Uyuni Salt Flats (Day Trip) English Guide

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Experience the natural wonder of the Salar de Uyuni and see the largest salt flat on Earth. Marvel at the strange rock formations and extraordinary landscapes.


  • See remains of steam locomotives from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • El salar más grande del mundo, formado por lagos prehistóricos evaporados
  • you can see crafts made of salt and textile art made of llama and alpaca


Train Cemetery It is a cemetery of trains, of locomotives. And it's so big that it seems like every train in South America was moved to Uyuni, Bolivia, to take its last drink. It is only about 3 km from the Uyuni train station. Filled with hollow bodies that have completely rusted away and other remains, the 'Great Train Graveyard' can be found on the outskirts of Uyuni, a small commercial region. high in the Andean plain. Uyuni has been known as a major transportation hub in South America and connects several major cities. In the early 19th century, grand plans were made to build an even larger network of trains outside of Uyuni, but the project was abandoned due to a combination of technical difficulties and tension with neighboring countries. The trains and other equipment became rusty and faded from memory. There are no restrictions on approaching the trains, so visitors often climb on top of or enter the train cars to take photographs. Most of the trains that can be found in the Cemetery date from the early 20th century and were imported from Great Britain. There are more than 100 train cars with a unique structure and occasional graffiti. Elsewhere in the world, the mighty steel trains would have held up better. The salt winds blowing over Uyuni, which is home to the world's largest salt plain, have corroded all the metal. Without guards or even a fence, these pieces were collected and destroyed long ago. 2 Colchani Just outside the salt flats of the Salar de Uyuni is the picturesque salt processing town of Colchani. This small town of just over 600 people is home to the largest salt processing cooperative in Bolivia. Years ago, the inhabitants of Colchani used to exploit salt to exchange with other indigenous communities. Every year, packs of llamas traveled incredible distances carrying salt, returning with coca, corn and other products not produced in the Altiplano. The Salar de Uyuni contains approximately 10 billion tons of salt, with an impressive 25,000 tons excavated and processed in Colchani annually. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase authentic Bolivian souvenirs to take home. The tour also includes a visit to a traditional salt factory where a local will teach you the process of extracting and refining salt. Although this tour of the salt factory is free, those who take it are expected to make a donation to the venue for their time and effort. A visit to the Salt Museum is also popular with those stopping in Colchani. This small but picturesque space consists of salt bricks and a multitude of carved sculptures. It's not your typical museum, as it takes no more than 5 to 10 minutes to see everything it has to offer, making it the perfect quick stop for those passing through town.


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