The Crystal Lake


High above the southwest corner of Bolivia in the Altiplano plateau of the Andes Mountains lies the surreal vision of earth and sky as one.

This is the Salar de Uyuni. Here stretches over 4,000 square miles of a salt dessert, hexagonal tiles of crystalized salt floating over a lake of brine.

Now, during the rainy season, the 10 meter thick salt crust is covered in a thin sheet of water, a massive looking glass reflecting billowing white clouds and azure sky. At this time, the Salar de Uyuni is passable via four wheel drive vehicles.

Life on the Salar de Uyuni is remote. Small towns reachable by rugged roads dot the perimeter. A trip in November will bare witness to the flocks of Pink Flamingos. Trek across the Salar and cross “islands” where sparse vegetation along with Bolivian viscachas, rabbit-like animals, subsist.

Still, tourists visit the Salar de Uyuni in a steady stream throughout the year for spectacular vistas and rugged hikes.
Hotels made entirely of salt blocks offer luxury accommodations can be found near the perimeter of the flats.

One such hotel, the Palacio del Sal, houses a fine dining room, serving a menu based in salt and local meats.

About Shabab Khan

A Journalist, Philanthropist; Author of 'The Magician', 'Go!', 'Brutal'. Being a passionate writer, I am into Journalism and writing columns, news stories, articles for top media houses. Twitter Handle:@khantastix
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8 Responses to The Crystal Lake

  1. Namrata Kumari says:

    What an amazing trip it could be visiting here…. And amazing photographs out there… :)


  2. indrani says:

    Can’t imagine a hotel made of salt blocks!
    Hope I will be able to make a trip here.


  3. It was more than amazing. When I saw the gigantic mirror lying flat on the ground, facing the sky, i was staring at two skies. Other thing was the hotel with Dal Makhani, Baigan ka Bharta, Shaami Kebabs and local nonveg dishes in the menu… Isn’t it a fact to be a proud Indian? It was a great trip and must-see place.. And yes, i picked a bit of salt and tasted, it was more than what we use, it was salt-acid…
    Thanks for commenting Namrata, it really meant a lot.

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  4. Really amazing ! Salt-acid is something new to me ..thanks for sharing. And yes..the menu sounds really great :-)


  5. Amazing place…and mesmerizing captures. Simply great…especially the menu ;)

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  6. sindhoooo says:

    Fabulous pictures! I had read about the salt blocked hotels and now reading again!

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