By far the most visited tourist attraction in Bolivia, the salar de Uyuni is salty, flat and incredibly huge, covering over ten thousand square kilometers. We caught an overnight bus to Uyuni and sought out a tour – booking ahead is for chumps. There are a ridiculous number of companies that offer identical tour packages for the salt flats, making it a complete crapshoot when deciding which to go with. After speaking with a few different agents and hearing the exact same description but with wildly varying prices, we decided to go with the second-cheapest and most racially-appealing option, World White Tours. The next morning we met our driver Pepe (who we were ensured was not a drunk) and the rest of our group, consisting of Luiz and Renata from Brazil, Casey from the U S of A and Gabriella from Israel (and a bunch of other places) and headed out of town.
All in all, I’d say the tour was worth doing. A shorter half-day tour would have been enough to see just the salt flat, but the three day deal packed in a variety of unique and stunning scenery making it a worthwhile upgrade. Although things were a bit rushed, it was a relatively cheap and practical way to check things out while making our way into Chile.
We’re now in the small border town of San Pedro de Atacama and the difference from Bolivia is already so clear; we’re back in the first world, complete with boutique teashops, fancy restaurants, and washrooms stocked with toilet paper (what luxury!). Thanks Bolivia, it was fun, but Chile awaits!
Until next time, keep bein' chili!