Sunday, December 16, 2012

Salar de Uyuni is a salt lake

Do you know Salar de Uyuni?

The word of Salar de Uyuni is in Spanish, it means Uyuni salt lake in English.
This is one of famous tourist spots in the world. Everyone might have seen some pictures of this place.


What a beautiful place isn't it?

The lake is 3,656 meter above sea level, located in Potosi and Oruro departments in southwestBolivia, near the crest of Andes. This altitude is almost as high as Mt.Fuji. In addition, it has extraordinary flatness, whose average altitude variations within 1 meter, and it spreads out 10,582 square kilometers.
So, there is nothing obstacles and we can see the sky extending endlessly and image of the sky reflects in the surface of the water.

In fact, Salar de Uyuni has not always water of lake. The cause of water is rainwater.

Salar de Uyuni is often taken up topic from the view of tourist spot where we can see beautiful scenes.
But it is used a industrial place for local people and paid attention to from Bolivia and other countries in the world. In the dry season, the water almost dry up and white salt flat extends as far as we can see. 


At around Salar de Uyuni, local people often build house with using blocks of salt.

Uyuni has the rainy season and the dry season. In the dry season, there are not any water and white plain is just spread all over salt. On the other side, when it rained and plain become being filled with water, if it is shallow what the waves are hard to be high, the lake appears till the water is left without evaporating. 

Salar de Uyuni is popular as a salt lake in Japan at least, but it is famous as a salt flat.

The shapes like pentagon and hexagon appear at the salt ground. And people dig it, can scrape out big lump of salt, and moreover, break it into pieces. The salt crystal is a shape of pyramid. It is very mysterious thing.


It is called Pyramid salt, has much nutritive value and thought natural because Salar de Uyuni is a place where sea level is high. Local people collect it and sell in a town of Uyuni and the outside of the town.
For example, Salar de Uyuni has some hotels for tourists staying at salt flat. In the hotels, one hotel was set up in the middle of the salt flat. The name of the hotel is Playa Blanca.

Good points the hotel has are made of salt lumps. Wall, desks, chairs, beds and the interia are made of salt! White hotel is popular with foreign tourists. In particular, Japanese people seem to visit here recently.

Salar de Uyuni has not been famous in Japan, but recently, the existence of Salar de Uyuni is spreading gradually among the Japanese people. I can think one of cause is that chance of introducing on TV increase. For example, Wander × Wander, a TV program broadcasted from NHK, took up as a program, "Andes the mirror of the sky", broadcasted June 13th in 2009. I can often hear the name other documentary programs.

"Salar de Uyuni is a lake in Bolivia is a beautiful place"

The day that many people will say come soon.

Salar de Uyuni is becoming popular recently. In increasing people's attentions, more good point and problems Salar de Uyuni has are found gradually. And furthermore, I will introduce points that everyone want to go to and have to pay attention to in travel.

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