In more than 20 years in Chile we had never managed to visit the nearby largest salt flat in the world, the Salar de Uyuni in South-west Bolivia. In January this year we eventually joined a one-week tour with our trusted Photo Trackers. Our round trip started and ended in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile and allowed us to spend a total of three days in the Salar. From our base at the northern end of the Salar, the Hotel Tayka de Sal in Tahua, we could explore the Salar off the main tourist tracks including a spectacular “private” sunset from the top of Isla Incahuasi – the only place where you have a 360-degree view of the Salar. Unfortunately, as it had not rained in the Salar for months, there were only few bodies of water to produce the famous endless mirror-like reflections – but our guides still managed to find a beautiful spot for a colourful sunset and sunrise.
Many additional spectacular locations on our round trip through the Bolivian Altiplano along endless deserts, smoking volcanoes, and colourful lagoons with flamingos complemented this unique and intense experience.