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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.  

10 Best Salar de Uyuni Tours for 2021

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Lake Titicaca - Sun Island & Copacabana$5832Jan 20, 2021Journey to the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca and overnight on Sun Island. According to legend, the son of Inti, the sun god, emerged …
Lake Titicaca with overnight in Copacabana$5392Jan 20, 2021Two day extension with an overnight in Copacabana. Explore Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean …
Tihuanaco Ruins (Tiwanaku)$1171Jan 20, 2021
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Bolivia Backroads and Oruro Festival$499513Feb 11, 2021Our 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 …
Bolivia Backroads$408210Jan 22, 2021Explore what many call the Tibet of the Americas on this 10-day tour of Bolivia. Enjoy family hospitality at Hacienda Candelaria, meet village …
Oruro Carnaval and Lake Titicaca$34389Feb 10, 2021Experience the urban and rural environments of Bolivia on this combination tour! Take a city tour of La Paz, enjoy front row seats during the parade …
High Deserts of Bolivia & Chile$300710Jan 20, 2021Explore Bolivia and Chile on this 10-day adventure tour revealing an extreme geography of deserts, mountains, canyons, and lagoons. Visit Salar de …

Combine With a Trip to Chile or Argentina

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Chile Astronomy Adventure$29328Jan 21, 2021Experience the astronomical highlights of Chile and more during this 8-day adventure. Explore the arid Atacama Desert, stroll La Serena's streets, …
Awasi Atacama Desert$27004Jan 20, 2021Venture 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 …
Cumbres All-Inclusive: San Pedro de Atacama$10433-7Jan 20, 2021Explore San Pedro de Atacama and let yourself be pampered with this all-inclusive program that includes everything you need to live a great …
Humahuaca$2911Jan 20, 2021
Vistas of Cachi$2731Jan 20, 2021
Explore Cafayate$2721Jan 20, 2021
Safari to the Clouds$2051Jan 20, 2021
Atacama Multisport$40466Jan 24, 2021Explore the Atacama Desert! Six day trip includes hiking through the Valley of the Moon, horseback riding through Death Valley, mountain bike to the …
Andean Northwest$16584Jan 20, 2021Salta province in Northwest Argentina has the culture and scenery to fascinate any inquisitive traveler. Explore the stunning rock formations of …
Atacama Desert$11134-5Jan 20, 2021Venture into the Atacama Desert! Three to five night extensions include flexible itineraries that explore this unique region, including a visit to …

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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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