Movies filmed at Salar de Uyuni

No need to say that Salar de Uyuni is one of the most incredible locations in the whole world, and a must-see for all travellers. No surprise that this incredible location has been chosen to be the set for different movies, from Westerns to Hollywood blockbusters. This is our top 3 movies filmed at Salar de Uyuni:

3.- Blackthorn (2011)  Watch the trailer

This thrilling western shows an alternative ending of the legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy, now calling himself James Blackthorn and hiding and living a solitary life in a village in Bolivia. The best part of this movie is that it is actually filmed in Bolivia and has Bolivian actors in it. It has been praised for its awesome and artistic cinematography. The powerful and wonderful Bolivian landscape has been beautifully captured.

Film maker, Mateo Gil about filming Blackthorn in Bolivia.

Read more about Bolivia’s own wild west myths: Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.

Blackthorn movie poster

2.- Salt and Fire (2016) Watch the trailer

This thriller with a pro-environmental message is about a group of scientists investigating an ecological disaster in Bolivia, by arrival they are kidnapped by a business man of the large international consortium held responsible for the ecological disaster. In the meantime a nearby vulcano starts showing signs of increased activity and possible eruption.

The magnificence of Salar de Uyuni with its stunning landscapes emerges as the true star of the film.

Film maker Werner Herzog talks about Alien landscapes: “Our computers are too stupid to generate a landscape like that.”

Actress Veronica Ferres interview on starring in the daring “Salt and Fire”:”It’s the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever seen…

Salt and fire

1.- Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) Watch the trailer

Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world and a magic white wonderland with surreal alien beauty is just perfect for a sci-fi movie. As a matter of fact, the Bolivian Salt Flat is the real-life location chosen to become one of the new worlds in Star Wars: planet “Crait” in “The Last Jedi”.

This is probably the most popular movie filmed in Uyuni. “Crait” is the site of an abandoned Rebel base that the forces of the First Alliance flee to after the events of “The Force Awakens”. It is the set to one of the key moments of the film: the exciting battle between the Resistance and the First Order. During the battle you can see (SPOILER ALERT!) the lightsaber of Luke Skywalker back in action and low flying fighter planes gliding along the Crait surface, kicking up red mineral dust.

Director Rian Johnson says : “the first conversations you have are always about what makes something feel like Star Wars” which in turn took him and the cast and crew to exotic locations all over the world.

Would you like to visit the mystical planet of Crait aka Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia? Check out our wide range of Uyuni tours.


Here a complete list of movies with Salar de Uyuni as film location.