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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 07, 2016
Can we get on and off on our way to Arica  (5 Answers)

My wife and I are planning a trip to Chile and Peru, going via San pedro de Atacama, we want to continue our journey north to Arica via bus, can we get off and on for example stay one night somewhere continue the next day?

Any help greatly appreciated



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2015
How late can I book a Uyuni trip?  (1 Answer)

I will arrive at San Pedro de Atacama at 6 or 7 PM. Will I be able to buy a 4 day trip to Uyuni at that time, for the day after? My schedule only allows my to start the Uyuni trip the day after I arrive at San Pedro.

I know I can book a trip online, but it is cheeper to buy it when I get there.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2015
Less salt flat tours over Christmas and New Year?  (3 Answers)

I just read this post:

"We do not sell any salt flats tours from Dec 23rd through to Jan 6th because of safety concerns. Specifially this is due to the high numer of incidences of drunk driving that occur on salt flats tours during this time."

Is that common for most of the tour operators this part the year? Is it hard to find any tour operator that will arrange a tour in the surroundings, not only Uyuni? I was planning a trip to San Pedro de Atacama at that time...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2015
Day trip to Bolivia from San Pedro de Atacama?  (2 Answers)

Are there any day trips across the border to Bolivia? Except Salar de Uyuni which is too far away. Are there any closer places, with beautiful nature, you should go to if you want to cross the border from San Pedro de Atacama?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2015
Altitude in Atacama  (5 Answers)

How do I deal with the altitude when touring in the Atacama desert? I will stay in San Pedro de Atacama and fly from Santiago (when arriving from Europe). Want to visit some lagoons, salt canyons etc. Don´t know exactly where yet.

Which places can I safely visit day 2 without getting ill? I don't know the altitude of all the famous places and how to deal with it. Do I have to rest a few days in San Pedro de Atacama before I go anywhere else in the area?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2015
Atacama with a 2-year-old toddler  (4 Answers)

Does anyone who's been there strongly discourages bringing a 22-months-old toddler to San Pedro de Atacama? Apart from some full day tours and the early morning starter Tatio Geysers, are there any other must-see attraction we might miss?

Does anybody have a recommendation of family-friendly, intermediate / boutique, not too expensive hotel in San Pedro?

Any comments comparing taking a tour / self-driving with a rental car? Are the attractions accessible at all with a regular car?

Any comments and tips will be highly appreciated. Gracias!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 11, 2014
Buses from Salta to San Pedro  (4 Answers)

Are there any comfortable air conditioned buses with leg room travelling from Salta to San Pedro? I know there is 1 restroom on the bus, but do they make frequent stops to stretch your legs and stop for a bite to eat and use their restrooms? It looks like it take 12- 14 hours? How much do the buses cost and which one would you recommend? Thanks.

Larra


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2014
Self-Drive to Uyuni?  (4 Answers)

Hi, my friend and I will be in San Pedro de Atacama for only four days. We would like to make a trip to the Salar de Uyuni and to stay in the Palacio de Sal, but we don't have time to take the usual 3 day tour. We will have a rental car while in Atacama. Is it possible for us to drive ourselves to the Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro or Calama? (Assuming we can sort out the legal details with the rental company.) Meaning can the drive be reasonably done in one day and back the next day? Are the roads relatively passable? If we don't have a satellite phone, are we likely to die a slow and painful death?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2014
Traveling with a dog  (1 Answer)

We are driving from santiago chile to lima Peru with our dog and are planning on stopping to check out the atacama desert for several days. Any recomendations for pet friendly places to stay? Also would love any other tips for self guided sight seeing. Thanks :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2013
bus schedule san pedro de atacama to arica  (5 Answers)

How can I buy a bus ticket in advance from San Pedro de Atacama to arica and then to Tacna,
and what are the bus companies and schedules?
I need to get a 7:45am flight from Tacna to Cuzco.
Tank you in advance!!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 27, 2013
Bus from Santa Cruz to San Pedro  (1 Answer)

Is there a way to get from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile by bus? What's the best option?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2013
getting from san pedro de atacama to buenos aires  (4 Answers)

hello everyone,
can someone tell me how to get from san pedro de atacama to buenos aires the fastest way? i am planning to arrive in buenos aires around the 20th of september. are there direct buses?
thank you very much for your help,
nina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2013
Traveling to chile

Anyone travelling to San de Pedro atamaca this week? With a spare seat?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 10, 2013
finding couple to share private tour san pedro / salar uyuni 15/19 january

Hi,
My husband and I intend to go to the Salar de Uyuni, from San Pedro de Atacama, on January 15, 2013 and returning on Jan. 19. We researched several agencies that make the tours and the best ranked were the Cordillera and Ruta Verde, the latter has oxygen balloon and satellite phone in case of emergency. The cost of the trip its around US 2200 per car, that can be shared by 4. We want to know if any
couple is interested in sharing the tour with us?
Thank you


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2011
San Pedro to Uyuni  (3 Answers)

Is this 2 night trip too arduous a trip for 2 people in their early 60s?

If I spent a few days in San Pedro taking day trips, then a train or bus to Uyuni, would I get similar experience with more comfort?

Can anyone offer guidance?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2010
Visa for Bolivia  (2 Answers)

We wish to join a tour from San Pedro to Uyuni. However, we (from Hong Kong) do not have Bolivia visa. Does anyone have experience in obtaining the visa in Calama, San Pedro or the frontier between Chile and Bolivia? Is it easy to get it? How long will it take?

By the way, one of us holds United Kingdom passport. Does the passport holder require visa to enter into Bolivia?

All advice/comment are highly appreciated in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 13, 2010
Visa to Bolivia

We plan to join a tour from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni, Bolivia. However, we do not have Bolivia visa. Does any VT members know whether we can apply it in Calama or San Pedro de Atacama? Can we apply for the visa at the border between Chile and Bolivia?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 20, 2010
HELP: Want to go to Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro but worried about altitude sickness  (8 Answers)

Hi all. I'm on a trip around south america and am a bit tight for time as I need to be in Arequipe around 3rd November. Tomorrow I go to Valparaiso in Chile and then get a bus to San Pedro de Atacama. From there I would like to do the Salar de Uyuni (I dont care that it costs more) and then return to San Pedro and from there head to Arequipa.

However I found the following in this link:



"One more tip.... on the first night we stayed in the same place as a group that was coming the opposite way from San Pedro to Uyuni. They were all suffering terribly from altitude sickness, with the vomiting and insomnia and feeling miserable. Our driver told us if you come that way you gain 2,000 metres altitude in 40minutes from San Pedro to the border so it is inevitable really. He said he would not do it that way round! Coming from Uyuni you gain 1,500m over 3 days, although you would probably still feel it if you had not already been in La Paz or Uyuni."

This has me worried. Doing the tour from Uyuni is not an option for me, considering my time restrictions. It is either from San Pedro or from nowhere.

How big a risk is it doing the tour from San Pedro? I was thinking of spending a few days in San Pedro and doing the various one day tours of the local area which are all above 4000m, and if I dont feel well during those tours then I could give Uyuni a miss. If I feel good during those tours then perhaps that means I'd be ok to do the Salar de Uyuni.

Any advice would be great. I was at 2,850 metres today near Mendoza in the Andes and I felt fine.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 19, 2010
Getting to Uyuni after doing the Salar de Uyuni Tour and spending a few nights in San Pedro  (1 Answer)

Hi,

I have been looking around a bit but can't find a definitive answer one way or the other. I have read that it is possible to start in Uyuni to do the 3-4 day tour and finish in San Pedro, but I'm not sure if it's possible to go back to Uyuni after spending a few nights in San Pedro directly or whether I would have to do the tour or find some other way to get back?

I really want to head to La Paz after the tour but I also want to spend a few nights in San Pedro if possible (and worthwhile). The other option I was looking at was possible heading over to Salta after San Pedro and flying from there to Santa Cruz and onto La Paz...To be honest I don't know anything about Salta and don't really know if it's a good place to see or not.

Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2010
Air charter for atacama salt flats  (2 Answers)

I am an australian based photographer and will be in chile in September, I am looking to do some aerial photography of the atacama salt flats. anyone know where i cna hire a light aircraft in the vicinity or companies that run scenic air tours. thanks, steve


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 13, 2010
bus to Salta  (1 Answer)

Hi !
I'll be in San Pedro in october, then I want to go to Salta . I'd like to know if it's necessary to make a reservation for the bus. If it is,where can I do it ? It seems not to be possible on Pullman or Geminis website...
Thank you four your answer.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2010
biking to ruins  (2 Answers)

My friend and I are interested in renting bikes and heading off to Quitor and Tulor (probably on two separate days). Has anyone done this? Are they easy enough to find? How much time would you allow? We are hoping we could do each in half a day to fill the day before our Valle de La Luna tour (~3pm), and after our Tatio Geyser Tour (~1pm). Does this seem possible?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 20, 2010
tour companies  (2 Answers)

Does anyone have any good or bad experiences with specific tour companies in San Pedro de Atacama? I am interested in doing the typical Tatio Geyser tour, Valle de la Luna sunset tour, and Altiplano Lagoons tour. I want a company that speaks English, is knowledgeable, and gives us plenty of time to walk around, rather than spending most of the trip being carted around in a van. I've been trying to book with Cosmo Andino for the last two weeks, but they haven't responded to my emails. So, I'm trying out Cactus tours, Desert Adventures, Vulcano Expediciones, and Atacama Connections. Any tips would be appreciated.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2009
How to come back to San Pedro from Uyuni quickly after the 3 days salar tour?  (3 Answers)

Hi,
My girl friend and I will be in Santiago mid December and would like to do the 3days/2nights Salar de Uyuni tour starting from Uyuni and ending in San Pedro.

The problem is that we only have 5 days starting from / coming back to Santiago (we have to be back in Santiago for a wedding). Is it feasible?
The main question is how to get to the start of the tour in Uyuni quickly enough from Santiago. Our current best guess is to fly to Calama and find a 1 day transport to Uyuni from there but I can’t see any (the only transport I found so far is the 3 days San pedro to Uyuni tour…). Any suggestion?

Alternatively we could start the tour from San Pedro but then would have to find a quick (1 day max) and reliable transport to come back from Uyuni to San Pedro. Suggestions most welcome here again.

Also do we have to book these tours in advance in that period (mid december) to make sure we get one when we arrive (we would like to join a 6 people tour… private tours are just too expensive)… given our time constraint, we can’t really wait for a few days...

Thanks a lot for your help
Fab


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2009
Geoglyphs  (1 Answer)

Will I be able to take a tour from San Pedro to see geoglyphs?

Karen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2008
Travel from San Pedro to Salta  (2 Answers)

Can anyone recommend a good bus company from San Pedro to Salta and do you know how frequent they are?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2008
Has anybody worked with Atacama Spirit agency?

Hi, I have been speaking with Atacama Spirit for Hotel and Tour reservations (including 3 day overland trip to Uyuni). I wanted to know if anywone has had experience with this agency and if they are reliable.

Thankyou in advance, John


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2007
cheapest/best transport from san pedro to mendoza(argentina)  (1 Answer)

hi if any has info on cheapest/best transport from san pedro to mendoza(argentina)would be much appreciated as me and friend tryin to get to in and around BA...etc for xmas/nye

cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2007
getting back to bolivia  (1 Answer)

I'd like to get back to bolivia (ending up in la paz) after visiting san pedro de atacama. It seems to be easy to get an uyuni tour to drop you off in san pedro; but which is the most interesting and feasible route back; or can anyone reccomend a good tour company that covers the area?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2007
Bolivia to Chile  (2 Answers)

Hi
I would like to travel from Salar di uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama. For there head south to Santiago. What is the easiest way to do this. Is it at all possible? Thanks all!!

Rusty



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