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A trip to the world's largest salt flat, the 11,000-sq. km Salar de Uyuni is like traveling to another dimension. Completely flat for miles and dotted with colorful mirrored lakes, the flats are contained by the Andes mountains in the distance. Between 30-40,000 years ago, this expansive salt-covered desert was submerged under the giant Lake Minchin, which since dried up completely and left only the briny remains of its existence. Located in southwestern Bolivia in the Altiplano plateau, it is truly a land of extremes. The Adventure Life team has put together several fascinating tours exploring Bolivia's impressive landscape, including stops at Lake Titicaca, and can be combined with Chile's Atacama Desert, just across the Chilean border from Bolivia. Contact one of our South America experts to plan the perfect trip.  

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Salar de Uyuni: Highlights
What was once a prehistoric lake is now the world's largest salt flat, stretching out over 11,000 sq. km. on Bolivia's Altiplano plateau. It fuels a huge salt mining industry and has been recognized by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the world's strangest natural wonders.

So what is there to see on this peculiar barren plain in the heights of the Bolivian mountainscape?
  • Salt Lakes! Obviously. Just witnessing this salt desert will leave you with a sense of awe and wonder. The cracked and broken desert stretches out interminably in a dry sea of whiteness. Like many deserts, you might see mirages as the sun dances on the reflective surface, but unlike most deserts, you won't find even a grain of sand.
  • Flamingos. Interestingly, the salty lagoons that have formed make for a delightful home for the scores of pink flamingos that live here. 
  • Other nearby destinations worth visiting on your Bolivia trip include the Atacama desert and other places in the Altiplano like the Laguna Colorada. 
Best Time of the Year to Visit Salar de Uyuni

You can visit Uyuni any time of the year as the seasonal differences are small. The altitude is at 3600 meters (feet), which makes for cool days and nights. 

The rainy season is from November until March, when the temperatures are warmer and more importantly, there's a better chance of seeing the salt lake beds filled with water, which gives them a mirror effect, and that million dollar photo opportunity that you came to Uyuni for. 

The winter months of June, July, and August are drier, almost without rainfall, and see lower temperatures, averaging below freezing at nights with highs around 15 degrees celsius (60 F). 
 

Other Recommended Bolivia Tours

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Ancient Cultures$12507RelaxedVisit La Paz and experience the local Bolivian culture on this week-long journey! Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau and home to the ruins of Tihuanaco and remnants of Inca temples at Sun and Moon Islands. This is the world's highest navigable lake.
Bolivia Backroads$305010RelaxedExplore what many call the Tibet of the Americas on this 10-day tour of Bolivia. Enjoy family hospitality at Hacienda Candelaria, meet village weavers and maybe try your hand at the loom, visit the Tarabuco Market, travel across the largest salt flat in the world at Uyuni, and visit the mines of Potosi before heading back to La Paz.
Highlights of Peru & Bolivia$326514RelaxedIn two weeks, travel through both Peru and Bolivia. Begin in Peru, visiting markets and ruin sites as you travel through the Sacred Valley to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Discover the birthplace of the Inca on Lake Titicaca. Finish your journey in La Paz, Bolivia and Moon Valley seeing the curious way erosion has shaped the landscape.
High Deserts of Bolivia & Chile$299510RelaxedExplore Bolivia and Chile on this 10-day adventure tour revealing an extreme geography of deserts, mountains, canyons, and lagoons. Visit Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca, and the Atacama Desert while viewing breathtaking landscapes every step of the way! Starting in La Paz, Bolivia you'll journey to Tatio Geysers, the Valley of the Moon, and more.
Cordillera Real Trekking$13509UltimateEnjoy a remote 5-day Bolivia trekking adventure on this expedition in the Cordillera Real, in the majestic Andes Mountains. This trek features remarkable views of glacier-clad peaks and high altitude lakes. You'll visit La Paz, Moon Valley, and the Tihuanaco ruins as well. Enjoy camping, horseback riding, and market visits too!
Chalalan Lodge$11257RelaxedThis 5-day tour of Bolivia's Amazon takes you to Madidi National Park, where you'll stay 3 nights in Chalalan Lodge - the only lodge owned and operated by an indigenous community in Bolivia. Here, learn to see the jungle through the eyes of the local Quechua Indians as you explore and look for wildlife and learn about traditional farming & cuisine.
Jesuit Missions$15955RelaxedThis 5-day tour from Santa Cruz, Bolivia takes you along the circuit of Jesuit Missions once thought to be forgotten, giving you the unique opportunity to visit the magnificent, centuries-old churches that have been restored in San Javier, Concepcion, San Ignacio, San Miguel, San Rafael, and Santa Ana. You'll learn about this history & restoration.
Bolivia Backroads and Oruro Festival$499513RelaxedOur classic Bolivia Backroads tour is now paired with the Oruro Festival for one great two-week adventure. Enjoy a front row seat along the main parade route as thousands of dancers pass by you; tour a working silver mine; and climb Volcano Tunupa. Sites like the Salt Plains of Uyuni, Potosi, and Sucre highlight the trip.

Combine With a Trip to Chile or Argentina

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Awasi Atacama Desert$27004RelaxedVenture into the Atacama Desert on these 3 to 5-night luxury Chile tours with flexible itineraries that explore the best of the Atacama like the Valley of the Moon, Lasana Valley, and the El Tatio geysers.
Humahuaca$2701Relaxed
Explore Cafayate$2351Relaxed
Vistas of Cachi$2351Relaxed
Safari to the Clouds$1701Relaxed
Atacama Multisport$38776ModerateExplore the Atacama Desert! Six day trip includes hiking through the Valley of the Moon, horseback riding through Death Valley, mountain bike to the salt flats and summit Soquete Mountainthe for amazing views of El Tatio geysers.
Andean Northwest$12894RelaxedSalta province in Northwest Argentina has the culture and scenery to fascinate any inquisitive traveler. Explore the stunning rock formations of Valles Calchaquies, the colonial history of Salta, the archeology of Cachi, and Cafayate's rich wines and cuisine.
Atacama Desert$10944-5RelaxedVenture into the Atacama Desert! Three to five night extensions include flexible itineraries that explore this unique region, including a visit to the Valley of the Moon, and the El Tatio geysers. Evenings are spent at the renowned Terrantai Lodge in San Pedro de Atacama.
Taste of Argentina$22759RelaxedJoin this nine-day journey to discover the delicious local dishes and wines, as well as the inviting culture and landscape of northern Argentina -- a world apart from the country's chilly southern reaches!
High Deserts of Bolivia & Chile$299510RelaxedExplore Bolivia and Chile on this 10-day adventure tour revealing an extreme geography of deserts, mountains, canyons, and lagoons. Visit Salar de Uyuni, Lake Titicaca, and the Atacama Desert while viewing breathtaking landscapes every step of the way! Starting in La Paz, Bolivia you'll journey to Tatio Geysers, the Valley of the Moon, and more.

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