17 days in Uyuni, La Paz & Santiago Itinerary

17 days in Uyuni, La Paz & Santiago Itinerary

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17 days in Uyuni, La Paz & Santiago Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly + taxi:  11​h 15​min
1
Uyuni, Bolivia
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
La Paz, Bolivia
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Santiago, Chile
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni ©
Emptiness surrounds the desert outpost of Uyuni, the gateway to the world's largest salt flats.
When in Uyuni, make a side trip to see Museo de la Llama y la Sal in Colchani, approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Salar de Uyuni, examine the collection at Train Cemetery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and head off the coast to Isla Incahuasi.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Uyuni tour itinerary planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Uyuni is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Uyuni is minus 1 hour. In February, Uyuni is much colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 13°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to La Paz.

Things to do in Uyuni

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museo de la Llama y la Sal
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Salar de Uyuni ©
Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi ©
Isla Incahuasi
Train Cemetery ©
Train Cemetery

5
nights
La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz ©
Take a moment to catch your breath as you commence your holiday in La Paz.
Step out of La Paz to go to Tiahuanaco and see Puma Punku, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring the striking scenery along WMDR Yungas Road. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Tiwanaku, see the interesting displays at Museo de Textiles Andinos Bolivianos, enjoy some diversion at Urban Rush Bolivia, and don't miss a visit to Calle Sagarnaga.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read La Paz online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uyuni to La Paz in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Uyuni in February, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in La Paz: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Santiago.

Things to do in La Paz

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Puma Punku
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Urban Rush Bolivia ©
Urban Rush Bolivia
Tiwanaku ©
Tiwanaku
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
nights
Santiago, Chile

Santiago ©
Santiago tourism thrives largely thanks to the city's big selection of cultural and entertainment options, including museums, theaters, restaurants, bars, and giant malls.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santiago: Valparaiso (La Sebastiana, Paseo Dimalow, & more), Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores) (in Vina del Mar) and Concha y Toro (in Pirque). There's much more to do: stroll through San Cristóbal Hill, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see the interesting displays at La Chascona, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santiago trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from La Paz to Santiago takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Valparaiso, San Jose de Maipo, Concha y Toro, Flower Clock (Reloj de Flores)
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San Cristóbal Hill ©
San Cristóbal Hill
Cerro Santa Lucia ©
Cerro Santa Lucia
Patio Bellavista ©
Patio Bellavista

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