We booked with Red Planet Expeditions for the 3 day/2 night Uyunni tour with a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, after researching a variety of different options. We were sold on Red Planet as our friends traveled with them the month before.
As we were on a tight timeline, we needed to book our tour in advance, which is when we realized that the business practices were a bit odd. Our friend who toured with them 3 weeks earlier was quoted a different price (cheaper), and when we wrote to Red Planet to ask them about the discrepancy in pricing and subsequently, cc'ing one another, we were ignored. And continued to be ignored, until we buckled and said we'd pay their quoted price. Obviously, not candidates for best business practices.
The tour itself was interesting. 2 caravans departed, we were fortunately in a car with 3 others (5 total) so we had a bit more space, than people who were 6 in a land cruiser (your knees and legs will suffer regardless). The landcruisers are late model cruisers, and each of the drivers is your guide for the 3 days. Snacks are provided, as are top 40 90's and early 2000's tunes (which can be fun).. Day 1 is in the salt flats, Day 2 in the desert, and Day 3 brings you to the sulfur hot springs.
Red Planet provides all meals, sleep sacks, hot water bottles for the hostels (which you will want). The hostel in day 1 has a shower with "hot" water, which you'll pay for.. it's up to you whether or not you want to pay for it. We used baby wipes for 2 days. Also, since you're at a high elevation and in a desert, bring at least 3L of water per person/per day.. The guides don't pack enough water for people on the car. You'll get soda, but, that doesn't hydrate.
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