Isla Incahuasi-Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi-Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi is a rocky outcrop of land in the middle of Salar de Uyuni (the world's largest salt flat) at an elevation of 3.656m (11,995ft) above mean sea level. It’s located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes.

The path to reach the island is salt made. It’s also known as Inkawasi or Inka Wasi. Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is a 10,500 squarekilometers sized saltlake inwardly Bolivia, the world's largest of its kind and you can drive on it. The white ocean of salt is hemmed in by the Andes Mountains and looks like fresh snow that's not yet been disturbed by footsteps.

The island is situated right in the midst of the saltlake. It’s an other-worldly experience that has to be seen to be believed. The terrain in this area and the desert areas beyond, is harsh and conditions are basic so you should not expect a lot of comfort but the rewards are well worth it. Accommodation is usually provided in basic refuges and the weather can be very cold, but it is well worth it for the amazing scenery. The world's largest salt flat is technically not a road, but driving here is absolutely mind-blowing.
Pic: Kento Miyamoto