The name of Uyuni is famous for the tourist spot on account of Salar de Uyuni.
A lot of tourists visit Salar de Uyuni continuously. After the tour, travel they often write on impression about the time that they faced with Salar de Uyuni the their blog, homepage and so on. "Salar de Uyuni is very beautiful!" or "There is wonderful place!", the same as words are filled with Internet.
But do you know people live in around Salar de Uyuni?
They were bone in this country and live with the nature of the region. Who are they? How they live in there? I will write and introduce about this question at this time.
Salar de Uyuni is near to Uyuni town. Uyuni town is a small town in Bolivia, one of South American countries. Bolivia is not well-known country in Japan. Is it a cause of a country distant from Japan geographically? But Bolivia has a relation to Japan and exchanges between Bolivia and Japan. About regarding this topic, I will give you further information about it later.
Bolivia is oficially known as Plurinational state of Bolivia in English, so some nations live in there. Population of Bolivia is about 10,000,000 people. In this population, 30% of entire number is the Quechuas, 25% of entire number is the Aymaras, 30% of entire number is mestizos (mixed Amerindian and white), the remaining people are white. The Quechuas and the Aymaras are native people in this area. Native people often put on national clothes, specially, at the local area. We can see the scene at the Uyuni town.
Uyuni town is the highland which is about 3,700 meter above sea level, so there is hard to reach on public transportation. Tourists can use Bus to go to Salar de Uyuni, but there are many times which have trouble traveling over the bad roads. People who have been to visit there wrote the thing as a point we should be careful their blog. However, this place is located in high mountain is far from any area. The salt which is got in Salar de Uyuni is called very natural. People live in Uyuni produce Uyuni salt as main industry. Something else, the tourist industry to go Salar de Uyuni is their industry as a income source. In the old years, at the 20 kilometer mark from Uyuni, Pulacayo silver mine has worked. The mine was bustling and many people conteined Uyuni people were worked there. At present, this mine was closed, the salt and the tourist industry support life of people in Uyuni.
We can see trace that people in Uyuni work in the scene of Salar de Uyuni.
These heaps are made of salt. We can see these heaps like pyramids here and there in Salar de Uyuni. When people dig the salt with shovels in Salar de Uyuni, the salt is piled into any number of about 1 meter heaps. Next, the salt heaps are dryed in the sun for several days and brought to the town. The shape of salt heaps seem to pyramid. The scene is a part of the scenery of Salae de Uyuni.
Wikipedia Bolivia http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ボリビア