Welcome to Uyuni

Standing in defiance of the desert-like landscape that surrounds it, Uyuni occupies a desolate corner of southwestern Bolivia. Mention Uyuni to a Bolivian and they will whistle and emphasize harto frío (extreme cold). Yet despite the icy conditions, Uyuni’s got a cheerful buzz about it with hundreds of travelers passing through every week to kick off their tour of the Salar de Uyuni or the Southwest Circuit.There’s... Read More

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Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour

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.

$891 Day Trips & Excursions

Uyuni Salt Flats Day Trip by Air from La Paz

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.

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats

Meeting in our office at approximately 10:30am, we'll get ready to leave at 11am in a Toyota land cruiser 4×4 drive. Along the tour the first thing to visit is the trains graveyard where you'll see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Afterwards you go to the small village of Colchani which are salt miners workshop next to the salt flats, to see the factories and the rustic way of table salt production.Then you'll be taken to the great Salt Flat of Uyuni (Salar de Uyuni) where you'll first see the salt mining and the piles of salt (pyramids of salt).After this we'll go to see the eyes of the salt which are big holes in the salt flat where the water from underneath of this death lake still comes out by high pressure. After exploring the flats we'll go to the hotel made out salt, the only hotel allowed inside of the salt flats where you can take your time to have a look at the rooms, salt sculptures and the lobby of the hotel (Playa Blanca). We'll be having lunch in this place!Once we finish lunch we'll go to the central point of the salt which is the Inca Wasy Island (Fish Island) where will be able to see the giant  cactus and the Rocks formations of Coral petrified. There will be always time to stop in the middle of the salt to see the unusual formations in that look like hexagons and pentagons on the surface. Some thing that you definitely have to do here are the pictures with the huge perspective where people looks so tiny and funny! Make sure you don't miss the chance to do it! After some fun we'll go north and get close to the big Volcano Thunupa (5434 m.a.s.l.) to get some pictures from the distance. At the end of our tour we'll return back to Uyuni at approx 6:30 pm.  The Sun Set in Salt Flats is optional due to weather conditions or clients  schedule.

$497 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure

Day 1: Night bus from La Paz to UyuniArrive in La Paz at anytime. Make your own way to the bus terminal to take a night bus at 9pm to the town of Uyuni.Day 2: Uyuni - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island & Pia Pia Island) - Ajencha (L/D)Arrive at the Uyuni bus station in the morning and get picked up to be taken to the meeting point of the tour. Begin your 3-day tour at 10:30am with a visit to Uyuni's train graveyard. Visit the small settlement of Colchani. Continue onto the great salt flats of Uyuni at an altitude of nearly 12,000 feet (3650 m). Visit Los Ojos de Agua Salada and then a hotel made completely of salt, which is a museum. Lunch will be served on Isla Incahuasi. Take time to organize your group for fun perspective and proportion-distorted photos on the blinding white surface of the salt flats. Head to Pia Pia island for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Stay the night at a salt hotel in Ajencha, where there will be a telescope that you can use to do some stargazing.Day 3: Chiguana Desert - Caves - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon (B/L/D)Start off at 7am with breakfast. Go to the Chiguana desert on the South side of the Uyuni salt flats, surrounded by volcanoes including the active Ollague. Next, visit the Cueva del Diablo and Cueva Galaxia where you can see mummies, stalagmites and stalactites. Afterwards, continue along a rocky road to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by Andean flamingos. Marvel at three lagoons on the way; Cañapa where you’ll see the first pink flamingos, Hedionda where lunch will be served, and Chiarcota where you will see a variety of birds and fauna.Enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Visit the Desert of Siloli and take a photo next to the Rock tree, a lava rock formation. Stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a shared family lodging.Day 4: Sol de Manana Geyser - Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - Night Bus to La Paz (B/L)Visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser early in the morning. Walk next to fumaroles and steaming craters. Soak in the hot springs before enjoying a pancake breakfast. Travel to  Dali Desert and the Green Lagoon. Head back to Uyuni. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the way. Pass by the Valley of the Rocks, the Alota settlement and the San Cristobal Village for a short break. Return to Uyuni by 6:30pm at the end of your tour. Make your way to the Uyuni bus station (1 block away from the local office) to catch your night bus back to La Paz.Day 5: Arrival in La PazArrive in La Paz around 8am.

$364 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure

Day 1: Uyuni - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island & Pia Pia Island) - Ajencha (L/D)Start your tour off at 10:30am with a visit to Uyuni's train graveyard to see the first locomotives in Bolivia. Visit the small settlement of Colchani, see traditional craft items. Continue onto the great salt flats of Uyuni. Take photos as you cruise along the vast white expanse of salt. Visit los Ojos de Agua Salada and a hotel made completely of salt which a museum. Lunch will be served on Isla Incahuasi. 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. Head to Pia Pia island for the unique experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Finish off at the village of Ajencha and enjoy the unique experience of spending the night in a hotel made almost entirely of salt. At the accommodation, there will be a telescope that you can use to do some stargazing before going to bed. Day 2: Chiguana Desert - Caves - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon (B/L/D)Start off with breakfast at 7am. Go to the Chiguana desert on the south side of the Uyuni salt flats, surrounded by volcanoes such as the active Ollague volcano that you can see from a lookout. Next, we'll stop to visit the Cueva del Diablo (Devil's Cave) and Cueva Galaxia (Galaxy Cave) where you can see mummies, stalagmites and stalactites. After the caves, continue along a rocky road to the beautiful Andean lagoons inhabited by Andean flamingos. Marvel at three lagoons on the way; Cañapa where you’ll see the first pink flamingos, Hedionda where lunch will be served, and Chiarcota where you will see a variety of birds and fauna. Enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Visit the Desert of Siloli. Take a photo next to the Rock tree. Stop at the overlook point by the Red Lagoon to see more pink flamingos in their natural habitat and admire this intense red-colored lake. Stay the night at a shared family lodging.Day 3: Sol de Mañana Geyser - Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - Uyuni (B/L)Get off to an early start around 5am. Visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser. Walk to fumaroles and steaming craters filled with boiling pots of mud. Continue to the hot springs. Enjoy a nice soak in the hot springs before a pancake breakfast. Visit the Dali Desert and the Green Lagoon.Head back to Uyuni passing by beautiful scenery. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. Pass by the Valley of the Rocks, the Alota settlement and the San Cristobal Village for short breaks. Return to Uyuni at the end of your tour.

$438 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats from La Paz to Atacama

Day 1: Night bus from La Paz to UyuniArrive in La Paz at anytime. Make your own way to the bus terminal to take a night bus at 9pm to the town of Uyuni. (Note: There will be no tour leader to accompany you on the bus.)Day 2: Uyuni - Colchani - Uyuni Salt Flats (Incahuasi Island & Pia Pia Island) - Ajencha (L/D)Arrive at the Uyuni bus station in the morning where a guide will take you to the meeting point. Start your 3-day tour at 10:30am with a visit to Uyuni's "train graveyard," and then visit the small settlement of Colchani before continuing on to the Uyuni salt flats at 12,045 ft (3650m). Visit Los Ojos de Agua Salada and a hotel made completely of salt, before enjoying lunch at “Isla Incahuasi” and taking fun, proportion-distorted photos. Then, head to Pia Pia island for the experience of seeing a beautiful sunset over the salt flats. Stay the night at a salt hotel in Ajencha, where there is a telescope to do some stargazing.Day 3: Chiguana Desert - Caves - Lagoons - Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve - Red Lagoon (B/L/D)Start with breakfast at 7am before traveling to the Chiguana desert. Here on the south side of the Uyuni salt flats you're surrounded by volcanoes such as active Ollague, which is often steaming in the distance. Next, you'll visit the Cueva del Diablo and Cueva Galaxia to see mummies, stalagmites and stalactites, before continuing along a rocky road to lagoons which are curiously inhabited by clusters of pink, Andean flamingos. Lagoons include Cañapa, where you’ll see the first pink flamingos, and Hedionda, where lunch will be served. Chiarcota Lagoon has a wider variety of birds, as well as hardy, altiplanic fauna that amazingly survives the harsh landscape. Next you'll enter the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve and visit the Desert of Siloli, where you'll take a photo next to the "Rock Tree" and stop at an overlook by the Red Lagoon to see flamingos in their natural habitat. Stay the night at a shared family lodging amidst the fascinating scenery.Day 4: Sol de Mañana Geyser - Dali Desert - Green Lagoon - Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) (B)Get an early start around 5am to visit the Sol de Mañana Geyser, which at 16,500 ft (5,000m) is as high as you'll reach on the tour. Bundled against the morning chill, you'll walk by fumaroles and steaming craters that are filled with boiling pots of mud at 300-400ºF (150-200 Cº). Continue to steaming, high-altitude hot springs and bathe in 95Fº (35 Cº) water before enjoying a pancake breakfast. From there it's off to the Dali Desert and Green Lagoon (which is full of toxic copper water at the foot of the Licancabur volcano), before crossing the border into Chile and boarding different vehicles. Your local driver will take you down to San Pedro de Atacama, arriving there in the late morning to end the 4-day adventure.