Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat is an incredible sight to behold.
Read on to discover:
- Where the term Salar De Uyuni comes from
- Top attractions
- Best time to visit and
- How to get there
Located at a lofty attitude of 3,653m above sea level, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flats, covering almost 12,000 sq km.
Covering an area larger than over 150 countries in the world, including Jamaica, Qatar and the Bahamas, the flats contains 10 billion tons of salt, of which 25,000 tons are extracted annually. During the dry season you will witness hundreds of conical mounds dotted across the flats awaiting exportation. The salt is then sold in Bolivia as well as being shipped all over the world.
Originally part of the prehistoric Lake Minchin, which covered most of Southwest Bolivia, formation of the flats began some 40,000 years ago as a result of the Andean uplift. As the high Bolivian Altiplano emerged, Lake Minchin eventually dried up, leaving behind the salt deposits the area is now famed for.
Today, two modern lakes - Poopó and Uru Uru - remain, as well as the two major salt deserts of Salar de Coipasa, and the larger Salar de Uyuni. During the rainy season, a combination of increased rainfall, plus an overflowing Lake Poopó, creates a wholly unique environment, where the sky is magnificently reflected. Photos of the phenomenon simply don't do it justice.
Did you know: The area houses the largest reserves of Lithium (used for the battery in your mobile phone) in the world.