A 3 day tour of the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - a salt desert

Texture of the salt on Salar de Uyuni
Texture of the salt on Salar de Uyuni (View on flickr)

Our 3 day tour around Bolivia´s famous Salar de Uyuni, a massive salt desert, is best described by photos. Because of the difficult terrain, high elevation, remoteness, and extreme cold, we decided to explore this amazing region of southwestern Bolivia by 4x4 vehicle. We went with a tour company called Andes Salt Expedition . They provided all the transportation, food and lodging and expert interpretation in English about the surreal desolate geography we encountered along the way. They delivered what they promised and at a fair price.

Randy at the geysers at sunrise
Randy at the geysers at sunrise (View on flickr)

During the 3 days, we explored rugged, dirt roads that crisscrossed the 1000 kilometers and up as high as 5000 meter. We shared this adventure with a total of 13 tourist, two drivers, two vehicles and the cook. For me the highlights were the flocks of wild flamingos, the thermal pools at sunrise, the vastness and emptiness of the dried salt lake called a Salar, and the multiple colored lagoons. Take a look at the rest of the photos as they speak for themselves. (Click on the little photos to see larger versions or to view as a slideshow. Or see all of the Salar trip pictures here)

Back roads for our 1000km desert tour
Woman sealing salt packages at Salar de Uyuni
Laguna Colorada
Salvador Dali's Inspiration - Arbol de Piedra
Vizcacha - like a rabbit in the high puna
Perspective is funny at the Salar
Desert mountains on Chile border
Flamingoes at Laguna Colorada
Randy and Nancy jumping at Salar de Uyuni