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Salar de Uyuni - Largest and highest continuous salt desert in the world

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Salar de Uyuni - Largest and highest continuous salt desert in the world

Salar de Uyuni - Largest and highest continuous salt desert in the world

The Salar de Uyuni covers an area of 10,582 km2 / 6,575 sq mi, is situated at 3,650 m / 12,000 ft above sea level, making it the largest continuous salt desert in the world.

It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bolivia and receives about 60,000 visitors a year. It is also a key role in the national economy, as it contains about 10 billion tons of salt of which annually about 25,000 are extracted. Magnesium, boron and potassium are other minerals that are found in large quantities.

It dates back to prehistoric times, when the area was covered by huge lakes. On its banks they have also found mummies of some 3,000 years old, which makes this a MOSTPOINT not only of interest for travelers but also from a historical and cultural point of view.

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The Salar de Uyuni is a spectacle in itself. It has a depth of 120 m / 394 ft that is divided into eleven salt layers with thicknesses ranging from one to ten meters (3 - 32 ft), the first one of about a 10 m (32 ft). This makes that the appearance resembles that of a glacier, with radiant white that changes its hue depending on solar radiation.
In winter (dry season from May to October), the surface hardens resulting in whimsical formations.
In summer (rainy season from November to March) the Salar takes the form of a giant mirror reflecting the sky, which in these latitudes is of a blue color with a purity that will make you believe you've never seen the sky in all its glory before.
In addition its biodiversity makes it a unique place. For example, in November, this is the place chosen by three typical South American species of flamingos to brood: small, big and Southern Parina.
Inside the Salar there are several islands. Among them, the bigger is the Pescado (fish) and if you have the chance to visit it, do so. You will see giant cacti of more than 10 m / 32 ft high.
At the same time, given the flat face of its territory, it is an ideal place to drive a 4x4, motorcycle or quad as its surface serves as a transport route for the Bolivian altiplano. An unforgettable adventure.

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Would you like to stay in a hotel built entirely of salt? In the Salar de Uyuni you can. Undoubtedly, another exotic experience to add to this Badge with your photos.

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