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Uyuni salt flat

The world's largest salt desert

•type:

•interest:

NATURAL

SALAR

•location:
POTOSÍ DEPARMENT
•country:
BOLIVIA
 

Uyuni salt flat

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ABOUT - 

Uyuni salt flat

Uyuni salt desert (Salar de Uyuni) holds some records, such as: being the largest salt desert in the world; the desert at highest altitude, over 3,650 meters above sea level, with a continuous surface of 10,582 km2; and it is the world's largest lithium reserve with 9 million tons (strategic mineral to manufacture medication or for the space and aeronautics industry). It is also one of the most important tourist attractions of Bolivia, a country of extreme contrasts. Every year 60,000 people visit Uyuni salt desert challenging the climatic conditions of the place.

 

It is located to the southwest of Bolivia, in the province of Daniel Campos, department of Potosí. Uyuni would contain 10 billion tons of salt and 25,000 tons are extracted each year.

 

It is a significantly tourist destination. For the visitor, there is the observation of birds and giant cactus up to 10 m in height, which grow in the set of islets that emerge in the center of the salt desert. The largest islet is known as the Isla del Pescado (Fish Island) completely deserted and with rugged orography. It receives the name of the villagers of the zone, indigenous Aymara, due to its shape. When the islet gets reflected on the salt desert’s surface, during the flooded season in January and February, it acquires the silhouette of a fish. Another important island is Incahuasi Island, which in Quechua means "the house of the Inca". In it operates a reception center of the commonwealth of Llica and Yahua municipalities. Here you will be charged an entrance to access a path that goes across the island and allows you to enjoy impressive views over the salt lake, the cobalt blue sky and the hundreds of cactus. There are 7 archaeological sites, 30 caverns and 12 natural tunnels.

In Uyuni salt desert (Salar de Uyuni) the “white-out” effect occurs when the sky is cloudy and the horizon disappears making it impossible to differentiate the earth from the sky.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Uyuni salt flat

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Uyuni, province of Daniel Campos, Department of Potosí, Bolivia

  • Monday to sunday, open 24 hours.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Uyuni city - 0km - 0miles

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

La Paz city´s airport - 539km - 335miles

PROFILE

• Interest:

NATURAL

• Kind:

SYLVAN

• Min. visit time hours:

24

PLACE

• Class:

3650

• Altitude meters:

SALAR

• Type:

11975

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

120

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Independent visit.

  • Experiential journey.

CULTURAL:

  • Attending sporting events.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

  • Running.

  • Camping.

  • Swimming.

  • Horse riding.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Safari.

  • Geo interpretation.

ADVENTURE:

  • Mountain climbing.

  • Rock climbing.

  • Espeloelogy.

  • Natural National Heritage.

  • National protected area.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • Even though the entrance to the Uyuni salt desert is free, you must always hire a tourism company to live the experience of visiting the place.

  • There are different options in the city of Uyuni.

  • There are extra costs that are not included in the tours such as the entrance to Incahuasi Island which costs 30 bolivianos or the payment of showers, for that reason you must visit the Salar de Uyuni with extra money.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A camera.

  • Enough water (1 liter per person per day).

  • Money for extra payments.

  • A hat or a cap.

  • Comfortable and warm clothing (cold weather).

  • Comfortable shoes for trekking.

  • Binoculars.

  • A video camera.

  • Medication against altitude sickness.

  • Sunscreen.

  • Sunglasses.

  • Swimsuit.

  • A towel.

  • A sleeping bag.

  • Passport.

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Uyuni salt flat