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Salar de Uyuni

B o l í v i a

 by   Renato Machado

MARCH 2024

A little about this wonderful destination.

Come and discover the magic of Bolivia up close.

The Salar de Uyuni is an area measuring approximately 10,000 to 12,000 km2, the largest salt desert, an imposing and unique place in Bolivia. Known for being the largest lithium reserve on the planet, the “new white gold”, a natural resource essential for the manufacture of batteries, industrial equipment, electric vehicles and in medicine is used in antidepressants. And it is in this place, with eccentric landscapes, that we designed a beautiful itinerary for you, with the Salar de Uyuni being our main attraction, within a circuit that involves beautiful high-altitude lagoons, a hostile desert and magnificent volcanoes.


This itinerary also provides an experience that may vary according to the time of year. In winter (from April to November) the salt flat is a sea of white, in summer (December to March) the rains transform the immensity of salt into a magical mirror effect. In both seasons, the enchantment is extraordinary.


Ready to photograph the largest salt desert on the planet?

Be my guest   and come and photograph the beauties of Bolivia.





Period:  25th to 30th of  March 2024




Investment: U$ 3,200.00 (accommodation in a double room)

U$3,900.00 (accommodation in single room)




Target Audience: Interested in landscape photography, drone photography,  wildlife, astrophotography, travel and nature.

Renato Machado Photos


Day 1:  03/25/2024 (Monday) Saint Peter of Atacama


Our adventure to Salar Uyuni begins in San Pedro de Atacama. Everyone will be received at Calama Airport in Chile for an exclusive transfer to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama (1 hour and 30 minutes), where our starting point will be at Salar Uyuni. The Phototour begins with a Briefing after dinner and then a well-deserved rest.


Note: everyone must be available at Calama airport for the transfer, by 6 pm.

Day 2:03/26/2024 (Tuesday) Laguna Blanca, Vilamar and Laguna Catal.

Right after breakfast we will head to the Bolivian border in Hito Cajón where we will carry out all the immigration procedures. Then we will head to Eduardo Abaroa Park with the aim of photographing the wonderful Laguna Blanca. Then, after a 3-hour journey, we will stop for lunch in Villamar.


After our delicious lunch, we will head to Laguna Catal, our last attraction on the first day of this great adventure. After sunset we went to the hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 3: 03/27/2024 (Wednesday) Train Cemetery or Isla Incahuasi, Colchani, Dakar monument and Salar de Uyuni.


Right after breakfast, our destination will be the Train Cemetery or Isla Incahuasi (depends on the level of rainfall in the Salar). After beautiful captures, we continued for a relaxed moment at the Colchani crafts fair. Next,  We will continue to the Dakar Monument, where we will stop for lunch.


After lunch, we will head to the long-awaited  Salar de Uyuni, where we will capture many images until sunset.


End of activities. We will proceed to the hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 4: 03/28/2024 (Thursday) Salar de Uyuni, Povoado San Juan, Mirante Volcán Ollagüe and Lagunas Altiplánicas: Laguna Cañapa, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Honda.


We will leave before breakfast with the aim of photographing the sunrise at Salar de Uyuni. Then, after a quick coffee box, we will head to Povoado San Juan for 3 hours, where we can photograph the local architecture and Bolivian traditions.


Next, after lunch, we will head to the Mirante Volcán Ollagüe or Valle das Rocas (depending on the level of flooding in the Salar).

To end the day, we will pass through Lagunas Altiplánicas, Laguna Cañapa, Laguna Hedionda and Laguna Honda where we will close with sunset. After this beautiful and long day of photography, we will head to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: 03/29/2024  (Friday) Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde and São Pedro de Atacama.

Our last day of Phototour. We will leave right after breakfast heading to Laguna Colorada. After many captures, we will head to Laguna Verde.


Finishing our phototour, we will head to the border between Chile and Bolivia with the final destination of São Pedro de Atacama for lunch. The overnight stay will be in São Pedro de Atacama.


Day 6: 03/30/2024 (Saturday) End of Phototour


After breakfast we will head for our transfer to Calama airport. End of Phototour. Transfer to Calama airport.


Note: everyone must book return flights after 2pm


Fabio Bittar , São José dos Campos

“I've been on two other Phototours with Renato Machado. The experiences lived in those days will be carried forever."

Paulo Madeira  , São Paulo 

Marcelo Bargiela , São Paulo

“It was simply fantastic. His work in choosing the location, itinerary and monitoring revealed care and respect.”


I'm Renato Machado

photographer and author of  books  Secret Landscapes of Southern Brazil and Canyons and Balloons, he has dedicated himself to photography for over 10 years.

During this time, he traveled through the Sahara Desert, Egypt, Norway, Easter Island, the Polynesian Archipelago, however  It was in 2015, after a trip to Patagonia, that his passion became a serious matter in his life, and he specialized in landscape photography. Born in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, 

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Cancellation Policy

To confirm the expedition, a minimum number of 6 participants will be required. If the contractor withdraws, on the trip,  the deposit amount will not be refundable. Confirming the group, the signal value will be deducted from the input.

If the trip does not take place due to force majeure, a new date suggestion will be presented. If the contractor is not available, the amount paid to date will be fully refunded.


If the registrant withdraws, he/she must formalize in writing  to email


Other variations to the cancellation policy will be handled as follows:

- Up to  90 (ninety) days before the trip  payment of  down payment  of 40% (forty percent);

- More than 45 (forty-five) days  and less than 90 (ninety) days of the trip fine of 60% (sixty percent) of the contracted amount;

- Less than 45 (forty-five) days before the start of the trip will not provide the right to a refund of the amounts paid.

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