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Salar de Uyuni

Step into an alien landscape where salt flats stretch for thousands of miles and rainfall turns the ground into a gigantic mirror.

Drive out onto the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world. Vast plains of ethereal beauty stretch out as far as the eye can see and surreal geological formations seem to grow out of the ground. Come here during the rainy season to see the entire landscape covered in a thin layer of water that becomes a reflective surface.

Step into a landscape that has evolved and changed over millions of years. Salar de Uyuni started out as a prehistoric salt lake, but the harsh conditions of the Andes meant that it dried up and turned into the plains they are today. One version of the region’s history states that the surrounding mountains used to be people. When Kusku betrayed Tunupa, she cried so much she formed the flats with her tears.

Join a tour to visit Salar de Uyuni. Ride in a four-wheel drive out across the flats, looking out for the flamingos and cacti that bravely live in this barren environment. Visit in the dry season to see the flats crack into honeycomb-like hexagons, when the bright white crystals shimmer under sunlight.

Come here in the wet season, November through April, for the best chance of seeing the flats at their most reflective. During rainy season, Salar de Uyuni turns into a vast salt lake, but remains shallow enough that you can walk and drive across it. Bring your camera for photos of the sky reflected in the water to create images that look like you are floating in the air.

Explore one of the salt hotels on the plains. You don’t have to stay in one of these unique buildings to look around one of them. Marvel at how everything is carved from salt that has been taken straight from the ground.

Organize a tour from the town of Uyuni to visit the salt flats. Take precautions when choosing a tour guide and ensure that your car is well equipped with safety measures such as a radio transmitter. Bring warm clothing, especially if you are staying overnight on the plains.


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Ecologe Tambo Coquesa
Ecologe Tambo Coquesa

Ecologe Tambo Coquesa

Camino al Volcan Tunupa Sin Numero,, Coquesa 5400, Bolivia, Uyuni, Potosi
     
    3.0 out of 5.0

    This lodge is in Coquesa.

    Hotel de Sal La Escondida C$94
    Hotel de Sal La Escondida

    Hotel de Sal La Escondida

    Bella Vista S/N, Colcha K, Potosi
       
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Colcha K, this hotel is 30.9 mi (49.7 km) from Incahuasi Island.

      Hotel de Sal Samarikuna
      Hotel de Sal Samarikuna

      Hotel de Sal Samarikuna

      Community Villa Candelaria, Colcha K, Potosi
         
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Colcha K, this hotel is 4.4 mi (7.2 km) from Salar de Uyuni.

        Hotel de Sal Luna Salada C$160
        Hotel de Sal Luna Salada

        Hotel de Sal Luna Salada

        25 kms away from Uyuni town, Uyuni
           
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Archaeology and Anthropology Museum of the Southern Andes, Clock Tower, and Plaza Arce. Train Cemetery is 18.5 mi (29.7 km) away.

          Hotel Palacio de Sal
          Hotel Palacio de Sal

          Hotel Palacio de Sal

          Orillas del Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni
             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated near the boardwalk, this spa hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Archaeology and Anthropology Museum of the Southern Andes, Clock Tower, and Plaza Arce. Train Cemetery is 17.8 mi (28.6 km) away.

            Cristal Samaña C$162
            Cristal Samaña

            Cristal Samaña

            Salar de Uyuni Potosí, Uyuni
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Uyuni, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Archaeology and Anthropology Museum of the Southern Andes, Clock Tower, and Plaza Arce. Train Cemetery is 17.3 mi (27.9 km) away.

              Hotel de Sal Sumaj Rijchariy
              Hotel de Sal Sumaj Rijchariy

              Hotel de Sal Sumaj Rijchariy

              4 Km ingresando hacia el Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosi
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Archaeology and Anthropology Museum of the Southern Andes, Plaza Arce, and Clock Tower. Train Cemetery is 17.4 mi (28 km) away.

                Hotel Jardines de Uyuni C$128
                Hotel Jardines de Uyuni

                Hotel Jardines de Uyuni

                Av. Potosi 113, Uyuni
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Uyuni, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Clock Tower, Archaeology and Anthropology Museum of the Southern Andes, and Plaza Arce. Train Cemetery is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.