What do we know about Bolivia? That this is a state in the central part of South America, a fifteen-year-old captain was supposed to get there. The Andes, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia’s Death Road will complete the list of school knowledge about the country.
The Plurinational State of Bolivia has amazing places. One of them is the town of Uyuni.
Have you been walking among the clouds? No, not among mountain peaks, rocks and freezing winds. Barefoot across the plain on a warm sunny day.
Salar de Uyuni – a white world from which you can step straight into the sky. The Great Salt Desert – Salar de Uyuni is located in the south-west of Bolivia, on the Altiplano high plain near the town of Uyuni at an altitude of 3650 m above sea level. The length of the salt marsh is 250 km. from west to east and 100 km. from south to north. It is the world’s largest dry salt lake. The layer of salt here is 2-9 meters, and in some places up to 10. Its reserve, according to the most conservative estimates, is 10 billion tons. In the dry season, salt is everywhere, around, as far as the eye can see. Perfectly flat snow-white desert, in the middle of which there are islets where cacti grow. There are about 10 thousand of them here, the oldest 1200 years old, according to botanists.
Huge stones of bizarre shapes diversify the landscape. Salar de Uyuni will interest professional photographers and mobile photography enthusiasts.
Salt does not lie here in vain. In addition to mining for the food industry, about 25 thousand tons per year, another worthy application was found for it – use in construction. Hotels, restaurants and residential buildings in the vicinity of the lake are built of salt bricks. Cheap and curative!
The Salt World appears in all its indescribable beauty during the rainy season, from November to March. At this time it is warm here, in the daytime up to +22 Celsius, but always windy. The salt marsh is covered with a thin layer of water and unites heaven and earth in the largest reflection into a single whole. At the same time, flocks of flamingos arrive at the lake.
When a person is on the Salar de Uyuni, the feeling of reality disappears. The blue sky and white clouds are reflected in the surface of the salt marsh, it is impossible to determine where the lake ends and the sky begins.
Scenes from the 8th part of the Star Wars saga were filmed here. At the time of filming, the salt marsh became the planet Kreith.
Saline Uyuni is the largest mirror surface on earth. Locals call it “the mirror of the gods”. When space satellites fly over a perfectly flat mirror surface of a salt marsh, they go through a certain high-precision stage of tuning.
Another local attraction is the steam locomotive cemetery. Rare steam engines in open-air museums around the world are cleaned, painted and restored. In the town of Uyuni, they are in their original form, in all their working truth. Local government in 2006 adopted a 15-year program for the development of the region. One of the points is to turn the “steam locomotive cemetery” into an open-air museum.
Who has not been to Bolivia yet, do not postpone the trip to the author’s tour to Bolivia for a long time. The salt lake will amaze no less seas and oceans!