Description

An extension of 10.582 km² (or 4.085 square miles)of flat, white colored plains surrounded by volcanoes that have red and green colored lagoons at their skirts where pink flamingos dance and take flight. This well-named surreal or out-of- this-earth landscape is found in an almost desert-like, high and cold area; and is unique in its artistic genre. This image is worth more than 10.000 words.

Uyuni is one of the most visited destinies in Bolivia because of its uniqueness. Apart from crossing the salt desert and the volcanoes with colored lagoons, you will be able to take a bath in hot springs surrounded by geysers and get to know one of the coolest deserts, the Dali Desert

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Itinerary

 
  • Train Cemetery
  • Colchani :Salt processing and handicraft
  • Mounds of Salt 
  • Incahuasi Isle
  • Bird's Eye (Ojo de Perdiz) - Stone Tree 
  • Eduardo Avaroa National Park
  • Colorada Lagoon
  • Geysers at dawn 
  • Polques hot springs
  • Green Lagoon 

Includes

  • Accommodation for 2 nights
  • Shared Transportation (6 people maximum)
  • Transfer in - out
  • Guide/Driver
  • All Meals

Doesn't Include

  • Entrance fees for all attractions
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Personal Spending
  • Tips

Bring with

  • Sun glasses
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat
  • Comfortable Hiking Shoes
  • Flash Light

Incahuasi Island

The Incahuasi Island is one of 60 located inside the Uyuni salt flats. It is located at 164 km from the town. It is formed by calcareous rocks with coral and marine remainings. It has a forest of giant cacti (up to 10 meters tall) in the middle. From the top of the island it is possible to observe the greatnes and beauty of the Uyuni salt flats and the surrounding volcanoes. Hikes on the island can take from 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Red Lake

This is one of the most impressive sites in Uyuni. Microscopic algae combined with sediment create a beatiful redish color when hit by the sun rays. Throughout the lake's 60 km (37 miles), many groups of flamingoes rest and provide a spectacular contrast with the salt banks, volcanoes and hot water springs.

Green Lake

It is located next to the Licancabur Volcano at 4,400 meters above see level (14,435 ft) and extends for 17 km (10.5 miles). The water in this lake has a big concentration of magnesium, calcium, various carbonates and arsenic. This minerals coctail turns into an emerald green color when hit by the sun. The lake possesses a mistical charm and extraordinary beauty that contrasts with the dry sandy landscape around it.

Uyuni Salt Lake

An extension of 10.582 km² (or 4.085 square miles)of flat, white colored plains surrounded by volcanoes that have red and green colored lagoons at their skirts where pink flamingos dance and take flight. This well-named surreal or out-of- this-earth landscape is found in an almost desert-like, high and cold area; and is unique in its artistic genre. This image is worth more than 10.000 words.

Bolivia » Potosi » Uyuni

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Geography

It is located in the Department of Potosi, in south-west Bolivia.

Uyuni and the salt flats show in their geography hills with rock formations, volcanoes, lakes, alluvial plains and terraces. It is a semi-desert region of volcanic soil.

Altitude

Uyuni's average altitude is 3,670 meters above see level (12,040 ft)

Climate

Uyuni's average temerature is 3 degrees celsius (37.4 F). It is located in the outskirt of the salt flats. The weather is cold and dry, typical of the Andes mountains with eventual snows during the winter.

How to get there?

Uyuni is accessible from different places.

From Oruro

  • 6 hours by train or by bus (reservations are required for the train alternative)

From La Paz

  • 45 minutes by plane

Population

The population is mostly Aymara and mixed. It is estimated around 20,400 inhabitants for the year 2010.

Economy

Tourism is the main industry. Some agriculture is practiced (Quinua) along with cattle farming (Llamas and alpacas). The salt industry is also important, the production can reach 18,000 million of tons per year.

The world's largest reserve of lithium in Uyuni. This mineral is gaining importance due to its use in batteries. The national government has started a pilot project to industrialize the lithium and it has the potential to become the most important source of revenue for the region. This zone is also rich in potassium, boron and magnesium.  

History

In the late 19th century, Uyuni became a stop for the railroad and the city is founded in 1889. The trains were used primarily to transport minerals to the chilean ports. Currently the train company serves primarily passengers and the remainings of the once strong train fleet can now be visited at the Train Cementery.

Fauna and Flora

Nature is limited to the high salinity of the air and water. However, giant cacti native to this area can grow up to 10 meters tall (32 ft) complement the landscape and are a major atraction for visitors.

Among the animal species it is usual to find pink flamingos, vicuñas, vizcachas, llamas, small mountain cats and foxes.

Hotel Salt Palace (hotel3stars)

Bolivia » Potosi » Uyuni

Description

Luxury Salt Hotel 
Recently remodeled, it was built entirely with salt blocks: walls, floors, ceilings, decor, chairs, tables, mattresses, sculptures and others.

The Hotel includes a beautiful dinning room, a full bar, games room: pool, chess, and others. Conference room for 40 seats.

Rooms

16 rooms (8 doubles and 8 honeymoon suites), all with private bathrooms, access to solarium, central heating and electric space heaters.

Rustic Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva (hotel3stars)

Bolivia » Potosi » Uyuni

Description

The Hotel seems to emerge from a rock. It was built using a cave as part of it, inspired in rustic and andean architecture. All the rooms have private bathrooms, central heating and/or electric space heaters. It is one of the most sought after hotels.

It includes: A full bar next to a living room with a nice wood fireplace and a solarium glass room, perfect to rest after a long trip.

Rooms

12 rooms (4 honeymoon suites and 8 doubles)