Uyuni Travel Guide

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    El salar Uyuni
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Uyuni Things to Do

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  • The local museum

    Tiny, tiny but still something to do. Entrance is 1 sole. Go there to support the town's effort in cultural attractions.

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  • Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and...

    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoonsEduardo Avaroa ReserveBetween heaven and earth there is a great watery salt plain where the heavens are mirrored in the horizon of the earth. The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's largest salt lake, was created forty thousand years ago as a flat bed into which the salty mineral residue drained from the...

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  • Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and...

    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoonsEduardo Avaroa ReserveBetween heaven and earth there is a great watery salt plain where the heavens are mirrored in the horizon of the earth. The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's largest salt lake, was created forty thousand years ago as a flat bed into which the salty mineral residue drained from the...

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Uyuni Hotels

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Uyuni Restaurants

  • Fantastic food

    Great restaurant with a nice atmosphere. This was the best food I'd had in almost two months in South America!Price indicated includes a beer, a glass of wine and then a bottle of wine! I had pasta which was yummy (large portions) and my husband had a huge pizza which was apparently great.**UPDATE**I have received this message regarding this...

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  • Comidas en el Salar / Eating in the...

    El Tour del Salar incluye las comidas , pero como no hay infraestructuras en la zona cada 4X4 lleva la comida para los tres días y una cocinera , la nuestra con niño , que en el campo o en los "hoteles" saca el "butano" y te prepara unas comidas estupendas The Salar Tour includes the meals , but like in the area there are not infraestructures each...

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  • Good food...

    This restaurante is family ran. They have pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, meat and chicken. The place is clean, prices are fine and the food is good!Openned all they long from Monday to Sunday.Don't miss it. They also have a restaurante in Tupiza. Churrasco a Argetina and the Biana Pizza

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Uyuni Nightlife

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  • Locoooooo !!!

    The best place in Uyuni to enjoy drinks with great music (french one, often !)... and it's the only place, whatever !!Le meilleur endroit (et le seul) d'Uyuni pour boire des coups et ecouter de la pure zique (francaise, bien sur !)...

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  • llama roundup

    The last night we stayed in Alota and came upon a herd of llamas on our evening stroll. They were more alarmed with our being there than we were surprised to find them wandering the dusty deserted streets. Sooner or later, they went past us and into a stone corral, where I snapped this photo. We had a great end of tour dinner party that night back...

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  • making the best of what you have

    The altiplano towns lack much nightlife but with sunsets on volcanos to fill the early evenings and dinner table tales to round out the night, you really don't miss the bright lights all that much.

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Uyuni Transportation

  • EXPRESO DEL SUR

    Actually there are two trains that go from Oruro To Uyuni...so far i know that the train companies are: EXPRESO DEL SUR AND WARA WARA. the first is a little bit expensive but much more confortable. and the go to Uyuni every tuesday and friday. they departs from the train station in oruro at 15:30 and arrives in uyuni at 22:30. if you one further...

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  • Tour Operators

    I started out this trip from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. Similar trips can be organized from Bolivia of course, with Uyuni and Tupiza being the most famous start-off points. The advantage of starting from San Pedro is that you get to do the circuit in reverse - which means saving the best (the Salar) for last. The disadvantage is that there is a...

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  • Tour around the Salt Flats

    Travel by yourself to do this circuit is probably not done in this area - definitely not if you are going from San Pedro in Chile. You cannot take a car across the border and the buses will not be touring the circuit. Also the driving conditions are treacherous and you can easily get lost as there are no clear roads and it is difficult to navigate...

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Uyuni Shopping

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  • local shops

    All the the altiplano towns have numerous shops that make a living selling the necessities to locals and also carry many luxury items for travelers passing through. These are small Mom & Pop operations and offer a glimpse into local life in this harsh environment. You can find most things you are craving like chocolate, cookies,bisquits, and soft...

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  • Uyuni Street Market

    I know that Uyuni has a large street market on Thursdays (I have been there twice on Thursday). It may also be open on Sundays. It stretches for two blocks on Av. Potosi from the Hotel Kutimuy almost to the clock tower. It is Uyuni's equivalent of a department store and grocery store combined.

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  • Water ! De l'eau !

    Any shop - N'importe quelle boutique de bouffe. Buy some water, around 3-4 liters per people for the 4 days trek. Mandatory !Achetez de l'eau, environ 3-4 litres par personne pour le trek de 4 jours. O-b-l-i-g-a-t-o-i-r-e ! About 5-6 bolivianos (0.8 USD) per bottleEnviron 5-6 bol (0.8 USD) par bouteille

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Uyuni Local Customs

  • El Grupo / The group

    El grupo que íbamos en el 4x4 fue muy agradable , nos lo pasamos muy bien . Eramos 9 personas , el conductor ( Leonardo ) , la cocinera (Adriana ) , su hijo ( Diego ) y seis pasajeros : Maja y Matei de Slovenia , un chico de japón y nosotros tres The group that we were in the 4x4 it was very nice , we had a good time . We were 9 persons , the...

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  • Flamencos - Flamingos

    Esta zona del Altiplano es conocida como el “Nido de los Andes”, ya que ahí viven más de 30.000 flamencos de tres especies diferentes que nidifican en el (andino , chileno y james )This area of the "Altiplano" is known as the "Andean Nest" , as more than 30.000 flamingos of three different spices (Andean , Chilean , James ) are living and nesting...

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  • Cristalización - Crystallizing

    Es curioso pero la sal cristaliza en grandes figuras de cinco o seis lados , que se ven en todo el salar It is curious but the salt crystallize in figures of fiveor six sides , that you may see when you walk in the Salar

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Uyuni Warnings and Dangers

  • SUMAJ JALLPHA, DO NOT TAKE THIS TOURIST...

    UYUNI-SUMAJ JALLPHA, DO NOT TAKE THIS TOURIST AGENCY IN UYUNI !!!!First in english and then in spanish at the end.I had a very bad experience few days ago when on feb 4th, 2004 I was in Uyuni to get a tour around the Salar, so they charge me 150 bolivianos myself x 1 day only, im from Peru, and I have no discussion about it, but then the service...

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  • Proper perspective

    You will inevitably hear many horror stories of these trips to the Salt Flats, and I have to say that some of them are true, especially about the driving. Bolivians drive in a horrendous manner and we have seen with our own eyes accidents occurring with other groups (thankfully not ours - we had a wonderful guide/driver). Unfortunately no tour...

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  • Emigración / Migration

    En el caso de que vayas a San Pedro de Atacama 8chile )ahorras tiempo si si arreglas los papeles de salida en la oficina de emigración que hay en Uyuni , allí te sellan el pasaporteTe dan un permiso para salir en 48//2 horas que es más que suficienteLa oficina está en el centroIn case that you go to San Pedro de Atacama ( Chile ) you save time if...

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Uyuni Tourist Traps

  • !!!SUMAJ JALLPA!!! not worth a visit

    If you ever find yourself needing to book a tour to Salar de Uyuni, NEVER BOOK WITH ‘SUMAJ JALLPA’. Why?- Their 4x4 is crap. We were over taken by every other jeep throughout the 3 days, and it seemed to be constantly overheating as the driver had to stop on several occasions to air it out and give the car a rest.- We were promised breakfast on the...

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  • A better choice...

    I had an excellent tour. I booked with Swiss Bolivian adventures based in La Paz, and they just took all the hassle away and arranged everything from the bus ticket from La Paz to the hotel in Uyuni and the tour on the Salar. On return I booked my jungle trip with them they were so good!

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  • Janeth Tour

    Avoid this company like hell:-Departure delayed for hours with no explanation. The owner hid in the Tonito Tours office rather than talk to us-Sour driver with very little English-Cook (Conception) was rude and was cooking tea for herself while we were left freezing in unheated room-Overnight in Atulcha (outside the Salar) instead of San Juan Use...

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Uyuni What to Pack

  • Be prepared

    *No suitcases! Backpacks are the best bet as they will be stacked on the top of the car * make sure to have warm clothes that can be layered to deal with the temperature changes. Gloves, beanies and scarves are suggested as well, and a warm jacket is a must. Ideally windproof clothes should also be packed.* sunglasses. This is a must as the sun is...

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  • warm clothes and sunglasses

    please take a windbreaker, warm clothes (at night the temperature drops to around -5 to -15°C), hat, sunglasses, sun screen lotion. Bring medicines and / or articles of personal use (liquid for contact lenses), plastic bags, small backpack, and water. Camera/ Videocamera and batteries

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  • Survival kit, means staying warm

    If youre planning to do a longer trip visiting more than the Saltdesert, youre most likely to have to sleep at higher altitudes. Therefore, make sure youve got a good sleeping bag (once in, undress as much as possible to keep warm) and cotton, wool made clothes! Gloves and cap. Uh, something to avoid that diarrhoea from taking over!Be proud if...

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Uyuni Off The Beaten Path

  • Extra Attractions in Uyuni desserts

    We are 5 guys and ad an awesome tour from la paz to Uyuni and the Three days! we booked trough a company called "Kings Travel" and they were just great , the rate we paid was 165 U$ each but it was money well spent! at first we had a just excellent guide named Gery, who speaks fluent english, is a professional archaeologist and a paramedic! he...

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  • Flamingos

    Help me with the name of this flamingo its only found in this part of Bolivia?? I will try to find out and update when i have...Its the James Flamingo

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  • well judge for yourself

    I'm not sure if it could be classed as off the beaten track, it certanly a well trodden road !! but its still so remote you feel you are the first person to ever see it, If that makes senseThe start of a epic journey, one which i shall never forgetMy first stop the train grave yard climb amongst them get your camera out and fire awayWhen i did this...

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Uyuni Sports & Outdoors

  • TRY TO SWIM IN THE HOT SPRINGS

    before getting to laguna verde, we had the great change to try to swim in the hot spring.it`s such a great experience because, when outside the swimming pool is really cold in the water is great. i could stay there the whole day but i had going on travelling.so, don`t forget to bring your swim clothes because the experience is...

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  • the old dog in the door hole jump

    Hey, I never said Uyuni was exciting, did I? Skinny dog, lots of them around. Just TRY finding a fat dog here. ;)

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  • Colque Tours: Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas...

    Looking for a reliable company to take you on the Salar de Uyuni and lagunas tour? Look no further. The number 1 company recommended by travelers and locals alike in Uyuni is Colque tours. They have the most reliable 4x4 trucks and usually have the most tours in the area (sometimes ran 4 different trucks at a time). I presonally recommend this good...

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Uyuni Favorites

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  • Choosing a Salar de Uyuni Tour Company

    I have been trying to decide how to answer the question about how to choose a Salar de Uyuni tour company (there are many). Although it is important to have good equipment and facilities, actually I think the key is who you are with. They like to put 6 passengers in a Land Cruiser. There will also be a driver/guide and there may be a cook. You will...

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  • When to Go to Salar de Uyuni

    As for when to go, I have been in October and April. Both were good. The rainy season is November to March. If the water layer is thin, then its good for photography and no problem getting around. However, if it gets too deep, the surface could morph into an impassable quagmire. An alternative is to include the northern Salar in your tour, where...

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  • Tour al - Salar de Uyuni - Tour

    En Uyuni contratamos el tour para recorrer el Salar y terminar en San Pedro de Atacama (Chile )Después de contactar a varias agencias , que básicamente ofrecían cosas muy parecidas , pues la verdad es que no hay opción ya que no hay infraestructuras en la zona , decidimos ir con Adriana Tours ( 70$ )El tour consiste básicamente en : 3 días y 2...

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