Salar de Uyuni
The big secret of Bolivia is without doubt the Salar de Uyuni, the worlds largest salt flat, a dried up salt lake with islands. It's the largest in the world, a staggering 10,500 sq km (4,045 sq miles) (that is one third of the surface of Belgium).
The salt flat consists of 11 layers with thickness' that vary in between 2 and 10 meters (6 and 33 feet), the crust that is found on the surface has a thickness of 10 meters (33 feet).
Salar de Uyuni (click on the following photo collage to see more pictures) will provoke your senses mercilessly with its beauty and I can highly recommend visiting this amazing treasure of nature when you travel in Bolivia. A tour takes you on the salt flat lake and into the desert all the way to the border of Chile.
Salar de Uyuni (click on the photo collage above to see more pictures) will provoke your senses mercilessly with its beauty and I can highly recommend visiting this amazing treasure of nature when you travel in Bolivia. A tour takes you on the salar and into the desert all the way to the border of Chile.
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On the trip you see, besides the salt flat lake, the green and the red lake, geysers, Isla Pescada (Fish Island) and hot spring baths. You're accompanied of a gorgeous never ceasing tranquility.
A three-day tour to the Salar de Uyuni can be booked in the town of Uyuni (or you can set out on one of the amazing Salar de Uyuni tours we offer). Food and accommodation is included. My group had 6 people and an excellent driver. The "salar" is something special. Don't forget that you're walking on salt... the landscape is so surreal, it's truly like being on another planet.
After the "salar" you go into the desert. Nature has created not only wonderful rock formations but also two amazing lakes. The algae's in the water give the color to the beautiful green and red lake.
A Salar de Uyuni tour booked in the city of Uyuni takes you all the way to the border of Chile and you can continue your journey and cross the border or return to Uyuni.
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© All photographs by Mark Van Overmeire