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Uyuni

"The largest Salt Flats in the World"

Presentation

Located in the southwest of Bolivia, Uyuni Salt flats is the largest salt desert in the world. This semi-desert and volcanic land region contains resources of great economic importance such as the reserve of 9 million tons of lithium and other minerals; and landscapes of extraordinary natural beauty. The Lagoons Colorada, Verde, Amarilla and Celeste owe their names to the different shades of colors they display.

In addition, there are rock formations, volcanic wells and the spectacular geysers, which throw the visitor back to the time of the earth formation.

Driving in the middle of this salt lake is an extraordinary experience, especially during winter, when the intense blue of the sky contrasts with the bright white of the salt. When the weather is cloudy, the “White – out” effect occurs, where the horizon fades to disappear, making it impossible to tell the earth from the sky.

Reserva Nacional Eduardo Avaroa

Located in the south Potosí Department, this natural reserve houses extraordinary colored lagoons (like Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde), some geysers and geothermal wells of surprising shapes, as sell as an enormous diversity of flora (102 species). This incredible ecosystem allows you to discover an interesting endemic fauna such as the llamas, vizcachas, and the Andean and Chilean flamingo varieties.

Isla Incahuasi

This island is formed on the remains of a petrified limestone volcano. One can find on the 7 Tiwanakota archaeological sites, 2 Inca ruins, 30 caverns and 12 natural tunnels. It also has a cactus forest that constitutes an extraordinary site for photography and for contemplation of the Salar de Uyuni.

Colchani o “Puerto Seco”

It represents the main access to the desert as it is located on the shores of the Salt Flat, where one can observe the intense activity of salt extraction.

Pueblo de Uyuni

Uyuni is the town where can be visited the “train cemetery”, which features the most important remains of railway machinery dating from 1890.

 

Attractions

Uyuni Salt Flats, train cemetery, salt hostels, Colchani, Isla Pescado e Incahuasi, Pulacayo and National Reserve Eduardo Avaroa.

 

Transport

Public transport by bus from the cities of La Paz, Sucre, Oruro y Potosí.