Salar de Uyuni: The Saltiest Place on Earth

When planning our South American adventure, there were four things we knew we actually wanted to do: Coffee farms in Colombia, Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, Machu Picchu in Peru, and Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. We already did the first three, but now was time for our tour of the salt flats in Bolivia; the largest salt flats in the world.

The Salar de Uyuni is perhaps one of the strangest places I have and perhaps will ever be. I can not think of any better way to describe it to you than a “desert of salt”. Actually, I think it will be easier to show you than tell you. Check out our photos!

Here is an itinerary of our tour:

Day 1: Left at 9AM with La Torre Tours/Hostel, drove until 6PM, saw rock formations north of Tupiza, llamas, vicunas, chinchillas, a 300 year old ghost town, lagos, a few flamingos and stayed in a little remote village called Quetena Chico in a very basic, but nice hostal. Went up about 1000m, entered the national park, Reserva Edward Avaroa
Day 2: less driving, saw a few more lakes, had the option to go to thermal baths, laguna blanco and laguna verde which changes colors, saw border crossing to chile, steam vents, arrived at next basic hostel in Huaylljara, then went to laguna colorada
Day 3: Arbol de piedra (translated: rock tree), 4 small lakes, more flamingos, Ollague Volcano, Salar de Chiguana, Salt hotel on outskirts of Salar de Uyuni
Day 4: Sun rise in salt flats, Isla del pescado (translated: fish island) looks like a fish, 30 bolivianos to climb, photos locos, hotel de sal, ojos de sal, harvesting salt in colchani, then the flowers of Uyuni and train graveyard.

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10 Replies to “Salar de Uyuni: The Saltiest Place on Earth”

  1. Annette

    yay! Glad you finally made it. Your pictures look exactly as I remember it when I was there in 2002. So incredible. You staying on one place soon?

    • Adam Post author

      Actually, we were in the salt flats about 2 months ago, but I have been busy since Anna and I are currently working in a hostel in Pucon, Chile. Turns out that consistently posting material is a lot harder than I expected. Sometimes though its better to just do something instead of writing about it. 🙂 Thanks for your support!

  2. Uncle Jim

    Makes me thirsty just looking at the photos. I would have imagined it being very hot there, but you all have jackets on. That is strange.
    Nice perspective shots. Very clever.

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