salar de Uyuni, the amazing salt flats of Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the biggest salt flats in the world. Salar is Spanish for salt flat while Uyuni comes from the Aymara language that means enclosure or pen. When you are there, you’ll get to see the peaks of the Andes and take a bathe in the warm water lakes that are found near the geysers in the area. It also promises one of the best sunsets in the world.
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world. It is just a 45-minute drive from the town of Uyuni. At 10,000 square kilometres, it is the biggest salt flat in the planet. When you get there, all you can see is salt. During the wet season, the salt desert is transformed in a large salt lake that is only a couple of inches deep. Visitors can travel through the lake in boats or trucks. During that time of the year, the lake mirrors the sky to create illusions of infinity.
Salar de Uyuni on your bucketlist
It is not just the largest salt lake in the world, but it is also the highest one. Salar de Uyuni provides a unique experience for visitors. If you are planning to visit Bolivia any time soon, you should include a trip to Salar de Uyuni in your itinerary. It is one of the places that must be included in your bucket list. Also known as Salar de Tunupa, it is not only a large plateau of salt but it is also a large piece of untouched nature. There are more than 30 islands in the middle of the salt desert where you can see animals such as flamingos, vizcachas, culpeos, Andes gooses, and llamas. There are also some beautiful steaming geysers in the area. Salar de Uyuni is found in the Potosi and Oruro regions of Bolivia, which is not far from the Andes. Around 11 meters of salt covers the entire salt flat. Not only that, the Salar de Uyuni has around 60 percent of the world’s lithium reserves. But they remain untouched beneath the salt because the area is preserved, and no mining is done in region.
Hotels, Hostels & tours
If you are looking for an experience of a lifetime, then check out Salar de Uyuni. You can book an organised tour of the salt flats of Salar de Uyuni with 4WD jeeps. The location is also home of luxurious hotels and cozy Hostels that will make your stay in the region a memorable one.