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Salar de Uyuni: Filming in Bolivia

Written on September 3, 2012

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 sq km (4,086 sq mi). It is a much sought after location particularly for car and beauty commercials.

The town of Uyuni is the main entry point for shooting the salt flats.

Getting there you would fly into La Paz, travel everything by 4WD to Uyuni (10hrs drive) and then head into the salt flat (1.5hr drive).

Film permits for the Salar de Uyuni are inexpensive, quick and easy to obtain.

When To Shoot?

April to October is the dry season and the best time to film arid white earth looks. During this time the nights get freezing cold and the days have very strong sun so appropriate weather gear is essential. Light also rebounds from the salt surface so make sure to apply sunscreen accordingly, especially if you are wearing shorts. November to March is the rainy season when the salt flats flood offering beautiful mirrored-sky looks.

Film Crew

Bolivia has some basic local crew and equipment based in La Paz. Uyuni has no local crew or equipment.

If you are looking to film at Salar de Uyuni and require a film fixer or full production service support, please contact us.