Salar de Uyuni

 

grafik_inca grafik_inca The simplest way to get from Uyuni to the Licancabur is, by means of one of the sillion touristic enterprises, which carry us rich foreigner in jeeps through the desert. Don't just be dazzled by the landscape, by far more amazing I found that there are actually people living here.

The landscape has been already described in many books: boundless white salt plains, many vicuñas, flamingos, vizcachos, cactus islands, strange stone formations, geysirs, colored lakes and and and...

For a flight many mountains are suitable it's more a question of accessibility. The volcano Tanapu in the north of the salar seems to be the best choice for a flight over the salt desert.

 

       

Beautiful llamas before Uyuni,
school parade on sunday morning.
This dazzling white salt desert, approximately a third of the surface of Switzerland, seems almost infinite. It is tiled regularly everywhere into forms which are in the ideal case exactly hexagons as can be seen in the right picture. They result from the large difference between daily heat and coldness at night. The entire salt surface expands and shrinks symmetrically, resulting in the most circle like coverage of an even surface, the hexagonal one.

 

     

Isolated in the middle of the white desert small cactus overgrown islands. The cactus in the center is 12 m high and 1200 years old, since a growth rate of a meter every 100 years is estimated. Left in the background of the first picture the volcano Tanapu, possible launch for a salt gliding flight.

 

       

At some places still salt is gathered quite simply, you just scrub it from the soil and fill it into bags.
Desert flamingos at the Laguna Hedionda,
sulfur smelling geysirs
and again and again endless ways...

 

 


----------------------------------------------- With a paraglider above the Inca roads -----------------------------------------------