Bolivia is known for many things, but none is so surreal, and so magical, as its salt flats. Natural salt flats occur when the ground is covered in salt, as well as other minerals, and create a surface that looks as if it is covered in snow. The blinding white surface makes it difficult to judge distance or depth, setting the scene for some truly remarkable photographs. On a full day tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats, you’ll have the chance to explore this natural wonder as well as some of the top neighboring attractions.
This incredible tour begins at one of the world’s most fascinating train graveyard, a spot where the first locomotives in Bolivia are left, rusting in the elements. It’s an eerie experience, and it makes for fantastic photos. Next, explore the small village of Colchani, where you’ll find many of the salt miners and their workshops. Finally, it is time for the salt flats themselves.
At the Uyuni Salt Flats, you can get a feel for just how enormous this salted expanse truly is. You can also check out the so-called eyes of the salt, where water flies out of holes in the salted ground due to built-up pressure. You’ll get to go into a hotel made entirely of salt, and then dine in a spot called Fish Island, or Inca Huasi, that is located right in the center of the flats. There is even a chance to see petrified coral and set off on a short guided hike through giant cactus and rock formations.
Head to the base of the enormous, striking Volcano Tunupa, and gather your group to take some photographs with the salt flats in the background. As the final treat to a spectacular day, watch the sunset from the Salar of Uyuni before heading back to your hotels in and around Uyuni.