Bolivia 3: Salar de Uyuni

Wenn es in Bolivien eine Sehenswürdigkeit gibt, welche wir uns nicht entgehen lassen wollten, so ist es der Salar de Uyuni – ein riesen Salzsee. Je nach Lichtverhältnissen gibt sich dieser See anders und ist u.A. auch Ziel der Dakar Rallye gewesen mit Übernachtung im Salzhotel.

Der Salar liegt kurz ausserhalb des Städtchen Uyuni, wo wir am Lokomotiven Friedhof übernachtet haben bei entsprechend tiefen Temperaturen, welche in diesem Gebiet herrschen.

Close to Uyuni is the train cementary with many steam locomotives from an bygone era. Here we camped, fortunately we found a small shelter where we managed to prepare supper – the temperature dropped and the wind picked up -the night dropped to -6 deg C.

Next day we drove to Isla Incahuasi on the Salar de Uyuni. This island is in the middle of the salar and is speckled with cacti reaching 6-7m. At the island a salt hotel has been erected which became part of the Dakar.

It was an experience to camp on a nearby island with an ice cold, clear night sky.

The next morning we enjoyed to view the various crystal formations on the salar and took time out to collect some clean salt and to enjoy the vast expanse of this unique sight.

We then took the road south to the region of the different lakes toward the Chilean border.


Author: Dieter

A passionate traveller and photographer with an urge to share the beauty of our planet.

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