All good travelers dream of seeing Salar de Uyuni with their own eyes. Famous for being the world’s largest salt desert, at 10,582 square kilometers and elevated at 3,650 meters above sea level, you have to see it to believe it. Its layers of salt and clay, which are 40 meters thick, expand on the horizon, as far as the eye can see.
Located in the region of Antiplano, in Southwest Bolivia, not far away from La Paz; one of the coldest regions in the country (temperatures can approach the -25 degrees celsius), the Salar de Uyuni transports you into a surreal universe.
Its surprising crust of salt is the result of the pre-historical lake of Tauca’s disappearance, 14,000 years ago. When it dried out, it left behind this gigantic desert of salt but also the Salar de Coipasa and other small lakes like the Poopo Lake and the Uri Uri Lake. Today you can still see hundreds of men digging this soil and extracting bricks of non-iodized salt, for commercial purpose.
Tourism activity is now well developed and there are a few travel agencies who will take you to this incredible site. We recommend using Thaki Voyage, which specialized in Bolivian trips and will take you in their jeeps through breath-taking landscapes.
At Canal Aventure, we were the first to organize an ultra marathon in June 2014, in this magical region of South America. This challenge included a 42 km marathon exclusively on the Salar de Uyuni, a truly unforgettable experience for the runners. Today our challenge, named the Ultra BOLIVIA Race, is the multi-day running race in Self-Supported, the most elevated in terms of altitude in the world. Will you be the next adventurer to run on the exceptional Salar de Uyuni?