The official foundation of the city of Uyuni was held on February 20, 1890, with a simple ceremony in which the prefect of the department of Potosí, Ing. Julio Pinkas (designer of the urban map of the city of Uyuni) and thirty people among employees of the Bolivia Railway, the Huanchaca Company and particular people who were already domiciled in the place.
Uyuni, within urban geography, is one of the cities with the greatest historical content and at the same time a surprising initial growth that in a short time gave a halo of fame for its international trade and the human quality of its people.
The merits received by Uyuni are the following: Uyuni, the predilected daughter of Bolivia, ratified by Hernán Siles Suazo on July 7, 1983 and the declaration of Ciudad Benemérita under the presidency of Dr. Víctor Paz Estensoro.
Uyuni is located in the south west of Bolivia. It is the capital of the province Antonio Quijarro in the Department of Potosí, it is located at an altitude ranging from 3,665 to more than 5,000 meters above sea level. and is one of the places in Bolivia that counts with a variety of sites of historical interest and natural wealth.
The main crop of the municipality of Uyuni is quinoa. When commemorating 128 years of foundation of the municipality of Uyuni of the department of Potosí, the National Institute of Statistics announced that the volume of production of quinoa in this municipality was of 185,946.8 quintals in an area of 21,222.9 hectares.