Termed to be the world’s largest salt flat, Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia is a miracle of nature. Spanning over 11,000 square kilometers, the salt flat came into existence when an ancient lake present over the flats had dried up over the years. Then onwards, the salt flat is primarily dry studded with cacti embedded islands, random rock formations and salt mounds. While it may seem like the horizon has no end, one can observe the entire salt flat from the height of the Incahuasi island. The Incahuasi island is based towards the centre of the flats and is studded with cacti. During earlier years.
The Incas used to make a stop at this island to rest and freshen up with passing through the salt flats. And while the landscape hardly supports any life organisms, it fosters the growth of cacti and welcomes flocks of flamingos all around the flat. The salar de uyuni is the world’s largest mixed salt and lithium reserve. It is the substance that power electronics to function properly such as your electric cars, laptops and smartphones.
When and how should one explore the salt flats?
The salt flats can be visited during two times of the year for two different experiences. Once, during December to March when its monsoon in Bolivia as this changes the appearance of the salt flats. When it rains, nearby lakes get flooded and those in turn trickle on to the salt flats creating a thin film of water that works as a mirror due to the white salt and creates a splitting image of whatever reflects onto it; the hues of the sky, the travelers, cacti, etc. This view is a totally different experience and can be visible only during monsoon.
But due to water over the salt, travelers are not allowed to venture more than nine miles into the salt flats on the basis of safety and regulations of the national reserve which houses these salt flats. The other time to visit these salt flats would be during summer, between the months of April and October. During summer you will be able to explore the flats thoroughly and the weather at night is much more chill than during monsoons.