Visit The Salar Right
Unaffiliated with any tour group or tour company operating at the salt flats, this site is a traveler’s guide to maximizing their experience at the Salar de Uyuni.
The Salar de Uyuni refers to the world’s largest salt flats, located near the small town of Uyuni, in Southwestern Bolivia. At this point, the town exists practically solely to accommodate tourism to the salt flats.
Most choose to experience the salt flats via a guided tour. These tours can be anywhere from 1 to 4 days. Not all of them originate or finish in Uyuni. Tour quality, price and safety vary wildly.
For more information on choosing a tour, consult our guide to choosing a Salar de Uyuni tour.
Adventuring to the Salar de Uyuni
Just arriving to Uyuni is an adventure in and of itself.
A great part of the wonder about the salt flats is the terrain of Southwestern Bolivia. Many compare it to being on another planet.
At the same time, there are other factors that make the salar feel like another planet, namely the altitude and the temperature. Parts of typical 3 day salt flat tours can take you up over 5500 meters (18,000 feet) and temperatures can drop well below freezing at night.
Naturally, these sometimes extreme conditions makes the area rather inhospitable for humans to live in many of these areas. As such, the salt flats are rather remote and can difficult to reach.
As mentioned above, most travelers will visit the town of Uyuni as a landing spot to start tours to Uyuni.
For more information on reaching Uyuni, consult our guide on How to Get to the Salar de Uyuni.
Checking All the Boxes
As you’ve probably gathered by now, there are plenty of sights to see at the Salar beyond just the salt flats. In fact, so much so that the “classic” Uyuni tour is typically three days.
Get to know the area by checking out our guide on What to See at The Salar de Uyuni.