Discovery of the Uyuni Salt Flats
Uyuni Salt Flats, the largest salt desert in the world (almost half the size of Belgium), vestige of a lake that occupied all the Altiplano once upon a time, is located at 3 600m/11 810 ft above sea level.
Words fail to describe the beauty and otherworldliness of the Salar de Uyuni, whether if it is the first or tenth time you visit it. A vast, flat, white desert, the Salar reminds visitors of the surface of the moon, a landscape totally unlike any other that most travelers have ever experienced.
The Salar, or Salt Flats, stretches more than 12,000 square kilometers, the flat bed of an enormous, ancient lake that used to cover this whole region.
The Salar de Uyuni is dotted with islands of fossilized coral, which provide viewpoints for travelers to really appreciate the Salar’s vastness and meditate on its beauty. This lunar landscape stuns even the most jaded traveler.
The Tunupa Volcano, located north of the Uyuni salt flats, is watching over the Incahuasi island, covered with hundreds of cactus.