Why You Should Visit The World’s Largest Salt Flat
By Rachel McLeod
The Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are the biggest salt flats in the world. They are also the location of many popular pictures on the Internet.
If you’ve seen a photo of people appearing to step on each other or a picture of people holding a group of people in their hands, you’ve likely seen this place in the background. The possibilities for these types of photos are endless, just like the salt flats themselves. You can stand in one spot and spin around and not see anything but the salt flats in every direction. They appear endless.
While a lot of people do four-day tours, these typically end in Chile and that's not where we were headed. So, we did a two-day tour instead and found that it was the perfect amount of time.
Since two-day tours aren't as popular, it was just the two of us booking and we ended up with a private tour (a bit extra but totally worth it since we got our own driver/guide and cook).
We started our tour in the small town of Tupiza and spent our first day driving a lot and stopping at a few amazing landmarks here and there. We had lunch in an area that can't even be considered a town. There were maybe thirty small houses in the middle of the desert, but the people were incredibly friendly.
We also stopped at an amazing rocky area called Ciudad de Encanto.
After driving all day, we spent the night in a salt hostel. Everything, and I mean everything, was made of salt. Even our beds were made of salt. The floors in the hallway weren't real floors, they were all salt. That was quite fun to walk around in.
It was a short night in the salt hostel however, as we had a 4:30 a.m. departure time the following morning so that we could catch the sunrise at Isla Incahuasi.
It was well worth it. We watched the beautiful sunrise on a small hill covered in cactuses in the middle of the salt flats. After spending an hour or so at the top of Isla Incahuasi, taking in all of our beautiful surroundings, we went back to the bottom to enjoy a nice breakfast on this part of the salt flats and then we were off to go to the ideal area where everyone takes their iconic photos.
Once we arrived and made our stop in the middle of the salt flats our breath was taken away. It was truly incredible, not like something I could have ever imagined.
The flats themselves were amazing with the honeycomb patterns they naturally made. I even tried some of the salt straight off of the ground and it was the purest and saltiest salt I have ever tasted. But, since I was there I couldn't leave without licking just a bit of the salt. We were at the world's biggest salt flats after all. This was a once in a lifetime experience and view, and we enjoyed every minute we spent there.
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