Taking you beyond the guidebook

Inspiring you to live your best life through travel

The Lesser-Known Sites Of Salar de Uyuni In Bolivia

While many people know of the famous Salar de Uyuni 3-day 4×4 tour to see the salt flats in Uyuni, Bolivia, the other amazing sites of the journey often get overlooked. After experiencing the tour for myself, I feel these other natural wonders and rare landscapes are deserving of attention, as well.

I booked my tour with Cordillera Traveller, a higher-rated tour operator. Like all Salar de Uyuni tours, however, you should be prepared for extreme cold, high altitiude, guides who only speak Spanish, very basic accommodations, spotty electricity and plumbing and simple meals. You’re making your way across the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa and the Siloli Desert, so you’re really in the middle of nowhere. While you’ll have to rough it, the spectacular sites are worth the small amounts of discomfort.

The journey encompasses many rare attactions. There are the numerous colorful lagoons, my favorite being Laguna Colorada, a hot pink lagoon due to the pink algae in the water. It is filled with flamingos, hot springs and spots of blue, yellow and white. There were also a mixture nonactive and active volcanoes, Sol de Manana, an enormous geyser, Rocas de Salvadore Dali, named after the area’s resemblance to the artist’s paintings, Arbol de Piedra, an unworldly rock tree, the Train Cemetery, filled with antique trains once used to transport minerals, and Valles de las Rocas, an immense rock valley of odd stone formations. For some luxury, we also visited Polques, a hot spring that we were able to go into. My advice is, no matter how freezing you are and how much you can’t bear the thought of stripping down into a bathing suit, go in the hot spring, as it warms the inside of your body. As the group visited each site, it was hard for me to understand how this part of the tour often goes unmentioned. And once the tour was complete, I felt extremely lucky that I had gotten such a unique opportunity.

For a visual idea of the experience, check out the gallery below.

Jessie Festa standing in front of grafitti wall

Hi, I’m Jessie on a journey!

I take you beyond the guidebook to inspire you to live your best life through travel. Come join me!

travel funsheets

Want to live your best life through travel?

Subscribe for FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

2 Comments

  1. Brigid on July 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    How great was Polques! So glad I braved the cold to have a soak. On our tour we got really lucky and were the only group to arrive at the hot-springs during the evening. This meant we were able to enjoy the thermal baths with a couple of beers while gazing at the clearest night sky I’ve ever seen, not to mention a lovely sleep in the next morning! An experience I’ll never forget. Amazing photos btw 🙂

    • jess2716 on July 30, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      @Brigid: With beers?! WHAT? Jealous. Ours was much quicker. I think we were there for maybe 20 minutes max ha. Was still awesome, but would have been great to enjoy what you’re describing. What tour company did you go with?

Leave a Comment





map

THE NEW STRATEGY FOR PROFITABLE TRAVEL BLOGGING

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? This FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

travel funsheets

Sign up for my email list and get FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

Success! You'll be receiving your resource library login information soon.

free email course

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? Sign up for my email list and get this FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

You have successfully subscribed! Check your inbox for your course welcome email. Make sure to add jessie@jessieonajourney.com to your contacts so it doesn't go to spam.

free email course

You DON’T need a partner to explore the globe. Learn how to feel confident while mastering the art of traveling by yourself by signing up for my email list and getting this FREE e-mail course.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

travel funsheets

Sign up for my email list and get FREE access to my library of fun blogging worksheets and learn how to get paid to travel more!

Success! You'll be receiving your resource library login information soon.

free email course

Short on time but eager to learn how to REALLY grow your blogging business? Sign up for my email list and get this FREE 5-day email course was made for you.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

multi-season packing list

Want to add more travel to your life? Sign up for my email list and get these resources to help you plan your trip smart, pack light and go beyond your guidebook.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

free email course

You DON’T need a partner to explore the globe. Learn how to feel confident while mastering the art of traveling by signing up for my email list and getting this FREE e-mail course.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Explore NYC travel guidebook

I'm a native New Yorker, licensed sightseeing guide and curious explorer. Sign up for my email list and get my FREE Explore NYC Like A Local Guide and I promise to take you beyond the Empire State Building.

You have successfully subscribed! Check your inbox for the FREE Explore NYC Like A Local Guide. If you don't see it in the next few minutes, check your spam folder for a message from jessie@jessieonajourney.com. Hint: Replying to the welcome email you'll receive helps ensure my emails to you go to your inbox, and not to spam! :)

Read previous post:
Hostel Review: The Adventure Brew B&B, La Paz, Bolivia

I don't think I really need to explain why I chose to stay at The Adventure Brew B&B in La...

Close