Pass the salt…
The Salar de Uyuni is one of the world’s most stunning and surreal sights. Covering a whopping 10,582 sq km of Andean plateau, this epic salt pan stands at 3,650m above sea level, meaning it’ll take your breath away in more than one sense.
Today, this prehistoric salt lake is Bolivia’s biggest attraction, and three-day jeep tours take intrepid travelers across the salt crust to the inhospitable, giant cacti-covered “island” of Incahuasi, in the middle of the blinding whiteness. Highlights include staying in a hotel made entirely of salt, witnessing one of the biggest sunrises you’ll ever see, and taking photographs of the unusual loss of perspective created by the endless pan.
Most tours of the Salar will also visit the high desert – with rock formations worthy of a Dali painting, flamingo-filled lagoons, gurgling mud pools and strange lakes that change colour in the welcome warmth of dawn.