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Salar de Uyuni 25/26 feb to 29 feb

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Salar de Uyuni 25/26 feb to 29 feb

Hey everyone,

We're planning/thinking of going to Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro de Atacama on 25/26 feb (not much flexibility) and have to come back to San Pedro on Feb 29 latest. Been researching about tour companies for a while since so many of them have bad reputation, especially those based in San Pedro -- people say it's best to do a tour from Tupiza or Uyuni, but we don't have that option. Basically, any company I find that people say it's OK, simple googling leads us to bad reviews as well... is there any that is safe from San Pedro or should we just forget about it and do it another time from inside Bolivia??

Therefore, I've been also considering doing it just the way we do it anywhere else in the world -- go with a rented car on our own. The question here however, is -- can you take a car rented in Calama to Uyuni?? I know there are no road signs etc., but given the amount of tourists that go there every day in these escorted tours, it's not really a deserted place. Anyone has any experiences to share? I'd be really grateful.

Or is anyone maybe interested in joining a private tour? (they're more expensive but if you split it on 4 people, it might work out OK). ;-)



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1. Re: Salar de Uyuni 25/26 feb to 29 feb

Firstly, you are talking about rainy season. This could seriously affect your plans and your timetable. Sometimes it is not possible to visit all the usual stops on the tour because of water, so you should discuss this with any tour operator you consider.

I doubt anyone will rent you a car to go to Uyuni and, even if they did, you should not attempt it. Every year at least one private car gets lost. You also go to extremely high altitude with a faster ascent going from San Pedro.

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2. Re: Salar de Uyuni 25/26 feb to 29 feb

I just did my round trip from SPA with Cordillera and it was fine. IT will be a 4 day trip. They run tours everyday, The 3 cars that belonged to Cordillera were fine, we all stopped at the same sights around the same time so we ended up making friends with the people in the other cars. there is no way that you could rent your own car as the roads had NO signs... I don't even know how the drivers know which dirt road to take! It is raining season but we had 4 days of sun... the Uyuni was filled with water and it was beautiful. We also stopped at the Salt Museum for lunch and that part was almost completely dry. I much prefer the wet part as the reflections were beautiful!

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