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Town of Uyuni, Potosi

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Town of Uyuni
Town of Uyuni 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.

By bus

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.

By train

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.

Recommended Tours:

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

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


Private Tour Majestic Uyuni Salt Flat, 1 Full Day

Private Tour Majestic Uyuni Salt Flat, 1 Full Day


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Majestic Uyuni Salt Flat Shared Tour, Full Day

Majestic Uyuni Salt Flat Shared Tour, Full Day


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

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

La Paz - Uyuni Salt Flat - La Paz Shared Tour by Bus, 3 days 4 nights


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 Train, 5 days 4 nights


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Alpinismo en Volcanes (Uyuni), 6 Días

Alpinismo en Volcanes (Uyuni), 6 Días


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

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



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