Arguably Bolivia’s most breath-taking landscape, the over 10,000 square kilometres (4,000 square miles) of the shimmering Salar de Uyuni are a must-see.

Formed from the drying-up of vast prehistoric lakes, the salt flats stretch as far as the eye can see. When they flood each rainy season (November-March) the flats transform into an incredible mirror which reflects the sky and seems to defy reality.

During the dry season (April – October) the salt glistens until the horizon creating a surreal and magical atmosphere.

The salt flats can be visited as part of a tour of the surrounding volcanic region, which includes visits to hot springs, geysers, lagoons and hotels constructed from salt.

What to do

  • Pose for horizon-defying photos on the salt flat
  • Enjoy the stillness and stunning natural beauty of the surrounding volcanic region
  • Visit multi-coloured lagoons and spot pink flamingoes
  • Finish off the tour with a soak in volcanic springs

When to go

Although the salt flats can be visited throughout the year, the dry season (April to October) is the best time to visit, as some of the surrounding attractions will be flooded and unavailable to visit during the rainy season.


The highest navigable lake in the world, the world’s largest salt flats, one of the highest capital cities in the world, smiling locals, jaw-dropping scenery – what’s not to love about Bolivia!?

Emily Opie
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