Salt Flats Entrance | Tourist Attraction

Bolivia

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Last Visited: over 1 year ago
GPS: -20.311905, -66.975874
Altitude: 3655.3 masl

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You can definitely drive your own vehicle to this spot to get to the edge of the salt flats. Police told us we couldn't drive into the flats because there was too much water but you can absolutely drive to this location and get the experience without paying $100 a head for a tour.

It's actually quite deep water just west of this location, so likely your car would never make it far into the flats; however, you can drive up to the edge no issue whatsoever. It's actually a pretty decent gravel road out past the city limit towards the flats.

We paid a 5bols toll between here and Uyuni.

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We are in the wet season so a lot of it is covered in water. There were road paths 85% dry that you could drive in a 2WD (following where other vehicles had been) but the further in you go, the more water there is. This time of year, we recommend coming in a high clearance vehicle so you can have peace of mind. It was a fun day regardless...we thought the water made it even more lovely! We took off our shoes and walked in the water puddles (some of the salt was soft like sand and other parts were rough like pointy rocks). Beautiful place! We came in our own vehicle so it was free. The dirt road to get here is not in the best shape, FYI.

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As previously said, you can drive until here, it's where begin the salt flat.
After this you have some water at this period of the year, but with my bike I try and it was ok. (of course I had salt everywhere after, but a good wash and it's ok)
I would say between 30 and 45 centimeters maximum (if you don't chose the good path)

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no water at this time of the year (only few and small puddle just at the entrance)

very easy and safe driving. Enjoy

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Still water at the Entrance/Exit. Luckily we had a rental car. All the bautiful salt crusts were destroyed of the massive car impact.

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We met travelers and mechanics who told us we could drive on the Salar with our basic 2WD van (Chevrolet N300) because we were in dry season. We did, it was extremely easy (more than some gravel roads because there is no rocks and not a lot of holes), and spent a extraordinary moment : alone in the middle of this white desert, with total silent, magnificent sunset, night sky full of stars, sunrise and wonderful views on the mountains and mirages in the horizon... If it’s dry season and if you have your own vehicle, you have to try this !

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We came in and out of the Salar these two days without problems. It is dry:)
We've been following traces of cars already marked so we don't get in somewhere and it's Top.

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no water in dry season just follow the road which turns into an obvious salt track. once it's all white drive wherever you want. a great entrance/exit in the North end if the Salar near the other salt hotel near Tahua

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You can definitely drive your own vehicle to this spot to get to the edge of the salt flats. Police told us we couldn't drive into the flats because there was too much water but you can absolutely drive to this location and get the experience without paying $100 a head for a tour.

It's actually quite deep water just west of this location, so likely your car would never make it far into the flats; however, you can drive up to the edge no issue whatsoever. It's actually a pretty decent gravel road out past the city limit towards the flats.

We paid a 5bols toll between here and Uyuni.

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