
LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTSR
THIN FLEECEO
TREKKING PANTSR
TREKKING SHORTSO
GlovesLINER OR WIND STOPPERGLOVESR
FeetTREKKING SOCKS (LONG)R
LINER SOCKSR
MOUNTAIN BOOTSR
TREKKING BOOTSR
SNEAKERSO
Special for horseback ridingRIDING GLOVESO
RIDING PANTSO
RIDING BOOTSO
Special for bike ridingBIKING GLOVESO
BIKING SHORTS (LONG IN WINTER)O
BIKING SHOESO
Other accesoriesBATHING SUITR
SANDALSR
BUFF OR NECK GAITERR
SUNGLASSESR
SUNSCREENR
SMALL BACK PACK (25 L)R
CAMEL BACKO
HEAD LAMPR

How to get there

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 Atacama.

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 Atacama, where you will be able to take a flight to Santiago (SCL).

Altitude

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.

Safety

During the journey, we use special vehicles, well equipped and with satellite communication. A maximum two people can take part in the travesía, along with an expert guide and supporting staff.

Our guides have been carefully selected and trained in our School of Guides. Where they all know perfectly the explored areas and hold the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification, a guarantee that they are capable of helping people in remote places. In all the travesías, we travel with a complete first aid kit and oxygen equipment.

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.

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