Salar de Uyuni
The scenery in this south-western part of the country is both truly beautiful, and weirdly wonderful. Without doubt Bolivia’s greatest natural wonder, the Salar de Uyuni, at 3,500m above sea level, is the largest salt flats in the world.
Spectacular, eerie, ‘other-worldly’ and unique- all at the same time, the salt flats are freezing by night, boiling by day and whiter than snow always. This is an inhospitable environment and not easy to reach, but with the right vehicle and guide we can arrange for you to experience this unforgettable region.
The sensation of standing in the middle of this salt desert is truly incredible and something you won’t forget for a long time. Nor is sleeping in a hotel made of salt! If you can put up with some bumpy roads and windy conditions then this stark landscape will reward you with some stunning scenery and rather wonderful photo opportunities.
Originally a salt lake, stranded inland by the collision of tectonic plates which formed the Andes, it is thought that the Salar dried out around 10,000 years ago.
A visit here combines well with Chile and/or Argentina and we can easily help to plan a trip to visit both countries.
Remember that you are high up here and so it's best not to over exert yourself. You should drink lots of water and the locals also swear by drinking coca tea, made from coca leaves and very popular within the Andean regions for curing altitude sickness.
If you are en route to Chile then you should really make time to visit the stunning Green and Red lagoons. Both are very remote, but beautiful and home to many types of flamingo which strut around the lakes.
The best time of year to visit the salt flats at Uyuni is in June and July. This is when the skies are clearer and the sun is hot (but the nights are cold).