Take the Salar de Uyuni Tour for three days if you have time and can afford it. While there are a lot of tours that you can choose from, make sure that you read the fine print/details of such tours. The three-day tour I had was good enough for me, and I was pretty satisfied. The tour guide was very minimal in giving us details of the places we went to, but he’s given us enough information to remember. Most importantly, he has given us enough time to stay/go around every destination we visited.
But before I show you the photos of the places we went to, you might ask: Should I take the one-day or three-day tour? Let me answer that below.
ONE-DAY OR THREE-DAY SALT FLAT TOUR?
First, it depends on your budget. If you can afford it, I suggest you take the three-day tour. Usually, a one-day tour includes the Train Cemetery, Salt Flat + 1 or 2 tourist attractions nearby. Of course, you’ll see more beyond the salt flats for a three-day excursion. You will see volcanoes, lakes, deserts, wild animals, amazing landscapes, and more! Click the thumbnails below to see which tour would fit your kind of traveler.
We visited these places on the third day of our Salt Flat Tour.
Salvador Dali Desert
If you have seen a few of Salvador Dali’s paintings, you would really be surprised at how the desert landscape so eerily resembles the artist’s style and figments of his imagination. The photo below doesn’t really give justice to the panoramic views.
The green lake didn’t show its emerald-colored beauty but blue. Or maybe it was green, but the blue sky’s reflection tricked us at that moment we were there. An inactive Licancabur Volcano backdrops the serene lake.
Views of Licancabur Volcano
As we drove on the plains of the Bolivian desert, Vulcan Licancabur could be seen from kilometers away on a clear day. From here, you can drive for 20 minutes to the border between Bolivia and Chile.
Valley of the Rocks and Lago Catal
Ah! This place is wild and breathtaking! Perhaps, this is where we stopped longer. We sat down and admired the view in silence. I don’t have to describe it but see the photo below.
Throughout our drive for the day, we passed by wild animals. I had never seen most of them, so I forgot their names. 😂 Ok, I can name one: the llamas!
.This was the last destination before returning to the town of Uyuni. Our vehicle just stopped here, and our guide didn’t say anything about the mining town. He told us that we had 30 minutes to go around. My fellow travelers stayed inside the car while I walked around, hoping I’d find something unique – but to my dismay.
We arrived at Uyuni – where we started – at 5:30 PM. Our agent brought us to their office and rested for a while. We had dinner, and then they brought us to the bus station for our journey back to La Paz. Our three-day Salar de Uyuni Tour ended, and everyone was exhausted. We were quiet on the bus and slept like an adult without a baby. 😜