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.
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.
The trip starts in Uyuni with our 4×4 Jeep, stopping first at the train cemetery, then in the village of Colchani, which is an old salt extraction factory, which belongs to the local community.
In Colchani we will visit salt handicraft stores and see the manual processing of salt. Afterwards, we will visit the salt mines and salt piles (salt pyramids). After this, you will see the salt eyes (large holes in the desert where the water from underneath the ancient lake still comes out at high pressure). Then you go directly to the first salt hotel in Uyuni, built entirely with salt blocks extracted from the salt flat. Today it is a museum. Afterwards, we will visit IInkahuasi Island, which is characterized by its unusual and fragile coral structures, fossil and algae deposits, colonies of the rabbit-like vizcacha, and giant cacti. You will return to Uyuni at approximately 6:00 pm.