Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)
The visit to the Salar de Uyuni is breathtaking. This will necessarily unheard for you, so I highly recommend it. One of the major sites of South America as well as Machu Picchu or the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Imagine a huge salt desert from 2000 squere km to 3650m altitude, visible for the space ships passengers…
You’re in the Salar de Uyuni. This salt desewrt is a unique sight in the world, faith lunar and solar, cold and sparkling.
With an area of over 12,000 squere kilometers, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert in the world. Near the crest of the Andes, this natural wonder is perched at 3,650 meters aboce sea level.
Millions of tiny crystals of salt form the desert, and in February, it is covered with water (about eight inches at most) which gives the effect of a mirror. Heaven and Earth are reflected perfectly and then it becomes impossible to distinguish the skyline. Optical ilusions, throughout the year, will surprise you.
When there still a few inches of water, find yourself in the middle of the Salar is like being in the middle of an infinite mirror, a pure blue skyfate squarely watrers of the lake, the islands are perfectly reflected and without horizon there, you could have the sensation of being suspended in space.
The sunsets are spectacular in the Salar de Uyuni. The colors of the sky, which are therefore mirrored in the water at certain times of the year, changing at an astonishing pace.
A salt hotel was built on a corner, where I suggest you sleep in the programs.
To visit I propose one solution, starting from Uyuni, a journey of 4 or 5 days with 4×4 van with a Bolivian driver, and you will quickly see the best of this huge area.
At the environs there are also the Salar de Coipasa, Colchani and Empex.
An estimated says that about 64 billons tons of salt are deposited in the Salar de Uyuni. There are also boron, sodium, magnesium, poitassium and particulary lithium, strategic metal for its global demand.
The climate is rainy from November to March, and dry the rest of the year. The average summer temperatures is 14ºC, while in winter it drops below 0ºC.
And of course, I must to say: do not venture out alone on Salar de Uyuni; no panels, you will lose…