The great Salt Flats of Uyuni, is the world’s largest salt flat at nearly 11,000 square km (4000 acres) of salt plains that seem to stretch out endlessly in every direction. Perhaps one of the most breathtaking landscapes in all of South America, the Uyuni Salt Flats make up a beautiful white desert that begs to be explored. It is located in the Potosí and Oruro regions in southwest Bolivia, and is elevated 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above sea level. This incredible landscape should be on the must-see list for all travelers to Bolivia. Read on for 4 Bolivia Uyuni Tours to the Uyuni Salt Flats.
The Uyuni Salt Flats (called the “Salar” in Spanish) was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium, it actually contains 50 to 70% of the world’s lithium reserves!
The Landscapes of Bolivia Tour (12 day /11 nights) is one of our most popular Bolivia Uyuni tours, and includes Santa Cruz, Sucre & Potosi, as well as Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz. This itinerary is perfect for those who want a tour that emphasizes the diverse natural wonders of Bolivia. Visit the Uyuni Salt Flats, the Green and Red Lagoons, Lake Titicaca, the Tarabuco Market near Sucre, and get to know why so many travelers become enchanted with Bolivia. Read More >
The Classic Bolivia Tour (10 Days / 9 nights) covers all the highlights of Bolivia: Santa Cruz, La Paz, Lake Titicaca, El Fuerte, Potosi & Sucre. Starting in La Paz, visit the nearby Valley of the Moon and Lake Titicaca, where you’ll take a catamaran cruise on this gorgeous lake. Then visit the Uyuni Salar, and stay in a Salt Hotel – really made of salt! Next, visit the silver mines of Potosi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lastly visit Sucre, the Tarabuco Market, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Read More>
For adventurous Bolivia Uyuni tours, there are also options combining the Uyuni Salt Flats with Potosi and La Paz, both shorter tours of 4 or 5 days in total. This adventure-style tour includes private transportation in a 4×4 off-road vehicle, with a professional, English-speaking guide and driver. A 4×4 vehicle allows you to get off the beaten track, explore more of the Salar, the lagoons, and more of the terrain in Bolivia Read More >
Also, the Bolivia Uyuni tours are perfect as a “bridge” to combine Bolivia with either North Chile (the Atacama Desert) and North of Argentina (Salta, Jujuy and the Argentinean northwest). The Potosi, Uyuni, & Atacama tour (3 days / 2 nights) is a popular itinerary because the landscapes of northern Chile and southern Bolivia are adjacent and well worth visiting all together. Take a 4×4 vehicle adventure tour through the Atacama Desert, known as the world’s driest desert. Then visit the Red and Green Lagoons in the National Reserve of Andean Fauna Eduardo Avaroa. The next day, explore the Uyuni Salt Flats, and then finish in Potosi. Read More >
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4 Bolivia Uyuni Tours to the Uyuni Salt Flats by Clara Tort