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Salar de Uyuni

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The Salar is perhaps the premier tourist destination in Bolivia.  I’ve been there three times and I don’t think it gets old.  It does get cold.

Most people use a tour agency and guide to explore the Salar, but
I never have, so I can’t help with that side of things.  However, I can give you much rarer information on how to explore the Salar on your own.

First, though, you probably should consider your personal risk tolerance.  Getting lost on the Salar should be very hard to do.  The Salar is imense, but not that imense, and as long as you have a car with reasonably well aligned steering, you can put your hands at two and ten on the wheel and you’ll soon find the edge of the salt.

More serious is the possibility of your auto breaking down.  If that happened in an out of the way place, or at the end of the day when everyone else was gone, you would be in for a cold night, at best.  The solution is two cars, always a good idea when traveling in remote areas.

Of course the other risk is breaking through the salt. That’s another good reason not to travel alone, but it doesn’t seem very common.  Mostly the danger of breaking through occurs on the edge of the Salar where the crust is thin.  You should never attempt to take a vehicle onto or off of the Salar except at one of the established entry points.

OK, I’ll have to finish this in La Paz.

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