Town of Uyuni, Potosi
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
- San Juan de Rosario
- Santiago de Chuvica
- Santiago de Agencha
- San Pedro de Quemes
- 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.
Several blocks of the main street Avenida Potosi turns in to an open air market, selling a bit of everything, including handicrafts.
10-12 hours from La Paz by bus. The Todo Turismo Bus goes from La Paz to Uyuni and back daily.
There are several buses daily to and from Potosi (6-7 hours). From there you can go on to Sucre (3-4 hours more).
Many daily departures around 5:30 - 6:00 AM for Tupiza, stopping halfway for lunch in Atocha, 7-8 hours.
Trains that go to Uyuni departs from Oruro city. There are two line that work this route and are divided into two lines:
- Expreso del Sur
- Wara Wara del Sur
Trains run south to Villazon on the Argentinian border, stopping in Tupiza and Atocha. Northbound trains go to Oruro. There are less frequent departures to Calama, Chile.
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