Hostels in Uyuni, Bolivia

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Get to know Uyuni (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Uyuni. To help you make friends with Uyuni before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Uyuni is a small town in the middle of nowhere in the south of Bolivia. It used to be a mining centre with an active train system. So, you can visit the train cemetery at the end the town and see the many rusty steam train remains left there.

Nowadays if you make it to a hostel in Uyuni, it is because you really wanted to get there. The trains are very scarce and you have to endure several hours of dirt road in a derelict bus if you have not hired a (very expensive) four-wheel drive vehicle in La Paz.

Currently Uyuni relies almost solely on tourists to stay alive. It is the main hub to the world class Salar (the largest inland salt lake in the world, though it's dry most of the time). Numerous agencies sell trips to the lake ranging from a day to a week, at different prices. Prices are not necessary directly linked to the quality of the trip (they all go to the same place). It is advisable to browse around if you have time, ask about the different tours at your hostel in Uyuni, either the staff or other travelers should be able to help steer you in the right direction. Don’t attempt to travel inside of the Salar on your own, since you could easily get lost and wouldn’t be able to get help in case of a mechanical breakdown.

There is not much else to do when you stay in an Uyuni hostel, except to rest after your Salar trip, and share horror stories about it (you can find many bad experiences related on internet or on the notice boards of the Uyuni hostels, true or not…). Try to find a quiet Uyuni hostel. There are some hostels outside of the town itself, but without a guide you will probably not be able to locate them, or even find a bed, since they mainly work with tour agencies.

FAQ about Uyuni Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Uyuni. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Uyuni. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Your Packing List for Uyuni

Your Packing List for Uyuni

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Uyuni Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Uyuni, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$10 Average dorm price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Uyuni
1 Party hostels in Uyuni
Bunker Hostel B&B is the best rated
5.6 Average rating of all hostels

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