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Uyuni is a town on the Bolivian Altiplano at roughly 3,600 metres above sea level. The town itself doesn't have much to offer, but the surrouding landscapes are one of the most beautiful in the world.
Uyuni is the starting point for tours towards the Uyuni Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni). The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert in the world and the result of a prehistoric lake that dried out around 40,000 years ago. It represents one of the most superb sites to visit in the world. It is located at approximately 3,650 metres above sea level in the State of Potosí, in the Bolivian Altiplano (highlands). As the salt land is so flat, it is used as a transport route through the Bolivian Altiplano.
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In Uyuni itself (or just outside as a matter of fact) is the train cemetery.
Uyuni has a harsh arid climate. Rain only falls from December to early March, the rest of the year is as dry as a bone. The best time to visit is the dry season from April untill November, though the second half of the period is better because temperatures are higher from late August onwards. Nights from May till early August can drop to -20 °C and average about -12 °C.
Buses connect Uyuni to Oruro, La Paz, Tupiza, Sucre, Potosi, Santa Cruz and many other places throughout the country.
The touristic infrastructure is solid with hotels for all travellers. For example, people may stay in one of the marvelous hotels built entirely of salt located in or near the salt flat, or in other picturesque 3 or 4-star hotels in Uyuni, with all facilities, including private toilets with hot water, heating and laundry. Hostels are also available for budget travellers.
|Hotel de Sal||Salar de Uyuni Colchani||Hotel||-|
|Luna Salada Hotel||A7 km de Colchani/to 7km. from Colchani Town Salar||Hotel||-|
|Piedra Blanca Backpackers Hostel||Av. Arce N� 27||HOSTEL||73|
|Ecologe Tambo Coquesa||Camacho No. 19 (Central) Salar de Uyini||HOTEL||-|
|Los Flamencos Hotel Ecologico||Laguna Hediona Camacho No. 19||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Girasoles||Av. Santa Cruz 155||HOTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
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