The Uyuni Salt Flat, surrounded by the Bolivian Altiplano, is a saline desert so wide that it can be seen from space. Walking through this desert can mean an adventure in the middle of nowhere, a pale and endless floor or incredibly a journey through the clouds. The infinite white under your feet is only interrupted when it attacks against the blue of the sky, in the distance of an endless and continuous horizon. Between such immensity, this impressive canvas of reflections activates our senses to make us realize that we are standing on a thin layer of water that reflects everything around it just like a mirror would do.
Walking in the middle of this salt lake is an extraordinary experience, especially during the winter, when the intense blue of the sky contrasts with the bright white of the salt crust. When the weather is cloudy, the “white-out” effect occurs, where the horizon fades until disappearing, making it impossible to differentiate the earth from the sky.
Located in the southwest of Bolivia, the Uyuni Salt Flat is the largest in the world. This semi-desert and volcanic land region contain landscapes of extraordinary natural beauty. In the Salar and the Colorful Lagoon, green, yellow, and light blue are its best exponents and their names are attributed to the different tones of colors they display.
Extraordinarily, there are also rock formations, volcanic wells, and spectacular geysers, which trace the visitor back to the time of the formation of the earth.
Places to enjoy
It is the most important site in the region for the observation of flamingos and it is a site of singular interest for the color of its waters. It is the main site where the three species of flamingos are found, housing the largest population of the Parina and the most representative mammals of the region such as the vicuña, the vizcacha, and the llama.
Located at the southern end of the Reserve, Green Lagoon has an area of 17 km2 and is divided into two bodies of water. Its color is emerald green due to the high magnesium content of its waters. Next to this lagoon is the Llicancabur volcano with a height of 5,868 meters above sea level, where you can practice mountaineering and hiking.
Sun of Tomorrow
It has an area of 1 km2 and is located south of Colorful Lagoon on the way to the salt of Chalviri. It is characterized by intense volcanic and fumarolic activity. In the craters you can see lava boiling intensely; additionally, the fumaroles emit mixed vapors of water and hot steam that reach heights of 80 to 100 meters; these phenomena allow us to appreciate a landscape that dates back to the time of the formation of the Earth.
In the heart of the Salar is Fish Island, which is reached in 10 hrs. It is the largest of a set that presents an isolated ecosystem as an oasis in the Salar. The island is populated by a large number of cacti with heights greater than 8 meters; this landscape added to the saline horizon makes the place one of the best places for photography lovers.
When one sees the island in the distance, it gives the impression that a giant fish emerges from deep within the Salar. Its traditional name is Inka Wasi. On this island, we find flora like cacti, the largest is 12 meters high, 1,200 years of life are calculated. The land is made up of fossils of marine algae. Stromatolites. We found some prehispanic things.
With all these natural wonders of 12,000 square kilometers of extension and an altitude of 3,650 meters above sea level, The Uyuni Salt Flat is currently the largest lithium reserve in the world, a wonder of nature that is worth knowing.
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