There are few places that exist in this world that take your breath away, make you question your existence, and bring a huge smile to your face all at the same time: Salar de Uyuni is one of those places. Perched 11,900ft above sea level and roughly the size of Jamaica, Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. When visiting here, some say they feel though they are on another planet. If I could only choose one word to describe it here, it’s “paradise”!
Salar de Uyuni was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes, some 30,000–42,000 years ago, which dried up and left the salt flats. When visiting during the rainy season the salt flats turn into a gigantic mirror giving perfect reflections of the sky: A photographers dream. Imagine the ocean is completely calm, like glass, and you get a chance to walk on it – This is the best way I know how to explain the feeling of being here.
Our first stop in Salar de Uyuni was Inkawasiisland. The terrain here is harsh and rocky, yet the views from here are spectacular. The island has gigantic cacti and wild Llama running around. As always, I got up close and personal with them even though I had a good chance of being spit at. After excaping the llama spit we made our way to Tunupa volcano to see some of the flamingos that surround the area. Salar is a major breeding ground for several species of pink flamingos.
From here we headed to Luna Salada, a salt hotel that was recently opened in the area. I was told a family moved here from La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, after seeing a need to build the hotel after visiting here several years ago. This made for a perfect opportunity to do a “Living the Dream” interview.
Once we arrived to Luna Salada I met with Marisa Campero, the owner of the hotel. In our interview she mentioned her dream was to improve the services that are offered in the area to enable new people to experience the salt flats, ultimately making their dreams come true. Although it has been challenging living in near isolation, her and her family have united in a way that would’ve never been possible in a big city. Her family designed the hotel with the help of an engineer and used natural ingredients found in the area such as salt, minerals, textiles, and colors. Overall it took over 3 years to construct the hotel.
To Marisa, living the dream and dreaming in general is a mix between fantasy and reality and mixing those two in real life. She said “Living your dream is one of the most important and special things anyone can experience.”
Travel with us through Salar de Uyuni and watch our interview with Marisa Campero here:
Out of all of my travels this could be the most amazing places I’ve ever been.
To learn more about Luna Salada Hotel visit: http://www.lunasaladahotel.com.bo