Salar de Uyuni is one of the world’s most mesmerizing sights. It spans 4,085 square miles, the air is brisk, and its flat, snowy-white terrain goes on for miles—looking virtually endless to the human eye. Take your special someone at sunrise, and this celestial location will look even more heavenly.
Here are four reasons to book a Uyuni sunrise tour:
There is no light pollution here, the air is clean and the sky is so wide that, at dawn, all you have is you and the sunrise. On a Uyuni sunrise tour, the sun will illuminate the salt fields and ignite the whole sky in a blaze of colors. It’s fiery. It’s whimsical. Your most beautiful photos won’t ever do it justice. And most of all, it’s surreal.
The white salty surface makes for a celestial experience, and it changes throughout the year. From June to November, which is “dry” season, salt particles on the flat form interesting shapes that sparkle in the early morning light. From December to May (when it’s “wet” season!), a thin layer of water turns Uyuni into a mirror. During a Uyuni sunrise tour, that mirror will offer a perfect reflection of the vibrant sky above.
No matter where you stay, you’ll have to drive out to get the best sunrise view. Contact Surtrek, the leader in custom South American travel, and they can provide or recommend a guide to drive you out there and show you a multitude of things to see or do along the way. Cars can drive right on the flats, and as the sun starts to rise, you can take in the red lakes, Andes mountains, volcanoes and wildlife all around you. One must-see spot is Incahuasi Island, which has an unforgettable 360-degree viewpoint of Salar de Uyuni from the top, as well as a direct view of Tunupa Volcano.
If you’re going to be getting up that early for your Uyuni sunrise tour, it pays to stay close by. Going with the theme, we recommend a salt hotel! There are salt hotels all over the area, but Palacio de Sal is undeniably the most popular. It sits right near the salt flats and has walls made of salt bricks, salt roofs that look like the inside of an igloo, and headboards, pillars and stairs all made of salt. Palacio de Sal is a luxury hotel with observation decks, bespoke furniture, a clubhouse, a fancy restaurant with tuxedoed waiters, and most surprising, reservation rates that won’t break your bank.
Don’t know where to start planning? Ask the experts at Surtrek to help you pick the best Uyuni sunrise tour for you.