UYUNI & THE ALTIPLANO

Otherworldly. Magical. Breath-taking. Surreal. Words fail to accurately describe the scale of the unique vistas of Bolivia’s Salt Flats and the landscapes of the high plateau that surround them.

The Salar itself is an impossibly vast expanse of crystalline whiteness, interrupted periodically by small mounds of drying salt and scattered ‘islands’ like the well-known Incahuasi, famed for its ancient giant cacti. Complete your experience of the Salar by staying in a salt hotel and enjoying traditional Bolivian cuisine overlooking this remote and peaceful paradise.

Beyond the Salt Flats themselves, this region of south-western Bolivia is exceptionally rich. Closest to the Salt Lakes themselves, you can visit the eerie Train Cemetery, where locomotives from Bolivia’s heritage railroad system lie abandoned in the mountain desert; the Coquesa mummies, ancient indigenous bodies preserved in caves on the altiplano; and the traditional salt-mining village of Colchani where locals produce exquisite handicrafts, more often than not, made out of the hard crystals of the salt lake. Driving out into the remote plains, tours of this region will enchant you with views of isolated and colourful mountain lagoons framed by snow-capped Andean peaks and populated by flamingos, the surreal rock formations of the Siloli or ‘Dalí’ Desert, the geysers and thermal pools of the volcanic highlands, and lush green valleys where indigenous farmers herd alpaca and live in uber-traditional mountain communities.

Wild, vast and varied – the Bolivian altiplano can help but give the impression that you are completely alone, in blissful tranquillity, amongst some of the most spectacular landscapes on planet Earth.

WHERE TO STAY

Our favourite luxury hotels

Hotel Luna Salada, Uyuni, Bolivia

Luna Salada

Superbly isolated in the wilderness of Uyuni, the Luna Salada is set in a picturesque spot overlooking the famous Salt Lake and is constructed entirely using salt from the region.

Hotel Palacio del Sal, Uyuni, Bolivia

Palacio de Sal

This quirky hotel is located one kilometre from the edges of the famous Uyuni Salt Lake. Constructed entirely from salt and other locally sourced materials this unique accommodation brings home comforts to one of the most remote corners of the earth.

Deluxe Airstream Campers, Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

Deluxe Airstream Campervans

Offering the glamping experience of a lifetime, exploring the Uyuni Salt Flats and southern Bolivian Altiplano from the comfort of a deluxe airstream campervan is something truly unique.