Salar de Uyuni is one of the top attractions to see during any visit in Bolivia. Salar de Uyuni is famous for one thing – salt! These beautiful soda lakes are located 350 km southwest of Uyuni, across a surreal desert landscape.
Salar de Uyuni spreads out over 4 square miles of surface area and yet is so flat that the largest range in height throughout its vast property is just over 3 feet. However, the whole thing is actually almost 12,000 feet above sea level! It is unknown exactly how much salt lies within this spectacular natural wonder, but at least 25,000 tons of it is extracted and mined every year.
The Salar de Uyuni salt flats is one of the most incredible and breathtaking sights on earth. This entirely flat, sparkling, blinding white landscape seems to stretch for miles with no end as if it was the ends of the world itself.
When covered with a thin layer of water around the month of December, it becomes a perfect glorious sparkling mirror of all that is around it. Some pink flamingoes visit every November which makes it a great month for a visit.
Hot in the sun, and bitterly cold at night, Uyuni is the jumping off point for Bolivia’s most spectacular scenery. For travelers seeking nature’s most beautiful sights, there’s no place better than Salar de Uyuni. The sunrises and especially sunsets will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before as the colors not only dominate the sky, but also melt across the shimmering salt plains like the most vibrant real life watercolor painting in the world.
This is a fantastic place for photography. Salar de Uyuni is a trip of a lifetime that will dance in your memories forever.
Due to a dense, 6-foot salt crust, it appears like a desert. Scorched by day, frozen by night, the flats harbor one of the most extreme daily temperature dichotomies on the planet. The weather can be very cold, but it is well worth it for the amazing scenery.
In June and July the bright blue skies contrast with the bright white salt crust. After an especially wet season, the lake is covered in water which adds to the special experience. The winter months can be extremely cold, but trips to the Salar are still possible and stunning.