Land-based Connections From Uyuni to Atacama to Salta Allow Travelers to See the Best of South America’s Deserts

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The tour operator,, offers land-based connections from Uyuni in Bolivia, to Atacama in Chile, and Salta in Argentina, which allows travelers to see the best of South America’s desert regions.

Salt flats in Argentina

These three desert regions can be combined together to create a unique itinerary.

For those travelers wanting to see some of the natural beauty in South America’s desert regions, the tour operator,, now offers land-based connections that interlink three of the most popular desert destinations: the Uyuni Salt Flats in Southern Bolivia, the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile, and the Salta region in Northwestern Argentina.

Tourists who travel to these destinations are often limited by a tight schedule that prevents them from taking land-based connections. Instead, they often will fly from one destination to the next, but flights can be expensive and prevent the traveler from seeing the natural beauty of these desert regions. Land-based connections allow the traveler to travel among these destinations without having to backtrack to airports, and instead cross the borders between countries via a private or group transfer.

There are two tour itineraries that can be easily combined to include these three destinations. The first itinerary is the 3-day Uyuni and Atacama Desert Tour, which combines the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile with the Uyuni Salt Flats in Southern Bolivia. These two hotspots are connected via a land-based transfer where the travelers get private escorted buses or transportation with a guide over the border. The transfers are comfortable, air-conditioned, and can include a knowledgeable guide who will stop to show the passengers interesting spots along the way. This mode of transportation is highly preferable to taking a public bus, which can be unreliable, uncomfortable, and difficult for non-Spanish speakers to navigate.

The Uyuni and Atacama Desert Tour can begin in either Chile or Bolivia. Highlights included in the tour are the Red and Green Lagoons in the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, the Salt Flats of Uyuni, and a night’s stay at the “Salt Hotel,” which is built completely out of salt. The tour also includes an excursion to Potosi, another important town in Bolivia, and a visit to a mine.

Whether a traveler is in the Uyuni region or the Atacama region, it's possible to take a land-based transfer over the border into Northern Argentina. This dry desert region is known as Jujuy, and its main city is Salta. Here you can see the Salinas Grandes, another important salt flat area, and you can take the Train to the Clouds, a railway journey that departs from Salta and traverses steep gorges leading up to the Andes mountains. There’s also the colorful town of Humahuaca, which has the “Hill of Seven Colors.” There are lots of impressive geological formations and colors in this area. It takes approximately 4 days to tour this region with adequate time.

These three desert regions can be combined together to create a unique itinerary. Plan to spend at least 4 days in the Salta area, 3 days in the Uyuni area, and 3 days in the Atacama area. Also plan for a day or two for the overland transfers. The land-based extensions make it easy to arrange an itinerary that can start and finish in any of these destinations, at any time of the year. To receive a custom quote that includes all or some of these destinations, contact the tour operator

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