Tourism in Bolivia
UYUNI SALT FLATS
White deserts, colored lagoons
MINISTERIO DE CULTURAS
Calle Ayacucho y Potosí
(Palacio Chico)
Tel. 591.2.2200946 – 2200910
The Uyuni Salt Flat (Salar de Uyuni), located in the southeast of Bolivia, is the largest salt Flat in the world. It sits at 3,653 meters above mean sea level, extends across 10,582 km2 and has a 9 million ton reserve of lithium an other minerals.

This semi-desert and volcanic region involves economic importance and extraordinary landscapes of natural beauty. The Uyuni Salt Flat, Red, Green, Yellow and Light Blue “Colored Lagoons” are the greatest attractions in this region. There are also rock formations, volcanic wells and, spectacular geysers that take visitors back to a time when the Earth was being created.

Driving in the middle of this salt lake is an extraordinary experience, especially during winter, when the intense blue of the sky contrasts dramatically with the brilliant white salt. A “white-out” effect is produced when cloudy, causing the horizons to disappear, and making it impossible to differ land from sky.
  • PLACES OF INTEREST  
    • Uyuni Town, which beholds the “train cemetery” and shows railroad machinery that dates back to 1890.

      Pulacayo, located at 22km from Uyuni, which at the end of the 19th century, was the most important silver production center in the country.

      Colchani, or “Dry Port” is the main access to the Great Salt Flat, because it is located on its banks. An intense rudimentary extraction of salt can be observed from this village.

      Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve, located at the south of the department of Potosí, it holds some extraordinary colored lagoons: Red Lagoon and Green Lagoon, some geysers and geothermic wells of surprising shapes and a diversity of flora (102 species).

      This incredible ecosystem allows the appreciation of interesting endemic fauna such as the “Soca Cornuda” and the “James Flamenco” that live among a variety of Andean and Chilean Flamencos.

      Fish Isle or Cujiri Island, located at 74 km from Colchani, lies in the middle of the salt flat and it is an exhibition of picturesque rock landscapes. The granite and organic earth have allowed the growth of giant cactuses here, that can reach approximately 6 meters high and have developed an interesting ecosystem.

      This is one of the best places for picture taking on the island as well as the entire Salt Flat desert.

      Incahuasi Isle, best known as the Island of Fishermen, it is formed on top of volcanic remains of petrified calyx Tiwanaku archeological sites; 2 Inca ruins, 30 caverns and 12 natural tunnels have been identified on the isle. It also has a cactus forest that is an extraordinary place for photography and landscape observation.
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