Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
At a Glance
Utterly unique experience in one of the world's most haunting landscapes
You have your own private guide, driver and chef
Explore the remoter parts of the pan away from the crowds on foot or by bike
Only available in the dry season from April to mid-November
Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Airstream Uyuni or take a look at our itineraries to La Paz
This surely has to be one of the most surreal accommodation options anywhere on Earth. The indulgence of being completely alone in the vast empty space of the Uyuni salt pan is the whole point of the experience.
The surface of the pan itself is cracked into a billion naturally occurring hexagon shapes. Its appearance can change dramatically: in dry conditions the surface can look like snow or ice while at night it glows with reflected moonlight; when wet it takes on the appearance of a colossal mirror fringed by distant, snow-capped peaks.
The Airstream sleeps two (with the option of a third traveler on a sofa-bed) and is equipped with everything you might need: a bathroom, toiletries, shower with hot water, heater, a comfortable queen-size bed with electric blankets, an iPod dock and a fully stocked mini bar.
It is towed behind a 4x4, and followed by the “teardrop”, a smaller supporting wagon that carries a kitchen and other necessities, which vanishes after dinner, taking chef, driver and guide off to stay in the nearest village at the edge of the salt pan, and leaving you with just a radio and satellite phone in case of an emergency.
Meals are served under an umbrella in the middle of the desert. Breakfast might include freshly squeezed orange and pineapple juices and sweet papayas served alongside fresh coffee, and dinner a juicy roast llama steak, served with some decent Bolivian red wine from the southern region of Tarija.
Having a mobile base makes it easier to explore the area – cycling or trekking across remote parts of the salt flats, visiting local communities or climbing the volcanoes at its edges. Admire ancient villages with colonial churches and quinoa plantations, trek to 800-year-old Aymara fortresses made of red rock, and visit chullpas, pre-Incan tombs, with well-preserved and intact mummies. Watch low-flying flamingos who come to the pan to breed, and llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. At night there is a telescope, and you can gasp at the rings of Saturn in one of the southern hemisphere’s most pristine skies.
Location & Directions
Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
When to go
The Airstream is operational all year. The very best time to go is from May to September, which is the drier season in the Andes. The Airstream may operate a slightly different schedule during the rainy season, which is from late November until beginning of April.