Is there a desert in Bolivia?
Here, deep inside Salar de Uyuni, dozens of miles away from the nearest town, the salt is pristine. The surreal landscape of South-west Bolivia continues to draw us in as we sit munching on sandwiches in the middle of the largest salt desert in the world.
What is the desert in Bolivia called?
The Atacama Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a desert plateau in South America covering a 1,600 km (990 mi) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes Mountains.
Why are there Salt Flats in Bolivia?
The salt flats of Uyuni are speculated to have formed after a huge prehistoric lake, called Lake Minchin, dried up over 40,000 years ago. Once upon a time, this lake would have covered the majority of southwest Bolivia and, like the salt flats today, it was an impressive 120 meters deep.
Uyuni Salt Flat, Spanish Salar de Uyuni, arid, windswept salt flat in southwestern Bolivia. It lies on the Altiplano, at 11,995 feet (3,656 metres) above sea level.
Salt flats, also called salt pans, are large and flat areas of land that were once lake beds. Salt flats are covered with salt and other minerals and they oftentimes look white because of the salt presence.