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Salar de Uyuni or Bolivia’s Salts flat where the sky and ground merge into one

Awake_vyse 5 de August del 2016 tourism
Located in the south-western Bolivia, in the Potosí Department, Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat with its 10.584 square km (4.085 square miles). It used to be part of a prehistoric lake, Lago Michín, and it is a result of its transformations; this part of it is now a very atypical desert, a wide flat expanse, all covered with glistening salt, with a few small “islands” here and there outstanding in that sea of bright white. Like many other places on Earth, this beautiful Bolivian landscape will make you grasp for some air.

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Salar means salt flat in Spanish. Uyuni is a word from the Aymara language, and it means “pen”; it is also the name of a nearby town that serves as a gateway for tourists. Then, Salar de Uyuni can be loosely translated as “salt flat with enclosures”.

Salar de Uyuni has very singular hotels, since they are partly built with salt blocks, cut from the Salar.

Tours are conducted in 4×4 vehicles and last about four days. Most tours have the same itinerary for the first two days, from then it may vary, but input groups can define what sites they will visit and how long they will stay there.

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The starting point of these tours is Uyuni. On the first day, the group will visit the salt flat; during dry season, the salt will look like blindingly white, and during rainy season, it’ll look be submerged and it’ll be a clear reflection of the sky. On the second day, the group will head south, to Laguna Colorada. From then, the tour will vary. However, tourist must be careful choosing tour operators due to unsafe vehicles and negligent driving. Visitors should be aware of the possibility of getting altitude sickness as well.

But this place does not only offer tours through the salt flat, but a visit to a Train Cemetery that contains the rests of an antique train that’s connected to the town by old train tracks. It used to serve as a distribution hub for minerals in the past.


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