Wolfgang Koutek from GERMANY writes:
From Uyuni it takes a full day to reach Quetena chica. There you will find accommodation (low standard), for example Hostal Quetena.
<br/>Our driver did not know the way to go there precisely, we had to ask several times.
<br/>The nights in Quetena are very cold, a good sleeping bag is necessary. There is no heating but cold water. Our driver and his wife prepared a good meal, including a bottle of alcohol-free wine. Trips from Uyuni usually are booked including meals.
<br/>A three day trip costs between 350-600$ per car (July 2010) for 2-4 passengers.
<br/>In the second day start early to the volcano! We needed a local guide to find the correct road. Ice stopped the car at approximately 5300m, then we had to walk up the road until 5750m.
<br/>Here the steeper part begins but all is still very easy! Only the high altitude and the bitter cold made problems.
<br/>When we have been there, there was nearly no snow or ice.
<br/>In the afternoon started a very strong storm, which made it sometimes impossible to go down. When we heard the stones are coming flying, we had to lay down on the ground or hide behind a larger rock.
<br/>If you are lucky, you can drive on a very bad road up to 5750m (4-wheel-drive only), we needed 7 hours for the complete tour. Use walking shoes and sticks, very good gloves (I had one frozen finger), a warm hat and a good down jacket, we did not need crampons (but these can be necessary if there is more snow and ice in the steep part).