Salar de Uyuni

We arrived in Uyuni late afternoon on the bus from Sucre. We had arranged a full day tour out to Salar de Uyuni (the salt flats), for the next day. When visiting the Uyuni salt flats you have the choice of doing a single day trip or a multi day trip. We opted for the single day tour which included the train graveyard, the salt hotel, the salt flats themselves and Cactus island. The multi day trip takes in a number of beautiful lagoons and overnight stays in basic accommodation out on the flats, however they involve hours of driving over rough terrain so on the balance of everything we opted against it.

We really enjoyed the tour of the salt pan. The area is the worlds largest salt flat and was once a number of great lakes which dried up thousands of years ago. One of the most unique features of the area is Incahuasi island or Cactus Island. Famed for it cacti, the island is a striking image sitting alone in the middle of the flats.

After the tour we had time for a great pizza from Minute Man Pizza in Uyuni town, before we took the overnight train to the border of Bolivia and Argentina. From here we would catch the bus onto Salta in northern Argentina.

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