In Bolivia, transcendent landscapes that could effortlessly take your breath away are not uncommon. The nation, known for its colourful history, diverse wildlife, vibrant culture, and scenic views, is a haven for anyone with a heart for nature and adventure.
The remote town of Uyuni, surrounded by a dessert-like landscape, is tucked in a desolate corner of southwestern Bolivia. It lays quietly on the edge of the Bolivian Altiplano. With an elevation of 3700 meters, familiarising to the altitude is recommended in order to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Here, the temperature can easily drop below zero at night. But if you are acclimated, spend some time outdoors to appreciate the incredibly clear skies that are perfect for stargazing.
The locals are a stark contrast to the otherwise dry, cold climate of the town. The populace is warm, friendly and welcoming. Despite the cold winds often associated with the town, its cheerful buzz remains as energetic travellers continue to pass through to kick off their tour to the town’s main attraction.
Salar de Uyuni, situated in southern Bolivia, is a tremendously vast expanse of surreal beauty. The striking natural landscape features glistening white flat salt that is spanning over 6,500 miles. The view stretches into all directions.
As you explore, you may notice a peculiar island covered in giant cacti in the middle of the salt flats. Known as Isla Incahuasi, the once submerged piece of land is now home to hundreds of cacti. Hike between these succulent plant forms up to the hill for an amazing view.
The story behind the geological wonder is quite fascinating. The Salar was once a part of the prehistoric Lake Minchin, which is said to have emerged from glacial meltwater. When the giant saltwater lake evaporated from the heat, it left behind two modern lakes namely Poopó and Uru Uru. It also brought to life two major salt desserts—Salar de Coipasa and the famous Salar de Uyuni.
Born out of dried up ancient lakes, the spectacular landscape of Salar de Uyuni is now considered as the largest salt flat in the world. Imagine an immense piece of land covered with blanched white salt that is so flat that when covered with a thin layer of water, it easily bends perspective.
This natural phenomenon happens every year and brings out the beauty of the salt flats even more. During the wet season, the neighbouring Lake Titicaca overflows to Lake Poopó that then floods the two surrounding desert salt flats. As soon as this happens, the Salar de Uyuni turns into a large mirror reflecting the skies. The view is what many would consider equal parts otherworldly and surreal.
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Charles is a world traveler having lived in 44 states and 11 countries and traveled to dozens more. He and his wife spend time between London, Ireland, Canada, and the Philippines.