We had a fantastic 3-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni.
We did not make it to Uyuni though, due to a strike in Uyuni.
Therefore, a lot of jeeps payed the drivers to bring them to Oruro. We payed 2000 BOB per jeep for bringing us. Be aware that the drivers will love to do this because they make a lot of money then. This was however the only option to not get stuck in Uyuni.
The trip itself is amazing. We did the trip with Estrella del Sur.
First 2 days were in the high planes with the nice volcanoes, lagunes and flamingos.
We slept in a shack at 4200m but it was ok. You could feel the altitude though. With a sleeping bag and enough clothes on, we had warm enough. Food was ok too.
On the third day we did the Salar itself which was also amazing!
The second night, we slept in the new salt hotel (only 9 months old) which is very beautiful and has hot water.
However, we noticed that the third day, the drivers had a party the night before. The 3 drivers of Estrella were falling asleep behind the wheel and one driver even had the hiccup. Our driver was quite okay and looked 'the most responsible' one. He had problems with keeping his eyes open in the morning but didn't seem drunk anymore. Luckily, the salar is flat so we couldn't drive in a cliff. However, for this reason, we were a bit late for the sunrise which was a pitty.. One of drivers needed to check his tires before we left the hostal and therefore we were half an hour later...
Overall a top trip despite the incovenience the last day. (we had no car break-down so we were happy).
If there was no strike, we probably would have gone to the office of Estrella in Uyuni to complain about the drivers.This is possible if you have a company with offices in both countries. Many companies in Uyuni don't.
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