South america, Travel diary

3 days in Uyuni desert

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

For our last adventure in Bolivia, we spent 3 days in Uyuni desert. Salt, sand, flamingo, hot pool, geyser, there are so many different things to see it was really wonderful.

The journey starts in Uyuni, a city in the middle of the desert, with almost only travel agencies. We chose salty desert, it’s one that has really good reviews on Tripadvisor.

The next morning we meet our conductor and the 4 others tourists we will share the 4×4 with. First stop in the train cemetery, this place is really great to take pictures but a bit small compared to the number of tourists. Still, we find a place to climb on an old train and have some pictures alone. After, direction the famous salt desert. This is the biggest salt desert. We had the lunch in the first salt hotel built there. The building is entirely made in salt, that is impressive but it really looks like a really simple house, we would have preferred eating in the middle of the desert. The afternoon, it is time to take pictures using the perspective. This is super fun, the conductor knows all the tricks to do perfect pictures! We go back on the road, and there, out of nowhere we discover what looks like an island full of cactus! It is really surprising we can really imagine that million years ago there was a sea instead of the salt. Then, we admire the sunset in the desert and took others funny pictures. Then we leave the salt land to the hostel (in salt again). After the dinner, we took a look outside, we can see thousands of the stars the view is unbelievable! We can’t stay out long also, because it is really really cold!

Next morning, this is our biggest day. First, we took some pictures on the railway that are still in use. We can admire on the road all the volcano separating Bolivia and Chile. For lunch, we stopped next to a laguna with flamingos. The view was really gorgeous! The last stop is the laguna colorada. A beautiful lac red, yellow, blue, white. I never saw this before, it is really amazing. All this road in the middle of the desert reminds me of the 4L trophy, except that the 4×4 is a bit more comfortable!

The last day starts really early at 4AM, we are going to geyser to see the sunrise. I thought that geyser in Colca canyon were big but this is nothing compared to these ones! We didn’t stay too long because it was freezing and I almost lost my fingers taking pictures. The next stop will warm us a little, the hot pools. You just have to be courageous enough to put on your swimsuit and run to the pool. Once inside, I would have stayed all day! But all the good stuff end at some point time to get back on the 4×4. We did 2 more stops, one in the desert that really looks like a Dali painting and at 2 others lagoons. Unfortunately, in the morning there is not enough wind to see the green color of it.

It is already time to say goodbye, we drop off at the Chile border, our next destination is San Pedro de Atacama.

These 3 days were really amazing, the agency that we take was really professional, I recommend it. This is the most expensive activity that we have done in Bolivia but it is really worth it.

How to get there? From Sucre, there are several buses that do the transfer (80B)
Where to sleep? There are plenty of hostels in Uyuni we find a place at Oro Blanco hostel or 50B per person breakfast included. Just if you want a hot shower, take it during the evening because the plumbing turns to ice during the night
How to visit? We chose the salty desert agency and it was really good. The price was 850B for the tour, meals and accommodation +70B of transfer in Chile; and then you have an additional cost to pay during the visit 15B to pay at the border; 150B entrance at the national park; 30B for the cactus island; 6B for the hot pools

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the train cemetery

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the train cemetery

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

how to take a perspective picture

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack 3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack 3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack 3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the cactus island

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the cactus island

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

one of the many tornado that we saw

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack 3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the lagoon colorada

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the lagoon verde that looks blue…

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the geyser

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack

the geyser

3 days in Uyuni desert - bolivia - dancer with a backpack