Bolivia Adventure Travel | Crossing the Altiplano | More Info
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to go?
The high desert of the Altiplano is a seasonal destination. Heavy rains between January and March wash out many of the trails and roads. Therefore, this adventure is only offered between April and November.
Temperatures in the Atacama will range from the 40 to 70 Fahrenheit, but can on occasion get down to freezing at night. In the higher elevations of Uyuni, temperatures can go well below freezing at night.
What will I will see?
The journey across the Atacama desert into Bolivia and across the Uyuni salt pan will take you across rugged mountains, stark desert, hidden marshes and streams, and geothermal springs. You will see flora and fauna unique to this spectacular environment including Andean Flamingos, Vicuña, Guanaco and South American Gray Fox.
In addition to the natural surrounds, you will explore the remnants of deserted villages and mines, abandoned in the 50s and 60s when the emergence of synthetic fertilizers forced the collapse of the nitrate mining industry.
How can I be sure this is the right trip for me?
This rugged journey is ideal for someone who has an adventurous spirit, flexible attitude, and willing to explore regions far off the tourist trail. The desert shelters provide shared accommodations, hot and cold water, beds with cold-weather sleeping bags, and basic amenities.
The majority of this adventure will be at high altitudes. Starting at an elevation of 8.000' in the Atacama, you will gradually ascend to the Altiplano where elevations fluctuate between 12,000' and 15,000'. Walks will start off easy, allowing you to gradually acclimate to the elevation.