Sorry! There are no remaining departures for "The Atacama Crossing - Santiago to La Paz" (JSL), but here are some similar trips.


This trip is being discontinued in 2013. If you are interested in this life changing experience for next year, have a peek at its new incarnation, which runs from Buenos Aires to La Paz - tour code SABL.

The Atacama Crossing - Santiago to La Paz

19 days,Santiago to La Paz

Spend 3 days in the high mountain wilderness crossing by 4x4 into Bolivia and exploring the salt flats of Uyuni, Discover colonial cities and historic cultures in Bolivia.


There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

Book Air, Save a Bundle

SAVE $50 when you book your airfare with us

That's right. Book your airfare when you book your G Adventures trip and we'll slice $50 off the price for you. Simply enter promo code G14PLUSAIR50 when prompted and we'll do the rest.

View terms and conditions

From the valleys of Chile to the vast expanses of the Bolivian Altiplano, this is a journey of contrasts through some of the most surreal landscapes on Earth. Soak up the culture of Chile before roughing it a bit in Bolivia. A CEO will make sure you get the most of your tour, but will leave plenty of time for you to do your own thing while local transport will bring you closer to the locals and is a fascinating way to gain insight into the region’s cultures.

What's Included

  • 3-day 4WD excursion to the Salar de Uyuni
  • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners. (Allow USD285-375 for meals not included.)
  • Simple hotels (14 nts), Night Buses (2 nts), Very basic hostels on Salar de Uyuni crossing (multi-share) (2 nts).
  • Public bus, 4X4.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
Map of the route for Click to enlarge
Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from La Paz to Santiago. See The Atacama Crossing

Day 1 Santiago

Arrive any time.

Day 2 Santiago

Free day. Optional winery visits, city tour or day trips to Valparaíso or Viña del Mar.

Day 3-5 La Serena/Night Bus

Travel by bus to La Serena. Enjoy the beach or optional excursions to the Elquí Valley and vinyars or visit a nearby astronomical observatory.

Day 6-7 San Pedro de Atacama

Overnight bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Optional excursions to nearby ruins, mountain biking, or a visit to the Valley of the Moon.

Day 8-10 4x4 Atacama Desert Crossing Excursion/Uyuni (2B,3L,2D)

Ascend by bus into the mountains and cross into Bolivia. Three day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

Day 11-12 Potosí

Travel by bus to Potosí. Optional tour to a working mine, or explore the city and visit the Casa de la Moneda museum.

Day 13-15 Sucre

Bus trip to Sucre. Optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or optional hiking or mountain biking.

Day 16 Sucre/Night bus

Free day in Sucre before boarding an overnight bus to La Paz.

Day 17-18 La Paz

Free time in La Paz. Optional excursion to the Valley of the Moon or explore the city's winding streets and lively markets.

Day 19 La Paz

Depart at any time.