Trip to the Uyuni Salt Flats – Part 1!

After 30 hours of continuous travel, we’re back from our Uyuni Salt Flats vacation and here are some of the highlights! We were gone for 5 days (Wednesday through Sunday) and had a BLAST!

Our first leg of the trip was by bus to Oruro. We arrived shortly after noon and spent the rest of the day sight-seeing in town before we caught the overnight train that would take us to Uyuni.

Oruro

At the train station in Oruro, Bolivia

The first stop of our tour on Thursday was the Train Graveyard, just outside of Uyuni. It was fun climbing on the trains and we even found a train that spoke our “language”…

It's a smart train!

Train graveyard

Our next stop was the Salt Flats – we visited a small “factory” that processes salt and were shown how they get salt from the ground to our kitchen table. The first step in the process is to make big mounds of salt so it can dry out (shown in the picture). Unfortunately, a sandstorm passed through the salt flats a few days before we did and it left the flats light brown behind it. Usually, the flats are brilliant white – and some of our pictures turned out that way! It was amazing to see how big and expansive the flats are, with an area of 12,000 square kilometers. And the depth of salt varies between two and nine meters. That’s a TON of salt!

Mounds of saltSalt Flats

We ended the day by watching the sunset over the flats and slept in a salt hotel (yes, our hotel was made of salt – including the table and chairs in the dining room and our bed frame!)

End of the sunset and the moon over the Salt Flats

Dining area in our salt-hotel

More to come…

P.S. We have a lot more pictures posted on our Flickr account.

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