We are looking to spend 5-6 nights at the Atacama desert. For us, the excursions are the first priority. I am also hoping to see stars in the sky. After looking at the posts, here are our decisions:
1) Explora vs Awasi - seems like they are both all inclusive and in a similar price point. Awasi has the advantage of a private guide and a private driver whereas Explora has access to Explora observatory. Since Awasi is located in town, we can't see stars but the upside is we will be able to walk around town. Any other material differences?
2) I am thinking of going in September to avoid hiking in the heat. Any downside to visiting during that time?
3) Would it be possible to make a same day trip to visit Salar de Uyuni from Atacama? Looking at the map, it doesn't look possible. I would like to fly in and out of Calama.
Thank you so much in advance for all your help.