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.
BoA and Amaszonas airlines offer several daily flights to Uyuni town.
10-12 hours from La Paz by bus. Titicaca 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 depart from Oruro city. There are two lines that work this route:
- 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.
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
Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flat and Colored Lagoons, 3 Days, 2 Nights
225 - 1195
Private Tour Salar de Uyuni - Sunset , Stargazing and Sunrise, 1 Full Day, 1 Night
135 - 599
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
Shared tour San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni, 3 Days, 2 Nights
650 - 650
Uyuni Salt Flats - Biking - Sunset and Stargazing, 1 Full Day
Private Tour La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz, 3 Days, 4 Nights
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
La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat - La Paz Shared Tour by Plane, 3 Days, 4 Nights
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
Private Tour Sucre - Uyuni Salt Flat and Lagoons , 5 Days, 4 Nights
Alpinismo en Volcanes (Uyuni), 6 Días
Private Tour Uyuni Salt Flat and Lagoons - Potosi or Sucre, 3 Days, 3 Nights
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