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Bolivia Custom Tour

The flatness seems infinite. The salt surface is splintered with low ridges of salt that divide the top layer into white cell-like formations. Like the deserts of my childhood, this is a land of mirages, of shimmering lakes and islands that appear then vanish in a blink. Cones of salt dot the surface in some areas. In shallow salt pools gather pale flamingos. Aymara legend says the Salar was formed by a woman whose tears mixed with milk. It tells the story of the surrounding mountains – Tunupa, Kusku and Kusina, who were ancient giant people. Tunupa married Kusku, but Kusku ran away from her with Kusina. A grieving Tunupa began to cry while feeding her son and those are the tears that made the Salar.

Summer (Nov–Apr) is the rainy season, which can make the lowlands unpleasant and traveling by road can become difficult. Climbing, trekking and biking can be problematic. In addition, Feb-April is a time of many religious festivals so some areas may be crowded. Oct–Nov is a good time to visit the Salar de Uyuni. May–Oct brings mostly sunny days throughout Bolivia but cooler in higher altitudes such as the altiplano. This is a popular time of year.