Uyuni in Bolivia is a small town situated in the middle of nowhere. Tourism is its main source of prosperityt hanks to the the world's biggest Salt Flats.

Town of Uyuni
Town of Uyuni
Town of Uyuni

Uyuni town is located 241 Km far from Potosi city. The town was very important for being the distribution hub for the trains carrying mineral on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports. Currently Uyuni is also significant due to its proximity to the Magnificent Uyuni Salt Flat, a favourite Bolivian tourist attraction.

Located at an elevation of 3,670 meters above sea level and just 30 minutes away from the Salt Flat, Uyuni town is well known for its gentle and caring people. The city is safe in general but precaution is always welcome, specially after midnight.

Despite its modest site and geographical isolation, Uyuni is worth an hour or so walking around. Particularly the Avenida Ferroviaria has many monuments, mostly railroad related.

Allegedly Bolivia's first locomotive stands in the middle of Avenida Ferroviario, by the corner of Calle Santa Cruz.

What to see while in Uyuni

Uyuni's town counts with a privileged location. White deserts, colorful lagoons and local small towns make it an ideal starting point for eco friendly tourism, wildlife and outdoor activities.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit:

Points of interest

  • Train Cemetery - Cementerio de Trenes
  • Museo de Arqueologia y Antropologia, Arce
  • Necropolis de los Seniorios de Lipez
  • Kausauwasy Museum
  • Rock paints of Tomas Laqa
  • Puka Pukara fortress
  • Aguaquiza town: Gruta de la Galaxia - Galaxy Cavern, Cueva del Diablo - Evil Cave
  • Ciudad de Piedra Llajtaqaqa - Stone city
  • Pama Siloli - Siloli Desert where the "Arbol de Piedra" - Rock Tree is located
  • Laguna Colorada - Red Lagoon
  • Sol de Mañana geysers
  • Thermal waters of Polques
  • Pampa Jara (Dali Rocks)
  • Licancabur Volcano
  • San Pablo de Lipez

Small Towns

  • Colchani
  • Pulacayo
  • San Juan de Rosario
  • Santiago de Chuvica
  • Lakaya
  • Santiago de Agencha
  • Llavica
  • San Pedro de Quemes
  • Tahua
  • Ayquepucara
  • Coqueza Chantani
  • San Agustin
  • Mallku Villamar

The salt flats, Salar de Uyuni, can be visited on daytrips, or longer trips, up to 4 days, including a swipe down towards the Chilean border and the lagoons and geysers of that area.

Where to stay

Most of the Hotels in Uyuni town are located near to the main square.

Buy

Several blocks of the main street Avenida Potosi turns in to an open air market, selling a bit of everything, including handicrafts.

Recommended Tours:

San Pedro de Atacama - Eduardo Avaroa National Park - San Pedro de Atacama Day Tour, Full Day

230 - 978

 

Private tour San Pedro de Atacama - Eduardo Avaroa National Park - Uyuni Salt Flat, 2 Days, 1 Night

275 - 1075

 

Uyuni Salt Flat and Thunupa Volcano Private Tour, Full Day

70 - 299

 

Private Tour from Calama to the Salar de Uyuni, 3 Days, 2 Nights

297 - 1525

 

Private Tour Majestic Uyuni Salt Flat, 1 Full Day

65 - 255

 

Uyuni Salt Flat - Eduardo Avaroa National Park - San Pedro de Atacama Private Tour , 2 Days, 1 Night

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Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flat and Colored Lagoons, 3 Days, 2 Nights

225 - 1195

 

San Pedro de Atacama - Uyuni - Calama Private Tour, 3 Days, 2 Nights

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Private Tour Salar de Uyuni - Sunset , Stargazing and Sunrise, 1 Full Day, 1 Night

135 - 599

 

San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni Shared Tour, 3 Days, 2 Nights

179 - 285

 

Salar de Uyuni - Calama Private Tour, 3 Days, 2 Nights

265 - 1435

 

Private Tour from San Pedro de Atacama to the Salar de Uyuni, 3 Days, 2 Nights

275 - 1300

 

Private Tour San Pedro de Atacama - Salar de Uyuni - San Pedro de Atacama, 3 Days, 2 Nights

315 - 1498

 

Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flat and Minor Lagoons, 2 Days, 1 Night

155 - 750

 

Twighlight reflections and Tunupa Vulcano - 2 Days / 1 Night, 2 Days, 1 Night

165 - 775

 

Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flat and Lagoons - San Pedro de Atacama, 3 Days, 2 Nights

260 - 1315

 

Majestic Uyuni Salt Flat Shared Tour, 1 Full Day

33 - 33

 

Uyuni Salt Flat and Lagoons Shared Tour, 3 Days, 2 Nights

134 - 134

 

La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat Full day - La Paz Shared Tour by Bus, 1 Full Day, 2 Nights

95 - 125

 

Uyuni Salt Flats - Biking - Sunset and Stargazing, 1 Full Day

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Private Tour La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz, 3 Days, 4 Nights

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La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat - La Paz Shared Tour by Bus, 3 Days, 4 Nights

185 - 215

 

La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat - La Paz Shared Tour by Train, 5 Days, 4 Nights

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La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat - La Paz Shared Tour by Plane, 3 Days, 4 Nights

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Uyuni Salt Flat - Lagoons and San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), 3 Days, 2 Nights

149 - 149

 

Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flat and Lagoons - Calama, 3 Days, 2 Nights

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Private Tour Sucre - Uyuni Salt Flat and Lagoons , 5 Days, 4 Nights

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Andinism on Volcanoes in Uyuni, 6 Días

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Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flat and Lagoons - Potosi or Sucre, 3 Days, 3 Nights

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