Guide to Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni Tours

Bolivia houses the largest salt flat known as Salar de Uyuni.

Here wildlife documentary shooters congregate to include this scenery in their pieces. It’s not unusual to spot a battery of journalists clicking their cameras to these wonder of nature. Located in the south western part of the country it is usually reached after three or four days by tourists on a tour guideline.

It widely extended with salt thickness that can engulf a full grown man from the feet up in the mid-point. During the summer period the entire plain is covered by dry salt whilst during the winter times the salt is partly submerged by water.

A normal tour will start from the north coming to the southwest, passing numerous bright lakes formed from a conglomeration of minerals that are washed down from the higher grounds. Tours that happen around this vicinity are well organised leaving the visitor to enjoy and less worried about the logistics involved in such a tour.

It encompasses travelling by 4-by-4 automobiles carrying about 6 people and with a driver who doubles up as a chef. The tour begins with a visit of the salt plains, then to the south western part of Bolivia from which the groups involved can choose separate ways depending on the other sceneries they would like to reach and the time span on their hands.

There is room for every visitor to rest for the night and where to safely keep ones belonging. Although the temperatures can plummet at times, the experience is much more enticing and fulfilling in the end. One caution for visitors is always to keep away from visits that promise a rest in one of the salt hotels since these are illegal and do have injurious effects on the ecosystem because of their non-attachment to the water grid.

There are certain essentials to carry whilst on such a trip to make the maximum and reap the best from this adventure. A torch is necessary to light your path and environs in case of a blackout. Its also necessary to come with extra pocket money since the wash rooms are paid for albeit in small bills. Another necessity are stunners that can be worn during the day since the salt lake is blinding under the glare of the day light sun.

Other necessities are camera with enough power or additional batteries or power banks, fresh water, caps, sleeping bags, heavy clothing, heating jug, extra clothes, towel, additional food supplements and or preserved foods rich in vitamins and protein and lip balm.

To access the salt lakes, you can take a train from the town of Avaroa on the border with Chile though the train times are not reliable or a train/bus from Oruro in Bolivia, Potosi/La Paz and taking a flight from La Paz to your destination.


In selecting a guide for your trip, confirm with other fellow travellers to assert their technical know-how, the operators of the automobiles and the food that they will provide throughout the journey.

Tour agencies availablein Uyuni and Tupiza at the main square give all the details that a traveller could be in need of.