In our previous feature of Joyce and Reuben, we featured the young Singaporean couple and their plan for a year-long trip around South America and Europe. Here’s their journey to Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia!
The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. Famous for being massive and beautiful, many have listed it down this location in their bucket list. Tourists and photographers also flock there to capture the unique landscape.
In their blogpost “Uyuni, you are so Salty”, Joyce and Reuben talked about their 3-day trip in this salt desert.
Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure:
Laguna Verde ( Green Lake ) – One thing that the picture can’t show is how cold this place was. It is about 8 degrees and the wind was very strong.
Top 5 Tips when travelling to the Uyuni Salt Flats
While GoBeyond.SG has not been to this salt desert, we have done considerable amount of research on this place (it’s at the top of our bucketlist). Here are some tips before you go:
Coins and small bills are must-brings for the trip. Remember, there will be no ATMs for the next 3 to 4 days. While food and lodging are covered by the tour agencies, many essentials, such as hot water and charging points are chargeable.
Sunglasses are very important as well – the salt is like snow! Also, the shades will come in useful as a creative props for your photos!
Don’t be alarmed, all tour agencies provide bottled water. But bring along a hot water bottle as well. Learn a lesson from Joyce and Reuben’s trip – their plastic bottled water froze overnight!
We cannot emphasize how important extra chargers and memory sticks are!
We read countless of reviews, and seen so many who ‘suffered’ (from not being able to take more pictures) after their camera runs flat due to constant use.
Not all of us are photographers who know what to do… so here are some tricks!
- Take a few props such as stuffed toy, hats, sunglasses and even action figures to take tricky perspective shots. Be creative!
- If a shot isn’t working, just get everyone to jump! Jump shots always work
- As amateurish as it may sound, take lots of shots just in case! It is not easy to see your camera screen in the glare, so be on the safe side, not on the dark side.
- Lie down and position your camera on the ground to take perspective shots – like this one here:
Pack sufficient warm clothes. It will be about 8 degree celsius in the day (with plenty of wind), and even colder at night. Bring enough warm clothes and layer up.
Slippers are essential, especially during rainy seasons (which last from January to April), the Salar de Uyuni has plenty of water for you to walk on. The salty water may ruin your footwear, so bring both sneakers and flipflops.
5. Stay Safe!
Do note that altitude sickness is a real possibility.
It you are arriving directly from the coast, you will need a couple of days to acclimatize at about 4000m. Dizziness, shortness of breath and headaches are common symptoms, but extended bouts of nausea and vomiting are not unheard of. Try to stick to the officially recommended altitude to climb per day (300m). If not, drink some coca leaf tea with a pop of sugar to feel better instantly.
That’s it! We hope you have benefitted from these tips. Read more tips regarding your travel to Latin America here.