Salar De Uyuni also known as Heaven on Earth, is located in Southwest Bolivia.
Enigmatic, surprising, unique, these words describe Uyuni completely. A magical place covered with salt and silence is one of the world’s most beautiful place on Earth.
It is believed that the Salar was formed when a prehistoric lake dried up leaving the salty crust behind and since then, whenever it rains it forms the largest mirror of world. Tourists come here more often during the rainy season to experience the giant mirror’s reflection formed with salt and water.
Immensity of this white desert, the shades and twilight awaken intense sensations that attracts tourists every year. Bollywood must look into it, as it can be a great location for romantic shoots
This 10,500 sq. km salt plain, located 3600m above sea level is legendary. It forms beautiful landscapes and here, it is difficult to distinguish land from sky.
Coming here is like traveling to unexplored world. For the best climate, plan your visit between July and October. However, for an increased chance of seeing the reflective surfaces, you should visit between March and April.
Train Cemetery or Cementerio De Trenes is an antique train cemetery outside the town and stretches for about 3km. In late 1890’s the route was made to carry minerals from the Andes mountain to the Pacific Ocean ports. During 1940s the mining industry collapsed and trains were left rusted, eroded and abandoned outside Uyuni. Many pieces of metal are stolen as they are not under any observation and not even fenced.
2. Salt Hotel
Palacio De Sal (Place of Salt) is a hotel located at the edge of Salar De Uyuni, which is entirely built of salt rock. Floors, walls, ceiling, furniture including beds, chair, tables & sculptures; everything is made of rock salt which attracts number of visitors to experience a stay in Salt Hotel.
3. Desierto De Siloli
Desert with rock formation or Desierto De Siloli is a high lying plain in North of Laguna Colorada. The desert is covered with volcanoes on ridges and has many types of isolated rocks. Volcano Inacaliri is one of the famous attraction of this desert because of it’s interesting crater lake.
How To Reach Here
To get to Uyuni, you have a number of options available. Most people choose to travel from Oruro, Bolivia, where it is 7 hours by train, or 8 hours by bus. These tickets are quite often booked up on the day, so it is recommended to book in advance. Alternatively, you can take a bus from La Paz (12-15 hours) or Potosi (6-7 hours). Lastly, you can choose to rent a car or fly into Uyuni’s small airport from La Paz.
Or you can simply go for tour packages available here.
This can be a truly worthy trip, if you are looking for some breathtaking places to be visited.
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