Visit the Southern Altiplano, Bolivia
Far off the beaten track, this stark and surreal landscape makes for a bumpy, windy yet completely captivating few days.
The adventure begins on the track to the sequestered town of Uyuni with its outlying ‘train cemetery’, where the skeletons of steam locomotives rust in the sun.
Continuing south, strange rock formations rise up from the desert, mud geysers bubble and wisps of smoke curl out of sleeping volcanoes.
Flamingos strut around lakes of bizarre but beautiful hues of red, blue, green and white.
Salar de Uyuni
A blinding sheet of white awaits you at the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt lake, where you are in a simple world of blueness and whiteness, or even more bizarrely where seasonal waters can reflect the sky and dissolve the horizon.
Sip coca tea sitting on an island in the sea of salt that is covered in giant cacti, take a dip in a natural thermal pool overlooked by volcanoes, stay in a hotel made entirely of salt - it all makes for an unearthly adventure.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Southern Altiplano
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Southern Altiplano, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Chile, Bolivia and Peru
Map of the Southern Altiplano
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Accommodation choices for the Southern Altiplano
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Southern Altiplano. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Located on the western shores of the Uyuni salt lake, the unique Stone Hotel was inspired by its location near the pre-Columbian village of San Pedro de Quemez and is constructed of local stone and volcanic sand.
The Luna Salada (literally the 'Salt Moon') is made entirely from salt blocks and enjoys stunning views across the salt flats.
Ideally located for visits to the lagoons of the region, the Hotel del Desierto is the only real option in the area and just 40 minutes from Laguna Colorada.
The Deluxe Airstream Camper is a unique way of experiencing the salt flats. The campers are fully equipped and have an electricity supply, heating and inside toilet.