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“The place where heaven meets the earth”. The salt flats in Bolivia (Salar de Uyuni) are an unreal landscape in that consists of a more or less 12 meter layer of salt, you can cruise around on with a jeep or take amazing pictures with surreal perspectives. In the dry season (April- November) you can walk on the salt, in the wet season (December – March) you’ll find a small layer of water above the ground, which makes it reflect the sky. Both are beautiful, but for the second one you’ll definitely need proper shoes to walk on.
HOW MANY DAYS?
If you just want to see the Salt Flats and nothing else, I’d recommend to head to Uyuni from La Paz, get a bus ticket at the bus station (there’s only one) and book a tour directly in Uyuni for a day in the morning. It takes around 10-12 hours from La Paz to Uyuni and the busses normally leave late at night. Bring a blanket as it can get extremely cold inside.Tours in Uyuni normally start at 10am.
PLACES YOU’LL SEE IN THREE DAYS
I would highly recommend to stay at least three days. The landscape you’ll get to see after the actual salt flats is beyond beautiful.
The costs of a tour (transportation, food and accommodation included) varies between 600-1000 Bolivianos. There won’t be any wifi within those three days but it’s so beautiful, you probably won’t mind at all. If you want to head straight to San Pedro (Atacama Desert) in Chile it is only 50 Bolivianos extra (don’t pay more!).
THE SALT FLATS
A HOTEL MADE OF SALT
INCA HUASI ISLAND (CACTUS ISLAND/ FISH ISLAND)
RED LAGOON WITH FLAMINGOS
“SOL DE MANHÃNA” GEYSERS
AGUAS THERMALES (HOT SPRINGS)
SURREAL LANDSCAPES ON THE WAY
WHAT TO BRING
Toilet Paper! There is none anywhere in Bolivia!
Spare batteries for your camera (you might not have much electricity)
Warm clothes (gloves and warm socks)
Smoke bombs for the pictures 😉