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1. Posted by Grazmataz (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Is mid April to early to visit this attraction and still get beautiful reflective images. Ive been told the best time to go is July-September and just want to know if anyone knows what the lakes are like in April.

2. Posted by aitor (Full Member 102 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I went at the end of July, it was absolutelly fantastic... don't know if it is the best time or not, but the place is a must.



3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5656 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

July-September is best they say, because it's the dry season. But it's actually colder than in januari for example. But things can get flooded around that time. I guess April isn't that bad, a nice shower will give a perfect reflection which you don't have in July.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I saw them both wet and dry, and either way they're fantastic, so it doesn't really matter.

5. Posted by cat009 (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We went at the end of April and it was amazing.

Don't miss Uyuni it is an experience you will never forget.

We stayed in a hostel that overlooked the flats. We got up early to watch the sunrise over the far horizon of the flats and it was beautiful.

Driving out into the vast expanse is strange. We had great fun taking silly photos.

Enjoy your trip.

6. Posted by Grazmataz (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for that. Youve convinced me to go no matter what.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was there in February and most of the flats were covered with a thin film of water which was great for photographs. :)

It was perfect weather.

8. Posted by ester-86 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Me and two friends are also planning to take a trip to Uyuni salt Flats. Is it easy to find a hostel there? Should we book long time before we arriwe? how much does it cost? We wil probably go there inend of April or start of April. Do anyone know how we can have a safe and nice travell in south- america, without knowing to much spanish?? Actually verry verry little!!???! :) Hope someone can answer my questions!!

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5656 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you mean finding a hostel in Uyuni itself (town) then yes, it's very easy to find cheap accomodation. I've slept for only a couple of dollars in a decent room.
In Uyuni you can arrange daytours or tours of 2 to 4 or even 5 days if you want to see the whole southwest circuit. The accomodation will be arranged for you and it's cheap, around 100 dollar or a little more for 4 days, including all meals and drinks, accomodation, transportation etc. etc.
I really would advice tupiza tours. They leave from Uyuni as well, but nicer would be to start in Tupiza and end up in Uyuni, this way you will visit the salt flats the last day which I thought was good.
The last night I spend in a salt hotel, a cheap one by the way. There is another one close to Uyuni but it's very very expensive. And another one that has closed because of environmental problems.
Travelling by yourself instead of taking a tour is almost impossible, you need a rental car and a tent, because most of the accomodation is booked solid by the tours. I even saw some bikers!
you should try to learn some very basic spanish, but don't worry, you always meet people who speak a little english as well.
Bolivia is a safe country, just watch your stuff in places like La Paz and don't step into taxis or other vehicles if they are offered to you. Arrange it yourself.
Cheers and have fun! Michael

10. Posted by miromar (Respected Member 175 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys!

Planning my visit to Uyuni in July and was wondering (as time is always a constraint) is 2 days enough to get a full picture of the place?? Or should i do at least 3?


x x Miromar x x ;)