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Trip Advisor 2019

The Infinite Uyuni – Heaven's Mirror

A dazzling white expanse framed by mountains and volcanoes, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni covers 4,000 square miles, making it not only the largest salt flat in the world but also one of the highest in elevation. 

Framed by snow capped mountains and volcanoes, this infinitely white and cobalt-blue scenery is simply surreal – stretching for mile upon mile to bring the very curve of the earth’s sphere into view. 

In the wet season, the flats are layered with a sheet of water that turns the salt flat into a giant mirror of the heavens, brilliantly reflecting the immense and shifting Bolivian sky. In the dry season, though, the flat reveals to travelers a shimmering sea of salt. 

At any time of the year, a tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats is always an otherworldly experience. Contact one of our South America experts to plan the perfect trip.

Best time to experience the Uyuni salt flat

Uyuni is one of those places where there’s really no good or bad time to visit – it all depends on what you’re seeking. For those wanting to experience the giant mirror effect of the wet salt flats, visit between December and April. Or, if you prefer warmer weather and want to see the dry salt desert extending into the horizon, visit between May and November.

At Surtrek, we recommend visiting the salt flats in late April. During this transitional period, you’re likely to see the best of both season, both the dry salt desert as well as the giant mirror effect.  In addition, it’s not as cold as in winter, the rainfall is limited, and fewer tourists are around.

 

What you’ll experience on a Vacation Trip to the Uyuni Salt Flat

A journey through the vast white wilderness of Uyuni promises to be an ethereal journey unlike any other. Experience the feeling of floating in infinite, dimensionless space when a thin sheet of water extends across the plain to form a giant mirror that reflects the sky. Venture out on a captivating voyage across the hypnotic sea of salt to visit the Incahuasi or Pescado “islands,” which are actually volcanic-rock outcrops marooned in the middle of this vast salt plain. Discover the Galaxy Cave and the pre-Incan Devil’s Cave cemetery – both swathed in ancient legends and local traditions. Sight up to thousands of colorful pink flamingos that flock with their young on Uyuni’s shallow lakes. 

As a trip to Uyuni takes you near or through La Paz, Lake Titicaca, the Atacama Desert, and Santiago de Chile, why not consider adding one of these or other destinations to your tour?

Just contact us here at Surtrek and ask about the possibilities for experiencing this dream-like and inspirational Bolivian adventure.

 

Getting to the Uyuni Salt Flat

Arriving in Bolivia via another country, travelers will most likely land first in La Paz. From this capital city, Surtrek guides will assist you in reaching the town of Uyuni, traveling to the village either by plane (45 minutes), by train (a scenic but logistically challenging 7-hour ride), or by bus (10-1/2 hours).

The village of Uyuni is the starting point for most journeys to the salt flats, as the Salar de Uyuni is situated just 20 minutes miles outside of town.

 

Why go to the Uyuni Salt Flat with Surtrek?

With over 25 years of introducing adventurous travelers to authentic, tailor-made luxury travel experiences across South America, Surtrek is adept at offering some of the best and most complete tour services on a trip to the Uyuni Salt Flat.

With our experienced travel team of 25 members strong — including native speakers of five different languages — we will work one-on-one with you to custom-design a Uyuni tour that perfectly suits your particular interests and needs.

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