About Salar de Uyuni
Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, at an impressive 10,582 km2. The flats are estimated to contain over 10 billion tons of salt. The region was formed over 40,000 years ago when Lake Minchin, a giant prehistoric lake dried out leaving behind the modern lakes and salt desserts.
What is particularly impressive about these lakes is their ability to reflect the sunlight, producing remarkable mirror images. It is considered the place where the land touches the sky.
Situated in the Potosi and Oruro departments.
First To Review: Hasan S.
Sep 9, 2009
One of the most impressive things there is in the world. If there is only one thing you see in Bolivia let it be this. Don't forget you're camera, most people spend there afternoon here taking strange pictures, something to do with the lack of sence of depth. If you can stay for the night when the crowds have left and you can enjoy the sunset. You can rent a jeep but much more convinient I think is to take part in one of the tours, there are different touroperators in Uyuni and I heard very different reports from all of them. Most of these tours also visit cactus island, the coloured lakes in the southern most tip of Bolivia and a Train graveyard.
Apr 29, 2009
Salt lake is amazing and so surreal, almost feels like you're in some alien dream. Make sure you bring sunscreen if you are prone to burning, the sun is fierce in the salt flats! Also, if it's possible, try to book with a company with a newer 4-wheel drive (ie. with air con), it's cold in the salt flats for the most part but the sun is so strong and the car drives for hours with the windows closed that the car will get unbearably hot inside. If not...bring a fan or something. Bring warm clothing, it gets very cold at night and in the mornings and a flashlight is a must. Be prepared to stay in some pretty dingy accomodations and to not be able to take a shower!
Oct 12, 2008
I loved the salt flats! The Salar de Uyuni experience is one of my top trvel highlights around the world. So many opportunities for wacky, fun photos because you're surrounded by white white white salt. Depending on the season, there may be a layer of water ove the salt which creates a mirror-like visual. Hire some jeeps in Uyuni and head out to the flats, you'll love it! Be warned though - bring sunglasses for the day time and a sleeping baf for night time!
Aug 13, 2008
One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. It's a salt desert. It has a vulcano (inactive hehe) where you can climb it and have a tremendous view of the hole desert. There is a time in the year where water comes from the top of the mountains around the desert and creates a thin water layer. Afterwards, the entire desert becomes a huge mirror of the sky. FREAKING AWESOME.