Desert sights in South America
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Right on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, Colchani is home to the salt cooperative, the easiest point to access the great salt flat, and the place to go if you just want a glimpse of it without going on a tour. Right on the edge of the salt, the Hotel Palacio de Sal is one of several salt hotels in the region - built almost entirely out of blocks of salt.
The world's largest salt flat sits at a lofty 3653m (11,985ft) and blankets an amazing 12,000 sq km (4633 sq mi). It was part of a prehistoric salt lake, Lago Minchín, which once covered most of southwest Bolivia. When it dried up, it left a couple of seasonal puddles and several salt pans, including the Salar de Uyuni. The savage beauty of this vast salt desert makes it one of South America's most awe-inspiring spectacles.
From strange islands in a sea of blindingly bright salt to delicately colored mineral lakes in the Andean mountains, this is an unforgettable Bolivian landscape.
However, travellers should take great care in choosing which tour operator to go with…