It’s no secret that crossing any border and changing buses can be a logistical nightmare. There have been numerous disaster stories from people who’ve insisted on trying to travel by public bus from Chile to Uyuni for their Salar de Uyuni tour. While you might save a little money, the extra hassle involved can really put a damper on your trip. Instead, the obvious choice is to take the 3 or 4 day San Pedro de Atacama Uyuni tour.
The 3 day San Pedro de Atacama Uyuni tour is ideal for those who are planning to continue traveling north from Chile as it starts in San Pedro de Atacama and finishes in Uyuni. On the other hand, the 4 day tour starts and finishes in San Pedro de Atacama, making it ideal for those who wish to return to Chile or continue traveling south. Due to the distance, there are no one-day tours San Pedro de Atacama.
Starting in the south from San Pedro de Atacama means that you’ll avoid the large number of tourists who do the tours from Uyuni, as you’ll be visiting each place at different times of the day compared to the majority of visitors. If you want to get that perfectly instagrammable photo of the Bolivian Salt Flats without any other people in your shot, taking the less common route from Chile may be the best option for you. Furthermore, you get to save the best part of the tour until the end as you arrive to the actual salt flat on your final day.
Regardless of which direction you’re coming from, a trip to the Salar de Uyuni Bolivian Salt Flats is sure to be one of the highlights of your time in South America. Find more information on San Pedro de Atacama Uyuni tours here.