Sunday, June 17, 2018


In our own limitations, we dreamt of reaching the heavens by flying the skies, only to fall short of the endeavor due to the vastness of space. As unreachable as this place we can only view from afar is, there is one location in Bolivia which reflects the heavens, it almost feels like you are walking on the heaven itself—the Salar de Uyuni. [Read: Copacabana to Isla del Sol : Pilgrimage to the Ancient Inca Holy Site]


Salar de Uyuni is not necessarily a giant mirror meant to imitate the one place which we could not reach. Nothing in it is even remotely human manipulated as everything in it are as natural as they come. In a simple description, Salar de Uyuni is just a rather expansive salt flat, the largest even in all corners of the globe.


But as awesome as this place is, the salt flat as we know it today may actually have taken different form back in the years now long gone. Specifically, it was believed that this place was once a massive lake but has gotten dried out throughout time. Yet, dried in this context does not mean that the place is devoid of natural water.


At its dry state, this salt flat is a landscape of mostly white resulting from the large deposition of salt on the ground that itself easily gives focus on the surrounding expanse and the amazing sky. 


At its wet state, however, things make for a different turn as the ground shifts itself into a mirror which inevitably reflects the image of the sky and the domineering features of the surrounding land. Yet, while it mimics, the real breath-taking views about the place is not seeing one’s reflection on the mirroring ground but rather are the duplicating panorama formed by viewing a place being mirrored from afar.


Although we have the science and the knowledge why this phenomenon happens—albeit quite exclusively to this land—the experience is nonetheless surreal which evokes a child-like wonder and being mesmerized, all while basking in all its magnificence. For a heightened encounter, however, traversing the shiny ground mirror is a must as it gives the impression of you traversing the sky and its clouds.



But, while tourists indeed frequent this place for its jaw-dropping mirages, Salar de Uyuni is still a salt flat. Meaning, another good reason why this place is so significant is due to its rich deposits of salt. 



In fact, for the people of the nearby town of Colchani, the Salar de Uyuni is a treasure trove of salt which is responsible to the 20,000 tons of produced salt in the country annually. Although massive, a large portion of this produce is still relatively consumed.


On the other hand, it is not just the salt that are abundant in this place, part of Bolivia’s economy is fueled by this place’s rich concentration of lithium which is an element in-demand for developing electronic gadgets. Current estimate suggests that Salar de Uyuni’s stock of lithium is still good for extraction in the next 100 years.

How to Go to Salar de Uyuni?


From La Paz, you can take a 45-minute flight to Uyuni or you can also opt to take an overnight bus. A number of bus companies operate this route but it is highly recommended that you book online because seats might not be available when you buy a ticket on the same day of your departure.[Read: La Paz - Uyuni - La Paz Bus Schedule and Fare]

I also advise that you book a tour in advance so someone can pick you up when you arrive in Uyuni. This is ideal if you are taking a tour upon arrival in Uyuni. 


From La Paz, Bolivia, Cusco can be reached by bus passing through the Copacabana and Puno border. The travel time is around 10 hours but can be more if the bus has stopover. Some buses have stopover in Copacabana, Bolivia or Puno, Peru. Here's the schedule of bus trips from La Paz to Cusco and Cusco to La Paz.


Schedule of bus trips and fare from La Paz to Cusco. Book your ticket now.

Bus Company Departure from La Paz Arrival in Cusco Fare
Bolivia Hop 7am 6am (+1) USD39
Nueve Continente 7:30am 9:30pm USD29
Trans Salvador 4:30pm 5am USD34
Tour Peru 4:30pm 5:30am USD28

Schedule of bus trips and fare from Cusco to La Paz. Book your ticket now.

Bus Company Departure Cusco  Arrival in La Paz Fare
Trans Salvador 10pm 1pm (+1) USD34
Tour Peru 10pm 3pm (+1) USD29
Bolivia Hop 10pm 10:30pm(+1) USD59
Nuevo Continente 10:30pm 2:30pm (+1) USD37

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Uyuni, Bolivia is home to the world's largest salt flat. Is is about 9 hours by bus from La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. Here's the bus schedule, fare and travel time from La Paz to Uyuni and Uyuni to La Paz.


Bus schedule from La Paz to Uyuni, Bolivia. Book your ticket now.

Bus Company Departure from La Paz Arrival in Uyuni Fare
Trans Omar 8pm 6am USD15
Panasur 8pm 6am USD24
Cruz del Norte 8:30pm 6:30am USD22
Todo Turismo 9pm 7:30am USD36

Bus schedule from Uyuni to La Paz, Bolivia. Book your ticket now.

Bus Company Departure Uyuni  Arrival in La Paz Fare
Trans Omar 7:30pm 6am USD15
Panasur 8:30pm 6am USD24
Cruz del Norte 8:30pm 6:30am USD22
Todo Turismo 8pm 6:30am USD36

Copacabana is a coastal town in Bolivia and the jump-off point to Isla del Sol, the Island of the Sun. Here's the bus schedule from La Paz to Copacabana and Copacabana to La Paz from different bus companies. [Read: A Visit to Isla del Sol and Copacabana]


Bus schedule, travel time and fare from La Paz to Copacabana in Bolivia. Book your ticket now.

Bus Company Departure from La Paz Arrival in Copacabana Fare
Vicuna Travel 7:30am 11:30am USD5
Turisbus 7:30am 11:30am USD19
Trans Titicaca 8am 12pm USD5
Diana Tours 8am 12pm USD5
Trans Titicaca 1:30pm 5:30pm USD5

Bus schedule, travel time and fare from Copacabana to La Paz in Bolivia. Book your ticket now.

Bus Company Departure Copacabana  Arrival in La Paz Fare
Trans Titicaca 1:30pm 5:30pm USD6
Vicuna Travel  1:30pm 5:30pm USD5
Diana Tours 1:30pm 5:30pm USD5
Turisbus 1:30pm 6pm USD19
Trans Titicaca 6:30pm 10:30pm USD7

La Paz, Bolivia is about 4-5 hours away from Puno, Peru. It's a popular route for tourists who want to see both Peru and Bolivia. The travel time is sometimes long because some of the buses have a long stop in Copacabana. Here's the schedule of bus trips from La Paz to Puno and Puno to La Paz from different bus companies. 


La Paz, Bolivia to Puno, Peru Bus Schedule. Book your tickets now.


Bus Company Departure from La Paz  Arrival in Puno Fare
Bolivia Hop 7am 8pm USD30
Nuevo Continente Internacional 7:30am 12:30pm USD25
Trans Titicaca 8am 4pm USD13
Trans Titicaca 1:30pm 8:30pm USD15
Tour Peru  4:30pm 9:30pm USD15
Trans Salvador 4:30pm 10pm USD22

Puno, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia Bus Schedule. Book your tickets now.


Bus Company Departure from Puno  Arrival  La Paz Fare
Tour Peru 6:45am 3pm USD15
Bolivia Hop 8:30am 10:30pm USD50
Trans Titicaca 1:30pm 10:30pm USD21