A Journey into the Salar de Uyuni

Initially, a three day journey into the Salar de Uyuni (Saltflats of Uyuni) didn’t find itself on our radar. It seems preposterous now but, the fact was, numerous days rambling through a white expanse of nothingness just didn’t compute. It was, after all, a salt flat…

How good could it really be?

Very, according to nearly everyone we spoke with after a week in the bustling but cozy white washed city of Sucre.

And just like that, our priorities changed.

So, after a couple days dealing with the cold and thin air of one of the world’s highest cities of Potosi, to the barren, sandy and windswept outpost of Uyuni we’d head.

Just how barren becomes immediately apparent the second you lay eyes on the place from high atop the final mountain pass which descends into town. So barren, in fact, suddenly the vast expanse of Paraguayan scrub brush of the Chaco seemed quite lush by comparison.

At first glance I could only wonder what the first person was thinking who said, “This place looks just about right. Home, it’ll be.” But lo and behold, somehow the place pulls it off. And if Bostonian Chris’ Minuteman’s Pizza is anything to go on, they pull it off with style, too.

And, then, from the first moments you venture out into what is the world’s largest salt flat (over 12,000 sq km), you begin to understand why. And at more than 80 tour agencies based out of the town of 20,000 residents, it becomes pretty clear the secret is out.

But don’t take my word for it.

Because, as they say, photos don’t lie. And, even then, they can only begin to scratch the surface of the beauty on display there amidst Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Shell and Lee October 2, 2016 Reply
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