After all our adventures in the the desert like environment of the Southwest Circuit we drove the nipped into Uyuni for a night to have a shower and top up on food supplies. We headed out early morning to spend a couple of days exploring the Salar de Uyuni, the worlds largest salt flats which spread over 10582 square kms, it was formed by transformations from prehistoric lakes and the salt can range from just a few cms depth all the way to 10m. Obviously we didn’t have time to explore the entire area! Whenever I thought of the salt flats I always imagine white and flat as far as the eye can see. While there is plenty of this there are also lots of islands. The most famous of these is Isla Inchhuasi. The tours all visit here but it’s not really all that different to the many other islands around, expect you have to pay to walk around and its full of tourists. The islands have lots of cacti and my eyes kept playing tricks on me as it looked almost like the salt was ice with tropical
Another thing that surprised me was that although there are no roads across the salt you can see dirty tracks where most people drive. They even have trucks that drive across the flats. We deiced to spend a night out camping on the flats and found our own little island with a little flat spot for our tent and set up camp for the night. We climbed to the top of our little island and watched the sun set over the flats. Being so far from any light pollution we were treated to a beautiful night sky which I attempted to photograph but I’ve still not managed to crack getting any decent night sky pics. We spent some time taking the obligatory funny perspective pictures and also visited a small village on the edge of the salt flats.