Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is considered one of the most extreme and remarkable vistas in all of South America, if not Earth. Stretching more than 4,050 square miles of the Altiplano, it is the world’s largest salt flat, left behind by prehistoric lakes evaporated long ago. Here, a thick crust of salt extends to the horizon, covered by quilted, polygonal patterns of salt rising from the ground.
At certain times of the year, nearby lakes overflow and a thin layer of water transforms the flats into a stunning reflection of the sky. This beautiful and otherworldly terrain serves as a lucrative extraction site for salt and lithium—the element responsible for powering laptops, smart phones, and electric cars. In addition to local workers who harvest these minerals, the landscape is home to the world’s first salt hotel and populated by road-tripping tourists.

HIGHLIGHTS Dry Season

– Incahuasi Island
– To see the polygonal formations
– Train Graveyard
– Lunch in the middle of the salt flats
– Sunset in the salt flats
– Pictures with the perspective

HIGHLIGHTS Rainy Season

– Train Graveyard
– Lunch in the middle of the salt flats
– Sunset in the salt flats
– Biggest mirror in the world
– Pictures with the amazing reflection

Itinerary (Dry season from May to November)

Full Day Tour of the Salt Flats, start and finish in Uyuni on same day
A one-day tour of Salar de Uyuni in 4×4 jeeps are common and the shortest tours possible. The one day tour is also the easiest way to visit the Salt Flats. Tours start in Uyuni at 10am (allowing you to have breakfast after your overnight bus from La Paz to Uyuni) and finish at 5pm (allowing you to take an overnight bus back to La Paz on the SAME day or to another destination.
A visit to the train cemetery is followed by a stop in Colchani where we can see how the locals work with salt, then we arrive the Salt Flats and getting the first glimpse of this vast environment. Salt hotels (Playa Blanca), salt mounds, isolated ‘islands’like Incahuasi island covered in cacti (Some of them are more than 300 hundred years old), lunch in the middle of the salt flats, and plenty of time for taking photos before returning to Uyuni at 5 pm. The main difference between dry season and rainy season is the possibility to explore the middle of the salt flats, Due the water in rainy season it is not possible to cross the entire salar

Rainy Season Itinerary (DECEMBER TO APRIL)

This itinerary typically starts in the city of Uyuni. However, it can also start in the city of La Paz or Santa Cruz if needed. Just add your flights at the moment of booking and don’t forget to attach your passport to issue your flight tickets.

Your experience begins with a welcome meeting in the town of Uyuni at approximately 9:30 am (this allows for a well-needed rest/breakfast if previous night was spent in Uyuni or an early morning flight from La Paz or Santa Cruz).

After meeting your driver, jump on one of the 4WD vehicles we will assign for you to enjoy this experience safely. These vehicles are equipped with fully functioning seatbelts, comfortable seats, first aid kit and upon request, oxygen (seldom needed). Just what you need for a safe Uyuni Salt Flats adventure. You will leave the town of Uyuni and travel to the dusty, old-style town of Colchani (approx. 30 mins). Along the way the vehicle will stop at Cementerio de Trenes (train graveyard) and at Colchani market to buy some optional locally made salt crafts. You will also have the opportunity to visit a rustic family-owned salt processing operation to learn about the trade. Once we leave Colchani, it is a short drive to the stunning Salar de Uyuni.

Upon entering the world’s largest salt flats, we will witness one of nature’s most dramatic sights on the planet. You will see your reflection mirrored by the few inches of water that floods the entire surface of the salt flats every year during the rainy season. You will see the sky perfectly reflected if the conditions are right (i.e. no wind, few clouds).

Lunch will be served in the middle of the vastness of the Salar in a strategic location. Take this opportunity to appreciate the sheer greatness of the area and practice your photography skills trying to capture that perfect reflection.

Later in the afternoon, witness a surreal sunset that will be forever ingrained in your brain. Drop off is in the center of Uyuni/bus station/airport for flight to La Paz or Santa Cruz or wherever customers choose

INCLUDED
Private transport from Uyuni to Uyuni
Entrance fees
Lunch
Bilingual guide

NOT INCLUDED
Tips
Breakfast/ Dinner
Beverages
Insurance of any kind
Transfers (Transfers to the airport has an extra cost)

ELEVATIONS
3665 mts (12021 ft)
MEALS
Lunch
Distance
130 Km (Round trip)