One of Bolivia's most spectacular sites, the Salar de Uyuni is the world's highest salt flat, at 3,650 meters (11,975 feet) above sea level, and also the largest, at 10,582 square km (4086 square mi). Once part of a prehistoric salt lake covering most of southwestern Bolivia, it still extends through much of the departments of Potosí and Oruro. As well as the vast expanse of salt, you'll find a series of eerie, translucent lagoons tinted green and red due to high copper
and sulfur contents. Living on the lagoons are flamingos (also tinted green and red), rheas, vicuñas, and foxes. Driving across the salt flat, whether in the dry or rainy season, is a unique experience.
Oct 26, 2014
Whereas the Uyuni salt flat is a must see in Bolivia (and i would say a must see within a lifetime) we took the opportunity to enhance the classical 3 day 4x4 overland tour in the region (including the lagoons, flamingos, geysers, thermal waters,etc...) with some volcanoes ascent. We were on both Tunupa volcano (located on the shores of the salt flat, with unique views on it) and Uturuncu which is the highest volcano in the region. It is actually
a Super volcano ! The road leading to an abandonned mine is the highest road on earth reaching 5800m altitude (19000 feet) crossing some active fumaroles field ! This trip was organized by a local company called "andean ascent" (www.andeanascents.com). You'll find some additonal info on their sister webpage www.el-salar-de-uyuni.com. Whereas one needs some physical condition, it was a great idea to include these hikes on the volcanoes as they were great breaks between the hours spent in the 4x4 vehicle.