Bolivia Salt Flats: Salar de Uyuni (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we shared our post about our 3-day safari through the Bolivian outback. Now check out the main reason that brought us to Bolivia in the first place.

Day 4

Cactus Island

Another freezing 5am wake up call except today we finally made it to the salt flats. At first, I couldn’t believe it. The salt flats stretched for miles (over 4,000 sq mi to be exact), it was so big. We cruised the flats at zipping speed in order to get us here (below) just in time to catch sunrise!

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We drove our way on white flat lands for miles before reaching cactus island – an island in the middle of the flats with more than five thousand 1,200 year old cacti. The view from the top was pretty surreal, a 360º view of Salar de Uyuni.

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Salar de Uyuni

From cactus island, we drove out to “the spot” famous for all those Uyuni perspective photos you often see. Our drivers are seasoned photographers by now so they gave us great suggestions on different poses and even offered to take our pictures for us.

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We came prepared with a spoon.

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This is our tour group. I don’t know how G and I ended up lying on the ground, but can you guess what we’re trying to spell?

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Once we had our photo fun, we headed to the only mini-shop on the salt flats also the only hotel located ON the flats and saw this cool flag display representing visitors from all over the world.

Uyuni Flags

Our last stop before leaving the salt flats was here at the mining production area. Interesting facts: The Uyuni salt flats contains 10 billion tons of salt and local workers earn close to $1 USD for a full day of work!

Uyuni Salt Mines

After lunch, we ended our 4-day with a last stop at the train cemetery before getting dropped off in Uyuni.

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I’ll admit. I was the least excited to spend 4-days of no shower driving through the Bolivian desert. Even tried to get out of it all together when the miners went on a national strike causing road blockages throughout the country. You know, just being a girl I guess. But I was glad to be proven wrong.

Bolivia: a country I knew nothing about. This was a long overdue bucket list item for G, to visit the salt flats. But Bolivia is so much more than that. I never imagined it would be this stunning, this natural. The country surprised me in more ways that one – far more underrated that it should be but maybe that’s a good thing. I am happy we had the chance to explore this remote part of Bolivia and can’t wait to share the rest of the country with you in later posts. We highly recommend you all to add this to the top of your next destinations’ bucket list.

Tips:

  • Rent a sleeping bag if the tour company offers that option. Seriously, don’t freeze your butt off if you don’t have to for a few extra bucks.
  • Bring music if you don’t want to listen to Bolivian folk music on repeat 10-hours a day.
  • Charge your electronics beforehand since many villages have limited electricity.
  • Tupiza Tours was recommended as the most reliable company doing any Salar de Uyuni tour and for us they worked out great.

Read Part 1 here.

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  • Maddie

    Wow, the whole trip just looks phenomenal and your photos are fantastic. We desperately want to do this so great to hear that you had a good experience with Tupiza Tours, can’t wait!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Tupiza Tours is great. They organized our entire trip even our journey from La Paz. You’re going to love it!

  • http://twitter.com/toniwonitravels Toni

    Everyone does the ‘perspective’ photos but it’s because they look SO cool! I don’t care what anyone says – I will (when I eventually get there) spend all day messing around haha Good work guys and well done for spelling Bolivia?! ;)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Right?! I only wish we spent some time looking up other peoples’ photos. There are some creative ones out there.. lol

  • http://www.loveantoinette.com/ Antoinette B.

    Aye Bolivia! From one stunning and amusing photo after another

  • Flora

    I’m so excited to eventually get to the salt flats! And I’ll be keeping the name of your company in mind when I’m there :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      They really are great. We have nothing bad to say and we spent 4-days with them. They really go out of their way to make you comfortable.

  • Jenna

    That sunrise photo is awesome! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it even with the whole no shower thing. That’s something that would bother me too, but I know I just need to get over it because it looks like such an amazing time. The perspective photos are always fun too–I love that you guys brought a spoon! :)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      That sunrise totally made up for the no showering.. lol

  • ellerosetweets

    Hi Guys! I’ve been reading your blog for a while and just love it :) You’re a big inspiration. These photos are brillant – especially the spoon one! I would go here just for these photo opportunities!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Thanks. The photo op was a huge motivator to get me out to Bolivia. Little did I know there was so much to see just getting to the salt flats.

  • http://twitter.com/lea_san lea_san

    Which of the tours in particular did you go for?

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      We went with the 4-day Tupiza to Uyuni tour with ‘Tupiza Tours’.

  • http://travelingted.com/ Traveling Ted

    It looks like you are trying to spell Bolivia although it took a second because the first letter was difficult to decipher. Amazing shots, but you two need to stop consuming each other :)

  • http://traveldestinationbucketlist.com/ Anita Mac

    Great photos! Takes me right back to my tour of Bolivia. Great group effort in spelling Bolivia – well done!

  • http://twitter.com/TheWrldWanderer The World Wanderer

    Amazing! One of the many reasons Bolivia is on my “get to now!” list!

  • http://twitter.com/LolaDiMarco Lauren DiMarco

    i love these photos so much. you eating Gerard OR the two of you jumping…tie!

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      I prefer ninja kicking his butt.. lol. but all fun photos to do while on the flats. :)

  • http://twitter.com/L_e_a_h Leah Travels

    I’ve been waiting patiently for part two. It was worth the wait. SO AWESOME!

  • http://twitter.com/lazytravelers Lazy Travelers

    so coooool!! we really didn’t know much about bolivia until you two started your recaps, either. this is moving it up the list for SURE!

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