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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 American experts to plan the perfect trip.  
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Explora Uyuni$55605Apr 16, 2024Join this 5-day trip to Uyuni Salt Flats, a vast wonder at 3,665 meters elevation. Stay at Uyuni Lodge near Tunupa Volcano. Customize your …

10 Best Combine With a Trip to Chile or Argentina for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Atacama Desert$17484-5Apr 16, 2024Venture into the Atacama Desert! Three to five night extensions include flexible itineraries that explore this unique region, including a visit to …
Taste of Argentina$53079Apr 16, 2024Join this 9-day journey to discover the delicious local dishes and wines, as well as the inviting culture and landscape of northern Argentina -- a …
Awasi Atacama Desert$30804Apr 16, 2024Spend your nights in San Pedro de Atacama on these 3 to 5-night luxury Chile tours with flexible itineraries that explore the best of the Atacama …
Chile North to South$364813Apr 16, 2024This 13-day tour of Chile takes you from Northern Chile's Atacama Desert, to Santiago, the Lake District, then Torres del Paine. Along the way, …
Astronomical Tour$2761Apr 16, 2024The Atacama Desert is considered one of the best places on earth to view the night sky. On this half-day tour, learn about constellations and stars, …
Explora Atacama$26605Apr 16, 2024Immerse in an all-inclusive adventure in the heart of Atacama and witness geysers, salt flats, lagoons, volcanoes, and dunes. Experience Explora's …
Humahuaca$3431Apr 16, 2024Enjoy this full-day trip from Salta city to Humahuaca, a colorful ancient village with beautiful surroundings. On your way, see "Cerro de colores" …
Explore Cafayate$3321Apr 16, 2024On this Argentina day trip, explore the geography and history of Cafayate, famous for its vineyards. Drive along the Lerma Valley and see the …
Vistas of Cachi$2691Apr 16, 2024Experience the unforgettable beauty of Cachi's majestic landscapes, from its lush valleys up to its unique and stunning scenery. Admire treasured …
Safari to the Clouds$981Apr 17, 2024Enjoy a full-day "Safari to the Clouds" tour in Northern Argentina. In one day, visit the clouds, Salinas Grandes, and Purmamarca. This route is the …

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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). 

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