Salar de Uyuni Hot Springs, active Geysers, and Volcanoes

Salar de Uyuni Hot Springs, active geysers and volcanoes in Bolivia, all of which add to their mysterious beauty and intrigue. The most famous geyser are located at Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve (REA),  and it spouts out water with a temperature of over 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Salar de Uyuni Hot Spring? What are they?

The Salar de Uyuni Hot Springs are believed to have been formed when magma from an ancient volcano cooled down and created pockets of heated water below the surface. Visitors to this location can take a dip in these steaming waters or simply enjoy watching as they bubble and steam away. So, if you are traveling to see hot springs, take a swimsuit with you!

Salar de Uyuni Hot springs are found in places with hot lands within deserts. The most common are the thermal waters of Polques, which are small tourist complexes that have 2 or 3 pools where tourists can rest in the morning, afternoon or night.

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Accommodations near Salar de Uyuni Hot Springs & Active Geysers

In the same place where hot springs are, there is 3 hostels that are  clean and hygienic where one can spend the night. so these two places are located in the middle of the desert and they are very close to this place (40 minutes or 1 hour away) they are the best places to discover moments to have the best photographs.

One of the hostel, is called Hostal Piedritas, it is basic hostel that has all the facilities, like hot water, towels, private rooms with private bathrooms which is an interesting option for people who want to visit these places within the desert.

The entrance to the Salar de Uyuni hot springs is Bs 6 ( less than USD 1) and includes baths and you can rent towels or robes for Bs 20 or Bs 10 depending on the size of the towels. The place is quite pretty, they have a view with a beautiful lagoon with flamingos, llamas and vicuñas at an altitude of 4000 to 6000 meters above sea level.

Geysers? What are they?

When it comes  to geysers, there are only 1000 in the world and the majority is in Yellow Stone. However, in Bolivia, they are geysers too. The geysers in Bolivia are impressive and very interesting to see, but they are very dangerous. To visit this attraction you will at least need 3 days, what we recommended is 5 days to explore desert areas and more places in Uyuni.

Geysers are natural phenomena that occur when superheated water beneath the earth’s surface is expelled violently as steam, shooting up through vents in the ground. These geyser eruptions can be spectacularly powerful and are caused by sudden shifts in pressure due to seismic activity. It’s also surrounded by bright red algae that give the lake its spectacular colors.

You may think that this is just one attraction with a couple of geysers but there are many of them in a quite large complex that looks like you are in Mars or in another planet. The altitude of these geysers is approximately is 5000 meters above sea level. It is a place that have allot of minerals and that’s why you will smell allot of sulfur.

Where can I Find Geysers in Bolivia?

In the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. The semi-desert land embraces volcanic landscapes, mystic lagoons with waters having unique properties, and hundreds of species of flora and fauna, both endangered and endemic. It is no surprise that REA is Bolivia’s most-visited protected area, drawing a community of environmentalists from around the world, determined to keep its natural wonders preserved for future generations.

Visitors flock to this place, enchanted by its natural beauty, and stunned by its rare geothermal formations, like the majestic Sol de la Mañana geyser. The area is also a paradise for adventure seekers, who love to hike, trek, and explore in a unique environment with impressive views. REA will not only leave you with a sense of amazement but also with a deep respect for nature and a desire to preserve it for generations to come. If you want to explore this region, here’s a 3 day tour you can check: Uyuni 3 days tour

When is it best to visit the Geysers?

Generally they are available all year around, but the most interesting moment to visit this natural phenomenon has to be in the morning at sunrise, to watch the dawn, make sure you have warm cloth because its cold but its impressive when the sun rises matches with  the sulfur from geysers.

Another epic time to see the geysers  is in late afternoon but temperatures are extreme, wind conditions it’s not favorable for pictures that you have into mind.

Another awesome time  for visiting the geysers is at 12:00 pm(the tours from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni visits midday schedules) it’s perfect timing for take color description photos; colors become over saturated giving an impression as if you were on another planet. Get the best photos for this epic adventure.

Volcanoes in Uyuni?

While people enjoy visiting these places, it is important to remember that they are still potentially dangerous due to their unpredictable nature; visitors should always follow safety advice given by local authorities before venturing into volcano territory. Here are some volcanoes that are a must see in your trip to Uyuni:

The Licancabur Volcano:

is one of the most impressive places in South America. Its perfect conical shape and its stunning crater, which holds a lake, make it an unforgettable destination for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts.

But the Licancabur Volcano’s importance goes beyond its historical and cultural significance. NASA scientists have been drawn to its unique terrain and volcanic activity, hoping to find insights into what potential life might be like on Mars. Furthermore, climbers from all over the world come to Licancabur to test their skills on its rocky slopes.

 Uturuncu Volcano:

Uturuncu Volcano is a fascinating natural wonder that pulls in adventurers and nature enthusiasts from around the world. Its majesty extends far beyond its impressive 6020 meters above sea level. This volcano holds an immense magma lake, underground, that could potentially form a massive volcano, making it one of Bolivia’s most significant geological sites. Also, it is one of the most exciting volcano in Bolivia.

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In conclusion, if you are coming to Uyuni, this is definitely a must see spot; it’s an incredible experience and you will be able to see all different deserts and it’s as if you were visiting Iceland but in just one day. Don’t miss out on this amazing experience!

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