What to expect when touring Bolivia’s magical salt flats
Start from Uyuni and pick up a tour to see Bolivia’s salt flats from there. Most tours are pretty similar, and offer the same standardized routes – so we can help you decide which one to choose! Tours are conducted in a 4 x 4 vehicle that typically holds around 6-8 passengers.
All transportation, food and accommodation will be included in the price of the tour so you don’t have to worry about anything apart from taking in the amazing scenery and rocky, desert landscapes. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about your tour:
Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat… but is only one stop on your tour! So be prepared to explore lagoons, stretches of rocky desert, a railway graveyard and many other unique places.
To succeed in taking breathtaking photos, visit Salar de Uyuni in the wet season (December – May). If you visit in the summer, the views are great but you won’t get the reflective surface of the salt flats. Hence, it is best to visit after it has just rained to get photos like this:
Bring flip flops! You may not think about it, but these are an essential as the salt is very hard on your feet.
Accommodation will vary on your tour but there’s no luxury here – you’re in a desert! One of the most memorable experiences on your visit will be an overnight stay in a salt hotel. Here, the floors and walls are made of salt. Expect to pay for a shower and share communal bathrooms – but it’s worth it!
Get ready to see some incredible sunrises and sunsets – over the salt flats, desert and geysers!
Roads are half constructed and aren’t paved so driving can be a bit rough. Remember to take travel sickness tablets if you suffer from car sickness.
There will be no wifi available as you are in the middle of nowhere, so take this opportunity to revel in your disconnection from technology.
Have any questions about visiting Bolivia and touring Salar de Uyuni? Excited about the possibility of visiting this surreal landscape, that even Dali could appreciate? Get in contact with us here at Lloyds Travel and we can help you plan all your adventures. Email Lesli@lloydstravel.com or your favourite Lloyds travel agent today!