The Uyuni Salt Flats are among my top 5 places in the entire world, although you could say they're of another world, because from the time you leave the town of Uyuni until when you return four days later you won't stop seeing incredible things like island of cactus in a sea of salt, a highway over a mirror of water, cold geysers, hot geysers, petrified forests, colored lagoons of green, blue, red, yellow and the thousands of flamingos that live there, curious animals like the viscacha, and the imposing sight of active volcanos over 5,000 meters high. In winter, the temperatures can sink to -20 degrees, but you still have to wear sunblock because the reflections off the salt are so strong
Being a train buff like me, it'll make you really sad to visit an abandoned train cemetery like the one just outside Uyuni, but this place has a beauty and special magnetism, because the desolation isn't only found in these rusty abandoned machines that aren't able to function to carry passengers or freight anymore, but they're also there in a never ending graveyard where it seems like a road to the end of the world.
Although it seems hard to believe, there is an island in the middle of a salt flat, surrounded by tens of kms of salt, almost as far as the eye can see. Fishermen's Island is almost 4,000 ms above sea level, and is full of giant cactus plants. They can grow up to 12 meters high and can live for 1200 years. An amazing landscape in the middle of another even more amazing landscape.
Uyuni is an out of this world place, not only because of its saltiness, but also because you get the feeling that time stopped and that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid can appear at any time (to be clear, Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Two Men and a destination). The town is very small, it only has a few streets and there's not really anything to see from an architectural point of view. Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is the train station, which has an old locomotive and other pieces on display, the clock tower, and the Catholic Church Uyuni is the starting point for tours to hire the Salar de Uyuni, the largest in the world, returning to the starting point after four days, or leave us in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile
To be at dawn at 5,000 meters, after sleeping in a stone hut with a temperature of several degrees below zero and in a desert landscape full of geysers that spew water vapor at 150 ° and smelling sulfur unbearable masochistic sounds. But the experience is quite unforgettable.
Spending carnival in Uyuni is amazing. I had a ticket to go to Oruro, much more famous and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, but in Uyuni carnival, being more modest is fully lived at street level
At this office, you can buy bus tickets to travel to La Paz (80 bolivianos), Calama Chile (100 bolivianos), Potos (35 bolivianos) and more. The buses are very comfortable, and seats are not numbered. Prices are really quite low for the distances traveled. If you're not interested in catching the bus, there's nothing to see here.
Wondering what to do in Uyuni? You should undoubtedly start your list of stuff to do in Uyuni with exploring its natural landscapes. The city has some natural environments that will leave any traveller speechless. The places to visit in Uyuni mix mystery and natural spectacle in all its glory. The Salar de Uyuni is where the majority of the things to see in Uyuni are located. It's one of the largest salt flats in the world, and was formed by the evaporation of ancient seas. The wildlife, unique vegetation, and the white landscape will leave you blind.
A visit to the Train Cemetery, which harks to the heyday of mining, is one of the most interesting things to do in Uyuni. Ancient train engines are sinking into the desert, their dark bodies contrasting brightly against the white desert.
Out on Salar Uyuni, you can find green and red lagoons full of flamingos, as well as pre-Colombian ruins and island hills which are home to cactus more than 10 meters tall. Perhaps the best known of the "islands" is Fish Island.
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