10 Best Things to Do in Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

If you plan to visit Bolivia , there are a few amazing regions that should be on your must-see list, and the Bolivian salt flats definitely deserve a special place. Located in the Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Wildlife Reserve, this remote destination is waiting for curious travelers with magic landscapes and spectacular natural beauty. If you plan to visit this remote piece of heaven, continue reading this article and find out which are the best things to do in Uyuni that promise to amaze your eyes.

1- Best things to do in Uyuni: A Lovely Sunset at the Salar

Whether you are a romantic traveler who visits the charming Uyuni Salt Flats with the loved one, or you are enjoying a family vacation, admiring the spectacular sunset in this area is one of the Salar de Uyuni highlights you can’t miss. Just make sure you bring your camera to capture the world’s biggest salt flat under a colorful sunset sky.

2- Best thing to do in Uyuni: The Train Cemetery

What used to be an important transport hub, became, after and the loss of the coastline to Chile and a collapse of the mining industry, a train cemetery. Filled with rusted locomotives, this is a cool place people can climb for fun and for making a few great photos for social media.

Bolivian train cementery by @mikesbucketlist

3- Best thing to do in Uyuni: Incahuasi Island

Probably the most loved of the Salar de Uyuni highlights is the Incahuasi Island, one of those places that instantly amaze any type of visitors. Located on top of the remains of an ancient volcano swallowed by a prehistoric lake, Incahuasi Island is undoubtedly one of the best sites of this region.

4- Best thing to do in Uyuni: The Village of Colchani

Your holiday in Uyuni Salt Flats is not complete without exploring the culture of this area and visiting an artisanal salt processing plant. You can do both of these in the charming village of Colchani, a very small place, famous for hosting the largest salt-processing cooperative in Bolivia.

5- Best thing to do in Uyuni: Salar de Uyuni at night 

One of the MUST do activities on your trip to Uyuni Salt Flats. 📸@ceska_v_chile

Nothing beats staring up into the starry night at Uyuni Salt flats. The Bolivia night sky is one of the most impressive and clear on Earth. Not every tour company here offers you the opportunity to enjoy a Bolivian Salt Flats Night so you will have to confirm your’s does before you are going – but it will be truly worth it, even if you have to pay a little extra for it.

6 – Best thing to do in Uyuni: Arbol de Piedra

Your next stop during this amazing vacation should be the fascinating Valle de Rocas, where you have the chance to see and admire the Arbol de Piedra, an odd 22 foot tall stone that looks like a tree, located on the edge of the Siloli Desert. Its image will amaze you, and, as many of the attractions in the area, will offer you a few Instagramable photos.

7- Best thing to do in Uyuni: Laguna Colorada

Another amazing spot you must see when visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats is the enchanting Laguna Colorada, a big red salty lagoon you will fall in love with instantly. The weird color of the lagoon is given by the sediment and the pigmentation of algae. The fact that the surrounding lagoons are habituated by different species of colorful flamingos makes this place even more interesting.

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8- Best things to do in Uyuni: The Geysers at the “Sol de Mañana”

Sol de Mañana, known in English as the ‘Morning Sun’, is another stunning landscape you must admire while exploring Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flats. Expect to be pleasantly surprised by the distinct aroma of sulfur that surrounds the steaming geysers and bubbling mud lakes. Just make sure you are cautious because there are no safety barriers in this area, and getting too close might be dangerous.

9- Best thing to do in Uyuni: The Surreal Dali Desert

Whether you are a fan of Salvador Dali or just a nature lover, you will enjoy your time spent at the Dali Desert. The surreal area is filled with random piles of rocks, creating an unworldly landscape where the dominant brown of the land comes in perfect contrast with the blue sky.

10- Best thing to do in Uyuni: Laguna Verde

Located in the foothills of the famous Volcano Licancabur, the charming Laguna Verde is the most colorful of the Salar de Uyuni highlights. Though it is now less green than it used to be, probably because of the climate change, the lagoon is still a must-see place, promising a dramatic setting all travelers who visit South America will love.

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