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San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour

Melbourne, Australia
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San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour

Hi,

We are wanting to do a tour starting from San Pedro de Atacama and finishing in Uyuni in the last week of June 2014. Has anyone recently been on a tour like this and can recommend a good company? Also we have heard that this direction (from San Pedro to Uyuni) causes a lot more altitude sickness than the other way around - if you did or didn't experience this, we'd love to know! Also, I think most tours start from the Chilean border so what did you use to get there from San Pedro? Thanks in advance!

Edmonton, Canada
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1. Re: San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour

I can't offer tour operator advice as we went in the opposite direction but the tour you book from San Pedro will have transport to the border included. The company you book with will hand you off to their Bolivian operator waiting at the border.

It's a steep climb from San Pedro to the border and a difference of about 1900m in about an hour. Altitude affects everyone differently so others experiences won't really help you in any way. We live at 900m and have had no problems other than a mild headache even going over 5000m while some can become very ill and have to descend to a lower altitude or be given oxygen. It just depends on the person.

If you go to the Tatio Geysers while in San Pedro you'll experience the same altitude as the Bolivian Altiplano so you definitely will get a feel for it there. The only difference is that it's a slower ascent to get to the geysers than it is to the Bolivian border.

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2. Re: San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni tour

Thanks very much for replying!

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