salar de uyuni

The remnants of what was once a vast lake, the spectacular Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, covering an area over 10,500km²

Famous for the shallow pools of water that act like mirrors reflecting the sky above during rainy season, it creates a feeling often compared to floating through the clouds. The salt flats were formed when the last waters of Lago Tauca evaporated, leaving behind salt deposits that had been leached into the lake from the neighbouring mountains. The result was Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia’s most extraordinary attraction and one not be missed when you come on a Bolivia tour.

things to do

  • Isla Pescado translates to “Fish Island”, but it isn’t actually an island and there are no fish. Covered in soaring cacti often reaching over 10m high, it’s a rare bit of colour in a sea of white salt.
  • The Tunupa Volcano trail is a wonderful place for hikers, and gives an impression of the area’s fascinating history. Caves near the volcano are home to incredibly well-preserved mummies up to 1,200 years old.
  • Known as “Cementerio de trenes”, is a train graveyard of abandoned locomotives and transport cars that serves as a reminder of the area’s booming mining period.

best time to visit

All year

Salar de Uyuni is open to visitors all year, with the rainy season (December-April) the best time to see the pools of water reflecting the sky above. Uyuni’s flat white surface lets you play with perspective in your photos, and the dry season provides excellent natural lighting.

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