Note: I do my best to keep this updated as much as possible.
If there's an accident that you're aware of that isn't listed, please don't hesitate to let me know and I will add it to the list.
Unfortunately, Uyuni can be a dangerous place.
Accidents, even deadly ones, are not terribly rare in organized tours on the salt flats. Once you get into that jeep, you're 100% in the hands of your driver.
Lonely Planet even claimed in 2008 that as many as 18 people had died in only a few months.
In a greater effort to add more transparency to the tourism industry in the salt flats, we've decided to publish a list of all serious accidents that we could identify happening on salt flat tours. At this time, we're only publishing accidents that we can verify via publication in newspapers--reports in Tripadvisor are not enough to warrant inclusion.
Keep in mind, it seems that local newspapers are more likely to identify the tour agencies that were involved in the accidents--whereas international news sources are less likely to report the names of the agencies.
For this reason, most of the links below are originally written in Spanish, and translated by myself into the "details" column.
May 3rd, 2008
July 15th, 2008
April 7th, 2011
March 17th, 2014
Yoerva Tours, Transporte Asunción
July 31st, 2016
July 10th, 2017
Vehicles flipped, tourists on top of car
Oct 10th, 2018
Aug 2nd, 2017
July 27, 2012
March 24th, 2017
July 31st, 2017
April 17th, 2017
July 19th, 2017
Tour guide involved in shootings
June 10th, 2019
July 21st, 2019
If you know of an accident that we've missed, and can send us over a newspaper story about it, we'll be happy to add it to the list.