How to Visit the Uyuni Salt Flats
The Uyuni Salt flats are reached by a one-hour flight from La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. It is also very common for those traveling to Uyuni to also visit Lake Titicaca, continuing into Peru and the Inca heartland of Cusco and Machu Picchu. La Paz, the highest capital in the world at more than 12,000 feet, is worth taking a moment to explore the old city for a half day in route, either coming or going.
There are a few unique and very comfortable hotels built of salt along the shores of the salar for rest and relaxation after exploring. For those looking for the ultimate, exclusive experience, you can go with a pair of classic airstream campers, complete with chef and guide, on a multiday adventure exploring this unique world of white intermixed with cactus laden islands and ominous volcanos
The Experience on the Salt Flats: Two Seasons, Two Experiences
Between the months of December thru February, the rainy season puts a thin layer of water across the salt flats. It makes for one of the most wondrous star gazing experience you can ever imagine. The skies above make a perfect reflection on the water below, allowing you to stargaze by looking down. The experience is quasi spiritual for many Japanese visitors who have been coming more and more in recent years. April thru October you can generally rely on it being dry and the salt flats become a hard patchwork of hexagonal salt crust that can be driven across in any direction.
Glamping on the Salt Flats in Classic Airstream Campers
There's absolutely nothing as unique, adventurous and comfortable as travelling and lodging in your personal airstream camper on the Uyuni Salt Flats. The pair of airstream campers come with a chef, logistics coordinator and guide allowing you to just relax and take in the surroundings. This means that after a full day of exploration, you're able to sit back with a late afternoon beverage, followed by an excellent dinner, hot showers and comfortable beds; all without ever having to leave the "playa", and enjoying complete flexibility in watching the nightly sky show removed from all lights and society.
How to Integrate the Uyuni Salt Flats into a Larger Exploration of South America
The increasing interest in the Uyuni Salt flats has brought with it daily and reliable flights from La Paz, Bolivia's capital. La Paz can be reached with direct flights from most major South American airports as well as of late from Cusco, Peru. This recent development facilitates with much more ease, traveling to or from Machu Picchu and Cusco following a visit to the Uyuni Salt Flats.
For those travelers interested more in the overland route across the altiplano, you can travel from La Paz to Lake Titicaca and continue into Peru by Belmond train or by private vehicle to Cusco. While it extends your travel time, the cultures, hotels and experiences are beautiful, comfortable and engaging.