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The best time to visit Uyuni

The unforgettable destination of Uyuni will dish up magical landscapes, captivating beauty, and surreal experiences. Located in Bolivia’s highlands, the town of Uyuni serves as the gateway to the otherworldly Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat on earth. 

Situated in southwestern Bolivia, Uyuni is renowned for its breathtaking salt flats, which stretch as far as the eye can see, creating an ethereal and mesmerizing landscape. The destination offers a range of attractions and activities that cater to every traveler’s desires, from natural wonders to cultural experiences. But when should you visit?  

Wet or dry? 

Temperatures in this part of the world can vary greatly depending on the season and time of day. During the dry season, from May to October, temperatures can range from around 20°F to 60°F. The wet season runs from November to April, and typically means the weather is less predictable. The benefit, though, is that the salt flats are turned into giant reflective mirrors, making for stunning mirror-like reflections. 

Wet and dry season at Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia

Busy times of the year 

The popularity of the Uyuni Salt Flats attracts many visitors throughout the year. The dry season is the peak tourist period when the weather is most pleasant, and the salt flats offer their iconic mirror-like reflections. Our Destination Experts can book your accommodation and tours in advance during this time to secure your preferred options. If you’re looking for a quieter experience with fewer people, the shoulder seasons of April and November are your best bet. 

Key attractions 

The Uyuni Salt Flats, also known as Salar de Uyuni, are the crown jewel of the region. Spanning more than 4,000 square miles, this vast expanse of blindingly white salt creates a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. The dry season is the ideal time to visit, as the salt flats are mostly dry, allowing for mesmerizing reflections and unique photo opportunities. Marvel at the seemingly endless horizon and capture stunning images that play with perspective and scale. 

Located within the Uyuni Salt Flats, Isla Incahuasi is a picturesque island covered in cacti, providing a striking contrast against the vast white expanse. Take a leisurely stroll along the island’s trails, soak in panoramic views of the salt flats, and discover the ancient coral formations that date back millions of years. It’s a surreal experience to wander among the giant cacti and marvel at the island’s unique ecosystem. 

Laguna Colorada Red Lagoon at Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia
Laguna Colorada, or Red Lagoon, is a shallow salt lake within Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve.

For adventure seekers, consider a thrilling off-road journey through the rugged landscapes around Uyuni. Drive across vast deserts, visit geothermal fields, and marvel at the multi-hued lakes, such as Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde. These natural wonders provide a captivating contrast to the salt flats, showcasing the region’s diverse beauty. 

Festivals and things to do 

Uyuni and its surrounding region offer unique festivals and exhilarating activities. One notable event is the Day of the Dead celebration in early November, where locals gather to honor their departed loved ones. Witness colorful processions, traditional dances, and intricate altars adorned with flowers and food. 

Let our Destination Experts plan your dream holiday to Uyuni and experience the enchantment of Bolivia’s surreal salt flats. Whether you’re capturing photographs, exploring the unique ecosystems, or immersing yourself in local traditions, Uyuni promises a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. 

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