The Tatio Geyser, a natural spectacle, is located about 100 km from San Pedro de Atacama, in the Andes region. It is the largest collection of geysers in the southern hemisphere, and the third largest in the world after Yellowstone (USA) and Dolina Giezerow (Russia). At dawn, the temperature of these fumaroles can reach 85°C (85°F).
On the way back, you can spot various Andean creatures such as vicuñas, llamas, rheas, vizcachas, etc. The flora is dominated by giant cacti, llaretas and coirones.
|Duration: 8 Hours Aprox||Altitude: 4,200 m.o.s.l.||Departure time: 04:30 to 5:00 am. (From the hotel)|
|Arrival time: 12:30 pm approx.||Season: All year|
We will begin our journey to the altiplano at dawn, heading to one of the most recognized geothermal fields in the world, the “Geysers del Tatio“. We will be surrounded by a mist of water and steam, and witness the wonders of the Andes.
On the return trip to San Pedro de Atacama, you can enjoy a variety of Andean animals such as vicuñas, llamas, rheas and vizcachas. As for the flora, the giant cactus, the llaretas and the coirón stand out.
One step away is the Laguna Salada, where a great variety of flamingos, ducks and seagulls coexist, and the surrounding landscape is simply impressive.
* The pick up is included only from the urban area of San Pedro Atacama
- Hotel pick up
- Bilingual guide (Spanish and English).
- Transportation, sanitized minibus
- Entrance ticket to Geysers del Tatio
THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Travel Insurance, recommended to hire from your country of origin.
- Tips (optional)
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE WALK
- Warm clothing especially for cold weather. (We recommend wearing several layers of clothing)
- Comfortable footwear.
- Cap and lip moisturizer
- Swimsuit (thermal pool)
- Water 1.5 liters per person
- Snacks …
- Toilet paper
- Pregnant women.
- Children under 7 years’ old
- People with heart disease
Where is the Salar de Uyuni located?
In the southwest of Bolivia, in the department of Potosí, is the Salar de Uyuni, a salty desert so wide, that it can be seen from space. The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert continuous and high in the world, with an area of 10,582 km², located at about 3,650 meters above sea level in southwestern Bolivia.
This makes this endless white sheet, that is the Salar de Uyuni become confused with the sky on the distant horizon. The salt flat reflects the clouds, when it is slightly covered with water. Especially between the months of January and March, in the rainy season.
The best time to visit and enjoy the Salar de Uyuni is November, the breeding month of the three species of elegant flamingos, that live near the multiple lagoons of the place.
Mirror effect in the Uyuni salt flat
In the end of the rainy seasons (February-March), the salt flats change, creating a mirror thanks to a mineral called Ulexite, the «television stone». It is transparent and has the power to refract the image of the surface.
The salt becomes waterproof and causes the water to accumulate on the surface, creating a unique mirror.
Seeing the sunrise with this great reflection that the salt creates is something indescribable that all travelers should experience.
The great cemetery of dead trains, have been adrift since the 18th century, located halfway to Uyuni. Rust-strewn wagons and locomotives are found stranded on the frozen ground of the Bolivian highlands.
The train cemetery has become a place full of stories and memories of the past, where visitors see the ruins of the past of trains that have been looted.
How to get to the Salar de Uyuni?
The tour organization (Agencies) of your trip to the Salar de Uyuni, they are located between Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, will depend on where you come from. Tours depart from three locations:
1. From Uyuni (Bolivia). You can take the service from the same city in Bolivia. And, we recommend to look for references of the tour operators, the duration of the tours varies from 1 to 4 days.
2. From San Pedro de Atacama (Chile). The agencies take the travelers to the border, before they give the rest of the excursion to a Bolivian tour operator. Due to the distance, it is a 3-day trip.
3. From La Paz (Bolivia). Tours to the Uyuni salt flat, from the capital of Bolivia, with a duration of 2 to 3 days.
When to travel to the Salar de Uyuni?
The Uyuni salt flat has two different seasons.
The rainy season, which is from December to April, is the time when the visitors come to witness the overwhelming mirror effect of the salt flat. It is recommended to take into account the excessive rain fall, which is from December to January, because of these reasons the tours could be canceled.
During the dry season from May to November, temperatures are cooler, the ground is hard, and travelers can drive through the bleak white landscape past places that are not accessible during the rainy season.
How to get the best photos?
One of the highlights of the Salar de Uyuni is the endless horizon that allows photographers to play with perspective and depth of field.
The key to taking the best photos is to put the camera as low as you can and close to the object you are using. This provides a perspective in which said element is larger than human subjects, who would be further apart.
But don’t let your subjects venture too far – the more distance between the subject and the subject, the more difficult it will be to maintain focus. If your camera allows it, make the aperture as narrow as possible.
INFORMATION BEFORE TRAVELING
Due to its location at 3,650 meters above sea level, visitors could feel altitude sickness if they have not acclimatized properly. Symptoms include nausea, headache, and insomnia and others effects.
It is recommended that before your trip, you talk, see with your doctor about the options you have to prevent and treat altitude sickness.
We have price alternatives that accommodate all budgets, prices per person, expressed in US Dollars.
Make your quotes and reservations by email [email protected], you can also communicate with one of our sales executives at the telephones detailed below, we will be happy to assist you.
Phone – WhatsApp: +51 969 787 221
Phone – WhatsApp: +51 986 994 218
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
To start the reservation process, please send us the following information:
- Name and surname:
- Passport number:
- Date of Birth:
- Very important – We need the address and information about the hotel that you are staying at, in the city of Salar de Uyuni, to be able to pick you up at the time when the tour starts.
To confirm reservations it is required to pay 50% in advance and the other 50% can be paid upon arrival at your destination.
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