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The beautiful Salar de Uyuni is with its 10.582 square km (4.085 square miles) the world’s largest salt flat. It is located in the Department of Potosi in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, at 3.700 meters above sea level.
Start the tour. We’ll stop first at the traditional one-street town of Colchani, with only 600 full-time inhabitants. This is the only site for salt extraction, through a cooperative owned by the salt workers. Here we’ll learn about their rustic methods and also admire their salt-based handicrafts.
Lack of conventional construction materials led to buildings like our next stop, the Salt Hotel in the center of Uyuni, made entirely of salt. Although it is no longer operational, it now functions as a sort of museum.
Afterwards we will continue our trip, heading towards Fish Island. In Uyuni, “islands” refer to the peaks of ancient volcanoes submerged when this area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin. They are characterized by unusual and fragile coral-like structures, deposits including fossils and algae, colonies of the rabbit-like viscacha, and giant 39ft cacti.
At 17:30 pm. End of the tour.