Located in Bolivia is a small town that is becoming more and more popular
with tourists from around the world. Uyuni is a small town that has become
famous for the salt flats that are located just outside the town. Yet, people
come to Uyuni for more than just the salt –a number of attractions and
multiple-day tours that take off from Uyuni that are quickly gaining popularity.
When taking a multiple-day tour, you will leave from the town of Uyuni and
visit a number of very picturesque destinations. Be sure to bring your camera
(as well as plenty of batteries and digital storage media or film) as you are
likely to see plenty of things that will beg for your camera's attention.
By far the most popular destination for any tour, private or self guided, are
the salt flats, huge flat expanses of salt. The area was once a great inland
sea, which accounts for all of the salt deposits. You can also see the salt
mounds, a place where the locals gather the salt into large mounds for drying
before it is sent off and processed.
One of the stranger things you might get to see on a tour are the Eyes of
Water, a place where mineral rich water bubbles to the surface of the salty
ground. Another strange place that you can visit (and perhaps even stay,
depending on the tour) is the salt hotel. As the name suggests, the hotel is
made entirely of salt!
Some of the tours will take you further afield and into the foothills and
forests – some even to the Andes! You might even get a chance to go hiking
around Laguna Colorada (Red Lake) and see the flamingos that gather there. Some
tours even take you to an Incan burial ground.
In fact, you will find so many things to see around Uyuni, there is a good
chance that you will want to come back and visit again, perhaps to take another
You will be able to choose from several different guides and tour operations
that will bring you around to the different locations around Uyuni. Be sure that
you do a bit of research before you begin your travel – many tours require you
to book in advance, and some only leave on certain days. Know as much as you can
about the tour before you begin and you are sure to be much happier with your
choice. Not to mention you'll know exactly what you are getting and where you