The Salar de Uyuni has become one of the most recognized emerging tourist destinations in South America, here you will find additional information that will allow you to better organize your visit to this natural wonder.
El Salar de Uyuni se ha convertido en uno de los destinos turísticos emergentes más reconocidos en Sudamérica, conoce aquí información adicional que te permitirá organizar mejor tu visita a este maravilla natural.
There are 3 places from you can access to this the Uyuni Salt Flat & Colored Lagoons, one is from San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) this city is 1 hour far form the bolivian border of Hito Cajón, form there you continue through the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserva crossing a volcanic range, colorful lagoons (green and red lagoons) to finally get to the Salt Flat. Imporant note: San Pedro de Atacama is at 2400 m.a.s.l. and the border of Hito Cajón is at 4300 m.a.s.l., it is a rapid change in altitude.
The other way is from Tupiza, wich is 3 hours far from Villazón/La Quiaca (the bolivian-argentine border), form there you will need to cross the Eduardo Avaroa Reserve also before getting to the Salt Flat. Both options, stating in San Pedro de Atacama or Tupiza are very interesting with beautiful landscapes.
The most popular tour starts in the town of Uyuni, it is 9 hour far from La Paz, to get to Uyuni you have many options:
- Bus La Paz - Oruro and train Oruro-Uyuni, spend night in Uyuni, there are some very good options to stay in Uyuni (Petit Porte, Los Jardines de Uyuni, Girasoles, Magia de Uyuni). And also out side Uyuni you can find beautiful salt hotels, at the town of Colchani: Luna Salada, Palacio de Sal and Cristal Samaña, the experience to spend a night at this exotic hotels is magnificent.
- Direct night bus La Paz - Uyuni, good option if you do need to save time and great for a budget trip.
- Flights form La Paz to Uyuni, the companies of Amaszonas and BOA operate daily flights.
Once you are in Uyuni you have many options, there are a lot of tour operators in Uyuni but not many responsible and at least good quality, so it is very important that you choose one based on reliable recommendations or hire a company in advance from La Paz or even your home country. Remember that a street last minute offer might compromise the quality of the 4x4 car, the professionalism of the driver and quality of accommodation or meals.
The regular tour is 3 day long, I wolud if possible take at least 4 days which wolud include the Uyuni Salt Flat, the Incahuasi Island, the Tunupa Volcano, the Red and Green Lagoon and the whole Eduardo Avaroa Reserve.
At the whole circuit you sleep in different places each night, close to the salt flat you can sleep at salt builted shelters but the next nights are also available basic shalters with shared rooms and bathrooms.
Other alternative for accomodations are the Tayka Hotels wich are distribuited strategically at the whole circuit, the have very good hotels, one of them is a nice salt hotel. A very unique hotel in the world is "Luna Salada Hotel - Uyuni", completely built with salt blocks.
The transportation is made with 4wd cars, at the shared service there are 5 or 6 tourists per car, if there is a group of 3 or 4 people i would recommend a private service, it is more expensive but since the roads are not good is very pleasant to travel a bit confortable.
All this information will help you to enjoy your visit to the Uyuni Salt Flat, for sure it is a unique experience in the whole world, but it could not be a nice trip if you do not hace all of the information as possible and do not have some local assistance.