Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats
What a journey to be able to see a unique place on earth.
This Private expedition will show you the most important places to see around Uyuni Salt Flats.
- La Paz
- Uyuni Salt Flats
- Isla del Sol
- Astro Photography
- Wild Flamingos / Alpacas, Viguñas …
- High Lakes, Geysers
WHEN TO VISIT UYUNI
Uyuni in the dry season: the world’s biggest blue screen
Uyuni is a high-altitude desert and it receives zero rainfall April thru September and only a smattering of drizzle in October and November. From June till at least November, the salt flats are rock hard and extremely easy to drive on. This means you’ll be able to get around with no hassles and will be assured of visiting the ‘islands’ (outcrops of cacti), caves and volcanoes that are included on our itinerary
The dry season is also the best time to take hilarious, perspective-shifting photos as the pure white backdrop serves as Nature’s version of the blue screen. The lack of cloud cover means that both sunblock and warm clothing – especially in the chilliest months of June, July and August – are essential.
Uyuni in the wet season: the world’s biggest mirror
Uyuni receives less than 5 inches of rain per year, but the vast majority of this falls between December and April. Because the salt is so darned hard, this water has nowhere to go and by February or March, the salar becomes one giant knee-deep puddle.
All the water makes getting around a bit harder (we provide waterproof boots!), so come prepared for the fact that you may not be able to reach some parts of the salar, most notably Incahuasi ‘island’. The spectacular mirror-effect created by all that water more than makes up for any hardships – the rainy season is an extremely popular time to visit, so be sure to book well in advance. Uyuni’s sunrises and sunsets are always incredible, but in the wet season, they become truly otherworldly. That word again.
Best of both worlds?
For many visitors, the ideal scenario is to visit when there is enough water around to experience the mirror effect but not so much as to hamper your movement completely. Traditionally this meant visiting in April or May but changes in weather patterns (see below) make planning a bit trickier.
- Pick-up and drop-off at La Paz Airport.
- Private Transport the whole way. Apart of the night bus.
- Entrance fees to the national parks.
- Food: Lunch and dinner from day 3 to 5, breakfast and dinner day 2.
- All accomodation. (Shared dorm)
- Professional photography guide every step of the way
- Professional local guide in Uyuni.
- Landscape, Environmental Portraiture and Astro Photography (if the weather allows for it)
WHAT TO BRING
- Your Photography gear.
- Warm clothes for the night and the morning ( gloves, beanie, winter jackets, winter socks ) Rain coat in case of bad luck. Good comfortable walking shoes.
- Headlamp for walking in the dark, essential!
- Sharp eyes and your smile!
- Mid-range zoom to cover a variety of focal lengths
- Wide angle for landscape opportunities and astro-photography (f 2.8 or wider works best)
- Tripod for landscape shots and astro
- Filters for landscapes (ND, Grad ND and CPL recommended)
Departure/Return LocationLa Paz, Bolivia
What to wearComfortable seasonal clothing & shoes
IncludedAccommodationEntrance FeesGuideLunchMealsPhoto AssistanceTransport
Not IncludedExtrasInsuranceLocal Flights
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