To see the Salar de Uyuni sunset or sunrise: that is the question

Salar de Uyuni sunrise with purple tones

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If you have to choose between starter or dessert you will probably have a hard time deciding and possibly decide to order a starter and then a delicious dessert. If you have to choose between seeing the Salar de Uyuni sunset or the sunrise, the same thing will probably happen to you: first, you will see the sunrise and in the afternoon you will return with more desire to admire the sunset. In case you have to choose one of the two options we will try to help you, but it is not an easy task. First, let us catch our breath, let’s get to it!

Salar de Uyuni sunrise

To go and see the Salar de Uyuni sunrise is an option for the brave because it requires a good early start. It is also true that it is the least crowded option because of course, not everyone dares to get out of bed at 3:00 in the morning to arrive on time and not lose detail of the moment. There is also the option of not getting into bed, so you avoid going out.

Woman in the backlight in Uyuni Salar sunrise

Once in the Salar de Uyuni, before the sun begins to appear behind the horizon, the soft blue and mauve colors flood the immensity of the landscape. As the sun appears, the sky and the mountains are tinged with orange and red. The silence of the early morning, accompanied by the intense colors of dawn is a perfect combination.

Salar de Uyuni sunset

This time there is no need to get up early because the Salar de Uyuni sunset takes place around 6:00 and 7:00 pm depending on the month. The atmosphere is impregnated with violet and pink. The horizon is blurred and it is practically impossible to distinguish the sky from the earth. Although it seems simple to capture the best photos of the Salar de Uyuni at this moment, do not expect them to reflect the essence of the moment.

Lights and shadows created by the sunset

Don’t know when to go to Uyuni Salt Flats yet? During the rainy season (January, February, and March) the sky is reflected in the salt desert and it generates a mirror effect. It’s impressive! Another good news is that you can enjoy it both at sunrise and sunset. Maybe we haven’t helped you decide between sunrise or sunset in the Salar de Uyuni, but we’ve tried.

Once our work is done it’s up to you to choose whether to see the Uyuni sunset or sunrise. Describing the spectacular nature of each landscape has been difficult, but the decision you have to make now is much more. As we said at the beginning we recommend you to see both one and the other, what do you think of the idea?


Journalist, nomad and adventurer. Paula would never say no to a camping trip and is an expert in setting up a tent in less than 10 seconds.

Besides that, she loves to dance and maybe that's why she loves Latin America so much. One of her best trips was to Argentina, but she has many more destinations behind her, which she talks about in this blog.

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