Experience the natural wonder that is the Uyuni Salt Flats, and see the largest salt flat on Earth. Marvel at the giant cacti, strange rock formations, and the extraordinary landscapes. Observe first-hand the production of salt, and the salt mines. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore another part of the world! The beautiful Uyuni salt flats (or Salar de Uyuni) is with its 10.582 square km (4.085 square miles) the world’s largest salt flat. It is located in the Department of Potosi in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, at 3.650 meters above sea level.
Some 40.000 years ago, the area was part of Lake Minchin, a giant prehistoric lake. When the lake dried, it left behind two modern lakes, Poopó and Uru Uru, and two major salt deserts, Salar de Coipasa and the larger Salar de Uyuni.
First aid kit
Entrance to Isla Incahuasi (Bs. 30)
Entrance to Parque Eduardo (Bs.150)
Departure & Return
Inti Raymi Expediciones, Av Ferroviaria, Uyuni, Bolivia
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Uyuni - Colchani - Isla Incahuasi
We will leave Uyuni at 10:30 am towards the train cemetery, a haunting place of abandoned locomotives. Here you can see the old rusting trains from decades ago. We will then move on to the town of Colchani, where you will witness how the salt is processed. You will get an insight of the manual process of salt extraction, the thickness of the salt, some salt craft stores and the first Salt Hotel, built with salt blocks.
The next attraction is Fish Island (Incahuasi), which is home to ancient and giant cacti. From the top, you’ll be able to aww the salt flat in its entirety. After lunch, we’ll continue towards our salt hotel, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night
After breakfast, we will start our journey to the surroundings of the Ollague Volcano, which is still active. You’ll get to see the volcano from a distance of 15 kilometres. Besides the volcano, we’ll visit some coloured lagoons in the area and see exotic flamingos. Lunch will be served at midday. We’ll then continue the tour through the extended region of the Siloli desert, where the Red Lagoon and the renowned Stone Tree are located. We will spend our second night in Parque Eduardo Avora.
Overnight in a basic accommodation amidst the Parque Eduardo Avaroa Reserve
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Polques Lagoon - Green Lagoon - White Lagoon - Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni
We will start our day at 5:00 am to see the geysers, as the volcanic pressure is hight at this time of the day. We’ll also visit the Polques Lagoon hot springs, where you can bathe in the thermal waters while our chef would prepare breakfast. Later, you’ll get to visit the spectacular Green Lagoon and White Lagoon.
After lunch, we will return to Uyuni.