A Pinch of Salt

3-Day Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Prices from £185 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationUyuni - Salt Flats - Uyuni

Suitable for families

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Overview

The endless white expanse of the Bolivian salt flats makes for some truly epic photo opportunities and is quite possibly the most breath-taking nature reserve we've ever seen. Staying in the dusty town of Uyuni, you’ll set out on a full day tour to explore one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena.

We can only book this trip as part of a longer itinerary, but just get in touch and we’ll talk you through the options.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Jeep excursion to Salar de Uyuni incl. lunch and coffee/tea and English-speaking guide.

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Arrival in Uyuni

You’ll usually arrive in Uyuni either by air or by bus – we’ll help you arrange whichever option you prefer – and once you’ve checked into your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to do as you please. Uyuni is a small, dusty salt-mining town at 3700m altitude – like one of those sleepy desert towns straight out of a western. It isn’t much to look at, but there are a few bars and restaurants to keep you entertained for the evening, before tomorrow’s adventure.

women at local market

Uyuni - Salar - Uyuni

You’ll be met early in the morning for a jeep tour of the world’s largest salt lake: the Salar de Uyuni. You’ll be joined by a few other travellers and your English speaking guide. As you drive out of Uyuni, you’ll pay a short visit to the train cemetery just outside the village, where old disused steam engines and demolished carriages are slowly rusting away. From here you’ll drive on to the salt mine village, Colchani, where you can see how the salt extracted from the plains is utilised.

Exploring the train cemetery in Uyuni

During the dry months the lake is literally dazzling, even with sunglasses and a sun cap, as the brightness of the sun reflects on the white plain. During wet season (December-March) the thin layer of water on top creates a spectacular mirror effect. Slap bang in the middle of the white expanse lies the Isla de Pescadores, an odd rocky outcrop no more than 500m in length covered in giant cacti. The jeeps all meet here for an outdoor lunch on the island.

In the afternoon you’ll continue north across the Salar where you might even spot the animals that live on and around the salt plains; flamingos, llamas, pumas and Andean foxes. You’ll be back in Uyuni at the end of the day where you can wash off all the salt under a nice hot shower. It’s worth bearing in mind that due to unpredictable weather circumstances the itinerary to the salt plains can be changed without prior notice, so a certain amount of flexibility in your travel plans may be needed.

The bolivian salt flats during wet season

Departure

You’ll begin day four of your Uyuni tour with a leisurely breakfast, before continuing to the next stop on your Bolivian adventure.

couple jumping at salt flats in bolivia
Rickshaw Travel Specialist Ross on a boat

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