A visit to Salar de Uyuni will take you to a seemingly desolate, yet stunningly beautiful part of Bolivia. These are the world’s largest salt flats covering an astonishing 12,000 sq kms. Millions of years ago this area was part of a huge salt lake. Once the lake dried up several salt pans were left and Salar de Uyuni is one of these.
The white salt flats stretch out before you, seemingly never-ending with beautiful symmetrical hexagon patterns, made by nature. An air of peace and tranquillity surrounds the area. During the dry season the white earth creates a striking contrast with the clear blue skies, then during the rains still waters settle on the surface, forming a mirror in which you can see the perfect reflection of the sky and clouds.
Reasons to visit Salar de Uyuni include:
Each season offers a unique perspective of this stunning corner of Bolivia but whichever time you choose to visit you will find it captivating for different reasons.
The rainy season takes hold from November to April, during this time the water clings to the surface of the salt flats creating a mirror effect, it’s almost as if you are driving through the sky. Heavy rainfall may make some areas inaccessible though.
May to November is the dry season. This is when you will get the endless white view of the salt disappearing into the horizon. Dry season is the time to visit Huasi Island which can be inaccessible when it rains. You may encounter snow on the mountain peaks in July and August.
Elegant, simple, comfortable and built from salt - not what you were expecting!
A cluster of simple thatch-roof cabins set in a stunning location.
Enjoy stunning views of Salar de Uyuni from this contemporary and elegant hotel built from salt blocks.
A small hotel in Uyuni town, convenient for visiting the famous Salar de Uyuni salt flats.
Time: Bolivia GMT -4 hours
approximately 21.5 hours (no direct flights from the UK)
Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days
Yellow Fever vaccine should be given to travellers 9 months of age and upwards if travelling to areas below 2,300m east of the Andes Mountains. These areas include the whole departments of Beni, Pando and Santa Cruz, and parts of the Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz and Tarija departments. No other vaccinations are compulsory.