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Salar de Uyuni Bolivia Photo Tour

Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats Tour
The most popular multi-day tour available for visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats is driving a 4×4 between Tupiza and Uyuni, Bolivia. This photo essay will take you through our 4-day tour beginning in Southwest Bolivia and ending with a sunrise over the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world.

Tupiza to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Tour: Day 1

We booked our tour through Tupiza Tours, the oldest, highly recommended agency out of Tupiza. Tours from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile and La Paz, Bolivia are also availabe. With our fuel, food, and backpacks secured on top of the Toyota Land Cruisers, we began our tour.

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Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 Tour Vehicles

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Tupiza, Bolivia

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Leaving Tupiza, Bolivia in our 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser

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Lunch on a Llama Farm, Day 1 of our Tupiza to Salar de Uyuni Tour

All meals are served everyday by a personal cook that accompanies the tour group. They will meet vegetarian needs.

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Driving Through Adobe Villages in the Bolivia Highlands

Be conscious of Bolivia’s indigenous and their absolute desire to not have their pictures taken.

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In the Direction Where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Were Allegedly Killed

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Bolivia’s Highlands

Tupiza to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Tour: Day 2

We continue to climb in altitude reaching Bolivia’s unique and varying highlands. The majority of these tours is spent driving in the 4×4 vehicles. Consider yourself lucky if you drive with people you get along with. Each night we arrived to our destination just before dark, so the schedule is tight. Remember you are in the highlands and night time can be extremely cold. All accommodations will provide the bare minimum with no amenities.

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Early Morning at the San Antonio Ruins

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Laguna Morejon in Bolivia

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The View of Bolivia’s Mountains from our Tour Vehicle

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Rock Formations in Bolivia’s Highlands

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Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna, Potosi Department, Bolivia

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Getting Muddy in our 4×4 at Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna

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Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna, Potosi Department, Bolivia

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Laguna Kollpa in Bolivia

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Laguna Kollpa in Bolivia

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Salar de Chalviri in Bolivia

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Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs) Near the Salar de Chalviri in Bolivia

A hot spring in the middle of the Bolivia highlands was an incredible surprise. Bring your bathing suit and hop in the hot water and enjoy one of the best bath views in the world. During day 2 the varying landscapes are exposed. Strange deserts, salt flats, snow capped mountains, unique rock formations and geothermal fields.

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Desierto de Dali / Dali Desert in Bolivia

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Mountains Near Desierto de Dali / Dali Desert in Bolivia

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Laguna Verde and Volcano Licancabur

If the weather cooperates, a blue sky can make the scenery captivating. We were lucky to have cloud formations that resembled alien spaceships.

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Bolivia Mountains and Cool Cloud Formations

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Sol de Manana Geysers / Geothermal Field in Bolivia

Smell the humid air of the Sol de Manana Geysers. Get as close as possible without gagging or falling into the steaming pits.

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Sol de Manana Geysers / Geothermal Field

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Bolivia Mountains and Cool Cloud Formations

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Bolivia Desert and Cool Cloud Formations

Tupiza to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Tour: Day 3

During day 3 of the tour we became immune to the excitement surrounding colorful lagoons. After getting out of the truck for 6 different lakes, you can get a little bored, especially if it’s windy and cool out. Our weather was not ideal for glowing lake pictures. Expect a few vehicle breakdowns during your off-road tour. We experienced 2 flat tires and a failed fuel pump, which the tour guides were able to fix, evidence of their mechanical skills.

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Laguna Colorada in Bolivia’s Altiplano

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Flamingos in the Laguna Colorada in Bolivia’s Altiplano

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Flamingos in the Laguna Colorada in Bolivia’s Altiplano

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Reflections in Laguna Colorada in Bolivia’s Altiplano

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Arbol de Piedra en Desierto de Siloli / Rock Tree in the Siloli Desert

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Rock Formations in the Siloli Desert / Desierto de Siloli

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Driving Across the Siloli Desert / Desierto de Siloli

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Laguna Ramaditas, Potosi Department, Bolivia

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Flamingos in Laguna Ramaditas, Potosi Department, Bolivia

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Volcanic Rock Formations in the Desert

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Train Tracks Over Salar de Chiguana

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Driving Over the Salar de Chiguana in Bolivia

Just as the sun was setting over the Salar de Uyuni, we arrive to our Salt accommodations. It was a hostel made completely of salt, including the furniture.

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Salt Hotel / Hostel on the Salar de Uyuni

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Salt Hotel / Hostel on the Salar de Uyuni

Tupiza to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Tour: Day 4

We awoke before sunrise and drove out to the center of the Uyuni Salt flats for the first time to enjoy the spectacular Uyuni de Salar sunrise. This is a sunrise like nothing else you have seen before.

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Sunrise on the Bolivia Salt Flats

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Sunrise on the Bolivia Salt Flats

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Fun Perspective Photos on Salar de Uyuni

Much of the time on the salt flats is spent taking fun pictures. Each guide will have their own creative poses for you to try. The all white background of the salt flats provide the unique opportunity to take photos that create illusions, or fool the human eye.

All tours eventually make a stop on the unique Incahuasi Island. This island is easily identified as a reef and you can climb up through the ancient cacti for incredible panoramic views of the salt flats. We ate our last lunch here.

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Incahuasi Island / Cactus Island in the center of Salar de Uyuni

At the end of the tour, just like the end of a ride at an amusement park, we are courted through an area where salt souvenirs are being sold.

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Salar de Uyuni Souvenir Shopping

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Federico says:

Great photos…I should do this tour again and take more pics…back then I had a film camera and was not in the mood of taking shots like crazy because of the costs involved when developing!

Yup, I would say it’s incredibly different now with digital cameras. I visited Italy when I was 16yrs old and it was over one hundred dollars to process a few rolls. Technology is amazing.

Tom Avison says:

Jason,

Incredible photos! I am thinking of doing the trip but would like to start in Bolivia and end in Chile, do you know if that is possible?

Cheers,

Tom

It’s absolutely possible. If you are an American traveling to Bolivia, just be sure to get a visa. You can find the info on the US State Department site. You challenge will be going from La Paz to Cuscu, Peru. That’s a long bus ride over the Andes mountains, but a beautiful one. You can always fly as well.

EMA JURE says:

POR FAVOR NECESITO ESTAS MISMAS FOTOS CON LOS COMENTARIOS EN ESPAƑOL GRACIAS EMA

Sam says:

Hi beautiful shots,

I am thinking of doing a very similar tour while backpacking next year. Problem is I don’t have much money and I was wondering how much this trip roughly cost.

regards
Sam

Jason says:

Sam, we did the tour with Tupiza Tours, one of the most reputable and oldest companies that does them. You can book them starting in La Paz, Tupiza or possibly even San Pedro de Atacama. Our tour included everything (food, accommodation) and totaled $180USD to $200USD or 1,300Bs per person. You can book the tour by walking up to the offices when you get there. If you book ahead of time, you may pay more. Don’t book with a crew of 6, it will be unpleasant. Maximum of 5 is good. You guys each pay more, but it’s worth it, because you spend all 4 days in the Toyota LandCruiser and it can get uncomfortable.

Dina says:

Incredible photos! Salar de Uyuni is already high in my list of places to visit, and this encourage me even mor!

Jason says:

Dina, the landscapes are the most amazing. You guys will love it.

Nancie says:

Beautiful shots of a very unique part of the world.

Juno says:

This is amazing series!! So much blue and brown, I like it. Hand down, the best photo series I’ve seen in a while.

Jason says:

Thanks Juno. It’s hard not to take amazing pictures when you are seeing amazing scenery.

Laura says:

Nice photos! This tour was amazing, but it really was so cold at night!! =) Regardless, it was one of the highlights of my time in Bolivia!

Jason says:

Yes, absolutely freezing! I remember having 4 of those thick blankets on us at night. And the beds were hard as a rock, but worth every minute of it.

Anita says:

LOVE the perspective shot of you guys holding hands. Its just the perfect landscape for photographs in every direction.

Jason says:

Thanks Anita. It is an incredible place to take photos as you said, and a fun place!

farzan says:

cooooool places

Abby says:

Those are the some of the best salt flats pics I have ever seen. Gorgeous! And I love the flamingos. Someday I’ll make it out there….

Jason says:

Thanks Abby, it was incredible scenery. We have tons of Salt Flat pictures that will go up in another photo essay of just the flats. These pictures included the entire 4-day tour.

Andrea says:

Fantastic photos! Looking forward to doing this ourselves in a few weeks!

Unbelievable photos. I definitely just added Salar de Uyuni to my list.

Wow. wow. wow. #bucketlist
stay adventurous, Craig

Jason says:

It definitely belongs on your list Craig. The landscapes are truly unique.

Natalie says:

Fantastic pictures and it looks like a great tour to do.

Laura says:

We did a nearly identical tour this January and your photos are bringing back great memories! The scenery in this area is just so incredible and other worldly. Gorgeous shots!

Ruth says:

Wow. I am speechless. I definetly want ot experience this area.

Jason says:

Thanks Ruth. This was the best tour for landscape photography that we experienced. Over 4 days we experienced some of the most unique landscapes in the world. What a great experience it was.

Melvin says:

Amazing pics! Don’t ask me which one my favorite is! There are too many… :)

Jason says:

Thanks Melvin, yes there are a lot and that is after I filtered out a few hundred!

Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing.

Jason says:

Thanks guys, we love sharing them.

Luna says:

These photos are absolutely amazing!! The colors are so vibrant. My favorites are the first photo and the one near the end with the cacti. So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these!

Jason says:

It’s fun to know what your favorites are. I like to compare that to my favorites. thanks for commenting Luna.

Glen says:

Love the photos — what a beautiful place!

Jason says:

Indeed, it’s an incredible experience.

Jason says:

And this one is the biggest in the world. The one in the USA is the second largest. They mine for salt on the Bolivia flats. Not much racing going on.

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