Located in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. Stretching for 4,086 square miles, the landform is virtually flat, save for a few “islands” created by the tops of old volcanoes.
As the name suggests, the surface of the salt flat is made entirely of a crust of salt. Underneath the salt is a pool of brine, containing possibly the world’s largest reserves of lithium.
The Salar de Uyuni has to be seen to be believed. Describing the a trip to the Salar de Uyuni for BootsnAll, Christian Celind writes “A picture is worth a thousand words” doesn’t even apply here. How do you explain an optical illusion in words?”
You might think that a salt flat this big would be barren, utterly devoid of life. For the most part, you’d be correct, but some of the islands shelter cacti that are over 1,000 years old, and the flats themselves are an important breeding ground for pink flamingos.
To visit Bolivia and the Salar de Uyuni, Americans are required to have valid passports and Bolivian visas. You can apply for a Bolivian visa ahead of time or when you enter the country, but in most cases it’s easier to just get one in advance. To get your visa, you need to have the following documents on hand:
- 1 Bolivian visa application form.
- Your passport. Check the expiration date-you need it to be valid for at least 6 months after enter the country.
- 1 passport photo, which must be 4 centimeters by 4 centimeters in size.
- If you will be staying in a hotel, you’ll need a hotel confirmation letter.
- If you are staying with friends or family, you need a letter of invitation.
- A copy of a roundtrip airline ticket. However, if you will be entering by bus or car, you can substitute a written statement saying when and where you plan to enter and exit the exit the country.
- A recent bank or credit card statement showing that you have sufficient money to take care of yourself in Bolivia.
- An international yellow fever vaccination certificate.
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