Salar de Uyuni
With Caroline, the second leg of our journey in Bolivia was to drive on the Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world. It was an awesome experience, but hard to describe. The salar is a vast salt lake with occasional islands of rocks and cacti.
The salar covers an area of about 100 x 150 kilometres. Imagine, driving for some 150 km on a salt flat. It's incredible. The scenery is also quite spectacular and so incredibly shiny. It's almost impossible to open your eyes on this landscape without the protection of good sunglasses. The sun, so strong at 3600 metres, fiercely reflects on the almost purely white ground of the salt flat.
Isla Incahuasi (Inkawasi)
The Incahuasi Island is a small hill at the heart of the Salar de Uyuni. Incahuasi is a Quechua word meaning 'the Inca House.'
The island is covered with cacti which height may reach up to 12 metres. With a growth of 1 cm per year, the tallest cactus is 1,200 years old.
Isla Phia Phia (Pia Pia)
We preferred finding an island just for ourselves. We went to the Phia Phia Island where we established our base camp for a night. On this island, we also encountered the Devil's Cave.
Isla Phia Phia - Hike around the island
Isla Phia Phia - The next morning
Playa Blanca Salt Hotel
This hotel is now shut down, but it is still possible to visit it.