Top things to do in Southern Altiplano

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…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Tupiza

Vinoteca El Origen

More than 10 different wines from small, mostly organic Bolivian vineyards can be sampled by the glass at this artists' hangout, which also serves local craft beer and coffee from the Yungas. It's run by Goyo, who p…
Top Choice Pizza in Uyuni

Minuteman Revolutionary Pizza

This convivial spot inside Toñito Hotel is run by Chris from Boston and his Bolivian wife Sussy, and is a travelers’ favorite. Sample the best pizzas in town as well as tasty gourmet salads. It’s also a cozy spot fo…
Top Choice Bolivian in Uyuni

Tika

Tika's chic, modern dining room is an appealing setting to sample contemporary takes on traditional Bolivian dishes, such as Charque Lipeño (sun-dried llama meat with potatoes, cheese and corn) and K'alaphurka, a gu…
Top Choice Barbecue in Oruro

Las Delicias

This is arguably the best churrasquería (grilled-meat restaurant) in town, with attentive service, sizzling tableside parrilladas (plates of mixed grilled meats), great almuerzos (set lunches) and top-notch Argentin…
Top Choice Bar in Oruro

Dali

The closest place you'll find to a hip hangout in Oruro is this chilled cafe-bar that caters to the city's young set. Come for the drinks, not the food. It's a perfect launch pad for a night out on the town.
Top Choice Pizza in Tupiza

Milan Center

For the best pizza in town, head over to Milan Center, which serves crispy thin-crust pizzas with a variety of topping options. The covered back patio is a nice break from the streets of Tupiza. It's also a good pla…