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Uyuni Salt Flats

Discover Salt Flats in one day

1 day
4.5 (12 reviews)

What to bring

Uyuni Salt Flats tour information

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* The driver knows the area and speaks basic English, enough so to explain the places that we will visit and some details about them. A professional bilingual guide is also available as an extra.


10:30 AM at your accommodation in Uyuni


7:00 PM in the city center of Uyuni


  • Hotel pickup (Uyuni)
  • Expert driver
  • Shared transportation
  • Food

Not included

  • Tickets to Incahuasi Island (30 Bolivian Pesos per person)

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Due to the rainy season (January to March), the end of the tour may be delayed considerably until the end of March, so we recommend not taking any transfer or flight on the last day of the tour. The actual itinerary can change depending on weather conditions or due to other concerns to guarantee the travelers' safety. The visit to Incahuasi is not permitted, so the sunset tour at the salt flats will take place instead.
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 48 hours in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.
During this one-day Tour to the Uyuni Salt Flats you will have the chance to enjoy one of the most incredible landscapes on the planet, an infinite desert of salt where you will be able to visit the train cemetery and the curious Incahuasi island, eat in the middle of the desert and contemplate a magical sunset.

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Train Cemetery - Colchani - Salt Flats - Incahuasi

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After meeting and picking up the rest of our fellow travelers at their hotels, we will leave in our 7-seater 4x4 to our first stop: the train cemetery, a landscape formed by the remains of what a long time ago was a symbol of Bolivians development into a modern nation.
We will continue our trip through the salar and visit the Colchani salt refinery, here we will learn about the extraction and refinery process of the salt. Just a few meters away we will see the large salt heaps and the salt eyes and understand how the extraction process works.
We will go deeper into the salar and we will make our first long stop at the Incahuasi Island (the entrance fee is 30 bolivian pesos). This island is one of the few elevated places in the whole salt flats and hosts a unique environment. We will walk through its trails and see the different species of cactus that inhabit it. As we reach the highest point, we are rewarded with a fascinating panorama view of the wide desert. The perfect spot for some memorable photos...
After the visit of Incahuasi we will go further into the desert to have lunch together in the middle of the salar. The tour guide will prepare the table and chairs and will cook for us so we can enjoy the meal with one of the best possible views.
On the way back we will stop in a quiet area where we can see the magical sunset in the salar before returning to Uyuni town, where we will arrive around 7 PM.

What to bring to Uyuni Salt Flats

When preparing your luggage, remember that the rainy season in the Salt Flats is between December and March. Winter, between May and August, is especially cold, so we recommend you to bring:
  • Passport
  • Warm clothing
  • Raincoat (between December and March)
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes (if possible hiking boots)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Personal hygiene articles and medication
  • Cash for possible additional expenses
  • Camera (the Uyuni Sal Flats are an opportunity for photography lovers)
  • Medication against altitude sickness (if you deem them necessary)

Where does the tour Uyuni Salt Flats start

If you are planning to arrive from La Paz you can fly to Uyuni. This route is operated by the airlines Amaszonas and Boa. If you plan to travel to Uyuni by land you should take a bus. We recommend taking the night bus which departs from La Paz at 8 PM with the company TransOmar. This providers offers more comfortable seats and even has a bed option that will allow you to sleep on the way. The bus will be arriving in Uyuni at 6:00 AM (approximate cost $21.00 USD one way). Upon arrival you will have time for breakfast before starting the tour. *If you arrive in Uyuni on the same day as the tour starts, we offer you a free transfer from the bus station or airport to Uyuni. If you arrive in Uyuni before the day the tour starts, your pickup point will be your accommodation in Uyuni.

Uyuni Salt Flats tour reviews with Howlanders

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Natalie Robinson · 1 de marzo de 2020
Our day was amazing from start to finish. Our guide was excellent. So accomodation and gave us so many tips on photos and also offered to take so many photos of us. The Salt Flats were one of the most amazing things we have ever seen and we truly believe they should be considered one of the natural wonders of the world. We were lucky enough to go when the flats were also a mirror effect and our guide took us to so many spots that offered different views and aspects of the flats, as well as staying out a little later so that we could see the sunset. With no one else around. It was truly magical.

Alejandro A. · 24 de enero de 2020
Was pretty cool, definitely the driver/guide had put a lot of effort and patience to do the whole tour, prepare the lunch, wait and wait, take pictures of everybody, take group pictures and even videos, then waiting more with us, until sunset, then driving everybody back home. I definitely would recommend them, just for prevention: - Ask for your boots ASAP: you'll handle for a while the sand, but then becomes too painful - Bring extra clothes, some that you can pack and wash later, because you likely will be wet with salty water and your clothes will be rock-solid. - Bring a winter-proof jacket, sun glasses, a hat or cap, and sun-blocker (cream for the body and also for the lips) - Bring a toy if you don't want the classic photo with the dinosaur Don't be greedy, the guide does not ask nor insinuate anything, but give him a tip :)

Farrell · 13 de enero de 2020

Alka samani · 7 de enero de 2020
Super super super. Kevin the guide from the local agency was very good and helped with all photos . Food was served well and driving was safe

Questions & Answers

During what times of the year can you see the Mirror Effect?
The Mirror Effect occurs during the rainy season, so it can be seen during the months of January, February and March.

How is the weather? Is it very cold?
You need to keep in mind that this tour is in a high altitude and isolated area, so during winter the weather is very cold. These are the seasons during the year. - From October to March temperatures are warm, so days are around 20¬ļC (68¬ļF) and nights are less than 5¬ļC (41 ¬ļF). - From April to September temperatures are cold, so days are around 10¬ļC (50¬ļF) and nights are around -5¬ļC( 23¬ļF) It is highly recommended to wear winter clothes during June, July and August months due to these months are coldest.

How can I get from Uyuni to La Paz?
The best way to get to Uyuni from La Paz is by plane or bus. We recommend the night bus of the company Transomar, which arrives in Uyuni at 6:00 a.m. You can book through this website:

What kind of transportation is used for the trips?
The shared tours are done in 4x4 cars with 7 seats, 6 seats for our travelers and one extra for the driver.

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