In order to make the most of our visit to the Salar de Uyuni we had to wake up very early in the morning and leave our Hotel del Sal by 5 am to see the sunrise. We were headed to Isla del Pescado, which is the biggest rock formation inside the salar.
However, we stopped on our way to the Isla as the sun was about to rise. We were already pretty much into the salar area and although it was dark, we could see how white the salar was! As the sun rose the light started to illuminate this whole flat made of white matter. The only shadows that we could see were our owns and the car’s, which had long impossible shapes. It was indeed an impressive sight and a great beginning.
The Salar of Uyuni was formed after the geologic events that elevated the whole region, the same that formed the Andes. The water that contained several minerals including salt was then gradually drained and evaporated. Eventually all the water was gone and the salt was left behind.
The Isla del Pescado was a good viewpoint as it allowed us to observe the salar from a few meters high. But later we had an even higher perspective from a middle point of the Tunupa Volcano, which is 5.321m high. It was interesting to verify that even from there, there was still directions to look on where the horizon was the limit. Just like in the middle of an ocean, but in this case an ocean of white! On the volcano we visited some necropolis similar to the one in San Juan del Rosario. In this one, the remains were placed in a cave.