Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni

The Salt Flats in southern Bolivia are quite simply beautiful and unique. The scale and vastness of the white wilderness has to be experienced to be believed.

Photos cannot capture what it feels like to stand in the middle of the salt with nothing but brilliant white salt as far as the eye can see.

In addition to the vast white desert are the incongruous cacti covered islands, Tunupa Volcano and the small town of Colchani where salt is still processed manually.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

A little more about the Salar de Uyuni

The Salar de Uyuni is the largest and highest salt flats in the world. An eerie expanse of over 4,600 square miles of white salty desert set at a lofty altitude of 3,653 metres in south-western Bolivia. To experience these desolate salt-encrusted plains is nothing short of mesmerizing. The featureless white landscape is broken up with small islands, the two main ones to visit being Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado. During the dry season all corners of the Salar de Uyuni can be explored. In the wet season (December to March) the area is transformed into a huge reflecting pool and the centre is off limits.


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Salt pyramids, Colchani, Bolivia

Visit Colchani

Explore the small town of Colchani and learn how the salt is processed.

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Incahuasi Island, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Trek Isla Incahuasi

Walk to the top of Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado for stunning views across the salt flats.

Salt Flats, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Ojos del Salar

Watch the water bubbling from the Ojos del Salar (eyes of the salt flat) which have healing properties due to the high mineral content.

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Tunupa Volcano and Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Tunupa Volcano

Trek to the top of Tunupa Volcano and look out across the Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest salt flat in the world.

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Salt Table and Chairs, Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Stay in a Salt Hotel

Stay in one the of the salt hotels built entirely from blocks of salt.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Luna Salada Hotel £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Unusual

The Luna Salada Hotel is situated on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in the Colchani area, 30 minutes from the town of Uyuni. This location provides views of the impressive flats. Built entirely from local salt bricks, this rustic hotel even has furniture made from salt, including the beds and chairs. The hotel has 49 rooms, of varying styles and sizes, some with salt lake views. They are tastefully decorated, have a snug and relaxing feel to them with very comfortable beds and welcoming pillows. There is a large restaurant with great views over the white desert which serves delicious meals. The hotel also has a spa with sauna and jacuzzi.

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Palacio del Sal £££££

  • Bolivia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Hotel Palacio del Sal is located on the edge of Colchani on the eastern shore of the salt lake and is built purely of salt. Not only are the floors, walls and ceilings made from salt, but so are most of the tables, chairs and beds. The hotel is warm, friendly and stylishly decorated with cosy sitting areas complete with log burners. There are 30 rooms featuring conical ceilings made from large salt blocks and bright furnishings which contrast with the salt walls. The restaurant is spacious and serves buffet meals.

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Deluxe Airstream Campers £££££

  • Bolivia
  • Unusual

Camp out under the stars on the largest salt lake in the world, in the luxury of your own stylish airstream camper. Travel by 4WD with a private guide during the day, as the sunsets, park up for the night and sip a cocktail while dinner is prepared by the chef. The airstream camper van comes equipped with a double or twin beds, an electric blanket and heating for those chilly nights, a CD player, own minibar and private bathroom with hot shower.

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