Amazing Landscapes from Salar de Uyuni & the Lakes of Bolivia

I'd heard a lot of good things about the south of Bolivia. One Canadian traveller friend even said it was her absolute favourite moment from a six month trip around South and Central America! So my expectations were high, extremely high, and I know that I am a person who is easily disappointed by high expectations but this was most certainly not one of those times...

The tour lasts for three days; on the first day we visited and explored the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt lake/salt flat in the world! I'd seen salt lakes before in Turkey; a pretty damn huge one in fact, but something was quite different about this one... And the feeling of crossing it was amazing. BUT, while this is the main attraction in the south of Bolivia and of this tour, for me I was even more impressed by the beauty we saw over the next two days. After a night staying in a hotel made out of salt we continued on to see several lakes, volcanoes, drive through endless deserts full of flamingos, llamas, alpacas among other wildlife. For me this is not just the most beautiful place we visited in South America, it's the most beautiful place I've seen in 9 years of travelling and 28 years of being alive!

These are some of the photos I took from this amazing part of the world...

 

Salar de Uyuni Day one: Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni Salt Flats)

Salar de Uyuni salt flats


Salar de Uyuni


No visit to the Uyuni salt lake is complete without a few silly perspective photos...



Salar de Uyuni After hours of driving without seeing even dirt roads, we come across a train track. The trains in Bolivia only run two or three times per week but if you can time it right it is definitely the best way to travel in this country.


Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia


Desert landscape. Salar de Uyuni


Baby llamas Baby llamas with pink earrings... What are these Bolivians trying to do to us?


Baby llama in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Another absolutely adorable baby llama.


Laguna, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Am not sure the name of this lake but the view was spectacular! If anyone knows which laguna this is please leave a comment below.


Red lake of Laguna Colorada This is the view of Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon). The red colour comes from the algae that live in the water.


Guanacos in Laguna Colorada I believe these are called guanacos, another member of the llama family. We actually almost killed one that ran in front of our jeep, luckily it and we were all fine.


Laguna Verde I don't usually bother to take panoramic photos but this 180 degree view was the only way to capture such a landscape. No photo can show what it is really like to be there surrounded by it but this might give you a small idea.

Laguna Verde


Andean flamingosi


Sunset over mountains


Sunrise in the desert Just about worth waking up at 4:30am to a -5 degree morning for...


Volcanic Geysers, South of Bolivia Day three we start heading up an active volcano, as our planet gets even more otherworldly.


Volcanic Geysers


Hot springs Finally after three days in a jeep, at extreme altitudes over 5000m, being sunburned one minute and freezing cold the next; the final stop of the tour involves soaking in a natural hot spring for half an hour...

I took this tour with the company Oasis Tours for around $100 (not including many hidden costs), unfortunately I would not recommend them at all as they lied about many things and worse than anything their driver almost killed us with his dangerous driving... Despite those disappointments nothing can take away from what may be the most beautiful place on Earth... For anyone is interested in taking this tour I will write another article soon with more information, including the story of how we were almost added to the long list of tourists who died on this tour.

So what's the most beautiful place you have seen in your life? For me, Bolivia wins hands down!

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10 comments on “Amazing Landscapes from Salar de Uyuni & the Lakes of Bolivia
  1. Alice says:

    Newest item on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing!

  2. diane says:

    Awesome photos! Thanks so much for posting!

  3. rebecca says:

    AMAZING! wonderful images!

  4. Suki F says:

    I have never heard of that place and it sounds amazing. I wish I could go.

  5. Shakil says:

    1) How do u capture this picture ?
    2)Is it real or edited ?
    3)How can i go in that place ?

    • Dan Norris says:

      Haha Shakil, yes the photos are real. I used my old Canon SX150 as that was all I had at the time but am regretting not to get a better camera before that trip. You can take this tour from either Uyuni in Bolivia or San Pedro de Atacama in Chile for around $100-$150 USD including everything.

  6. MUHSIN says:

    I think it was awesome adventure …..
    I wanna go with ur team ……
    And i wanna capture some rare selfyyyyyyyyyyyyy…..

  7. Dee from Cape Town says:

    Excellent photo’s! Bring back great memories of my trip in 2006.
    I believe the green lake may be Laguna Verde .. usually visited after Laguna Colorado. There is a very notable volcano ‘behind’ Laguna Verde (Licancabur) – in Chile, where NASA apparently test their Mars robots. The lake is green, lifeless and apparently toxic – from a soup of magnesium, ARSENIC, lead and ?? copper.

    • Dan Norris says:

      Thanks! I feel a bit stupid not realizing that Lagua Verde was the green one… haha.

      And I can definitely see why Nasa would test out equipment planned for Mars in that area of the world… It really felt like another planet.

  8. Wow! Really stunning photos. I can see why you weren’t let down!

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