Welcome to Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni is now a center of salt extraction and processing, particularly around the settlement of Colchani. The estimated annual output of the Colchani operation is nearly 20,000 tons, 18,000 tons of which is for human consumption while the rest is for livestock. And beneath the surface, massive lithium deposits should fuel Bolivia’s economy for the next 100 years.

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$108 Tours & Sightseeing

Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Tour from Uyuni

The Salar de Uyuni or “salt flats” is one of the world's highest deserts, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes that reaches 5000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea level.Start your tour with a visit to Uyuni's 'train graveyard' to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Then, visit the small village of Colchani (salt miners workshops next to the salt flats) before continuing on to the great salt flats of Uyuni. Along the way, see many piles of salt and the 'eyes of the salt' (big holes in the salt flats where the water, from underneath this death lake, still comes out by high pressure). Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt, and visit a hotel made completely of salt. After lunch, travel to Inca Huasi (Fish Island), in the middle of the salt flats, where you will have time to take a hike to the top of the island to see giant cactus and rock formations made of petrified coral. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective and proportion-distorted photos on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. Then make your way to the foot of the big Volcano Tunupa (5,434m / 17,828 feet) to appreciate a nice view and get some pictures. Return back to Uyuni around 7pm, stopping along the way to enjoy a fantastic sunset in the Salar of Uyuni.

$99 Day Trips & Excursions

Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Tour with Lunch from Uyuni

Starting the day(around 10:30 am), our guide gives you a short briefing on some recommendation for the tour, and shortly after you'll hop on a 4x4 drive Toyota Land Cruiser that will firstly take you to the Train Cemetery where a full story of the first trains that arrived in Bolivia, and their purposes will be uncovered. Soon after the crew takes you to the small village of Colchani, where you could expect many handicraft shops for souvenirs, and also the salt factory, where the salt is being refined and packed for consumption. The lunch takes places in a Salt hotel with plenty of option for any taste.Once the drivers packed all the dishes etc, you'll head toward the majestic Salar de Uyuni, (being the same size as the Bahamas) and start the real journey into the biggest salt flat on earth. Your first stop will be next to the only construction allowed in the Salar, which is called Playa Blanca, the first salt hotel build in the salt flat, plus you'll also find there the Flags and Dakar Race monument. Next on, is a 30-min drive toward the middle of nowhere into a special location to take the best pictures of yourself and your friend, helped of course, by your experienced guide that tell you how to do everything perfectly. Once we finish the “photo shooting session”, we'll go to the central point of the Bolivian White desert, which is the Inca Wasy Island (Cactus Island) where will be able to see giant cacti and rock formations of petrified Coral that will make you feel on another planet for sure. A small hike of 40 min will be realized on this very island all the way up the top, reaching the highest point of view in the trip with 3750 m.a.s.l (12,303.14 feet) where a 360* view of the hole Salt Flat awaits for you. After finishing your little, but amazing hike, it will already be time for the breathtaking sunset to come (that usually takes place around 6:00pm) and your driver will choose to the best location for it. At the end of our tour we'll return back to Uyuni at approx 6:30-7:00 pm. So don't miss out on this amazing opportunity and get your reservation now !

$60 Tours & Sightseeing

Salar de Uyuni Salt Lake Tour

Itinerary: • 10:30am - Departure from the city of Uyuni to visit the Train Cemetery, and then go to the salt lake • 11am - Make a brief stop in the town of Colchani, where you will pass the processing plant for artisan salt • 12pm - Enter the Salar to visit waterholes, observe the extraction of salt, and visit the Playa Blanca Hotel (one of the first hotels in the Salar) • 12:30pm - Lunch in the middle of Salar de Uyuni • 1:30pm - Visit Incahuasi Island where you see the famous giant cactus • 5:30pm - Sunset at the Salar de Uyuni (alternative to the direct return to Uyuni) • 6:30pm - Return to Uyuni

$891 Day Trips & Excursions

La Paz to Uyuni Salt Flats Day Trip by Air Including Lunch

Escape to the desert on a private, guided trip to the Bolivian salt flats called the Salar de Uyuni. Begin the full-day tour by being picked up at your hotel in downtown La Paz for a transfer by private vehicle to El Alto airport. On the short flight to Uyuni, in southern Bolivia, you’ll fly over the Altiplano (‘High Plain’) and get jaw-dropping views of the Andes Mountains.Less than 1 hour away by air, the town of Uyuni provides easy access to the world’s largest salt flats. Stretched between distant Andean peaks like a shimmering white carpet, the Salar de Uyuni resembles a snow-covered lake and covers 4,000 square miles (over 10,000 square km). It’s home to pink flamingos, 1,000-year-old cacti, rare hummingbirds and hotels built entirely from blocks of salt. Don’t forget your camera, as the blinding white salt flats, framed by mountains and blue sky, create picture-perfect opportunities. You can observe mirages and optical illusions caused by solar radiation and the crystallized ground. Weather permitting, you’ll hang out on Cactus Island, home to a plethora of cacti, unusual flowers and strange fauna. And you’ll graze on a picnic lunch smack in the middle of the salt flats, creating the feeling that you’re eating in the middle of nowhere. After your unforgettable visit to this wondrous landscape, you’ll fly back to La Paz and be dropped off at your hotel.

$250 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Uyuni Salt Flats by Bus from La Paz

Day 1: La Paz - Uyuni (D)The service starts with pick up from your Hotel in La Paz, (1 hour before the bus departure time) to take a night bus to Uyuni that leaves at 8:30 p.m. The bus that we select is TODO TOURISMO COMPANY, one of the most comfortable with reclining seats (semicama), with bath on board, assistance in English and small dinner included. Day 2: Uyuni- Salt Flats - Uyuni - La Paz (B, L , D )Itinerary: • 07:30 am Pick up from Bus Station  from TODO TURISMO. • 08:00 Breakfast and Shower in Uyuni. • 10:30am - Departure from the city of Uyuni to visit the Train Cemetery, and then go to the salt lake • 11am - Make a brief stop in the town of Colchani, where you will pass the processing plant for artisan salt • 12pm - Enter the Salar to visit waterholes, observe the extraction of salt, and visit the Playa Blanca Hotel (one of the first hotels in the Salar) • 12:30pm - Lunch in the middle of Salar de Uyuni • 1:30pm - Visit Incahuasi Island where you see the famous giant cactus • 3:30pm - Arrive at the foot of Tunupa Volcano to take pictures, see flamingos, and watch the sunset • 5:30pm - Sunset at the Salar de Uyuni (accompanied by a courtesy wine) • 7:00pm - Return to Uyuni • 7:30 pm - We take the Bus back to La Paz.

$20 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Visit to the old Mines and trains of Pulacayo

Our tour begins with pick up from your preferred place, to take the road to Pulacayo located 10 km from Uyuni, in a comfortable private transport with air conditioning, accompanied by your professional English or Spanish speaking guide (according to your requirement).On the way we can find llamas, and observe very beautiful Andean landscapes, we arrive to the Mirador from where we can observe and take photographs of Salar de Uyuni and the town of Uyuni.We continue with our tour and when we arrive to the historic town of Pulacayo, we head for a short walk to the open Museum of ancient trains that were the first to arrive in Bolivia.Six locomotives are manufactured exclusively for this section, two English and four American.At first they worked with carbon, but since in Bolivia there was no carbon imported from the outside was very expensive, in the 20's oil is discovered in Bolivia, that is why they are modified so that later they work with oil.These locomotives only made the section Pulacayo - Uyuni, from there were other locomotives with greater width of troche that went to Antofagasta, that is why these locomotives are small, called locomotives of Mountain.As part of these locomotives are the remains of the train assaulted by Busch Cassidy, Sundance Kid.After taking photos and entering the past in this site, our tour continues with the exterior visit of what was one of the most important mines of the country in its time, we can observe the type of work, the machinery and much more.After enjoying a little snacks, we continue the walk to visit the old streets that were built at that time in a German and English style, because those who ran the company at the time were foreign, that is why of the touches in the construction Of the houses that nowadays are silent witnesses of how important the place was at that time.After enjoying a hot tea, we embark to our private mobility to return to Uyuni.The tour ends at your preferred place.

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