Over the last number of years, the Bolivian salt flats have become the most popular destination in Bolivia and a must-see spot for anyone traveling through South America. Located in the Eduardo Avaroa National Andean Wildlife Reserve, its sheer beauty and otherworldly features attract thousands of travelers each year to revel in its beauty.
Pay a visit to this interesting valley lined with an array of unusual rocks. These rocks, formed as a result of volcanic activity resemble an array of animals and other natural scenery.
The most well-visited feature of the Valle de Rocas is Arbol de Piedra. This attraction earned its name due to its resemblance of a tree having been weathered over millions of years.
Sol de Mañana (Spanish for ‘Morning Sun’) is a stunning alien-like landscape which is home to a number of fascinating natural attractions. These include steaming geysers, bubbling mud pits and the distinct aroma of sulfur.
Among the unique salt patterns and incredible volcanoes of the Bolivian Salt Flats, you will find Polques Lagoon hot springs. Visitors visit these hot springs to wind down after a long day of exploring!
Acting as the beating heart in the center of the salt flat, Isla Incahuasi now acts as one of the main attractions for tourists in the area. The name, which translates directly from Quechua to “house of the Inca”, shows just how important the island was to the ancient Incas. The rocky outcrop can be found on top of the remains of an ancient volcano which was submerged by a giant prehistoric lake. Once considered a lonely, unearthly place, this incredible plot of land is now considered to be one of the most interesting sites on the tour.
On the deserted outskirts of Uyuni is the ‘Cementerio de trenes’ or train cemetery. Here you can explore the eerie remains of former train carriages, completely rusted out due to the area’s salty winds. All salt flat tours stop at the train graveyard and the local tour guide will give a detailed history of the site. Take a step into the past and visit this amazing attraction!
Just 20 km south of Uyuni lies the quaint salt-processing village of Colchani, one of the first stops for all Salar de Uyuni tours. Here you’ll have a chance to visit a traditional salt factory and learn the process of salt extraction and refinement. It’s also a great place to pick up authentic Bolivian souvenirs, including handicrafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca.
Immerse yourself in the local nature by staying a night in one of the astonishing salt hotels around the Salar de Uyuni. Locals have creatively capitalised on the surrounding environment by creating these unique hotels in which everything from the beds to the walls and floors are constructed from salt blocks.
This once-bustling mining town now lies dormant, with only faint memories of its glorious past remaining. Legend has it that a pact with the devil is what caused the town’s precipitous decline. Explore these eerie ruins of a bygone era.
This small town has not been abandoned yet, but it has the unmistakable look and feel of a ghost town. Incredibly, its church was moved brick by brick from a different location 20 km away after silver was discovered at the original site.
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