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

19 days,La Paz to Santiago

Discovering Bolivia's colonial cities and incredible culture, conquering the salt flats of Uyuni, crossing high mountain wilderness by 4x4.


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From the vast expanses of the Bolivian Altiplano to the Atacama Desert and the verdant valleys of central Chile, this is a journey of intense contrasts.

What's Included

  • 3-day 4WD excursion to the Salar de Uyuni
  • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners. (Allow USD375-500 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, 4WD truck.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

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

Day 1 La Paz

Arrive at any time

Day 2 La Paz

Free day in La Paz. Take an optional excursion to the Valley of the Moon or explore the city's winding streets and lively markets.

Day 3-6 La Paz/Sucre

Free day in La Paz before boarding an overnight bus to Sucre. Free time for an optional excursion to nearby dinosaur tracks, explore the city or optional hiking or mountain biking.

Day 7-8 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 9-11 Uyuni/4x4 Desert Crossing Excursion (2B,3L,2D)

Travel to Uyuni by bus. Embark on a three day 4x4 excursion to the Salar de Uyuni and surrounding desert altiplano with spectacular scenery.

Day 12-14 San Pedro de Atacama

Cross by 4x4 into Chile and descend by bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Optional excursions to nearby ruins, mountain biking, or a visit to the Valley of the Moon.

Day 15-18 La Serena/Santiago

Arrive by overnight bus to La Serena. Enjoy the beach or optional excursions to the Elquí Valley and vineyards or visit a nearby astronomical observatory. Continue by bus to Santiago. Optional winery visits, city tour or day trips to Valparaíso or Viña del Mar.

Day 19 Santiago

Depart at any time.