Photo Friday: Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

The highlight of most trips to Bolivia is a variation on the Uyuni Salt Flat Tour. These trips run for between 2 and 5 days, visiting a variety of attractions as well as the famous Uyuni Salt Flats; which are amazing for perspective photos.

Every year when the wet season ends and the water evaporates away from the ground, the Uyuni Salt Flats are renewed into a perfect sea of white hexagons, stretching as far as the eye can see. Thousands of tourists view these salt flats every year, and they are just spectacular!


This is what all the fuss is about. The vast majority of people on a tour are brought to the salt flats early in the morning, so they can watch the sunrise. Sadly, the clouds obscured our view, but watching the dawn break, and feeling like you are the only people in the whole world is a feeling like no other.


Other attractions include a whole bunch of lagoons that are coloured by different minerals. Laguna Verde is turned green mainly by arsenic. On being asked if we could swim in it, our tour guide replied ‘Yes. But only once’.


At nearly 5000m, the geysers were the highest attraction on our tour. Despite getting up to nearly 200 degrees Celsius, there are no barriers around them or the craters of bubbling, boiling mud. We were simply casually advised not to fall in.


Laguna Colorada is another coloured lake, getting its colour from pink algae. There are thousands of flamingoes here who eat the algae for up to ten hours a day, giving them their distinctive colour.


You cannot do anything in Bolivia without bumping into a llama or two, and this tour was no exception. This is a llama nursery. The coloured flags in their ears show who each llama belongs to.

Have you heard of the Salt Flats before? Have you visited? Let us know in the comments below.


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