Bolovia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats
Visiting the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia is an experience unlike any other. Located in the awe-inspiring Altiplano of southwestern Bolivia, these expansive salt flats are a hidden gem that are practically a must-visit for travelers around the world. Stretching across 12,000 square kilometers (4,300 square miles), the Salar's surreal landscape takes visitors' breath away from the second they arrive. The crisp, white salt stretches out endlessly, and at some points, it's even possible to see a reflective optical illusion. Plus, it's the perfect place for gaining an appreciation for natural beauty. The closest city is Uyuni, making it a great and easy day or weekend trip. Don't miss out on a visit to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats on your next trip to Bolivia!
Before you go
When planning your visit, keep in mind that the salt flats can be extremely harsh, with intense sunlight and cold temperatures. It's advisable to join a guided tour with experienced local operators who know the terrain well, as the vast salt flats can be disorienting. Due to the remote location, be prepared for basic accommodations and limited amenities, especially when venturing out to the salt hotel accommodations. Don't forget essentials like sunglasses, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated in the high-altitude desert environment. Salar de Uyuni is most striking after a rain when it becomes a giant mirror, so consider visiting during the wet season (December to April) for this unique spectacle. Respect the delicate ecosystem by adhering to Leave No Trace principles, and immerse yourself in the incredible scenery and captivating culture of this natural wonder.