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23 stunning photos from Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

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The Salar de Uyuni is the most popular tourist destination in Bolivia. Beside the world's largest salt flat you are able to discover rock formations, lagoons, volcanos and flamingos in this diverse region in the south west of Bolivia. With this selection of my 23 best photos from Salar de Uyuni you get an idea why this destination should be on your bucket list!

If you want to discover the area around Uyuni you have several options. If you are short on time you can do the Salt Flat only in just one day, but the most popular & from my point of view also the best option is the 3 or 4 day tour.

The Salt Flat itself is impressive and will fill easily a whole day discovering it: you start with visiting the train graveyard – those wrecked old steam lokomotives where used to transport minerals and are a nice playground nowadays. Next you'll visit some shops – use the time to stock up with items you can use later to make funny pictures (hats, toys, dinosaurs…). After that you finally head to the beginning of the Salt Flat – get your sunscreen, sunglasses and camera ready!

The Pictures

The start of the Salt flat isn't that white...
The start of the Salt flat isn't that white…
After a few more minutes of driving it get's magical
After a few more minutes of driving it get's magical
With the white surrounding, flags look even more colorful
With the white surrounding, flags look even more colorful
White, Blue and some tourists enjoying the scenery
White, Blue and some tourists enjoying the scenery

 

Isla del Pescado - an island full of cactuses
Isla del Pescado – an island full of cactuses

 

It's kind of weird to see so much cactuses in the middle of nowhere
It's kind of weird to see so much cactuses in the middle of nowhere

 

One of the most popular activities is making funny pictures
One of the most popular activities is making funny pictures

 

...because of the endless white you are able to play with the persepective
…because of the endless white you are able to play with the persepective

 

...or you just jump around
…or you just jump around

 

Jeeps are the only possibility to travel up here
Jeeps are the only possibility to travel up here

 

After leaving the salt flat you come to see colorful mountains
After leaving the salt flat you come to see colorful mountains

 

...and rock formations
…and rock formations

 

You eat lollipops with your travelmates
You eat lollipops with your travelmates

 

...and say HI to flamingos
…and say HI to flamingos

 

You discover more weird formations
You discover more weird formations

 

...and creatures that look like out of a movie
…and creatures that look like out of a movie

 

The stone tree is one of the most photographed attractions on this tour
The stone tree is one of the most photographed attractions on this tour
...as well as the Laguna Colorada
…as well as the Laguna Colorada
The red laguna colorada is one of many lagoons you come to see in Uyuni
The red laguna colorada is one of many lagoons you come to see in Uyuni
Jumping around again - at the Solar de Manaña geyser basin (4850m)
Jumping around again – at the Solar de Manaña geyser basin (4850m)
One of the gaysers at Solar de Manaña geyser basin (4850m)
One of the gaysers at Solar de Manaña geyser basin (4850m)
Termas de Polques hot springs (4400m) - the last stop was meant to be used for relaxation
Termas de Polques hot springs (4400m) – the last stop was meant to be used for relaxation
Our group was simply amazing - Portugal, Austria, Germany and our friendly driver/tourguide/cook from Bolivia
Our group was simply amazing – Portugal, Austria, Germany and our friendly driver/tourguide/cook from Bolivia
 

About the Tour

On the multi day version of the tour you'll have 2/3 overnight stays in basic, but surprisingly good hostels where you come together to enjoy dinner and breakfast – sometimes there is also a small shop attached to buy some chocolate and beer. It is recommended to bring a sleeping bag as the temperatures drop in the night due to the high altitude (up to 4.800m!).
You can do the whole tour either from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile or from Uyuni in Bolivia – there are overnight buses to/from La Paz. The difference: the tour from San Pedro is likely to be around 50-60% more expensive. You can use both tours to cross the border and get to Chile/Bolivia to keep on traveling afterwards which I recommend because you would use otherwise half of the last day just to travel back to your origin.

Speaking about costs and tour operators: I decided to go with a company called “Expediciones Alkaya” and can highly recommend going with them – with food, lodging & rent for a sleeping bag I paid only 105€ for 3 days! Moreover our driver Max seemed to be one of the most experienced ones as all the other drivers always asked him for advice when we met other groups.
You can book the tour in their office in Uyuni and also decide to go back to Uyuni afterwards or do just a one day tour. Be aware of the fact that you might have to pay extra fees for private national parks on the way and for hot showers at the hostels.

If you want to travel on afterwards check out my posts from Bolivia, Chile and Peru – with some great videos, travel guides and photo galleries awaiting you!


 

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