Uyuni Salt Flats (day Tour) – English Speaking Guide

Uyuni, Bolivia

Experience Rating
icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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.

Professional Guide
4X4 Transport
Breakfast and Dinner
Entrance to Isla Incahuasi (30 Bolivianos)
Entrance to Salt Microprocessing unit (5 Bolivianos)

Departure Point

Inti Raymi Expediciones, Av Ferroviaria, Uyuni, Bolivia

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Stop At:  
Train Cemetery
We would start the tour. Our first stop would be the train cemetery. We will then drive to Colchani where you will appreciate handicrafts. In Colchani you will witness how the salt is processed. You will also get an insight of the manual process of salt extraction, the thickness of the salt, some salt craft stores.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Museo de la Llama y la Sal
Just outside the Salar de Uyuni salt flats lies the quaint salt-processing village of Colchani. This tiny village of just over 600 people is home to Bolivia’s largest salt-processing cooperative. Years ago, the inhabitants of Colchani used to exploit salt to exchange with other indigenous communities. Every year packs of llamas would travel incredible distances (up to 560km to Tarija) carrying salt, returning with coca, maize and other goods not produced in the Altiplano. This has since changed with the improvement of transport infrastructure and the salt is now sold by the cooperative in Bolivia and Brazil. The Salar de Uyuni contains an estimated 10 billion tonnes of salt, with an impressive 25,000 tonnes of it excavated and processed at Colchani annually. During your stop in Colchani you can see handicrafts made of salt, and textile art made of llama and alpaca. This is the perfect opportunity to buy authentic Bolivian souvenirs to bring home. The tour also includes a visit to a traditional salt factory where a local will teach you the process of extraction and refinement of salt. Despite this tour of the salt factory is free, those who take it are expected to give the local a donation for his time and effort. The tour is highly recommended if you’re interested in learning about how salt ends up on your kitchen table. We will reach Hotel Playa Blanca, the first hotel built with salt blocks. The hotel is now a museum. Here we will have lunch before continuing the trip.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Salar de Uyuni
Continuing the tour, we will enter the iconic Salt Flats. We will stop to see the extraction of salt and eyes of salt (water holes where underground water sprouts). After marveling, we continue on our way and arrive at the Sal Playa Blanca hotel which was the first salt hotel in the region but due to the negative environmental impact it currently only works as a museum
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Isla Incahuasi
We will then continue our tour to take pictures amidst the world’s largest salt flats, Salar De Uyuni with dinosaurs and other objects. We will then visit Isla Incahuasi or the fish island from where you could see the sun set.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

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