Quick Tips: Salar de Uyuni and Bolivian Salt Flats Travel Guide

Quick Tips:

Salar de Uyuni

A short and sweet Salar de Uyuni Travel Guide


Uyuni Overview

Impressive views against a dry, high altitude desert scapes by day and cities filled with indigenous Andean culture by night.  Uyuni packs a lot of outdoor and adventure experience into a short trip on the cheap. Salt flats. Lagoons. Guanocs. Great people. Its all here

My Adventurous side says: I could spend hours taking jump pics at the salt flats. My Cultured side says: Indigenous Andean and Bolivian culture is rich and all around (unlike more European influenced parts of South America). My Flashpacker side says: A little difficult finding good service, but worth the experience

Go Here & See This…

  • Parque Reserva Nacional De fauna andina eduardo avaroa:
  • Laguna blanco: 
  • Laguna verde: 
  • Volcán licancabur: 
  • Piedras de Salvador Dalí: 
  • Laguna Polkas: A beautiful lake with pink flamingos:
  • Laguna Colorada: A beautiful red lake filled with pink flamingos 
  • Aguas Termales (hot springs), aka sopa de gringos: 
  • A Geyser, bubbling sulfur springs, frozen ice statues
  • The Salt Flats of Salar de Uyuni: Tons of great pics…just Google the place!

Sleep here

  • Pick a hospedaje in Villa Mar: The hospedaje are nice and homey here and the booking.com app makes it easy to find one

Awesome Experiences

  • Sunrise @ Isla Incahuasi in the Uyuni salt flats (Salar de Uyuni)
  • Playing in the “Cementario de trenes” (train cemetery) on the way to the salt flats
  • Riding the “Death Road” by Mountain bike
  • Chewing coca leaves and lejia dulce (black rock, quinoa ash): 
  • Seeing the Vicuña grazing: These fun guys look like Guanacos or lamas and watching them in the wild was a wonderful experience
  • Seeing a geyser, bubbling sulfur springs, frozen ice statues

Companies to Trust

  • Cruz Andina/Expediciones Sajama (travel agency): Provided a great experience on the Salar de Uyuni trek and delivered “Super Mario”, or super hero of a driver/guide

Pro Flashpacker Tip

  • Fly from Uyuni to La Paz to save time and avoid a pretty bumpy ride

HEADS UP!!!!

  • Border Crossing from Chile to Bolivia: There is a checklist of things to bring to the border crossing (yellow fever vaccination proof, passport photos, passport copies, crisp bills, etc.). We didn’t have it but were lucky enough to get by with a $20 bribe, though I wouldn’t try it again.  Come prepared to the Bolivia -> Chile border crossing

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