Destination Uyuni

Uyuni is a town in the Potosí Department in the south of Bolivia. It lies on the cold, windswept Altiplano, a high intermontane plateau, at 3665 m (12,024 f) above sea level, just east of the vast Uyuni Salt Flat. Founded in 1890, it prospered, with the assistance of Slav and Syrian colonists, as a railroad junction and mining and market centre. The town has a population of 10,600 (2006 official estimate). The town has an extensive street-market as it serves as a major commercial center for the whole region, and supplies the numerous nearby mining operations, biggest of which is the silver mine at San Cristobal. There is little agriculture in the area, because water supplies are scarce and somewhat saline. It is an important transport hub, being the location of a major railway junction. The old steam locomotives can be seen at the nearby Train Graveyard. Today the town's primary function is as a gateway for tourists visiting the world's largest salt flats - the Salar de Uyuni.



You can see some photographs from Uyuni and its surroudnings here, and you can visit Uyuni with one of our following tours:

  • 13 days - Short Circuit (TE13-01)
  • 18 days - Archeological Circuit (TE18-01)
  • 20 days - Medium Circuit (TE20-01)
  • 27 days - Unesco Circuit (TE27-01)
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