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The Infinite Uyuni - Heaven's Mirror

The world’s largest salt flat, the dazzling white Salar de Uyuni covers 4,000 square miles. This means that it’s not only one of the highest salt flats in the world, but also the largest. For you, a journey through this vast white wilderness promises to be an ethereal experience unlike any other. Framed by mountains and volcanoes, this infinitely white and cobalt-blue scenery is simply surreal.

During its brief rainy season, a thin sheet of water turns this expansive plain into the largest mirror on earth, causing the surrealism to manifest itself even more. This reflection of the sky will likely give you the impression of floating in infinite space… perhaps in heaven itself; while at night, this dimensionless experience makes you feel like you’re drifting among stars.

A tour here will take you on a captivating journey deep into this hypnotic salt desert plain. Crossing the expanse, you’ll have chances to experience the Incahuasi or Pescado islands, which are actually volcanic-rock outcrops marooned in the middle of this sea of salt. On these “islands” you’ll discover gardens of gargantuan 30-feet-high cacti, some of which are centuries old, making for striking additions to this seemingly endless expanse.

Depending on the season, you may even sight thousands of colorful flamingos that flock with their young on Uyuni’s shallow lakes. Continuing on, you’re sure to be fascinated by attractions like the “Galaxy Cave” and the pre-Incan cemetery called “Devil’s Cave” – both wrapped in ancient legends and local traditions.

Additional attractions include everything from a visit to the mines where the salt is extracted and processed, a stop at the local souvenir market for your “must have” memento of this awe-inspiring adventure, and even a visit to the “train graveyard” where rusting antique locomotives and rolling stock have lied buffeted by wind for decades. At the end of the day, you’ll experience a truly unforgettable sunset, one which you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else on earth.

Accommodations around Uyuni include several “salt hotels” constructed almost entirely from blocks of the locally mined mineral. Though situated almost literally in the middle of nowhere, you’ll be hosted with great amenities, savory hot meals and personalized services. One of these salt hotels has even earned a 5-star rating.

Surtrek is proud to boast that the fact we were one of the first tour operators to custom design journeys here. But given our nature to re-invent and evolve, we invite travelers to consider combining a tour of the Salar de Uyuni with other experiences. Take, for instance, a desert crossing to Dali’s Desert, aptly named for its surreal rock formations (including the famed “Tree of Stone”) and dotted with red and green colored lakes, hot geyser fields, and mountains reaching heights of 5,000 meters (16,400 feet). The more adventurous traveler can continue on to Chile’s striking Atacama Desert or perhaps Argentina’s color-rich Jujuy Desert.

In short, an experience in Uyuni is truly one of the most unique in all of South America. Dream-like, alluring, inspirational, spiritual, fulfilling, adventurous, and authentic... this is indeed a journey that we at Surtrek are sure will touch your very soul. Just ask about one of our journey designers about the possibilities.

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