Bolivia Salt flats 2021
Bolivia Salt flats
Bolivia Salt flats are about 10,500 square kilometers, making them the biggest salt flats in the world. It is also a dreamland for photographers. This is where you go to take perspective long-distance depth perception shots. The white vastness of the salt flats blends with the horizon creating the perfect backdrop that takes spectacular perspective defying photos.
What is the Salar de Uyuni altitude?
At an altitude of 3,650m, Salar de Uyuni salt flats are the world’s largest salt flat. So, when you get here, you will feel the effects of altitude sickness. So, keep yourself slow and hydrate while wandering around. My recommendation is to bring Acetazolamide. This is a medication that combats altitude sickness. You can also get coca candy, coca leaves, coca leaf tea.
How do you get to Bolivia Salt Flats?
Getting to the salt flats, the nearest town is a Uyuni if you’re traveling from Bolivia. You have options of how to get there, you can take a long overnight bus, but the Bolivian overnight buses are known not very confortable, so it’s totally up to you whether to do that or you can get flights paying about 68 to 137 dollars per person.
Buses from La Paz to Uyuni
To travel from La Paz to Uyuni, a ten-hour bus ride is best and most common. Other than holiday weekends in South America, you can buy tickets at the station counter easily. This company had recently got some new buses.
Going to Uyuni from Sucre and Potosí
To go to Uyuni from Sucre and Potosí, you can even take a taxi because the road to Uyuni from Potosí is now in the best condition so that you can get there in less time.
Trains to and from Uyuni
To go from La Paz to Uyuni, you have to reach Oruro by four-hour bus, and then take the train to Uyuni, six or seven hours travel. You will have to pay 32-120 Bolivianos ($5-17 USD).
The most comfortable train is Expreso Del Sur, but it is also costly, while Wara Wara del Sur is cheaper than Expreso Del Sur.
Getting to the Salar de Uyuni by plane
There is also a small airport in Uyuni. To save time and avoid the twisty, turning Bolivian roadways, the flights from La Paz to Uyuni are only about one hour. Based on the time of year, you have to pay between 1,100 and 1,800 BOB ($170-250.
Book your tour when you get to Uyuni, there’s no need to book in advance; otherwise, you will have to pay more than most the everybody else on tour. You can very easily turn up in Uyuni even in the morning. The tours leave at about 10:30, so you can get there in the morning on the overnight bus and book your tour straight away for the same day.
How many days in the Bolivia salt flats?
You can do a simple one-day tour which goes straight out to the salt flats and back again in one day. But it’s better to have a three-day, two-night tour that takes you to the salt flats, first of all, the train cemetery and then takes you out to the stone tree, lots of deserts, few points and Laguna’s and you see all the flamingos.
If you want to see the famous mirror effect, you must visit during the rainy season; however, be prepared to miss out on some pretty cool parts of this tour due to flooding and blocked access.
What will you see in a Bolivian Salt Flats Tour?
Green lagoon – Laguna verde
The green lagoon is not entirely green now because there is not much wind kicking up all the minerals there. It’s a beautiful place to visit.
Laguna Colorada is dotted with white borax deposits and gets its red color from sediments.
EDUARDO AVAROA ANDEAN FAUNA NATIONAL RESERVE
Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna, National Reserve, came with a mandatory 150 Boliviano entrance fee. You have to pay the national park entrance fee at the national park’s control booth. This reserve – the landscape is famous for many reasons, but my favorite were the lakes. The lakes are filled with many different types of birds, including the rare James flamingos, one of three species of flamingos called a reserved home.
It’s a pretty magical place so go to pay and check out amazing things there. It’s at about 4900 meters above sea level. Cool volcanic rock formations surround this National park, so it’s a perfect place to go and climb up.
Stop at the train tracks running from Uyuni to chile. You will be got to see the fantastic views of the active Ollague volcanoes there. The landscape there is terrific there, like a desert-like American Midwest.
OJOS DE SALAR
There are bubbling pools, and these bubbling pools are outlets for cold subterranean rivers flowing under the flats. They are known to have acidic concentrations and are used as medicinal waters by the local people.
SALAR DE UYUNI
“Salar de Uyuni” is the Spanish word for Uyuni Salt Flat. About 40,000 years ago, this area was a large prehistoric lake called Minchin, which eventually dried out. The dissolved minerals within its waters left the enormous salt flat. This salt flat has a reflective surface when covered with water.
Sala de Uyuni turns into a mirror during the rainy season. When it reflects light, an optical “mirror effect” illusion is created under the vast open sky. This large salt flat after rain can become the world’s largest mirror due to the exceptional surface area, flatness, large area, and clear skies.
Salvador Dali desert
It’s named after this because they believe that there was a lot of inspiration behind Salvador dali’s king, though he has never been there, and there are some great volcanoes, some cool rock formations across the desert.
Monumento del dakar
The next stop is Dakar Monument, and it is a large salt statue erected to commemorate the passing of the Dakar Rally through Bolivia and a great photo-op.
Just behind the monument is an abandoned salt hotel named Playa Blanka, which now functions as a rest stop and a small café. There is a salt town decorated with flags brought by visitors from all over the world just behind the hotel.
This Fisherman’s Island is a limestone outcrop of land full of many cacti in the middle of nowhere, and you can spend your time hiking around it. There is a 30 Boliviano entrance fee. This Island is a tip of the remains of an ancient volcano that was submerged when the area was part of giant prehistoric land roughly 40,000 years ago.
Desierto Siloli (Siloli Desert)
Siloli Desert, also known as Mars, due to the lack of rainfall, is one of the world’s aridest deserts over time. The strong winds created unique rock formations here, like the famous stone tree.
Termas de plaques
The next stop is the pampas hot springs. The entrance fee is only five bolivianos. You can also take a bath in these hot springs.
Sol de Mañana
This geothermal area, characterized by intense volcanic activity, is an otherworldly landscape, lined with geysers, bubbling mud pots, and funerals, openings near volcanoes that spew hot sulfurous gases.
What to bring in a Bolivian salt flats tour?
- Sun glasses and sun cream; the altitude goes to over 4000 meters, and the Sun is powerful, so bring some sunglasses, lip balm, and a hat, paracetamol or ibuprofen as well to deal with the headaches that you might get.
- It also gets very cold there because of the altitude, so bring lots of layers and jumpers and thick socks, and you need gloves and a hat and scarf on your Bolivia Salt Flats Tour.
- You will need your camera or phone for the trip; you can charge these up at the hostel. In Uyuni, you can pick up some props like dinosaurs, toy cars things like that to take amazing perspective photos on the salt flats. However, your guide or your driver may also have his props.
- Phone and camera batteries. The accommodations are located very remote and most of them only work with Solar Plaques. So, the electricity is also limited there.
- A toilet roll with you because they do not have it, and at every toilet stop, you will need change because it costs between one and six Bolivianos for each toilet stop, and you can also take some snacks with you.
- Last, bring a torch because you have to get up very early or late at night, it’s also useful for the sunrise morning.
When is the best time to visit Bolivia salt flats?
There is no specific time to visit Bolivia Salt Flats; it depends upon what you are looking for and want to explore in Bolivia Salt Flats. It depends on your preferences.
Most people suggest going there during Mayor November; at that time, the weather is usually mild, but the salt flats will be dry. While during winter, i.e., from June to August, the Salt Flats seem like a large white beach-like desert.
From January to April, this Salt Flat looks like one of the largest mirrors in the world. During this time, there is the rainy season, and the salt flats are flooded, and you get excellent reflections, but you need either wellies otherwise you will feel all freeze, or you wear flip-flops and get freezing feet in the water.
Which tour should I choose for Bolivia Salta flats?
Even though most Bolivia Salt Flats Tour are Safe and sound. The very best and most popular way to go to the Salar de Uyuni is by having a 4×4 tour through the salt flats and deserts and mountains close to it.
How much does it cost to visit Bolivia Salt Flats?
A one-day tour is often as low-cost as $20 though a multi-day tour can be expensive between $90-$500. A 3-day Salar de Uyuni excursion will cost about $100-$150, and that ought to include transportation, meals, and the many sights over the vacation (excluding the nationwide park payment + Isla Incahuasi).
Are there any restaurants or shops nearby?
During Bolivia Salt Flats Tour, you will be in an exceptionally distant location without having eating places, pharmacies, or stores nearby. The tours are all-inclusive, and they provide each of the food items you will need (as well as the food is good), but you have to be sure to carry anything you may need along with you.
Will I have a phone signal and internet connection during the tour?
You will have no phone signal or internet connection during the Bolivia Salt Flats Tour as it is a remote area. The only way to communicate is the radio or satellite phone. However, near the border crossing with Chile, you may get to use Wi-Fi, but they cost much; you will have to pay 20 Bolivians (for 20 minutes).
Some of the accommodations also offer wifi for a few hours.
Does the drive tour speak English?
When you are booking tours, you choose between an English-speaking tour guide or a Spanish one.