Such is the truly unique and quite breath-taking landscape of the Uyuni salt flats in southern Bolivia. This is one of South America’s most awe-inspiring panoramas and most definitely one of this country’s natural wonders not to be missed. This vast salt flat forms a never-ending sea of white on the high altiplano, framed by steep volcanic peaks on all sides and dotted with small islands filled with giant cacti that jut out into the skyline. Explore the small traditional communities on the fringes of this huge salt flat, whose inhabitants eke out a meagre living from harvesting the salt, growing quinoa or llama herding.
As you cross the Salar and head further south, the white crust ends to give way to deep red desert sands with rocks twisted into bizarre formations by wind and mineral rich lakes of vivid hues from green to blue and even red which support huge flocks of rare James and Andean flamingos.
Arrive at spectacular geothermal springs and dramatic geysers where spirals of steam disperse in the impossibly clear blue skies and the perfectly symmetrical cone of Llicancabur Volcano is reflected in the waters of the lake below. Finally the dirt road gives way to tarmac as you descend the altiplano and arrive at the adobe desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, perhaps enjoying a stunning wilderness lodge there to be completely pampered with spa treatments, fine wines and exquisite cuisine, a well deserved treat after your journey through some of the most spectacular scenery of the high Andes.
You can stay on the fringes of these vast white salt flats either in quirky hotels constructed almost entirely of rock salt or in comfortable heated tented camps and explore the region by jeep during the day. By far the most stylish way to explore this stunning landscape is to stay on the Salar itself. Enjoy a sundowner sitting on the salt flats and lodge overnight in beautifully equipped Airstream caravans, enjoying a delicious dinner made by your private chef.
Enjoy the freedom of ranging over this unique landscape by day in your private 4x4 vehicle and stopping right on the Salar itself wherever you feel like it at night in your luxurious mobile accommodation, enjoying one of the best rooms with a view ever!
‘Greetings. this has turned out to be a paradise in so many ways....so a big thank you from us.
Wonderful support from your company over here....we were met at the airport (with flowers!!!!!) and introduced to our personal guide who is fabulous. Can't get over the attention to detail ....cool flannels, chilled water, fresh juice on arrival, bag full of thoughtful goodies for our trip, wonderful rooms with bathrooms bigger than our bedroom at home(!) and we were upgraded to a suite and as I write we are listening to tropical birdsong as we look out over the lagoon from our balcony. Wow!!!!!
I could go on but I'll spare you.
Thanks a million
Judy and Mike’
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