You’re about to take part to an adventurous journey through one of the wildest and most incredible lands on the planet. Starting in La Paz, Bolivia, the highest capital on the planet at 3’600 m, your expedition will take you across the Altiplano down south at an average altitude over 4’000 meters along the Andes before tumbling over the Chilean side, ending in one of the driest deserts of the world, the desert of Atacama. You’ll have to make your way across wide plateaus, deep rivers and canyons, stone forests, blue and green lagunas filled with flamencos, the dazzling Salar de Uyuni and finally the breath-taking Valle de La Luna. In this incredible scenery, towering volcanoes are around every corner, shaping the stunning landscape of the Altiplano!
Travelling off the beaten track far from crowded touristic places, unfolds as a luxury experience: comfortable bedding, warm showers, local delicacies… camping, as a whole, is brought to stellar heights in an inaccessible yet exciting destination.
Start early morning from La Paz, with your driver and guide, a 5 hour drive on a good paved road will take you to Sajama National Park. Here at the bottom of the highest peak of Bolivia, ice-capped Sajama volcano (6’542 m), next to a natural hot spring, your luxury yurt is ready to welcome you in a cozy atmosphere. Camp altitude 4’500 m
Discover the National Park and its natural wonders, volcanos, hot springs, the evergreen 3’000 years old yareta plant, the city of stones and its incredible rock shapes and get to know everything about alpaga breeding and sheering with local herders.
Today, you will be cruising down south on easy wide dirt roads across never ending plains surrounded by volcanoes. Along the way, you’ll discover the first lagunas and their famous residents, the pink flamencos. On the last part, losing 900m altitude, you’ll spot the first giant cactus which can grow up to 10 meters high. Finally, after a 8-hour drive, you’ll hit the northern tip of Salar de Uyuni at the bottom of Tunupa Volcano. Standing directly on the salt flats, looking like a space station on Mars, our luxury dome camp waits for you. Altitude 3’600 m
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10’582 Km2. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. Here and there, small mountains covered with cactus emerge like islands in the middle of the sea. With your guide, you’ll spend the day on the Salar, discovering every aspect of this unique environment, the mummies of Coquesa and the charming villages that seem to come straight out a wild wild west movie, at the edge of the Salar. At night, the sky of the Alptiplano unveils its show with thousands of glittering stars.
First you cross the entire Salar to its southern edge for about 70 km. Then, the track takes you to the entrance of Sud Lipez, probably the wildest area of Bolivia. Passing through the village of San Juan, you’ll enter a huge valley leading to the bottom of several volcanoes. Check on your right, and you might spot the smoke of the volcano Ollague, bordering Chile. Here the track becomes. You’ll get higher in altitude, crossing a pass at 4’300m and driving through enormous boulders before driving down to Lagunas area. Here hundreds of Flamencos will be waiting for you. On your camp, you will enjoy a night in yurts, so well fitted for the harsh climate of the Altiplano. Altitude 4’500 m
Today, you’ll discover why South Lipez attracts nature lovers from all over the world. Shining colorful Lagunas, hundreds of Flamingos, wild antelopes, stone forests, geysers are composing a breathtaking scenery. Night at the camp
Driving your way through canyons, passes over 4’800m, stony plateaus and sand dunes, you’ll enter the Eduardo Avaroa Natural Reserve. Here the strong winds and the volcanoes shaped the landscape over million years into a true natural jewel. Head to beautiful Laguna Verde at the bottom of world famous volcano Licancabur. A few kilometers further, you’ll cross the Bolivia – Chile border, before starting a long downhill to Valle de la Luna, offering awesome views over the Atacama Desert. As you’re about to lose 2’000 m, you’ll find yourself breathing again by the time you reach San Pedro de Atacama, end of this travesia.
Developed over thousands of years and shaped by one of the world’s most extreme climates, the traditional Mongolian yurt is still the home of many nomad populations throughout Central Asia. Its highly efficient felt insulation keeps the inside warm in winter and cool in summer. Made of natural and organic materials, the yurt naturally breathes for an healthier atmosphere inside which is, according to Mongolian beliefs, ruled by cosmic forces. Suitable for cold and humid climates, easy to install in a couple of hours, the yurt offers a highly comfortable and nature friendly accommodation, full of soul.
Bolivia to Chile
6 nights / 7 days staying at 3 camps, two nights on each camp.
Departures: August to October 2018
Pre-booking is open for this strictly limited experience. Please contact us today for more information and pricing.
*Pre-booking requires a 10% deposit. Pre-booking is NOT a confirmation. Each camp will be confirmed once we reach a minimum of packages booked. Final confirmation will be sent 4 months before departure at the latest. If camp's operation is not confirmed, deposit will be refunded integrally. You can cancel your pre-booking anytime before final confirmation free of charge.
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