Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni is a vast salt desert located in the highlands of southwestern Bolivia.

A tourism expands to discover this site. Several trails traverse. All-terrain vehicles can be safely driven. Shipments can not be held there in the dry season, from April to December. During the austral summer, from December to March, the Salar de Uyuni can be flooded for several weeks. The thickness of the water rarely exceeds 10 to 15 centimeters. As salar is perfectly flat, it is flooded over its entire surface, making it a huge mirror. In 2001, the rainy season was very wet, the salar has finished drying in August, which is exceptional. It was no longer possible to pass a vehicle for several weeks. The reverberation of the sun on the surface of the salt desert causes a strong glare and requires the wearing of glasses high sun protection. A hotel in the center of the lake and built entirely of salt, is a curious place. The coral island of Incahuasi covered candelabra cactus, some of which are 1,200 years old, is isolated in the salt desert.

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