Uyuni Salt Flats tours: these are all the options you have to visit it

Couple with a bike in the Uyuni Salt Flats

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Hello, hello, how are you? As you can imagine, some Uyuni Salt Flats tours were out of operation for a while due to COVID. Not only the Salar, but the border between Chile and Bolivia took some time to reopen and get back to normal.

But that’s over! And since you can now visit this wonder of nature as before, we come to remind you of all the options you have so that you can choose the one that best suits your idea of travel. Here are the different tours to the Salar de Uyuni that you will find in Howlanders and their main differences:

Where to go to the Salar de Uyuni from?

The Salar de Uyuni is located only 23 km from the Bolivian city of Uyuni. However, it is very close to the border with Chile, specifically to the city of San Pedro de Atacama. Therefore, many travelers take advantage of this tour as a means of transportation to cross from one country to another and make a 2 x 1: see the salt flat, and move to continue their journey through the neighboring country.

For this very reason, you have different options of tours that leave from Chile or Bolivia and end in one destination or the other. Here is a summary:

Departing from Uyuni and choosing destination

Uyuni Salt Flats 3 days

This is the most common tour because it starts from Uyuni (Bolivia), but you can choose the place where you finish. If you decide to finish in San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), you will return at 13h, and if you prefer to finish where you started (Uyuni), you will return to the city center around 17:30.

Only during the first day of the 3-day Uyuni Salt Flat tour you will visit the Train Cemetery, the Salt Museum, the Incahuasi Island and the Uyuni Salt Flat itself at sunset. And then the rest of the days, there is still a lot to see!

Locomotive in the Train Cemetery in Uyuni Salt Flats

The altiplanic lagoons, the Laguna Colorada inhabited by 3 species of flamingos, and the Siloli Desert in the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, but we continue. The geyser field ‘Sol de la Mañana’ will surprise you with its fumaroles and even a small crater with volcanic lava.

And then, as we know you’re in the mood for a dip, we’ll take you to the warm waters of the Polques hot springs. Finally, here’s some advice: don’t miss this unforgettable adventure in the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Premium Private 3 days

If what you want is a private tour, your wishes are our command. We present the 3-day Uyuni Premium Private Tour that will allow you to have greater flexibility of schedules and not depend on the times established for the group. And, as if that were not enough, you will also sleep in 3-star hotels, although they are few in comparison to all the ones you can see in the sky.

In short, it is the same tour as the previous one, but in its premium version.

Departing from Uyuni and ending in Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flats 2 days

It is possible to tour the Uyuni Salt Flats in 2 days and discover its immensity in private or with a small group, you choose. The first day is the same as the 3 days tour, it includes the sunset in the Uyuni desert, yes.

The second day of the tour begins with the Valley of Rocks where you can discover curious rock formations, of course. And then? The altiplanic lagoons, could not be missed. Before finishing the 2-day trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats you will visit the Church of San Cristobal, do you feel like it?

Flamingos in Laguna Colorada Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flats 1 day

You love the idea of visiting the Uyuni Salt Flats, but you have many things pending, the days are flying by and you don’t have 3 days, not even 2 to make the most original photos in Uyuni for your feed of Instagram. Don’t worry because we have the solution, what is it? Visit the Uyuni Salt Flats in 1 day.

Uyuni Sunrise Private Tour

Do you want to have a great starting day? Well, the Uyuni Salt Flats give it to you, you just have to be on time, so as not to miss any detail. And punctual means leaving the accommodation at 3:30 am, but knowing what the reward is, we wouldn’t think too much about it. Set your alarm clock and don’t be lazy to see the sunrise in the Uyuni Salt Flats!

Woman in the backlight in Uyuni Salar sunrise

Uyuni Sunset Private Tour

If you get stuck to the sheets, don’t blame yourself and regret that we all make mistakes. You can try again to see an incredible landscape in the Salar de Uyuni at sunset.

Lights and shadows created by the sunset

We ask that you please don’t make us decide whether to see the sunset or sunrise in Uyuni. The colors of the morning are captivating and those of the afternoon, too. So you will have to choose based on other particularities because both options are incredible.

Departing from San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) and ending in Uyuni (Bolivia)

3-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama to the Uyuni Salt Flats

If your goal is to see the salt flat but you also want to cross the border, this is your best option. With the tour to the Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro de Atacama you will visit the salt flat for 3 days. The tour is similar to the 3-day tour from Uyuni, but starting from Chile.

Departing from San Pedro de Atacama and ending at the same point (round trip)

If your trip is in Chile and you do not want to miss the opportunity to visit the Salar de Uyuni, you also have the option of leaving from San Pedro de Atacama and returning to the same point.

3-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama and back

After many requests, we finally have this option! With this tour you have the option to visit the Salar de Uyuni in 3 days with round trip to San Pedro de Atacama. It is the third option you have to visit the salt flat in 3 days, as you will see, it is the duration that most travelers choose to see it in its entirety.

4-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama and back

This 4-day tour to the Salar de Uyuni from San Pedro de Atacama and back, is the complete version of the previous one. The best way to enjoy this marvel from end to end with calm.

As you can see, there are many options to visit the Salar de Uyuni and finally you have a summary of all the possibilities you have. Besides, now that you can do any of the tours normally, you will have to take advantage of it, right? 😏😉


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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