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San Pedro de Atacama Things to Do: 105 reviews and 186 photos

  Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia
by SanguiniA

This is a must-do if you have the time. The Uyuni Salt Flats are one of the highlights of South America, and the surrounding lanscape is sure captivate anyone who ventures there. I think I have to say that the landscapes here are the most beautiful and unique that I have ever seen.

The trip is rough, and there is no luxury way of doing it - all companies get a mixture of reviews and bad experiences are notorious. But it is all worthwhile provided you have a sense of adventure, a good sense of humour and don't mind roughing it up. While many promises are made in the agency's offices, the fact is that the company you book with might not be the same that picks you up, you will spend nights in appallingly cold basic dorms sharing with other people, you will be lucky if you see any water to shower, let alone hot water. Also for most of the time, forget flushing toilets. Most people also get altitude sickness as the first night is spent sleeping at over 4000m. And also the guides do not speak any English.

You can choose to come back to San Pedro, or else drop off in Uyuni and continue travelling through Bolivia.

If you go, be prepared for the cold. You MUST take a sleeping bag with you, as the blankets provided are not enough. Temperatures often go down to -20C and lower and without heating, the rooms are going to be below freezing, with ice collecting inside the windows.

If doing this trip from San Pedro, check the Sernatur Office - they have a book of reviews of the companies offering this trip made by travellers. Drunk driving, car accidents and lack of comfort are the usual compaints. Lack of comfort is expected and is not so bad if you are prepared for it but the driving is an entirely different matter. The driving in Bolivia is notoriously dangerous.

There is no way to do this tour by yourself as no cars are allowed through the border, apart from the fact that there are practically no recognisable roads on the Bolivian side.

We did this tour with cordillera Traveller, which has the best reputation in town (though there are complaints about them too), and are also the most expensive, they also include a night in a salt hotel with double rooms instead of dorms. We had an amazing time, and have no complaints at all apart from the fact that our driver did not take us early enough to the Uyuni Salt flats to see the sunrise.

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  • Written Dec 7, 2009
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