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Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia Salt Flats)

First review on 02 Jul 2019
Last review on 02 Jul 2019 (1 review)
This giant salt flat was created by a prehistoric ocean 200 million years ago which dried up, leaving behind a desertlike landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands. This salt flat is famous for its mirror effect when it rains and conditions permit, whereby visitors standing or walking on it can seem to be walking on water, along with a crystal-clear reflection.
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Giant Salt Flat

Secondary Category (If any)

Unique Attraction

Seasons & Weather

Rainy Season: January to April
Dry Season: May to December


Isla Incahuasi (Inca House), a hilly and rocky outcrop, is situated in the middle of the salt flat

Price / Entry Fee


Airport(s) & Port Harbor(s) Service

Uyuni Airport (Joya Andina Airport) (UYU) & 10 min drive
La Paz: El Alto International Airport (LPB) & 8 hour drive/ride

Popular Bus Service(s)

Many tours are available from the adjacent city of Uyuni

Area Size

10,582 km² (4,086 sq mi)

Known For

Largest Salt Flat in the World
Alien Landscape
"Driving/Walking on Water Effect" and "Mirror Effect" where a thin layer of water on the ground allows you to seemingly walk on water or perfectly reflects the skyline (Only during rainy season)
Top Travel Destination in South America

Best Time to Visit

Rainy Season: "Driving/Walking on Water Effect" and/or "Mirror Effect" (Subject to ideal conditions)

Dry Season: You can tour the entire salt flats and Isla Incahuasi without problem

Day Trip from Major Cities

Adjacent to Uyuni
1 hour flight (7.5 hour drive) from La Paz

Winding and/or Bumpy Road (to & around here)


Salar de Uyuni

Special Info & Comments

Some visitors here also travel to the Laguna Colorada




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