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Why should you visit Uyuni’s Salt Flats?

by | Bolivia

Bolivia is a lesser-known adventure travel destination. There are several habitats and landscapes to discover. The Uyuni Salt Flats, also known as Salar de Uyuni, is one of Bolivia’s most unique attractions. The Uyuni Salt Flats are worth visiting for a variety of reasons.

What and where is Uyuni’s Salt Flat?

The Salar de Uyuni is the most extensive salt flat on the planet. Its entire area is 4,086 square miles (10,582 square kilometers). This vast landscape is the consequence of the gradual change of multiple ancient lakes over time.

The Salar de Uyuni lies in the Potosi area of southwest Bolivia. Is also near the Andes’ crest, at 11,995 feet (3,656 meters) above sea level. The Salar is a climatological transition zone between the Atacama desert on Chile’s border and the salt flats of the Altiplano or high plateau.

Is there any wildlife in the area?

Despite the desolate scenery, there are many biological treasures to be discovered! There is a stunning diversity of plants and wildlife in the salt flats. It is, in reality, an important breeding site for multiple flamingo species. Aside from flamingos, there are also Culpeos (Andean Foxes), Vizcachas (Chinchillidae family), Guanacos (camelids), and a variety of birds. Isla Incahausi also includes the Salar. Uyuni is a rocky outcropping of land in the center of the salt flat that used to be an island. It’s ornamented with native cactus, providing a striking contrast to the salt flats.