Salar de Uyuni, located amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike, nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands.
Our next stop was my highlight of the day: Isla Incahuasi (30 Bs). This ‘island’ in the middle of the Salar is filled with giant cactuses and the view from the top is breathtaking, not only because of the altitude but because it seems you’re above the clouds.
After our walk around Isla Incahuasi, we had a picnic with Valerio and started heading back. We stopped along the way to observe the hexagonal shapes of the salt surface in some parts of the Salar and take funny pictures. We also visited the Dakar Monument and the first salt hotel, Playa Blanca, now turned into a dusty museum.
We ended our day watching the sunset close to the entrance to the Salar, where the water on the surface allowed us to capture incredible pictures with the mirror effect. We were lucky to visit at the very end of the rainy season!
– Flight: We flew directly from La Paz to Uyuni with Amaszonas (45 mins only). Although the airport is very basic and was built three years go, we were lucky that there was even one. Previously, tourists would arrive by bus, which considering the distances and the Bolivian roads, had to be quite painful!