Southern Altiplano attractions

Top Choice Desert in Uyuni & the Southwest Circuit

Salar de Uyuni

The world's largest salt flat sits at a lofty 3653m (11,985ft) and blankets an amazing 12,000 sq km (4633 sq miles). It was part of a prehistoric salt lake, Lago Minchín, which once covered most of southwest Bolivia…
Top Choice Island in Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi

One of the highlights of a Salar de Uyuni tour is a hike around the spectacular Isla Incahuasi, otherwise known as Inkawasi. It's located in the heart of the salar, 80km west of Colchani. This hilly outpost is cover…
Top Choice National Park in Los Lípez

Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa

Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Los Lípez near the Chilean border is the remote Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa. It's a rough bumpy road through marvelous Martian landscapes to get there, b…
Top Choice Church in Curahuara de Carangas

La Capilla Sixtina del Altiplano

Like its famous counterpart in Vatican City, the interior of this lovely adobe-and-thatch church is covered with frescoes. But unlike the other Sistine Chapel, these gorgeous 17th-century paintings have a strong loc…
National Park in Parque Nacional Sajama

Parque Nacional Sajama

With expansive high-plains views, rare wildlife (including flamingos and graceful vicuña), geyser fields, hot springs, the world's highest forest, and climbing and hiking opportunities aplenty, Bolivia's oldest nati…
Historic Site in Around Oruro

Cala Cala

A worthwhile trip, this site consists of a series of rock paintings of llamas and humans in red and orange tones, dating to the first millennium BC. It’s located under an overhang 3.5km beyond the village of Cala Ca…
Natural Feature in Around Tupiza

Quebrada Palala

About 3km northwest of Tupiza is Quebrada Palala, a broad quebrada (wash) lined with some very impressive red formations known as fins. During the rainy season it becomes a tributary of Río Tupiza. Beyond the dramat…
Viewpoint in Around Tupiza

El Sillar

El Sillar (the Saddle), located 17km northwest of Tupiza, is where a road straddles a narrow ridge between two peaks and two valleys. Throughout this area, rugged amphitheaters have been gouged out of the mountainsi…
Lake in Los Lípez

Laguna Verde

The stunning blue-green Laguna Verde (4400m) is tucked into the southwestern corner of Bolivian territory, 52km south of Sol de Mañana. The incredible green color comes from high concentrations of lead, sulfur, arse…
Lake in Los Lípez

Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada is a rusty-burnt-orange-hued lake (4278m) that covers approximately 60 sq km and reaches a depth of just 80cm. The rich red coloration on the lake is derived from algae and plankton that thrive in th…