How many days to visit Uyuni salt desert
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Apr 5, 2013 12:59 AM Last Post By: Con77
Mar 11, 2013 4:22 AM
How many days to visit Uyuni salt desertI plan my rtw-trip, and Bolivia is going to be last stop.
I will be coming from Peru on ground to La Paz.
I am planning to visit Uyuni; how many days it will need to visit salt desert only?
I have been reading about this, and 3-4 days tour sounds maybe too long for me..is it possible 1 or 2 days tour?
Mar 11, 2013 7:11 AM
1if you want to see just the salt flats themselves then you can do a 1 day tour. The 3 day tours only spend the first day on the salt flats and then go onto to see other sights for the remaining two days like colored lakes, geysers, hot springs etc. There are two day tours but you dont really see too much extra on day 2 so they arent as popular - the one advantage with them is that you can get to stay in a hotel at the edge of the salar and see sunset over the salar.
Mar 13, 2013 1:41 AM
Mar 13, 2013 9:08 PM
Mar 15, 2013 10:09 PM
I've been pondering the same question..Staying the night maybe a good idea (great pics abound..). What if i want to go to San Pedro de Acatama on the second day, do this 2 day tours go back to Uyuni and then I have to take a ride to Acatama? Or they leave you at the border as I read in some other topic, and you find a ride frome there
Thanks for any info
Mar 16, 2013 2:40 PM
Mar 16, 2013 2:42 PM
6and if the question is to do 3 or 4 days - tour from tupiza are worth doing 4 days for because they take in etc sights of the "butch cassidy" type , 4 day tours from uyuni to uyuni generally just do the 3 day tour a bit slower and maybe an extra lake or rock or two - nothing worth whilst doing for an etc day.First time I did it I did 4 days and didnt think it was worth the effort.
Mar 21, 2013 8:18 AM
you wrote: "The tours that go to san pedro leave you at the border to meet up with prearranged transport to san pedro - you have to have prearranged transport."
I would love to know how it is possible to arrange such a transport IN ADVANCE, not after having arrived in San Pedro. (That would be too late in our case). I need a transport from San Pedro to Uyuni where we want to beginn with our tour. Have you got any idea? That would be great.
Mar 21, 2013 5:23 PM
Apr 2, 2013 1:51 PM
Apr 2, 2013 2:31 PM
10ah i see, so you want to take a "transfer" from san pedro to uyuni - these dont exist sorry. You can take a TOUR from san pedro to uyuni which would make far more sense. If you then need to return to chile from Uyuni you can take a bus from Uyuni to Chile (but not to San Pedro but to Ollague and from there take buses in Chile)
hope this helps
Apr 3, 2013 4:37 AM
yes, this helps, thanks.
Of course you are right in saying that it makes more sense to book a tour from San Pedro to Uyuni.
BUT: If you do so, you have to spend the first night of the tour on 15 100 ft (4600 m). Since you stayed at 7874 ft (2400 m) the night before (in San Pedro), this means a change of altitude of 7217 ft. (2200 m) in 24 hours which is really extreme and very unhealthy. I am absolutely sure that I would get altitude sick. That's why I was looking for a way to avoid this. Starting the tour in Uyuni would be much better altitude-wise, but I can't find a practical solution to my problem (since we will be in San Pedro first).
Edited by: Con77
Apr 3, 2013 6:38 AM
12the only way I can think of really is doing what I mentioned in reverse - go up a bit to Ollague and take a bus from there to Uyuni then tour from Uyuni to SP . Yeah your right about the alitude sickness and you will deffo fell it although to what degree know one knows - if youve been at high altitude before then your probably the best judge of how it might effect you. If doing it from Uyuni your first night is around 4000m.
Apr 3, 2013 12:18 PM
13I guess you are right and my only chance is to do the trip in a totally different order. Might have to change the whole itinerary then...
Until now we want to fly into Santiago, then go to San Pedro, Arequipa, Cuzco, M.P. and Lima.
If we do it reverse, we could reach Uyuni via Puno and Oruro. But - we would have to spend a lot of time in busses on those dangerous mountainous roads in Peru and Bolivia which I would rather not do...
Apr 3, 2013 12:58 PM
14or you could go from Santigo to mendoza , then onto Salta and enter Bolivia coming up from Salta go to Uyuni, do a three day tour from Uyuni to San pedro then work your way up from there to Arica, Tacna, Arequipa
Also the route LP- Oruro to Uyuni is not mountainous really, it is bumpy in parts where it is not paved but certainly isnt a windy mountainous road
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