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Exploring the Salar de Uyuni

The Salar de Uyuni is undoubtedly the highlight of Bolivia. The salt plains are immense and provides a scenery which can not be seen in many other places. The nearby national park shows some amazing landscapes of colorful lakes and massive volcano's. The whole area is best seen on a tour by 4x4 jeep because there are no roads. To see the most of it, the three day tour is recommended which takes you to all the best places. There are also shorter tours which last for one or two days. The most common start place for the tours is Uyuni. Unfortunately some of the tour operator do not provide high standards, but you will need to be a bit lucky when booking the tour. Below is described what can be seen on each day.

Day 1: Train graveyard, salt plains, and Isla Incahuasi.
The first stop is the train graveyard. For the photographer, this is the place to be as the rusty trains allow for some nice pictures. Driving a bit further and you will arrive at the salt plains. Often there is a stop first at a village which relies on salt mining, but is not that interesting. However, once you get to the salt plains some amazing scenery can be seen. At places where the salt is mined, piles of salt which are drying in the sun can be seen. If there is water of the salt plains, it will reflect the blue sky. Do bring sunscreen and sunglasses as the sun is very intense. After that stop, the tour will continue to the salt hotel which is not closes. It is possible to see the salt depositions on the hotel. After driving many more miles Isla Incahuasi pops up. This is a island in the desert which has many large cacti growing on it. There is a track around the island to see more scenery and also to view the expansive views of the Salar de Uyuni from a higher point. Because of the white (salt) soil perception of depth is different and allows for some funny picture taking.

Day 2: Volcano Ollague, national reserve park Eduardo Avaroa, Laguna Canapa, Laguna Hedionda, desert of Siloli, rock tree formation and Laguna Colorado.
The second day starts with a view of the volcano Ollague. It is not a closeup view, but there is some attractive scenery that surround it. After a short stop there is a drive onwards to the national reserve park Eduardo Avaroa. This is another highlight as it has many lakes and volcano's. The first stop  would be Laguna Canapa which is a bright blue colored. The next lake Laguna Hedionda is probably the most beautiful of all. It is large and surrounded by mountains, some of which have a white snow-cap on top. There are quite a few flamingo's in the lake which appear to be undisturbed by anything. Most tours allow a walk around a large part of the lake to get some different views of the scenery. After lunch the tour will continue to the desert of Siloli which has some awkward rock formations. The most famous of these is the rock tree formation which stands out compared to the others. The final stop is the Laguna Colorade, which is a red colored lake. The colors of the lake and the surrounding mountains and other scenery are bright and often give the impression of walking around an oil painted landscape.

Day 3: Geyser at Sol de Manana, Laguna Challviri, Laguna Verde and the volcano Lincacabur.
The last day of the tour starts with a visit to the Geyser at Sol de Manana. Basically you get to see hot gas coming out of the earth. Some parts look like a whole plaque of earth is spitting out gas. To allow a bit of relaxing a stop is made at Laguna Challviri. This lake does not look as amazing as the other lakes, but does has a hot spring in which you can relax. The last important stop is the Laguna Verde. This lake is brightly light blue colored and is overlooked by the volcano Lincacabur. After a short stop the tour just drives back to Uyuni while stopping only a few ties along the way. 


Salar de Uyuni travel photo gallery

Day 1

 
Train cemetery near Uyuni.

Train cemetery.

 
View over the Bolivian landscape.

View over the Bolivian landscape.

 
Rusty carriages on the train graveyard.

Rusty carriages on the train graveyard.



The photo galleries of Bolivia contain pictures of: ChacaltayaLa Paz, Pico AustriaSalar de UyuniUyuni and the Valley of the moon.



 
Train carriage on his last resting place.

Train carriage on his last resting place.

 
The trains graveyard near Salar de Uyuni.

The train graveyard.

 
Salt mining near Colchani.

Salt mining.

 
Salt being dried in the sun.

Salt being dried in the sun.

 
Piles of salt and water patches.

Piles of salt and water patches.

 
Salt collection.

Salt collection.

 
Patches of water on the salt plains.

Patches of water.

 
Flags near the salt hotel.

Flags near the salt hotel.

 
Volcano looking out over the salt plains of Uyuni.

Volcano in the distance.

 
The salt hotel.

The salt hotel.

 
Jeep driving through Salar de Uyuni.

Jeep driving through Salar de Uyuni.

 
Rusty equipment.

Rusty equipment.

 
Isla Incahuasi.

Isla Incahuasi.


 
The only houses on Isla Incahuasi.

Small houses.

 
Border between the salt plains and Isla Incahuasi.

Border between the salt plains and Isla Incahuasi.

 
Jeep parked in front of Isla Incahuasi.

Parked jeeps.

 
Isla Incahuasi in the Salar de Uyuni.

Isla Incahuasi.

 
View over the salt plains near Uyuni.

View over the salt plains.

 
Cacti growing on Isla Incahuasi.

Cacti growing on Isla Incahuasi.

 
View over the salt plains from  a higher point of the island.

View over the salt plains from a higher point of the island.

 
The scenery of Salar de Uyuni.

The scenery of Salar de Uyuni.

 



Cacti growing on Isla Incahuasi.

Large cacti.

 
View over the scenery of Salar the Uyuni from Isla Incahuasi.

View over the scenery.

 



Amazing scenery of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Amazing scenery.

 
Isla Incahuasi.

Isla Incahuasi.

 
Inland on the island on the salt plains.

Inland on the island on the salt plains.

 
View from the island over the salt plains.

View from the island over the salt plains.

 
Close up of a cactus on Isla Incahuasi.

Close up of a cactus.

 



Isla Incahuasi in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

View of the island.

 
Amazing scenery in Salar de Uyuni.

Amazing scenery.

 



Mountains seen behind the salt plain.

Mountains seen behind the salt plain.

 
Isla Incahuasi, the salt plains and mountains in the background.

Isla Incahuasi, the salt plains and mountains in the background.

 



The cacti of Isla Incahuasi on a sunny day.

Cacti.

 
The whole island is covered with cacti.

The whole island is covered with cacti.

 
Close up of cacti.

Close up of cacti.

 
Isla Incahuasi lying in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni.

Isla Incahuasi lying in the middle of nowhere.


Day 2

 
First view Ollague volcano.

First view Ollague volcano.

 
Scenery of Bolivia.

Scenery.

 
Volcano Ollague.

Volcano Ollague.

 



Volcano in Bolivia.

Volcano.

 
Volcano Ollague in Bolivia.

Volcano Ollague.

 



National reserve Eduardo Avaroa.

National reserve Eduardo Avaroa.

 
Laguna Canapa.

Laguna Canapa.

 
Volcano near Laguna Canapa.

Volcano near Laguna Canapa.

 
Lake Canapa.

Lake Canapa.

 



Laguna Canapa in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

Laguna Canapa in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

 
Mountain near the lake.

Mountain near the lake.

 



View over lake Canapa.

View over lake Canapa.

 



Amazing Laguna Canapa.

Amazing Laguna Canapa.

 
Plant and rocks on the shore.

Plant and rocks on the shore.

 



The scenery around Laguna Canapa.

The scenery around Laguna Canapa.

 
Laguna Hedionda.

Laguna Hedionda.

 
View over lake Hedionda.

View over lake Hedionda.

 
Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia.

Laguna Hedionda.

 
Flamingo's in Laguna Hedionda.

Flamingo's in Laguna Hedionda.

 



Mountains behind lake Hedionda.

Mountains behind lake Hedionda.

 



Amazing scenery of Laguna Hedionda.

Amazing scenery of Laguna Hedionda.

 



View across the lake.

View across the lake.

 
Different colors of the lake and the surroundings.

Different colors of the lake and the surroundings.

 



Laguna Hedionda in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

Laguna Hedionda in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

 
Flamingo's in the lake.

Flamingo's in the lake.

 
Close up of the Flamingo's.

Flamingo's in the lake.

 
Amazing Bolivia.

Amazing view.

 
Some of the best scenery in Bolivia.

Some of the best scenery in Bolivia.

 
The beauty of national park Eduardo Avaroa.

The beauty of national park Eduardo Avaroa.

 
Many flamingo's in Laguna Hedionda seen on the tour across Salar de Uyuni.

Many flamingo's in Laguna Hediond.

 
Mountain behind lake Hedionda.

Mountain behind lake Hedionda.

 
Desert of Siloli, Bolivia.

Desert of Siloli.

 
Rock formations in the desert of Siloli.

Rock formations in the desert of Siloli.

 
Landscape of the desert of Siloli.

Landscape of the desert of Siloli.

 
Arbol de Piedra (rock tree formation).

Arbol de Piedra (rock tree formation).

 
Laguna Colorada.

Laguna Colorada.

 
Landscape like an oil painting.

Landscape like an oil painting.

 
The amazing colors of lake Colorado in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

The amazing colors of lake Colorado in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

 



Landscape of national park Eduardo Avaroa.

Landscape of national park Eduardo Avaroa.

 
Contrasting colors of lake Colorado.

Contrasting colors of lake Colorado.

 
The many colors of Laguna Colorado.

The many colors of Laguna Colorado.

 
Red colored lake in Bolivia.

Red colored lake.

 
Shoreline and mountain near lake Colorado.

Shoreline and mountain near lake Colorado.

 



Scenery of Laguna Colorado in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

Scenery of Laguna Colorado in national park Eduardo Avaroa.

 



Flamingo's in Laguna Colorado.

Flamingo's in Laguna Colorado.

 
Vegetation growing near the red lake.

Vegetation growing near the red lake.

 
All the colors of lake Colorado in one picture.

All the colors of lake Colorado in one picture.

 



Dark ground near the lake.

Dark ground near the lake.





Day 3

 



The Bolivian landscape early in the morning.

The Bolivian landscape early in the morning.

 
Geiser at Sol de manana.

Geiser at Sol de manana.

 



Gas escaping from the earth.

Gas escaping from the earth.

 
Gas at Sol de manana.

Gas at Sol de manana.

 
Challviri Laguna.

Challviri Laguna.

 
Morning sunshine at Laguna Challviri.

Morning sunshine at Laguna Challviri.

 
Laguna Challviri hot spring.

Laguna Challviri hot spring.

 
Waterfront of Laguna Challviri.

Waterfront of Laguna Challviri.

 
Hill reflecting in the lake.

Hill reflecting in the lake.

 
Laguna Challviri.

Laguna Challviri.

 
View over the lake.

View over the lake.

 
Mountains behind Laguna Challviri.

Mountains behind Laguna Challviri.

 
The lake early in the morning.

The lake early in the morning.

 
Bolivian landscape.

Bolivian landscape.

 
Volcano seen during the drive from Laguna Challiri to Laguna Verde.

Volcano seen during the drive from Laguna Challiri to Laguna Verde.

 
The scenery around Laguna Verde.

The scenery around Laguna Verde.

 
Volcano Lincacabur.

Volcano Lincacabur.

 
Jeep driving near the lake.

Jeep driving near the lake.

 
Bright colored light blue lake.

Bright colored light blue lake.

 
Contrast of colors near Laguna Verde.

Contrast of colors near Laguna Verde.

 
Lincacabur volcano near Laguna Verde.

Lincacabur volcano near Laguna Verde.


Mountains around the lake.

Lincacabur volcano near Laguna Verde.

 
White waterfront of Laguna Verde.

White waterfront of Laguna Verde.

 
Flat lands that seems to continue forever.

Flat lands that seems to continue forever.

 
The volcano behind Laguna Verde.

The volcano behind Laguna Verde.

 
Tracks in the desert.

Tracks in the desert.

 
Scenery of Bolivia.

Scenery of Bolivia.

 
Steppe and mountains.

Steppe and mountains.

 
Strange rock formations.

Strange rock formations.

 
Rock formation on the Bolivian landscape.

Rock formation



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