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How to Photograph Salar de Uyuni

How to Photograph Salar de Uyuni

The world's biggest salt flat, the Salar de Uyuni, is a vast salt desert stretching nearly 400 square miles (1,000 square kilometers) in southwest Bolivia. It's a memorizing sight—unearthly beauty that offers endless inspiration for photographers. Here are some tips for capturing the best possible shots.

Use angles and perspective to create optical illusions.

The best way to achieve an optical illusion in your Salar de Uyuni shot is to have one subject super close to your camera and the other further in the distance. As a rule of thumb, the larger subject—a travel companion for instance—should be further away to create the illusion that they’re the same size (or smaller) than your foreground subject.

Pick your season wisely.

During the rainy season, from January to April, the flats are covered in a thin layer of water that creates a mirror-like effect reflecting the sky. Perspective photos tend to be more successful during the dry season when the flat plain of salt helps to trick the eye.

Bring some props.

Inanimate objects can help you create interesting illusions in your images, especially if you’re traveling solo. Toy animals and utensils will do the trick, but don’t be afraid to use your imagination (and whatever you might have tucked into your suitcase).

Get low to the ground.

Don’t be afraid to lay belly down in the salt to get the perspective you need. You want your subjects to look like they’re on the same level, and this is more difficult to pull off if you’re standing or kneeling.

Visit with a local guide.

The Bolivian salt flats are a popular photo op, and a local guide will likely have insider knowledge on the best locations, as well as how to set up some of the most popular optical illusion shots.

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5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure from La Paz

5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure from La Paz

Discover the natural highlights of Bolivia’s desert, a wonderland comprised of geysers, multicolored lagoons, and flamingoes, on a 5-day tour of Salar de Uyuni from La Paz. In a 4x4, you’ll visit the train graveyard of Colchani, take mind-boggling photographs on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, marvel at the vivid red lagoon within Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, and see rock formations that inspired the paintings of Salvador Dali. Accommodation, transportation, and all meals are included.   
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  • 5 days
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US$492.00
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4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats from La Paz to Atacama in Chile

4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats from La Paz to Atacama in Chile

The natural wonderland of southwest Bolivia has no comparison. Travel through magnificent desert landscapes with ease on a 3-night tour of Salar Uyuni, which begin in La Paz and concludes in San Pedro de Atacama. In a 4x4, you’ll take mind-boggling photographs on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, visit the train graveyard of Colchani, see rock formations that inspired the paintings of Salvador Dali and marvel at the vivid red lagoon within Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. Transport, accommodation, and meals are included.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$483.00
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Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour

Uyuni Salt Flats Full Day Tour

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Explore the world's largest salt flat—Salar de Uyuni—on a full-day guided tour. Set out from the city of Uyuni for this immense salt desert, stopping first to see Bolivia's 'train graveyard.' Visit the nearby village of Colchani before embarking upon the flats. Marvel at a hotel made entirely of salt, discover the rocky outcrop of Isla Incahuasi and enjoy a spectacular sunset from this remarkable white-crusted landscape. Don't forget your camera for premium photo ops.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$117.00
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US$117.00

Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats

Day Trip to Uyuni Salt Flats

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Marvel at the largest salt flats in the world on this day tour to the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. Visits to the Salt Hotel, the locomotive graveyard, and Cactus Island included, among others. Enjoy a photoshoot in this unique place and watch an unforgettable sunset before heading back to Uyuni. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Uyuni included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$114.11
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US$114.11

Sunrise at Salar de Uyuni

Sunrise at Salar de Uyuni

Experience the unique splendor of Bolivia’s most alluring natural wonder during a sunrise tour of Salar de Uyuni from Uyuni. Alongside your guide, you’ll head to the world’s largest salt flat and watch the sun rise over the pristine hexagons of salt. Gaze at a seemingly interminable expanse of bright white salt; marvel at the sun’s reflection in pools of water; and capture weird and wonderful photographs of optical illusions created by the Salar de Uyuni. Breakfast and hotel pickup are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$61.54
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US$61.54
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Full-Day Tour to Salar de Uyuni (Maximum 4 people)

Full-Day Tour to Salar de Uyuni (Maximum 4 people)

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Visit one of the world’s largest salt flats in Bolivia during this tour of the Salar de Uyuni salt lake. Along with a visit to the lake, also make your way to Isla Incahuasi, Tunupa volcano, and the Playa Blanca Hotel. With lunch and round-trip transport included and your itinerary made ahead of time, this tour takes the stress out of planning and allows you to concentrate on sightseeing and having fun.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$132.00
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US$132.00
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Uyuni Salt Flats Private Night Tour from Uyuni

Uyuni Salt Flats Private Night Tour from Uyuni

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Make visiting Salar de Uyuni a priority when in Bolivia with this special private evening tour that takes you to one of the world’s largest salt flats. With round-trip transport from Uyuni included, you’ll feel safe to venture out on the roads of a foreign country at night. Your guide takes you right to the flats, so you can take in stunning views of the area under the spectacular starlit sky. This tour also allows you to cozy up with a bottle of wine, and get even closer views of the galaxy with the use of a telescope.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$89.00
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US$89.00
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Private Day Trip Salar de Uyuni

Private Day Trip Salar de Uyuni

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Experience the otherworldly beauty of the world’s largest salt flats on this private full-day tour of Salar de Uyuni. Marvel over the startling scenery of the Great Salt Lake and Tunupa volcano; walk beneath the gigantic cacti of Incahuasi Island, then take a peek into a salt processing plant and watch a salt extraction demonstration. Finally, witness the mesmerizing sunset over the stark white landscape.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$198.00
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US$198.00
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3-Day Uyuni Salt Flat Adventure to San Pedro de Atacama

3-Day Uyuni Salt Flat Adventure to San Pedro de Atacama

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Explore the Uyuni Salt Flat during this 3-day adventure in a 4x4 vehicle, departing from Uyuni and ending in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Accommodations, meals per itinerary, and transportation included.
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  • 3 days
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US$345.00
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US$345.00

3-Day Salar de Uyuni and Bolivian Desert Adventure from Uyuni

3-Day Salar de Uyuni and Bolivian Desert Adventure from Uyuni

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Guaranteed to delight lovers of the outdoors, this 3-day tour of Salar de Uyuni showcases the natural wonders of Bolivia’s desert. Traveling by 4x4, you’ll take mind-boggling photographs on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats, visit the train graveyard of Colchani, see rock formations that inspired the paintings of Salvador Dali and marvel at the vivid red lagoon within Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve. All meals and accommodation are included.
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  • 3 days
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US$327.00
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US$327.00

Uyuni Salt Flats Day Trip by Air from La Paz

Uyuni Salt Flats Day Trip by Air from La Paz

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Witness the enchanting landscape of Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world, on a private full-day tour from La Paz. Fly over some of Bolivia’s most spectacular scenery in an aircraft then visit the captivating Cactus Island to see a plethora of cacti species and exotic flowers. Then, gaze at the glimmering white blanket of salt flats and see the sun shimmer off the incandescent earth. Eat a delicious lunch amid the natural splendor then enjoy the return journey back to La Paz in the comfortable aircraft.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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US$1,041.00
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US$1,041.00
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Private Volcano Tunupa and Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Tour from Uyuni

Private Volcano Tunupa and Uyuni Salt Flats Full-Day Tour from Uyuni

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Marvel at two of Bolivia’s natural wonders on a full-day trip to Salar de Uyuni and the Tunupa Volcano from Uyuni. In a small group limited to 12, you’ll visit the Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes) and explore the surreal landscapes of Salar de Uyuni in a 4x4 vehicle. See, too, the Tunupa Volcano—home to the Cave of the Mummies and surrounded by icy blue lagoons. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$245.39
Price varies by group size
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