Salar de UyuniYou may have heard about Salar de Uyuni. These Bolivian Salt Flats are some of the most impressive in the whole world. Miles of uninterrupted white land stretches out before you and gives the visitor a look into another world style of landscape. If you are touring South America then the Salar de Uyuni should be in your top 5 picks of destinations. There is more than enough things to see and do here, including a train graveyard, hotels made entirely out of salt, and even natural hot springs which are said to help all kinds of physical ailments.
Tours of Salar de UyuniMany times while traveling, people ask themselves whether it is better to take a tour of a place or to go it alone. To give the Salar de Uyuni the attention that it deserves while going alone, you simply must rent a car. Once you have gone to the expense of renting a car it is often just as cheap to purchase a tour, and this also takes out many of the other challenges, such as finding your way to each attraction.
There are a few different tours available, for those who wish to explore and for those who are in a rush. For those in more of a hurry, the 1-day tours of the Salt Flats cover just about enough, you will see the train graveyard, Colchani, the salt processing village just next to it, and Isla Incahuasi, the rocky former island set in the center of this huge expanse. With the three or four-day tours it is possible to begin in Chile. This does of course mean that your travel time is longer, but it also brings a level of flexibility that you can’t always get from these sorts of tours. For those traveling from Peru, you have a great option to get to La Paz with Peru Hop. Three and four-day tours allow for a night in the hotels made entirely out of salt, plus another night almost, but not quite, out under some of the most beautiful stars that you will ever see. As if this wasn’t enough already, a dip in the salt pools of Uyuni will soothe your aching muscles, leaving you ready for the rest of your travels.
What to Pack on Your Trip to Salar de UyuniThe top of any packing list for the Bolivian salt flats has to be a good camera with a lot of storage and battery. This is key for both people who will be experiencing the one day tour or the three and four-day tours. Other necessities include:
- Lip Balm (for the salt)
- Warm clothes
- Sun Cream
- Sun Glasses
- Cash – this is important as the few cash machines that are there run out of money quite quickly and nowhere takes a credit card.
- Torch – for those late-night toilet runs
The Lakes of Salar de UyuniThere are many awe-inspiring lakes to see in Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. Laguna Verde and Laguna Colorada are both incredible lakes with unique colors to boast. Enjoy the rolling red of Laguna Colorada, the incredible blue-green of Laguna Verde and even the crisp, fresh white of Laguna Blanca.
Bolivia is a wonderful country full of beautiful and endless landscapes, and Salar de Uyuni is the perfect example of that with its crisp and endless landscapes, rare species of animals, and completely unique things to see. When else will you get the opportunity to sleep in a salt igloo?