Gateway to the natural wonder that is the world’s largest salt flats, Uyuni is a city visited mainly by passer-by tourists. Located in the south-west of Bolivia, the city is known for its militia, its high lithium content and its chilly temperatures. Of course, the salt flats take precedent here, stealing the show with their unusual wonder. Expect geysers, multi-coloured lakes, cacti, volcanoes, three rare species of flamingo and lots of picture taking as you realise there is endless fun to the various optical illusions the flats present!
Some great bonuses in the town itself that you should check out include a grand and quite large street market and an antique train cemetery complete with playground fixtures made of vehicle parts!
While in Uyuni, we took refuge in the Tonito Hotel, which is conveniently located in the centre of the town. It’s about two blocks from the nearest train station, hence it is incredibly close to anywhere and everywhere you wish to explore.
It is one of very few accommodation spots to choose from, although that didn’t matter as we were greeted with a literally warm and very friendly haven in the midst of a freezing, desolate town.
The owners, Sussy and Chris are some of the nicest people you could ever meet, and they really go out of their way to ensure that every single one of their guests is well taken care of during their stay.
Our room was super warm, cosy and comfortable and had a powerful hot shower, which was just what we needed after a long bus ride from Calama. The Wi-Fi connection could be obtained throughout the entire building and there were plenty of chill-out areas throughout the hotel to relax in.
Best of all, it houses so many travellers making their way to the salt flats, meaning there’s a lovely buzz to the place. You can also book one day, two day or three day tours through the hotel to see the flats and the surrounding areas. This takes the hassle out of trying to separate the good from the not-so-good tour companies in Uyuni.
At this stage, you know how much we love our food and I have to say that the food that is served at Tonito Hotel is unbelievable.
Yes, it’s really that good!
There are countless reviews on Tripadvisor praising the breakfast and the pizza that is served in the hotel restaurant. One reviewer goes so far as to say it was the best brekkie in Bolivia – and I totally agree!
The price of breakfast is included in the room rate and includes a buffet of fresh breads, jams, juices, cereals, eggs, and in particular, the most wondrous pancakes you will ever try – I promise. Derived from Chris’s mother’s recipe, they were such a fantastic treat that really added to our stay.
Minuteman pizza is also worth a note, as the pizzas are superb. Freshly made and delicious, guests can sit back in a warm environment with a beer or a glass of wine. Perfection. Prices are also extremely reasonable, so you don’t have to be worrying about where to stock up on food during your stay in Uyuni.
If you want to get in contact with the owners, you can give them a call on 693-3186 or send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org where you can also book tours in advance.