The Bolivian Salt Flats

The ‘Salar de Uyuni’ (salt flats of Uyuni) attracts thousands of tourists each year to this tiny town in the South of Bolivia. Each tourist is usually armed with two key things: a camera with self timer function and an openness to looking ridiculous in front of strangers (see pics below).
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A few years back, Jason and I hired a car and sped our way along the Bonneville Salt Flats just outside of Salt Lake City in USA. It was a fantastic experience but because we’d already been to a salt flat, we weren’t super excited to see this one.
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We arrived in Uyuni on a 10 hour semi-cam a (semi-reclined) bus which was incredibly comfortable. Our first day was spent mainly resting after having back to back days on the go. The next morning we were taken on a 4×4 tour (USD$30 each) with 5 other tourists and our Spanish-speaking guide which we didn’t mind too much cause the other tourists were able to translate for us. The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat spanning 10,582 square kilometres and contains 50-70% of the world’s lithium, reserves (mainly used for batteries).
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Our driver took us to all the main sites around the Uyuni region which included:

– the train cemetery
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– the cactus island
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– salt hotel
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– salt flats – dry and wet portions
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It was a spectacular day with clear skies all round. It doesn’t really need much of a description, I’d say the photos speak for themselves. We’d highly recommend stoping by here for a full day tour if you can, the ridiculous photos are definitely worth the journey here.

Til next time

Ann & Jason xo

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