Lakes, volcanoes, geysers, and salt as far as the eye can see. Nature at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one of the greatest riches of Latin America
Nearby San Pedro de Atacama, at the border with Chile, Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world
The desert climate on the Bolivian plateau is ideal for cacti, which can grow up to 33 feet [10 m] tall. The strong winds ruffle the surface and form small whirlwinds.
Vicuñas, flamingos, llamas, and pumas comprise the local fauna.
The warm natural pools at Termas de Polques help to mitigate the cold of the desert.
The rocks are shaped by the strong, constant winds over the years. The most famous is Arbol de Piedra.
The hot steam that shoots out of the geysers in the region of Sol de Mañana resembles landscapes of another planet.
Salar de Uyuni
Calama Airport, in Chile, is approximately 250 miles [400 km] away. There, you can take a bus to Uyuni, the closest town to the salt flat.
When to go
The climate is dry, with the possibility of rain in the first months of the year (an opportunity to see the water reflecting the sky). In the winter, minimum temperatures reach 5 °F [-15 °C]; in the summer, the average temperature is 68 °F [20 °C].
LATAM has direct flights to Calama from Santiago, Lima and La Serena
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