3,650 Meters - 11.975 Feet
Uyuni Salt Flat
The world’s largest salt flat
Live a unique experience visiting the Salar de Uyuni with a size of 10,582 square kilometers, located 3,656 meters above sea level. The Uyuni salt flat is formed by an estimated amount of 10,000 million tons of salt. Between 50% and 70% of the world's lithium reserves are concentrated in the brine lake, located between 2, 3 and 5 meters below the salt crust, located in the department of Potosi in southern Bolivia.
2 Days / 1 Night
It does not represent a physical challenge but we recommend a previous acclimatization.
From May to October and part of December is the most advisable but January and February is the time for reflections.
UYUNI – SALT FLAT – ISLA INKAHUASI – PALACIO DE SAL HOTEL
The trip starts in Uyuni with our 4×4 Jeep, stopping first at the train cemetery, then at Colchani town, where we visit an antique salt extraction factory, that belongs to the local community. In Colchani you can visit salt crafts shops and see the manual processing of salt. After that, we will visit the salt mines and the piles of salt (pyramids of salt). After this you will see the eyes of the salt (big holes in the desert where the water from underneath of the old lake still comes out by high pressure). Later you go straight to the first salt hotel of Uyuni, built entirely by salt blocks taken from the salar. Nowadays, it serves as a museum. After that, we visit the IInkahuasi Island, which is characterized by unusual and fragile coral-like structures, deposits including fossils and algae, colonies of the rabbit-like viscacha, and giant cacti. From the top of the island you can see the salar in its entirety. After lunch we continue enjoy the sunset on the salt flat. Nigth staying in hotel Palacio de Sal or similar.
PALACIO DE SAL HOTEL – LAGOONS – UYUNI
Early after breakfast we will continue our journey to the higher and drier desert with wonderful lagoons, where the landscape begins to evolve from extreme flatlands to a volcanic surface dotted with lagoons, one of the few opportunities for wildlife viewing during the journey is at Laguna Cañapa, a salt lake where pink flamingos often migrate. You will encounter more flocks of pink flamingos later on at Laguna Hedionda, a shallow, mineral-rich body of water, where we will appreciate different Flora and Fauna such as Llamas, Vicunas, Viszcachas, Andean Foxes and of course Flamingos, these wild animals will be more commonly seen in the Eduardo Avaroa National Park, finally we return to Uyuni arriving at 18:00 approx