Uyuni just before Christmas and then to Bolivian border?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Dec 7, 2012 11:42 AM Last Post By: doonanah
Dec 6, 2012 2:48 PM
Dec 6, 2012 5:11 PM
1I'm not sure where exactly you want to end...3 day tours end up in Chilean border, Villazon is a border with Argentina and there are no tours there, as there is nothing to do and see. Well maybe I will start some venture one day and call it la contrabanda tours but for now you are on your own when looking at stolen cars, cheap subsidized propane tanks and gazillion Chinese plastic goods ;-)
Dec 6, 2012 7:47 PM
Dec 7, 2012 4:55 AM
3Once again it depends what you want to see and where you want to go, both options are good.
Going trough Argentina requires taking bus/train to border of Villazon and it's about 5h from there to Salta.
Taking a tour from Uyuni you can end up in San Pedro de Atacama and from there either take a long bus or fly from Calama to Santiago
If your only interest is getting ASAP to Santiago 2nd option is definitely better, if you want to travel in between going trough Argentina is much more interesting. Northern Chile is pretty boring
Dec 7, 2012 5:44 AM
Dec 7, 2012 5:56 AM
5another thing you need to be aware of is that most companies stop tours "just before christmas" so your timing might cause you problems. Those that do continue doing tour have to be considered to be possibily unsure as a main reason companies stop, apart from wanting a break themselves, is that he drivers are highly likely to drink during this time. Exact dates of when they stop vary from company to company but for example Red Planet (one of the more reputable companies) are stopping tours from the 18th Dec , many will probably stop on the 21st or 22nd so if you can try to leave on a tour by the 20/21st you should be ok. (These dates are about when the last 3 day tours leave enabling the drivers to get back by christmas time)
Dec 7, 2012 6:22 AM
6That's exactly what I needed to know as want to also end up at th Chilean border. Thank you for your valuable advice!
Dec 7, 2012 6:37 AM
7That's exactly what I needed to know as want to also end up at th Chilean border. Thank you for your valuable advice!
Dec 7, 2012 10:44 AM
8Is depende where are you going, Argentina or Chile.
If you go to Chile, I suggest you finish the tour in San Pedro Atacama.
If you go to Argentina, I suggest you finish the tour in Uyuni, from Uyuni possible to take train to go to Villazon, from Villazon you need to go La Quiaca and, from La Quiaca is possible to take bus to go Salta.
Dec 7, 2012 11:42 AM
9Thank you, I need to get to santiago for the new year for my flight out so am pushed for time. I'll be in Cuzco from 12th dec for 4 days then was going to lake Titicaca and am unsure from then on due to Uyuni tours around Christmas stopping and how to get to Santiago in a relatively short space of time...
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