« Who said Bolivia didn’t have a seaside? » our guide
asked us when we started the tour. And he is right, when you think about Bolivia, the sea is not the first thing that pops into your head, it is home to a salt flat as wide as 12.000 km, and that’s a whole lot. This used to be a salt lake but it has dried up. The salt flat of Uyuni is located in the southwestern of Bolivia at 3653m.
This place has been on my to-do list for a while and, now I can finally scratch it off. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to explain it if you haven’t been there but, I was talking to this German girl who knew exactly how to describe the landscape: “It’s strange you know, you’re there, in this place that feels like it’s almost not earth anymore, like you are standing on another planet. There is nothing there, no life, not even a little tree growing. No humans, just you and this white surface that makes you feel so small.”
That is how it’s like to see it, an unforgettable experience.
How to get there?
Uyuni is easy to reach; you can take the bus from almost anywhere in Bolivia. We took the bus from La Paz at 9pm and arrived at 6am at Uyuni where we had to wait until 10h30 to start the tour. Be careful when choosing a tour operator since there are many who offer, but only a few good and safe ones. You can pick a tour of 1,3 or 4 days, we took only one day because of our timing, and it was enough but, a lot of people told me that the tour of 3 days is more than worth it, and is a very different experience. The price varies depending on operators; we paid 100 Bolivianos and had a great guide (our operator was “Thiago Tours”).