How was the Uyuni Salt Flat formed?

The Salar de Uyuni was covered 40 000 years ago by Lake Minchin and later, 11,000 years ago, by Lake Tauca or Tauka. A wet and rainy climate phase raised the level of the lagos to approximately 100 meters above the current level. Later came a dry and warm period, which produced a great reduction of the surface and volume of the Andean lakes, thus originating the salt flats and the current lagoons.

What record does the Salar de Uyuni highlight?

It is the largest continuous salt desert in the world (and the highest).

At what height above sea level is the Salar de Uyuni?

it is located at about 3650 meters above sea level.

What surface area does the Salar de Uyuni cover?

10 582 km² (or 4085 square miles).

Where is the Salar de Uyuni located?

It is located within the highland region of the Andes mountain range.

Is there lithium in the Salar de Uyuni?

It is the largest lithium reserve in the world with 50-70% of the world’s lithium. It has 140 million tons of lithium.

Is salt extracted from the Salar de Uyuni?

contains 10 billion tons of salt, of which 25 000 tons are extracted every year.

Are there flamingos in the Salar de Uyuni?

Every November, Salar de Uyuni is also the breeding place of three species of South American flamingos: Chilean, James and Andean.

What is the best season to visit the Salar de Uyuni?

Rainy: February- April is a different experience, the rains and puddles that are produced create a true mirror that reflects the sky. It is difficult to distinguish where the sky begins or ends.

How many tourists visit the Salar de Uyuni annually?

Approximately 60,000 tourists per year.

Ojos de Agua (eyes of water)
Ojos de Agua (eyes of water)

These "eyes" of the salar are the places where air escapes precisely by forming small lakes in the heart of

Monument Dakar
Monument Dakar

The creation of the Dakar monument in Uyuni 2014 has become a symbol of the salt desert and an obligatory

Incahuasi Island
Incahuasi Island

It is one of the main tourist attractions in Bolivia, thanks to the attraction of the Salar de Uyuni, also

Chuvica
Chuvica

Chuvica is a city located at the gates of the Salar de Uyuni, known for its hotel built entirely of

Salt Palace
Salt Palace

The Palacio de Sal Hotel is the first salt hotel in the world built 100% in salt. Located on the

Craft Museum
Craft Museum

Artecampo, the museum that brings together works of art from the cultures of Eastern Bolivia. With guided tours and a

Isla del Pescado (island of fish)
Isla del Pescado (island of fish)

The Pescado Island is named after the inhabitants of the area, indigenous people of Aymara ethnicity, due to its semi-ellipsoidal

Hostal of salt “DON CARLOS”
Hostal of salt “DON CARLOS”

Hostal made almost entirely of salt in the town of Puerto Chuvica.