Lake Titicaca Bolivia
Not far from La Paz lies the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. Sky blue hues hit the depths of the lake…
Photos cannot capture what it feels like to stand in the middle of the salt with nothing but brilliant white salt as far as the eye can see.
In addition to the vast white desert are the incongruous cacti covered islands, Tunupa Volcano and the small town of Colchani where salt is still processed manually.
The Salar de Uyuni is the largest and highest salt flats in the world. An eerie expanse of over 4,600 square miles of white salty desert set at a lofty altitude of 3,653 metres in south-western Bolivia. To experience these desolate salt-encrusted plains is nothing short of mesmerizing. The featureless white landscape is broken up with small islands, the two main ones to visit being Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado. During the dry season all corners of the Salar de Uyuni can be explored. In the wet season (December to March) the area is transformed into a huge reflecting pool and the centre is off limits.
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Explore the small town of Colchani and learn how the salt is processed.
Walk to the top of Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado for stunning views across the salt flats.
Watch the water bubbling from the Ojos del Salar (eyes of the salt flat) which have healing properties due to the high mineral content.
Trek to the top of Tunupa Volcano and look out across the Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest salt flat in the world.
Stay in one the of the salt hotels built entirely from blocks of salt.
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Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.
The Luna Salada Hotel is situated on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in the Colchani area, 30 minutes from the town of Uyuni. This location provides views of the impressive flats. Built entirely from local salt bricks, this rustic hotel even has furniture made from salt, including the beds and chairs. The hotel has 49 rooms, of varying styles and sizes, some with salt lake views. They are tastefully decorated, have a snug and relaxing feel to them with very comfortable beds and welcoming pillows. There is a large restaurant with great views over the white desert which serves delicious meals. The hotel also has a spa with sauna and jacuzzi.
Hotel Palacio del Sal is located on the edge of Colchani on the eastern shore of the salt lake and is built purely of salt. Not only are the floors, walls and ceilings made from salt, but so are most of the tables, chairs and beds. The hotel is warm, friendly and stylishly decorated with cosy sitting areas complete with log burners. There are 30 rooms featuring conical ceilings made from large salt blocks and bright furnishings which contrast with the salt walls. The restaurant is spacious and serves buffet meals.
Camp out under the stars on the largest salt lake in the world, in the luxury of your own stylish airstream camper. Travel by 4WD with a private guide during the day, as the sunsets, park up for the night and sip a cocktail while dinner is prepared by the chef. The airstream camper van comes equipped with a double or twin beds, an electric blanket and heating for those chilly nights, a CD player, own minibar and private bathroom with hot shower.
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