Salar de Uyuni tour: a good choice if you come in Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni tour: In Bolivia lands the largest salt flat in the world. It is more than ten thousand square kilometers and is located 3656 meters above sea level. Surrounded by mountains, this natural wonder will blow your mind.

How did Nature create this wonder?

Thanks to transformations between prehistoric lakes, a crust of salt slowly appeared where the Salar now lands. This crust is a few meters deep, so this place will stay identical for a long time. The incredible particularity of this place is its flatness. This flatness helps satellites. Indeed, it is the ideal place to calibrate their altimeters. The Salar is so big and so white you can even see it from the space.

white hexagonal salt formation on salar de uyuni
Some hexagons appear on the Salar’s surface: keep reading to understand why

A salt flat full of features

The Salar has a lot to offer for both travelers and industrials. Highly concentrated in lithium, La Salar de Uyuni contains around 60% of the world’s known lithium reserves. This could be an issue if we start exploiting the Salar too hard. We have to keep an eye on it if we want this place to remain still.

Throughout history, there used to be lots of mysteries around the Salar. Indeed, some hexagonal formations are all over the surface of the salt flat (see the picture down below). Why does that happen? We now have the scientific answer: this is caused by the salt crystallization from evaporating water.

sun setting on a salt flat
Check out how straight the hexagons sides are

Finally, the Salar is the world’s biggest mirror. With water and lights reflections, the floor mirrors the sky, which creates an incredible landscape. This video shows you this phenomenon.

Some drone shots where you can see the mirror effect of the salt flat

Where to land?

Choosing where to land is always a hard question. Depending on what you want to visit, where you can stay, whether you want to include this destination inside a road trip, the choice can be different. Here, if you simply want to enjoy La Salar de Uyuni, you can land in Uyuni, which has its own international airport.

Travel responsibly and prepare your tour in the Salar de Uyuni

If you travel to Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni is a must-see. But once you get there, you should be a responsible traveler. Do not throw waste on the salt flat and respect the flora and fauna. It is an amazing place and it should remain an amazing place. Do not be shocked if you see trucks exploiting salt: the Salar is used to collect salt.

There is no mining plant on the site and the government is against the exploitation of the Salar by other corporations than ACI Systems Alemania GmbH. But still, some trucks do collect salt here.

As a traveler, you should be responsible for your acts, and also keep an eye on the situation. For now, it seems that the balance between exploitation and tourism is fair, but we have to be careful that the balance stays still.

Those eco-tourism rules are important in order to keep the places as beautiful as they were before you visited them. I enjoy finishing my articles with eco-tourism advice because they are important. If you want to visit other secluded places like this one, I recommend that you check my article about the Adirondack Park.

See you somewhere in the world.