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A trip to the world's largest salt flat, the 11,000-sq. km Salar de Uyuni is like traveling to another dimension. Completely flat for miles and dotted with colorful mirrored lakes, the flats are contained by the Andes mountains in the distance. Between 30-40,000 years ago, this expansive salt-covered desert was submerged under the giant Lake Minchin, which since dried up completely and left only the briny remains of its existence. Located in southwestern Bolivia in the Altiplano plateau, it is truly a land of extremes. The Adventure Life team has put together several fascinating tours exploring Bolivia's impressive landscape, including stops at Lake Titicaca, and can be combined with Chile's Atacama Desert, just across the Chilean border from Bolivia. Contact one of our South America experts to plan the perfect trip.  

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Salar de Uyuni: Highlights
What was once a prehistoric lake is now the world's largest salt flat, stretching out over 11,000 sq. km. on Bolivia's Altiplano plateau. It fuels a huge salt mining industry and has been recognized by Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of the world's strangest natural wonders.

So what is there to see on this peculiar barren plain in the heights of the Bolivian mountainscape?
  • Salt Lakes! Obviously. Just witnessing this salt desert will leave you with a sense of awe and wonder. The cracked and broken desert stretches out interminably in a dry sea of whiteness. Like many deserts, you might see mirages as the sun dances on the reflective surface, but unlike most deserts, you won't find even a grain of sand.
  • Flamingos. Interestingly, the salty lagoons that have formed make for a delightful home for the scores of pink flamingos that live here. 
  • Other nearby destinations worth visiting on your Bolivia trip include the Atacama desert and other places in the Altiplano like the Laguna Colorada. 
Best Time of the Year to Visit Salar de Uyuni

You can visit Uyuni any time of the year as the seasonal differences are small. The altitude is at 3600 meters (feet), which makes for cool days and nights. 

The rainy season is from November until March, when the temperatures are warmer and more importantly, there's a better chance of seeing the salt lake beds filled with water, which gives them a mirror effect, and that million dollar photo opportunity that you came to Uyuni for. 

The winter months of June, July, and August are drier, almost without rainfall, and see lower temperatures, averaging below freezing at nights with highs around 15 degrees celsius (60 F). 
 

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