Travesía Atacama – Uyuni

Lodge to Lodge journey from Atacama desert in Chile to the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

La Travesía is an all-inclusive private trip, for 2 people, that goes from the Atacama desert in Chile to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (or vice versa), in a 4×4 vehicle, together with an Explora guide and local driver. Travelers will be able to enjoy this trip with our itineraries, which range from 7 to 11 nights.

Our lodge in Atacama, along with our mountain homes and the lodge in Uyuni –established in partnership with local families– serve as bases to explore, day after day, the unique landscapes and wonders of the Altiplano.

 

  • During the Travesía in this remote territory you may encounter with spectacular wildlife such as vicuñas, flamingos, llamas, birds and vizcachas.

 

  • The landscapes you will experience while exploring this territory can feel not of this world and leave you speechless. The volcanos, geysers, spectacular multi-colored lagoons, among others, in a pristine, lightly explored natural environment, that opens itself up to you.

 

  • Andean culture: small villages that keeps the age-old traditions alive where you can see agricultural activity like quinoa plantations.

 

  • We offer different types of explorations during the Travesía, depending on where we are. Travelers will find different modalities, such as hiking, horseback riding, overland crossings, astronomy and high mountain ascents, which range from basic to advanced level. Each exploration will take you to different areas where the wildlife and landscape are the protagonists.

 

The more nights you stay, the more you can explore in each location.

Safety & Expertise
  • We have roamed and studied deeply the Atacama desert and the Altiplano for over 15 years. Such experience has allowed us to become experts guides to the region and to ensure traveler safety at all times.
  • Our vehicles are equipped with satellite communication systems, GPS technology, VHF radio, and oxygen supplies.
  • All guides and drivers, are vetted for their senior guiding experience and local knowledge for this travesía. After so many years of preparation, we have been rewarded: in 2022 we were named as World’s Leading Expedition Company in the World Travel Awards, for the fourth year in a row.
Altitude
  • During the journey through the Altiplano, the altitudes fluctuate between 2,407 and 4,075 m.a.s.l. (7,896 and 13,336 f.a.s.l)
  • Uyuni is located at 3,681 m.a.s.l. (12,076 f.a.s.l.) while the oasis of San Pedro is located at 2,407 m.a.s.l. (7,896 f.a.s.l.).
  • Acclimatization is fundamental and will be prioritized. During the first day of the travesía, we will only take small walks that are not physically demanding in order to gradually acclimate our bodies to the altitude before the rest of the journey. We recommend beginning in Atacama where altitude is lower than in Uyuni, which makes the acclimation process easier.
Health
  • Adventure and good spirit: It is important to be healthy enough to withstand higher altitudes and fluctuating temperatures.
Climate
  • With more than 90% of sunny days, San Pedro de Atacama has mild weather all year-round. During the day, temperature goes from 46°F (7°C) to 73°F (23°C) in winter (June to September) and from 53°F (12°C) to 82°F (28°C) in summer (December to March). Uyuni´s weather is as dry as San Pedro’s but, because it is at higher altitude , it is usually colder, especially at night when temperatures can drop. During the winter (June to September), daily temperatures fluctuate between 35°F (2°C) and 64°F (18°C), and during the summer (September to December) between 41°F (5°C) and 68°F (20°C). Temperatures at night can be as low as -68°F (-20°C).
Entry to the country
  • We remind you that a Visa is required to enter Bolivia. More information here.

 

Uyuni saltflat-Explora
  • Our lodges and mountain homes are designed to make the most of the silence and privacy, in an intimate environment with the essential luxuries you would expect at any Explora lodge, where travelers can disconnect from their routines and connect with themselves and the nature around them.

 

  • The menu for the Travesia was designed by the Bolivian chefs Sebastián Giménez and Mauricio López, owners of the renowned Ancestral restaurant in La Paz. Travelers will enjoy their meals in a relaxed and familiar environment during their stay at the Chituca and Ramaditas mountain lodges in Bolivia, where they will sit down at the table to share to share the flavors of Bolivia in an experience that connects them with the territory.

 

  • Our all-inclusive program includes accommodation, airport transfers according to schedules, meals, beverages and explorations. All this with a private service.

 

  • We invite you to experience the travesía from 7 nights for USD 8,400 per person. For more information about rates, click here.
  • La Travesía is an all-inclusive private trip, for 2 people, that goes from the Atacama desert in Chile to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (or vice versa), in a 4×4 vehicle, together with an Explora guide and local driver. Travelers will be able to enjoy this trip with our itineraries, which range from 7 to 11 nights.

    Our lodge in Atacama, along with our mountain homes and the lodge in Uyuni –established in partnership with local families– serve as bases to explore, day after day, the unique landscapes and wonders of the Altiplano.

     

    • During the Travesía in this remote territory you may encounter with spectacular wildlife such as vicuñas, flamingos, llamas, birds and vizcachas.

     

    • The landscapes you will experience while exploring this territory can feel not of this world and leave you speechless. The volcanos, geysers, spectacular multi-colored lagoons, among others, in a pristine, lightly explored natural environment, that opens itself up to you.

     

    • Andean culture: small villages that keeps the age-old traditions alive where you can see agricultural activity like quinoa plantations.

     

    • We offer different types of explorations during the Travesía, depending on where we are. Travelers will find different modalities, such as hiking, horseback riding, overland crossings, astronomy and high mountain ascents, which range from basic to advanced level. Each exploration will take you to different areas where the wildlife and landscape are the protagonists.

     

    The more nights you stay, the more you can explore in each location.

  • Safety & Expertise
    • We have roamed and studied deeply the Atacama desert and the Altiplano for over 15 years. Such experience has allowed us to become experts guides to the region and to ensure traveler safety at all times.
    • Our vehicles are equipped with satellite communication systems, GPS technology, VHF radio, and oxygen supplies.
    • All guides and drivers, are vetted for their senior guiding experience and local knowledge for this travesía. After so many years of preparation, we have been rewarded: in 2022 we were named as World’s Leading Expedition Company in the World Travel Awards, for the fourth year in a row.
    Altitude
    • During the journey through the Altiplano, the altitudes fluctuate between 2,407 and 4,075 m.a.s.l. (7,896 and 13,336 f.a.s.l)
    • Uyuni is located at 3,681 m.a.s.l. (12,076 f.a.s.l.) while the oasis of San Pedro is located at 2,407 m.a.s.l. (7,896 f.a.s.l.).
    • Acclimatization is fundamental and will be prioritized. During the first day of the travesía, we will only take small walks that are not physically demanding in order to gradually acclimate our bodies to the altitude before the rest of the journey. We recommend beginning in Atacama where altitude is lower than in Uyuni, which makes the acclimation process easier.
    Health
    • Adventure and good spirit: It is important to be healthy enough to withstand higher altitudes and fluctuating temperatures.
    Climate
    • With more than 90% of sunny days, San Pedro de Atacama has mild weather all year-round. During the day, temperature goes from 46°F (7°C) to 73°F (23°C) in winter (June to September) and from 53°F (12°C) to 82°F (28°C) in summer (December to March). Uyuni´s weather is as dry as San Pedro’s but, because it is at higher altitude , it is usually colder, especially at night when temperatures can drop. During the winter (June to September), daily temperatures fluctuate between 35°F (2°C) and 64°F (18°C), and during the summer (September to December) between 41°F (5°C) and 68°F (20°C). Temperatures at night can be as low as -68°F (-20°C).
    Entry to the country
    • We remind you that a Visa is required to enter Bolivia. More information here.

     

  • Uyuni saltflat-Explora
    • Our lodges and mountain homes are designed to make the most of the silence and privacy, in an intimate environment with the essential luxuries you would expect at any Explora lodge, where travelers can disconnect from their routines and connect with themselves and the nature around them.

     

    • The menu for the Travesia was designed by the Bolivian chefs Sebastián Giménez and Mauricio López, owners of the renowned Ancestral restaurant in La Paz. Travelers will enjoy their meals in a relaxed and familiar environment during their stay at the Chituca and Ramaditas mountain lodges in Bolivia, where they will sit down at the table to share to share the flavors of Bolivia in an experience that connects them with the territory.

     

    • Our all-inclusive program includes accommodation, airport transfers according to schedules, meals, beverages and explorations. All this with a private service.

     

    • We invite you to experience the travesía from 7 nights for USD 8,400 per person. For more information about rates, click here.