I am planning to take some time in December to go to Chile, but figured it would be great to visit the Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia since it's fairly close. I've done a reasonable amount of traveling, but have never been to South America before, so have a lot of questions. :)
Are there any buses that go from Salar de Uyuni to Santiago? If so, how long does that bus trip take? If not, what is the nearest city to Salar de Uyuni where I can take a (reasonably comfortable) bus to Santiago? I'm assuming a bus is still cheaper than flying.
Also, how would I get from La Paz to Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats? I'm assuming there are tour operators in La Paz that can arrange Salt Flat tours/excursions? I'll be by myself, so want to make sure I'm with a tour group of some sort.
Any info would be greatly appreciated! I did a search and most itineraries are going from Santiago to La Paz (not the other way around).