Our trip to Bolivia revolved around doing a tour of the salt flats in Uyuni. We were amazed and intrigued by all the pictures that we’d seen on social media and were eager to check it out in person.
We booked our tour through Red Planet, the itinerary and tour details can be found here: Red Planet Tour. It’s a fairly basic tour but I’d definitely recommend it, Uyuni is not a glamorous place so I can’t imagine too many tours are luxurious. Most tour companies let you know before booking this tour that the facilities are very basic and the terrain can be quite harsh. It’s well worth it though and we were pleasantly surprised with how good the meals were. We started the tour in Uyuni, Bolivia and ended the tour in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This is an option the tour company gave us and it worked well because we got to explore the Atacama desert for a few days after the tour.
Seeing the salt flats at sunset was definitely the stand out of the tour. It’s amazing to just look around at the vast and impressive landscape. The salt flat in Bolivia is the largest in the world and it really is a spectacular experience, you feel like you’re a million miles away from any civilisation because it’s just white salt and blue sky as far as the eye can see. We were surprised when we got to Inca Huasi Island, it’s the only sign of life for miles and the contrast between the greenery, the blue sky and the white salt looks quite spectacular.
Another highlight was the natural hot springs on the second night, the steaming hot water was a warm welcome after the sun went down. The nights were fairly cold so we took a bottle of wine to the hot spring and sat and enjoyed gazing at the stars.
There’s a lot of driving involved in the tour because we covered so much ground but it’s worth it because there’s so much to see. I’ll let the pictures and the captions do the talking…